Today’s UpTake: Rangel Sanctioned Tomorrow, Give to the Max Reaches Goal

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The UpTake’s dedicated and sometimes insomniac crew live-covered the entire Minnesota “Give to the Max Day” yesterday at the Coco Center in St. Paul. Between 8:30 a.m. and midnight, we interviewed 82 nonprofits, both big and small, well-known and obscure, and featured hourly updates with the crew, which ultimately celebrated around 11 p.m. when “Give to the Max Day” eclipsed its goal of attracting 40,000 donors. The final tally for the marathon day: 42,624 unique donors from around the state and beyond gave nearly $8 million to Minnesota nonprofits. We at The UpTake thank you, from the bottoms of our hearts, to those who supported our devoted citizen journalism initiative.

Also yesterday, The UpTake’s Mike McIntee livestreamed the second day of the Charles Rangel House ethics hearings from Washington, D.C. The longtime New York Representative, who walked out of the courtroom on Monday, was found guilty yesterday on 11 counts following hearings by the House Ethics Committee. Sanctions will be levied tomorrow.

Meanwhile in Washington yesterday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta, for his courageous actions in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley in 2007. Back here in Minnesota, new Senate Majority Leader-Elect Amy Koch and Speaker of the House Designate Kurt Zellers outlined their legislative committee structure for the upcoming 2011 session.

The gubernatorial recount between Democratic-Farm-Labor candidate Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer is still expected to begin next week. Dayton leads Emmer by 8,755 votes, and that number hasn’t changed in over a week. Meanwhile, Emmer’s team has reached a tentative agreement with St. Louis and Pine Counties on a plan to promptly fulfill their data requests. Our coverage of the recount, and the Rangel hearings, are made possible by your donations. Thanks for giving!

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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