Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Sep
2014
15

Good for Workers: Scandal-Plagued MI Gov. Snyder in Dead Heat with Low-Profile Dem Challenger

Good for Workers: Scandal-Plagued MI Gov. Snyder in Dead Heat with Low-Profile Dem Challenger
  Polls show a tossup between Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and his Democratic challenger Mark Schauer in what may end up being the surprise horse race of the election season. What once was an eight point lead over a relatively unknown opponent has dwindled according to USA Today which actually has Schauer ahead by [&hellip...
Sep
2014
12

Court Action Keeps Dream of Early Voting Alive in Ohio, Despite Unrelenting GOP

Court Action Keeps Dream of Early Voting Alive in Ohio, Despite Unrelenting GOP
  A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction against cuts to the early voting period in the state of Ohio. The changes violate both the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), according to the decision.  The state must now restore the so-called “golden week” [&hellip...
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Sep
2014
11

Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Moves Through Senate, Nobody Holds Their Breath

Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Moves Through Senate, Nobody Holds Their Breath
  New Mexico Senator Tom Udall’s proposed measure to restore Congress’ right to establish campaign spending limits passed the Senate on a 79-18 procedural vote and is now up for debate.  The amendment, which would effectively overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, remains unlikely to pass as it would need strong...
Sep
2014
4

“You People”: Gov. Snyder Advisor Threatens MI AFL-CIO Pres. with Suit Following Op-Ed

  Things are getting tense for the Rick Snyder administration ahead of the Michigan gubernatorial election home stretch. So tense, in fact, that one member of his cabinet has been leaving threatening voicemails to members of the AFL-CIO. The reason for the threats? They expressed their opinions.   At the center of the controversy is [&hellip...
Aug
2014
19

NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year

NJ AFL-CIO Prepares Record Number of Candidates for Local Elections This Year
  A record number of participants took part in the New Jersey AFL-CIO Labor Candidates school this month at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick.  The result? 23 graduates will run for elected positions in the upcoming election, boosting the number of labor candidates statewide to 37. The program reached a...
Aug
2014
18

Media By Us: Republicans Launch Fake News Sites to Attack Candidates, Fundraise

Media By Us: Republicans Launch Fake News Sites to Attack Candidates, Fundraise
  In over 20 congressional districts, websites made to look like legitimate news sites have popped up offering a one-sided attack against Democratic candidates.  And the perpetrators of this world wide web of lies won’t come as much of a surprise. With names like “Central Valley Update” and “Augusta Update,” the sites posit to...
Aug
2014
11

IBEW Endorses Tom Wolf. Does He Have the PA Gov Race Locked Up?

IBEW Endorses Tom Wolf. Does He Have the PA Gov Race Locked Up?
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has endorsed Democratic challenger Tom Wolf in the race for Governor of Pennsylvania.   Citing a record of bringing good-paying, high-tech jobs to the state, the union which represents over 40,000 workers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania unanimously agreed to get behind Wolf....
Aug
2014
6

GIFT GRIFT: “Pro-Troop” Charity Pretends to Shop for Soldiers, Instead Fundraises for the Tea Party

  In an exclusive for the Daily Beast, ProPublica writer Kim Barker exposes the “pro-troop” charity Move America Forward for misusing donations collected under the auspices of sending soldiers care packages.  After adopting a battalion, the Marines of Geronimo, the group started a fundraising drive claiming the care packages sent to the...
Aug
2014
6

Pair of Damning Videos Reveal GOP Candidate for Illinois Gov’s Extreme Anti-Union Stance

Pair of Damning Videos Reveal GOP Candidate for Illinois Gov's Extreme Anti-Union Stance
  A video has surfaced of Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner promising members of the Tazewell County GOP that he will shut down the state government and conduct a mass firing of public workers if elected. The comments came during a dinner held by the organization.   Rauner suggests the move would help the [&hellip...
Aug
2014
5

Walker, Burke Spar on Outsourcing as List of Co’s Who Took Incentives and Shipped Jobs Grows

  As the Wisconsin gubernatorial race heats up, outsourcing is becoming an increasingly hot topic. Now, revelations about companies receiving tax incentives only to outsource jobs at a later date are turning up the heat further: In the last decade, at least 25 companies with Wisconsin operations have both been awarded state funding and...
Jul
2014
29

Long Trek: Mary Burke Surging in WI Gov Polls, but Dems Shouldn’t Be too Excited (Yet)

Long Trek: Mary Burke Surging in WI Gov Polls, but Dems Shouldn't Be too Excited (Yet)
  The latest polling from Marquette University Law School shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker virtually tied with his democratic challenger, Mary Burke, in the leadup to the November election.  Analysis shows that among registered voters Walker holds a 46-45 lead, but ‘voters most likely to participate in the election’ give Burke a...
Jul
2014
28

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules “Right-to-Work” Unconstitutional

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules
  An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, the second such blow to the legislation since its passage in 2012. Lake County Circuit Judge George Paras decided against the state in United Steelworkers vs. Zoeller on July 17th, ruling that the law was “null and void in its entirety” and...