Foxconn Workers Organize In Communist China

By: Monday February 4, 2013 9:05 am

When Chinese Communist Party leader Deng Xiaoping formally embraced Neoliberalism in the late 70s it was the final victory for the right-wing within the party. What followed was an opening up of China to Western business for the presumed benefit of all. In reality, China would invert the Maoist principles of the cultural revolution to [...]

Michigan Republicans Gear Up for Right to Work Legislation

By: Thursday December 6, 2012 7:50 am

Looks like someone’s going to have to construct more protest signs. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who previously said he would not take on the challenge of turning the home of the auto industry into a right to work state, now says it’s “on the agenda,” a passive statement that doesn’t actually make a determination as [...]

Ruling Overturning Parts of Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Likely to Be Short-Lived

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 7:49 am

Don’t expect yesterday’s Dane County court ruling overturning sections of Wisconsin’s anti-union law to remain operative for long. The ruling by Judge Juan Colas voids the law for city, county and school workers on the grounds that it violated the workers’ constitutional right to free speech, free assembly and equal representation. It singles out public [...]

After Wisconsin, Questions of Whether to Recall Walker Narrow the Possibilities

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 12:15 pm

Obviously, the Wisconsin recalls cast a pall over the Netroots Nation event. I didn’t have to go to the recall recap panel (it was at the same time as my foreclosure panel) to get a wide variety of opinions on what happened, including perhaps the most perceptive comments from former Sha Na Na frontman John [...]

Walker’s Victory in Recall a Continuing Blow to Labor

By: Wednesday June 6, 2012 4:00 am

Scott Walker survived his recall last night in Wisconsin, and when all is said and done, he will have defeated Tom Barrett by almost precisely the same spread as in 2010 – by around 53-47. The sour mood of the night was tempered somewhat by an apparent victory for Democrat John Lehman in one of [...]

Final Recall Poll of Wisconsin Shows Shrinking Lead for Walker

By: Monday June 4, 2012 9:35 am

What is likely to be the final poll out of Wisconsin before tomorrow’s recall election shows Scott Walker effectively in the same place he’s been for the past month, pinned right at 50%, with a small lead over Tom Barrett. Public Policy Polling believes that some slight momentum has moved to Barrett’s side, and that [...]

Turnout Key Factor in Scott Walker Recall in Wisconsin

By: Saturday June 2, 2012 8:23 am

The recall election in Wisconsin between Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett finally reached the level of attention you would expect from the biggest campaign in the country in 2012, save the Presidential race. A high-profile debate on Thursday led to the powerful exchange above, with the signature line from Barrett, “I have [...]

Public Employee Union Membership in Wisconsin Drops After Collective Bargaining Law

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 11:06 am

President Bill Clinton will campaign tomorrow in Milwaukee for Tom Barrett in his recall fight against Scott Walker. Greg Sargent writes that this was a late-game decision that involved heavy lobbying from leaders in the Democratic Party. People like to extrapolate from last-minute campaign events like this about the state of races. I’ve heard others [...]

WI-Gov: Walker Leads, But Internal Polling from Barrett Shows Tighter Race

By: Friday May 25, 2012 10:18 am

Any objective look at the Wisconsin recall right now, with a little over a week to go, would suggest that Scott Walker’s in a good position, and that Tom Barrett and the forces that engineered the recall are in trouble. Walker and his allied outside groups are outspending Barrett and his allies by 3:1 on [...]

WI-Gov: Plenty Evidence of Walker’s Conduct Demanding Removal From Office

By: Monday May 21, 2012 11:05 am

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, a conservative paper, endorsed Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election over the weekend, saying that his removal from office “isn’t justified.” The Sentinel spends the rest of the editorial adding that Walker’s assault on collective bargaining went too far, primarily to “deal a harsh blow to a key Democratic constituency.” [...]

Scott Walker’s Job Record in One Chart

By: Monday May 14, 2012 9:35 am

Menzie Chinn at Econbrowser gives us this chart, reiterating something I have been saying for quite a while about Scott Walker’s jobs record. Aside from the “divide and conquer” collective bargaining assault, this is something I feel Walker has the most vulnerability on in his recall campaign. Walker definitively campaigned on bringing 250,000 jobs to [...]

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