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.

Fact Check: Emmer’s E20 Voting Record

History has a way of repeating itself.  In 2006 Democrat Mike Hatch was locked in a tight race for Governor with Republican Tim Pawlenty.  A few days before the election Hatch’s running mate, Judi Dutcher, appeared not to know what E85 was and Hatch ended up losing the race. That foggy type of recollection is an issue again in 2010.  Except this time the question is not what is E85 or in this case E20.. but did you vote for it or against it. Here are some excerpts from the Gubernatorial debate at Farmfest Wednesday:

Margaret Anderson Kelliher- DFL endorsed candidate for Governor:
“Now my Republican opponent Tom Emmer has not supported biofuels. And I’m going to be very interested in his answer today.

Today’s UpTake – Wed Aug 4, 2010

A quick summary of what you need to know about politics today. Minnesota Governor’s race
The big event is the Farmfest debate which features a rare appearance by Republican Tom Emmer.  Emmer has been absent at most of the inter-party debates so far this campaign season.  Video of the debate from a farm field near Redwood Falls will be live streamed on The UpTake as long as the internet connection cooperates. Continue reading and get the latest on endorsements, Congressional races and campaign finance issues. DFL endorsed candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher added another newspaper endorsement to her list today.  On the heels of her Star Tribune and ECM newspaper endorsement comes one from the University of Minnesota student run newspaper The Minnesota Daily.  The endorsement says “The Editorial Board interviewed every candidate and we think Kelliher has the smartest approach to filling the $6 billion budget gap.” The Daily also likes Matt Entenza’s policies saying they don’t differ much from Kelliher.  However, the paper says Entenza’s campaign conduct does. “The decision to select former Fox 9 news anchor Robyne Robinson — who has no political experience — as his lieutenant governor contrasts sharply with Kelliher’s pick of John Gunyou, a former finance commissioner.

Clark On Bachmann Skipping Debate

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DFL endorsed candidate for Congress Tarryl Clark is questioning her opponent Representative Michele Bachmann’s priorities. Both Bachmann and Clark were scheduled to appear at today’s Farmfest debate near Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Bachmann did not show up. Clark says Bachmann has been “campaigning by Skype” in other states, but somehow can’t find the time for keeping her promises in Minnesota.