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Good Question: Do Members Of Congress Get Paid During The Shutdown?

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers won’t be getting paid for the foreseeable future. That had many of you emailing, wanting to know: Do members of Congress get paid during a government shutdown?

10/01/2013

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Sen. Franken Has Concerns Over iPhone Fingerprint Tech

As thousands lined up at Apple and mobile phone stores across the country and the globe, Sen. Al Franken expressed concerns over the new iPhone’s fingerprint identification technology.

09/20/2013

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Cleary Named To Top Spot On Minn. Appeals Court

The first person Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals became his choice Wednesday to lead the 19-member court.

09/18/2013

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At A Glance: Minn. Politicians On Syria Strike

Here’s a look at where Minnesota politicians stand in regards to President Obama’s plan to strike the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

09/09/2013

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NEWSCLICK: What If Mitt Romney Were President?

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09/04/2013

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Minn. Congress Members Disagree On Syria Response

There appears to be little disagreement about the evidence of Syria’s use of chemical weapons, but amongst Minnesota’s Congressional delegation – there are major differences over what to do about it. At the Minnesota State Fair, members of Congress were giving all sorts of advice. Democrat Keith Ellison says he supports a limited, tactical military response to chemical warfare.

08/30/2013

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Politics-On-A-Stick At The State Fair

Forget elections, conventions, debates, and television ads. This is my favorite political event of the year.

08/22/2013

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St. Louis County Commissioner In U.S. Senate Race

Another Republican has jumped into the race for the Minnesota U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Al Franken. St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg confirmed Wednesday that he’s a candidate in the race.

08/21/2013

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New Health Care Law Could Have 9,000 Minnesotans Receiving Rebate Checks

Some 9,000 Minnesotans could be in line for health insurance rebate checks now going out as part of the new federal health care law.

08/05/2013

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Esme’s Blog: The Surprisingly Formidable Al Franken

If anyone was supposed to be an easy target for defeat in 2014 it was going to be Sen. Al Franken. He won the disputed 2008 race by 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast. Today Franken is on none of the national lists of vulnerable incumbents.

08/03/2013

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GOP’s Ortman Joins U.S. Senate Race

State Sen. Julianne Ortman is running to be the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Al Franken next year.

08/03/2013

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Minn.’s Franken Hardly A GOP Target For Defeat

Al Franken barely made it into the Senate the first time, squeaking by with 312 votes after months of recounts and legal skirmishes that left Minnesota Republicans salivating at the prospect of snatching the seat back from the former “Saturday Night Live” star in 2014.

06/22/2013

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Anoka Republican Wades Into Minn. Senate Race

A veteran Republican legislator from Anoka made a surprising entrance Tuesday into Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race. State Rep. Jim Abeler announced his bid in an email blast that said he had formed a campaign committee.

06/18/2013

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Franken ‘Very Well Aware Of’ NSA Tracking Phone Records

US Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says he’s not surprised by revelations that federal security agencies collect phone and computer data on American citizens.

06/10/2013

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State Sen. Ortman Considering Challenge To Franken

Republican state Sen. Julianne Ortman says she is “seriously considering” a challenge to Sen. Al Franken next year. Ortman tells The Associated Press on Monday that it’s a tough decision she’ll make after discussions with her family and political advisors in the coming weeks. The state senator from Chanhassen has been discussed as a possible candidate but she had not publicly addressed the speculation until Monday.

06/10/2013

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