Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Al Franken’s soon-to-be-vacant seat. Smith, a former political operative who was also VP for public affairs at Planned Parenthood Minnesota, announced that she plans to run for her seat in the 2018 special election, a shift from earlier reports that…
After mounting sexual harassment allegations and pressure from his colleagues to resign, Al Franken announced that he will resign his Senate seat in the next few weeks.
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After a former Democratic Congressional aide accused Senator Al Franken of sexual harassment on Wednesday morning—bringing the number of women who have alleged sexual harassment to eight—a number of Franken’s women colleagues have called on the Minnesota Senator to resign.
A former elected official in New England who has requested anonymity tells Jezebel that Al Franken attempted to give her a “wet, open-mouthed kiss” onstage at an event in 2006, shortly before he ran for Senate. The woman says the encounter left her “stunned and incredulous.”
“Embarrassed and ashamed,” is how Minnesota Senator Al Franken described his feelings since four women accused him of unwanted groping this month. In one of Franken’s first interviews since news the allegations broke, he told the Star Tribune that he’s “let a lot of people down and I’m hoping I can make it up to them…
In a statement released Tuesday morning, 36 former women staffers of SNL “stood up” for Sen. Al Franken, who worked on and off for the show from its premiere in 1975 to 1995. “What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. Tweeden, and to the public,” the statement…
On Sunday, Kasie Hunt dedicated her MSNBC show to exploring sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. In the clip above, she highlights how individuals who come forward (in itself a difficult task) are faced with extensive bureaucracy and waiting periods.
A 33-year old woman has accused Senator Al Franken of inappropriately grabbing her during a photo opp in 2010 at the Minnesota State Fair.
The last time we saw Ohio Supreme Court Justice and prolific Facebook user Bill O’Neill around these parts, he was taking the “draft dodging millionaires” of the Cleveland Browns to task for kneeling during the national anthem. O’Neill is self-evidently a man of many passions, but mostly he loves to post online, about…
As you know, Senator Al Franken is the latest high-profile man to be accused of sexual assault. Guess which bundle of flaxen-haired impetigo has roused himself to make a tweet?
On Thursday, TV host and morning news anchor for McIntyre in the Morning Leeann Tweeden accused Senator Al Franken of assaulting her in 2006. The two toured together for the USO, and Franken was the show’s headliner.
An “absolutely toxic co-worker,” “singularly dishonest,” “smarmy,” and a “sociopath”: these are just a few of the ways that Senator Al Franken describes Senator Ted Cruz in his new book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate.
Calling Donald Trump’s education secretary pick Betsy DeVos an “ideologue” who “knows next to nothing about education policy,” Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has pledged that “there’s not going to be one Democratic vote for her.” Franken added that Democrats are also “trying to find Republicans who will vote against her.”
Not content to let Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) be the only ones to drag Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for misrepresenting his record during his Attorney General confirmation hearing, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) took Sessions to school over his involvement (or lack there of) in several civil…
A measure that would protect students from harassment based on gender identity and sexual orientation was voted down by Congress on the afternoon of July 14, because some people are terrible.
Here's Minnesota Senator Al Franken breaking down into tears during the Violence Against Women Act debate today. On the Republican side of the legislative branch, John Boehner's usually prolific tear ducts have remained tellingly silent.