Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Dec
2016
9

MI House Jams “Democracy-proof” Voter Suppression Bill Into Lame Duck Session

MI House Jams
  Michigan Republicans are working overtime to ram home very troubling legislation during the final days of the lame duck session. Despite swirling controversy around the election results, the legislature had the gall this week to move voter suppression legislation – in the form of HB 6066, HB 6067, and HB6068 – through the House:...
Nov
2016
18

Red Bluegrass: Prevailing Wage Repeal, “Right-to-Work” Increasingly Likely in KY Following Election

Red Bluegrass: Prevailing Wage Repeal,
  The grass may still be blue, but Kentucky is looking redder than ever. For the first time in 95 years, Republicans will outnumber Democrats in the Kentucky House of Representatives. That gives them control of the entire state legislature. In a guest post for Insider Louisville, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave [&hellip...
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Nov
2016
16

With Trump Win, Obama Admits Defeat of Trans-Pacific Partnership, Pleasing Labor

With Trump Win, Obama Admits Defeat of Trans-Pacific Partnership, Pleasing Labor
  The Obama Administration has acknowledged that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is dead. The trade deal was the centerpiece of President Obama’s “pivot to Asia,” intended to strengthen ties with key Asian allies at a time when China is exerting more economic and military influence in the region. In a rare instance of...
Nov
2016
15

Act Ten-uous: IA Fears WI-Style Collective Bargaining Upheaval Following GOP Victories

Act Ten-uous: IA Fears WI-Style Collective Bargaining Upheaval Following GOP Victories
  Republicans picked up six seats in the Iowa State Senate last week, giving them control of both the legislature and the governor’s mansion. Many are now concerned that Gov. Terry Branstad will be able to fulfill his longstanding wish to gut the state’s collective bargaining laws for public employees. Branstad is feared: Changes to...
Nov
2016
11

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back: VA’s Minor “Right-to-Work” Victory Countered by Losses in SD, AL

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back: VA's Minor
  Right-to-work proponents scored victories in Alabama and South Dakota on Tuesday, surprising exactly no one. South Dakota rejected a ballot measure aimed at overturning the state’s “right-to-work” law, while Alabama approved a measure that enshrines the anti-union legislation in the state constitution. Elsewhere, Virginia...
Nov
2016
11

Anti-Union Group Caught Sending Undisclosed Election Materials to Voters in WV

Anti-Union Group Caught Sending Undisclosed Election Materials to Voters in WV
  An anti-union group in West Virginia was caught mailing pro-Republican materials to voters without reporting the activity to the Secretary of State’s office. Election law requires the disclosure of independent political expenditures and prohibits electioneering communications between political groups: Letters obtained by the...
Nov
2016
10

Bright Spot: On Tuesday, VA Rejected a Uniquely Oppressive Eternal “Right-to-Work” Amendment

Bright Spot: On Tuesday, VA Rejected a Uniquely Oppressive Eternal
  In one of the lone bright spots for the labor community on election night, Virginia voters rejected an amendment that would have enshrined the commonwealth’s “right-to-work” status in the state constitution. Virginia has had such a law since 1947, but the ballot measure would have made the law permanent, a uniquely...
Nov
2016
10

NLRB Rules Trump’s Vegas Hotel Violated NLRA by Refusing to Collectively Bargain

NLRB Rules Trump's Vegas Hotel Violated NLRA by Refusing to Collectively Bargain
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas violated the National Labor Relations Act when it refused to bargain with more than 500 of its recently unionized workers. Workers at the hotel voted to affiliate with the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 in December 2015 and Trump’s...
Oct
2016
27

Bill Cole Becomes Second WV GOP Candidate to Face Allegations of Construction Worker Abuse

Bill Cole Becomes Second WV GOP Candidate to Face Allegations of Construction Worker Abuse
  West Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jim Justice (D) appears to be in a strong position heading into election day. Polling gives Justice a double-digit lead over his chief rival, state Senate president Bill Cole (R). A Repass Research poll shows Justice running at 44% to Cole’s 33%. The Justice campaign released their own poll...
Oct
2016
25

Kelly Ayotte, Who Opposes PLAs and Workers’ Rights, Trailing Badly in NH Sen. Race

Kelly Ayotte, Who Opposes PLAs and Workers' Rights, Trailing Badly in NH Sen. Race
  According to a poll from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH-R) is currently trailing Democratic challenger Gov. Maggie Hassan by eight points. It’s one of a handful of races that could determine whether Democrats are able to retake the Senate in November: The poll, which was conducted between Oct. 11 and...
Oct
2016
19

Attack on Rural NC Political Office Results in Odd Admission of Ballot Tampering by GOP

Attack on Rural NC Political Office Results in Odd Admission of Ballot Tampering by GOP
  Last Sunday, the Republican Party headquarters in Orange County, North Carolina, was firebombed by an unknown assailant. Shortly after, GOP spokeswoman Emily Weeks claimed “materials inside, possibly including completed absentee ballots, may have been destroyed.” Unfortunately, holding absentee ballots in the GOP headquarters is...
Oct
2016
12

They Don’t Want You to Vote: Array of GOP Tactics Still In Use to Quash Minority Voting Participation

They Don't Want You to Vote: Array of GOP Tactics Still In Use to Quash Minority Voting Participation
  Voter suppression is alive and well in GOP country. In Wisconsin, a federal district court judge has ordered the state to investigate the DMV and its voter ID process. The court order follows recent revelations regarding minority voters who were denied voter IDs despite providing the necessary documentation to the DMV. Wisconsin law...