Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Oct
2012
9

Funded by Wealthy 1%ers, the Deceptively Named “Small Business Action Committee” Is Misinforming Californians on Prop 32

Funded by Wealthy 1%ers, the Deceptively Named
In California, the fight to pass the deceivingly titled “Stop Special Interest Money” Act, Prop 32, is being funded by groups with similarly deceiving names. Prop 32, which would drastically change how unions are allowed to contribute to political campaigns while simultaneously loosening regulations for big business, has been called by…
Oct
2012
8

In the Midwest, Downballot Races and Ballot Measures are Arguably as Important as the Presidential Election

In the Midwest, Downballot Races and Ballot Measures are Arguably as Important as the Presidential Election
With the election quickly approaching, all eyes on are the Obamney campaigns, but organized labor is looking to regain its voice in Midwest swing states like Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin through a host of other races and issues. The rise and fall of the middle class is contingent upon the rise and fall of workers’ …
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Oct
2012
2

ZOMBIE LAW 2013: NH’s Early Bill Filings Indicate “Right-to-Work” Will Return. Again.

ZOMBIE LAW 2013: NH's Early Bill Filings Indicate
No matter the outcome of this year’s election, the New Hampshire State Legislature and its nearly 400 members are unlikely to make much progress in 2013 considering the bills filed last week before the early bill request deadline indicate that they will be fighting many of the same issues as the past couple years. So …
Oct
2012
2

GOP Voter Registration, Election Scandal Now Spans FL, CA, CO, NV, VA, NC

GOP Voter Registration, Election Scandal Now Spans FL, CA, CO, NV, VA, NC
A nationwide voter registration scandal appears to be unfolding before our eyes just weeks prior to the election. This is an issue that has been frequently discussed on this and many other progressive sites, but even the most passionate onlookers are somewhat surprised about the news of the actual RNC + GOP establishment being involved. …
Oct
2012
1

STUDY: Working Class Whites’ Support for Labor, Tea Party is Almost Equal

STUDY: Working Class Whites' Support for Labor, Tea Party is Almost Equal
A new study by the Public Religion and Research Institute (PRRI), “Understanding the Complexities of Working Class Whites in America,” shows that despite popular pundit talking points this demographic’s support for various major social movements is virtually equal across the country. The media continues to preach a White working…
Sep
2012
28

OH State Treasurer, Now a Senate Candidate, Accused of Misclassifying His 2010 Campaign Staff as Independent Contractors

OH State Treasurer, Now a Senate Candidate, Accused of Misclassifying His 2010 Campaign Staff as Independent Contractors
In Ohio, Senate incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown is accusing his challenger, State Treasurer Josh Mandel, of depriving the state of tax money by incorrectly classifying the employees of his 2010 campaign as independent contractors. According to campaign finance disclosures analyzed by Alex Seitz-Wald of Salon, Mandel misclassified at least 9 of…
Sep
2012
20

Awesome Pro-Liz Warren Union Stickers (and Other Reasons She’s Going to Beat Scott Brown)

Awesome Pro-Liz Warren Union Stickers (and Other Reasons She’s Going to Beat Scott Brown)
Following her excellent performance at the Democratic National Convention — which, in theory, could eventually be viewed as the launch of her 2016 Presidential campaign — Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has taken a lead in the polls against incumbent Republican Scott Brown. Although the lead is slim (48-46) according to…
Sep
2012
20

Romney: “I wish we weren’t unionized”

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Getting lost among the many quotable Montgomery Burns-esque grumblings in Mitt Romney’s now infamous fundraiser speech is his lament that unions will prevent him from making the deep cuts to federal employee rolls that he desires. Along with calling nearly half of Americans “moochers,” promising to not be their President, and…
Sep
2012
18

Congressional Research Service: “Tax cuts for the rich don’t spur growth.”

Congressional Research Service: “Tax cuts for the rich don’t spur growth.”
The Congressional Research Service, the non-partisan research office for Congress, has released a report stating what progressives have been saying for years: “Tax cuts for the rich don’t spur growth.” The analysis of top tax rates (since 1945) shows that not only do top earner tax cuts have zero positive effect on economic…
Sep
2012
18

The Implications of Wisconsin’s Act 10 Being Ruled Unconstitutional

Last week, Wisconsin Judge Juan Colas struck down sections of Governor Scott Walker’s signature legislation, known as Act 10, which restricts the power of workers and unions in the state. Passage of Act 10 lead to the Wisconsin uprising of 2011. The decision reopens the topic for debate just weeks before the election and will …
Sep
2012
17

Former Union President, Prevailing Wage Supporter Making Run at CT State Senate Seat

Former Union President, Prevailing Wage Supporter Making Run at CT State Senate Seat
Look, if we’re gonna report every single Tom, Dick and Crazy that the Tea Party runs up the legislative totem, we sure as shoot better tell you when a true friend of labor has a shot at taking a seat from an anti-worker operative: How voters in the state’s 19th Senate District perceive Rep. Chris …
Sep
2012
14

Michelle Bachmann’s House Seat Appears to Be Up for Grabs

Michelle Bachmann's House Seat Appears to Be Up for Grabs
A new poll shows that former Republican Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann is in danger of losing her congressional seat to hotel executive Jim Graves, a sign that the GOP may not necessarily retain control of the House. The poll shows Bachmann leading Graves 48% to 46%. Her short-lived but highly memorable Presidential run may have …