Today’s UpTake: Meet Ritchie Challenger Dan Severson

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Today on The UpTake we’ll bring you a replay of last night’s governor candidate forums in Alexandria, Minn., and show you how demonstrators were treated outside Minneapolis’ Pantages Theater during Wednesday night’s debates. The Dayton-Emmer-Horner show resumes tonight at the AARP Governor’s Debate at 8 p.m. at TPT Studios in St. Paul. We’ll bring you the replay of tonight’s debate. Today at 12:30 you can also watch President Obama appear in the Rose Garden where he will formally appoint Elizabeth Warren to be an Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Yesterday at the Secretary of State Forum at Goodwill Easter Seals in St. Paul, we watched current Secretary of State Mark Ritchie go head to head with Republican challenger Dan Severson. Watch the replay here. After the debate, TheUptake’s Mike McIntee spoke to Severson about his contention of flaws within the Franken-Coleman recount, and his thoughts on the Tea Party.

Speaking of that drawn-out recount battle, Norm Coleman strategist Jeff Larsen is going after Senator Al Franken for allegedly soliciting campaign funds during his appearance last month at a Minneapolis hearing on Net Neutrality. We aired Franken’s speech that night. Larson asked the Senate to investigate an e-mail that Franken’s campaign committee sent out the day of the hearing, touting his role as a champion of “Net neutrality” and asking supporters if they “felt like chipping in a few bucks.”

Yesterday we also posted President Obama announcing the launch of Change the Equation, a CEO-led effort to dramatically improve education in science, technology, engineering and math, and former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson’s much-discussed endorsement earlier this week of DFL state house candidate Audrey Britton.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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