Former US Sen. Al Franken tests welcome on speaking circuit
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Al Franken is testing his welcome on the speaking circuit as he takes more steps into public life after sexual misconduct allegations derailed his political...
Correction: Election 2020-Gillibrand-Franken story
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story July 23 about fallout from Al Franken's resignation from the Senate, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota told The New Yorker magazine in a story published Monday that he "absolutely" regrets resigning from the Senate after several...
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen Norm Coleman of Minnesota is undergoing surgery at Mayo Clinic to remove the cancerous part of a lung.
Housley won’t seek 2020 rematch with Sen. Smith
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Karin Housley says she won't seek a rematch against Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith next year.
Instead, Housley said Tuesday she intends to run for another...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he's OK after a boat crash on a northern Minnesota lake.
Coleman posted on his Facebook page that he was fishing on Lake Ada near...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to reassert her feminist credentials this week, seizing on high-profile moments to revive a campaign that has...
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) says he would not have pressured Democrat Al Franken to resign from the Senate at the time some of his 2020...
Man convicted of threats against Obama, Rep. Waters
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a central New York man faces up to 20 years in prison for threatening to kill former President Barack Obama and California Congresswoman Maxine...
Stu Lourey, Rarick say they’ll run for Senate seat
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The son of a Minnesota state senator appointed to incoming Gov. Tim Walz's administration says he'll run for his father's seat.
Stu Lourey, who has worked as an aide to Sens. Al Franken and Tina Smith, declared his interest in the seat after his father Tony was named Human Services commissioner on Thursday. Both Loureys are Democrats.
If Stu Lourey captures the seat, he would follow not just his father but also his grandmother, former Sen. Becky Lourey, into the Legislature.
Walz win, Omar to Congress, Mauer retires top Minnesota news
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democrats keeping the Minnesota governorship and retaking the state House. A Somali-American legislator making history again. And a hometown hero saying goodbye to fans.
A look back at some of the top Minnesota stories of 2018:
Ex-Sen. Al Franken takes first steps back into public arena
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly a year after he resigned his U.S. Senate seat amid sexual misconduct allegations, Al Franken is testing whether he can make a comeback in the #MeToo era.
The former "Saturday Night Live" funnyman released a podcast on health care this week, just days after a Thanksgiving Day Facebook post in which he mused how much he missed "being in the fight every day."
Minnesota GOP ‘soul searching’ after statewide drubbing
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — It was a tale of two political parties in Minnesota on Wednesday: resurgent Democrats who tightened their grip on the governor's office and two U.S. Senate seats in Tuesday's election, and wincing Republicans shut out of statewide contests for a 12th straight year and swept out of power in the Minnesota House.
VoteCast: Minnesota voters say nation headed wrong way
A majority of voters casting midterm election ballots in Minnesota said the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.
As voters cast ballots for governor, U.S. Senate and members of Congress in Tuesday's elections, AP VoteCast found that 38 percent of Minnesota voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 60 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Minnesota voters clear Smith to serve out Franken’s term
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota voters have cleared Sen. Tina Smith to fill out the final two years of former Sen. Al Franken's term.
Smith, a longtime Democratic power player who was appointed to take Franken's seat after he resigned, defeated Republican state Sen. Karin Housley on Tuesday in a special election.
Suburban voters push Democrats to victories in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats regained control of the state House and took two congressional seats from Republicans in Tuesday's midterm elections, while Democratic Rep. Tim Walz defeated Republican Jeff Johnson for governor and Democratic Sen. Tina Smith kept her seat.
Democrat Smith wins approval to finish Franken’s Senate term
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith, who was appointed to take former Sen. Al Franken's seat after he resigned, won Tuesday's special election to finish the final two years of his term.
The longtime Democratic power player defeated Republican state Sen. Karin Housley, who had an energetic campaign and a name made famous by her husband's professional hockey career. Housley gave Republicans hope they could win back the office that the party lost to Franken in 2008.
