Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

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...
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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...
Oct
2014
23

“Money Is More Important for Men,” Says WI Candidate Who Will Likely Win a House of Reps Seat

  Right Wing Watch (RWW) has released their list of five GOP extremists that could be heading to Congress next year and on that list is everyone’s favorite anti-union Wisconsinite, Glenn Grothman. Grothman is running for Congress in the 6th district where he has been unable to get the endorsement of the outgoing Republican.   Speaking...
Oct
2014
21

Gov Candidate Sells Share of Newspaper. Newspaper Endorses Candidate. People Go Hmmm.

Gov Candidate Sells Share of Newspaper. Newspaper Endorses Candidate. People Go Hmmm.
  With Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner locked in a too-close-to-call battle with Pat Quinn, the Chicago Sun-Times broke with recent tradition and made an official endorsement of the Republican challenger this weekend.  For the past three years the newspaper has not endorsed any candidates for office.  The paper explained its...
Oct
2014
21

Despite Horribly Worded Ballot Question, MA Casino Expansion is Poised to Persevere

Despite Horribly Worded Ballot Question, MA Casino Expansion is Poised to Persevere
  The election home stretch is upon us, which means controversy is cropping up in every crevice of the nation. In Massachusetts it is taking the form of a poorly worded ballot question that will decide the fate of a Plainville casino and the jobs it would bring. Eyebrows have been raised by the wording [&hellip...
Oct
2014
15

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is “Aimed at Limiting Voting by Minorities”

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is
  In his 30-page opinion conservative Judge Richard A. Posner last week dismantled the Republican argument for Voter ID laws after hearing the Wisconsin Voter ID law case as part of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The law was eventually shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2007 Posner, a Reagan appointee, wrote [&hellip...
Oct
2014
14

Few Surprises in WI’s First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare

Few Surprises in WI's First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare
  On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke participated in the first of two planned debates. They touched on subjects as disparate as the minimum wage and abortion just one month before the general election.  For Walker, much of the debate was spent defending his first controversial term in office....
Oct
2014
14

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community
  A movement is forming in American politics whereby labor organizations which are having trouble finding common ground with members of the Democratic party break away from their traditional alliances. The need to push for policy over party is what led to socialist candidate Kshama Sawant winning a seat on the Seattle City Council this...
Oct
2014
1

IL Plumbers Local, Building Trades Council Fight for School District Upgrades, Training Opportunities

  Building Trades unions in Champaign, Illinois are lending their assistance to a local referendum campaign which would provide funding to reinvigorate career and technical training in the county’s largest school district.  Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 149 has purchased yard signs in support of the Unit 4 referendum and allowed...
Sep
2014
26

11-Year Employee Fired by Marriot Spin-Off for Winning County Commission’s Democratic Primary

11-Year Employee Fired by Marriot Spin-Off for Winning County Commission's Democratic Primary
  Growing up we’re taught to be all we can be, to push ourselves to become leaders, and to never give up. But in the Osceola County Commission race, a Democratic nominee has been fired from her day job for doing just that, because her employer is a donor to the campaign of the Republican [&hellip...
Sep
2014
26

Mo’ (Dark) Money, Mo’ (Dark) Money, Mo’ (Dark) Money!

Mo' (Dark) Money, Mo' (Dark) Money, Mo' (Dark) Money!
  A coding error is to blame for the release of sensitive documents on the website of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) which disclose corporate donors and the amount of they donated.  The documents shed light on the secretive world of political “non-partisan” charities and the benefits that come with donating in secret.  The...