Franken to headline Netroots Nation

WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken will headline Netroots Nation, the largest annual gathering of online progressive activists in America, this summer, officials from Franken’s office confirmed today.

“The netroots community is a critical piece of a successful progressive agenda. They’re talking to their neighbors, volunteering their time, and they’re on the front lines making change happen,” Franken said in a statement. “I’ve been honored to have their support, and I’m honored to talk to them this summer.”

Netroots Nation, founded in 2006 as YearlyKos (an offshoot of the popular DailyKos blog), will take place July 22-25 at the Rio in Las Vegas. Think of it as the liberal alternative to the conservatives’ CPAC (at which both Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann spoke) and you’re not far off.

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