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Today’s UpTake: Blizzard Inundates Twin Cities, Deflates Metrodome Roof

The Metrodome's Ripped Roof

The winter storm that hit the Upper Midwest this weekend and dumped 17.1 inches of snow on the Twin Cities was reportedly the nastiest storm to hit these parts since 1991. Yesterday morning we awoke to the news that the Metrodome roof had deflated and partly caved in. Continue Reading →

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Horner: Emmer Leadership Lacking On Abortion Issue (CC)

Tom Horner Talks with Marty Owings After The TPT Almanac Debate

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Following Friday’s Minnesota Gubernatorial debate, Independence Party candidate Tom Horner said he was puzzled by why Republican Party candidate Tom Emmer won’t answer questions about what he would do as Governor on abortion issues. Tom Horner: “You know I don’t understand why Representative Emmer won’t answer some of these questions. I mean I think it is fairly well known where his position is on abortion. And I respect his position, his right to take that position. I think it’s misplaced in that where I believe we ought to put our resources and where I think he could have the conversation and where both Dayton and Emmer ought to join me in leading is how do we reduce the need for abortion. Continue Reading →

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On Camera:MN Primary Exit Poll Interviews

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By Craig Stellmacher
From the MN Church Center on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis, I conducted a number of exit interviews. I heard from supporters of almost every candidate, but I probably heard the name Dayton more often than all others. These were serious voters, almost to a person, they said that it was an obligation to come in and vote. “You can’t bitch–if you don’t vote”–said one lady. The issues, were largely economic, but I also ran into an Emmer supporter that said he was voting for “moral” reasons, and he was voting against gay marriage and abortion by voting for Emmer. 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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