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February 9, 2016

Al Franken Looks Forward to State Fair Food; Don’t Count on Lots of Healthy Options


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Congress is preparing to begin its annual August recess at the end of the week. For many lawmakers, it means a trip to the state fair. Al Franken is ready.

CQ Roll Call’s Warren Rojas reported last month that the Minnesota Democrat, who is campaigning for reelection to a second Senate term, is looking forward to the wide variety of food choices available in St. Paul at the end of August.

Many of the snacks, treats and dishes at the Minnesota State Fair are hardly healthy choices, though.

Last year the member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee “bowed to his constituents’ wishes and sampled an order of fried pickles accompanied by chocolate dipping sauce,” Rojas writes. (Most won’t be labeled with nutrition information, either.)

The fair has assembled a handy catalog of all the food options that will be available.






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