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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…

Senator Franken: The Republican Tax Bill Represents a Slap in the Face

During that announcement he took a dig at the past alleged sexual harassment actions by President Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Al Franken took to the Senate floor to give his final speech before his resignation takes effect in January. He talked about his years in the Senate debating the issues, the arguments and serious votes. Franken said “Politics is about the improvement of people’s lives.” He announced earlier this month that he would resign in the…

Some Lawmakers Asking Franken to Reconsider Resigning from Senate

Congressman Peterson said he would have preferred that the Ethics Committee looked into the matter and released a report

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Collin Peterson is joining the chorus of people suggesting that Sen. Al Franken acted too quickly when he announced his plans to resign. Franken announced that he plans to leave the Senate after several Democratic colleagues urged him to step down amid accusations of inappropriately touching women. Since then, some of those senators have asked…

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to Take Over Franken’s Seat Early January

A specific date for Franken to step down has not been set

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Senator Al Franken says he expects his replacement, Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, to take over his seat in early January. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Smith to take his place until a special election to complete the final two years of Franken’s term. Last week, Franken said he would resign “in coming weeks” following…

Just In: Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Republican Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race

The fight was intense from the beginning, with a heavy shadow cast over Moore's campaign

  ALABAMA — Democrat Doug Jones has defeated Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate election, making Jones the first Democrat elected by the state to the Senate in 25 years. The fight was intense from the beginning, with a heavy shadow cast over Moore’s campaign. Moore is accused of having romantic relationships with teen girls when he was in his…

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…

Geologists Reviewing Recoverable Crude Oil in North Dakota

Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven and industry officials requested the new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey

  NORTH DAKOTA — Federal geologists say they will reevaluate the amount of recoverable crude oil in North Dakota. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven and industry officials requested the new assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey, saying it would likely attract investment by showing stronger production potential. They want the USGS to take into account 17 other formations in…

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…

Senator Al Franken Resignation: What Comes Next?

He maintains the allegations of sexual harassment against him are not true, but Franken bowed to pressure to step down from almost all of his fellow Democrats. Fox's Mike Emanuel Reports from Washington.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken is resigning, soon. He maintains the allegations of sexual harassment against him are not true, but Franken bowed to pressure to step down from almost all of his fellow Democrats. “Today┬áI am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said…