Franken Wants Health Profits Limited

Al Franken has introduced his biggest bill since joining the U.S. Senate this summer, one that requires at least 90 percent of health insurance premium dollars go for health services, not profits. “As we move forward in health insurance reform, it’s essential that insurance companies know that their top priority must be serving patients, not…
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Lawmaker Helps Shape Energy Policy

A Minnesota legislator leading a group of up to 50 colleagues from across the country is helping shape federal energy policy. White House officials named Rep. Jeremy Kalin, DFL-North Branch, chairman of a task force of state lawmakers set up to provide input for clean-energy issues to President Barack Obama and U.S. senators. The emphasis…
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Media Not Laughing At Franken

Franken at summer victory rally National news reporters are at least a little frustrated with new Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. First, he seldom displays the humor he used when he wrote and starred on “Saturday Night Live.” Second, he doesn’t talk to them. The Hill, a respected newspaper covering Congress, updated its readers about the…
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Wetterling Backs Gaertner

Child-safety advocate and former congressional candidate Patty Wetterling is endorsing Susan Gaertner for Minnesota governor. Wetterling wrote a letter backing the Ramsey County attorney, who is seeking the DFL nomination. “The person I am supporting has the executive leadership ability of a manager of a large public office, the community commitment of a local elected…
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New York Times Talks To Emmer, Kelliher

A New York Times story today prominently features one Minnesota governor candidate and a bit less so another. Reporter Monica Davey examines efforts by Rep. Tom Emmer, R-Delano, to pass a state constitutional amendment that would “outlaw a crucial element of the health care plans under discussion in Washington: the requirement that nearly everyone buy…
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