Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken, DFL, has served as a U.S. senator from Minnesota since 2009, when he was seated after an extremely close race, manual vote recount and court battle to beat the incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman. Before becoming a politician, Franken was a well-known writer and comedian for "Saturday Night Live." Franken is a vocal critic of right-wing politics who has written several satirical books and hosted a nationally syndicated radio show.

September 14, 2016

New trade tariffs thwart steel dumping, help Iron Range

New steel trade tariffs imposed on U.K. Netherlands, Turkey, Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Korea.
Klobuchar and Franken lose effort to stop trade promotion vote
June 23, 2015

Klobuchar and Franken lose effort to stop trade promotion vote

Minnesota's U.S. Senators, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, failed to block a vote on trade promotion authority that will give the White House more negotiating power in two international trade deals.
Uber's privacy issues
December 16, 2014

Franken: Uber still has work to do to protect privacy

The senator has pressed Uber, the popular ride-share service that is upending the taxi industry, to be more transparent and accountable in how it handles the data associated with its burgeoning number of passengers around the world.
Net neutrality
November 24, 2014
Sen. Al Franken appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

Net neutrality advocates feeling momentum as decision nears

At issue is a pending decision by the FCC — likely to come out in 2015 — that will decide whether Internet service can be regulated under the same act used to regulate telephone service.
Hot Dish Politics
November 2, 2014
U.S. Sen. Al Franken

For Franken, net neutrality remains key campaign issue

Franken said he gets asked about net neutrality "all the time." Mike McFadden? "You know how many times I've been asked about these issues in 16 months on the trail? Zero. Zero times."
Senate race 2014
September 28, 2014

Franken's campaign recipe: lot of policy, dash of humor

Franken is locked in a nationally important political fight to keep his job, a race that could help determine which party controls the Senate.
State + Local
September 18, 2014

Franken, Klobuchar back Obama's plan to arm Syrian rebels

With support from Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, the U.S. Senate approved President Obama's plan to train and equip Syrian rebels Thursday, backing his strategy to confront the Islamic State militants.
State + Local
September 11, 2014
Gov. Mark Dayton, with Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken

Franken, Klobuchar join push to restrict campaign spending

Democrats, including Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, started their campaign-season push Monday for a constitutional amendment aimed at curbing special interests' financial clout in elections, an effort the party hopes will appeal to voters come Election Day.
State + Local
September 9, 2014

Student debt debate revived on Capitol Hill

Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken is aiming to drum up support for a bill that would allow an estimated 25 million people with older student loans to refinance that debt at current, lower interest rates.
State + Local
September 4, 2014
GOP Senate candidate Mike McFadden spoke to patrons of the Northfield...

McFadden teams with national, Minnesota Republicans on fundraising

U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden has partnered with the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Republican Party of Minnesota to create McFadden Minnesota Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee for his campaign against Democratic incumbent Al Franken.
State + Local
September 4, 2014

Franken takes on comers at FarmFest's U.S. Senate forum

Politicians for decades have headed to southern Minnesota to court the farm vote.
September 4, 2014

Franken, McFadden make U.S. Senate race a top-dollar show

Reports show Franken, McFadden are tops in fundraising compared with out-of-state counterparts.
Hot Dish Politics
September 4, 2014

Candidates choosy when it comes to debates

Debate season is off to a slow start in the run-up to the Aug. 12 primary and Nov. 4 general election.
State + Local
August 21, 2014

Candidates flock to Minnesota State Fair

Today marks the beginning of the Minnesota State Fair, a perennial stop for candidates to shake lots of hands, pitch their platforms and feast on fatty foods.
State + Local
August 5, 2014

Roll Call: Democrats Franken and Nolan aren't shoo-ins for re-election

The Capitol Hill newspaper says two Democratic members of Minnesota's congressional delegation -- Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Rick Nolan -- are among the most vulnerable lawmakers up for re-election this fall.
Your Voices
July 24, 2014

Franken vs. McFadden starting to get interesting

National political analysis shows Minnesota's U.S. Senate race between incumbent Al Franken and businessman Mike McFadden is a race to watch.
Franken polishes profile
July 15, 2014

Franken polishes public profile in his second run for Senate

The junior senator relies on ordinary Minnesotans — a small-business owner and a single mother, for example — to make the case for what he says he has accomplished in Washington during his five years in office.
State + Local
July 9, 2014

Franken, Klobuchar back bill to override Hobby Lobby decision

Democratic U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar are co-sponsoring a bill that would override the Supreme Court's decision last week in the Hobby Lobby case. The bill would ban employers from refusing to provide any health coverage, including contraceptives, guaranteed under the federal Affordable Care Act.
State + Local
June 26, 2014

Klobuchar, Franken won't accompany Obama to Minnesota

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will not fly to Minnesota with President Obama this morning because of an afternoon Senate vote to confirm Stuart Jones as the new U.S. Ambassador to Iraq.
State + Local
June 23, 2014

Minnesotans in Congress tell Obama: No way on Norway ambassador

All eight members of Minnesota's congressional House delegation have signed a letter to President Obama, requesting that he withdraw the nomination of New York businessman George Tsunis to be ambassador to Norway.
State + Local
June 19, 2014
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum spoke to reporters about U.S. Rep. Gabrielle...

McCollum: Ruling against Redskins trademark a 'victory for decency'

A decision by the U.S. Patent Office to cancel the trademark registration for the Washington Redskins' team nickname is a "victory for decency," said U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.
State + Local
June 11, 2014

Cantor has donated $169K to Minnesota candidates

The leadership PAC of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset, has donated $169,500 to Minnesota candidates over the past decade.
State + Local
June 11, 2014

Sen. Franken: Student loan bill 'will get done'

Slamming Senate Republicans for blocking a bill that would let people refinance their student loan debt at lower rates, U.S. Sen. Al Franken said Democrats will find a way to pass the legislation.
State + Local
June 6, 2014

McCollum, Paulsen latest lawmakers to oppose Obama's pick for Norway ambassador

The nomination of businessman George Tsunis to be ambassador to Norway is facing opposition from the co-chairs of the congressional Friends of Norway Caucus -- Minnesota U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Erik Paulsen.
State political conventions
June 1, 2014

Six years later, Franken says he's still about 'getting it done'

But some of the same Republicans who once derided Franken as a lightweight comedian sense new political opportunity in his dogged and low-key embrace of complex policy questions.