AL FRANKEN

Franken says he ‘absolutely’ regrets resigning from Senate

MINNEAPOLIS – A New Yorker article claims a radio station publishing sexual misconduct allegations against former Minnesota Senator Al Franken in 2017 didn’t fact check them. Leeann Tweeden, who works at KABC, says the comedian forcibly kissed her during a U.S.O. Tour sketch in 2006. The magazine spoke with 8 people on the tour who dispute the allegations. Franken’s military…

Michelle Fischbach Resigns Senate Seat, Sworn in as MN’s Lt. Gov.

Courtesy: KMSPST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – State Senator Michelle Fischbach of Paynesville resigned from the state senate and took the oath of office Friday, officially becoming Minnesota’s lieutenant governor. Fischbach, a Republican, has kept her state senate seat so the GOP could hold its one seat majority in the upper chamber. With the session now over and Gov. Mark Dayton promising there will be no special session,…

Senator Tina Smith Talks About The Importance Of A New Farm Bill

She Says Nutrition Programs Are Of Great Importance To Greater Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Tina Smith is making work on the new Farm Bill one of her top priorities. The Democrat, who was appointed to fill Al Franken’s seat when he resigned, has set up an Ag Working Group. The group features more than two dozen people representing various sectors of the agriculture industry. Smith is on the Senate Agriculture…

Minnesota’s Rep. Emmer Seeking Re-Election to Sixth Congressional District

He was first elected to the House in 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Rep. Tom Emmer will not run for governor or Al Franken’s former Senate seat. Emmer says instead he’ll seek re-election to Minnesota’s Sixth Congressional District. The Republican and former gubernatorial candidate says he appreciates the support and encouragement he’s received to run for the Senate or for governor. But Emmer says he wants to continue representing…

Tim Pawlenty: Thanks, but No Thanks to Run for Senate Seat

The GOP thought it could help flip the state

  MINNESOTA — One of the biggest Republican names in Minnesota politics isn’t interested in running for the Senate. Former Minnesota governor and presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty had considered running for the seat vacated by Al Franken. The GOP thought it could help flip the state. But appearing on Fox Business, Pawlenty says it’s too short of a campaign for…

Tina Smith Sworn into Office, State Senator Michelle Fischbach Declines Higher Salary

Republicans are anxious to keep Fischbach in the Senate to protect a narrow majority

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota has a new senator as Lt. Governor Tina Smith gets sworn into office. The Democrat was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on the Senate floor in Washington. Just before taking the oath of office, Smith got her name plate placed outside her new office in Washington. She resigned as the state’s Lieutenant Governor…

Sen. Al Franken: “I May Be Leaving the Senate, but I am Not Giving Up My Voice”

The 66-year-old senator spoke in Minneapolis to about 300 supporters, family members and friends about his time in office

  MINNEAPOLIS — As Minnesota Senator Al Franken departs on January 2nd after resigning from office amid sexual harassment allegations, he wants supporters to know he’s not resigning from the work. “Here is my promise to you,” Franken told a room of supporters. “I may be leaving the Senate, but I am not giving up my voice.” The 66-year-old senator…

Decision on Al Franken’s Vacant Senate Seat to Come Wednesday

That is when Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his pick to serve in the Senate through next year's election

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — We will know who is taking Senator Al Franken’s seat tomorrow. That is when Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his pick to serve in the Senate through next year’s election. Voters will pick a candidate in 2018 to finish Franken’s current term ending in 2020. Franken announced his resignation last week amid a growing cloud…

Speculation Over Potential Replacement for Vacant Minnesota Senate Seat

Several names are popping up and it's the million dollar question in Minnesota politics right now. KMSP Fox 9's Christina Palladino reports from St. Paul.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — There is speculation over who will replace Minnesota Senator Al Franken. Several names are popping up and it’s the million dollar question in Minnesota politics right now. Who will replace Senator Franken? The two-term senator resigned last week amid several allegations of sexual misconduct by various women. Now, one of the names mentioned to replace Franken…

Gov. Dayton Under Pressure Over Choice to Fill Al Franken’s Vacant Senate Seat

Schumer says the party wants more than a placeholder in the seat

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — With the resignation of Al Franken, Democratic leaders may be putting some pressure on Gov. Dayton for his pick for a replacement. Governor Dayton initially planned to name Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to Franken’s seat, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer may be asking Dayton to pick someone who will run in the 2018 special…