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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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Republicans Vie At Convention To Be Franken’s Foe

The Republican chase to be Minnesota Sen. Al Franken’s fall challenger is reaching a crucial point in Rochester. Delegates to the state GOP convention will vote to endorse a candidate.

05/30/2014

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Affordable Housing Coming For Minnesota’s Veterans At Fort Snelling

Military veterans and their families struggling with homelessness will have access to some affordable housing at Fort Snelling. A new development project, which started Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony, will turn five historic buildings into apartments on the Fort Snelling upper post.

05/29/2014

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Kids Honor The Veterans In Their Lives In Poetry Contest

A day after we honored the memory of our fallen veterans, students are honoring the veterans in their lives. Sen. Al Franken announced the winners of his third Annual Poetry Contest for Minnesota Students — with winners in elementary, middle school and high school age groups.

05/27/2014

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Senate Hopeful Ortman Debuts Ad In Minnesota Race

U.S. Senate hopeful Julianne Ortman is literally running for office in her debut television commercial explaining why she’s in the Minnesota race. Ortman launched the ad Tuesday ahead of this weekend’s Republican state convention.

05/27/2014

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More Stores Tracking Your Cell Phone To Offer Deals

How much of your personal information are you willing to give up, to get a deal? It’s a question worth asking as more and more stores tap into technology to track our cell phones.

05/21/2014

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Franken Buys 2nd TV Ad In Re-Election Campaign

Sen. Al Franken has released another television ad in his re-election campaign. The 60-second ad begins airing statewide Wednesday. It features a woman from Ham Lake who was infected with meningitis blamed on a steroid produced by the New England Compounding Center.

05/21/2014

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Franken Buys TV Time For His Re-Election Bid

U.S. Sen. Al Franken hits the airwaves with the first TV ad of his re-election campaign. Franken’s 30-second spot begins running statewide Tuesday. It promotes Franken’s efforts to help train workers for skilled jobs.

05/06/2014

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