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Sen. Franken Speaks Out Against Payday Loans In St. Paul

Efforts are under way to crack down on the types of loans that offer quick cash, but exorbitant interest rates. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, spoke out against “payday” loans and other high interest loans Saturday.

06/13/2015

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Sen. Franken Seeks Answers Over FBI Surveillance Flights

Sen. Al Franken has ten big questions for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice in light of the recent surveillance flights that occurred over a number of U.S. metro areas, including the Twin Cities.

06/03/2015

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U.S. Lawmakers Working Long Hours To Extend Key Patriot Act Provisions

United States Senators worked late Friday night and into Saturday morning, but failed to work out a deal on government surveillance programs.

05/23/2015

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Sen. Franken Part Of Delegation Headed To Cuba

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken will travel to Cuba this weekend. He’ll be part of a congressional delegation that will explore ways the U.S. and Cuba can expand trade opportunities.

05/22/2015

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State Senator Ortman Won’t Seek Fifth Term

At least one seat in the Minnesota Senate will change hands next year. State Sen. Julianne Ortman announced Tuesday she won’t seek a fifth term. The Chanhassen Republican says she’s bowing out early to give other candidates a stronger shot.

05/12/2015

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Good Question: What Is The History Of The Hot Dish?

It’s something many Minnesotans grew up with and many still enjoy today: hot dish.

It’s become an annual contest among the state’s congressional delegation. On Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken hosted the 5th annual hot dish competition in Washington, D.C., putting partisanship aside in favor of a culinary tradition. Rep. Betty McCollum’s “Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Wild Rice Hot Dish” took first place.

04/22/2015

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Al Franken Urges David Letterman To Run For US Senate

U.S. Sen. Al Franken made his first appearance on David Letterman’s “The Late Show” for the first time since the Minnesotan went to Washington in 2009. The senator and Letterman are old friends that date back to Franken’s days as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live.

04/02/2015

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After 70 Years, World War II Veteran Receives POW Medal

Seventy years after being shot down and held captive in World War II, a Minnesota veteran has proudly received his POW medal. Sen. Al Franken presented Robert Michelsen of Apple Valley his long-overdue honor Sunday afternoon at the VA Medical Center.

03/29/2015

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Franken Skipping Netanyahu Speech

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken says he will skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday.

03/02/2015

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Talking Points: Obama’s Tax Plan And The Middle Class

Just days before his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled a major tax proposal that calls for raising taxes on the wealthy and large financial firms.

01/18/2015

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Interview: Sen. Franken On Obama’s Tax Proposals

Just days before the State of the Union address, the White House disclosed a plan Saturday night to increase taxes on the wealthy. Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was in the WCCO studio Sunday morning to talk with Esme Murphy about the president’s proposal.

01/18/2015

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Senate Passes Bill Renaming Minnesota Post Office

A bill that would rename the Cold Spring post office after slain Officer Tommy Decker has passed the U.S. Senate and is heading to President Barack Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

12/05/2014

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New Washburn Center For Children Unveiled In N. Mpls.

Dozens of community members attended a grand opening event for the Washburn Center for Children on Friday. The new 55,000 square foot building is located in North Minneapolis and is twice the size of the old building, which was located off Nicollet Avenue.

11/21/2014

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Why Did Minnesota Buck The Republican-Leaning National Trend?

The day after the election was a great day for Republicans, except in Minnesota. Nationally, Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate and boosted their majority in the U.S. House. For the first time since President Obama took office, he will face a Congress with Republicans in control of both houses.

11/05/2014

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Franken Calls Re-Election ‘Gratifying’

Sen. Al Franken’s margin of victory in Tuesday’s election was a landslide compared to his razor-thin win six years ago. In July of 2009, after a seven-month recount and a drawn-out legal challenge, Franken was finally declared the winner by just 312 votes. While the margin of Franken’s victory this time was predicted by recent polls, as recently as a year ago he was not expected to do nearly as well.

11/04/2014

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McFadden Touts Party’s Progress In Loss

GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden says Minnesota’s Republican party is in better shape than two years ago, despite his loss to Sen. Al Franken.

11/04/2014

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Franken Captures 2nd Term In US Senate

Sen. Al Franken is the projected winner for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race.

11/04/2014

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Franken Hopes For Easier Senate Path Against McFadden

Democratic Sen. Al Franken hoped to win a second term in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday more comfortably than he won his first. Franken’s victory by a mere 312 votes in a 2008 recount made him an alluring target for Republicans, who hoped to seize control of the Senate.

11/04/2014

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1 Year Later, MNsure Remains A Hot Topic For Candidates

We’re a year into MNsure. The largest and cheapest carrier is out, the rates are going up and critics continue to call it a failure. What could this mean for the midterm elections? No matter how you feel about MNSure, it has provided for a lot of back and forth between the candidates this election season.

11/04/2014

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Despite Favorable Polls, Sen. Franken Not Overconfident In Race Against McFadden

The latest poll in the U.S. Senate race shows the gap has not tightened between the leading candidates in Minnesota.

11/03/2014

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McFadden To File Complaint Against Franken For Ads

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden is suggesting Sen. Al Franken may have broken election law by coordinating with a political action committee. At issue is a pair ads — one released by Franken and a pro-Franken spot from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC — that appear to use some of the same video footage of the freshman Democrat.

11/02/2014

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Franken, McFadden Cap Off Race With Final Debate

U.S. Sen. Al Franken and GOP challenger Mike McFadden met for a third and final debate Sunday evening, capping off a campaign that for McFadden and Republicans looks like the race that could have been. The two candidates brought their mostly sleepy campaign to a close by agreeing with each other more than ever before at the debate hosted by Minnesota Public Radio.

11/02/2014

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Minnesota Candidates Scrounge For Late Votes

The leading candidates for Minnesota’s top offices are spending the final campaign weekend giving pep talks to the party faithful knocking on doors and calling persuadable voters. Democratic Sen. Al Franken told canvassers in a St. Paul suburb that races are “won at the door” and says his 312-vote win six years ago proves nothing can be taken for granted.

11/01/2014

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Franken Campaigns With Fred Armisen; McFadden Stops In Rochester

Minnesota candidates are entering the final weekend of Campaign 2014.

10/31/2014

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Reality Check: Franken’s Ad Claims McFadden Closed Mont. Paper Mill

A new ad from U.S. Senator Al Franken accuses his Republican challenger Mike McFadden of helping shut down a Montana paper mill, and costing workers hundreds of jobs.

10/30/2014

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