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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

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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

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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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Hunger Strikers to John Kline: Pass Immigration Reform NOW!

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Hunger strikers from Fast for Families stood on the steps of the State Capitol Friday as part of a national tour to urge Congress to support immigration reform legislation. Calling on GOP Rep. John Kline to help persuade Speaker of the House John Boehner to allow the Senate immigration reform bill to be voted on in the House, the hunger strikers stood with local politicians, community leaders and activists to push for change. Continue Reading →

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North Side Groups Aim At Gun Violence

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North Side Minneapolis neighbors took aim at the ways that systemic racism perpetuates the cycle of violence at a forum organized by Protect Minnesota. The forum, which as held at the office of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change on Broadway Avenue, included a call to oppose a bill in the Minnesota State Senate which they say criminalizes youth of color, rather than focusing on prevention. Continue Reading →

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2007 Collapse Of I-35W Minneapolis Bridge Gets “Retro” Examination

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The most recent effort by by Retro Report, a documentary news organization that tries to find out “What really happened,” “How did these events change us” and “What are the lingering consequences that may affect our society to this day,” is focused on a tragic story familiar to Minnesotans: The Aug. 1, 2007 collapse of the Interstate Hwy. 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis, which killed 13 people, injured more than 100 and prompted a national discussion on the deteriorating condition of the country’s infrastructure. Continue Reading →

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Social Justice Activists Make Waves At Capitol on School, Homeless Issues

Mass Suspensions News Conference

The day of social activism began with a coalition of African-American and religious leaders calling for an end to school suspensions and police officers in schools; later, advocates for the homeless asked the legislature to pass a $100 million bonding bill to prevent homelessness. Continue Reading →

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Crying Wolf: Activists Demand End To Minnesota Wolf Hunt

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Hundreds of opponents of Minnesota’s wolf hunting season gathered at the State Capitol to lobby — and howl! — for a makeover in the state’s recent approach to management of the totemic animal that, for many, symbolizes wilderness in the state’s North Country. The day-long “Wolf Day” was organized by Howling For Wolves, a citizens’ group that supports passage of a law that would place a new moratorium on wolf hunting in Minnesota. Continue Reading →

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“School-To-Prison Pipeline” Sparks Protest, School Walkout

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About sixty students from St. Paul’s Central High School walked out of their classes Wednesday (Feb. 26) as a statement against the “school-to-prison pipeline.” The students joined more than 100 protesters — many of them college students and other community members — who gathered outside the school before marching to the nearby St. Paul Reformation Lutheran Church for a program-cum-protest. Continue Reading →

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