Today’s UpTake: Dayton Makes the Rounds in D.C.

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Minnesota Governor-Elect Mark Dayton is in the nation’s capital today, making the rounds. Dayton will meet with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, attend a “Mark Dayton for a Better Minnesota Campaign Committee” fundraiser at the home of Patrick Murphy, and grace a holiday party at the White House where he’ll schmooze with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. But Dayton has also scheduled what will perhaps be more awkward meetings with Minnesota Republican Congresspeople Michele Bachmann, Eric Paulsen and John Kline.

In Washington, D.C., yesterday, longtime Representative Jim Oberstar from the “iron range” was honored as fellow Minnesotan Representative Betty McCollum led a chorus of praise on the House floor. Oberstar has represented Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District since 1975, but was narrowly ousted in the Nov. 2 election by upstart Republican Chip Cravaack.

Closer to home, at the State Capitol in St. Paul, the Minnesota Legislature discussed early medical assistance and the burgeoning budget deficit looming ahead.

Today we’ll air questions submitted to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and White House Council on Environmental Quality chair Nancy Sutley as part of the White House Environmental Justice Forum. And tonight we’ll broadcast taped footage of a Jewish Voices for Peace event on the University of Minnesota campus today. Tune into The UpTake!

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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