Today’s UpTake: Candidates Talk Education, Obama Talks Peace

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At last night’s Minnesota governor debates at the studios of Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Democrat Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer and Independent Tom Horner gathered again to talk about education. We have the transcript here, and we’ll post the video of the debate later today. At one point, Emmer was taken to task by moderator Cathy Wurzer for voting against an omnibus education funding bill in 2009 as a state representative, which included money for early childhood education, though he claims to vociferously support K-12 education. Emmer defended that vote as merely a “snapshot”. In response, Horner said about Emmer’s six-year voting record: it “isn’t a snapshot, it’s a motion picture. And when that six-year record is consistent, it’s a very clear, in color, technicolor motion picture.” We also posted a video of President Obama’s address yesterday to the United Nations in New York, where he spoke about world prosperity and peace and emphasized America’s continued leadership in this world.

Today on The UpTake, catch the Minnesota governor hospitals debate, this time from Brainerd, Minn. Health care figures to be the most explosive topic discussed today. Follow it live beginning at 11:15 a.m. Then at 7 p.m., back at Twin Cities Public Television studios, we’ll bring you the Secretary of State and Auditor debates. Secretary of State candidates Mark Ritchie and Dan Severson squared off last week, and Ritchie’s handling of the contentious Franken-Coleman recount was a key topic. The Auditor’s race is heating up too. Yesterday GOP challenger Pat Anderson accused incumbent Democrat Rebecca Otto — whose seat Anderson held before losing in 2006 — of manipulating her record.

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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