Governor Mark Dayton Delivers The State of The State Address

Today’s UpTake: Back to Politics as Usual

Yesterday, The UpTake unleashed an entire team of editors, volunteers and interns to bring you coverage of Governor Mark Dayton’s first State of the State address — including demonstrations outside the House Chamber — and both responses from the GOP and the DFL.

Replay – Minnesota News Media Institute Policy Breakfast

The Minnesota News Media Institute and the League of Women Voters Minnesota Education Fund — in cooperation with the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 144th annual convention — will hold a Public Policy Breakfast this morning from 7-9 a.m. at the Sheraton Bloomington in South Minneapolis.

Recount Central

Today’s UpTake: All Recount Eyes on Hennepin

Tom Emmer’s team increased their challenging of ballots in Hennepin County yesterday, so much that Plymouth, Minn. clerk Sandy Engdahl got into a heated argument with Emmer attorney Tony Trimble over whether the trailing team had a quota of challenges to file per precinct. And now GOP chair Tony Sutton has fueled rumors that the Republicans will file a post-recount lawsuit.

Recount Central

Today’s UpTake: Cleared for Recount, Canvassing Board Meets

The Minnesota Supreme Court yesterday afternoon denied Tom Emmer and the Republican Party’s petition to delay the start of the gubernatorial recount, following legal hearings during which Emmer’s and Democrat Mark Dayton’s attorneys sparred over the question of whether vote totals must be reconciled with the number of signatures on voter logs.

EPA’s Ken Westlake Explains Very Negative Environmental Rating For Polymet Mine Project

One more Polymet mine witness–Ken Westlake from the EPA. By Craig Stellmacher

Did 12 hours of Senate Environmental Committee Hearing help progress in the Polymet Mine Project?  If you’re a booster–this progress must seem glacial.  This plan was studied for years with $20 million dollars, while out of work miners, and businesses on the Iron Range agonize over the beaurocracy and lawmakers that question the project.  At the start of the hearings, Senator Jim Carlson’s financial assurance bill requiring mining companies to pay for any environmental cleanup from the mines was before the Senate last week.