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Less Drama This Time At MN Canvassing Board

The last time the Minnesota State Canvassing Board assembled, people around the world were watching.  The balance of power in the Senate, the future of health care reform  among other issues were at stake as the board tried to decide who won the very close election between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. Nothing like that this time.  Primary results were certified and the board confirmed that Minnesota had its highest primary election turnout in a decade with a record number of absentee ballots. Press release from the MN Secretary of State’s office when you continue reading. Continue Reading →

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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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