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Today’s UpTake-Tom Emmer-Great Healer Of The DFL

What will be responsible for a fast healing of the pre-primary DFL party?  According to DFL leaders it will be Tom Emmer. Throughout the primary campaign the three DFL candidates for Governor rarely fired at each other, saving most of their ammunition for the Republican Emmer. Fear of Emmer being Governor quickly brought the competing camps together after Mark Dayton was declared the primary winner. Can you count how many references were made to Emmer in speeches from Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken, Matt Entenza, Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Dayton and others on Wednesday afternoon? Continue Reading →

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DFLers Unite:”The Danger Is Tom Emmer”

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Bill Clinton once said Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. At the DFL Unity Press Conference, Democrats fell in line and had no love lost for Republican Gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. “Today we unite as DFLers we unite to beat Tom Emmer” said Margaret Anderson Kelliher

Unity is not something that always comes easily or naturally for Democrats. “The danger is Tom Emmer” said MN DFL Party Chair Brian Melendez

“The DFL doesn’t consider the minimum wage to be what Emmer calls socialism or the 35W bridge repair fund to be feel good legislation” said Mark Dayton

The Unity Press Conference came hours after the late-night primary race between DFL candidates Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Mark Dayton, and Matt Entenza. The margin between Kelliher and Dayton at times veered into recount territory. Continue Reading →

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Progressives Have Mixed Emotions Over Dayton Win

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By Bill Sorem
It may have been the heat, it may have been because the election ran so late into the night, but a sampling of Minnesota progressives we talked to this morning were reserved in their comments on the result of the DFL Governor Primary. These members of MoveOn.org were gathered for “The Other 98% Rallies (the 98% not represented by Congressional cash lobbies). At the time of the interviews, Mark Dayton was ahead, but Margaret Anderson Kelliher had not yet conceded. No matter who they supported, the responses were almost stereotypical Minnesotan. No great elation, no great disappointment. Continue Reading →

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Kelliher Concedes, Congratulates Dayton

Statement from the Margaret Anderson Kelliher Campaign:
“I just spoke with Mark Dayton and congratulated him on winning the DFL primary. I offered him my full support. He will make an excellent governor. “I am so grateful for all of the hard work of our volunteers and supporters over the last twelve months. This was a people-powered, grassroots campaign and we should all be proud of what we achieved together. Continue Reading →

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St. Louis County Key In Dayton-Kelliher Race

The votes from Minnesota’s St. Louis County, which includes Duluth Minnesota were the key to Mark Dayton pulling ahead of Margaret Anderson Kelliher late last night in Minnesota’s DFL Gubernatorial Primary.  Dayton led the voting in St. Louis County by about a 2-to-1 margin over Kelliher. This morning the Minnesota’s Secretary of State reports 93.48% of the votes are counted in St. Louis County and Dayton has 56.2% of the vote to Kelliher’s 29.17%.  The Secretary of State also says the vote totals (which are all still unofficial) from Wright County are changing because of “electronic transmission problems.”  Dayton won in Wright County, but his margin was smaller there. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake -Upset In Minnesota 2nd Congressional District

Madore to face Kline
Shelley Madore delivered a surprise to the Minnesota DFL party on Tuesday night. Madore, not DFL-endorsed candidate Dan Powers will be on the November ballot against Republican Congressman John Kline. Madore scored a decisive 10 percentage point victory over Powers in the DFL primary. Madore, a former state representative, got into the race later than Powers and lost the endorsement to him at CD2 DFL convention after several ballots. At the time she said she would back Powers, but a short time later announced she would run against him in the primary. Continue Reading →

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Kelliher:No Concession Until All Votes Counted

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“It’s been a long night” said Candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher around 12:30 AM, “..and it’s going to be a little bit longer night”. For most of the night, Kelliher led in the DFL Gubernatorial Primary. But as the night turned into day and the votes came in from St. Louis County in Minnesota’s Iron Range, Mark Dayton pulled ahead of Kelliher. Dayton spent the last day before the primary campaigning in that area. Continue Reading →

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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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“That’s Not Democracy” – Target’s Political Gift In Song

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Story By Susan Maricle, Video by Skye Steele
“That’s not democracy. I’ve got a hundred thousand dollars

for a governor who’ll be nice to me.”

