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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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Park-Hopping Obama Strikes Chord About Gridlock

Over two days, President Barack Obama took in two of Minnesota’s most scenic parks all while he talked about how ugly Washington had become. Obama headed back to Washington on Friday after his stay in Minneapolis, where he spoke extensively about how gridlock has stymied economic progress.

06/27/2014

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Bills Would Honor Late Minnesota US Rep. Oberstar

Minnesota congressional members have introduced bills to honor the late U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar. The legislation would rename the Chisholm (CHIS’-uhm) Post Office and portions of Highways 35 and 61 in Oberstar’s memory. U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, who now holds Oberstar’s seat, introduced the bipartisan bill. Minnesota Reps. Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison and Tim Walz signed on as sponsors.

06/27/2014

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Witnesses Say Apps Increase Stalkers’ Capabilities

Stalking victims face new threats in an era of smartphones and mobile apps and Congress should regulate them more closely, witnesses at a congressional hearing said Wednesday.

06/04/2014

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State Rep. Abeler Pushes To GOP Primary For Senate

Minnesota Republican legislator Jim Abeler says he’ll take his chances in a GOP primary for U.S. Senate against the party-endorsed candidate, Mike McFadden.

06/03/2014

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Republican Senate Runner Up Candidate Is Ready To Unify For Good Of The GOP

On Saturday, Minnesota Republicans endorsed investment banker Mike McFadden to take on DFL Senator Al Franken in the next election in November. Saint Louis County commissioner Chris Dahlberg, who lost to McFadden, is disappointed but is looking ahead in the campaign to unseat Franken.

05/31/2014

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Abeler Says He’ll Take Weekend To Decide On Senate

State Rep. Jim Abeler says he’ll take the weekend to decide whether to press forward in the Minnesota Senate race or bow out. Abeler left a primary campaign on the table. But he says Mike McFadden’s endorsement win “raises the bar” and would complicate a bid. Filing for the office closes Tuesday.

05/31/2014

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Republicans Opt For McFadden As US Senate Pick

Minnesota Republicans shaped the top of a high-stakes election ticket Saturday, endorsing investment banker Mike McFadden for U.S. Senate and voting on a favorite for governor as the party tries to end Democratic political dominance in the state. McFadden’s win spares him a hard primary fight and offers a clearer path to a November challenge to Democratic Sen. Al Franken. The race could help determine if U.S. Senate control flips from Democratic to Republican this fall.

05/31/2014

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Minnesota DFL Party Convention Convenes In Duluth

Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party convened Saturday with delegates poised to endorse Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken for second terms. Around 1,300 delegates gathered at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to hear speakers praise the state’s Democratic elected officials for using their control of state government to champion their values. They cited new laws to raise the state’s minimum wage, invest in public schools and infrastructure projects, and legalize gay marriage.

05/31/2014

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GOP’s Dahlberg, McFadden Duel For Senate Nod

A county commissioner from northern Minnesota has been the leader from the get-go for the Republican endorsement in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race.

05/30/2014

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GOP Convention Won’t Decide Some Election Nominees

For Minnesota Republicans, this weekend’s convention in Rochester won’t deliver a typical knockout punch to all of the candidates who fail to get the endorsement of the party faithful.

05/29/2014

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Franken Calls On VA Secretary To Resign

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken is calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign.

05/28/2014

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Franken & Klobuchar: Administration Must Support Biodiesel

Senators from North Dakota and Minnesota say the Obama administration should retreat on a proposal to make significant changes to renewable fuel standards and show its support for the biodiesel industry. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota say that biodiesel production has led to thousands of jobs and remains a clean, safe form of energy.

05/14/2014

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Minnesota Going Wild Over Stanley Cup Playoffs

After a thrilling overtime win Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche, hockey fans have been rushing to get their hands on anything with a Wild logo on it. “This city is pumped. I mean this state’s pumped. We are ready to go,” said Corey Reding, one of many fans with an arm-full of merchandise Friday at The Hockey Lodge inside the Xcel Center.

05/02/2014

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Franken Ups His Campaign Bank Balance To $5.9M

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has nearly $6 million in reserve as his re-election bid heads deeper into campaign season. Franken’s campaign released totals Friday for the first three months of 2014. The first-term Democrat reported raising $2.72 million, leaving him with $5.9 million in cash on hand as of April 1.

04/11/2014

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