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Inside An Acorn

In ACORN’S Michigan office, employees are baffled by what they call an “aggressive” attack on their organization.  The community organization, whose goal during the election cycle is to register as many voters as possible, refutes claims that fraudulent voter registration cards have an affect on the election. Continue Reading →

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“Jobs, Baby, Jobs”- Clinton & Obama In Florida

Sending the bull to clean up the china shop makes as much sense as sending Republicans back to Washington to clean up the nation’s financial mess.  That was one of the many one liners Senator Hillary Clinton fired off at Republicans as she campaigned in Orlando, Florida with Senator Barack Obama.  
Clinton tweaked her oft used line “it takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush” to once again a Democrat will help us rise from the Bushes.  She also tweaked the Republican campaign slogan of “drilll baby drill” to the more economically focused “jobs, baby, jobs”. Continue Reading →

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Early Voters in Florida

October 20th is the first day for early voting in Florida. Sam Mayfield visited polling stations in Central Florida including downtown Orlando and Winter Park. Most voters indicated they wanted to avoid the long lines and traffic associated with election day.  Others cited the problems with ballot counting in 2000; this year they wanted to be certain their vote was counted correctly. Over midday the longest line seen was about 75 people although there were reporters of lines up to 100 in some locations. VIDEO: Sam MayfieldTEXT: Noah Kunin Continue Reading →

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Palin Stumps in Colorado As Early Voting Starts

Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin spoke in Loveland, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs on Monday, the same day that early voting started in Colorado.  The Republican ticket is trailing in the polls.   Below are videos from Palin’s visit to Colorado Springs shot by The UpTake’s Corrine McDermid.  

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African-American man: Whites Support Obama Out Of Guilt

A conservative African-American man at a Norm Coleman rally in Mora, MN hopes the Bradley Effect comes into play to prevent an Obama presidency. The Bradley Effect is the alleged tendency among some voters to tell pollsters they’ll vote for a black candidate, but actually vote for their white opponent. Filmed by Chuck Olsen for The UpTake: http://theuptake.org Continue Reading →

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Two Words for John McCain

Supporters and protesters at a McCain rally are asked to give two words to describe John McCain. The answers range from “love” to “cronyism.” Filmed by Chuck Olsen in Lakeville, MN for The UpTake Continue Reading →

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Vets March On Presidential Debate

Risking arrest, about a dozen veterans along with about two hundred students marched on the Presidential debate in New York this evening.  The vets had threatened to march into the debate hall if they were not allowed to have their questions asked at the final Presidential debate.  They were stopped by police about a block from the debate.  
With the crowd shouting “let them in” and “shame on you” to police, about seven of the veterans were detained.  In our Blip player below, youcan see the videos from the march, including the one where they state the questions they want answered.The vets are marching because they say their issues have been ignored by the candidates. Continue Reading →

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Partisans Rate The Sarvi/Kline Debate

Republicans thought John Kline won.  Democrats thought Steve Sarvi did.  Evan Rapp a candidate for the Minnesota legislature has a special needs child and takes issue with Congressman Kline’s assertion that he supports special education. Continue Reading →

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“Negative Attack Ads”- DNC Video

CHYRON: “John McCain… readying a newly aggressive assault on Sen. Barack Obama’s character.” [Washington Post, 10/04/08]VIDEO: Montage of McCain attack adsCHYRON: John McCain is “looking forward to turning a page on this financial crisis.” [Washington Post, 10/04/08]VIDEO: Montage of McCain attack adsCHYRON: McCain Campaign’s Ad Spending Now Nearly 100 Percent Devoted to Attack Ads [Talking Points Memo, 10/3/08]MCAIN: “I’m John McCain and I approved this message.”MCCAIN: “Uh, I, I just have to rely on the good judgment of the voters not to buy into these negative attack ads. Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don’t have much of a vision for the future or you’re not ready to articulate it.” Continue Reading →

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MN CD6 Debate – Bachmann, Tinklenberg, Anderson 10.1.2008

Republican Michelle Bachmann is running for re-election in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District.  Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg and independent Bob Anderson are running for her seat.  Tinklenberg is endorsed by both the Democratic and Independent political parties.  Tinklenberg is a former Mayor in the district and was also Minnesota Transportation Commissioner under Gov. Ventura.  Rep. Bachmann is a former tax attorney.  Until recently, Bachmann was known for her passioante support of a constiutional ban on same-sex marriages and civil unions in Minnesota.  This past week she has become a vocal spokesperson for House Republicans opposed to the financial crisis bailout bill.  This debate was held in Stillwater, MN.  
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Rep. Bachmann Glad Wellstone Mental Health Equity Act Will Pass Despite Her Earlier “No” Vote

