LIVE at 8 a.m.: Only scheduled MN-8 debate via @theuptake

State PoliticsThe 2014 election is now less than a month away, and while several Minnesota polls show statistically significant leads for DFLers Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken, other state races are very much coming down to the wire. Control of the State House of Representatives could come down to a few hundred votes in a dozen or so districts. Here in Northern and Central Minnesota, candidates in the race for Congress in MN-8 are still behaving like they’re in a dogfight. Amazingly, only one debate between U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN8), GOP challenger Stewart Mills, and Green Party challenger Ray “Skip” Sandman made the schedule. It takes place at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Duluth. The UpTake will be providing live video coverage, which they’ve made available to me here at

Regrettably, I’ve committed to another media interview on KAXE during the debate. (I’ll be talking about the Connect Itasca broadband internet project at 8:15). So I won’t be able to live blog the debate. I hope to watch later and make some sense of it. The archive will be posted here as a resource after it’s ready.

UPDATE: This is the archived version of the debate, which you can watch any time:

I’ll have some analysis of this debate in my Oct. 12, 2014 newspaper column.

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