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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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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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Journalists Fact Check DFL/IP MN Governor Candidates

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Recently several reporters who cover Minnesota politics got together to talk about what it takes to fact check the candidates running for Governor. In this video we hear from Minnesota Public Radio’s Tom Scheck, WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler, MinnPost’s Eric Black and PoliGraph’s Catharine Richert about fact checking DFL candidates Matt Entenza, Mark Dayton and Margaret Anderson Kelliher as well as IP candidate Tom Horner. It’s a fascinating discussion. If you missed it, we’ve posted the entire forum here. Our next video looks at journalists fact checking Republican candidate Tom Emmer. Continue Reading →

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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. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake- Assessing The Final DFL Governor Candidates Debate – Mon Aug 9, 2010

Political observers & reporters assess the final DFL Gubernatorial debate
We asked University of Minnesota Professor of rhetoric John Logie to comment on our live blog during the debate.  His assessment:

“I think Dayton ‘won’ in the moment where he looked MAK in the eye and challenged her math. He seemed well prepared and thoughtful throughout. He’s not a dynamo, but I suspect this will put him over the top”

More of Professor Logie’s observations on the debate later in this story. Rachel Stassen-Berger at the Star Tribune focused in on the disagreement between DFL-endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Mark Dayton over just who is taxed under Dayton’s tax plan. Dayton said it wasn’t true that middle income couples were going to be taxed under his plan. Continue Reading →

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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. (more…) 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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