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BOOKTODAY: One of the challenges of the high-turn over in the Legislature the past 10 years has been a loss of institutional knowledge and a depth of expertise on complex areas of policy in nearly every issue area. Candidates and newly elected legislators often feel overwhelmed by the flood of data and information from businesses, associations and trade groups.  In an effort to help educate and inform candidates and legislators on a deeper level, morning take introduces “Candidate College: Issue Briefings for the 2012”.  If your group, or business would like to learn more about this innovative new opportunity to educate candidates on policy please contact Blois Olson.  DISCOUNT:  Book your slot in Candidate College today for a discount!  Due to the high level of interest in Candidate College there is now a Q and A available.  There are a few slots in the program still available but the deadline is coming soon.  If you're interested, please email.  CONTACT:  CANDIDATES:  stay tuned for your invite and details.

FORCANDIDATES:  More information this week will be sent out to you on Candidate College, it is a free to attend event. 

BACKTOSCHOOL:  Rep. Kurt Bills on WCCO Radio yesterday announced that he will be back teaching at Rosemount High School this fall, yesterday he returned to the school for teacher workshop.  QUOTE: “I can’t leave my classroom both financially and just in terms of who I am.” 
POPULISM: via the WCCO Radio interview with Chad Hartman  QUOTE: “We haven’t had a budget in 1,215 days…we have six major deficits, we have budget deficit, a jobs deficit, a trade deficit, a savings deficit, a liberty deficit, and a leadership deficit…it’s America versus Washington DC…The middle class ranging from $40,000 to $118,000 for a family of three, well, we’re a family of six, and I’m comfortably below $118,000, so isn’t it about time we start sending middle class people to Washington. I’d be proud to be the poorest Senator in the United States Senate.”  LISTEN:
TAMPA:  Minnesota delegates are at the center of a potential floor fight today over the RNC rules.  Via AP:  “Rep. Ron Paul’s delegates are trying to mount a floor fight over new GOP rules designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican conventions…They are getting help from other delegates, though it is unclear whether they can rally enough support to challenge the rules on the floor of the convention Tuesday…Mitt Romney, the party’s presumptive nominee, has plenty of delegates to win any floor fight. Nevertheless, party officials agreed to ease the new rules on Monday in an effort to appease some disgruntled delegates. Still, the dispute could provide an unwanted distraction for party leaders who would rather focus on promoting Romney and defeating President Barack ObamaQUOTE: “It’s so heavily scripted. This is not the forum in which they want to air the proverbial dirty laundry,” said Juliette Jordal, a Paul delegate from Minnesota.”  READ:
RNC:  Minnesota reporters covering the RNC in Tampa includes the Star Tribune’s Kevin Diaz, Baird Helgeson, and AP’s Brian Bakst and MPR’s Tom Scheck  NOTE:  No local television reporters are covering the convention.
RNC:  Minnesota’s Marianne Stebbins was featured yesterday in a Ron Paul rally on CSPAN from the RNC convention.  WATCH:   EXPECT:  Stebbins to be lobbied to run for MN GOP chair next year.
CABINET:  via Politico, VERBATIM: “Mitt Romney said his Cabinet and White House staff will be stacked with men and women from the business world, but his top advisers sketched out for POLITICO a team compromised of many familiar faces in Washington… Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who worked in the White House for both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is popular around the Boston headquarters for his loyalty, could well get a top nomination as a consolation prize for not being picked for vice president. They would be in the mix for top Cabinet jobs, with Portman considered Treasury material and Pawlenty something smaller, perhaps Education.”  READ:
AMENDMENTS:  The MN Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favor of amendment proponents in the cases of the titles of amendments.  Via the Pioneer Press,   VERBATIM: “In a victory for Republican lawmakers and allied groups, the Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that two constitutional amendments will be presented to voters in November in the form the GOP-majority Legislature intended…In two 4-2 rulings Monday…the court dismissed a challenge to the wording of the proposed voter ID question and rejected Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's attempts to rewrite the titles of the voter ID and marriage amendment questions.” READ:

