Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Dec
2014
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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...
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Nov
2014
13

The Jury Is Out on Scott Walker’s Actual Chances of Becoming President

The Jury Is Out on Scott Walker's Actual Chances of Becoming President
  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker won his third election in four years this month, emboldening him in a crowded 2016 GOP presidential primary and putting union members across the country on edge about what such a presidency would mean for their livelihood.  Walker defeated Democrat Mary Burke with 52 percent of the vote. Gov. Walker [&hellip...
Nov
2014
12

Free Enterprise > Free Will: Exposé Reveals Millions of Employees Being Politically Influenced, in Secret, by Their Bosses

Free Enterprise > Free Will: Exposé Reveals Millions of Employees Being Politically Influenced, in Secret, by Their Bosses
  Ahead of this year’s election, a confidential slideshow from the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) was unearthed by In These Times writer Spencer Woodman. Its contents show the deep-rooted influence the organization has in many business sectors over a staggering number of workers. Often, the information about...
Nov
2014
12

Shovel, Meet Ground: MA Voters Uphold State’s Right to Build Job-Creating Casinos

Shovel, Meet Ground: MA Voters Uphold State's Right to Build Job-Creating Casinos
  In the Massachusetts elections, voters overwhelmingly beat back Question 3, which would have repealed the state’s gambling laws and halted construction of two casinos in the Bay State.  As we wrote last month, the ballot question was worded in such a manner that yes meant no and no meant yes. But potential voter confusion [&hellip...
Nov
2014
10

Colorado Ballot Measure Making Collective Bargaining Talks Public Sails to Passage

Colorado Ballot Measure Making Collective Bargaining Talks Public Sails to Passage
  Buried in last week’s election news was a ballot question in Colorado, which did not go labor’s way. The measure will make school board and collective bargaining meetings open to the public.  It overwhelmingly passed, and was worded as such: “Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes requiring any meeting of...
Nov
2014
3

In MI Gov Race, It’s Labor’s Taste for Change vs. the GOP’s Four-Year-Old Flavor

In MI Gov Race, It's Labor's Taste for Change vs. the GOP's Four-Year-Old Flavor
  In the Michigan gubernatorial race, incumbent Rick Snyder has enjoyed a slight lead in the polls, but labor is making a strong last-second push for his opponent, former state senator and U.S. Congressman Mark Schauer. 9 percent of voters remain undecided as the candidates come down the home stretch with very well-funded war chests. [&hellip...
Nov
2014
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Despite Delaware County GOP Accepting Nearly $2M in Building Trades Donations, Labor-Backed Dem Opponent Labeled a “Union Boss”

Despite Delaware County GOP Accepting Nearly $2M in Building Trades Donations, Labor-Backed Dem Opponent Labeled a
  John J. Dougherty describes himself as “one of the so-called ‘Philly labor bosses.’” Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98, Dougherty recently wrote an impassioned letter to the Delaware County Daily Times decrying Republican 26th District state Senate candidate Tom...
Nov
2014
3

Misleader in the Polls: Comstock’s Project Labor Agreement Hate Turns Into Fact Fudging

Misleader in the Polls: Comstock's Project Labor Agreement Hate Turns Into Fact Fudging
  And the partisan bickering over the Dulles Metrorail expansion continues. The race for Virginia’s 10th congressional district is offering up yet another chapter in the never-ending saga of the Silver Line and its economic impact. (See our previous coverage of this issue here, here, here, and here.) On October 13th, Susan Falconer,...
Oct
2014
30

MN House Candidate Attacks the Prevailing Wage, Faces Fact-Checking Fire from Local Blogger

MN House Candidate Attacks the Prevailing Wage, Faces Fact-Checking Fire from Local Blogger
  Speaking on AM radio, the Republican challenger in Minnesota House District 17A, Tim Miller, made outrageous claims about the costs associated with the state’s prevailing wage laws.  Unfortunately for Miller, simple fact-checking appears to be out of reach. On the KWLM (AM 1340) show Open Mic, Miller claimed: …the MN Department of...
Oct
2014
28

Hallowean: 50K Young, Minority Georgia Voters Mysteriously Disappear from the Rolls

Hallowean: 50K Young, Minority Georgia Voters Mysteriously Disappear from the Rolls
  Georgia is widely considered open season for a political power shift this election season, and the fate of the state may rest in the hands of 90,000 newly registered voters, many of whom are minorities and people under the age of 25.  Registered in all 159 of Georgia’s counties by the New Georgia Project, [&hellip...
Oct
2014
27

Reporter Quits Chicago Sun-Times Citing GOP Gov Candidate’s Undue Influence Over the Paper

Reporter Quits Chicago Sun-Times Citing GOP Gov Candidate's Undue Influence Over the Paper
  In an update to a story about Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner “earning” the endorsement of the Chicago Sun-Times, the reporter who claimed the Rauner campaign attempted to meddle with his position at the company after he wrote a negative Rauner story has quit.  The reporter, 19-year veteran Dave McKinney, hired a...