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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Mike McFadden doesn't provide health insurance to his campaign staffers

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During a May 22 appearance on Detroit Lakes' KDLM radio, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike McFadden was asked what lessons from his business career he's taking with him on the campaign trail.

McFadden, who most recently worked as co-CEO of a Minneapolis-based investment bank, replied, "Well, I think I've gained some very, very, very relevant experience. Jake, one, in the business you have to be results-oriented, you have to be people-oriented, you have to know how to motivate. I know what it's like to make a payroll, I know what it's like to provide healthcare for my employees." (emphasis ours)

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Julianne Ortman distributes ridiculous petition protesting secretly recorded Franken joke video

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Ortman is easily offended, it seems.
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 an Arizona driveway shows he "still doesn't take women seriously."

But really the only thing the petition demonstrates is how hard it is to take Ortman's campaign seriously.

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

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Sarah Palin shaking hands with MNGOP Sen. Julianne Ortman at MoA
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 McFadden, a businessman whom she called a "well-funded favorite of the Washington GOP establishment whose policy is a blank slate." Back in January, McFadden reported to have raised $1.7 million for the campaign, an amount that dramatically exceeded the other GOP contenders.

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Al Franken missed Obama's speech for Harold Ramis's funeral

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Even though President Obama's Minnesota approval rating is at an all-time low and the Senate is in session in D.C., Al Franken planned to travel to St. Paul to be at POTUS's Union Depot speech.

But on Monday morning, his good pal Harold Ramis passed away, and Al instead spent yesterday in Chicago for Ramis's funeral.

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Al Franken denies he's ducking Obama's St. Paul speech because of president's unpopularity [UPDATE]

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Republicans think Obama is more of a curse than a blessing for local Dems these days.
:::: Al Franken missed Obama's speech for Harold Ramis's funeral ::::

:::: UPDATE III :::: This morning (February 26), we're told plans have changed again and Franken won't be in Minnesota today.

Franken's press secretary, Michael Dale-Stein, told us "Senator Franken was planning to travel to Minnesota for the President's event. But a close friend died, the funeral is today, and he decided he needed to hop on an early flight to be there. So he won't be able to make it to Minnesota for the President's visit."

:::: UPDATE II :::: Turns out Franken might be in St. Paul for Obama's speech after all.

Late this afternoon, Franken's press secretary, Michael Dale-Stein, got in touch to let us know that "Senator Franken is planning to join the President in Minnesota tomorrow so long as he is certain that the Senate will not be voting on the veterans' benefits bill that he's cosponsored."

:::: UPDATE :::: Klobuchar's office got in touch with us this afternoon to shed some more light on why she can't be at Obama's speech tomorrow.

"Tomorrow the senator is chairing a hearing on cell phone competition, including cell phone theft issues, which she cannot cancel," spokesperson Brigit Helgen told us. "That is why she will not be able to be in St. Paul for the event. Otherwise she would be with the President as she was just last month in Michigan for the Farm Bill signing.
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Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar not thrilled about prospect of Comcast-Time Warner merger

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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.

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But that news doesn't sit well with Minnesota's tag-team of senators, as both Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar expressed concern about how the deal might impact consumers.

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Al Franken weighs in on Santa race controversy: "Maybe, you know, he's Jewish" [AUDIO]

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'Tis the season... for arguments about Santa's race?
Earlier this month, Fox News host Megyn Kelly raised eyebrows with a rant about Santa's race.

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In response to a Slate column written by a woman whose family celebrated Christmas with a black Santa, Kelly said, "Santa just is white... Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change."

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Al Franken has concerns about iPhone 5s's fingerprint technology

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The line outside Uptown's Apple Store just before 9 this morning.
As people line up outside Apple stores across the country on this most holy of days -- iPhone Day, you might call it -- Al Franken is expressing concern about the security of the new iPhone 5s's fingerprint technology.

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Instead of using an old-fashioned passcode, a feature allows users to unlock the phone with their own fingerprint. That sounds pretty cool, but what happens if your fingerprint information is hacked? And what does Apple plan to do with that data?

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

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You'd raise it up too if you could draw a map like this from memory.
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 thing -- wowing crowds at the State Fair.

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