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As SCOTUS Upholds Affordable Care Act, MN GOP Calls For MNsure’s Demise

The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

06/25/2015

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Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar Heads To Iowa For Clinton Campaign

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is headed to Iowa to campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

06/24/2015

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Hillary Clinton Fundraising In Minneapolis Monday

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is in Minneapolis Monday night. It’s her first Minnesota visit since she declared her candidacy for 2016 last spring.

06/22/2015

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‘Live From New York’, ‘The Farewell Party’ Reviewed

A history of “Saturday Night Live” that isn’t afraid to dive into the show’s issues of diversity and identity, “Live From New York” is a compelling and effectively moving portrait of a program than in 40 years has gone from being an avant-garde game-changer to an American institution.

06/12/2015

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Sen. Franken Introduces Bill To Protect Phone Data

Since it was revealed that the National Security Administration collects phone data from millions of Americans, several bills have been introduced to address that issue. Minnesota Sen. Al Franken introduced the USA Freedom Act in the Senate Thursday.

05/21/2015

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Franken Proposes $200M To Treat Mental Illness In Children

In Minnesota, there are 750 counselors for every one student. Expanded federal funding, just reintroduced in the U.S. senate, would expand student’s access to mental health services.

05/07/2015

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MSP Awarded $6M For Improvements

The Transportation Department has awarded the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport more than $6 million for infrastructure upgrades.

04/28/2015

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Talking Points: ‘No Simple Answers’ In Stopping Terror Recruitment

It’s been one week since news broke that six young Minnesota men were charged with trying to join ISIS.

04/26/2015

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Recipes From The 5th Annual Congressional Hotdish Off

The winner of the bunch, from Rep. Betty McCollum, was a turkey, sweet potato and wild rice concoction.

04/26/2015

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Keith Downey Re-Elected As Minnesota GOP Chairman

Downey received 68 percent of the vote at the party’s State Central Committee meeting in Bloomington on Saturday, turning back challenges from Neil Lynch and Bill Jungbauer.

04/11/2015

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Sen. Franken Introduces Bill Aiming To Ease Student Loan Debt

Minnesota Senator Al Franken co-authored a piece of legislation that would make it possible to refinance federal student loans for lower interest rates. The bill would apply to both graduates and current students with college debt.

03/21/2015

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Brave New Workshop Gets Kinky In ’50 Shades Of Gravy’

Did you know Minneapolis is home to the oldest sketch comedy troupe in the country? It’s called the Brave New Workshop, founded by former circus performer Dudley Riggs in 1958.

02/28/2015

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FCC Approves ‘Net Neutrality’ Proposal

The Federal Communications Committee voted Thursday to regulate the Internet under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, which currently applies to telephone service.

02/26/2015

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Franken Supportive Of Net Neutrality Proposal

Some state lawmakers want to level the playing field when it comes to accessing information online.

02/19/2015

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Minnesota Justice Wright Recommended For Federal Bench

Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken said Friday they will recommend that Wright be named a federal judge.

02/06/2015

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Franken Trounced McFadden In Senate Money Race

When it came to candidate money in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race, it wasn’t even close.

12/15/2014

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Franken: Report Is Reminder Torture ‘Immoral’

U.S. Sen. Al Franken says a report showing the U.S. brutalized scores of terror suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks is a reminder that torture is immoral. Franken reacted Tuesday to the Senate Intelligence Committee report accusing the CIA of misleading political leaders about what it was doing with its interrogation tactics.

12/09/2014

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VA Inspector General Investigating Hibbing Clinic

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General is investigating allegations of misconduct at a VA clinic in Hibbing. Last month, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Tim Walz and Rick Nolan asked the VA’s inspector general to look into claims by some ex-employees that they were ordered to backdate appointment records to make waits appear shorter. The practice is known as schedule “scrubbing.”

12/03/2014

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Ritchie Reflects On 8 Eventful Years As Secretary Of State

The final election results are in: Minnesota had its lowest voter turnout since 1986. The state canvassing board officially certified the 2014 voter turnout at 50.5 percent. It’s one of the last official acts for Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

11/25/2014

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Minnesota Voters Turn In Lowest Turnout Since 1986

The fall election produced Minnesota’s lowest voter turnout since 1986, according to results certified Tuesday. Final figures for this November’s election put participation at 50.5 percent of eligible voters. That’s the smallest percentage since 48 percent voted in the 1986 election.

11/25/2014

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Franken, Klobuchar ‘No’ On Keystone

Minnesota’s senators were both “no” votes as a proposal to build the Keystone XL pipeline went down by a single vote. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken were expected to line up against the proposal even before Tuesday evening’s vote. It failed 59-41.

11/18/2014

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Delegation Members Want Hibbing VA Inquiry

Several members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation are calling for an investigation of alleged misconduct at a Veterans’ Affairs clinic in Hibbing. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Tim Walz and Rick Nolan asked the VA’s inspector general to look into claims by some ex-employees that they were ordered to backdate appointment records to make waits appear shorter.

11/18/2014

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US Capitol Tree Stops At W. St. Paul School

For the first time in more than 20 years, a Minnesota tree is on its way to Washington D.C. as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The 88-foot white spruce stopped at Garlough Environmental Magnet School in West St. Paul Thursday. Students had a chance to see the tree and write a note on the side of the truck. “We don’t have many windows on the side of the truck,” said Mike Theune, project lead for the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. “If we have too many it creates a greenhouse effect.”

11/06/2014

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Franken Pledges To Work Across Party Lines

Re-elected U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he will continue working across party lines even as Democrats become the minority party in the Senate.

11/05/2014

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Franken: Ebola Victim’s Widow To Get Benefits

U.S. Sen. Al Franken says the widow of the first American to die from Ebola will get survivor benefits.

11/03/2014

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