NRSC Begins Targeting Minnesota’s Sen. Tina Smith, Other Vulnerable Battleground Dems

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) began targeting Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) and other swing-state Democrats Monday with a new billboard campaign. “Ask Tina Smith about the 430,478 Minnesota jobs at risk under the Green New Deal,” the NRSC’s new Minnesota billboard states. Smith has expressed support for the Green…

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Klobuchar Regrets Lack of ‘Due Process’ in Al Franken Controversy

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reflected back on her handling of the sexual harassment allegations against her ex-Senate colleague, Al Franken. Klobuchar, now a presidential candidate, said it “really wasn’t that close a call” when she decided not to speak out against Franken, unlike…

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Family Money Fuels Stu Lourey’s Bid to Inherit Minnesota State Senate Seat

If there’s such a thing as political dynasties in local politics, then the Lourey family is undoubtedly one of them. The Loureys have had a hold on Minnesota Senate District 11 since 1997, when former State Sen. Becky Lourey first won the seat. After a decade in office, Becky Lourey…

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Minnesota’s #MeToo Casualties Al Franken and Garrison Keillor Plot Comebacks

Former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and iconic Minnesota Public Radio host Garrison Keillor were among the biggest names brought down by the #MeToo Movement, but both are plotting comebacks as the dust begins to settle. Franken, a one-time SNL cast member, is trying his hand at podcasts, and has so…

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Departing Minnesota AG Lori Swanson Thanks Disgraced Sen. Al Franken on Her Way Out

Attorney General Lori Swanson (D-MN), who will leave office in January after 12 years in the position, published one last op-ed in The Star Tribune recently to thank her colleagues for helping her along the way. Among those she thanked are Gov. Mark Dayton (D-MN), former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN),…

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Dem Senator Punished By Donors for Speaking Out Against Franken

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was one of the first Democrats to publicly call for Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) resignation after he was accused of sexual misconduct by at least eight different women. But now the New York senator, who was once considered presidential material, is being blackballed by the Democratic…

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Disgraced Senator Al Franken Reflects on ‘Experience of Women’ in Thanksgiving Statement

Disgraced Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) released a lengthy statement over the holiday weekend in which he claims that he’s spent “this past year thinking about the broader conversation we’ve been having about the experience of women in this country.” This time last year Franken was facing pressure to resign after…

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Tina Smith Listed Among Top 10 Most Vulnerable Senators

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Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) was recently listed as one of the top 10 most vulnerable senators seeking reelection in the nation, joining fellow Democrats like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). Unlike like her Democratic colleagues, however, Smith is campaigning in her first race for the U.S.…

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Minnesota Democrats Hit ‘Panic Button,’ Drop $1.1 Million On Negative Housley Ads to Save Appointed Sen. Smith

Minnesota Republicans are in striking distance of former Sen. Al Franken’s (D-MN) seat, and national Democratic Party leaders are finally starting to take notice. Smith, who was appointed to replace Franken after he resigned, still leads in most polls, but received considerable criticism after skipping the only debate televised statewide.…

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Trump Goes Off-Script In Front of Raucous Rochester Crowd

President Donald Trump drew a crowd size upwards of 10,000 Minnesotans Thursday night in Rochester where he attacked the state’s Democrats in raw Trumpist fashion. Right out the gates, Trump criticized the Democratic Party for its handling of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying the party’s “rage-fueled…

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