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Golden State tax officials are on a roll this week when it comes to unpaid back taxes by celebrities.

Al_franken_2 Comedian-turned-politician Al Franken has been making a serious run at the U.S. Senate. He's just about to get the endorsement of the DFL, Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, to challenge Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

Now, however, Franken's road to Washington could contain a major political pothole. On Friday, Republicans said they have discovered a possible irregularity from Franken's entertainment days, specifically some unpaid California taxes.

According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, Franken's campaign manager Andy Barr declined to say whether Franken had paid taxes on earnings in California between 2003 and 2007.

Barr did tell the paper, though, that Franken's accountant is working with California officials to sort things out.

This latest tax incident follows earlier disclosures that Franken, who also was one of Air America radio's stars, failed to pay worker's compensation and disability premiums in New York and botched the dissolution of his California corporation.

Franken has since paid more than $25,000 in fines to New York, but still owes more than $4,700 in corporate taxes and fines to California.

We'll have to wait until November to see if the tax missteps have any effect on Minnesota voters.

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Lydia Olchoff

I live in Minneapolis and have seen Al Franken speak numerous times. I've shook his hand (he LOVES to shake hands!) and I've dived into the Ladies' Room to avoid shaking his hand.

Why? He's just not a "nice man"... He's sarcastic, and caustic, and well, if you're not from Minnesota you might not get this. But, we pride ourselves on being "nice" here. We don't call people "lying liars" or "big fat liars". We'd be more inclined to say that perhaps someone was "mistaken".

More importantly, we here in Minnesota have a FAR BETTER candidate opposing Al. Sure, he's not rich or famous like Al. But, hey, he pays his taxes... Check him out... His name is Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer. He's a university professor, and he's all about saving the planet... Here's the website....

And, while you are there, PLEASE donate some money!! We need your help!!

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