The Daily Stamford: Blumenthal Calls Endorsement Special

Getting the endorsement of first lady Michelle Obama on Monday was a big deal for Richard Blumenthal in his bid to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. But Tuesday’s endorsement by the Stamford Police Association means even more to him.

“This is the biggie. Your support has very special meaning to me,” Blumenthal said at police headquarters Tuesday. Sgt. Joseph M. Kennedy, the group’s president, made the announcement along with a number of Stamford police officers.

Mankato Free Press: Your View: Walz receives high environmental rating

In his second term in the U.S. Congress, Minnesota’s First District Rep. Tim Walz again has received high marks from two nonpartisan environmental groups, the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club.

Closer to home, the Sierra Club’s Minnesota North Star Chapter also has endorsed Representative Walz to continue his work, while giving Walz’s opponent, Randy Demmer, a rating of zero for his state legislative record on the environment.

Youngstown Vindicator: For U.S. Senate: Lee Fisher

We have become such an impa- tient nation in so any ways, politics included, that it is increasingly difficult to maintain some sort of historical perspective.

It is the tenet of one political party that in the 21 months since President Barack Obama took office, things have moved far too fast toward “socialism” and far too slowly toward “economic recovery.”

The proper response to this, we are told, is change and change now. The direction in which to change is to go back.

St Cloud Times: Our View: Bachmann isn’t serving district’s best interests

Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District is diverse. It features rural, agricultural edges; vast stretches of exurban areas; an overload of suburbs; and enough urban pockets to raise eyebrows.

Growth-related challenges abound, and this recession — fomented by the bursting housing bubble — didn’t help.

Daily Herald: Congress, 10th District: Seals

Voters in the 10th Congressional District benefit from a rare and refreshing phenomenon: They get to choose between two articulate and eminently qualified candidates in Democrat Dan Seals of Wilmette and Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth. Newcomer Dold runs a family-owned pest control firm and holds a Northwestern MBA. Third-timer Seals is a business consultant who holds a University of Chicago MBA and has taught in Japan. Both men have worked in federal government.

Huffington Post: Harry Reid Vows To Pass Social Security Cost Of Living Benefit For Seniors

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed Friday to pass a $250 cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security beneficiaries when the Senate reconvenes in November.

Reid’s statement follows the announcement that more than 58 million seniors and other Social Security recipients will see no inflation adjustment in their retirement and disability benefits for the second in a row.

Denver Post: Michael Bennet for U.S. Senate

Both men running for U.S. Senate in Colorado know that Washington is broken.

But The Denver Post believes one of them is better suited to fix it than the other.

Michael Bennet, who was appointed as Colorado’s junior senator in January 2009, has the temperament, intelligence and passion to be a leader — not just for Colorado, but also for the fractured Senate and the country.

AgriNews: Walz is candidate for 1st District

Tim Walz says he’s running for re-election because he’s a voice of reason and compromise who’s been able to build a diverse coalition of supporters.

He said he’s delivering where it counted for veterans and for farmers. He brought a fresh voice to Congress and he didn’t have a political career before being elected to the U.S. House.

AOL News: Lee Fisher: Why You Should Vote for Me

(Oct. 14) — Ohioans are hurting from this deep economic recession, and many are out of work and struggling to find jobs. This national recession was brought on by failed economic and trade policies from Washington and Wall Street. It has hurt Ohio families through no fault of their own. I’ve spent my life in Ohio, not Washington, traveling to every corner of the state to save, create and attract jobs here. As a U.S. senator, my priorities will be getting Ohioans back to work and rebuilding and growing the middle class.

I have a plan to put Ohioans back to work. While the worst of the economic crisis may be over, too many Ohioans continue to struggle. We must move quickly to help spur new hiring and support small businesses that need access to capital to expand.

New York Times: Editorial: For Senator and Governor in Connecticut

The bitter contest to replace retiring Senator Christopher Dodd pits the charm-free, experienced public servant against the splashy business executive. Connecticut voters should pick experience.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the Democrat, has led the way in attacking the tobacco plague, helped clean the region’s environment and supported hundreds of individuals treated unfairly by their health insurance companies, utilities or banks.