Today’s UpTake: Children’s Forum Gubernatorial Debate

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Randy Demmer, Tim Walz and Steven Wilson- MN CD1 candidates

Randy Demmer, Tim Walz and Steven Wilson- MN CD1 candidates

Randy Demmer, Tim Walz and Steven Wilson- MN CD1 candidates

We’re just over three weeks away from election day 2010, and the political debate season has reached its crescendo here in Minnesota. Today at noon The UpTake will bring you the next gubernatorial debate from the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul, whose format will focus on ensuring academic success for our next generation. Today we’ll also bring you a Minnesota AFL-CIO press conference that examines how the candidates’ budget plans will affect the middle class. The AFL-CIO has asked respected tax expert Jeff Van Wychen to run the numbers. This evening The UpTake will broadcast the debate at Mankato State University between Tim Walz (Democratic-Farm-Labor) and Randy Demmer (Republican), who are vying for Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District. And we’ll also cover this forum at St. Catherine’s University: Minnesota School to Prison Pipeline: Abolishing the Criminalization of Being Young, Black and Male.

Since Friday we’ve posted a bevy of stories on The UpTake. Yesterday about 70 activists walked from the University of Minnesota to Minneapolis City Hall and back today to call for a Palestinian state. Here’s a transcription of Saturday’s Minnesota governor candidates’ debate at Hamline University (we’ll have video soon), as well as a video of GOP candidate Tom Emmer’s rally Friday in Duluth, and a replay of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ forum on Friday that featured DFL’er Mark Dayton and Independent Tom Horner. Also, on Friday morning a host of Minnesota mayors and other community leaders endorsed Mark Dayton for governor. Later in the day, Governor Pawlenty postponed calling a Special Session of the legislature for today to address flood relief in southern Minnesota.

In Washington, D.C., President Obama said in his weekly address that it is imperative for us to offer our children a quality education in order for America to succeed in the 21st century.
Yesterday Obama commented about the latest unemployment figures while visiting Ernest Maier, Inc. in Bladensburg, Md. On Friday, the President signed the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. That same morning, National Security Advisor Gen. James L. Jones announced his resignation — to be replaced by Thomas E. Donilon.

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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