Today’s UpTake: Governor-Elect Dayton Appears with Pawlenty

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Today, five weeks and two days after the Nov. 2 election, former Democratic Senator Mark Dayton is now officially Governor-Elect Mark Dayton. As such, he’ll appear today at 2:45 p.m. in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State Capitol with Minnesota’s soon-to-be outgoing Governor Tim Pawlenty. As we have this entire election season, we’ll broadcast Dayton and Pawlenty’s news conference live on The UpTake. When he takes office on Jan. 3, Dayton will become Minnesota’s first Democratic governor since his former boss Rudy Perpich 20 years ago.

This evening, The UpTake will also air the Twin Cities Social Media Awards, from 7-9 p.m. at the Rogue Buddha Gallery in Minneapolis. Forty local movers and shakers, including our own Jason Barnett, have been nominated in 2010 for their impact on society through using social media. These are people who are finding new ways to use social media and pushing the limits of the platforms they are using. Tune into The UpTake at 7 p.m.

And if you missed yesterday’s grand finale of the 2010 election season (unless, of course, you’re still following the Alaskan Senatorial race), you can watch the concession speeches, victory speeches, and final lawyerly scuffles on our website. Shortly after Governor Pawlenty weighed in on the race to determine his successor, Republican hopeful Tom Emmer and his family conceded at a mid-morning news conference outside his home in frigid Delano, Minn. Despite the single-digit temperatures, Emmer was gracious and conciliatory, and willing to answer media questions — and even lavished The UpTake with praise. (Emmer joked that he may pursue a job opening with us!) Emmer’s concession opened the door for Mark Dayton, at last, to deliver his humble victory speech at the State Capitol yesterday afternoon to a room full of over 100 journalists and supporters.

Meanwhile, Emmer’s decision to throw in the towel lightened the load on the State Canvassing Board, which officially certified the results of the 2010 gubernatorial election just after midday. Amidst those proceedings, Justice Anderson explained his decision last week to lecture Emmer’s lawyers on the danger of bringing frivolous ballot challenges before the court. His former colleague on the bench, Eric Magnuson, who represented Emmer in this recount, told the press that the recount worked, despite suggestions to the contrary by other Republicans.

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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