Al Franken

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    November 3, 2014

    Did Al Franken Really Win in 2008 Because of Non-Citizen Voting?

    A few days ago, a new headline spread like the plague across the worst of the worst conservative publications: VOTER FRAUD IS REAL, it said. And the politician taking the greatest advantage, they say? Minnesota's own, U.S. Senator Al Franken. Naturally, the story went viral in Tea Party circles: th ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    MNGOP Slams Al Franken on Ebola, But a Bigger Question Remains...

    Just when we thought political mailers had hit rock bottom, we find the above image floating around the Internet. It comes from the Republican Party of Minnesota, which is trying hard to make the Ebola virus a top issue for this year's senate race against incumbent Dem, Al Franken. GOP candidate ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    Ebola Travel Ban Becomes Divisive Issue in Franken/McFadden Race

    A year ago, who would've thought Ebola, of all things, would emerge as a central issue in Al Franken's reelection bid?It has. During a WCCO TV debate yesterday, Franken and his Republican challenger, Mike McFadden, spent over seven minutes going back and forth about what the appropriate response to ... More >>

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    September 26, 2014

    MNGOP Rips Franken... for Voting, with McCain, to Cut Obama's Military Spending

    On Wednesday, the MNGOP tweeted this:Al Franken: Voting To Cut Our Military Budget, Putting Americans At Risk. #mngop #stribpol-- MNGOP (@mngop) September 24, 2014 Sounds scary, right? But what if you were told one of the Franken votes the MNGOP highlights was in favor of an a ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    Sen. Al Franken's and Amy Klobuchar's Constitutional Amendment Is Shot Down

    The U.S. Senate blocked a constitutional amendment Thursday that would've allowed states and the federal government to put caps on corporate political spending. The fact that it got to the floor at all may be the biggest surprise here. Every Republican voted against the amendment, and every Dem wh ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    Franken, McFadden slug it out over Minnesota's connections to radical Islam

    On the same day news broke about the second Minnesotan who died fighting for ISIS in Syria having a security clearance at MSP, Sen. Al Franken wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder dinging Obama for not doing enough to prevent Minnesotans from traveling to the Middle East and putting their ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Sen. Al Franken finds favor and distrust at north Minneapolis block party

    Saturday's Broadway Day Block Party was a opportunity for north Minneapolis to celebrate the end of summer and bask in its cultural goodness. Community organizers enlisted new recruits, musicians wailed, and the hungry salivated over roasted cayenne-peppered corn.It was, in some ways, a miniature ve ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    MNGOP feigns outrage over lame Al Franken cone boob video

    In April, then-U.S. Senate hopeful Julianne Ortman (R-Chanhassen), distributed an absurd petition calling for Al Franken to apologize for a secretly recorded 2012 video showing him joking around in an Arizona driveway with traffic cones.The whole thing was a blatant attempt to score cheap political ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Gaza peace activists put Al Franken on blast, plan "die-in" at Star Tribune HQ [VIDEO]

    A local organization called the Anti-War Committee is taking Minnesota's U.S. Senators to task for siding with Israel during that country's ongoing conflict with the Palestinians.Last week, the group stormed Sen. Al Franken's Minnesota office and ended up getting him on the phone for a tense convers ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    MNGOP Chair Keith Downey optimistic despite bleak polling, finances

    It was just over two years ago that Politico, alluding to the Minnesota Republican Party's whopping $2 million in debt, wrote that "no state party may be in worse shape."Times aren't quite as tough for the MNGOP these days, but the party is still trying to dig out of that gigantic hole in more ways ... More >>

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    April 16, 2014

    Julianne Ortman distributes ridiculous petition protesting secretly recorded Franken joke video

    In a petition published on her Facebook page yesterday, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Julianne Ortman says a recently released secret recording of Al Franken joking around in a Arizona driveway shows he "still doesn't take women seriously."But really the only thing the petition demonstrates is how ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Sarah Palin endorses Julianne Ortman while calling Al Franken "a Big Fat Liberal"

