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AlterNet – Watching the news lately, you’d think that Election 2012 was only between Republican candidates for president, each trying to outflank the next to his or her right.

The Republican primaries may be getting lots of attention, but several progressive candidates around the country are gearing up for races that could swing the Congress and put some control back in the hands of progressives.

In These Times – Noted author, activist and Princeton professor Cornell West, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and new Wisconsin Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin were among an impressive cast of speakers who ignited a crowd of about 8,500 in Madison on Saturday by hailing the key role of Wisconsin’s labor rebellion this year in revitalizing progressive politics across America.

WisPolitics – In one of her first major public appearances as a U.S. Senate candidate, U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, rallied her base at the annual Fighting Bob Fest at the Alliant Energy Center on Saturday.

Speaking to hundreds of progressive activists, Baldwin said she would continue to fight to rebuild roads, schools and bridges, end tax breaks for the wealthy, and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wisconsin Ag Connection – The National Farmers Union announced its 2011 NFU Golden Triangle and Friend of the Family Farmer Awards on Tuesday, which is the organization’s highest honor for government service. The awards are given annually to members of Congress who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on issues affecting family farmers, ranchers and rural communities.