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Transgender Candidate Makes History in Vermont

Hallquist's victory praised as a 'defining moment'

(Newser) - In a historic moment for the transgender rights movement, former power company exec Christine Hallquist won the Democratic primary for Vermont governor Tuesday, becoming the first transgender candidate from a major party to win a gubernatorial primary. Hallquist, who transitioned from male to female in 2015, was chief executive of... More »

Some Big Names Watch Newest Senators Take Oath

Former VPs Biden, Mondale joined Jones, Smith

(Newser) - Two former vice presidents stood beside the Senate's newest senators on the Senate floor as the two Democrats took their oaths of office, the AP reports. Former Vice President Joseph Biden was next to Alabama Democrat Doug Jones as he was sworn in Wednesday. Former Vice President Walter Mondale—... More »

Bachmann: If 'Called,' I'll Run for Franken's Seat

The fiery Christian conservative shared the news with televangelist Jim Bakker

(Newser) - Conservative firebrand Michele Bachmann says she's mulling a run for Al Franken's Senate seat, the Star Tribune reports. The former Minnesota congresswoman, whose controversial remarks helped make her a mainstay in 2012 Republican primary coverage, recently shared the news on The Jim Bakker Show , though she told the... More »

Franken Has Parting Shot for GOP in Final Senate Speech

He urges senators to 'stand up for truth'

(Newser) - So long, Sen. Al Franken: The Democrat delivered his final speech on the Senate floor Thursday, slamming Trump administration policies and urging fellow senators to "stand up for truth," the Hill reports. Franken, who reluctantly resigned after several women accused him of groping or harassing them, said he... More »

Al Franken Has Set a Date for His Senate Departure

Jan. 2, according to a spokesperson

(Newser) - Sen. Al Franken plans to officially leave the US Senate on Jan. 2, the AP reports. The announcement Wednesday from a Franken spokesperson should put to rest questions surrounding the timing of the Minnesota Democrat's departure and concern that he might reverse his planned resignation. Franken announced earlier this... More »

This Is the Woman Replacing Al Franken in the Senate

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith plans to run again for the seat in 2018

(Newser) - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to replace Sen. Al Franken until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election, per the AP . Smith was widely seen as Dayton's top choice from the moment... More »

Nikki Haley: Trump's Accusers 'Should Be Heard'

The US ambassador to the UN's comments come after three male congressmen resigned

(Newser) - President Trump's ambassador to the United Nations believes the women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct "should be heard." Appearing on Face the Nation Sunday, Nikki Haley said she is "incredibly proud" of the women who have come forward over the last months with... More »

SNL Explores Santa's Naughty List

Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Roy Moore all get poked in Cold Open

(Newser) - It's that time of the year to determine who's been naughty and who's been nice, and Saturday Night Live jumped in with its two cents on the seemingly endless sexual harassment scandals in its Cold Open. With Kenan Thompson as Santa and Kate McKinnon as an elf,... More »

Now in DC Spotlight: Kirsten Gillibrand

She led the charge against fellow Democrat Al Franken

(Newser) - The demise of Al Franken's career in the US Senate was hastened along by members of his own party who called for him to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations. Chief among them: New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who helped turn up the heat on Franken this week by... More »

With Franken Out, GOP Has Dream Candidate in Mind

A once-safe seat for Democrats is now up for grabs in 2018

(Newser) - Democrats aren't in immediate danger of losing Al Franken's Senate seat. Minnesota's governor is a Democrat himself and will choose within the party for his temporary replacement. After that, however, all bets are off. And that's bad news for Democrats, explains the AP : Franken would not... More »

4 Words in Franken's Speech Grab Attention

'In the coming weeks'

(Newser) - Al Franken on Thursday announced that in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations he would resign "in the coming weeks." The Week notes that the phrasing caught some attention online, and NBC News/MSNBC national political correspondent Steve Kornacki touches on one slightly out-there theory on Twitter. "I... More »

Al Franken Resigns, Makes Reference to Trump's Behavior

Confirms what sources had been saying since Wednesday

(Newser) - In a speech on the Senate floor Thursday, Al Franken did what sources had been saying he would since Wednesday: resign his seat in the wake of mounting sexual misconduct allegations. "Serving in the United States Senate has been the great honor of my life," Franken said. "... More »

Report: Al Franken Will Resign

Not so fast, senator's office says

(Newser) - Fellow Democratic senators are calling for Sen. Al Franken to step down —and a Democratic official says he plans to do so. The official told Minnesota Public Radio on Wednesday that Franken, who has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, plans to announce his resignation Thursday. MPR... More »

After Franken Accuser No. 7, Democrats Tell Him to Go

More than a dozen Democratic senators have called for Franken to step down

(Newser) - The heat is intensifying on Al Franken. After another woman, the seventh, came forward with allegations, Kirsten Gillibrand and other female Democratic senators called on him to resign Tuesday, reports the Washington Post . "While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it... More »

New Franken Accuser: He Groped My Breast in Photo Op

Army veteran says incident took place on 2003 USO tour; plus 6th accuser says he tried for a kiss

(Newser) - An Army veteran is one of two women to come forward with new sexual misconduct allegations against Al Franken, just days after the senator issued an apology —and she's offering a story similar to those of earlier accusers. Stephanie Kemplin, 41, tells CNN Franken touched her right breast... More »

Franken: 'This Will Not Happen Again'

Minnesota senator acknowledges regaining trust will take time

(Newser) - Al Franken apologized today and said he feels "embarrassed" and "ashamed" of his behavior in light of recent accusations of sexual harassment, USA Today reports. At a press conference outside his Senate office as he returned to work , the Minnesota senator told reporters, "To all of you... More »

Franken: I'm 'Embarrassed and Ashamed'

Senator gives first interview since groping allegations arose

(Newser) - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken broke his silence Sunday after being swept into a nationwide tide of sexual harassment allegations, saying he feels "embarrassed and ashamed" but looks forward to returning to work on Monday to gradually regain voters' trust. Franken spoke to the Minneapolis Star Tribune after largely being... More »

Al Franken: 'I Am So Sorry'

He vows to regain trust of Minnesotans

(Newser) - Sen. Al Franken apparently sees himself as an over-enthusiastic hugger, not the "serial groper" one woman describes him as. In a statement issued Thursday, the day after two more women accused him of touching them inappropriately during photo-ops , the Democrat apologized for making "some women feel badly" and... More »

Al Franken Accused of Being 'Serial Groper'

2 more women have come forward

(Newser) - The accusations against Sen. Al. Franken are starting to stack up. Two more women came forward Wednesday to accuse the Democrat of groping them, bringing the total to four. One woman tells the Huff Post that in 2007, during Franken's first Senate campaign, he grabbed her buttocks during a... More »

36 Female SNLers Back Franken, to Criticism

They use a letter to thank him, to the dismay of social media users

(Newser) - The current cast of Saturday Night Live is far from supporting SNL alum and alleged harasser Al Franken, but the same can't be said of former staff. In a letter , 36 women who previously worked on the show say they "feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken,... More »

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