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann probably didn’t realize The UpTake’s microphone was still on when she started talking to one of her opponents after Wednesday night’s debate.  
She told Bob Anderson, an independent candidate running for Bachmann’s seat, that she was “sure” that the $700 Billion bailout bill was going to pass the House due to the sweeteners added to the bill by the Senate on the night of Wed. Oct. 1st.  
One of the primary sweeteners of the final passage is the Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act, a bill that was heavily supported by deceased MN Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone and retiring MN Republican Representative Jim Ramstad among others. Continue Reading →

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“Betting On McCain” – DNCC Video

 MCCAIN: “Well, I am a betting man.” [NBC Nightly News, 9/25/08]  CHYRON: Betting on McCain? Casino Lobbyists AreIMAGE: “For McCain and Team, a Host of Ties to Gambling Industry” [New York Times, 9/28/08]  CHYRON: John McCain Stacked The Deck For His Favorite Lobbyists  PHOTO AND CHYRON: Scott Reed, Former Aide & Lobbyist  PHOTO AND CHYRON: Wes Gullett, Lobbyist & Family Friend  CHYRON: And They Returned The Favor …CHYRON: $400,000 Casino Campaign Fundraisers / PHOTO: Casino [New York Times, 9/28/08]CHYRON: Gambling With Casino Lobbyists At 2:30AM / PHOTO: McCain Gambling [New York Times, 9/28/08]CHYRON: Fundraisers with Famous Vegas Tycoons / PHOTO: Sheldon Adelson [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/29/08]  CHYRON: 40 Gambling Lobbyists on the Campaign [New York Times, 9/28/08]  CLOSING CHYRON: JOHN MCCAIN: Special Interest Driven Politics  CLOSING CHYRON: JOHN MCCAIN: More of the Same Broken Politics Continue Reading →

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Rep. Bachmann Blames Mortgage Crisis On Rules Designed To Help Minorities

 
Minnesota 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is placing the blame for the current mortgage crisis on actions by the Clinton administration 15 years ago.  
At a hearing Thursday she read portions of a story by Investors’ Business Daily’s Terry Jones which said the rules were written to allow more lending to minorities. (CSPAN video clip to right)
 
“Loans started being made on the basis of race, and often little else.” said Bachmann reading from the article.  
Earlier this week Bachmann told MPR “too much government intervention” was to blame for the nation’s financial crisis
 
Democrats Respond
DFL Spokesman Eric Fought said “Bachmann owes the people of Minnesota, especially her Sixth District constituents, an apology. Continue Reading →

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“Ashamed”- Al Franken Ad

FRANKEN: I’m Al Franken, and I approve this message. ANNCR: Is there anything Norm Coleman and his allies won’t say to get re-elected? ON SCREEN: Is there anything Norm Coleman won’t say to get re-elected? ANNCR: The latest ads are among the most misleading and false. ON SCREEN: “the most misleading” and “false” / -KSTP 9/24/08
ANNCR: Bring rape ads into our living rooms to smear Al Franken is a disgrace. Continue Reading →

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Erik Paulsen: Got To Go (MN-03)

Ad from The DCCC:
With Majority Leader Eric Paulsen in the statehouse, spending and property taxes skyrocketed while he voted to cut veterans programs ten percent.And instead of better benefits for our National Guard, Paulsen used our tax dollars to fund a golf course.This election, we need to tee up some new leadership.To see more TV ads, visit www.dccc.org/tv Continue Reading →

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GOP Ad: Al Franken Unfit

Script:Is Al Franken fit for office?Franken writes about committing rape and pornography so vile, Democrats, denounced him. His profanity laced anger…followed by violent outbursts. Franken physically assaulted a protester. Then there’s the $70,000 in unpaid taxes. Al Franken, degrading to women, …to us allAl Franken, frankly unfit for office
Ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee Continue Reading →

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On Suspending Campaigns

This is Sock Le Puppet with breaking campaign news.Senator John McCain says he is going to suspend his Presidential campaign so he can focus on the nation’s financial crisis. He has challenged Barack Obama to do the same.However, John McCain did not define what “suspend” would mean.To help fill the this void of information, I, Sock Le Puppet offer a list of items that should also be suspended so we can all focus on this financial crisis.First : Sex. You can’t think about money when you’re having sex. Unless of course you’re being paid for it.Next: Mortgage payments. Isn’t this what started this whole mess anyway? Continue Reading →

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