Today’s UpTake: Governor Debate at U-M, Al Franken Recount Book

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Today on The UpTake we’ll provide a live feed of today’s Minnesota gubernatorial debate at the University of Minnesota’s McNamara Alumni Center. The Minnesota Student Association, the Minnesota Daily and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly are co-sponsors. We can also confirm that Northrup Mall on the U-M campus will be the site of President Obama’s visit next Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m., on behalf of Democratic-Farm-Labor candidate Mark Dayton. But if you can’t wait eight days to see the President, watch him here as he travels to participate in a town hall meeting with young people that is televised on BET, MTV and CMT.

Yesterday evening we live streamed Jay Weiner of MinnPost’s presentation of his new book, “This Is Not Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount” at Micawbers bookstore in St. Paul. Weiner was heralded as the leading day-to-day analyst of the epic recount following the Franken-Coleman 2008 Senatorial election, which Franken won by only 312 votes. But Weiner also gave credit to TheUpTake, which provided video coverage of the recount, calling us “psychedelic C-Span.” We also broadcast the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s program “Architecting the future” from the Bioneers conference in San Rafael, Calif.

We’ve learned that the Minnesota’s legislature’s special session on flood relief will be held Monday at 1 p.m., following hearings that start at 8 a.m. But in a blow to advocates for anti-bullying legislation, the special session will not stray from disaster flood aid. DFL majority leader Larry Pogemiller and house speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher said that no other issue other than the disaster relief would be considered unless it had “very broad bipartisan support in both the Senate and House” — in other words, a rebuke to State Senator Scott Dibble and Representative Jim Davnie spirited calls for anti-bullying legislation. Meanwhile, we can now confirm that Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Demmer does, in fact, advocate for partially privatizing social security. According to a video provided by his opponent, Democratic incumbent Tim Walz’s campaign, Demmer said, “And yes I would, I would favor the option of me being able to do that.”

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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