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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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Minnesota Senate Rivals Tied To Investment Firm

Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over people.

04/11/2014

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Franken Wants The Federal Gov’t To Cover School Lunch Co-Pay

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken wants the federal government, not the state government, to cover the 40-cent co-pay required if a child can’t come up with the money in the school lunch line.

03/17/2014

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Minnesota Delegates Cook Up Bipartisan Hotdish Contest

Rep. Michele Bachmann says she hoped the judges would take pity on her. It’s her last year in Congress, after all. But in the end, Bachmann’s best effort — a hotdish called the “Polar Vortex-Mex” — wasn’t enough.

03/12/2014

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Luger Confirmed As Minnesota’s Next US Attorney

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed former federal prosecutor Andy Luger as the next U.S. attorney for Minnesota. Luger, an experienced litigator who is now in private practice, said he expects to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the next couple of days.

02/12/2014

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Dayton Skips Caucus As Minn. Dems Ready For Fall

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sat out caucus night, although his fellow Democrats were gearing up for his re-election campaign.

02/04/2014

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GOP’s Ortman To Honor Endorsement In Senate Race

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman says she will drop her bid to run against Democratic Sen. Al Franken if she doesn’t get the GOP endorsement. Ortman says Thursday that the party’s U.S. Senate candidate will have to rely on the GOP leaders and activists who bestow the party’s endorsement at its state convention in May. She says the sooner the party can unite behind one candidate the better chance it will have to unseat Franken.

01/30/2014

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Sen. Franken Demands Answers On GPS Tracking, Credit Card Security

Sen. Al Franken is demanding answers from a major auto dealer after an executive said the company is using GPS information to track customers’ activities.

01/15/2014

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Franken Posts Another Strong Fundraising Quarter

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken reports raising $2.1 million in the final three months of last year, and now has $4.8 million in the bank for his upcoming re-election campaign.

01/13/2014

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Minn. GOP, Dems Set Conventions For Same Weekend

Minnesota Republicans and Democrats will be holding overlapping state conventions to back candidates for major offices on the 2014 ballot.

01/07/2014

Blois Olson Bio

12-23-13 The Morning Take On The Morning News With Dave Lee

Click the link to hear the FINAL EPISODE OF 2013! Thanks for a great year Blois Olson!

12/23/2013

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Rep. Nolan: Firings Needed Over Health Law Woes

A Minnesota Democratic congressman has added his voice to GOP calls in Washington for administration officials to be fired over the rocky rollout of the new health care law.

10/23/2013

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Minn. Politicians React To Shutdown Deal

Reaction to the deal is not all over the map, surprisingly. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is expressing optimism that lessons have been learned and this type of crisis will not happen again. Conservatives like Rep. Michele Bachmann say they are not done fighting.

10/16/2013

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Franken Haul Leads As Minn. Candidates Tally Cash

Government dysfunction aside, landing or keeping a job in the Washington power structure can be a pricey endeavor. Candidates for the U.S. House and Senate demonstrated that again Tuesday with fundraising reports showing the collective millions they’ve raised and spent to seek elected office. The reports cover activity from July through September, seed money most will need to remain competitive by the time next fall’s elections roll around.

10/15/2013

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Minn. Officials Still Assessing Shutdown Impact

Minnesota government officials say they’ve activated a special contingency team to assess the potential impact of the federal government’s partial shutdown. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter took the step Tuesday.

10/02/2013

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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?

Click the link to vote on today’s NEWS CLICK!

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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