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Franken, Sen. Dorgan to tout ways to ease credit for small businesses

Senate candidate Al Franken will appear on St. Paul’s East Side this afternoon with Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota, to talk about a new proposal to help ease credit for small businesses. They’ll be at the Payne Avenue Body Shop, 860 Payne Ave., at 1:45 p.m.

Last week, Sen. Norm Coleman called a press conference on the economy but instead announced his plan to end negative advertising. Franken, however, is expected to stay on topic by having the body shop owner, Mallard Teal, tell how a small business loan helped him expand his shop.

Also scheduled to speak is caterer Jackie Williams, who will say she hasn’t been able to reopen a restaurant for lack of a loan.

Dorgan opposed the bailout legislation, and Franken said he would have voted against it, too.

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  1. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 10/14/2008 - 02:18 pm.

    Read this too late to attend – Byron Dorgan is one of my favorite senators. He was in Minnesota at a rally for Amy Klobuchar two years ago, and the Star Tribune story did not event mention his name or identify him in the photo. They concentrated on Al Gore, who was at the same event.

    Dorgan is a hero to those of us that want a government of the people, and value accountability and oversight. Dorgan convened many hearings to investigate waste, fraud and abuse in contracting in Iraq when the Democratic Party was in the minority. [109th Congress.]

    I hope Byron Dorgan will be nominated and confirmed to a cabinet position in the Obama Administration in 2009. I see him as a key to overhauling government spending to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse.

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