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Journalists Fact Check DFL/IP MN Governor Candidates

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Recently several reporters who cover Minnesota politics got together to talk about what it takes to fact check the candidates running for Governor. In this video we hear from Minnesota Public Radio’s Tom Scheck, WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler, MinnPost’s Eric Black and PoliGraph’s Catharine Richert about fact checking DFL candidates Matt Entenza, Mark Dayton and Margaret Anderson Kelliher as well as IP candidate Tom Horner. It’s a fascinating discussion. If you missed it, we’ve posted the entire forum here. Our next video looks at journalists fact checking Republican candidate Tom Emmer. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake- Assessing The Final DFL Governor Candidates Debate – Mon Aug 9, 2010

Political observers & reporters assess the final DFL Gubernatorial debate
We asked University of Minnesota Professor of rhetoric John Logie to comment on our live blog during the debate.  His assessment:

“I think Dayton ‘won’ in the moment where he looked MAK in the eye and challenged her math. He seemed well prepared and thoughtful throughout. He’s not a dynamo, but I suspect this will put him over the top”

More of Professor Logie’s observations on the debate later in this story. Rachel Stassen-Berger at the Star Tribune focused in on the disagreement between DFL-endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Mark Dayton over just who is taxed under Dayton’s tax plan. Dayton said it wasn’t true that middle income couples were going to be taxed under his plan. Continue Reading →

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Campaigning on Facts: Scrutiny and Press Coverage

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Voters rely on campaigns to learn where candidates stand and how they will tackle today’s most pressing challenges. But too often campaigns are fast and loose with facts. This forum brings together four of the most accomplished fact-hounds who are sniffing out the lies, distortions, or half-truths in Minnesota politics. The group will discuss the importance of political fact-checking and preview key issues in the upcoming election – and how they may be distorted. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Franken:“The UpTake Proved that Minnesota Is Not Florida”

Senator Al Franken (D-Min) didn’t disappoint as he wrapped up the 2010 Netroots conference. While he thanked supporters and activists, specifically mentioning The UpTake for chronicling the eight-month recount, he cautioned everyone against giving up the fight. Among his comments:

“Corporations aren’t inherently evil but they are inherently powerful. They know more about you than you know about them.” We didn’t get everything we wanted but if we give up now, the Republicans will take away everything that we did get. Once, only the government could threaten your First Amendment rights. Continue Reading →

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Sen. Franken On Busting The Filibuster Threat

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At Netroots Nation, the 60-vote requirement to prevent a filibuster was criticized by many people. Before his keynote address, Senator Al Franken (DFL- Minnesota) stopped by The UpTake booth to talk about the filibuster and other issues. In this exclusive interview with Mike McIntee, Franken talked about possible changes to the filibuster rule when the 2011 Senate convenes, and the “slow walking” tactics used by current Senators. One scenario: after a 60-40 vote for a nominee, cloture is invoked, which delays the vote for 30 hours. When the Senate votes again after cloture, the vote on the same nominee might be 98-0. Continue Reading →

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Palin Stumps in Colorado As Early Voting Starts

Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin spoke in Loveland, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs on Monday, the same day that early voting started in Colorado.  The Republican ticket is trailing in the polls.   Below are videos from Palin’s visit to Colorado Springs shot by The UpTake’s Corrine McDermid. Continue Reading →

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