Anti-Union Ads in Chicago Paid for By Hedge Funds, Billionaires

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 6:17 am

I wish I had known about this before the Chicago Teachers Union suspended their strike and returned to work, but it may shed some light on the timing of the suspension. At the least, it provides a little more context for what teachers unions have to deal with on the ground. Apparently the above anti-union [...]

Paul Ryan Puts Up Ads for His House Election; A Sign of Trouble?

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 1:47 pm

Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan will begin running ads in the race for his House district in Wisconsin, a potential sign of uneasiness about his re-election, which will probably be interpreted more broadly as a lack of confidence in Mitt Romney’s chances in the Presidential election. Contracts formalized Tuesday with at least one Milwaukee [...]

MO-Sen: McCaskill Avoids Antagonizing Akin Until After Ballot Deadline

By: Monday September 10, 2012 11:44 am

There are two weeks left before it becomes impossible for Todd Akin to take his name off the ballot in the Missouri Senate race. To be sure, we’ve seen no signs of him moving toward that in any way, though GOP insiders like Karl Rove have floated a bunch of potential replacements, and fellow politicians [...]

American Bankers Association Creates Slush Fund for Secret Campaign Spending

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 1:59 pm

The American Bankers Association, a trade group for thousands of banks headed by former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, voted to start a legal entity for this federal campaign cycle, adding millions of dollars into an already overstuffed election. The ABA entity would reportedly donate to existing Super PACs, so that the member banks can keep [...]

Inside a SuperPAC Fundraiser With Karl Rove

By: Friday August 31, 2012 9:44 am

Aside from the death threats to Todd Akin, the insider account of a Karl Rove fundraiser was enormously revealing. First of all, you get an eye into the Crossroads strategy, and since it promises to have $300 million behind it, it’s a heavy part of the strategy to recapture the White House: Then came the [...]

“Failing Schools” Narrative a Tactic to Privatize Public Education and Destroy Unions

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 9:36 am

The Obama campaign has recently tried to squeeze their opponent on the issue of education, leading to anomalous situations like Obama criticizing Romney for supporting class size increases that his own Education Secretary agrees with. There is probably a debate to be had between the two campaigns over education, one that comes down mostly to [...]

With Akin Staying In, NRSC Says They’ll Withhold Funds

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 11:12 am

Just to carry over from the last post, Todd Akin will stay in his Senate race in Missouri, saying that he’s received “tremendous grassroots support” over the last 48 hours. That will have to suffice for the time being, however. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been leading efforts to force Akin out, said [...]

Akin, Staying in MO-Sen Race, Appeals to Missourians for Forgiveness in New TV Ad

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 6:14 am

When you put out an ad that has to state clearly, up front, that “rape is an evil act,” I’d say that should be the end of your political career, but in this case, Todd Akin is clearly making a play for hanging in there in Missouri, with just hours before he needs to make [...]

Susan G. Komen Founder Demoted, President Leaving

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 7:00 am

Nancy Brinker, the head of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, will finally step down from her position as chief executive, about 7 months after an attempt to deny grants to Planned Parenthood damaged the charity’s reputation and significantly cut into their funding base. In a statement, Komen called the changes “a new [...]

The Real Reason for the Romney London Visit: Banker Money

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 2:50 pm

Mitt Romney is apparently not having the best time in Britain thus far. But things will get significantly better when he attends a big fundraiser tonight populated by many executives from Barclays Bank, the firm at the heart of the Libor scandal. While Bob Diamond, the former CEO, has dropped out of the event, Patrick [...]

Wall Street Journal Publishes Hit Job on Union Political Spending

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 9:35 am

One of the ways that supporters of California’s Prop 32, the Trojan horse initiative to silence union activity in elections while facilitating corporate campaign spending, will probably press their case publicly is by claiming that unions spend ungodly amounts of money on politics. And unions in California do represent a counter-balancing of corporate cash. But [...]

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