Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Apr
2014
14

Unions vs. The GOP? Not in Idaho.

Unions vs. The GOP? Not in Idaho.
  Labor unions are fighting right-wing extremism with surprising tactic: By helping fund the campaigns of moderate incumbent Republicans who face challenges from hard-line righties.   Labor unions, many affiliated with the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, recently donated $200,000 to the campaign of Rep. Mike...
Apr
2014
14

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts
  On Friday, President Obama wrapped up a week of commemorating progress made by the civil rights movement with a fiery speech in which he lashed out at Republicans who seek to restrict voting rights through unnecessary legislation.   Aided by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down aspects of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, ...
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Apr
2014
14

On Question of Act 10′s Popularity, WI Gov. Walker Again Deemed Misinformer-in-Chief

On Question of Act 10's Popularity, WI Gov. Walker Again Deemed Misinformer-in-Chief
  Politifact has determined that comments made earlier this month by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker concerning public support for the anti-union Act 10 are false.  During an April 1st radio interview with WISN-AM, Walker claimed that a poll taken “a few months” ago showed public support for his landmark anti-union legislation was at...
Apr
2014
9

In First Post-McCutcheon Comments, Lead Lawyer Contradicts Himself, Admits Money Isn’t Free Speech

  The Supreme Court’s tragic decision in McCutcheon vs. FEC has brought about a whirlwind of political commentary, spanning the spectrum from those, such as Newt Gingrich, who suggest remarkably that it will “equalize the middle class and the rich” to those, like E.J. Dionne, who understand that it will usher in an era of ...
Apr
2014
9

With FBI Investigating GOP Incumbent, Dem Jason Carter Surges in Georgia Gov Polls, Fundraising

With FBI Investigating GOP Incumbent, Dem Jason Carter Surges in Georgia Gov Polls, Fundraising
  For decades, the deep south has been hostile territory for Democrats. But a poll released last week by WSB-TV Atlanta shows Democrat Jason Carter in a statistical tie with incumbent Nathan Deal in the Georgia gubernatorial race.  Too boot, the State Senator and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, is expected to announce a ...
Apr
2014
4

Ghost of Laws Passed: 3 Years On, Dems Honor Defeat of SB5, Tie It to Kasich in Re-election Bid

Ghost of Laws Passed: 3 Years On, Dems Honor Defeat of SB5, Tie It to Kasich in Re-election Bid
  On the third anniversary of Senate Bill 5 being signed into law, Ohio Democrats held events around the state to commemorate its eventual demise. Just months after the shining attempt to strip collective bargaining rights from public sector employees became official, 61 percent of voters opposed it in a public referendum. And no matter the ...
Mar
2014
31

New Interactive Map Shows Lengths Republicans Have Gone to Exploit Redistricting Process

New Interactive Map Shows Lengths Republicans Have Gone to Exploit Redistricting Process
  An incredible new interactive graphic from the Associated Press details the ways redistricting is used to shape the political future of states.   Every ten years congressional districts must be redrawn to reflect population documented in the newest census findings.  This practice, known as redistricting, is highly susceptible to...
Mar
2014
26

Polls Show Opposition to Keystone XL is Elitist Democrat Viewpoint, Awful Election Strategy

Polls Show Opposition to Keystone XL is Elitist Democrat Viewpoint, Awful Election Strategy
  An article from The Daily Beast writer Lloyd Green argues that “Downton Abbey Democrats may cost the party the Senate,” noting that while the environmentalist elite oppose Keystone XL, the project has a broad approval rating that crosses party lines.   It is difficult to gauge whether the ire of environmentalists amounts to much ...
Mar
2014
21

Unions Label NM Gov’s De Facto ‘Right-to-Work’ Talk a “Declaration of War”

Unions Label NM Gov's De Facto 'Right-to-Work' Talk a
  New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has one goal in 2014: Make Nikki Haley blush. The first-term governor has announced a policy shift that unions are calling a “declaration of war.”  Speaking to a group of commercial real estate developers, Martinez said she wants to stop union dues from being automatically drawn from American...
Mar
2014
12

American Cream: Ben & Jerry’s Join Fight to Overturn Citizens United

American Cream: Ben & Jerry's Join Fight to Overturn Citizens United
  The creators of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, want to “Get the Dough Out!” of American politics and are thus pushing for a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United vs. FEC and keep corporate money out of elections.   The question of corporate influence over elections continues to ...
Mar
2014
11

REPORT: Of Discouraging $110B in Corporate Welfare, $88M Goes to Koch Industries

REPORT: Of Discouraging $110B in Corporate Welfare, $88M Goes to Koch Industries
  A new report from Good Jobs First, “Subsidizing the Corporate One Percent,” provides detail on our ‘corporate welfare state’ and the way large corporations benefit from programs being sold to the public as beneficial to American citizens.  In total, state and local governments have handed out $110 billion in corporate...
Feb
2014
27

Unexpected PA Gov Candidate Leaps Ahead in Latest Poll

Unexpected PA Gov Candidate Leaps Ahead in Latest Poll
  The Pennsylvania Governor’s race took a turn this week when York businessman Tom Wolf became the frontrunner, in terms of polling at least, for the Democratic nomination.  A successful advertising buy in the Philadelphia region helped Wolf paint himself as the man who saved his family’s company to ensure the workers in his hometown...