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klobuchar, smith will put state in small group with two female senators


washington – members of the public, says sen. amy klobuchar, would sometimes mistake her for the wife of sen. al franken.for klobuchar, the faux pas became fodder for the occasional speech — a reliable laugh line. but it won’t be an issue anymore when lt. gov. tina smith replaces franken in early january, making minnesota only the fourth state nationwide at this time to be represented by two women in the u.s. senate.smith will also become the 22nd woman in the 100-member senate, a new high.“this is huge,” said emily cain, executive director of emily’s list, a washington, d.c.-based group that works to elect women candidates who support legal abortion. “it’s huge for minnesota, the united states senate and our country.”for many dflers, it’s a milestone that’s also bittersweet given the circ






klobuchar: it doesn't matter if man or woman replaces franken


nobody was surprised sunday when a news conference in st. paul by sen. amy klobuchar, d-minn., highlighting a bill aimed at helping people with alzheimer’s or autism culminated in questions about a replacement for her colleague, sen. al franken.franken, d-minn., said last week that he would resign after allegations of inappropriate conduct with women before his time in the senate. gov. mark dayton has said he will appoint a successor who could be a viable contender in the 2018 elections.“the governor has made it clear it’s his decision,” klobuchar said when asked if she had any input in the decision. dayton said he will decide “in the next few days,” she said.it is important to have two senators, she said, citing the six months she was the lone senator from minnesota during the recounts an






klobuchar: franken replacement should be 'qualified,' regardless of gender


nobody was surprised sunday when a news conference in st. paul by sen. amy klobuchar, d-minn., highlighting a bill aimed at helping people with alzheimer’s or autism culminated in questions about a replacement for her colleague, sen. al franken.franken, d-minn., said last week that he would resign after allegations of inappropriate conduct with women before his time in the senate. gov. mark dayton has said he will appoint a successor who could be a viable contender in the 2018 elections.“the governor has made it clear it’s his decision,” klobuchar said when asked if she had any input in the decision. dayton said he will decide “in the next few days,” she said.it is important to have two senators, she said, citing the six months she was the lone senator from minnesota during the recounts an






klobuchar: franken replacement should be 'qualified,' regardless of gender


nobody was surprised sunday when a news conference in st. paul by sen. amy klobuchar, d-minn., highlighting a bill aimed at helping people with alzheimer’s or autism culminated in questions about a replacement for her colleague, sen. al franken.franken, d-minn., said last week that he would resign after allegations of inappropriate conduct with women before his time in the senate. gov. mark dayton has said he will appoint a successor who could be a viable contender in the 2018 elections.“the governor has made it clear it’s his decision,” klobuchar said when asked if she had any input in the decision. dayton said he will decide “in the next few days,” she said.it is important to have two senators, she said, citing the six months she was the lone senator from minnesota during the recounts an






dayton picks lt. gov. tina smith for franken's senate seat


lt. gov. tina smith accepted an appointment to the u.s. senate on wednesday, agreeing to replace al franken as one of minnesota's most high-profile elected officials and vowing to protect the seat for democrats in next year's special election."though i never anticipated this moment, i am resolved to do everything i can to move minnesota forward," smith said, moments after dfl gov. mark dayton announced that she was his choice to replace franken, who is resigning as a result of a sexual harassment scandal.when she officially joins the senate — likely to happen in early january — smith will join sen. amy klobuchar to make minnesota one of only four states with two female senators (the others are california, washington and new hampshire).in selecting smith, dayton chose one of his most truste






klobuchar, franken accepting applications for us attorney


minneapolis — u.s. sens. amy klobuchar and al franken say they are accepting applications for the top federal prosecutor's job in minnesota.the two democratic senators made the announcement tuesday.minnesota's former u.s. attorney, andrew luger, was appointed by president barack obama. he was among dozens of federal prosecutors who resigned under the new administration.klobuchar and franken recommended luger for the position in 2013. the senators say they spent weeks working with the white house to see if luger could return to his post. earlier this month, luger announced he will resume practicing law in the twin cities.now that discussions for luger's reappointment have ended, klobuchar and franken will accept applications for u.s. attorney for minnesota. applicants should submit a letter






