Mike McFadden won't talk specifics on Social Security, but seniors want him to

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Mike McFadden

Senate candidate Mike McFadden gave an extensive interview to MinnPost's Eric Black last week, but what was most jarring about the chat was the candidate's refusal to give specifics about his policy positions on one issue -- Social Security.

McFadden started off by saying he wanted to reform the program, along with Medicare, soon, telling Black: "My proposal is that we address it now, in a bipartisan fashion and that every issue is on the table."

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Michele Bachmann considering another presidential run [UPDATE]

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Bachmann and her beloved anti-gay Chick-fil-A
Michele vs. Hillary, anyone?
-- Update at bottom --

It's the campaign nobody is asking for, but we might get it anyway.

Michele Bachmann was barely able to hold onto her solidly Republican exurban district last election cycle, and in May 2013 she announced she won't run for another term. Yet she still believes she'd be a viable presidential contender in 2016.

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Al Franken hates cable mergers, but telecom companies love giving to his campaign

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The U.S. Senate may have 100 members, but only one, Al Franken, has really made his opinion known on the recent cable and telecommunications mergers, bashing the deals between giants like Comcast, Time Warner, and Sprint.

While other senators may be holding back, Franken has repeatedly hammered the communications companies over fears of what the mergers could mean for consumers. After already heavily criticizing the proposed Comcast-Time Warner and Sprint -T-Mobile deals, Franken is now ripping into the proposed merger that would unite AT&T and DirecTV.

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Mike McFadden scrubs negative Facebook comments, fills void with positivity from intern

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McFadden's "Coach" ad has proven to be a real punch in the nuts to his campaign.
MNGOP-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's first major TV ad elicited criticism, and considering "groin gate," how could he possibly have expected otherwise? But instead of taking it on the chin or defending the head-scratching spot, his campaign decided to purge his Facebook page of negative comments about it.

Or at least so BuzzFeed reports, citing screengrabs provided to them by a "Minnesota Democrat." (C'mon, hook us up!)

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Mike McFadden's first major TV ad sparks "groin gate" debate [VIDEO]

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Nuts or guts? That's the question.
McFadden has apparently nailed down the all-important youth football player vote.
Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike McFadden's first ad, in which he touts how he once took out his son's stitches with his own hands because he was too cheap to take him to the doctor, left us scratching our proverbial head. His second offering has us Googling about hair transplants because we've just about scratched away all the damn stuff.

The spot, which according to the Strib is McFadden's "first broadcast ad" and will run on four local stations, culminates with the candidate getting punched by a child in his guts. Or was it actually his nuts?

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Republicans criticize Rick Nolan for voting against "Lowering Gas Prices" bill that wouldn't lower gas prices

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Rep. Rick Nolan

The National Republican Campaign Committee took a shot at Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan last week, bashing him for voting against a bill that would, according to the bill's sponsors, expand oil drilling and lower gas prices.

"Yet again, Rick Nolan has walked in lockstep with President Obama and his anti-energy agenda," the NRCC wrote in an email "Unfortunately for Minnesota families, they will have to find ways to budget their expenses in order to afford the high cost of gasoline during the Nation's busiest driving season."

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Does Stewart Mills look like Brad Pitt?

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Photo hint: Pitt isn't the one wearing the Packers jersey.
We've already outed Eighth District Republican U.S. Congress candidate Stewart Mills as a Packer-loving party animal. But would you believe he's also a huge heartthrob?

Politico does. Katie Glueck's article about Mills for that publication is entitled, "'The Brad Pitt of the Republican Party.'"

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Light display on Walker Art Center bridge protests money in politics [PHOTO]

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Phyllis Roden (@proden53)
People driving into Uptown were greeted with this message Saturday night.
A group of activists protested the role money plays in American politics with a light display on the Walker Art Center bridge on Saturday night, after the first day of Rock the Garden concluded.

One of the protest's organizers, Phyllis Roden, tells us the display was in part inspired by the Minnesota Legislature's failure to pass a bill calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United, the controversial 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions. (We reported on that bill in April. Read it here.)

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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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Bill Clinton's upcoming U of M appearance received more favorably than Condi Rice

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Clinton speaks at the University of Minnesota in October 2012.
On June 9, Bill Clinton will deliver a speech at Northrop Auditorium as part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs' "Keeping Faith with the Legacy of Justice" series. The 42nd president will also accept the Dean's Award for Public Leadership.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, news of Clinton's appearance has been received much more favorably by liberal activists than former national security advisor and secretary of state Condoleezza Rice was before and during her appearance at the Northrop last month.

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