Today’s UpTake: Candidates Turn Deaf Ears, Redistricting Minnesota

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Today on The UpTake we’ll publish an investigation showing that, despite campaign finance law mandates, and despite nudging from advocates for Minnesota’s deaf population, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and Independence Party candidate Tom Horner are not captioning any of their web video advertisements.

We’ll bring you live coverage of tonight’s Economic Development Coalition gubernatorial forum, at 6 p.m. from Alexandria, Minn. You can also catch the replay of yesterday’s Jewish Community Action gubernatorial debate at Mt. Zion synagogue in St. Paul, moderated by Larry Jacobs and featuring Minnesota governor hopefuls Mark Dayton (Democratic-Farm-Labor), Emmer and Horner.

On the docket later today, The UpTake will offer footage from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute, where leading national, state and city experts — including preeminent national political commentator Norm Ornstein — will explain the stakes in redistricting and identify key benchmarks for determining its fairness. And we’ll bring you an interview with “Troubled Waters” director Larkin McPhee, whose documentary on the ill-health of the Mississippi River basin as a result of agricultural fertilizer runoff was briefly banned by the University of Minnesota even after the U helped fund the film. “Troubled Waters” screened yesterday to a packed house on campus.

Even if you were out enjoying the sunshine this weekend, you can still catch highlights from the One Nation Rally in Washington, D.C., here, or the tongue-lashing that President Obama gave Republicans who want to kill clean energy jobs. Back here in Minnesota on Friday, Governor Pawlenty called on the White House to declare Southern Minnesota a flood disaster area, and on Thursday night, peace activists who were raided by the FBI the previous week promised the feds that they refused to remain silent.

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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