klobuchar, franken both get high marks from minnesotans


large majorities approve of the job performance of sen. amy klobuchar and sen. al franken, according to a new star tribune minnesota poll.the senators, both dflers, earned higher marks than they have in any previous star tribune minnesota poll.klobuchar, long a champion of bipartisanship and politically popular proposals, scored an approval rating of 72 percent for her work, according to the statewide poll.the numbers illustrate republicans’ challenge in finding a credible opponent to klobuchar as she seeks election to a third term in 2018.franken, who has taken a combative approach to the new administration of president donald trump and especially his cabinet appointees, won the approval of 58 percent of minnesotans, according to the poll.the high marks at home underscore why klobuchar an






franken, klobuchar deny blocking trump's federal nomination


st. paul, minn. — minnesota sen. amy klobuchar said thursday she's still considering the nomination of a state supreme court justice to a federal post, echoing comments from fellow democratic sen. al franken as republicans accuse the pair of blocking a conservative appointment.president donald trump nominated minnesota supreme court justice david stras to a vacancy on the 8th u.s. circuit court of appeals, which serves minnesota, north dakota, south dakota, missouri, nebraska, iowa and arkansas. elevated to the state's highest court in 2010 by then- gov. tim pawlenty, stras was also on trump's shortlist for the u.s. supreme court.but more than three months later, stras' nomination is still in limbo. klobuchar and franken haven't given stras their sign-off through so-called blue slips — a p






sen. klobuchar meets with scotus nominee judge gorsuch


washington -- sen. amy klobuchar met with president trump's supreme court nominee judge neil gorsuch on thursday and said she pressed him on paign finance and consumer issues.klobuchar is a member of the senate judiciary committee, which is gorsuch's first stop before going to the full senate for a vote on confirmation. she said in a statement that thursday's meeting "was the beginning of a process.""this nominee deserves serious scrutiny," she said. "we discussed his approach to precedent as well as his record and views on several areas of concern, including separation of powers, paign finance and consumer issues like antitrust."unlike cabinet nominees, gorsuch is going to have to earn the support from eight democratic senators to get confirmed. that is unless senate majority leader mitch






klobuchar visits iowa amid whispers of a presidential run


des moines — sen. amy klobuchar didn’t have much to say about the white house, or its current occupant, as she mingled sunday with hundreds of iowa democratic activists who will play an outsized role in picking president trump’s next opponent.instead, minnesota’s senior senator talked jobs and education and rural broadband. but her mere presence at a polk county fundraiser — she’s one of the first national politicians to venture into this early presidential state since trump took office — inevitablyset offspeculation about klobuchar’s 2020 aspirations.nothing to see here, klobuchar assured curious reporters. just a midwestern democrat talking to other midwestern democrats about heartland policies and priorities, while being trailed by a c-span camera crew.“we are the people in the middle o






klobuchar visits iowa as the 2020 presidential rumors swirl


des moines – sen. amy klobuchar didn’t have much to say about the white house, or its current occupant, as she mingled sunday with hundreds of iowa democratic activists who will play an outsized role in picking the party’s next presidential candidate.instead, minnesota’s senior senator talked jobs and education and rural broadband. but her mere presence at a polk county fundraiser — she’s one of the first national politicians to venture into this early presidential state since trump took office — inevitablyset offspeculation about klobuchar’s 2020 aspirations.nothing to see here, klobuchar assured curious reporters. just a midwestern democrat talking to other midwestern democrats about heartland policies and priorities, while being trailed by a c-span camera crew.“we are the people in the






klobuchar visits iowa as the 2020 presidential rumors swirl


des moines – sen. amy klobuchar didn’t have much to say about the white house, or its current occupant, as she mingled sunday with hundreds of iowa democratic activists who will play an outsized role in picking the party’s next presidential candidate.instead, minnesota’s senior senator talked jobs and education and rural broadband. but her mere presence at a polk county fundraiser — she’s one of the first national politicians to venture into this early presidential state since trump took office — inevitablyset offspeculation about klobuchar’s 2020 aspirations.nothing to see here, klobuchar assured curious reporters. just a midwestern democrat talking to other midwestern democrats about heartland policies and priorities, while being trailed by a c-span camera crew.“we are the people in the






