Monday, February 4, 2013
President called on voters to pressure their legislators to pass gun control measures.
Speaking to a crowd of local dignitaries and law enforcement officers on Monday, President Barack Obama called on voters to pressure Congress to act on curbing gun violence. "We've suffered too much pain to stand by and do nothing," he said. "We don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something," he added. What did the Twin Cities think about Obama's visit on social media? Adopting universal background checks, banning military-style assault weapons, limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, and putting more police officers on the street are "common sense," bipartisan measures to reduce gun violence, the President said. He also repeated other proposals to expand access to mental health care for young people. Several …
Watch live via The UpTake as President Obama addresses gun violence at the Minneapolis Police Special Operations Center in north Minneapolis. Starts at 1:30 p.m. Central.
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Sunday, February 3, 2013
President Barack Obama will visit Minneapolis on Monday to meet with law enforcement and community members to discuss gun control measures nationwide.
President Barack Obama will visit Minneapolis on Monday to meet with local officials about gun violence, less than two months after the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT that claimed the lives of 20 children and six school staffers. The day trip will be the president’s first one outside Washington to discuss his “common-sense” plan to combat gun violence, introduced on January 16 and reiterated a few days later in his weekly video address to the nation (see above). The visit follows his promises to heavily involve communities in tackling this issue. “Everything we do combines both a legislative strategy with a broad-based communications and outreach strategy to get people engaged and involved, so that it's not …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
We're hearing reports of long-time friendships being cut off, especially on social media, during the bitterly contested campaign. Did it happen to you?
The arguing is over. Admittedly, arguing over politics never really ends in the United States; that's part of the price we pay for living in a constitutional republic, in which the big decisions are made by a majority of the citizens. But at least, with the question of "who's going to be president the next four years?" settled, the arguing can settle back down to the ordinary background noise of bickering, as opposed to the daily shoutfests in which so many seemed to be engaged during the campaign. Or can it? We're hearing lots of reports about long-time relationships being cut off in recent months, especially on social media, as people discover that, "Oh my God, you're a (fill in the blank)?" "You support THAT guy?" "Don't you care …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 10:15 CST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
Voters in Minnesota on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 10 Electoral votes.
Barack Obama won Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. CBS News has called the Minnesota race for the President shortly after 9:30 p.m., about the same time ABC News projected Minnesota for Obama, after Obama took a more than 40,000 vote lead with about 10 percent of precincts reporting. The Associated Press also called the Minnesota race for Obama before 10 p.m., according to the Pioneer Press. Obama's 12 percent lead would match his margin over John McCain in 2008. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. It has voted Republican only once in the last 50 years. …
Minnesota's voting goes until 8 p.m., but some polls elsewhere close two hours earlier.
Minnesota and Wisconsin voters have until 8 p.m. to cast their Election 2012 ballots, but voting in other key states ends as much as two hours before then, and exit polling could provide an early indication of whether President Obama or Mitt Romney wins the White House. The earliest key state to watch for is Virginia, where polls close at 6 p.m. Minnesota time. Voting ends 30 minutes later in swing states Ohio and North Carolina. At 7 p.m. swing states Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire close their polls. Nevada and Iowa, which could be pivotal swing states, close voting at 9 p.m. Check here as Patch updates Election 2012 results as they come in.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The former president spoke at a rally on behalf of Barack Obama's re-election on Tuesday.
Hurricane Sandy has curtailed campaigning by President Obama and Mitt Romney, but former President Bill Clinton will speak at a campaign event for the Democratic ticket at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis Tuesday morning—and you can watch it here. It's brought to you by The UpTake, via an internet connection that's not 100 percent reliable (due to the last-minute nature of the event), so the webcast may not be free of trouble. If you were at the event, or watched it here, please leave a comment below or add a photo to this post. We'd like to know what you think of it. The Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, was in Hudson, WI on Tuesday as well. Visit Hudson Patch for news of that event.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Looks like we're in for a barrage of political ads in coming days, as the Romney campaign takes aim at voters in western Wisconsin. Do you think that will make a difference?
So far, Minnesotans have been spared the barrage of political ads that are flooding the airwaves in Ohio and other so-called "swing states" where the close race between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is likely to be decided. Now, according to a Huffington Post report Friday, that's about to change. The Romeny camp is increasingly convinced that it may be possible to win Wisconsin, and to increase their chances, they're making big ad buys in the major media markets, including the Twin Cities (which broadcasts into western Wisconsin). Our question: Do you know anyone who's still undecided at this point? Are you? And if you are, what does either side need to do--or say in an advertisement--that will persuade you? Please take a moment to …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The two candidates for President of the United States addressed issues of foreign policy. Who presented his case better, President Barack Obama or challenger Mitt Romney? You tell us.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney duked it out tonight in a contentious debate in Florida. Patch live-blogged the debate, which featured the candidates touching on issues from the Libya and Afghanistan to the fiscal crisis in Europe and a nuclear Iran. You can watch the entire debate on YouTube Politics. Patch conducted a live chat during the debate, and the reaction was mixed as to who made his point better: Some of the points resonated with our live-blog panelists. Many were split on who came out on top: Mark: The president comes across as far more knowledgeable and authoratative than Romney (tonight). Minnetonka: “It’s not government that makes business successful” agree. Sometimes it’s almost “in spite of” government hand in business. …