Today’s UpTake: Dayton Attends Food Fundraiser: Big Vote on Net Neutrality

Senator Al Franken

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.

Senator Al Franken

Senator Al Franken On Net Neutrality

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.

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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