a tale of two democratic senators


washington – sen. al franken, d-minn., has been collecting national headlines and tweets full of speculation that he should run against president trump in 2020.it’s largely because of his relentless approach to trump’s cabinet picks, calling new education secretary betsy devos “the most incompetent cabinet-level nominee i have ever seen,” and battling sen. (now attorney general) jeff sessions, r-ala., and sen. john cornyn, r-texas, with the clips going viral.franken brushes off the presidential speculation.it’s a notable contrast with sen. amy klobuchar, a fellow democrat who last week issued one news release after another touting her bipartisan work with republican senators, with headlines including “klobuchar, cornyn bipartisan legislation to protect seniors from neglect and financial ex






sen. klobuchar: if ag sessions lied, he must resign


washington -- sen. amy klobuchar said thursday that if attorney general jeff sessions lied under oath during his confirmation hearings, he has to resign.in an interview with the bbc, klobuchar said she initially believed sessions when he said in his confirmation hearings that he had no contact with russians during the presidential campaign last year. but she is now asking that sessions to come back before the committee to "get to the bottom of the facts." "if he lied, then he must resign," she said. "there are many things, even beyond jeff sessions, that i want to hear from him. did someone from the campaign tell him to meet with the russians? did he report back to the campaign afterwards? what was the substance of those discussions?" earlier in the day, klobuchar pointed out that sessions






senators urge trump to crack down on steel dumping by china


washington – sen. amy klobuchar led a group of senators in urging president donald trump to tell chinese president xi jinping that illegally dumping steel in the u.s. is unacceptable.trump met with xi at mar-a-lago, fla., last week to discuss north korea's nuclear threat and trade issues.trump recently signed an executive order to crack down on foreign interests flooding american markets with cheap, undervalued goods. much of the chinese steel is subsidized by the government, furthering those manufacturers' advantages when they skirt trade laws."we desperately need stronger enforcement against foreign competitors who cheat," the letter said.klobuchar's letter was signed by her fellow senate democrats al franken of minnesota, along with dick durbin of illinois, debbie stabenow and gary pete






minnesota senators critical of devos selection tuesday


senate confirms betsy devos as education secretary following historic tie-breaking vote. (al drago/the new york times)minnesota’s two u.s. senators cast their votes against president donald trump’s pick for education secretary, betsy devos. devos was confirmed in the tightest vote in history for a cabinet nominee, with vice president mike pence casting the first-ever tie-breaking vote. 50 republican senators voted in favor of devos, and 50 senators — the democrats, independents and two republicans — voted against her confirmation.devos has faced sharp criticism from minnesota education advocates who say the michigan billionaire lacks the experience to lead the department of education.she has supported voucher programs that use public money to finance privately-run schools. others back her






minnesota senators critical of devos selection tuesday


senate confirms betsy devos as education secretary following historic tie-breaking vote. (al drago/the new york times)minnesota’s two u.s. senators cast their votes against president donald trump’s pick for education secretary, betsy devos. devos was confirmed in the tightest vote in history for a cabinet nominee, with vice president mike pence casting the first-ever tie-breaking vote. 50 republican senators voted in favor of devos, and 50 senators — the democrats, independents and two republicans — voted against her confirmation.devos has faced sharp criticism from minnesota education advocates who say the michigan billionaire lacks the experience to lead the department of education.she has supported voucher programs that use public money to finance privately-run schools. others back her






key federal law enforcement jobs sit vacant in minnesota


key federal law enforcement posts in minnesota remain unfilled months into the new presidential administration with little indication when that will change, even as president trump has nominated dozens of candidates for u.s. attorney posts and federal judgeships across the country.earlier this year, minnesota’s three republican congressmen aligned behind minneapolis attorney kevin magnuson to fill the state’s vacant u.s. attorney position. but at least three candidates backed by democratic sens. amy klobuchar and al franken also met with white house officials to interview for the same job, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the process.initially, klobuchar and franken unsuccessfully lobbied for the reappointment of former u.s. attorney andrew luger, who was one of 46 u.s. atto






