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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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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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Immigration Added To Target Contribution Woes

Click to Play Resentment of Target’s $150,000 contribution to group supporting Tom Emmer grows. Emmer’s views on immigration attracted the Boycott Arizona group in supporting LGBT concerns and in boycotting Target stores. Emmer’s stance on a number of social issues attracts resistance from many quarters. Note:while some of the protesters say the Target donation went directly to Tom Emmer, it did not. It went to MN Forward who then bought TV ads supporting Tom Emmer. Continue Reading →

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“Crock Of Crap” Says Hahn On Horner’s Client List Claim

While it may be low on the media radar, the battle between the two Independence Party candidates for Governor has gotten nasty. At a live debate on KFAI today, Rob Hahn accused Tom Horner’s campaign of lying about Hahn’s divorce on an internet post.  Hahn then challenged Horner to release his client list from when he worked at PR agency Himle Horner.  Hahn then said he would be revealing his list of donors at a 10:30 AM news conference to prove that his campaign is not being funded by the Republican party.  Horner countered that it wasn’t Hahn’s campaign that was trying to torpedo him, it was Republicans talking about “creating mischief” by  voting for  Hahn in the Independence Party primary as a way of getting Horner out of the race.  The Republican endorsed candidate for Governor Tom Emmer is expected to easily win his party’s primary. Hahn had more to say at a morning news conference.  We’ll have that video posted soon. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Target Sorry & Fly-Around Friday | Aug 6, 2010

Target CEO Says “Sorry” For Political Donation
As we’ve been reporting, Target’s $150,000 donation to a group that is funding TV ads for Republican Tom Emmer has cost the company as people cut up their Target credit cards and are boycotting the retail giant.  On Thursday’s Target’s CEO Gregg Steinhafel tried to salvage what he could from this PR train wreck and issued an apology for the donation. However, gay rights activists are still planning to visit the company’s downtown Minneapolis headquarters at noon today with more than 250,000 signatures on petitions. This all came about of course because of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that said it was OK for corporations to spend money on political ads.  The impact of that decision is going to play out in many different ways this election.  In this Capitol Report video, Larry Jacobs of the Humphrey Institute discusses that decision and its impact on Minnesota’s 2010 elections. It’s Fly-Around Friday for Minnesota political campaigns today. Just four campaigning days until the primary polls open.  Final debates and a DFL dust-up over No Child Left Behind when you continue reading. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake – Thurs Aug 5

All you need to know about politics today. Minnesota primary looms just 5 days away, campaigning heats up
Republican Tom Emmer told a Farmfest crowd that he voted for E20.  Not so says his DFL opponent Margaret Anderson Kelliher.  Who’s right? We sort it out here with the video clips and the real voting records. Continue Reading →

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Fact Check: Emmer’s E20 Voting Record

History has a way of repeating itself.  In 2006 Democrat Mike Hatch was locked in a tight race for Governor with Republican Tim Pawlenty.  A few days before the election Hatch’s running mate, Judi Dutcher, appeared not to know what E85 was and Hatch ended up losing the race. That foggy type of recollection is an issue again in 2010.  Except this time the question is not what is E85 or in this case E20.. but did you vote for it or against it. Here are some excerpts from the Gubernatorial debate at Farmfest Wednesday: (more…) Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake – Wed Aug 4, 2010

A quick summary of what you need to know about politics today. Minnesota Governor’s race
The big event is the Farmfest debate which features a rare appearance by Republican Tom Emmer.  Emmer has been absent at most of the inter-party debates so far this campaign season.  Video of the debate from a farm field near Redwood Falls will be live streamed on The UpTake as long as the internet connection cooperates. Continue reading and get the latest on endorsements, Congressional races and campaign finance issues. (more…) Continue Reading →

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MN Farmers Union Endorses Walz For Congress

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The Minnesota Farmers Union announced on Tuesday it is endorsing Congressman Tim Walz (DFL) for re-election in Minnesota’s first district. The MFU also endorsed Congressman Collin Peterson (DFL) for re-election in the seventh district. Walz talked about his opponents’ “short sighted” energy policies. “How quickly they forget the ‘drill here, drill now’ people.” Walz told the Farmfest crowd. Continue Reading →

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Rural MN GOP Incumbents Sit Out Farmfest Debate – Full Video

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Republican Representatives John Kline, Michele Bachmann were invited, but did not attend the Minnesota Congressional debate at Farmfest on Tuesday. However, Republican and Independence Party challengers to Representative Tim Walz and Collin Peterson did make the trip to a very steamy farm field near Redwood Falls,Minnesota for the one-hour forum on agricultural issues. Kline’s opponent in the November election will be either DFL endorsed candidate Dan Powers or Powers’ August 10th primary opponent Shelley Madore. Madore participated in the Farmfest debate. Powers was invited, but declined because he had a prior commitment. Continue Reading →

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“Moderate” Paulsen Gets Flak Over Right-Wing Votes

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By Bill Sorem
Minnesota 3rd district incumbent Congressman Erik Palsen had one of his infrequent Town Hall meetings Monday, August 2, in Edina, Minnesota. Paulsen has preferred telephone meetings to face-to-face gatherings. A crowd of perhaps 150 met in the Southview School auditorium. About 2/3 of the audience was clearly critical of the congressmen elected as a moderate Republican. Issues raised were war funding, restoring tax cuts for the wealthy (Paulsen preferred to refer to the cut restoration as a tax on small business), his strong right wing stance on climate, health care and similar issues. Continue Reading →

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Clark On Bachmann Skipping Debate

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DFL endorsed candidate for Congress Tarryl Clark is questioning her opponent Representative Michele Bachmann’s priorities. Both Bachmann and Clark were scheduled to appear at today’s Farmfest debate near Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Bachmann did not show up. Clark says Bachmann has been “campaigning by Skype” in other states, but somehow can’t find the time for keeping her promises in Minnesota. Continue Reading →

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