17 Debates That Could Determine Minnesota’s Future

In a campaign there is nothing bigger than a face-to-face debate between the candidates. This election season, The UpTake will bring you coverage of 17 of those debates that could determine who wins the election and ultimately determines Minnesota’s future.

Congressional Candidate Backs Down After Earmark Challenge

Senator Mike Parry, who is running as a Republican in Minnesota’s first congressional district offers up what appears to be an “earmark” in Minnesota’s transportation bill to fix a road he is concerned about. After he is challenged about earmarks, he withdraws his proposal.

MN Farmers Union Endorses Walz For Congress

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The Minnesota Farmers Union announced on Tuesday it is endorsing Congressman Tim Walz (DFL) for re-election in Minnesota’s first district. The MFU also endorsed Congressman Collin Peterson (DFL) for re-election in the seventh district. Walz talked about his opponents’ “short sighted” energy policies. “How quickly they forget the ‘drill here, drill now’ people.” Walz told the Farmfest crowd.

Rural MN GOP Incumbents Sit Out Farmfest Debate – Full Video

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Republican Representatives John Kline, Michele Bachmann were invited, but did not attend the Minnesota Congressional debate at Farmfest on Tuesday. However, Republican and Independence Party challengers to Representative Tim Walz and Collin Peterson did make the trip to a very steamy farm field near Redwood Falls,Minnesota for the one-hour forum on agricultural issues. Kline’s opponent in the November election will be either DFL endorsed candidate Dan Powers or Powers’ August 10th primary opponent Shelley Madore. Madore participated in the Farmfest debate. Powers was invited, but declined because he had a prior commitment.