After meeting yesterday with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell prior to the Chicago Bears’ shellacking of the Minnesota Vikings outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium (on account of this roof dilemma) Governor-elect Mark Dayton will hold court this afternoon with Republican state House Speaker-elect Kurt Zellers and the House Majority leadership, and take questions from the media afterward. Later in the day, Dayton will attend a food shelf fundraiser with Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. The UpTake will do its best to bring you both events live. Meanwhile, Dayton’s Democratic-Farm-Labor party colleagues in the state House and Senate are adjusting to minority status.
The big news in Washington, D.C. is that the Federal Communications Commission and hard-to-read Chairman Julius Genachowski will vote today on Net Neutrality. Senator Al Franken — perhaps the biggest Net Neutrality supporter on Capitol Hill — criticized the plan Friday, saying it wasn’t ambitious enough. You’ll remember that The UpTake interviewed Franken and progressive FCC commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clybourn in August when they attended a Net Neutrality town hall forum at Minneapolis’ South High School. All those discussions are coming to a head today.
Yesterday, we also posted an interview with a University of Minnesota climate meteorologist, who explained how warmer temperatures add humidity to the air — even during frigid winters in the northern Midwest — which may account for the crazy snow storm that hit the Twin Cities last weekend. Meanwhile, singers from Women Against Military Madness energized a Minneapolis peace rally on Saturday. And over at the White House, when President Obama wasn’t celebrating a day of service with the L.A. Lakers, he was reading “The night before Christmas” to children. The President’s White House staff shared a message of solidarity with LGBT youth who face bullying in schools, telling them that things will get better.