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Sen. Franken Will Speak From Senate Floor at 10:45 a.m.

A high-ranking Democrat says he expects Franken to resign in the wake of another sexual harassment allegation. Fox's Garrett Tenney reports from Washington.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A tweet on Senator Franken’s account says he is with his family and plans to make an announcement in D.C. Thursday and quote: “Any reports of a final decision are inaccurate.” A high-ranking Democrat says he expects Franken to resign in the wake of another sexual harassment allegation. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp issued a statement on Twitter writing…

Army Veteran Accuses Sen. Franken of Groping Her During Photo Op

The Senator is not commenting in person

NATIONAL — An Army veteran is the latest woman to accuse Sen. Al Franken of groping her in December 2003 while she was deployed in Kuwait. She claims the Minnesota Democrat cupped her breast during a photo op. The Senator is not commenting in person. “My office has put out a statement and I’m looking forward to fighting this terrible…

Senator Al Franken Returns To Work And Issues Another Apology

Calls The Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him "Extremely Humbling"

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Al Franken has returned to Capitol Hill for the first time since the reports of sexual harassment against him. The Minnesota Democrat held a short news conference outside his Senate office. He apologized again, saying he knows he has “let down” a lot of people. Franken said the accusations against him have come as a shock…

Two More Women Come Forward with Accusations Against Sen. Franken

The women say the events happened in Minneapolis in 2007 and 2008

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two women are alleging that Senator Al Franken touched their buttocks during events for his first campaign for Senate. The women say the events happened in Minneapolis in 2007 and 2008. In a statement, Franken says, “It’s difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don’t remember those campaign events.” Last week, Franken was accused of…

ND District 21 Sen. Carolyn Nelson Announces Retirement

Nelson served two terms in the House before being elected to the Senate in 1994

  FARGO, ND — North Dakota District 21 Senator Carolyn Nelson of Fargo is retiring at the end of her term. Nelson served two terms in the House before being elected to the Senate in 1994. The Democrat has been caucus chair for four sessions and assistant minority leader for two sessions. District 21 will elect a nominating committee at…

Minnesota Senate May be Growing Desperate as Operating Budget Remains Uncertain

Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the House and Senate's $130 million budget this spring amid a dispute over tax breaks and other measures

  ST PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Senate may furlough staff and stop cutting checks as soon as December if the courts don’t restore their operating budget. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the House and Senate’s $130 million budget this spring amid a dispute over tax breaks and other measures. It sparked a legal battle that is now before the state…

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution: Saturday is National Bison Day

The animal has also been designated as our national mammal

  NATIONAL — Saturday has been designated as National Bison Day. The U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan resolution to celebrate the cultural and historical significance of the North American Bison. Senator John Hoeven introduced the resolution and says “The bison’s incredible story includes one of the most remarkable and successful examples of conservation efforts as they were brought back from…

Sen. Klobuchar, Rep. Peterson Talk with Local Leaders on the Farm Bill

The proposal supports rural development projects, conservation programs, the agriculture industry and the Rural Energy for America program

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Senator Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Collin Peterson are meeting with farmers, business owners and community leaders from across Minnesota to hear their opinions on the proposed Farm Bill. The proposal supports rural development projects, conservation programs, the agriculture industry and the Rural Energy for America program. Peterson says he wants to hear from those the bill impacts…

Senator Heitkamp Named in Top 10 List for Most Effective Senators

Heitkamp was ranked ninth among Democrats in the 114th Congress

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Heitkamp has been named one of the most effective senators by the Center for Effective Lawmaking. It is a joint initiative between the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University. Heitkamp was ranked ninth among Democrats in the 114th Congress. She sponsored 29 bills on a variety of issues and got three of those bills signed…

Political Pressure May be Bringing GOP Health Care Plan Back to Life

These include the party's increasingly impatient conservative base, incumbents' nightmares about primary challenges and wrathful presidential tweetstorms

NATIONAL — A brew of political pressures is pumping fresh life into the last-gasp Republican drive to erase the Obama health care overhaul. These include the party’s increasingly impatient conservative base, incumbents’ nightmares about primary challenges and wrathful presidential tweetstorms. The new GOP bill by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham would shift health care money and power from Washington…