Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Dec
2012
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GOLF-ERNOR WALKER: 54 Personal Days Off in 2012 “Didn’t Change Our Job”

GOLF-ERNOR WALKER: 54 Personal Days Off in 2012
With nearly two months off this year — not including weekends — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is making the most of a state law that allows elected officials to take unlimited personal days. This according to Wisconsin Reporter analysis shows that Walker had taken 54 personal days in 2012 as of November 30th. These personal …
Dec
2012
18

At 2AM Last Friday, Michigan Changed its Recall Laws to “Inoculate” the GOP

At 2AM Last Friday, Michigan Changed its Recall Laws to
In their now infamous “lame duck” session, Michigan Republicans have pushed a heavily partisan agenda that has upset a massive portion of constituents. Now, the opportunity to express that displeasure is being revoked via a watered down and handcuffed recall process. New legislation, once again wedged through in the middle of the…
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Dec
2012
13

WHILE YOU WERE PROTESTING: Michigan House Re-Passes the Emergency Financial Manager Law Voters Repealed at the Ballot a Month Ago

This is just beyond the pale. While the state of Michigan spent the week rallying against the anti-democratic passage of a wage-crushing “Right-to-Work” law, another piece of legislation that Michigan voters successfully repealed at the ballot box this November — the unpopular Emergency Financial Manager Law — was sent on…
Dec
2012
11

HYPOCALYPSE NOW: Scott Walker Helped His Son Use Same-Day Voter Registration but He Still Might Sign a Bill Making it Illegal

This Fall, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker decried same-day voter registration and lent his support to a bill being pushed by state Republicans to end the practice. But this weekend, The Huffington Post reported that Scott Walker’s son, a freshmen at Marquette University, used the convenience of same-day registration to be eligible to vote in…
Dec
2012
7

With Sterling Workers’ Rights Record and Early Endorsements, SD Labor Council Leader Eyes Assembly Seat

With Sterling Workers' Rights Record and Early Endorsements, SD Labor Council Leader Eyes Assembly Seat
The secretary-treasurer for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, Lorena Gonzalez, has announced that she will be running to represent California’s 80th District in the State Assembly in 2016. A rising star in SoCal Democratic circles, Gonzalez has decided to take her skills and dedication to Sacramento. She is known for having…
Dec
2012
7

NOT SO FRESH START: Pair of Wisconsin Republicans Kick off New Session by Trying to Cut Same-Day Voter Registration

NOT SO FRESH START: Pair of Wisconsin Republicans Kick off New Session by Trying to Cut Same-Day Voter Registration
To start off the new legislative session, Wisconsin Republican State Senator Alberta Darling and State Representative Joel Kleefisch are drafting throwback legislation that recalls the good old days of yore: Summer 2012. The two forward-thinker’s worst nightmares are putting together a bill to end same-day voter registration and courting…
Nov
2012
29

In 2012, 117 ALEC Members and Alumni Were Voted Out of Office

Research from the Center for Media Analysis shows that in 2012 primary, general and recall elections, 117 members or alumni of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) were voted out of office. The statistic shows that membership in the group has become a public liability and campaign issue. However, it may not be enough to …
Nov
2012
20

TAKE ACTION: FCC Website Taking Comments on Nasty Robo-Texts Until 11/24

It is widely known that in the past year anti-worker groups have used illegal text message spam to influence voters during the Wisconsin recall election and, more recently, the Presidential election. Some of the messages were extreme and ugly. In the Wisconsin race, Tom Barrett’s headquarters was flooded when a text message went out accusing…
Nov
2012
19

California Passed Over 100 Revenue Increases for Construction this Election, Will Create Over $12B of School Upgrades

According to a press release from the California State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC), “the passage of over one hundred badly needed revenue increases is simply spectacular for the California construction industry,” and was accomplished largely through union activism. Per the release… 85 School Bond Measures and…
Nov
2012
15

IRS May Go Beyond Dark Money, Investigate Violations of Tax Exempt Status by Religious Groups

IRS May Go Beyond Dark Money, Investigate Violations of Tax Exempt Status by Religious Groups
Political watchdog groups are asking the IRS to investigate the tax exempt status of Catholic Bishops and an evangelical group led by preacher Billy Graham for their actions during the lead up to the Presidential campaign. While the constitutions allows churches to speak on any issue, promoting or opposing specific candidates goes against the…
Nov
2012
14

Miss This on Election Night? Montana and Colorado Scored Landslide Anti-Citizens United Victories

Lost in the swath of Presidential election coverage that focused on same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization when it didn’t focus on Obamney were initiatives that aimed to end the fallacy of “corporate personhood” in Montana and Colorado. Both initiatives, Montana’s Initiative 166 and Colorado’s Amendment 65,…
Nov
2012
9

WATCH: Obama Cries While Thanking Staff

WATCH: Obama Cries While Thanking Staff
In this video released yesterday, President Obama, newly elected, delivers a moving speech thanking his staff for their efforts. During the speech the President gets all choked up to the point of wiping tears away from his cheek. These are beautiful, off-the-cuff remarks and a rare moment of pure candor and humility from a public …