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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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Pawlenty “Not Concerned” About 3% Presidential Poll Number

Governor Tim Pawlenty says he is not concerned about his low presidential poll numbers in New Hampshire, which will hold the nation’s first presidential primary in 2010.  The poll from Public Policy Polling shows Governor Pawlenty with just a 3% among Republicans. In the poll, Mitt Romney leads the way with 31% to 14% for Newt Gingrich, 13% for Ron Paul, 12% for Mike Huckabee, 9% for Sarah Palin, 3% for Tim Pawlenty, and 1% for Mitch Daniels. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Consumer Vents At Target For Right-Wing Donation

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Last week Target Corporation gave $150,000 to Minnesota Forward, a group supporting Republican Tom Emmer’s campaign for Minnesota governor. This donation, clearly acceptable under the new Citizens United Supreme Court ruling angered many in the state, seeing this as a $150,000 contribution to fund anti-gay politics since Emmer has many anti-gay connections. One Eden Prairie mom and grandmother took her anger directly to a Target. Her repeated attempts to get to Target executives failed so she took her Target Charge Card. A $226 purchase on that card was immediately returned for credit and she scissored her Target card into little pieces to be used no more. Continue Reading →

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Kelliher Proposes Property Tax Cap For Seniors

Under the Tim Pawlenty administration, property taxes in Minnesota have soared as the state cut back the aid it gives local governments. Seniors have been hit hard by property tax increases because the taxes on their homes go up while their income goes down after retirement. DFL endorsed candidate for Governor Margaret Anderson Kelliher today proposed limiting property tax increases for people over 65 who make less than $100,000 a year or couples making less than $150,000 a year — capping them at the rate of inflation. Kelliher met with the press and seniors to talk issues at the Sabathani Senior Center. Supporting her at the podium were her mother; and Lt. Gov. Candidate John Gunyou as well as former Vice President Walter Modale; former Sec. Continue Reading →

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Clark:Michele Bachmann not fighting for Minnesotans

Click to Play Minnesota State Senator Tarryl Clark (DFL) was one of the speakers preceding Al Franken in the closing program for Netroots Nation. Clark is running against Republican Michele Bachmann for Minnesotas U.S. Representative, Sixth District. Clark encouraged activism through door knocking and online, saying that small active donors can outperform large donors. Continue Reading →

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Margaret Anderson Kelliher Calls For Campaign Disclosure Reform

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By Craig Stellmacher
On the day before candidates must disclose their financial contributions, DFL endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor Margaret Anderson Kelliher stood in her typical middle class driveway in Minneapolis, and called for fuller disclosure. She pointed to a study by the center for public integrity, that ranked Minnesota 40th for disclosure finance laws. She made obvious references to the two elephants in the room but didn’t call them by name : her opponents in the DFL primary Matt Entenza and Mark Dayton, who have been able to marshal a lot of their own money for their campaigns. Kelliher, contributed $250 to her own campaign last and this year. 3,523 individuals paid an average of $218.03, towards her $1.23 million total raised so far. 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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