Today’s UpTake: Wednesday in the Legislature

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2011 Legislative Session

Tune in today to our livestreaming coverage of the Minnesota State House and Senate. And we’ll continue to monitor events in Egypt, where emotions in Cairo are reaching a boiling point. Today at noon Central Time, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs will hold his daily briefing — which will certainly center on events in Egypt. Yesterday we carried President Obama’s brief address following Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak’s announcement that he wouldn’t seek another term in the fall. And yesterday evening we broadcast Humphrey Institute professor Ragui Assaad’s Egypt discussion at the University of Minnesota.

In local politics, Michelle Obama announced yesterday that Charlotte, North Carolina, will host the 2012 Democratic National Convention — and not three other contenders including Minneapolis. Nevertheless, Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak offered Charlotte his congratulations. Governor Mark Dayton appointed his new head of the Office of Enterprise Technology. And The UpTake has published a music video to promote the book “iPad Means Business”

We also published stories about the Minnesota legislature’s exclusionary push to make English the state’s official language, an effort by rural Republicans to change the “Green Acres” program, and news that Michele Bachmann may have violated Wisconsin financial laws?

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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