Kelliher Supporters Joined By Sen.Franken, Mayor Coleman In Rally Before The DFL Debate

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Supporters of Margaret Anderson Kelliher, including Senator Al Franken, Congressman Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Mayor Chris Coleman rally outside the Fitzgerald theater before the MPR DFL Debate.  Franken said Senator Amy Klobuchar was unable to be here for the rally because her mother died. Kelliher, Franken and former Vice President Walter Mondale will be flying around the state today in a flurry of final campaigning before tomorrow’s primary. Kelliher’s opponent Mark Dayton is spending the day focusing on the the Iron Range region in northeastern Minnesota , Duluth and the Twin Cities.  The Iron Range, Duluth and the Twin Cities are generally where most of the votes in the DFL primary come from. Details on the candidates campaign schedule when you continue reading. Margaret Anderson Kelliher and John Gunyou’s campaign schedule for Monday August 9, 2010
8:20am
Kelliher, Mondale, Franken, Saxhaug, and Persell in Grand Rapids
Itasca County DFL
809 NE 4th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

9:30am
Gunyou, Growe, Cassutt, Wellstone, Doty, and Kulick Jackson in Saint Cloud
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Today’s UpTake – Wed Aug 4, 2010

A quick summary of what you need to know about politics today. Minnesota Governor’s race
The big event is the Farmfest debate which features a rare appearance by Republican Tom Emmer.  Emmer has been absent at most of the inter-party debates so far this campaign season.  Video of the debate from a farm field near Redwood Falls will be live streamed on The UpTake as long as the internet connection cooperates. Continue reading and get the latest on endorsements, Congressional races and campaign finance issues. DFL endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher added another newspaper endorsement to her list today.  On the heels of her Star Tribune and ECM newspaper endorsement comes one from the University of Minnesota student run newspaper The Minnesota Daily.  The endorsement says “The Editorial Board interviewed every candidate and we think Kelliher has the smartest approach to filling the $6 billion budget gap.” The Daily also likes Matt Entenza’s policies saying they don’t differ much from Kelliher.  However, the paper says Entenza’s campaign conduct does. “The decision to select former Fox 9 news anchor Robyne Robinson — who has no political experience — as his lieutenant governor contrasts sharply with Kelliher’s pick of John Gunyou, a former finance commissioner.

Kelliher Proposes Property Tax Cap For Seniors

Under the Tim Pawlenty administration, property taxes in Minnesota have soared as the state cut back the aid it gives local governments. Seniors have been hit hard by property tax increases because the taxes on their homes go up while their income goes down after retirement. DFL endorsed candidate for Governor Margaret Anderson Kelliher today proposed limiting property tax increases for people over 65 who make less than $100,000 a year or couples making less than $150,000 a year — capping them at the rate of inflation. Kelliher met with the press and seniors to talk issues at the Sabathani Senior Center. Supporting her at the podium were her mother; and Lt. Gov. Candidate John Gunyou as well as former Vice President Walter Modale; former Sec.