MSNBC: Congressman returns after 32-year break, says ‘money is toxic in politics’

First elected to the House in 1974, Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., left after his third term ended in 1981–and now after a 32-year hiatus, Nolan is back. Much to his surprise, the biggest change he’s encountered was the work week, and he’s not happy about it. Nolan told NBC’s Chuck Todd that “committees and Congress…

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CBS: Obama Inauguration Special For Durbin, Quinn

About 600,000 people were in Washington on Monday for President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony. He formally took the oath of office for his second term on Sunday. His public swearing-in took place on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Monday. This inauguration is special for Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, who introduced Obama to the…

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StarTribune: Franken a player in Democrats’ plan to keep Senate

WASHINGTON – With no election of his own this year, U.S. Sen. Al Franken has spent many a weekend crisscrossing the country to support Democratic Senate candidates in too-close-to-call races. The battle for control of the Senate has intensified this fall as tight races in battleground states across the country, including Wisconsin, are stoking concern…

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Winona Daily News: Our view: Walz deserves to be re-elected

We admire courage – which is a key reason we endorse Tim Walz to continue serving Minnesota’s 1st District as our congressman.

It took courage to propose a bill to prohibit members of Congress from using information they receive in their elected roles to profit personally.

MinnPost: Klobuchar finishes her annual quest to visit all 87 Minnesota counties

Sen. Amy Klobuchar reports that she’s finished her quest to visit all 87 Minnesota counties this year.

A swing through 12 counties this week put Klobuchar over the top. She hit Cass, Rock, Pipestone, Lincoln, Lac qui Parle, Big Stone, Traverse, Stevens, Pope, Swift, Chippewa and McLeod counties in two days.

Latin American Herald Tribune: Carmona Close to Becoming 1st Hispanic U.S. Senator from Arizona

Richard Carmona, a former U.S. surgeon general, is very close to becoming the first Latino to be elected to the federal Senate from Arizona, a state that has clashed with Washington in defending its stand against undocumented immigration.

The Hill: Ohio Senate: Brown, up in polls, releases ad featuring astronaut John Glenn

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) launched a new ad featuring the endorsement of former Ohio Sen. and astronaut John Glenn, as three new polls show him gaining momentum in the race.

In the ad, Glenn wonders what “Sherrod” means, and goes on to say that it means “our senator, who fought for the auto-industry rescue,” as well as “preserving Medicare and Social Security” and advocating “education and research to provide even greater opportunities for our children.”

Toledo Blade: Michelle Obama, Sherrod Brown visit Cincinnati to kick off early voting

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Ohio on the first day of early voting Tuesday, reminding a spirited crowd of 6,800 people that the last presidential election in the key swing state came down to just about 260,000 votes and that the current race will be even closer.

Arizona Daily Star: Poll shows Carmona, Flake neck and neck

A new poll suggests Democrat Richard Carmona is neck-and-neck with his likely opponent in the U.S. Senate general election race, Republican Jeff Flake.

YouTube: Heinrich for Senate TV Ad – “Dignity”

From raising the minimum wage, to cutting taxes for small businesses, Martin Heinrich highlights his efforts to build better lives for the hard working people of New Mexico.