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July 8, 2016

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1. Eligibility. PURCHASE, PAYMENT OR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION WILL NOT INCREASE ODDS OF WINNING. PROMOTION VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. PROMOTION OPEN ONLY TO INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES CITIZENS AND LAWFUL PERMANENT U.S. RESIDENTS WHO ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES, THE AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND PUERTO RICO AND OVER THE AGE OF 18 (OR THE AGE OF MAJORITY UNDER APPLICABLE LAW). BUSINESSES, CORPORATIONS, NATIONAL BANKS, LABOR ORGANIZATIONS OR OTHER ENTITIES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE, NOR MAY ANY INDIVIDUAL ENTER ON BEHALF OF ANY SUCH ENTITIES. IF YOU DO NOT MEET ANY OF THESE REQUIREMENTS, OR ANY OTHER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO WIN A PRIZE, AND AL FRANKEN FOR SENATE. (“SPONSOR”) RESERVES THE RIGHT NOT TO AWARD PRIZES TO YOU. To be eligible to win the prize, entries must be completed and received by Sponsor in the format designated below. Directors, officers and employees of Sponsor and any of their respective affiliates, agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies, and immediate families of each are not eligible to win any prizes. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.


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3. Promotion Period. The Promotion starts at 12:00 AM (all times Eastern Time) on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 and ends at 11:59 PM on Friday, July 15th, 2016 (the “Promotion Period”). All entries must be received during the Promotion Period to be eligible to win a prize.


4. Prizes. One (1) winner will receive the following prize (the “Prize”): one hand-drawn, signed map by Al Franken. (APR: $1,000).


5. Odds; Taxes; Etc. One (1) prize will be awarded out of approximately 3,000,000 of notices distributed. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF WINNER. All prizes will be awarded. The prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternative winner if the winner affidavit and release materials (see Sections 11 and 12 below) are not returned as required by winner or if two (2) attempts to contact winner by phone and/or e-mail are not successful. Prizes are not transferable. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any prizes will be permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize. Limit one prize per household or address. All prizes are awarded “AS IS” and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose).


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(b) Contribution Method: We are asking for a donation per election to Al Franken for Senate. Contributions in any amount from corporations, labor organizations, national banks, and foreign nationals are prohibited. To enter by contributing money to Sponsor, complete and submit the contribution form at http://www.alfranken.com/MAP2016 during the Promotion Period. No minimum contribution is necessary to enter via the contribution method. Entering via the contribution method will not increase your chances of winning the prize.


(c) For All Entry Methods: Failure to submit all required information in the manner required in these Official Rules and/or any entry or contribution form may result in disqualification. Proof of contribution or online entry will not be deemed to be proof of receipt of entry by Sponsor. All entrants and entries are subject to verification by Sponsor. Entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Except where prohibited by law, you consent to being placed on an e-mail mailing list for promotional and other purposes by entering this promotion. Individuals may not enter the Promotion by any and all methods combined more than ten (10) times in any calendar day.


8. Promotion Rules. The winner will be determined by a random drawing from all eligible entries to be held at Al Franken for Senate on Monday, July 18, 2016. Each potential winner will be notified by phone or e-mail by Tuesday, July 19, 2016. To claim the prize, each potential winner should follow the instructions contained in his/her notification.


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Published on July 08, 2016 14:22 • 6 views

March 31, 2016

Senator Al Franken, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met with President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court Wednesday morning.


The meeting with Judge Merrick Garland comes as a sea of Republican leaders say they refuse to meet with him.


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Published on March 31, 2016 10:18 • 15 views

March 3, 2016

“I guess we don’t have to do anything. It’s probably constitutional for me to stay in Minnesota and not show up here. But that’s sort of not the point of bothering to become a Senator.”


Watch the video here.


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Published on March 03, 2016 08:31 • 3 views

February 26, 2016

If you watched the Republican debate on Thursday, you probably noticed the candidates agreeing that insurance companies should be allowed to sell policies across state lines.


“We have to get rid of the lines around the states,” said Donald Trump, making vigorous circles with his hands for emphasis, “so that there’s serious, serious competition.” It would, he promised, “be a beautiful thing.”


This is often presented as the Republicans’ Big Idea on health care — in fact, as with Trump, it’s often the only idea they can come up with. But it isn’t a serious plan for improving our nation’s health care system. In fact, it’s absolute nonsense.


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Published on February 26, 2016 08:46 • 3 views

January 12, 2016

President Barack Obama will come before a joint session of Congress tonight to deliver his last State of the Union address. And it’s the hottest ticket in Washington.


Lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and other government officials will pack the chamber of the House of Representatives to listen to the speech. In addition, dignitaries and honorees from around the country and the world will attend.


Traditionally, congressmen and senators receive one guest ticket to the event from the sergeant at arms of the House. Some invite friends, while others choose to highlight a praiseworthy constituent from their congressional district or state.


Here are 18 of the most interesting VIPs who will be in the audience for Obama’s final State of the Union address:


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Published on January 12, 2016 13:04 • 10 views

January 6, 2016

“You learn pretty quickly in the Senate that nothing gets done without partners in the House that share your values. And I know that Angie Craig will be another champion for Minnesota values in the House,” said Franken.


“As a mother of four, and the wife and daughter of teachers, Angie knows how important it is to fight for our public schools and make sure every student can afford to go to college. And as a leader at a Minnesota-based Fortune 500 company, Angie knows how to create jobs, invest in a community and get things done. I know that she has the drive and determination to win in November and I look forward to working with her to strengthen opportunities for all Minnesota families.”


Learn more about Angie and her campaign for Congress at http://angiecraig.osage-plains.com/


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Published on January 06, 2016 18:17 • 6 views

December 13, 2015

Keith Ellison, the most prominent Muslim elected official in America, was having a pretty good day.


Never mind that the Republican front-runner in the presidential contest — Donald Trump — had proposed to temporarily bar all people of the congressman’s faith from entering the United States, roughly a quarter of the world’s population. Never mind that his House colleague — Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson, the only other Muslim in Congress — received another death threat. And never mind that a Republican colleague — Iowa Rep. Steve King — was, at that very moment, questioning his patriotism in the press, saying the Detroit-born progressive Democrat has not sufficiently denounced Sharia law. Ellison had greeted King with a smile several times that day, even shaking his hand.


Ellison fiercely clung to the upside in the explosive hate speech around him, insisting — despite Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and other harsh anti-Muslim diatribes — that everything was just fine. “I gotta be honest, I don’t really absorb the negativity too much … If you’re too sensitive here, it’s just hard to go on. You know what I mean?” Ellison said in an interview.


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Published on December 13, 2015 08:35 • 4 views

December 6, 2015

By year’s end, the controversial No Child Left Behind federal education law likely will be history. Last week, the U.S. House approved an NCLB replacement, and the Senate is expected to pass the companion bill this week. President Obama is expected to sign the measure soon after.


Two Minnesota lawmakers, Republican Rep. John Kline and Democratic Sen. Al Franken, deserve credit for working out details of the long-awaited rewrite in conference committee. As committee chairman, Kline led the negotiations on the finishing touches, building on the bipartisan work of other lawmakers. The compromise attempts to strike a balance between the Democrats’ emphasis on the academic issues of poor and minority students, and the Republican focus on less federal and more state control of public schools.


It rightly ends some of the most onerous features of NCLB, such as labeling and sanctioning schools based on narrow test criteria and setting unrealistic academic goals. But it also leaves open the possibility that without those requirements, some states might neglect efforts to improve learning for struggling students. One positive feature of NCLB has been the attention it focused on America’s significant learning gaps between white students and students of color.


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Published on December 06, 2015 08:05 • 13 views

December 4, 2015

It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency.


All decent people feel sorrow and righteous fury about the latest slaughter of innocents, in California. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are searching for motivations, including the vital question of how the murderers might have been connected to international terrorism. That is right and proper.


But motives do not matter to the dead in California, nor did they in Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut and far too many other places. The attention and anger of Americans should also be directed at the elected leaders whose job is to keep us safe but who place a higher premium on the money and political power of an industry dedicated to profiting from the unfettered spread of ever more powerful firearms.


It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency. These are weapons of war, barely modified and deliberately marketed as tools of macho vigilantism and even insurrection. America’s elected leaders offer prayers for gun victims and then, callously and without fear of consequence, reject the most basic restrictions on weapons of mass killing, as they did on Thursday. They distract us with arguments about the word terrorism. Let’s be clear: These spree killings are all, in their own ways, acts of terrorism.


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Published on December 04, 2015 07:47 • 7 views

December 2, 2015

Republicans have tucked an anti-net neutrality rider into a government spending bill that would block the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing its open Internet rules.


The provision is just one of many riders in the financial services appropriations bill currently being hashed out by House and Senate negotiators. But as dozens of these unrelated policy measures are dropped, this one is sticking around — a fact that is especially troubling to net neutrality advocates, who worry it may make its way into a final must-pass spending bill, known as an omnibus.


The federal government is currently running on a stopgap funding measure, which will run out on Dec. 11. If Congress doesn’t reach a new agreement, the government will shut down.


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Published on December 02, 2015 10:04 • 5 views

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