Today’s UpTake: Legislature Discusses Early Medical Assistance

A Minneapolis Wikileaks supporter holds a free Julian Assange sign

Today at 10 a.m., the Minnesota Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy’s Balanced Budget Subcommittee will convene to discuss federal Early Medical Assistance, which Governor-Elect Mark Dayton has pledged to sign up for, and how to deal with the state’s burgeoning deficit. Watch live on The UpTake.

A Minneapolis Wikileaks supporter holds a free Julian Assange sign

A Minneapolis Wikileaks supporter holds a free Julian Assange sign

Yesterday we posted videos of WikiLeaks supporters rallying outside of Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office. The group is advocating the freeing of Bradley Manning (the source of many WikiLeaks documents) and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. We also covered a protest at Minneapolis’ Corcoran Park to news that the Minneapolis City Council would cancel continued funding of Neighborhood Revitalization Programs

On the local political front yesterday, Dayton recount director Ken Martin declared his intent to run for DFL party chair. And two Republicans — state representative Laura Brod and Governor Tim Pawlenty’s budget manager Steve Sviggum — are running for a University of Minnesota Regent seat.

Meanwhile, in Washington yesterday, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (to First Lady Michelle’s applause). The President honored the NBA champion LA Lakers, and spoke briefly to the press about the Senate’s vote to approve his tax-cut compromise.

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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