Today’s UpTake: Biden Stumps For Dayton; Governors Debate

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The UpTake is awake bright and early this morning in preparation for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Macalester College to stump for Democratic-Farm-Labor gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton. Biden will take the stage around 10 a.m., and we’ll live stream his speech if we’re able. Later in the morning we’ll also bring coverage of more FBI raid protests outside the Leonard Center fieldhouse where Biden will speak.

Dayton will return to Macalester at 6:30 p.m. for another governors debate against his opponents — Republican Tom Emmer and Independent Tom Horner — this time sponsored by the early childhood alliance. And click here to catch last night’s Economic Development Coalition governor forum from Alexandria, Minn. (only Dayton and Horner attended).

Among other events today that The UpTake will cover, TakeAction Minnesota has called a press conference for 1:30 p.m. at the State Capitol, where it will reportedly slam Tom Horner’s corporate political agenda, and ask the question “common sense for whom?” More protests against the FBI raids will follow at 4:30. And former President Jimmy Carter is allegedly in town to participate in a Habitat for Humanity event. The mild-mannered Georgian may pick up a hammer and nail and work on a house in St. Paul later in the week.

Yesterday’s big news was that both Horner’s and Emmer’s campaigns took corrective action following The UpTake’s investigation on web commercials that were not closed captioned for Minnesota’s hearing-impaired audience. Early yesterday we reported how the Emmer and Horner campaigns had turned deaf ears to the state’s campaign finance law with respect to closed captioning their web commercials.

Yesterday we also posted footage from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute, where political scholar and American Enterprise Institute guru Norm Ornstein spoke at length about redistricting and other problems in our nation’s politics today. And we posted an interview with Larkin McPhee, director of the documentary film, “Troubled Waters”, which generated controversy when the University of Minnesota tried to block the film it had initially contracted.

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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