The UpTake Showed The World “Our Victory Was Fair And Legitimate”

Senator Al Franken talks about The UpTake at Netroots Nation 2010 in Las Vegas
“When the main stream media relying on bad information was pronouncing us dead during the recount, it was bloggers like Nate Silver who were able to change the conventional wisdom. “Meanwhile, The UpTake, my state’s own homegrown source for citizen journalism …The UpTake was showing the world that Minnesota is not Florida and that our victory was fair and legitimate.”

Franken:“The UpTake Proved that Minnesota Is Not Florida”

Senator Al Franken (D-Min) didn’t 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 aren’t inherently evil but they are inherently powerful. They know more about you than you know about them.” We didn’t get everything we wanted but if we give up now, the Republicans will take away everything that we did get. Once, only the government could threaten your First Amendment rights.

Clark:Return Minnesota’s Sixth District to its Base

Click to Play The race for Minnesotas Sixth Congressional District office, held by Michele Bachmann, has gathered nationwide interest. Bachmann’s opponent, Democrat Tarryl Clark wants to return the district to its Minnesota roots. Speaking at Netroots, she told us that Bachmanns pursuit of her own agenda hasnt helped create jobs. That people in the Sixth District are fearful, but not about Tea Party issues: theyre fearful of losing their jobs, not being able to afford college for their kids, not having effective infrastructure for transportation.

Bubble Genius At Netroots Nation 2010

Click to Play The women behind Bubble Genius, a company that among other things makes novelty political soaps, talk with The UpTake at Netroots Nation 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Melber: step up the fact checking, say no to Breitbarting

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Sarah Palin isnt the only one to coin a new word during this midterm election cycle. Ari Melber, national political correspondent for The Nation, created the word Breitbarted, or taking a video clip out of context to destroy another person. Right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart used this practice in taking a fragment of Shirley Sherrods speech to make it appear she didn’t help a white farmer because of race. Melber shared strategies for progressive journalists when he stopped at The UpTake booth at Netroots.

GOP Or Dem Led-“War Is War” Says Amy Goodman

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Investigative journalist Amy Goodman spoke to The UpTake at Netroots. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama, both the objects of her harsh assessment. Reids numbers, Goodman said, are as low as Las Vegass unemployment is high. And his unwillingness to adopt climate change legislation transcends policy to be a matter of survival. ;
She pointed out that President Obama was elected on an antiwar platform, but voters didnt hear the second part of what he said about Afghanistan.

Ed Schultz:GOP Serious About Obstruction

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MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz speaks with The UpTake’s Jacob Wheeler at Netroots Nation 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Notable statements from Schultz:
Republicans are serious about obstruction. We got to push for more in health care. Are the Dems going to put the public option on the table? When Senator Harry Reid speaks later this week at Netroots Nation, he should anticipate the tough questions.

Don’t Let Your State Become AZ – State Rep Kyrsten Sinema

Click to Play Arizona State Representative Kyrsten Sinema (Phoenix) talks about how the state came to pass its controversial immigration law and why that should be a warning for progressives to be on the watch so other states don’t do the same thing. ;She spoke with The UpTake at Netroots Nation 2010 in Laas Vegas Nevada.