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Outside Dem Group Launches Ad Attacking McFadden

A top Democratic-aligned group will begin airing ads this week attacking Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden. In the first big money pouring into the race, Alliance for a Better Minnesota’s ad will hit McFadden for considering an increase to the Medicare eligibility age. Deputy Director Joe Davis says the group will spend a “significant” six-figure sum to air the ad, which will start Tuesday and run through Election Day.

10/20/2014

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Clinton-Led Rally Set For Macalester College

Minnesota Democrats are calling on Hillary Rodham Clinton to help build enthusiasm among their voters as re-election bids of Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken near their conclusion.

10/20/2014

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Warren Stumps For Franken At Carleton; McFadden In Central MN

A top liberal U.S. senator invoked the late Sen. Paul Wellstone in Northfield Saturday, echoing his populist tone in urging voters to give her colleague Sen. Al Franken a second term. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallied a crowd of 400 dotted with old Wellstone T-shirts at Carleton College, where Wellstone taught and planted his political roots.

10/18/2014

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McFadden Calls For Travel Ban To Stop Ebola

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is sounding the alarm about the country’s ability to handle an Ebola outbreak.

10/16/2014

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Probe: No Evidence Of False VA Data In Vet’s Death

The Veterans Administration reports that an internal investigation found no evidence that a Minnesota veteran’s appointment data was doctored after he died, three members of the state’s congressional delegation said Friday.

10/10/2014

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Clinton Calls On Young Minnesotans To Vote

Democrats Sen. Al Franken and Gov. Mark Dayton are hoping for a boost from former President Bill Clinton. Clinton headlined a get-out-the-vote rally at the University of Minnesota on Friday, calling on young voters to break the pattern of low turnout for Democrats in midterm elections. Speaking to an auditorium packed with college students, Dayton and Franken emphasized policies they’ve pushed to help students.

10/10/2014

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Reality Check: New Franken Ad On McFadden Is Misleading

A new TV ad by Democratic Sen. Al Franken claims his Republican opponent Mike McFadden searches the world for places to avoid paying taxes.

10/08/2014

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McFadden: Passport Plan Key To Terrorism Fight

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is pressing a proposal to strip passports from American recruits to the Islamic State group, but says that won’t mean those people lose their U.S. citizenship altogether. McFadden gave additional details Monday about his anti-terror approach. He also says job-training programs and grants to law enforcement could help would-be recruits from heading abroad in the first place. He’s not saying how much more the government should spend on those things.

10/06/2014

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In First Term, Franken Makes Tech His Niche

Patting his notes for emphasis, Sen. Al Franken made an impassioned case: The Internet needs to be free for all, he said, not customized so that big corporations can optimize it.

10/05/2014

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Reality Check: Minnesota Millionaires In Congress

Democrats are continuing their TV ad war against Republican 8th district Congressional candidate Stewart Mills, calling him an “out of touch millionaire.” But if he’s elected, Mills would join hundreds of other millionaires in Congress, including many from Minnesota.

10/03/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: BE PINK 10-2-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

A great day in Wayzata for the BE PINK kickoff breakfast. Click the link above to hear some of the highlights!

10/02/2014

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McFadden And Franken Clash On Mining, Health Care

Democratic Sen. Al Franken and his Republican challenger Mike McFadden spent their first debate clashing over how to address problems in President Barack Obama’s health care law and mining on Minnesota’s Iron Range.

10/01/2014

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Time For Close-Ups: Senate, Governor Rivals Debate

A debate doubleheader is on tap in Minnesota. Rivals for the state’s U.S. Senate seat and governor’s mansion are finally in the same rooms Wednesday for debates in their respective races.

09/30/2014

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McFadden’s ’97 Percent’ Attack On Franken

Republican Mike McFadden and his party have seized on a big number in their efforts to boot Sen. Al Franken from office: 97 percent.

09/29/2014

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MN Remembers Firefighters Who Died In Line Of Duty

This year’s service will honor Fire Chief Matthew Frantz, of Rice Lake.

09/28/2014

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Franken: Reservations On Arming Rebels In Syria

With airstrikes underway in Syria, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he’s worried about the success of the second half of President Barack Obama’s plan to destroy Islamic State extremists: arming and training Syrian rebels.

09/23/2014

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Absentee Voting Starts This Week For Midterms

Minnesotans can head to the polls as early as this week for the upcoming election.

09/15/2014

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McFadden Backs Air Strikes Against Islamic State

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden says he would vote to give President Barack Obama authorization for expanded air strikes against Islamic State group militants.

09/12/2014

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Franken Welcomes Obama Plan On Islamic State

Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Thursday that he’s happy to have the outlines of a plan to combat the threat of Islamic State militants but that he wonders what effect it will have on recruitment for the terror group, including in Minnesota communities.

09/11/2014

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Reality Check: Did Franken Vote ‘More Than 40 Times’ For High Taxes?

Did Minnesota Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken vote for higher taxes “more than 40 times”, as his opponent claims?

09/10/2014

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Reality Check: Franken’s Ad On McFadden’s ‘Tax Inversion’

A tough new ad from Democratic Sen. Al Franken accuses his Republican opponent’s business of avoiding taxes by headquartering overseas. But Republican Mike McFadden calls the ad “ridiculous” and “full of lies.” The ad marks a new Franken campaign strategy: directly attack McFadden for his business dealings.

09/05/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 9-5-14 John Hines Filling In.

John Hines remembers Joan Rivers when he sits in for Dave Lee. Click the link above to listen to highlights from Friday’s show…

09/05/2014

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McFadden Defends Role In Irish Firm’s Merger

Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate. McFadden’s Minnesota-based firm made more than $11 million, according to public filings.

08/30/2014

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Senate Hopeful McFadden Defends Role In Irish Firm’s Merger

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is defending his investment banking firm’s involvement in a deal that led a U.S. company overseas. The so-called tax inversion finalized in 2012 involved a U.S. pharmaceutical company merging with a competitor and moving its tax residence to Ireland, where corporate tax rates are much lower.

08/29/2014

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Reality Check: TV News Clips In Franken’s Ad

Sen. Al Franken’s TV ad skillfully weaves the campaign’s own video and real TV news broadcasts, adding a narrator’s voice that sounds like a newsreader and morphs into actual TV anchors.

08/28/2014

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