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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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Franken: Regrets Traffic-Cone Video

U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he regrets a video in which he’s shown holding two traffic cones to his chest like breasts.

The video was recorded at a 2012 fundraiser and first surfaced this spring Republican officials brought it up again this week a few days after GOP congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn came under attack for old blog writings targeting women, American Indians, gays and others.

08/28/2014

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Reality Check: Ad Slams Franken’s Record Voting In Line With Obama

A new television ad from Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden accuses Democratic Sen. Al Franken of voting almost 100 percent of the time with President Obama. The ad, with a humorous tone, ties Franken to Obama with a very Minnesotan insult: a Franken look-alike struggling to back his boat into the water.

08/25/2014

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Minnesota’s Senators Welcome Steel Decision

Minnesota’s U.S. senators are welcoming a ruling from the International Trade Commission that they say will open the door for strong action against the dumping of South Korean steel on the American market.

08/22/2014

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Political Candidates See Opportunity At State Fair

Political candidates foraging for fall votes are settling in at the Minnesota State Fair. With more than 1.7 million people expected to roam the grounds during the 12-day run, candidates for governor, senator and other offices are shaking hands and spreading their messages.

08/21/2014

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Laughs In Minnesota Senate Race Not From Franken

Someone has a sense of humor in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race, but it’s not the former “Saturday Night Live” writer and comedian. As front-running Sen. Al Franken sticks with sober ads highlighting his work on issues including the mortgage crisis and mental health in schools, it’s Republican challenger Mike McFadden who is bringing the funny.

08/21/2014

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McFadden Talks On Recent Gas Tax Fumble

You’ve seen his campaign ads on TV, and on Tuesday night John Lauritsen had an opportunity to visit with U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden at football practice.

08/19/2014

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McFadden’s Task: Convincing Outside Money To Come

From the moment Al Franken won his Senate seat by just 312 votes in 2008, Republicans began foretelling his doom in 2014, painting him as a perfect target in their effort to retake the chamber this fall.

08/17/2014

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McFadden Wins Minn. GOP Senate Primary

Businessman Mike McFadden has won Minnesota’s Republican Senate primary and will take on Sen. Al Franken in November.

08/12/2014

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Republicans Pick Johnson, McFadden For Top Offices

The voting is over and the counting has begun in Minnesota, where the top prizes in the primary were the Republican nominations to take on Democrats Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken in November. Dayton and Franken had little-known Democratic challengers as each sought a second term. But four major Republican rivals jockeyed for the party’s nod to take on Dayton, with no sign of a clear front-runner. Businessman Mike McFadden was favored to challenge Franken in the fall.

08/12/2014

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A Quick Look At Minn. Primary Races

There’s close attention being paid to the Republican governor’s race. The four-way race is the most hotly contested primary in 20 years. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson has the official party endorsement, and on Tuesday night, we’ll see how much that matters.

08/12/2014

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Widow Of Ebola Victim Wants Ashes Returned To US

A Minnesota woman who lost her husband to Ebola is working on bringing his ashes back to the U.S. Decontee Sawyer said Friday that she wants her husband’s remains for her three daughters, so they can have a way to keep their dad near them.

08/08/2014

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McFadden To Deliver GOP’s Weekly Address

Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden will deliver the GOP’s weekly rebuttal to President Obama. The party’s radio address is generally delivered by sitting lawmakers or governors, although some candidates have given it before. The choice of McFadden — even before Tuesday’s election to settle the GOP nominee to challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken — underlines his support in the national establishment.

08/07/2014

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McFadden Goes After Franken At FarmFest

Five candidates for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat, including incumbent Sen. Al Franken, are laying out their ideas for helping farmers at the annual FarmFest trade show. Wednesday’s panel was Franken’s first appearance with his challengers, and the last until after Republican voters choose their candidate in next Tuesday’s primary.

08/06/2014

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Company Gets Waiver To Maintain Propane Supplies

The Army Corp of Engineers has granted a waiver allowing a Benson petroleum company to move forward with a project designed to speed up a propane-infrastructure project. The waiver on behalf of Dooley Petroleum was requested by U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson

08/05/2014

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Chamber Backs McFadden As Groups Tune Into Race

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce promises “aggressive” spending to back Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden’s bid to unseat Sen. Al Franken.

08/04/2014

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Franken: EPA May Scale Back Renewable Fuel Cuts

Sen. Al Franken says the Obama administration may scale back projected cuts to ethanol and other renewable fuels production. An Environmental Protection Agency proposal for renewable fuel standards would reduce by almost 3 billion gallons the amounts of ethanol and other biofuels blended into gasoline in 2014 than the law requires.

07/24/2014

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Republican McFadden Applauds Hobby Lobby Decision

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is praising the Supreme Court’s recent decision that companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. McFadden’s support comes more than a week after the high court’s ruling — and after Democrats have been attacking him for not taking a position.

07/09/2014

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Minnesota GOP Senate Hopefuls Jockey For Nod

Two Republicans jockeying for the U.S. Senate nomination against Democratic Sen. Al Franken demonstrated their differing paths Monday to getting campaign exposure as the primary election approaches in less than a month. The favorite, businessman Mike McFadden, released his first broadcast television ad that will start airing statewide Tuesday. His main opponent, state Rep. Jim Abeler, touted an endorsement by former GOP Gov. Al Quie. The winner of their Aug. 12 primary will advance to a general election contest with Franken. McFadden has the state Republican Party’s endorsement and a substantial fundraising edge over Abeler.

07/07/2014

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