Today’s UpTake: Dayton Welcomes Farmers; GOP Pushes Voter ID

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Today, which appears to be a slower news day at the Minnesota State Capitol before activity heats up during tomorrow’s State of the State address, Governor Mark Dayton will meet at noon with the Minnesota Farmers Union during their annual day at the Capitol. Another beat building to a crescendo is the legislative activity surrounding a Republican-proposed Voter ID law, which will be heard today at 10:15 by the House Government Operations and Elections Committee. If the GOP Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer has her way, Minnesota voters would need picture identification before they could even receive a ballot. Watch our House channel live this morning for the gory details.

Yesterday we covered a local story that looked ripe for The Onion humor magazine. But, in fact, Minneapolis resident Stacey Champion did try to mail a live puppy through the U.S. postal service to her 11-year-old son in Atlanta. And she did attempt to regain custody of the poor dog — but failed yesterday during a hearing at Minneapolis City Hall. You wouldn’t believe this, but we’ve got the hearing here on video.

On a more sobering note, our reporter Bill Sorem shot video of local activists from Women Against Military Madness being stymied and harassed as they tried to deliver a letter to the British Honorary Counsel at US Bancorp Center in downtown Minneapolis with over 750 signatures asking the British Government to observe their own laws prohibiting political extradition in the case of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.

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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