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Wednesday, February 6

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Live at the precinct caucuses with THE UPTAKE
The Uptake presents live video coverage of Super Tuesday, based in Minnesota. Check it out!

Free tax help: Too good to be true?
by Lisa Peterson-de la Cueva, TC Daily Planet
Pensions. Dividends. Deductible. These tax terms are enough to make thousands of taxpayers delay the dirty deed until the last minute. But Stacy Ballard didn’t seem too fazed when a volunteer with AccountAbility Minnesota posed questions while helping her do her taxes. Ballard, a North Minneapolis resident, had come to the basement of the Minneapolis Urban League with documentation in hand ready to get help with her taxes. What’s the incentive to getting her taxes done here so early in the season? The earlier she does it the earlier she gets her refund. Oh, and it’s free.

Workers charge Minnesota contractor with exploitation
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
Eight Latino immigrant workers have filed what they hope will become a class action lawsuit to halt “strikingly exploitive” practices by a major Minnesota drywall contractor.

Big loser in Rasmussen/Fox9 Minnesota survey: Pawlenty
by Steve Perry, The Daily Mole
There are no surprises in the presidential preferences expressed by Minnesotans in the pre-Super Tuesday poll unveiled by Fox9 this week. The Rasmussen survey of “likely voters” shows McCain and Obama surging here, as they have in most surveys of other states holding primaries tomorrow. But how those preferences will translate in a state where people have to spend an evening at the caucuses rather than having all day to vote at their leisure puts a premium on ground organization. We’ll see.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Bonoff, Madia trade barbs on taxes at labor forum
by Joe Bodell, Minnesota Monitor
All was quiet and cordial at Thursday’s 3rd Congressional District candidate forum sponsored by the Minneapolis Central Labor Union Council — and then all of a sudden, barbs were flying between candidates Terri Bonoff and Ashwin Madia, and Jim Hovland did his best to stay out of the way.

The best kept secret in North Minneapolis
by Donald W.R. Allen II, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
The Minneapolis Urban League’s Resource Room provides technology access, job search help

Former Minnesotan to run in Ghana’s presidential elections
by Bashe Said, African News Journal
Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom travels to Ghanaian communities across the United States to address his plan to eradicate poverty in Ghana, create long term savings, and grow the national unity of Ghana. Ghana’s opposition Convention People’s Party (CPP) has elected him as the new presidential candidate to represent the party ahead of next year’s general elections. Paa Kwesi Nduom who is the CPP Member of Parliament for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem recently resigned as sector minister for Public Sector Reform under President John Kufuor’s administration.

NEW IN VOICES

Protect our visionary leaders
by Tom Heuerman, Ph.D.
When I listen to Barack Obama speak, I feel hopeful. Maybe we can renew our nation. Perhaps we can recommit ourselves to the noble values and grand purpose of America. Obama takes me back to the 60’s, and I remember the dangers visionaries like he face willingly.

NEW IN BLOGS

Anticipation of Spring
by Virginia Wright Peterson, World Views
Like when you are a kid at summer camp, mail is pretty exciting here. This week I received a box from friends at the college where I teach in my real life. They sent two pounds of my favorite coffee and, to my surprise and delight, seed catalogues. In Minnesota, my home state, those of us who garden spend hours during the cold, dark days of winter turning the colorful pages of marigolds, snap dragons, and tomatoes, choosing our favorites varieties from last year and picking something new to try this year. The bursts of color and planning for spring are wonderful diversions, or at least, they provide balance to the reality of being in Iraq.

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