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The State of Hockey does it again. So proud of Team USA’s women’s hockey team -- and its 8 Minnesota players! Congrats on last night's gold medal. #Pyeongchang2018

The U.S. women beat Canada 3-2 for the Olympic gold medal in a shootout at Gangneung Hockey Centre, riding a stout performance from goaltender Maddie Rooney of Andover and the pond-hockey chops of North Dakota's Lamoureux twins.
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Have you seen our campaign’s new website? It just rolled out, and I’d love to hear what you think.

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Official campaign site for United States Senator from Minnesota Tina Smith Learn more today.
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Faye Wattleton is one incredible woman.

In 1978, Faye became the first African American (and youngest person ever) to be elected President of Planned Parenthood -- the first woman to hold the position since its founder Margaret Sanger. Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood grew into the politically-engaged health care provider it is today.

I wanted to share her story because I’m inspired by her and believe you will be, too. Both through Planned Parenthood and in her own right, Faye has always been a fearless fighter. Her story is exactly the example we need as we embark upon our own fights for progress, equality, and change. #BlackHistoryMonth

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Tina Smith updated their cover photo.
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The Justice Department today announced its first indictments for Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. They’ve charged 13 people from the Internet Research Agency with executing a massive effort to mislead American voters with Russian-fed propaganda.

These indictments are the first step, but offer a stark warning. If the 2018 midterms are going to be free and fair elections, we need to protect ourselves against Russian cyberattacks now. This is not a partisan issue -- this is a national security crisis.

In the Senate, I’m pushing for measures that would help protect this investigation from further partisan attacks, and our future elections from further foreign interference.

The special counsel charged 13 foreigners associated with Russia and three Russian organizations with illegally using social media platforms to sow political discord.
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#tbt to standing in awe with First Lady Michelle Obama. Her official portrait will be an incredible addition to the White House Portrait Gallery. I continue to be awed by her commitment to public service and to her family. In case you missed it, check out her playlist yesterday for Barack, titled "Forever Mine!"
https://open.spotify.com/…/…/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWWCKk94npRDB

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Don’t forget these names. They were stolen from their friends, families, and loved ones yesterday. In the wake of this terrible act, there's no reason for Congress not to act on gun violence.

Follow the StarTribune for the news, photos and videos from the Twin Cities and beyond.
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Happy Valentine’s Day to my beloved husband, Archie! I love you deeply and dearly, and couldn’t have asked for a better companion with whom to spend these past thirty-three years of marriage.

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Our communities are worth fighting for. Elections matter. Giving people a voice matters.

To Minnesota's new State Senator Karla Bigham: I know you are going to lead with conviction and passion -- I was so proud to knock doors with you during your campaign. And to Melissa Wagner, thank you for standing up. Thanks for fighting for a better path forward. I know we'll be seeing a lot more of you in the years to come.

After weeks of campaigning in the frigid cold by Minnesota Democrats and Republicans, voters decided two special elections Monday that left the balance of power in the state Legislature unchanged. …
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Rooting for Afton's Jessie Diggins during tomorrow morning's classic sprint cross-country skiing event at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Good luck, Jessie! Team USA

I love her resilience (and her Minnesota roots!): "I like to embrace the cold and see it as an awesome thing for me, because I'm used to it. And I think I like it more than most people. And so for me, that's going to be my advantage. Instead of seeing it as, 'Oh this might be so hard for me,' I see it as, 'Great, this is an area where I can shine.'"

In Minnesota, "we're used to some pretty cold days."

"I think you can either laugh about it, or you can cry about it," American cross-country skier Jessie Diggins says.
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It’s Election Day in Minnesota’s State House District 23B and State Senate District 54!

Polls are in every precinct from 7 AM to 8 PM, just like a typical election. Find yours here and go vote for Melissa Wagner for House 23B and Karla Bigham for State Senate now:

See your ballot and make a plan to vote on Feb. 12
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Black History Month was established to promote and celebrate the many contributions African Americans have made in our country. But as we reflect on these historic achievements, we cannot forget that there is so much more work that needs to be done to address the profound injustices and inequalities that still plague our communities to this day.

This month, let us all be reminded that we should be impatient for progress. That each and every one of us can do better -- and should.

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Feeling so proud of all of the Minnesotans on #TeamUSA, including eight on the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team alone.

Let’s send a big congratulations and best wishes to all those competing. I’ll be rooting for you!

Gigi Marvin will be playing in her third Olympics; Lee Stecklein and Amanda Kessel are headed for their second. All are former Gophers.
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With the football season officially over and the Olympic season fast approaching (tomorrow!), I thought I’d share with you another favorite: Hockey! In fact, here’s a throwback to me at a hockey tournament in Roseau in 2015.

Now who’s ready for #TeamUSA to take home the gold?

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