Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Jul
2014
23

In St. Louis Dem Primary, Labor Needs to Unseat a Shockingly Anti-Union Incumbent

In St. Louis Dem Primary, Labor Needs to Unseat a Shockingly Anti-Union Incumbent
  St. Louis County Council member Steve Stenger is asking labor to help him in his bid to become County Executive, claiming incumbent Charlie Dooley’s anti-union record should be enough to encourage union members to get out the vote.  With low turnout likely (65,000 of the county’s 700,000+ voters are expected to make it to ...
Jul
2014
22

If President, Clinton “Would Consider Supporting an Amendment” to Stifle Citizens United

If President, Clinton
  As part of her book tour, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions on Facebook during which she suggested she opposes the controversial Citizens United decision that injected unprecedented money into politics.   Even with a 2016 winner’s support, the movement to re-amend the constitution and reverse Citizens...
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Jul
2014
18

NY Gov. Cuomo’s Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited

NY Gov. Cuomo's Intervention Helped Prevent LIRR Strike, Deal Specifics Remain Limited
  After four years without a contract and months of jockeying for public support, leading unions and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) reached a deal to avoid a July 20th strike which would have shut down the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s intervention sealed the deal. Cuomo called the agreement...
Jul
2014
17

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor

In Convention Resolution, NJ Building Trades Urge Senate Pres. Sweeney to Run for Governor
  The New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council (NJBCTC) has passed a unanimous resolution urging NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney to run for governor.  The decision came during the 150,000 member organization’s convention in Atlantic City.   The next gubernatorial race is scheduled for 2017 but is likely to occur earlier...
Jul
2014
15

Court: Florida Redistricting “Often Indicative of Racial and Partisan Gerrymandering.”

Court: Florida Redistricting
  A Florida circuit judge last week ruled that congressional districts redrawn after the 2010 census were unconstitutional and violated state laws created to prevent gerrymandering.  Among the major findings? The systematic concentration of hispanic voters into Democratic districts.   Maps created by the Washington Post help explain the...
Jul
2014
9

NC College Students Fighting Voter ID Laws on Grounds of Age Discrimination

NC College Students Fighting Voter ID Laws on Grounds of Age Discrimination
  The subject of Voter ID usually revolves around race. Laws have been struck down in states such as Wisconsin and Pennsylvania due to their disproportional effect on minorities and the elderly, but other segments of the population are up in arms as well. Namely, college students.   In North Carolina, lawyers for seven college ...
Jul
2014
3

CONFIRMED: Maine Gov. LePage Met With Terrorist Group That Wants to Hang Democratic Leaders and Predicts Jews Will Commit Christian Holocaust

CONFIRMED: Maine Gov. LePage Met With Terrorist Group That Wants to Hang Democratic Leaders and Predicts Jews Will Commit Christian Holocaust
  In Maine, administration officials have confirmed that Governor Paul LePage took multiple meetings with members of the Sovereign Citizens, a political group that has been labeled a domestic terrorist organization by the FBI.   Among the group’s beliefs are the rejection of taxes and US currency and the belief that the US Government...
Jun
2014
27

Hot Topic: Davis-Bacon, Prevailing Wages Suddenly the Talk of the KY Senate Election

Hot Topic: Davis-Bacon, Prevailing Wages Suddenly the Talk of the KY Senate Election
  As the race to represent Kentucky in the U.S. Senate heats up between incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell and popular Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, the prevailing wage is becoming an unexpected pivoting point in the race.  The Senate Minority leader may be attempting to shed his image as a major driver of obstruction in Washington ...
Jun
2014
23

John D’oh! Scott Walker’s Election Law Violations are Plain as Day, Documents Reveal

John D'oh! Scott Walker's Election Law Violations are Plain as Day, Documents Reveal
  Documents made public concerning the second John Doe Investigation of Scott Walker show that prosecutors believe the Wisconsin Governor was “at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican state senators facing recall elections during 2011 and 2012.”...
Jun
2014
17

Scott Walker Challenger Mary Burke Makes Clearest Anti-Act 10 Remarks to Date

Scott Walker Challenger Mary Burke Makes Clearest Anti-Act 10 Remarks to Date
  With the Wisconsin gubernatorial race inching ever closer, Democratic challenger Mary Burke has ramped up her rhetoric regarding Act 10 last weekend, incumbent Governor Walker’s signature legislation which stripped collective bargaining rights from a majority of the state’s public sector union workforce.  With the issue still very much...
Jun
2014
10

Peas in an Anti-Union Pod: ABC of Maine Endorses Worker-Hater Paul LePage

Peas in an Anti-Union Pod: ABC of Maine Endorses Worker-Hater Paul LePage
  The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine have endorsed Gov. Paul LePage in his quest for a second term.  Speaking to a crowd following the endorsement, LePage trumpeted his decision to veto a bill that would have raised the minimum wage. This was the primary reason he gave that non-union contractors should support ...
Jun
2014
6

Gerrymandering? There’s an App For That.

Gerrymandering? There's an App For That.
  In his free time, a software engineer in Massachusetts may have remedied one of the most endemic problems of our political system: gerrymandering.   By creating a program that would break up districts equally after each census using computers (“Science? Oh no!” –GOP), the new approach would take the power out of...