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Senator Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, waits to start a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Al Franken, a Democrat from Minnesota, waits to start a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C.

Anti-Franken Super-PAC Emerges

A super-political action committee has organized to oppose Democratic Sen. Al Franken’s re-election in Minnesota, a state Republicans are seeking to put in play amid an expanding field of competitive Senate elections. “The Heartland Campaign Fund has been formed to...

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Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann in Blaine, Minn.

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Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann in Blaine, Minn.

Bachmann Out-Foxing Democrats

Michele Bachmann says she is imposing term limits on herself. “Eight is enough,” the saying of congressional term-limit proponents goes. And if it’s good enough for the president, the Minnesota Republican says in her campaign website video today announcing her...

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks to a reporter after a news conference on May 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) speaks to a reporter after a news conference on May 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Bachmann Bowing Out in Minnesota

Rep. Michele Bachmann, an erstwhile Republican presidential hopeful and proponent of the anti-tax Tea Party movement, says she won’t run for re-election yet may consider future opportunities in politics. “I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth congressional term,” Bachmann,...

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, check on judges former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., left, and House Chaplain Patrick Conroy during the second annual 'hotdish' competition in the Capitol Visitor Center, featuring casserole-like dishes from members of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation, on March 7, 2012. The dishes of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., tied for first place in the competition.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, check on judges former Rep. Vin Weber, R-Minn., left, and House Chaplain Patrick Conroy during the second annual 'hotdish' competition in the Capitol Visitor Center, featuring casserole-like dishes from members of the Minnesota Congressional Delegation, on March 7, 2012. The dishes of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn., tied for first place in the competition.

Tater Tots and Pepperoni (Hold the SPAM) — What Congress is Cooking

Can you smell what Congress is cooking? Tater-tots and more, washed down with Jell-O. Not to mention Rep. Michele Bachmann’s volcanic “Metro” dish with a whole can of sweet corn, or Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s hold-the-SPAM (not to be confused with e-mail) pepperoni...

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Voters fill the booths on Nov. 6, 2012, at the Stockton Community Center in Stockton, Minn.

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Voters fill the booths on Nov. 6, 2012, at the Stockton Community Center in Stockton, Minn.

Minnesota Tops in Voter Turnout (Again) — Obama Carried Top-Five

Minnesota is the nation’s undisputed champion when it comes to voter turnout. About 76 percent of Minnesota residents who were eligible to vote in the 2012 election cast a ballot, leading the nation for the eighth time in the past...

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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks at a rally for Elizabeth Warren (D), in Worcester, Mass. on Oct. 19, 2012.

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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks at a rally for Elizabeth Warren (D), in Worcester, Mass. on Oct. 19, 2012.

Franken, Party Friends to Gain from Minnesota Democratic Super-PAC

A Democratic-aligned advocacy group in Minnesota is adding a super-political action committee to prepare for 2014 federal elections in the state. WIN Minnesota, a 501c4 nonprofit, is adding the super-PAC “to explore the option of doing work in federal races,”...

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Rick and Mary Nolan celebrate on Nov. 7, 2012 after winning the 8th District. Photograph by Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch/AP Photo

Rick and Mary Nolan celebrate on Nov. 7, 2012 after winning the 8th District. Photograph by Steve Kohls/Brainerd Dispatch/AP Photo

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 32

That’s the number of years since Rep.-elect Rick Nolan, a Minnesota Democrat, ended his previous tenure in the House. Nolan, who unseated Republican incumbent Chip Cravaack on Nov. 6, served in the House from 1975 to 1981, when he retired....

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