    Sarah Palin announced her support today for Julianne Ortman, the MNGOP senator who's hoping to step up to Al Franken in a race that the former Alaska governor is calling "The Clown vs. the Mama Grizzly." In making her endorsement, Palin also took shots at Ortman's leading Republican rival, Mike McF ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar not thrilled about prospect of Comcast-Time Warner merger

    Today, Comcast, the largest cable and high-speed internet service provider in Minnesota and the U.S., announced that it plans to buy Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable provider, for just over $45 billion.RELATED: Al Franken rips into FCC approval of Comcast-NBC mergerBut that news ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Target's John Mulligan grilled by senate committee over data breach

    Target CFO John Mulligan took heat this morning from U.S. Senators about the recent massive data breach. He apologized, once again, on behalf of the company but urged the government to work with the private sector in thwarting cyber attacks of retailers. "To prevent this from happening again, none o ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Al Franken is way more hawkish on Syria than Michele Bachmann

    Michele Bachmann wants the U.S. to stay out of Syria and thinks President Obama should at least seek congressional approval before initiating any sort of military strike.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014 Al Franken, on the other hand, says "there has to be ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Al Franken busted out the ol' U.S. map drawing trick at the State Fair today [VIDEO]

    You may not like Al Franken's hawkish view regarding Syria, but you have to appreciate the dude's ability to draw the U.S. map from memory.SEE ALSO: Al Franken gave roses to same-sex newlyweds [PHOTO]Sure, most of the time it's about as useless a skill as you'll find, but it's good for at least one ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Al Franken defends Prism, says of leaks: "Nothing surprised me"

    Keith Ellison says Congress knew "almost nothing" about Prism ahead of last week's leaks. But Al Franken says he wasn't at all surprised by The Guardian's string of reports about how the NSA monitors internet and telephone communications.SEE ALSO: Al Franken concerned about Obama's authority to kill ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Al Franken takes commanding early lead

    The election is still 18 months away, but Al Franken already holds a commanding lead over all potential challengers, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey. If the election were to take place tomorrow, Franken would jaunt to an easy victory, according to these poll results. Partly because ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Franken already has $2 million to take on his TBD opponent

    After his famously close 2008 victory, Al Franken is well on his way to a much easier race in 2014.See Also: - Al Franken already wants you to open your pocketbook for his 2014 re-election campaign - Norm Coleman isn't interested in Al Franken rematch, praises Franken's approach - Minnesota Republic ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken vote in favor of semiautomatic rifle ban

    Though Al Franken seemed a bit conflicted about the issue in January, both he and Amy Klobuchar joined the rest of the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to vote in favor of a gun control proposal that would ban some semiautomatic rifles and limit magazine sizes.SEE ALSO:-- More M ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Al Franken already wants you to open your pocketbook for his 2014 reelection campaign

    There really is no political offseason anymore.SEE ALSO: Al Franken concerned about Obama's authority to kill Americans deemed to be terrorists Just over three months removed from our last regularly scheduled election, Al Franken is already asking you to kick in some dough for his 2014 reelection ca ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    Norm Coleman isn't interested in Al Franken rematch, praises Franken's approach

    Norm Coleman may be the most popular Republican in Minnesota, but he apparently doesn't think he's popular enough to take down Al Franken.SEE ALSO: Norm Coleman praises Obama gun control speech that didn't use the word "guns" It looks like those hoping for a rematch of the ridiculously close and con ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Al Franken didn't want to talk gun control on Friday; Betty McCollum did

    In the wake of a tragedy, when is it appropriate to start talking about its political implications?SEE ALSO:-- Betty McCollum speaks out on Arizona shootings [VIDEO]-- Al Franken doesn't want mobile app companies to sell your location data without permission Unfortunately, that's a question electe ... More >>

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    December 14, 2012

    Al Franken doesn't want mobile app companies to sell your location data without permission

    Al Franken's Location Privacy Protection Act won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, meaning the bill moves to the full Senate for debate.SEE ALSO:-- For Franken and Klobuchar, does money from big media mean support for PIPA?-- Al Franken cries on Senate floor [VIDEO]"The bill wo ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012
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    April 26, 2012

