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The UpTake’s Executive Director Jason Barnett: Still Making A Difference

Dear friend and supporter of The UpTake:

For The UpTake, 2013 was an eventful and productive year that marked a transition to a deeper citizen-engaged journalism that brought additional recognition, a growing audience and a more solid role in telling the stories that make The UpTake unique and important.

January 7, 2014 |

Minnesota Gun Battle Breaks Out of Committee, Moves to House Floor

A dramatically weakened gun-safety bill eked out a narrow escape from a Minnesota House committee Thursday, keeping the explosive issue of gun violence alive, ensuring that the Legislature will be asked to consider some tightening of Minnesota gun laws, and setting up contentious floor fights over the issue in the House in the weeks ahead.

March 22, 2013 |

Gun Fight: Can Minnesota Have a Fair Gun Debate at Gunpoint?

What if they gave a debate about guns in society and there were no guns in the room?

Minnesota may never know what that would look like.

Last week’s series of hearings in the Minnesota State Capitol on legislation to reduce gun violence had an unintended and unforeseen outcome: Guns in society wasn’t the most pressing issue. Guns in the Capitol was.

February 14, 2013 |