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Senator Tom Carper has added his name to the growing list of his colleagues calling for fellow Democrat Al Franken to step down in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Democrat joined more than a dozen of his colleagues including at least eight senators calling for the Minnesota senator’s resignation.

The decision came after a report by Politico about a Democratic congressional aide who said Franken cornered her in her studio in 2006 and forcibly kissed her.

Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez is coming to swing-state Virginia to speak to the state's Democrats.

The Democratic Party of Virginia said Monday that Perez is the featured speaker for the party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraiser.

Perez is a potential running mate of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Virginia Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are also often mentioned as potential vice presidential candidates.

The Jefferson-Jackson event is scheduled for June 18 in Richmond. 

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez is scheduled to join Gov. Martin O'Malley for a minimum wage event.

Perez, who was O'Malley's labor secretary in Maryland from 2007 to 2009, is scheduled to talk about increasing the minimum wage at an event in Bethesda on Thursday.

Perez has been urging Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

O'Malley pushed through a minimum wage hike in the Maryland Legislature this year. It will rise in steps over several years from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Sen. Ben Cardin are set to tour a Baltimore nonprofit and talk about the importance of innovative job-training strategies.

Perez and Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, will tour the BioTechnical Institute of Maryland on Friday. The nonprofit provides tuition-free training in basic lab skills to prepare Maryland residents for jobs in the biotechnology industry. It then works with local companies to fill open positions.