"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.
President Barack Obama announced that he is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of unrest following police gunning down an unarmed black man.
Obama also called for the review of surplus military equipment the federal government has been selling to local police. Ferguson police have been criticized for using military gear against the mostly peaceful crowds that have been protesting since the shooting of Michael Brown last week.
The practice of selling military grade equipment such as tanks and gas masks began after the 9/11 attacks so local police could respond to terrorists. President Obama said there has always been a line between military and local police to preserve citizens freedoms.
“I think it’s useful for us to review how the funding has gone, how local law enforcement has used grant dollars to make sure that what they’re purchasing is stuff they actually need because there is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines blurred.”
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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.
Senator Al Franken and Mike McFadden faced off for the first time this campaign season. This was followed by an 11 candidate congressional forum.