    Al Franken cries on Senate floor [VIDEO]

    Al Franken got emotional on the Senate floor today while speaking on behalf of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.Franken broke down while recalling the late Sheila Wellstone's vision of an America where women who are fleeing domestic violence don't have to worry about becoming homeless. ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Klobuchar, Franken aim to crack down on oil speculation

    ​Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are sponsoring legislation aimed at reigning in oil speculators. The average price of gas in Minnesota around $3.73, and similar pump pain being felt throughout the country, there's pressure on lawmakers to do something, anything, to bring prices down.A group of liber ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    Poll: Klobuchar "close to unbeatable," Franken solid

    ​Apparently the PIPA debacle hasn't significantly hurt the political fortunes of Al Franken or Amy Klobuchar.A new Public Policy Polling poll conducted over last weekend concludes that Klobuchar will be very tough to beat this year. Franken's favorable numbers, while weaker than Klobuchar's, indic ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Garden of Truth report chronicles histories of abuse among Native American prostitutes

    Al Franken wants to update the Violence Against Women Act specifically to fit Native American women's needs.​The Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition released a report today aggregating the stories of Native American women from around the state involved in prostitution. Titled "Gard ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Al Franken questions Google's internet search monopoly

    Al Franken asked questions that Google CEO Eric Schmidt can't answer.​Al Franken loves Google. He just doesn't trust it. That's what came out at yesterday's contentious Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, which saw Google's CEO Eric Schmidt squirming a bit under the hot light of government oversi ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Al Franken: "Unwillingness to compromise" might kill Obama's jobs bill

    Al Franken says Obama's jobs plan can't survive political wrangling.​Al Franken watched the debate to raise the debt ceiling drag on -- and on, and on -- over party politics. Franken doesn't want to see the same thing happen with Barack Obama's new jobs plan, but he fears it might anyway.America's ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Al Franken joins "It Gets Better" video campaign

    Franken and 12 other senators joined Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" campaign.​ Al Franken has a solid record as a supporter of gay rights, from his vocal support of gay marriage to voting for and sometimes authoring GLBT-friendly legislation. Now Franken has joined 12 other U.S. Senators in re ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Al Franken and Rand Paul: The New Odd Couple

    Franken and Paul.​We thought it was pretty funny when we heard that liberal warrior Sen. Al Franken was going to serve as mentor for freshly-minted Kentucky tea party Sen. Rand Paul. The relationship had all the makings of The Odd Couple, with Franken in the role of Felix, all buttoned down, ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Apple cuts back iPhone tracking after Al Franken bites

    Al Franken wants a word or two with Steve Jobs​Sen. Al Franken appears to have taken a bite out of Apple. Stung by bad PR, angry customers and the promise of Senate hearings chaired by Franken, the computer maker says it has released an update to iPhones to cut back on the amount of time the ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Steve Jobs will testify in Al Franken's hearings on iPhone tracking

    Jobs says his iPhones aren't tracking anyone.​It sounds like Apple CEO Steve Jobs has agreed to testify before Sen. Al Franken's subcommittee on privacy and technology, following an uproar over stories that iPhones and iPads were tracking the location of their users and storing the data, appar ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Al Franken wants Apple and Google to testify about smartphone tracking

    Al Franken wants Apple, Google at privacy hearings.​Sen. Al Franken is wading ever deeper into the controversy over whether smartphones are secretly tracking their user's locations. As chairman of the Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee, he's calling on Apple and Google representati ... More >>

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    April 22, 2011

    Will Al Franken take on Android too?

