Today’s UpTake: Candidates Debate in St. Cloud, Debating Kline

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Today on The UpTake, watch the Minnesota gubernatorial debate live at 12:30 sponsored by the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce. Democratic-Farm-Labor candidate Mark Dayton will be there, as well as surging Independence Party hopeful Tom Horner. It’s unknown whether Republican Tom Emmer will show. You can also catch a replay of Horner’s solo appearance yesterday at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Center forum.

This morning we aired the Minnesota Safety Council, AAA Minnesota/Iowa and transportation safety advocates’ unveiling of at the state capitol. We also sat down yesterday with Congressman Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of the House of Representatives, who spoke about interfaith tolerance, avoiding hatred, and the importance of moderate voices in politics.

Oh, and speaking of debates, Tea Party-backed Republican incumbent John Kline has so far refused to debate Democratic challenger Shelley Madore in their race to represent Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Madore held a press conference outside Kline’s office yesterday, and we got to know Madore afterward.

In order for constituents to better get to know Minnesota candidates running for office, the League of Women Voters has announced six candidate forums, to be held at various community sites throughout St. Paul during the month of October. Audience members will be able to submit written questions that will be posed to candidates.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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