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Capital Times – Republican members of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation — Sen. Ron Johnson and Congressmen Paul Ryan, James Sensenbrenner, Tom Petri, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble — all took stands against extending the payroll tax holiday for working families.

The tax break was approved by the Senate, despite Johnson’s resistance. He was, in fact, on the losing end of a dramatic 89-11 vote that confirmed Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, can work together — even in usually gridlocked Washington. Top Republicans such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the conservative Kentuckian who has suggested compromise is a dirty word, backed the deal to extend the tax holiday.

Journal Sentinel – It’s tough to point to just one senator or representative as the Grinch who is threatening to steal Christmas – or at least the holiday spirit – from millions of middle-class Americans. There are just too many targets.

Today, SEIU Wisconsin State Council announced its endorsement of Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate and Mark Pocan for Congress. Baldwin has served as 2nd District U.S. Representative for 12 years and is running to replace retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. Pocan has served as 78th District State Representative for 12 years and is running to replace Tammy Baldwin in the House of Representatives. – The old adage is “defense wins championships.” But maybe the new saying should be “keep your motor running.”

That’s what UW-Whitewater defensive end Loussaint Minett said he did when he forced a crucial fumble to set up the Warhawks’ only touchdown in a 13-10 victory over Mount Union (Ohio) in the NCAA Division III championship game on Friday night at Salem Stadium.

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO — comprised of 1,000 affiliated unions representing 250,000 workers across Wisconsin — has unanimously endorsed Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate.

“Whether fighting tirelessly to create more jobs and more opportunity for the middle class, or defending worker rights against partisan assaults from the radical right, Wisconsin’s working men and women can trust Tammy Baldwin to stand up for us in the U.S. Senate,” said Wisconsin State AFL-CIO president Phil Neuenfeldt. “We are proud to endorse Tammy because we know she will be a voice for the people in Washington, not the corporate elite.”

As we head into a presidential election year, I’d wager a lot the mainstream media will focus their attention on the horse race for the White House and other prime time campaigns. But this is a moment–when we are seeing a real shift in our politics, from Wisconsin to Ohio to Occupy–to be recruiting and supporting what I’d call 99 percenter candidates: those who share the core convictions of Occupy Wall Street and the 99 percent movement.

ABC News – The number of young adults lacking medical coverage has shrunk by 2.5 million since the new health care overhaul law took effect, according to a new analysis the Obama administration is to release Wednesday.

That drop is 21/2 times as large as the drop indicated by previous government and private estimates from earlier this year, which showed about 1 million Americans ages 19-25 had gained coverage.

Equality – The fact of the matter is Tammy Baldwin is a true pioneer. In 1998,she blazed the way for our community when she won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives — first, in a competitive, three-way primary, and then in a general election in her home state of Wisconsin. Baldwin was the first non-incumbent, openly gay person ever do so. Since then, she has been a leader in the House — working for her state, its middle-class families and the LGBT community. On Capitol Hill, Baldwin is known for being smart, determined, principled — and genuinely nice. She also has the ability to make personal connections with her congressional colleagues and help them become more supportive of LGBT equality. We caught up with her this fall — as she began her race for the U.S. Senate.