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« on: February 10, 2005, 02:49:15 pm »
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Because Dayton has announced that he will not run for a second term, Franken has thrown his hat into the ring.  This is from http://www.kstp.com/article/stories/S6198.html?cat=64
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Franken expected to make announcement on candidacy 
Updated: 02/10/2005 10:43:30 AM
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WASHINGTON - Just one day after U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton decided not to run for a second term, comedian Al Franken may be throwing his hat into the ring.

Last year, Franken said he wanted to run for the Senate in 2008. But last night he told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he is now considering his candidacy for next year.

Franken, a Minnesota native, plans to make an announcement live on his national radio show in Washington D.C. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS will be in the studio with Franken for that announcement.

The announcement is expected to come near the end of the broadcast, which will be around 1:45 p.m.

Meanwhile, former U.S. Sen Rod Grams, who lost his seat to Dayton in 2000, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he is running for the open seat. He said Social Security, the deficit, the budget, Medicare and Medicaid are what prompted him to enter the race.

Other Republicans who may consider a run include U.S. Reps. Mark Kennedy and Gil Gutknecht, and Minn. Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer.

On the DFL side, activist Buck Humphrey said he's not ruling out a bid for the U.S. Senate.

The grandson of the late Vice President Hubert Humphrey and the son of former state Attorney General Skip Humphrey first said he wasn't interested in joining a growing list of candidates seeking the party nomination. But Buck Humphrey said later that he wouldn't rule out running for the open Senate seat.

Other potential DFL candidates include Minneapolis lawyer Mike Ciresi, Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson of Willmar, state Senator Steve Kelley of Hopkins, former Congressman Bill Luther, Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, and former public development official Rebecca Yanisch.

State House Minority Leader Matt Entenza was considered to be a potential Senate candidate by many. However, he said Wednesday that he's not interested. During a visit to Worthington, Entenza said his interests are entirely in Minnesota.

 
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2005, 03:15:48 pm »
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Wrong board (should go in the Congressional forum).

Johnson for Senate! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2005, 07:51:29 pm »
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Classic!   That should be a definite pickup for the GOP.
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2005, 09:04:23 pm »
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Franken in Arkansas. That's a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2005, 09:10:58 pm »
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Please oh God, don't let him win the nomination.
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2005, 09:12:19 pm »
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What's this about Arkansas? Mark Dayton is from Minnesota.
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2005, 09:18:57 pm »
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Franken is NOT running for senate.

In case you missed the last segment today--Al has announced, officially, that hes not running for Senate in 2006. He committed to at least two more years at Air America, and hes going to honor his commitment.
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2005, 09:58:28 pm »
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He's committed alright, or he should be.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2005, 10:30:34 pm »
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Why is it referred to as the DLC in Minnesota?
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2005, 10:31:50 pm »
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Why is it referred to as the DLC in Minnesota?

It's the DFL - Democratic Farm and Labor Party. They've been doing it for years.
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2005, 10:39:09 pm »
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Why is it referred to as the DLC in Minnesota?

It's the DFL - Democratic Farm and Labor Party. They've been doing it for years.

Thanks.
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2005, 10:43:29 pm »
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Why is it referred to as the DLC in Minnesota?

It's the DFL - Democratic Farm and Labor Party. They've been doing it for years.

And wasn't the MN-GOP referred to as the Independent-Republicans up until a few years ago?
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2005, 10:45:41 pm »
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Why is it referred to as the DLC in Minnesota?

It's the DFL - Democratic Farm and Labor Party. They've been doing it for years.

And wasn't the MN-GOP referred to as the Independent-Republicans up until a few years ago?

Yep. They changed their name after Watergate I believe but they switched back.
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