key federal law enforcement jobs sit vacant in minnesota


key federal law enforcement posts in minnesota remain unfilled months into the new presidential administration with little indication when that will change, even as president trump has nominated dozens of candidates for u.s. attorney posts and federal judgeships across the country.earlier this year, minnesota’s three republican congressmen aligned behind minneapolis attorney kevin magnuson to fill the state’s vacant u.s. attorney position. but at least three candidates backed by democratic sens. amy klobuchar and al franken also met with white house officials to interview for the same job, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the process.initially, klobuchar and franken unsuccessfully lobbied for the reappointment of former u.s. attorney andrew luger, who was one of 46 u.s. atto






key federal law enforcement jobs sit vacant in minnesota


key federal law enforcement posts in minnesota remain unfilled months into the new presidential administration with little indication of when that will change, even as president donald trump has nominated dozens of candidates for u.s. attorney posts and federal judgeships across the country.earlier this year, minnesota’s three republican congressmen aligned behind minneapolis attorney kevin magnuson to fill the state’s vacant u.s. attorney position. but at least three candidates backed by democratic u.s. sens. amy klobuchar and al franken also met with white house officials to interview for the same job, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the process.initially, klobuchar and franken unsuccessfully lobbied for the reappointment of former u.s. attorney andrew luger, who was one






neil gorsuch confirmation hearing, day 3 with updates


today is the third day of neil gorsuch’s confirmation hearings to become confirmed as a supreme court justice. yesterday senators grilled him with questions for nearly 12 hours. today’s hearings will include testimony from outside witnesses.  1:24 p.m. senators discussed with gorsuch a decision of his about learning-disabled students that was just struck down unanimously by the supreme court today, endrew f. v. douglas county school district. the supreme court, according to the ap, supported the rights of learning-disabled students by requiring public schools to offer special ed programs that meet higher education standards. the tenth circuit had ruled that the school district had met the minimum standards. parents of an autistic colorado teen had brought a case saying that their public sc






a new bipartisan senate bill seeks to bolster us election security at the state


a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the senate has introduced a bill designed to protect the technical integrity of american elections as the nation moves toward midterm season. introduced in the senate, the bill known as the secure elections act is sponsored by republican senators james lankford, susan collins and lindsey graham, as well as democratic senators amy klobuchar, kamala harris and martin heinrich.“while there is no indication that the russians were able to change vote totals, we know that russian actors repeatedly tried to breach state election systems or public websites,” senator collins said in a statement accompanying the bill. “our bipartisan legislation will strengthen the integrity of our election process by ensuring that local voting officials have the information and fi






with spotlight on stras' eighth circuit nomination, new uncertainty for other mi


key federal law enforcement posts in minnesota remain unfilled months into the new presidential administration with little indication when that will change, even as president trump has nominated dozens of candidates for u.s. attorney posts and federal judgeships across the country.earlier this year, minnesota's three republican congressmen aligned behind minneapolis attorney kevin magnuson to fill the state's vacant u.s. attorney position. but at least three candidates backed by democratic sens. amy klobuchar and al franken also met with white house officials to interview for the same job, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the process.initially, klobuchar and franken unsuccessfully lobbied for the reappointment of former u.s. attorney andrew luger, who was one of 46 u.s. atto






franken denies new allegation he forcibly tried to kiss aide in 2006


a group of democratic u.s. senators, all women, are calling for sen. al franken to resign after another sexual harassment allegation surfaced against him.sens. kirsten gillibrand of new york, kamala harris of california, claire mccaskill of missouri, mazie hirono of hawaii, maggie hassan of new hampshire, and patty murray of washington all called for franken's resignation in a series of social media posts on wednesday morning."while senator franken is entitled to have the [senate] ethics committee conclude its review," gillibrand wrote on facebook. "i believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve."franken's office did not immediately respond to the soci






6 democratic women senators call for franken to resign


several democratic u.s. senators, all women, are calling for sen. al franken to resign after another sexual harassment allegation surfaced against him.sens. kirsten gillibrand of new york, kamala harris of california, claire mccaskill of missouri, mazie hirono of hawaii, maggie hassan of new hampshire, and patty murray of washington all called for franken's resignation in a series of social media posts wednesday morning."while senator franken is entitled to have the [senate] ethics committee conclude its review," gillibrand wrote on facebook. "i believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn't acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve."franken's office did not immediately respond to the social med






amy klobuchar promises "very thorough investigation" of trump's supreme court no


minnesota sen. amy klobuchar, a democrat, says she expects the trump administration’s temporary ban on new arrivals from a number of muslim-majority countries will complicate the confirmation of sen. jeff session to be the next attorney general. “this is something where you have the acting attorney general has now been fired – sen. sessions, i don’t believe, was involved in this executive order,” klobuchar said on “cbs this morning” on tuesday. “but he is being nominated to take over a justice department where we want to make sure politics are not involved. playvideocbs this morningas protests grow, democrats work to overturn travel ban democratic lawmakers joined a demonstration on the supreme court steps monday on president trump's travel and refugee ban. thirty-three senators ... and yo






sen. amy klobuchar gave farewell speech to franken


politics465768303 senator amy klobuchar, in her farewell speech to al franken, said franken's "voice will be stronger than ever." shareemailprintmoreshare on:share on linkedinshare on google+share on pinterestcopy shortlink:purchase: order reprint december 21, 2017 — 4:49pm






gao to probe activities of trump voter fraud commission


the government accountability office has accepted a request by a group of u.s. senators to investigate the activities of president donald trump's commission on voter fraud.last week, democratic sens. michael bennet of colorado, cory booker of new jersey and amy klobuchar of minnesota had written the agency to request the investigation, citing a lack of transparency surrounding the presidential advisory commission on election integrity.the senators said in a statement thursday that the gao investigation would begin in about five months.the trump commission has stirred controversy from the moment it was established last spring. critics say trump is using it to find support for his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud that cost him the popular vote during the 2016 election.last we






bond set for man accused of supporting islamic state


charlotte, n.c. (ap) — a federal magistrate judge has set bond for a north carolina man accused of lying to authorities about wanting to fly to syria to support the islamic state group.online records indicate alexander samuel smith remained jailed wednesday after bond was set at $25,000. wbtv reports (http://bit.ly/2tsol1z ) if smith posts bond, the court would require gps monitoring and make him surrender his passport and stay in north carolina.smith, 29, pleaded not guilty to two charges of making false statements to the government. defense attorney kevin tate emailed that smith asserts his innocence.the indictment says smith communicated with an fbi confidential source who identified himself as an islamic state representative. it says smith discussed obtaining an airline ticket for some






at&t-time warner merger: senators concerned about white house interference


the $85 billion mega-merger between at&t and time warner -- the parent company of cnn -- is widely expected to close by the end of the year, if not earlier, should it win government approval. but the question of whether it will be approved was raised this week, after the new york times reported that the white house, which has an adversarial relationship with cnn, was considering using the deal as "leverage." democratic senators reacted with dismay to the times report and warned against any white house involvement in antitrust enforcement."any political interference in antitrust enforcement is unacceptable," minnesota sen. amy klobuchar wrote in a letter to attorney general jeff sessions. "even more concerning, in this instance, is that it appears that some advisers to the president may bel






gop leader defends all-male senators' health bill group


washington — senate majority leader mitch mcconnell fended off criticism tuesday that a working group of republican senators he's asked to craft a health care bill lacks women, saying all 52 gop senators were shaping the legislation.the all-male makeup of the 13-member group was clearly an irritant among some of the chamber's five gop women. it also became a target for democrats eager to paint the evolving republican legislation as a measure that's damaging to women needing medical care, even as key decisions are being made by men."that's really up to the leadership," sen. susan collins, r-maine, the longest-serving female gop senator in her 21st year in the chamber, said of the group's lack of women. "it seems to me they've already made their decision. the panel has apparently been meetin






turris, anderson lead senators to 2-1 win over panthers


sunrise, fla. — kyle turris scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and craig anderson stopped 37 shots to lift the ottawa senators over the florida panthers 2-1 on sunday night.zack smith had an early short-handed goal for the senators, who have won four of six.jonathan marchessault scored for florida, and james reimer made 31 saves. the panthers have lost three straight after sweeping a five-game road trip, and dropped their last four home games overall.turris put ottawa ahead when his wrist shot went over reimer's glove at 9:58 of the second for his 21st goal of the season.the senators took a 1-0 lead on a short-handed goal by smith. reimer blocked a shot from erik karlsson, but smith grabbed the rebound and poked in the puck at 6:28 of the first. smith has 12 career short-hand






