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Al Franken, watched by his wife Franni, talks to several hundred supporters Wednesday on the Minnesota Capitol mall. They were celebrating a Tuesday Supreme Court decision that made him U.S. senator. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Franken returns to his roots

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ST. PAUL - "Live, from Washington, it's Sen. Al Franken!"

That may not be Minnesota senator-elect's line, but on Wednesday hundreds of supporters got a glimpse of a looser Al Franken than has surfaced in quite some time, more akin to how he appeared in front of the entertainment camera than the campaign camera.


He thanked Minnesotans for putting him in the U.S. Senate, promising, "I'm not going to waste that chance."

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.