IKEA:  via news release yesterday, VERBATIM: “IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in the solar panels installed at its Twin Cities store in Bloomington, Minnesota – the state’s largest such photovoltaic array.  The 128,000-square-foot PV array consists of a 1,014-kW system, built with 4,316 panels.  IKEA Bloomington’s program will produce approximately 1,161,328 kWh of clean electricity annually, the equivalent of reducing 801 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 157 cars or powering 100 homes yearly.”  READ

WHATSNEXT: “Seventy-percent of morning take readers said if there was another tip sheet in the format of morning take they would like it to be about Minnesota business.”  LISTENED:  We’re listening and after Labor Day we will launch a daily forward looking business tip sheet in the same format.  It’s likely to be an afternoon distribution.  SIGNUP:
BOOK:  Next week, two fmr. staffers for fmr. Sen. Norm Coleman, Jayne Jones and Alicia Long will host a party and book signing for their new novel “Capitol Hell”. The signing will be at Garrison Keillor’s Common Ground books in St. Paul, a kind of small irony considering Keillor’s politics.   ABOUT: “recent college graduate Allison Amundson, a small town girl from South Dakota, lands the highly sought after job of scheduler to the newly-elected and rising star of the United States Senate, Senator Anders McDermott III, she thinks she is on the fast track to success…However, she quickly learns that crazy co-workers, a high maintenance boss, an over-the-top family and an unexpected Presidential bid make Capitol Hill seem even more dysfunctional than portrayed on TV. In fact, it is Capitol Hell….The second Allison sets foot in the prestigious Senate Russell Building, things begin to go awry. Allison soon realizes her co-workers consist of a Chief of Staff who has little to no control over the antics in the office, a Press Secretary who is not only pompous, but who is constantly primping and preening, and worst of all the Senator himself, who cares more about his rise to fame than the people of Minnesota…As Allison struggles to juggle a new career, her blooming love interest in Cam (a quiet but loyal Legislative Assistant), and her ever-declining bank account, she is comforted only by her co-worker Janet, a fireplug who spends the majority of her time on-line dating, trying to land a Senator of her own...Just as Allison and Janet begin to figure out the ins and outs of Capitol Hill, their lives are turned upside down when Senator McDermott announces his bid for President of the United States. Soon, Allison and Janet find themselves at the center of one of the craziest campaigns in history, and hilarity ensues.” SIGNING:
TODAY: Gov. Mark Dayton will deliver brief remarks at the “Welcome Home” program, a part of Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair.  The program will honor recently returned service members from all branches of the military, and their families. Over the noon hour, Governor Dayton will sit down with the Star Tribune’s Lori Sturdevant for a live interview on the back porch of the Star Tribune booth at the Fair.  Dayton is also scheduled to meet separately with Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Commissioner Mona Dohman
TODAY:  It is expected that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig will announce that Target Field is the home of the 2014 All-Star Game.

TODAY: Reps. Jim Abeler and Denise Dietrich will appear at the House of Representatives booth.
TOMORROW: fmr. Governor Tim Pawlenty addresses the RNC.
SEPTEMBER:  On September 20th,  fmr. Homeland Security Secy Tom Ridge will headline a fundraiser for GOP House candidate Stacey Stout.  
BIRTHDAYS:  Almanac producer Kari Kennedy, Teach for America’s Matthew Kramer, entrepreneur Dan Mallin, St. John’s prof. Matt Lindstrom, GOP activist Monique Morton, attorney Dan Brown.
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About Morning Take- In the era of Twitter, Facebook and the 24-hour, minute by minute news cycle morning take is designed to be a short, quick read for Minnesota insiders. morning take the radio version is every morning M-F at 6:20 AM on WCCO-AM with Dave Lee.   The goal of morning take is not to aggregate much news of the day, but rather preview the day ahead and help crystallize or foreshadow items on the horizon  I will be transparent about when clients are included, or if I am involved in some event.   Please provide tips and constructive feedback. thanks - blois

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