Today’s UpTake: Tom Horner Forum, Madore Attacks Kline

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Though today brings a new work week, the Minnesota political races hardly took a day off over the weekend, and neither did The UpTake. Yesterday our roving videographer Craig Stellmacher captured Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner stumping for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium before the gridiron contest in the Metrodome, their current home. But just like blocks in football, writes Stellmacher, their plenty of blocks the state must overcome before it can fund a new stadium.

On Saturday, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of America held a press conference and “Rite of Reception” for three openly gay pastors who were previously  denied ordination. The three pastors are now serving parishes in the Twin Cites. On Friday, our videographer Bill Sorem captured a rally in Minneapolis in support of Pfc Bradley Manning, the famed whistleblower who released the damming war crimes video published by WikiLeaks. The UpTake was also on hand for Minnesota state senator Mee Moua’s press conference addressing her family’s home foreclosure (they’re not “homeless”, she said) and what impact that had on her decision not to run for re-election. Moua is Minnesota’s first Hmong state senator, and the announcement came as a big surprise.

What’s on tap for today? at noon at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute, Tom Horner will appear solo in a candidate forum, following DFL’er Mark Dayton and GOP candidate Tom Emmer’s turns last week. We’ll bring you Horner’s words, live. Then at 3 p.m., DFL Congressional candidate Shelley Madore will hold a press conference outside her opponent, GOP incumbent John Kline’s office in Burnsville. Kline has so far refused to debate Madore. But the Tea Party-backed candidate has emphasized the importance of including Christian doctrine in our “Judeo-Christian” nation’s government at a recent rally.

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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