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Political Notebook: Walker to detail health care plan in speech

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker will be talking about health care when he travels to the Twin Cities on Tuesday.

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker will be talking about health care when he travels to the Twin Cities on Tuesday.

The Wisconsin governor is expected to outline his plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare during a speech at Cass Screw Machine Products Co. in Brooklyn Center. He recently penned a column for the National Review that talks about the need to abolish the Affordable Care Act. In it, he said the plan he will reveal will limit government interference, give patients more options and keep health care premiums from soaring.

Later on Tuesday, Walker will attend a fundraiser for the conservative Minnesota Jobs Coalition at O'Gara's Bar and Grill in St. Paul. Earlier this month, it was announced Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt will serve as Minnesota state chairman for Walker's presidential campaign.

"In Minnesota, we've seen how our neighbor, Wisconsin, has been able to turn around under the strong leadership of Gov. Walker. Our country needs a reform-minded leader who isn't afraid to identify problems and fight for solutions," Daudt said in a statement.

Franken opens Rochester office

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Nearly six years after taking office, DFL Sen. Al Franken has an office up and running in Rochester.

The office opened in March and is in the same strip mall as the offices of Sen. Amy Klobuchar and 1st District Rep. Tim Walz. The address is 1202-1/2 7th St. NW, Suite 213.

Franken has two other offices in Duluth and St. Paul. He also has staff working in northwest and central Minnesota, and is looking into opening an office in Moorhead, according to Franken spokesman Michael Dale-Stein. The offices provide a wide array of services to constituents, including helping them access federal benefit programs and getting referrals. Voters can also contact an office to weigh in on various issues.

"Sen. Franken remains committed to offering the highest level of constituent service that Minnesotans have come to expect from his office and always welcome feedback as to how he can continue to best serve his constituents," Dale-Stein said.

Klobuchar book signing in Rochester

DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar will visit Rochester on Sept. 3 to sign copies of her new memoir, "The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland." In her book, she details the challenges she faced growing up, including her parents' divorce and her father's alcoholism and recovery. She writes about how she went from a middle class suburban woman to becoming Minnesota's senior senator. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Apache Mall, 1201 12th St. SW Suite 425, in Rochester.

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