Today’s UpTake: Two More Governor Debates

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Mark Dayton, Tom Emmer and Tom Horner

Mark Dayton (DFL) Tom Emmer (R) & Tom Horner (IP)

Mark Dayton (DFL) Tom Emmer (R) & Tom Horner (IP)

With just six days remaining before the midterm elections, Minnesota’s gubernatorial candidates will face off twice more today — first at an IT candidate forum at noon at the Minneapolis Marriott (only DFL’er Mark Dayton and Independent Tom Horner will attend) and again at 6:30 p.m. at Macalaster College in St. Paul as part of Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) “Job Interview for Governor”. The UpTake will cover both. Third Congressional District hopefuls Erik Paulsen and Jim Meffert will also debate today at 12:30 at the Interlachen Country Club in Edina, but no cameras or recorders will be allowed in … so much for transparency.

Yesterday was a full day of Minnesota political coverage. The UpTake livestreamed the much anticipated Michele Bachmann-Tarryl Clark debate in St. Cloud, as well as a gubernatorial debate last night in Mankato. We also taped yesterday’s Meffert-Paulsen debate at MPR’s studios and Congressman Keith Ellison’s press conference where he promoted civic participation and attacked voter repression efforts. Afterwards, we asked Ellison whether voting ought to be considered a privilege or a civic duty.

Our partners at the Media Consortium continue to examine the fallout from the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and its effect on this year’s elections. And we’ve posted another video from the 2010 Community Food Security conference in New Orleans — this one featuring the authors of the book “Food Justice”, who defined food justice as a crucial part of the struggles to change the food system.

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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