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Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

AP Photo/Jim Mone ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to replace fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken until a special election in November, setting up his long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election. Smith was widely seen as Dayton’s top choice from the moment Franken announced his resignation last week. But her previous decision not to run for governor had raised questions about whether she would want to launch a Senate campaign … Read the referenced story here: Minnesota…

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I’m Not Convinced Franken Should Quit

Zephyr Teachout, New York TimesI care passionately about #MeToo. Women are routinely demeaned, dismissed, discouraged and assaulted. Too many women’s careers are stymied or ended because of harassment and abuse. In politics, where I have worked much of my adult life, this behavior is rampant. … Read the referenced story here: I’m Not Convinced Franken Should Quit

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Dems Flip on Franken to Pressure GOP on Moore

Huey-Burns & Arkin, RealClearPoliticsAbout 24 hours before dozens of Democratic senators issued a clarion call for their colleague Al Franken to resign amid sexual harassment accusations, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee offered a rationale for Roy Moore staying in the Alabama U.S. Senate race amid similar charges. … Read the referenced story here: Dems Flip on Franken to Pressure GOP on Moore

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