Today’s UpTake: Turkey, Stuffing and A Recount for Thanksgiving

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The Minnesota State Canvassing Board met for a marathon session yesterday at the State Office Building in St. Paul, and the day featured intellectual fistfights over complex legal matters between Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson and attorneys Eric Magnuson and Marc Elias, who are representing Republican Tom Emmer and Democrat Mark Dayton, respectively, in the post-election gubernatorial showdown. Dayton currently leads Emmer by 8,770 votes — a figure which has hardly budged since Nov. 2. Magnuson continued pushing for reconciliation of ballots counted, even after the state Supreme Court struck down his team’s challenge, whereas Elias urged the Secretary of State’s office to publish the total running count during next week’s recount, including the ballots that are contested
In the midst of it all, The UpTake interviewed Magnuson and Elias, and analyzed the legal proceedings with the help of MinnPost’s Jay Weiner, who literally wrote the book on the last great Minnesota recount.

Today Minnesota lawmakers and law enforcement will call for a ban on synthetic marijuana during a 10 a.m. press conference at the State Capitol.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means that today is the busiest travel day of the year for Americans. The Transportation Security Administration’s intrusive body scanners and recent pat downs have prompted a “National Op-Out Day.” The UpTake has learned of a protest scheduled for 6:30 p.m. this evening at the Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport’s Lindbergh Terminal 1, near Houlihan’s Restaurant.

Get your fill of turkey and stuffing tomorrow (or whatever delicious morsels appear on your table), and we’ll see you back here bright and early Monday morning for our live coverage of the gubernatorial recount!

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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