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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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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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