Today’s UpTake: Anti-Bullying Legislation, Strange Moments From Demer-Walz Debate

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Today on The UpTake we’ll bring you footage of Minnesota lawmakers introducing anti-bullying legislation at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul. State Senator Scott Dibble and State Rep. Jim Davnie, both DFL, will introduce the Minnesota Safe Schools for All Act during an upcoming special legislative session. A similar bill passed the Minnesota House and Senate with bipartisan support in 2009, but later was vetoed.

We’ve captured a couple telling portions of the Walz-Demmer-Wilson debate for Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District on Monday night. Here Republican Randy Demmer says that “peace talks have been going on between Israel and Palestine for thousands of years.” (Israel was founded in 1948). And Independent Party candidate Steven Wilson refused to give his opinion on the recent “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision which opened a flood of corporate money into political races, saying he’d need a people’s poll first. Speaking of floods, Minnesota lawmakers and Governor Pawlenty reached agreement yesterday on flood legislation for communities in southern Minnesota ravaged by flooding.

We’ve also got footage of President Obama yesterday, meeting students who participated in the movie “Waiting for Superman”, and later hosting a “Moving American Forward” Town Hall Meeting at George Washington University. We’ll see the President here in Minneapolis — stumping for DFL gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton — on Saturday, Oct. 23, reportedly on the University of Minnesota campus.

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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