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US NEWS MINN-SENATE 1 MS.jpgU.S. Sen. Al Franken will speak live from San Diego next month as California Democrats gather for the state party's spring convention.

The Minnesota Democrat and former comedian will keynote a dinner event during the three-day confab, party spokesman Tenoch Flores said today. The $120-a-plate dinner will be followed by a separate event featuring a performance by Eli "Paperboy" Reed.

Flores said Franken's work on health care and financial regulation since winning election to the U.S. Senate in 2008 made him a good fit for the convention, which will be held Feb. 10-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.

"He's quickly developed into one of the Senate's leading progressive voices, and we think delegates and observers are going to be treated to hearing from someone who follows in the proud tradition of Minnesota senators like Hubert Humphrey and Paul Wellstone," Flores added in an email.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is up for re-election this year, will address convention-goers at a Saturday luncheon, Flores said. Tickets to that event, which costs $60, and the Saturday dinner and concert are on sale through Friday.

It has not been confirmed whether Gov. Jerry Brown, whose planned appearance at last year's convention was canceled due to a medical procedure, will speak at the convention.

More information about the convention is available at this link.

PHOTO CREDIT: Al Franken -- with his wife, Franni, by his side -- addresses the media the State Canvassing Board certified the results of the U.S. Senate recount showing the Democrat with a 225-vote advantage over incumbent Republican Norm Coleman on Jan. 5, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Carlos Gonzalez/ Minneapolis Star Tribune/ MCT)


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