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ENDORSEMENT: The Winona Daily News supports Al for re-election

Sara Cederberg, Digital Director

The latest in a series of endorsements comes from The Winona Daily News, who just endorsed Al for “an impressive record of legislation on technology and privacy, consumer rights, agriculture, transportation and other issues.”

When Al Franken arrived in office at the U.S. Senate several months after he was elected, the recount over and the job finally no longer in limbo, the Minnesota Democrat wasted no time — he put his head down and got to work.

Five years later, with an impressive record of legislation on technology and privacy, consumer rights, agriculture, transportation and other issues — not to mention an important amendment ensuring the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act and saving consumers billions — Franken is asking Minnesota voters to send him back for a second term.

We should.

First, we’ll point out one thing, because Franken’s effectiveness as a senator has made it quite likely one of the last times we or anyone else will reference it. If you’re curious about just how successful Franken’s transformation has been from a comedian and political satirist, go ahead and ask a 20-something who Al Franken is. He’s a senator, they’ll say. You know he used to be on “Saturday Night Live”? Used to write books panning the Republican party? They’ll give you a blank look. Clearly, there’s no question that there are second acts in American lives.

Franken is focused on all the right issues, the kinds that will become increasingly important in the next years to come. He’s been at the forefront of demanding change, clarity and transparency when it comes to technology regulation, from ensuring the privacy of Americans to fighting for net neutrality, a little-known but absolutely vital movement to protect the speed and access of the Internet from the manipulation of telecommunications companies.

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