    Steve Jobs, the object of Al Franken's ire.​We took note yesterday that Sen. Al Franken has fired off a nastygram to Apple boss Steve Jobs over published reports that iPhones and iPads were tracking and storing the movements of their users for some purpose yet to be revealed. Now we're wonder ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    David Petraeus wants to know if Al Franken was brainwashed

    Petraeus: Serious about an investigation.​Gen. David Petraeus, the top military commander in Afghanistan, has ordered an investigation over a report last week that alleges a military psy-ops team tried to play mind tricks on visiting U.S. lawmakers -- including Sen. Al Franken. The goal, acco ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Al Franken reportedly targeted by U.S. Army psy-ops to boost funding

    franken.senate.govAl Franken with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Sen. Carl Levin in Kabul, January 2010.​A U.S. Army officer appears to have mistaken U.S. lawmakers for the real enemy in Afghanistan. Sen. Al Franken was among a group of Senate and House members who were reportedly the targ ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Al Franken will mentor Rand Paul

    Al Franken will be Rand Paul's Democratic mentor.​Right-wingers concerned about their favored politicians drinking the Capitol Hill Kool-Aid instead of the tea must be gagging over this news: Freshman GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky wants our very own liberal firebrand Al Franken to be his Democrat ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Al Franken rips into FCC approval of Comcast-NBC merger

    Al Franken loses the Comcast-NBC merger fight.​The Comcast-NBC Universal merger got an official green light today from the Federal Communications Commission, paving the way on a 4-1 vote for another major consolidation in the telecom industry. It's a merger that Al Franken has battled from th ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Al Franken: Net neutrality rules permit political censorship [UPDATE]

    Franken: Keep it neutral.​The compromise net neutrality rules just adopted by the FCC would prohibit broadband providers like Comcast and Qwest from blocking user access to websites and applications. But the measure won't do the same thing for wireless companies, and Al Franken smells censor ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Bob Dylan is this year's version of the Lizard People [VIDEO]

    Blowin' in the recount.​Remember the Lizard People, the mysterious write-in candidates who added one more layer of weirdness to the Al Franken-Norm Coleman Senate race recount battle in 2008? Thanks to the ever vigilant folks at The UpTake, we have a worthy successor: Bob Dylan. Hibbing's fa ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Al Franken's doodle framed on Capitol Hill

    Al Franken can doodle with the best of 'em.​We all had a good chuckle at Al Franken's expense when he tried to keep himself awake during those boring Elena Kagan Supreme Court hearings by sketching. Well, his likeness of Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions is now framed and decorating Sessions' office o ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Mark Ritchie wins re-election so he can run another recount

    Time for a recount re-match.​The Republicans couldn't beat Al Franken in the 2008 U.S. Senate election that stretched into the 2009 recount, and they've been after Secretary of State Mark Ritchie ever since. He ran a biased and incompetent recount, they insisted. He gave us "felons for Frank ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    "Please ID Me" buttons not OK at polls

    Image by dbaird"Please ID Me" buttons aren't allowed here​Today a federal judge told tea partiers NO, they may not wear "Please I.D. Me" buttons to the polls. So if someone asks to see your photo ID, just give 'em the hand. And if they take your picture, take one right back. Minnesota election la ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Al Franken goofs in the Senate again

    Franken likes to keep things light​Al Franken got into blooper territory while presiding over the Senate yesterday. First, he blasted classical music over the speakers. Then he yelled "Oh God!" when he mixed up some states. Gotta love the comic relief on a boring day. Franken's gaffe: He was sitt ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Al Franken near tears after GOP halts Don't Ask Don't Tell debate [VIDEO]

    Al Franken on the Senate floor​Sen. Al Franken has done seven USO tours to military bases in war zones since 1999. For almost as long, he's been mocking the military's anti-gay Don't Ask Don't Tell policy from the stage, getting big laughs from the troops. But he almost broke into tears on th ... More >>

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    August 20, 2010

    Al Franken will rescue net neutrality after he deals with his in-laws

    Al Franken doesn't want to tick off the in-laws​For months now, Sen. Al Franken has used every available microphone to warn about the dire future of net neutrality: The principle that demands no Internet Service Providers or governments be allowed to tamper with the content, access, speed and ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Al Franken mocks Islamophobes opposing Cordoba House

    Al Franken warns Republicans about Muslim point guards on the basketball court.​Sen. Al Franken, fresh off a BB gun attack on his condo, took some time out yesterday from the rubber chicken circuit in Illinois to mock the Islamophobes making political hay over a Muslim community center planned ... More >>

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