Today’s UpTake: Mailing Dog May Compromise Custody of Pet

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The UpTake will bring you live feeds from the state legislature today and all week — including Gov. Mark Dayton’s State of the State Address on Wednesday and expected reactions from Republicans and from demonstrators. But this morning at 11 a.m., we’ll also broadcast a hearing from Minneapolis City Hall featuring the local woman who allegedly tried to mail her dog through the U.S. postal service last month. Stacey Champion has since appealed to regain custody of her dog. Minneapolis Animal Care & Control Manager Dan Niziolek and Postal Inspector Jesse Swanson will present the City’s case — this is strictly related to custody of the dog, not a pending criminal case involving animal cruelty charges.

On Friday, Governor Dayton and his new Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius unveiled their vision for education reform in Minnesota. During subsequent media availability, Minnesota GOP House leaders claimed they had enough political support to pass a Voter ID law; and GOP Senate leaders Amy Koch and Geoff Michel also discussed last week’s legislative news.

Over the weekend, we aired footage from Friday’s rally on the steps of the State Capitol in solidarity with the Egyptian democracy movement. We also posted President Obama’s weekly address to the nation, where he encouraged businesses to hire American in order to win government support; the President’s press conference on Friday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Robert Gibbs’ White House press briefing earlier in the day.

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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