Professional violinist Skye Steele gave an impromptu performance to a manager of a Target store located near Steele’s home of Brooklyn, New York. The message, set to an upbeat bluesy tune on the mandolin: a protest of Target Stores’ decision to give $150,000 to MnForward, the political action group that supports Tom Emmer. “I don’t live in Minnesota, but I do shop at Target,” Steele explained. He wrote the song That’s Not Democracy and decided to create his own video after seeing an UpTake video on MoveOn.org. Continue Reading →

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Franken On Kelliher: “Very Rational, Very Strong Leader”

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US Senator Al Franken (DFL-MN) is flying around Minnesota today supporting DFL-endorsed candidate for Governor Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Last night, Franken was among a crowd of Margaret Anderson Kelliher supporters that rallied on front of the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul just before the final debate between Kelliher and her two opponents in Tuesday’s Primary — Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza. Franken told others waiting for the debate to begin that Kelliher is “a very rational and very strong leader. She was able to override the Governor’s veto on transportation.” Continue Reading →

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Kelliher Supporters Joined By Sen.Franken, Mayor Coleman In Rally Before The DFL Debate

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Supporters of Margaret Anderson Kelliher, including Senator Al Franken, Congressman Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Mayor Chris Coleman rally outside the Fitzgerald theater before the MPR DFL Debate.  Franken said Senator Amy Klobuchar was unable to be here for the rally because her mother died. Kelliher, Franken and former Vice President Walter Mondale will be flying around the state today in a flurry of final campaigning before tomorrow’s primary. Kelliher’s opponent Mark Dayton is spending the day focusing on the the Iron Range region in northeastern Minnesota , Duluth and the Twin Cities.  The Iron Range, Duluth and the Twin Cities are generally where most of the votes in the DFL primary come from. Details on the candidates campaign schedule when you continue reading. (more…) 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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Dayton, Kelliher Clash On Tax Plan

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During a segment of Sunday’s Minnesota Gubernatorial debate, candidates were given the opportunity to ask each other questions. DFL endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher asked her opponent in the primary Mark Dayton about his income tax plan. After the debate, Kelliher explained why the figures Dayton was using were still wrong. Continue Reading →

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Tom Emmer Hires New Campaign Manager

The name of Republican candidate for Minnesota Governor Tom Emmer’s new campaign manager may be familiar to those who followed the Al Franken/ Norm Coleman race in 2008.  Emmer has hired Coleman’s former campaign manager Cullen Sheehan to head a campaign that is lagging in the polls and fundraising behind Emmer’s three DFL (Democratic Farmer Labor Party) opponents. Sheehan currently serves as chief of staff of the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus (from which he is taking a leave of absence). Before  managing Coleman’s campaign he was Executive Director of the Iowa Republican Party. Sheehan is good at sticking to the talking points while under fire. Continue Reading →

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Hahn Once Again Pressuring Horner to Release Client List

Minutes after a shouting match with his Independence Party rival on KFAI radio, Independence Party candidate Rob Hahn held a news conference aimed at pressuring his opponent Tom Horner to release a list of the clients he had while working at PR agency Himle-Horner. Hahn also denied that there was any conversations with Republicans to cross over and vote for him in the Independence Party Primary on Tuesday. The Republican candidate for Governor, Tom Emmer, is expected to easily win the primary. Hahn made reference to a new TV ad where he admits he made a mistake that resulted in his wife obtaining a restraining order against him. According to Hahn, he had invited Horner to the press conference, but Horner was nowhere to be seen. Continue Reading →

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High Number Of Absentee Ballots Being Cast In MN Primary

Press release from Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie:

ST. PAUL, Minn.-Aug. 6, 2010-Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said today that the number of absentee ballots successfully cast statewide for the upcoming Aug. 10 primary has eclipsed 2002 and 2006 state primary totals. He indicated that as of Friday morning, election officials were reporting 21,703 absentee ballots accepted statewide. Continue Reading →

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