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Wisconsin Radio Network – Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl is not seeking reelection to the U.S. Senate seat he’s held since 1988. Any advice for the presumed Democratic nominee?
“I know Tammy Baldwin and she’s an outstanding person. She’s been a great representative for this part of Wisconsin,” said Kohl. “I believe she’ll be an outstanding candidate. If she’s our nominee what advice she asks more for I’ll be happy to provide.”
Baldwin is so far the only Democrat to have announced for Kohl’s seat. The GOP field includes former congressman Mark Neumann and state Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald. Former Governor Tommy Thompson has all but officially entered the race, and state Senator Frank Lasee is also reportedly considering it.

The Badger Herald– The Madison Children’s Museum announced Tuesday it has been named the recipient of a prestigious national award, propelling the local favorite into the national spotlight.

The museum was one of 10 museums and libraries that received the 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, awarded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. It was chosen out of 18,000 museums, said Amy Mertz, spokesperson for the museum.– Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s (D-Wis) decision to run for US Senate may have come at just the right moment. Americans are in the streets demanding Wall Street and Congress clean up the mess their irrational exuberance brought and women find their very economic security under attack.

These are issues that Baldwin has been in front of her entire career. She opposed the war in Iraq and fought hard against the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. A full decade before the financial collapse Rep. Baldwin was urging a common sense approach to banking oversight to protect the middle class from risky investments from big banks. If only her colleagues in Congress had listened.

Mount Pleasant Patch – Saying she will fight to preserve Medicaid and Social Security, US Senate hopeful Tammy Baldwin stopped in Racine on Oct. 21 to talk with residents and drum up support for her campaign.

After meeting and talking with supporters at Wilson’s Coffee & Tea on Washington Avenue in West Racine, Baldwin gave a short speech about her reasons for running for the US Senate seat currently held by the retiring Herb Kohl and what she hopes to accomplish if she’s elected. Baldwin is currently a member of the House of Representatives (D-Madison).

The Journal Times – Hours after U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s listening session in Racine Friday, another member of Congress also gathered a crowd in Racine.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is running for U.S. Senate in 2012, was at Wilson’s Coffee Shop, 3306 Washington Ave., at noon for a meet and greet. About 40 people stopped to listen to her talk about her plans for Wisconsin…

“I was raised by my grandparents and I had a chance as a young person, as my grandparents became frail and relied on Social Security and Medicare, to see what a difference it made in their lives,” Baldwin said to The Journal Times after her speech. “Social Security and Medicare are two of the most successful programs our nation has ever come up with. It has kept literally millions of seniors out of poverty and I’m going to fight tooth and nail to keep both of those programs intact.”

HuffingtonPost – Former senator Russ Feingold is giving a boost to Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in her run for U.S. Senate on Wednesday, encouraging progressives to donate to her to fight back against “Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and big corporations.”

Feingold will be making his endorsement in an email to Baldwin’s supporters on Wednesday. In the message, he cites her fights in Congress for the middle class and opposition to involvement in Iraq.

Capital Times – In the third quarter of 2011, Baldwin’s Senate campaign raised $738,000, including more than $625,000 collected since she formally announced her candidacy in September.

In total, that means Baldwin has $1.5 million on hand as she heads toward the 2012 race.

That’s real money.

But what’s impressive is that it is also clean money. – In May I urged former Wisconsin Democratic Senator Russ Feingold to run for the open Wisconsin Senate seat in 2012. But Feingold has categorically taken himself out of the race. However, Wisconsin is fortunate to still have a superb contender, Democratic Representative Tammy Baldwin. As a former guest columnist in DC for the Wisconsin State Journal I had a unique opportunity to observe and engage Representative Baldwin. Here’s what I learned and saw.