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Minnesota Independence Party Ignoring Its U.S. Senate Candidate – But He Won’t Go Away

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Republicans aren’t the only major party with strife over who can appear at its Minnesota State Fair booth. As Republican-endorsed Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald and her party battle over whether she can campaign at the GOP state fair booth, a few blocks away the Independence Party is facing a similar issue. Continue Reading →

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Franken And McFadden To Debate Three More Times Before Election

Al Franken & Mike McFadden

Senator Al Franken’s campaign announced today that there will be three more debates between Democrat Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden before the November election, bringing the total number of debates the two will have to four. McFadden had asked for six debates. Continue Reading →

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Democrats Turn Up Heat On McFadden Cheaper Chinese Steel Comment

Reps Jason Metsa and Carly Melin hold news conference in Duluth denouncing Mike McFadden's support of using cheaper Chinese steel to build the Keystone pipeline

Minnesota Democrats are trying to turn a comment about steel from Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden into a major campaign issue to unite Iron Range residents against him — something that could help the DFL in other races as well. Continue Reading →

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DFL Chair Blasts Fellow Democrat Entenza For Trying To “Buy” Election

DFL Party Chair Ken Martin offers a post-primary view of Matt Entenza and Republicans

“You had a guy who spent, you know, 675 thousand dollars to try to buy a auditor’s seat and he went up against the party endorsement and the party won.” — DFL Party Chair Ken Martin on Matt Entenza’s failed bid for State Auditor. Continue Reading →

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Minimum Wage Earners Should Aspire To A Better Job Says MN GOP Gubernatorial Primary Winner

Jeff Johnson talks to press after winning Minnesota's GOP Gubernatorial primary

“The minimum wage should not be what anybody aspires to, they should aspire to a career. They should aspire to a job that allows them to raise a family. The minimum wage won’t do that.” — Jeff Johnson, Republican Candidate For Minnesota Governor. Continue Reading →

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In A Reversal, McFadden Appears To Agree To Use U.S. Steel For Keystone Pipeline

Mike McFadden

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden may have shifted his position on the Keystone pipeline after taking heat from Minnesota labor groups. Last week he told The UpTake it would be OK to use cheaper chinese steel to build the yet-to-be-approved Keystone pipeline. Continue Reading →

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MN GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Double Up On Debates As Primary Nears

Three of the four Republican candidates for Minnesota governor debate at a Twin Cities News Talk radio station

Wednesday was a “doubleheader” for the Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidates with a noon debate at Minnesota Public Radio and an evening debate at a conservative talk radio station. The UpTake was at both locations and has complete video of the debates. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis Election: Betsy Hodges Almost Claims Victory; RCV Count Goes Slow

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It was a dark and stormy election day that began with frost on car windshields and ended with snow and slush that got more media attention than the voting, at least on the 10 p.m. TV newscasts. But the day also brought smiles to the faces of the proponents of Ranked Choice Voting, who liked what they saw as the new voting system got its first serious tests in the Twin Cities, and to supporters of Minneapolis Mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges, who led in first-preference voting by a wide margin and seemed to be the odds-on favorite to formally claim victory Wednesday Continue Reading →

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ELECTION EVE SPECIAL: A Trove Of Coverage From The UpTake

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Still making up your mind about who to choose as your Top Three candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis?  

The UpTake is proud to present a last-minute Grab Bag of election stories going back to May, including one story on the Ward One St Paul City Council race and seven videotaped debates among the Minneapolis mayoral candidates. Our intent is merely to help you as you pull an All-Nighter and bone up on the issues and the candidates in Tuesday’s election. We start with our compendium of video interviews with 18 of the candidates for mayor, presented here in alphabetical order. (All 35 mayoral candidates were invited to talk to us; these 18 agreed, including six of the leading candidates: Mark Andrew, Jackie Cherryhomes, Dan Cohen, Betsy Hodges, Cam Winton and Stephanie Woodruff) . Continue Reading →

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New Citizens Step Up To The Voting Booth: Somalis Hold Key in Minneapolis’ Sixth Ward

Story for The UpTake by Sheila Regan

Redistricting and changing demographics have put Minneapolis City Council incumbent Robert Lilligren on the defensive as he vies to keep his seat without the DFL endorsement in Ward 6. Lilligren’s main challenger is Abdi Warsame, a Somali candidate who wrested the DFL’s endorsement away from Lilligren, a three-term incumbent, and appears to have strong support in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, which has the highest population of immigrants in the city. Lilligren, an Ojibwe Indian, is the City Council’s openly gay vice president. He and Warsame have butted heads a couple of times, with Lilligren challenging Warsame’s capture of the DFL endorsement by complaining of intimidation tactics and homophobia during the DFL convention in June and Warsame volleying back by denouncing Lilligren for “Jim Crow tactics,” accusing the incumbent of encouraging other Somalis to file as candidates in the hopes of diluting Warsame’s Somali backing. “I’m not sure that these other East Africans know what they are doing,” Warsame says. Continue Reading →

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James Everett, North Side Candidate for Mayor. He May Not Win But He Deserves To Be Heard

Story for The UpTake by Kathryn G. Nelson

Bridging the achievement gap between whites and people of color has been a central issue to this year’s mayoral race, particularly in hard-hit North Minneapolis, where citizens are quick to point out that issues of safety, police misconduct, home foreclosure, inadequate housing, unemployment and education reform are significant barriers to their success. Yet, despite all the nice-sounding talk and good intentions of the leading candidates, many residents of the North Side say they are weary of the rhetoric and skeptical of candidates offering the same-old, same-old — solutions from years past. They say they’re frustrated by the failure of the best-known candidates to address the underlying issues in their community and complain that they have been excluded from opportunities to help develop solutions which are later implemented in their own backyard. But as the campaign approaches its finish and next Tuesday’s election, one candidate has begun to gain an audience on the North Side: Community activist and North Side native James Everett, one of the many “minor” candidates in the race. North Side dissatisfaction with the “major” candidates for mayor (they include long-time North Side City Council member Don Samuels, a Jamaican immigrant) was apparent at an Oct. Continue Reading →

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Ranks And Choices: A Dozen “Minor” Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates Speak Their Piece

There are 35 candidates running for Mayor of Minneapolis in the Nov. 5 election, from one who calls himself a pirate to one whose campaign videos have made himself an Internet celebrity (he says so, at any rate). The UpTake invited seven of the leading candidates to participate in our mayoral forum on Oct. 22. The other 28 candidates all were invited to sit down with us for brief video interviews. Continue Reading →

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