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Day of Reckoning as Wisconsin Votes in Gubernatorial Recall Election

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Sixteen months after thousands of protestors occupied the Wisconsin State Capitol to protest Republican Governor Scott Walker’s public sector union-busting “Budget Repair Bill”, the movement’s struggle culminates in today’s statewide gubernatorial recall election. Continue Reading →

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Rybak Sees Solution in North Minneapolis Neighbors Helping Neighbors

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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak talked to The UpTake’s Chuck Olsen at Netroots Nation about the Minneapolis Promise, the mayor’s plan to export Minnesota’s crazy politicians (and keep the sane ones) and how he will appeal to the White House for federal aid for North Minneapolis, which was ravaged by a tornado on May 22. Continue Reading →

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Tarryl Clark Brings Unions, Environmentalists Together

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Tarryl Clark told The UpTake at Netroots Nation this past weekend about her work with the Blue Green Alliance, the Midwest-wide merger between unions and environmental groups. Clark has teamed up with former Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer to launch the Alliance’s Jobs 21 campaign. Continue Reading →

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Van Jones Distinguishes Between the American Dream and the American Fantasy

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Green activist Van Jones delivered a thrilling speech at Netroots Nation on Saturday, rolling out his new organization, “Rebuild the Dream” which will kick off this summer and culminate in a rally in Washington in October. Jones, who has become a staple at Netroots, distinguished between the American Dream and the “American Fantasy” propagated by the right. Continue Reading →

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“Our Walmart” Protests Poor Working Conditions

Girsheila Green with the organization “OUR Walmart” speaks to investigative journalist Tiny Dupuy about poor working conditions at the Big Box giant. Last week, about 150 workers appeared at Walmart’s headquarters to protest the unhealthy work environment and disrespect between bosses and employees. Continue Reading →

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Time Has Come to Leave Afghanistan, Says Congressman Garamendi

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Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) told The UpTake at Netroots Nation yesterday that the Obama administration needs to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The death of Osama bin Laden, Hamid Karzai’s corrupt government in Kabul, and the U.S. military’s huge and ominous footprint in the war-torn country all make the case for pulling, Garamendi said. Continue Reading →

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Finding Daily Kos Founder Markos Moulitsas’ Funny Bone

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Political bloggers have funny bones too. Comedian Julianna Forlano took the mic and interviewed Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas at The UpTake’s booth at Netroots Nation yesterday. Moulitsas has inspired and empowered thousands of progressive bloggers through the Daily Kos, and the website that birthed this conference is no longer his burden to carry alone. Continue Reading →

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Klobuchar Calls for Campaign Finance Transparency

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At Netroots Nation yesterday, The UpTake’s Mike McIntee spoke to Senator Amy Klobuchar about corporate money in politics and reforms in Washington that could fight it. Minnesota’s senior senator also addressed corporate donations on behalf of issues — such as the anti-gay marriage campaign — within the state. Continue Reading →

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Howard Dean: Republicans Work for Corporations, not for People

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ollowing his Netroots Nation keynote speech on Thursday night, former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Vermont Governor Howard Dean told The UpTake that Republicans have shown in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states this winter that they work for corporations and not for the people. Continue Reading →

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Sen. Franken Calls Progressives the New Conservatives

At his Netroots Nation 2011 keynote speech in Minneapolis this morning, Senator Al Franken painted the Republicans as the party of radical change for their attempt to dismantle the social safety net. Progressives, Franken added, are the new conservatives because they are trying to preserve what they won in hard-fought battles. Continue Reading →

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Minneapolis’ Stone Arch Bridge Symbol of Choice Between Success and Failure

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LiUNA (Laborers’ International Union of North America) sponsored a “Build Minnesota,” rally yesterday on the historic Stone Arch Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River between St. Anthony Falls and the new I-35W bridge built to replace the bridge that fell into the river Aug. 1, 2007. This rally was part of Netroots Nation 2011 in Minneapolis.
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Daily Show Co-Creator Lizz Winstead Headlines “Drinking Liberally”

Lizz Winstead headlines a special edition of the Twin Cities event Drinking Liberally tonight at the 331 Club in northeast Minneapolis. This is a precursor to the Netroots Nation Conference, which starts tomorrow at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Continue Reading →

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Clark:Michele Bachmann not fighting for Minnesotans

Click to Play Minnesota State Senator Tarryl Clark (DFL) was one of the speakers preceding Al Franken in the closing program for Netroots Nation. Clark is running against Republican Michele Bachmann for Minnesotas U.S. Representative, Sixth District. Clark encouraged activism through door knocking and online, saying that small active donors can outperform large donors. Continue Reading →

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Franken “Net neutrality is the First Amendment issue of our time.”

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Senator Al Franken (D-Min) didnt disappoint as he wrapped up the 2010 Netroots conference. While he thanked supporters and activists, specifically mentioning The UpTake for chronicling the eight-month recount, he cautioned everyone against giving up the fight. Among his comments:Corporations arent inherently evil but they are inherently powerful. They know more about you than you know about them. We didnt get everything we wanted but if we give up now, the Republicans will take away everything that we did get. Continue Reading →

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