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Poll: Not All Smoke Is The Same- MN Split On Legal Pot, E-Cigs Need Regulation

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A poll that many Minnesota lawmakers pay close attention to finds Minnesotans split over the issue of legalizing recreational use of marijuana with 43.3% favoring and 48.1% against. The Minnesota House nonscientific poll of 7,607 State Fair attendees also found that an overwhelming number of those polled (66.4%) want to see e-cigarettes regulated just like regular cigarettes. Continue Reading →

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Franken And McFadden To Debate Three More Times Before Election

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Senator Al Franken’s campaign announced today that there will be three more debates between Democrat Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden before the November election, bringing the total number of debates the two will have to four. McFadden had asked for six debates. Continue Reading →

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Obama Sends Attorney General To Ferguson, Calls For Review Of Police Military Hardware Spending

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President Obama calls for a review of selling surplus military gear to local police to makes sure it is “stuff they need.” “There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines blurred”, President Obama tells reporters. Continue Reading →

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Democrats Turn Up Heat On McFadden Cheaper Chinese Steel Comment

Reps Jason Metsa and Carly Melin hold news conference in Duluth denouncing Mike McFadden's support of using cheaper Chinese steel to build the Keystone pipeline

Minnesota Democrats are trying to turn a comment about steel from Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden into a major campaign issue to unite Iron Range residents against him — something that could help the DFL in other races as well. Continue Reading →

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DFL Chair Blasts Fellow Democrat Entenza For Trying To “Buy” Election

DFL Party Chair Ken Martin offers a post-primary view of Matt Entenza and Republicans

“You had a guy who spent, you know, 675 thousand dollars to try to buy a auditor’s seat and he went up against the party endorsement and the party won.” — DFL Party Chair Ken Martin on Matt Entenza’s failed bid for State Auditor. Continue Reading →

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Minimum Wage Earners Should Aspire To A Better Job Says MN GOP Gubernatorial Primary Winner

Jeff Johnson talks to press after winning Minnesota's GOP Gubernatorial primary

“The minimum wage should not be what anybody aspires to, they should aspire to a career. They should aspire to a job that allows them to raise a family. The minimum wage won’t do that.” — Jeff Johnson, Republican Candidate For Minnesota Governor. Continue Reading →

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In A Reversal, McFadden Appears To Agree To Use U.S. Steel For Keystone Pipeline

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Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden may have shifted his position on the Keystone pipeline after taking heat from Minnesota labor groups. Last week he told The UpTake it would be OK to use cheaper chinese steel to build the yet-to-be-approved Keystone pipeline. Continue Reading →

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Palestine Supporters Confront Sen. Franken In Tense Phone Call

Palestine Supporters Confront Franken On Phone

Palestine supporters in Minnesota got to directly vent their anger at Sen. Al Franken over his support for Israel in its conflict with Palestine. Franken’s campaign workers arranged for the group of about 20 people to talk to the senator on a speaker phone. What followed was a polite but tense conversation between the group and the Senator. Continue Reading →

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MN GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Double Up On Debates As Primary Nears

Three of the four Republican candidates for Minnesota governor debate at a Twin Cities News Talk radio station

Wednesday was a “doubleheader” for the Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidates with a noon debate at Minnesota Public Radio and an evening debate at a conservative talk radio station. The UpTake was at both locations and has complete video of the debates. Continue Reading →

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It Was A Wild Ride. Thank You All!

Jason Barnett, Executive Director of The UpTake

Dear supporters and friends of The UpTake, I would like to officially announce I’m leaving my position as Executive Director with The UpTake. Since founding this organization in 2007, The UpTake has been my passion, my work, and my path to meeting so many amazing people from all over the world. It has been an honor working with all the brilliant and dedicated people over the years who have been a part of The UpTake. Many of you know my health has not been great, my back problems over the last 18 months have dramatically challenged my ability to perform my role at The UpTake. But even if this wasn’t the case I know it is time for me to move on to other things. Continue Reading →

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Minnesota Workers Celebrate As Gov. Dayton Signs $9.50 Wage Law

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Governor Mark Dayton signed the new minimum wage bill into law Monday in a jubilant celebration at the State Capitol that brought waves of emotion to the many groups that worked to see the law passed. The bill affects 375,000 minimum-wage workers in Minnesota, who will see their wages raised to $8 an hour starting in August and to $9.50 in 2016. (More…) Continue Reading →

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Students, Faculty Protest $150K Pay Day For “War Criminal” Condoleezza Rice At U

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The University of Minnesota apparently has a short and incomplete memory of Condoleezza Rice’s role as national security advisor and Secretary of State in the Administration of President George W. Bush. The U is paying Rice $150,000 to speak on campus Thursday, but nowhere in the U’s glowing description of Rice and her contributions can one find a hint of what Ms. Rice actually did while in power. Former FBI agent and 9/11 whistle-blower Coleen Rowley tells the UpTake what we should remember about Condi Rice. (More…) Continue Reading →

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Redlining: Banks Still Restricting Home Loans In “Non-White” Areas

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A new report shows that from 2009 to2012, people in predominantly non-white Minneapolis neighborhoods such as Near North and Camden were three times more likely to be denied loans – - regardless of what race the person was who applied for the loan. “The lack of access to credit continues to plague communities of color in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area,” says Myron Orfield from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity. (More…) Continue Reading →

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DFL Leaders Agree To Minimum Wage Hike, Deny “Horsetrading” On Building Deal

Minimum Wage Agreement Announcement

After months of negotiations, DFL leaders from the House and Senate announced an agreement raising Minnesota’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2016. The agreement also includes automatic increases in the minimum wage based on inflation. Continue Reading →

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Occupy Homes Demands Minneapolis Cops Follow Protocols

Occupy MN Boards Up Minneapolis Police HQ

Occupy Homes is calling for the Minneapolis Police Department to follow its own foreclosure protest protocol, which requires a number of steps before people can be arrested. The demand came after seven people occupying vacant houses were arrested within 10 days in March. Continue Reading →

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Forum Debates Racial Profiling: Eliminate It? Or Learn To Deal With It?

James Everett, former candidate for Minneapolis Mayor, speaks on racial profiling at Normandale Community College March 26.

It’s a given that racial profiling — when law enforcement authorities engage or enforce with an individual because of the person’s race or ethnicity –happens. But what to do about the practice was the focus of a forum this week at Normandale Community College in Bloominhton. Continue Reading →

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