LA Times: Sen. Feinstein backs health insurance rate controls

A high-stakes ballot measure to give state regulators the power to approve health insurance rates in California has landed a heavyweight supporter: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

WISN: Tammy Baldwin Opens Senate Campaign Headquarters In Milwaukee

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin opened her senate campaign headquarters in downtown Milwaukee on Monday night.

The Madison lawmaker is the only Democrat in the race to replace retiring sen. Herb Kohl.

Bay Windows: Elizabeth Warren announces support for LGBT rights

United States Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren in a Dec. 15 blog post on Blue Mass Group announced her support of LGBT rights, including legalized same-sex marriage, anti-discrimination legislation, and programs that combat bullying.

“I’ve had the chance to say it in living rooms and school auditoriums, but I’m glad to have the chance to say it here,” Warren wrote. “No one — no one — should be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religion.”

Progress Illinois: Duckworth Gets Teamsters Endorsement

Teamsters Joint Council 25 — which represents 20 teamster locals in the Chicagoland area — announced today that they’ve endorsed Tammy Duckworth in the 8th district Democratic primary race for Congress. Joint Council 25 President John Coli pointed out in a statement that Duckworth has worked closely with the union to, “help Veterans and their families as they transition back to civilian life.”

National Memo: Tammy Baldwin Runs Straight At The Tea Party

Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin wants to be the first openly gay candidate elected to the United States Senate. In an exclusive interview with The National Memo over the weekend, she made clear how she means to go about doing it: running straight at the Tea Party.

Great Falls Tribune: Local Chamber officials protest parent group’s attacks on Tester

Chamber of Commerce officials in three Montana communities have publicly responded to a political attack ad created and paid for by their parent organization, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The national chamber organization ran a television ad over the holidays in cities across Montana attacking U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for voting for “$500 billion in new taxes to pay for Obamacare,” which the ad said could cost the country “almost 250,000 jobs.”

Duluth News Tribune: Klobuchar’s bill aims to protect seniors, vulnerable people

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar believes America needs to do more to protect its senior and disabled citizens from abuse and neglect by their guardians.

Toward that end the Minnesota Democrat — who held a round-table meeting on the issue Friday at Duluth’s Keystone Bluffs Assisted Living Residence — has introduced legislation aimed at protecting seniors and vulnerable people.

Off the sidelines: Announcing Our New Off The Sidelines Online Book Club

Off The Sidelines is about bringing women’s voices to the forefront. So, we’re starting a book club that focuses on the issues and stories that are important to us. I hope you’ll join us!

We’re currently accepting ideas for books to read and discuss. Please make your voice heard today by suggesting a book to kick us off. Kirsten will lead a live online discussion of the book on our Facebook page.

Tampa Bay Online: Hope on Everglades’ horizon

Despite their political differences, key Florida leaders are showing a united front on behalf of the Everglades, which should encourage citizens who care about the state’s natural wonders.

The recent spending bill passed by Congress and signed by the president included $142 million for restoring the Everglades and the Kissimmee River. Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Rep. Bill Young of St. Petersburg teamed on the effort to ensure the funding remained in the bill.