More at *******www.theuptake**** Minnesota's US Senate seat is very much in play this year with Republican US Senator Norm Coleman's approval ratings hovering well below the 50% level. You may remember Senator Coleman as the designated "attack dog" on TV for the Republican party during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. During his 5 years in office he has strongly supported the Bush administration on nearly every major issue, which has made him the target of many progressive groups.
On Wednesday, protesters pretending to be representatives of the health industry, big oil and other "special interests" were lined up with thank you signs outside Republican Norm Coleman's US Senate Campaign Headquarters.
Inside, Republican Senator Coleman announced his bid for a second term. Coleman emphasized his optimism and his record, both as mayor of St. Paul and as a senator, in an effort to differentiate himself from likely Democratic nominee Al Franken.
Sports were mentioned frequently, particularly hockey. Coleman took several swipes at Franken without mentioning him by name.
Coleman said he was going to "work to bring people together to get things done" and attempted to portray himself as a non-partisan.
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Greg Orman, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas, explains his decision to run. He is committed to addressing serious issues that our current leaders in Washington have not addressed.
George LeMieux is campaigning for election to the U.S. Senate here in Florida. He was appointed to the Senate in 2009, following Mel Martinez’s resignation, and he’s now running against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson as well as several Republican candidates.
SBA 504 Expert, Chris Hurn, got the chance to sit down with George last week to talk about his bid for the U.S. Senate and get his take on our economy, small businesses, the debt ceiling mess, and whether he’s related to hockey great Mario LeMieux. We recorded the interview so you can see and hear what he has to say, and we think you’ll find it pretty interesting.
George Galloway's speech at the US Senate
Al Franken is competing with Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer for the Minnesota Democratic Party's endorsement for US Senate. Here is his stump speech to a Senate District convention in Eagan, a Twin Cities suburb. Franken won most of the delegates at this particular convention.
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It's the longest election in Minnesota's history, and it's still not over. But a ruling from Minnesota's election contest court may have signaled the beginning of the end of Minnesota's US Senate race. Former Senator Norm Coleman's chances of winning the election were severely dimmed when the court ruled that only 400 additional ballots will be counted. Democrat Al Franken leads Coleman by 225 votes.
The election contest has been a soap opera, drawing thousands of viewers from all over the country every day. In the above video, The UpTake's Mike McIntee takes us through the major plot lines and moments of the trial, which has been educational as well as entertaining.
Former US Senator J. Bennett Johnston said on 25th of March that the normalization of relations between Iran and the United States is in the interest of both countries, and would act as a “magic elixir” for the region.
“But just think of what it would mean first to the United States if we had a friendly and normal relationship with Iran. It would be … the key to peace in the Middle East. Israel, who feels terribly threatened by Iran, would be free of that burden. Our relationship with Iraq would be so much better, Afghanistan, the whole region would be much more secure, much more peaceful that it is now. It would be the magic elixir for the Middle East.”
The former senator was speaking at a policy symposium with the theme of “The Obama Administration and US-Iran Relations” on Capitol Hill in Washington held as part of a Nowruz reception sponsored by the American-Iranian Council [AIC].
The Capitol Hill Nowruz reception came on the heels of US President Barack Obama’s 20 March unprecedented video message on the occasion of the Iranian New Year, addressed to the people and leaders of “the Islamic Republic”, in which he offered a “new beginning” in diplomatic engagement between the two countries.
However, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a swift response to Obama’s message, said his government would judge the U.S. by actions and not words, but also said: “If you change, we will also change our behavior.”
“It seems to me that this administration under President Obama has done exactly the right thing, has made entreaties based upon respect.”
He added that the new US approach should not insist on demanding prior commitments from the Iranians.
Another speaker at this symposium, Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, former Majlis [parliament] deputy and member of Iran’s reform movement, said that a halt of uranium enrichment should not be a pre-condition for talks, and that a full cessation of enrichment should be still be the goal of the negotiations.
Haghighatjoo, who resigned from the Majlis in 2004 due to lack of progress in the reform movement, disagreed with popular assessments that negotiations between the US and Iran will be more difficult if current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and his hard-line faction win June presidential elections. She argued that on the contrary, a win by the reformist camp may lead Iran’s hardliners to unite and scuttle any renewed Iran-US dialogue.
”The present [Iranian] administration has the ability to control hardliners, who oppose any talks with the US. The conservatives would gain credibility through this, which would lead other branches of government to support the idea of negotiation… If President Ahmadinejad would not be reelected and by chance, a reformist candidate such as former Prime Minister Mr. Mousavi or former Speaker of Parliament Mehdi Karoubi [are elected], the chances of starting comprehensive negotiations would be slim.”
However, Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi, President of the AIC, and an advocate of a renewed dialogue between the U.S. and Iran, disagreed with Haghighatjoo’s call for no preconditions to talks, and said he has changed his previous position recently and now believes that Iran should freeze uranium enrichment for a temporary period in order to jumpstart the negotiations.
Roger Cohen, syndicated New York Times columnist who recently returned from a three-week visit to Iran, added during this symposium that a temporary freeze on uranium enrichment as a pre-condition is irrelevant because Iran can always restart its enrichment program, and the goal should rather be to ensure uranium is not enriched to weapons-grade levels.
”I do think it’s meaningless, a meaningless kind of obstacle, because you can suspend enrichment and you can start it again two months later. And the more important thing is to try to bind Iran into a framework where we assure that the enriched fuel, low enriched fuel at this point, is not being devoted [to weapons-grade uranium].”
Bernie DeCastro is the most unconventional candidate in the race for US Senate. Check out this short introduction video to learn more about Bernie!
During the 2004' US Congressional campaign Ed Broyhill was endorsed by US Senator Jesse Helms who he had known much of his life.
Upon annoucing his candidacy for the US Senate in 1972 Jesse Helms called Ed Broyhill first for help and guidance on his first political campaign. Helms in 1972 was an unknown politician working previously as a TV political commentator on WRAL in Raleigh, NC. New to grass roots, handshaking, rural politiking Helms depended on Broyhill's guidance stomping fairgrounds, barbecues, and festivals throughout the state in a 2 door oldsmobile. Helms won by a slim margin that November.