AOL News: 10 Questions for Kendrick Meek

Editor’s note: AOL News is asking U.S. House and Senate candidates to answer 10 questions about themselves and their views on two big issues.

Democrat Kendrick Meek has been a member of the U.S. House since 2003, when he was elected to succeed his mother, Rep. Carrie Meek, who retired. He rose to the rank of captain in the Florida Highway Patrol and served in the state House from 1995-98 and state Senate from 1998-2002. He is running for the U.S. Senate from Florida against Republican Marco Rubio and Independent Charlie Crist.

Los Angeles Times: Boxer for U.S. Senate

For us, the choice in the race between Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and her Republican opponent, Carly Fiorina, resolves itself into a simple proposition: Issues matter, especially in the United States Senate.

Fiorina is intelligent, energetic and accomplished in the private sector. But on too many issues she reflects the doctrinaire conservatism that is ascendant in the Republican Party.

The Times Leader: Joe Sestak

At 4 years old, my daughter Alex received a devastating diagnosis: aggressive brain cancer. But together, my wife, daughter and I fought hard, and Alex beat this terrible illness. Thanks to high-quality health coverage I received as an officer in the Navy, we always had access to the best treatment.

But I will never forget during our time in the hospital, hearing the anguish of another family on the other side of the curtain – one that didn’t have access to health coverage. Their child faced a similar prognosis, and their options were severely limited.

The Greeley Tribune: Police union endorses Bennet over Buck

The Colorado chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet on Wednesday in his bid to retain the U.S. Senate seat, despite the fact that Bennet’s opponent, Republican Ken Buck, has a law enforcement background.

“Michael understands the complexities of the challenges facing Colorado’s law enforcement community,” said Colorado Fraternal Order of Police President Frank Gale in a Bennet news release. “His focus on common-sense solutions, not extremes or political games, is just what Colorado’s police officers and Colorado’s communities need in the U.S. Senate.”

Coloradoan: VFW endorses Betsy Markey

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Political Action Committee has endorsed Rep. Betsy Markey, D-Fort Collins.

The Times Herald: Sestak meets with volunteers, speaks of Wall Street reform

NORRISTOWN — U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak joined Democratic campaign volunteers on a conference call Thursday evening to reaffirm his commitment to Wall Street reform.

The Democratic candidate for U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter’s seat spoke briefly with volunteers at dozens of watch parties and phone banks from the Pennsylvania Democratic party and the Organizing for America-Pennsylvania effort to elect Democratic candidates.

Bloomberg Businessweek: NH’s Hodes favors natl renewable energy standard

U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, said Tuesday a national requirement that utilities get a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable sources would help create jobs and reduce carbon emissions.

Hodes said he supports a national energy standard being considered by the Senate that would promote wind, solar and geothermal energy. The bill would require utilities to get 15 percent of their energy from such sources by 2021.

The Lantern: Lt. Gov. Fisher stops at Ohio Union to stress making college affordable to everyone

Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher echoed President Barack Obama’s call for college students to become more politically active at a meeting on campus Tuesday.

About 50 students and community members gathered in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater at the Ohio Union to watch Fisher speak after a screening of Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Committee rally at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

TMCnet: Kilroy’s Lending Bill Included in Major Job Creating Measure

Sep 29, 2010 (Congressional Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) — Washington, DC–U.S. Representative Mary Jo Kilroy’s Small Business Intermediary Lending Pilot Program Act, a bill that would create a three-year lending pilot program for small businesses, passed the House of Representatives today as part of the Small Business Jobs Act. The pilot program would give small businesses the capital to create jobs by providing them with low cost, long term loans through the Small Businesses Administration (SBA).

“Small businesses are the engines of job growth in our country and it is up to us to give them the fuel to succeed. My bill will break the barriers to credit that central Ohio businesses face so they can continue to stimulate the economy and put Ohioans back to work,” said Kilroy.

STL Today: Robin Carnahan touts support of police, firefighters

JEFFERSON CITY — With a backdrop of police officers and firefighters behind her, Democrat Robin Carnahan today touted her endoresement by two “first responder” organizations: the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters.

Carnahan, Missouri’s secretary of state, is battling with Republican congressman Roy Blunt to be the next U.S. senator from Missouri. Both campaigns have hit a stage where, for the most part, their television ads are doing the talking, but both Blunt and Carnahan have also been busy announcing the support of various special interest groups.