- The Washington TimesKirsten Gillibrand hammers Democrats over sexual assault issuesJuly 26, 2019
- The Washington TimesAmy Klobuchar: 'We have to move on' from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam blackface scandalMarch 18, 2019
- Star TribuneOutside political money poured into Minnesota's congressional racesDecember 11, 2018
- The Washington TimesBill Maher implores Al Franken to reenter politics, debate Donald TrumpSeptember 8, 2018
- The Philadelphia TribuneBill Clinton: 'Norms have changed' for what you can do to somebody against their willJune 13, 2018
AP FACT CHECK: Ad on Tina Smith’s investments is misleading
In the race to complete former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's term, Republican hopeful Karin Housley has branded Democratic Sen. Tina Smith as an extreme liberal and a political insider. In a recent ad, she employed a new line: Smith has profited off the spread of opioid painkillers that have led to thousands of deaths.
Minnesota high court: No ballot change for Senate candidate
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has dismissed a U.S. Senate candidate's petition to change his political party affiliation on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Twin Cities businessman Jerry Trooien is running for the seat once held by former Sen. Al Franken. Trooien initially listed his party as "unaffiliated" but wants to be listed as "independent."
Early voting off to strong start in Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Early voting in Minnesota appears to be off to a strong start.
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon says Minnesotans requested at least 106,061 no-excuse absentee ballots in the first six days of early voting, nearly three times the number requested during the same time period in the last midterm election in 2014.
Smith holds wide name ID lead over Housley in Senate race
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota voters are far more familiar with former lieutenant governor and current Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith than Republican state Sen. Karin Housley as the pair compete for a Senate seat in the spotlight, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The first stage of the fight to finish former Sen. Al Franken's term in a special U.S. Senate race has been marked largely by both candidates trying to get their names in front of voters.
Nominees for Franken’s Minnesota seat reflect #MeToo’s rise
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement set the course for a two-woman race to finish his term, part of an unusual primary Tuesday featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot.
Former Sen. Norm Coleman says cancer has returned
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman says he is being treated for stage 4 lung cancer.
The 68-year-old Republican discussed his condition Tuesday in a posting on Facebook.
The announcement comes about two and a half years after he was diagnosed with throat and neck cancer. Coleman underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation after his initial diagnosis. He had eventually been pronounced cancer-free.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tina Smith and the fellow Democrats and Republicans angling for her seat are trying to win support from farmers and their parties.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In Minnesota's surprise race to fill Al Franken's former Senate seat, the two women running tell their own versions of a familiar story.
Democrat Tina Smith, who filled the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member's seat in January after he resigned, recalls being asked if she could handle a grueling campaign. Her steely answer: "I should not be underestimated."
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress and a top official with the Democratic National Committee, filed to run for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday, saying he wanted to join the legal fight against President Donald Trump.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic and Republican activists are gathering at political conventions over the weekend to pick their favored candidates to replace outgoing Gov. Mark Dayton this fall, but their say may not be the final word in either party.
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Republican and Democratic statewide endorsing conventions (all times local):
Minnesota Democrats have endorsed Sen. Tina Smith to run for the seat and finish out former Sen. Al Franken's term.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Jeff Howe of Rockville is the first candidate to enter the race for the Minnesota Senate seat being vacated by Michelle Fischbach of Paynesville.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A high-ranking Minnesota lawmaker thrust into the lieutenant governor's office by U.S. Sen. Al Franken's resignation abruptly took the oath of office and resigned her state Senate seat on Friday, a swift reversal for the longtime Republican senator who had resisted the job and its duties.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Republican White House lawyer in President George W. Bush's administration and a prominent critic of President Donald Trump announced Monday that he'll run as a Democrat for Al Franken's Minnesota Senate seat.
Richard Painter, a longtime Republican who was chief ethics lawyer for George W. Bush’s White House, intends to run for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota this year as a Democrat, according to a filing he made recently with federal elections officials.
Rep. Tom Emmer’s cereal-crusted hotdish crunches D.C. cook-off competition
U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer is the reigning hot dish champion of Minnesotas congressional delegation after capturing the top prize in the annual competition Wednesday.
Emmers dish, entitled Hotdish of Champions, combined a cant-miss collection of all-star ingredients in what is known elsewhere in the world as casserole.
Hawley campaign to return donation from resigned senator
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley's spokeswoman says the campaign will return $1,000 from a former U.S. senator who resigned decades ago amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Campaign finance records show Bob Packwood donated to Hawley last month. Packwood resigned in 1995 after the Senate Ethics Committee voted to expel him. Women accused Packwood of unwanted sexual advances that included touching and kissing.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A powerful House Republican is proposing a drastic change to state law that would make it easier to prosecute sexual harassment.
