Today’s UpTake: Tarryl Clark Debate, Eyewitness Report From Iraq

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The 2010 midterm elections are now exactly three weeks away, and The UpTake is broadening its coverage beyond the Dayton-Emmer-Horner gubernatorial horse race. Today the Stillwater Gazette will host a debate between 6th Congressional District candidates Tarryl Clark (Democratic-Farm-Labor) and Independent Bob Anderson. It’s unknown yet whether the fiery Republican incumbent Michelle Bachmann will show. Last night we brought you the debate at Mankato State University between Tim Walz (DFL) and Randy Demmer (Republican), who are vying for Minnesota’s 1st District.

Today the Minnesota League of Women Voter will also hold a candidate forum for State House Districts 67 A & B at 6 p.m. at East Side Community Center in St. Paul. And The UpTake will be on hand for “Voices from Iraq” at St. Joan of Arc Church in Minneapolis and sponsored by the Twin Cities Peace Campaign and Women Against Military Madness. Sami Rasouli, Director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Najaf, will discuss how the Iraqi people feel about the 50,000 troops, thousands of contractors, and 4,500 special operations forces remaining in the country. He will also talk about the effort to form a government in Iraq.

Yesterday we aired the gubernatorial debate at the Minnesota Children’s Museum — an event that featured not just Señors Dayton, Emmer and Horner, but also political theater activist Nick Espinosa, who approached Emmer on stage with a doll, chanting “Education not deportation”. Our videographer Craig Stellmacher caught up with Espinosa afterward for an interview. Earlier in the day, we broadcast the AFL-CIO press conference where the labor group announced that it favored Dayton’s middle-class tax plan.

Looking further afield, we posted this video from last week’s SOCAP15 in San Francisco about “social capital”, which addresses problems that neither pure capitalism nor charity can solve. And speaking of capital for the common good, President Obama weighed in yesterday on the need for infrastructure investments.

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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