mixed signals complicate hunt for new u.s. attorney in minnesota


u.s. sens. amy klobuchar and al franken are interviewing candidates for a new u.s. attorney for minnesota, but in the meantime the state’s three republican congressmen are urging the white house to appoint a minneapolis attorney to the post.the mixed signals are adding uncertainty to how long this key federal law enforcement job will stay open, as the new administration of president donald trump moves slowly in filling important federal government jobs.u.s. reps. erik paulsen, tom emmer and jason lewis have recommended minneapolis attorney kevin magnuson, according to multiple sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. that recommendation came around the same time the senators began taking applications for the job, in late may and early june.andrew luger






mixed signals complicate hunt for new u.s. attorney in minnesota


u.s. sens. amy klobuchar and al franken are interviewing candidates for a new u.s. attorney for minnesota, but in the meantime the state's three republican congressmen are urging the white house to appoint a minneapolis attorney to the post.the mixed signals are adding uncertainty to how long this key federal law enforcement job will stay open, as the new administration of president donald trump moves slowly in filling important federal government jobs.u.s. reps. erik paulsen, tom emmer and jason lewis have recommended minneapolis attorney kevin magnuson, according to multiple sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. that recommendation came around the same time the senators began taking applications for the job, in late may and early june.andrew luger






minnesota justice david stras set for senate confirmation hearing wednesday


after months of uncertainty, minnesota supreme court justice david stras is expected to be on capitol hill wednesday morning for a hearing on his nomination to a federal appellate court seat.the senate judiciary committee will take up president donald trump's selection of stras, announced last may, to fill a vacancy on the eighth circuit court of appeals — despite objections from sen. al franken, d-minn., who is also on the committee.earlier this month, committee chairman sen. charles grassley, r-iowa, said he would proceed with hearings for stras and another appellate court candidate despite objections from home-state senators which, by senate custom, would stall their hearings.calling stras "exceptionally well-qualified," grassley said he would not allow senators to wield the traditional






lt. gov. tina smith to lead minnesota trade trip to cuba


minnesota lt. gov. tina smith said friday that she is leading a state trade mission to cuba, even as president trump moved to tighten restrictions on u.s. travel and trade to the island.smith announced the trip at a news conference alongside u.s. sen. amy klobuchar, d-minn., who has helped lead efforts to lift the u.s. trade embargo with cuba. both said minnesota’s farmers and businesses stand to benefit considerably from more open relations with the island nation — and they aim to keep building relationships with the country through policy and travel.“our message to minnesota businesses, including the thousands and thousands of minnesota families who are producing food in minnesota, is that we’re going to cuba because we believe this is an opportunity,” smith said. “and we’re not going to






lt. gov. tina smith will not run for minnesota governor in 2018


lt. gov. tina smith, one of the state's highest-ranking female elected officials and a close adviser to gov. mark dayton, will not run for governor in 2018, throwing the race wide open for fellow dflers.smith, 59, has been a top dayton emissary, often traveling the state as she promotes the governor's agenda. since early 2015, when smith began her term, she has emerged as the state's most high-profile lieutenant governor, transforming the obscure role and often serving as the face of the dayton administration. her elevation from dayton's chief of staff to running mate fueled speculation that she would run for the state's highest office.in an interview friday, smith said she reached her decision after consulting with friends, family and political allies."as i have looked at everything, it's






podcast: "hold my beer, watch me prove you wrong!"


we had to make up for the time off so reid joins me once again for the second consecutive day!  the show starts with each of us bringing up three different things we took away from tuesday’s games.  among the notables are columbus’ shaky play, how good brent burns is, an underrated shark and jack eichel.  afterwards, we start some dynasty talk.  each of us talks about our top two tiers for the long term along with about 10 players that we could see taking a big jump next season.  from there, we have a detailed discussion about thursday’s m ive 13 game slate before making our three point challenge picks.  at the end, there’s a quick preview of this weekend’s all star game.  all of that and more on this all-star edition of the razzball hockey podcast brought to you by draft, seatgeek and fan