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More Voters Are Turning In Ballots Early

Election Day is about three weeks away and early voting is already proving to be more popular this year. The Secretary of State’s Office has released new numbers saying they’ve accepted more than 22,000 absentee ballots.

10/10/2014

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Mike McFadden Pays To Rebroadcast Senate Debate

Republican Senate challenger Mike McFadden is turning a Minnesota Senate debate against Democratic incumbent Al Franken into an infomercial. McFadden’s campaign announced Friday it would pay to re-air their only one-on-one debate so far.

10/10/2014

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McFadden Releases Plan For Legislative Action

Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden is making several promises for legislative action if he defeats Sen. Al Franken. McFadden vows to help write a balanced budget amendment — and a bill that would halt lawmaker pay if Congress doesn’t pass a budget — within his first 100 days in office.

10/08/2014

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Franken More Flush Than McFadden For Final Month

With less than a month before Election Day, Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden has less than $1 million banked to oust Sen. Al Franken. McFadden’s campaign says he raised more than $2 million in the three-month period ending in September. The total announced Tuesday is his largest during a fundraising quarter.

10/07/2014

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In First Term, Franken Makes Tech His Niche

Patting his notes for emphasis, Sen. Al Franken made an impassioned case: The Internet needs to be free for all, he said, not customized so that big corporations can optimize it.

10/04/2014

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Former President Clinton To Campaign In Minnesota

Former President Bill Clinton is bound for Minnesota next week to campaign for Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken. Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party announced Thursday that Clinton would appear at a University of Minnesota rally the following Friday afternoon.

10/02/2014

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McFadden And Franken Clash On Mining, Health Care

Democratic Sen. Al Franken and his Republican challenger Mike McFadden spent their first debate clashing over how to address problems in President Barack Obama’s health care law and mining on Minnesota’s Iron Range.

10/01/2014

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Submit Your Questions For WCCO’s Franken-McFadden Debate

WCCO is hosting a debate between U.S. Senate candidates Mike McFadden and the incumbent Sen. Al Franken on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. We’re looking for your questions!

09/29/2014

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Franken Hosts US Ag Secretary In Minnesota

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is hoping for an election-season bump on an issue he’s tried to build into a cornerstone of his campaign: agriculture.

09/25/2014

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Ag Secretary To Talk Up Farm Programs In Minnesota

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit the University of Minnesota to talk about new programs for farmers. The USDA says Vilsack will appear on the St. Paul campus Thursday to announce new initiatives to help farmers across the country better manage their risks.

09/25/2014

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Franken: Reservations On Arming Rebels In Syria

With airstrikes underway in Syria, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he’s worried about the success of the second half of President Barack Obama’s plan to destroy Islamic State extremists: arming and training Syrian rebels.

09/23/2014

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Franken, McFadden Settle On 3 Debates

Sen. Al Franken and Republican challenger Mike McFadden will debate three times before the November election.

09/15/2014

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5 Things To Know About The Midterm Election

With any luck, Minnesota has two months left in its election season. Then again, the state is accustomed to high-profile races that go into overtime. It just so happens that two recount survivors, Democratic Sen. Al Franken and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, share a ballot this fall in respective re-election bids.

09/01/2014

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Franken Pivots To McFadden In Latest Ad

U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s campaign is slowly shifting course by drawing attention to his Republican opponent. Franken calls out businessman Mike McFadden by name for the first time in his latest TV ad, accusing the Republican candidate of attacking Franken and misleading voters.

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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McFadden Reverses Course On Gas Tax Hike

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden is backing away from remarks supporting a raise in the gas tax to pay for highway repairs.

08/14/2014

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5 Things To Know About Minnesota’s Primary Races

The primary election cleared up some intriguing questions and immediately set up some new ones. Before Minnesota digs in for the 12-week slog to November, here’s a quick rundown of the highlights in Tuesday’s races.

08/13/2014

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McFadden Aiming To Unseat Sen. Al Franken

During his weekly radio address to the nation, President Obama explained more about the operations he authorized in Iraq. The Republican Response was given by U.S. Senate candidate from Minnesota, Mike McFadden.

08/10/2014

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Endorsements See-Saw In Republican Senate Primary

The two-man race to decide which Republican will challenge Sen. Al Franken has split the party’s former leaders. Businessman and political newcomer Mike McFadden has the backing of former Republican Sens. Norm Coleman and Rudy Boschwitz.

07/30/2014

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GOP Seeks Jolt To Senate Race Against Dem Franken

Mike McFadden leaned his sturdy frame over the front counter of the Shady Drive Inn as the owner aired the same frustrations with political gridlock that some of her regular customers grumble about.

07/21/2014

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Plans To Relocate U.S. Immigration Office In Twin Cities Halted

Plans to relocate the Twin Cities U.S Immigration Office have been stopped after some Minnesota lawmakers stepped in.

07/01/2014

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Franken, Klobuchar Stay In DC For Start Of Obama’s MN Visit

U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar won’t be on President Barack Obama’s flight to Minnesota for the start of a two-day visit. Franken spokesman Ed Shelleby says the Democrat stayed in Washington on Thursday for a confirmation vote on the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

06/26/2014

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Top Minnesota Officials To Survey Flood Damage

Minnesota elected officials are headed out to gauge damage from widespread flooding caused by sustained, heavy rains. Gov. Mark Dayton planned to join Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz on Friday.

06/20/2014

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Franken Opposes Obama Choice For Norway Ambassador

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he opposes President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Norway. Franken says he agrees with the Norwegian-American community’s doubts over whether George Tsunis would be an effective ambassador.

06/03/2014

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DFL Party’s Face Voter Turnout Challenge

Minnesota Democrats face a major challenge as they seek to keep Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken in office — getting their supporters to show up at the polls. Republicans face the challenges of uniting the party after a fractured state convention and a potentially divisive primary campaign ahead.

06/01/2014

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