Today’s UpTake: Bachmann and Clark Appear on MPR

Bill Clinton and Tarryl Clark

Tea-Party backed incumbent Michele Bachmann and Democratic-Farm-Labor (DFL) challenger Tarryl Clark will face off again today in a midday debate at Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) studios in St. Paul. Their battle to represent the 6th Congressional District has attracted attention throughout the nation and gathered steam in recent weeks as former President Bill Clinton stumped for Clark on Sunday and Bachmann and Clark met in their first debate on Tuesday. We won’t be able to livestream today’s debate, but look for it later this afternoon on The UpTake.

Yesterday MPR hosted the Minnesota gubernatorial hopefuls Mark Dayton (DFL), Tom Emmer (Republican) and Tom Horner (Independent) for a “job interview” forum at Macalester College in St. Paul. Earlier in the day Dayton and Horner squared off for an IT forum in Mankato. Before the sparring began, our videographer Craig Stellmacher asked Horner which of the gubernatorial candidates’ proposed budgets would most likely pass the state legislature.

As we’ve been doing all week, The UpTake also posted a story from our friends at the Media Consortium about the impacts of the controversial Citizens United Supreme Court ruling on these midterm elections. Here we look at the wealthy Swift Boat’s attacks on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. And our latest installment from the Community Food Security conference in New Orleans last week features this year’s food sovereignty prize winners discussing ways to build a global food movement.

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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