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Potential Franken, Walz challengers emerge

WASHINGTON — Add a few names to the list of Minnesotans considering runs for Congress next fall.

• GOP State Sen. Julianne Ortman is talking with her family about challenging Democratic Sen. Al Franken, according to the Associated Press. Ortman represents Carver County in the Legislature, where she once chaired the Senate Tax Committee. Businessman Mike McFadden is the only declared GOPer in the race so far.

• Another Republican state senator, Jeremy Miller, is considering a run against 1st District Rep. Tim Walz, Politics in Minnesota reported. Walz won easily in 2012, beating Allen Quist by 15 percent, though he won by just 5 percent in 2010 against Republican Randy Demmer.

Elsewhere, Circle Pines environmental activist Judy Adams became the first DFLer to launch a 6th District bid in the post-Michele Bachmann vs. Jim Graves era. And Stuart Rothenberg takes a look at Republican Stewart Mills, the CEO of Mills Fleet Farm who is said to be considering a run against 8th District Rep. Rick Nolan. Mills now has a Twitter account (@StewartMillsMN), and, for what it’s worth, his first tweet was a link to the story.

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