Today’s UpTake: Pundits Discuss a Gubernatorial Recount

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As a gubernatorial recount looms between Democratic-Farm-Labor candidate Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer, the pundits are lining up to discuss this battle, its rules, parameters and storylines. The University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute will hold a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. on the West Bank, and we’ll air it live on The UpTake. Participants will include the directors of elections for Ramsey County, Joe Mansky, and Hennepin County, Rachel Smith. Professor Larry Jacobs will moderate the event. Meanwhile, canvassing boards are meeting today in Rochester (Olsted County), St. Paul (Ramsey County) and Hastings (Dakota County): Dayton currently leads by 8,755 votes, 919,214 to Emmer’s 910,459. Follow all of our recount coverage here.

Speaking of pundits guiding us through the Minnesota governors recount, The UpTake spoke to MinnPost journalist (and author of “This Is Not Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount”) Jay Weiner yesterday about the looming 2010 recount, similarities and differences between this one and 2008, possible GOP strategies in the days and weeks ahead, and the news that the Emmer team has brought on former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Eric Magnuson as a litigator. Speaking of Emmer, the Republican gubernatorial candidate emerged from the shadows yesterday to hold his first public news conference since last week’s election.

Rounding out our coverage, last night The UpTake aired President Obama’s eloquent, and at times multilingual, speech from the University of Indonesia in Jakarta last night. Today we’ll also bring you coverage of workers in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, delivering job applications to Rep. Erik Paulsen and urging him to extend benefits for job creation and jobless benefits.

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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