Lawmakers have singled out a phrase in how courts handle sexual harassment cases statewide: "severe and pervasive." They say that legal standard is far too high and has resulted in clear cases of sexual harassment being dismissed.
Forum ‘privileged’ to host Franken’s first public appearance since he was forced to resign
Al Franken has chosen a conference in Europe whose sponsor is “excited and privileged” to offer the venue for his first public appearance since the U.S. senator from Minnesota was forced to resign amid sexual harassment allegations.
Franken is a keynote speaker for the 2018 Privacy Xchange Forum scheduled for May 1 in Lisbon, Portugal, more than 4,000 miles from the Twin Cities. The conference brings together some of the leading experts on cybersecurity in the world.
Washington – U.S. Sen. Tina Smith was trying, with limited success, to fold a tiny paper crane.
Businessman with bankruptcy in past launches Senate bid
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities businessman with a troubled past is running for Senate as an independent.
Jerry Trooien formally launched his bid for the U.S. Senate seat once held by former Sen. Al Franken on Monday. He took out ads in the Star Tribune and on broadcast TV to announce his campaign.
One time bankrupt developer Jerry Trooien running for U.S. Senate as independent
A real estate developer with a colorful past announced Monday he is running for U.S. Senate as an independent.
Jerry Trooien, who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010, bought broadcast and newspaper ads around the state to announce his candidacy against U.S. Sen. Tina Smith.
“While I believe America is still great, like so many of you, I am troubled by our politics,” he said. “Sadly, the Democratic and Republican parties are broken.”
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley says her campaign raised $514,000 in the first three months of 2018.
The two-term state senator's fundraising announced Friday is a third of what Democratic Sen. Tina Smith raised in the same period. Smith's campaign said this week it had raised more than $1.8 million.
WASHINGTON Sen. Tina Smith made her [bleeping] network television debut Friday morning.
Minnesotas newly appointed junior senator pulled up a seat on ABCs The View to talk about Al Franken, porn star Stormy Daniels, blue waves and words you cant say on daytime TV.
TV picks for March 16-18: Tina Smith, ‘Secret Life of Kids,’ ‘Instinct,’ ‘Genius Junior’
The couch trip
'I made a mess.' Ohio Matters - Episode 8: Bill O'Neill
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, a Democrat running for governor, said during a recording of the Ohio Matters podcast that his past social media posts that drew widespread condemnation wouldn't adversely affect his gubernatorial chances.
Richard Painter, a University of Minnesota law professor and prolific TV and Twitter critic of President Donald Trump, said Wednesday that he is forming an exploratory committee that could lead to a campaign for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Al Franken and now occupied by Democrat Tina Smith.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Former radio host Garrison Keillor said he hopes the sexual allegations against him are fading and believes Minnesota Public Radio made a grave mistake when it cut ties with him.
Keillor's comments followed his first appearance before an audience since the controversy erupted in November, The Daily Courier in Prescott, Arizona, reported.
Minnesota lawmakers attend sexual harassment training
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — All 134 members of the Minnesota House paused their legislative duties Wednesday to attend an all-day training course on sexual harassment and discrimination.
Minnesota has been at the center of a nationwide reckoning with workplace sexual harassment. In the span of just a few weeks, Republican state Rep. Tony Cornish, Democratic state Sen. Dan Schoen and U.S. Sen. Al Franken resigned after a flood of sexual misconduct claims.
Kirsten Gillibrand, dubbed the #MeToo senator by “60 Minutes,” wants President Donald Trump’s scalp.
“I think he should resign,” she told the TV program, “and if he’s unwilling to do that, which is what I assume, then Congress should hold him accountable. We’re obligated to have hearings.”
Oklahoma college board member chided for anti-gay comments
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma City mayor and member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents was rebuked Monday for comparing gay people to pedophiles and politicians who've recently resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
2 Democrats: Minnesota governor’s top choice mulling ’18 run
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's top pick to fill Sen. Al Franken's Senate seat, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, is considering also running for the seat next year, as Dayton faces pressure from top Democrats in Washington to appoint more than a mere caretaker, according to two Democrats familiar with the discussions.