Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Apr
2015
3

Right-Wing Lobbyists Look to Oust WI Supreme Court Justice, Upend Gov Walker John Doe Investigation

Right-Wing Lobbyists Look to Oust WI Supreme Court Justice, Upend Gov Walker John Doe Investigation
  The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) lobby has made a major $600,000 ad buy in support of a constitutional amendment which would change the way the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court is selected.  For 126 years, the senior member of the State Supreme Court has been named the Chief Justice.  But the [&hellip...
Mar
2015
30

“Union Armageddon Bill” Stands Still in NV; Speculation About Gov’s Position on High

  Last week, the Nevada Legislature held its first hearing on legislation that would make sweeping changes to public sector workers’ right to collectively bargain.  Critics of the legislation have labeled it the “union Armageddon bill” and many fear it will have an impact similar to Wisconsin’s contentious Act 10.  Assembly...
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Mar
2015
27

John Doe Documents Reveal $1.8M in Tax Credits Awarded to Prime Scott Walker Dark Money Donor

John Doe Documents Reveal $1.8M in Tax Credits Awarded to Prime Scott Walker Dark Money Donor
  A recent article from Yahoo! Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff reveals that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker accepted nearly $1.5 million in dark money from one of the state’s richest men during the lead up to his 2012 recall election. In turn, his company has been granted favors that include $1.8 million in tax credits. ...
Mar
2015
20

Prop 1 to be Voted on May 5th, Would Bring Needed Infrastructure Funding Changes to Michigan

Prop 1 to be Voted on May 5th, Would Bring Needed Infrastructure Funding Changes to Michigan
  In May, Michigan will have an opportunity to vote on a ballot proposition which would eventually pump $1.25 billion into the budget to improve crumbling roads while paying off debt from past infrastructure projects.  Proposition 1 would raise the sales tax in Michigan by one percent while removing the sales tax from fuel sales [&hellip...
Mar
2015
11

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Signing as Political; GOP Sets Sights on Further Dismantling Construction Worker Protections

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker's
  As anyone following the labor movement or the race for the GOP presidential nomination knows, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed “Right-to-Work” legislation on Monday.  Wisconsin became the 25th state in the country to enact such a measure. Calling the legislation “Freedom to Work,”  Walker justified the middle class bashing...
Feb
2015
27

Scott Walker Slammed for Comparing Union Members to ISIS. Even Rick Perry is In On the Action.

Scott Walker Slammed for Comparing Union Members to ISIS. Even Rick Perry is In On the Action.
  Honeymoon’s over, Scooter. Wisconsin’s full-time presidential candidate and part-time governor, Scott Walker, may have eclipsed the inanity of his evolution punt and ‘Obama might not be Christian’ moments by yesterday comparing Wisconsin protestors to ISIS. The incredible blunder during his CPAC remarks has even...
Feb
2015
2

There are 387 Charter Schools in Ohio. Soon, One of Them Might be Unionized.

There are 387 Charter Schools in Ohio. Soon, One of Them Might be Unionized.
  A group of teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Columbus, Ohio, are looking to unionize.  The group, the Franklinton Preparatory Academy Educators Association, has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board and an election could come as quickly as seven weeks from now.  The teachers would be the...
Jan
2015
20

AZ’s Largest Utility Trying to Thwart Solar Co. Progress by Leveraging Campaign Contributions

AZ's Largest Utility Trying to Thwart Solar Co. Progress by Leveraging Campaign Contributions
  Arizona’s largest utility company, Arizona Public Service (APS) is at odds with the solar panel industry, so much so that it has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “crack down on deceptive practices.”  But the manner in which they asked is the real story here.  The request came in a letter to the [&hellip...
Jan
2015
12

24 Going on 33: Nine States Will Face “Right-to-Work” Proposals Thanks to Empowered GOP

24 Going on 33: Nine States Will Face
  Across the country, state legislatures are beginning new sessions and in many Republicans are looking to use their election capital to make big changes in labor policy.  In the wake of the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans control 31 of 50 governorships and 68 of 98 partisan legislatures. They have total control (both the...
Jan
2015
8

IN Gov’s Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs

IN Gov's Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs
  The Indiana Legislature began its four-month legislative session on Tuesday with hopes of enacting a two-year, $30 billion budget which would take effect July 1st.  It is unlikely that much of anything controversial will come to a vote as Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence weighs whether or not to enter the Presidential/Vice Presidential fray...
Dec
2014
2

Building Trades Supporting Campaign Contribution Limits in Monterey County

  Monterey County Supervisors are hoping to pass legislation that would limit contributions in countywide races.  The proposal, sponsored by supervisors Dave Potter and Simon Salinas, would put county political contribution limits at the same level as those for statewide positions.  The offices affected would include county sheriff,...
Nov
2014
28

MA’s Paid Sick Leave Policy Was Passed with Labor’s Help, but Could Hurt Some Union Members

  In an unfortunate turn of events for unionized workers in Massachusetts, the legal principle of preemption could disqualify some members from paid sick leave under the state’s recently approved ballot initiative.  Labor unions were a driving force in Question 4’s passage by a 60 to 40 percent margin, but legal precedent may...