Franken Campaign Goes After McFadden for Selling Merch Made in China

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Franken's team views the origin of McFadden's hats as a microcosm of his politics.
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In June, Al Franken's campaign went after Mike McFadden for having a batch of his official T-shirts made in Nicaragua. McFadden's camp said it was a one-time thing and pointed out that Mike's shirts are typically made by a Minnesota company.

But Franken's campaign workers are again making McFadden's merch an issue, as today they distributed a release pointing out that hats sold on McFadden's campaign website are apparently made in China.

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

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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 Mike McFadden has argued that a ban on travel between West African countries, where the virus has already killed thousands, and the United States is the best way to contain it.

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Ebola Travel Ban Becomes Divisive Issue in Franken/McFadden Race

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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 the virus is.

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Franken/McFadden and Dayton/Johnson Debate Today: Watch Them Here

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On the top row (from left to right), IP candidate Hannah Nicollet, Dayton, and Johnson will participate in the gubernatorial debate. On the bottom... well, you know who those guys are.
It's October, which means we're hitting the homestretch of the election season.

Today, in fact, may be one of the biggest days between now and November 4, as debates will be held in the races for the two highest-profile offices up for grabs in Minnesota -- the gubernatorial seat currently held by Mark Dayton, and the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Al Franken.

Thanks to the Uptake, you can watch both of them, streaming and on demand, below the jump.

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

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Sometimes, you just can't win.
On Wednesday, the MNGOP tweeted this: Sounds scary, right? But what if you were told one of the Franken votes the MNGOP highlights was in favor of an amendment introduced by hawkish Republican Sen. John McCain and was intended to cut wasteful military spending proposed by Obama? Doesn't sound so bad, right?

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

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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 lives on the line for the cause of radical Islam.

"I was troubled by the President's recent suggestion that the Administration has not yet developed a comprehensive strategy to address the growing threat of ISIL's activities in Syria," Franken wrote earlier this week (ISIL and ISIS are both acronyms for the same group). "The Justice Department should focus its resources and efforts in places where terrorism recruitment efforts may be happening at higher rates, such as Minnesota. In addition, the Justice Department should coordinate with the State Department and the Homeland Security Department to prevent Americans from traveling abroad to join forces with ISIL."

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

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U.S. Sen. Al Franken at the Broadway Day Block Party
Saturday's Broadway Day Block Party was an 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 version of the Minnesota State Fair with one notable constant: the presence of U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

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MNGOP feigns outrage over lame Al Franken cone boob video

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Immature? Sure. Worthy of self-flagellation? No.
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 points, as Franken has nothing to apologize for. Don't believe us? Check out the raw footage below the jump.

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

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Sixteen protesters, including Jess Sundin, were arrested after they refused to leave Franken's office.
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 conversation.

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Franken, Klobuchar strike similarly moderate positions in response to Medtronic news

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Is whether Metronic stays in Minnesota something our politicians can control? That's the question.
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Minnesota's eighth-largest company is relocating overseas. The New York Times views the move through the lens of federal tax policy and the taxes Medtronic can avoid paying by leaving America, while the company itself cites more benevolent reasons, like access to European markets.

In any event, the news doesn't sound auspicious for our state economy, right? But in response, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is donning rose-colored glasses.

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