November 7, 2002 |
Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale came out of retirement for just one week before quietly and humbly returning Wednesday, ushered back by a respectful and even somber Sen.-elect Norm Coleman, a 53-year-old Republican who has been down many times in his political life only to rise again.
November 4, 2002 |
Perhaps no incumbent Democrat was as firmly in the White House sights this autumn as Paul Wellstone. He was a liberal thorn in the side of a conservative administration -- unable to derail President Bush's agenda when it gained centrist support, but nevertheless a certain vote in the Senate against those policies. Against that backdrop, Bush stepped gingerly Sunday into the emotion-laden race for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota.
November 3, 2008 |
Months of tension between Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and his Democratic rival, Al Franken, burst into open acrimony during the last debate of the campaign Sunday night as they traded heated accusations about allegations made in a lawsuit against the incumbent. It started immediately, and Coleman denied taking money or gifts from supporters without disclosing it.
July 8, 2009 |
Al Franken, the funnyman who wrote the best-seller "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot," was sworn in as the junior senator from Minnesota on Tuesday, without doing one single funny thing. Once he was known on the "Saturday Night Live" stage as the lisping, sweater-wearing bundle of insecurities Stuart Smalley ("I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me").
June 2, 2009 |
Minnesota Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Monday of Republican Norm Coleman's claim that thousands of absentee ballots in his Senate race against Democrat Al Franken were illegally excluded. During the hearing in St. Paul, Minn., justices pointed out that Coleman's legal team acknowledged that no voter fraud had taken place. A lower court ruled in April that Franken had won the race by 312 votes.
October 26, 2008 |
The comedian's opening act warmed up the crowd, whose laughter echoed inside the cavernous lobby of the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center. Then the headliner stepped onto the stage, took the microphone in hand . . . and didn't tell a joke. Lately, Minnesotans have been seeing a more serious side of comedian Al Franken, one of the original writers for "Saturday Night Live" and author of the book "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot."