Union Coalition Promotes “Jobs Not Cuts,” Directly Targets Democratic Senators

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 8:15 am

A coalition of unions has released the first set of ads pressuring Democrats on the grand bargain, with an explicit message of “Jobs Not Cuts.” The ads target some Republicans as well Democratic lawmakers in several states who have made noises in favor of a grand bargain that would cut social insurance programs like Medicare, [...]

Catholic Bishops Oppose “Hawaii Compromise” on Birth Control Access

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 9:35 am

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has reportedly rejected a proposed compromise with the Obama Administration on birth control access rules for religiously affiliated institutions. The working assumption was that the “Hawaii compromise” would come into play. Under this regime, any exempt religious organization would have to tell enrollees how they could directly access contraceptive [...]

Wisconsin Recall Efforts Off to Strong Start

By: Thursday March 3, 2011 10:14 am

The Wisconsin recall effort is only a day old, but it’s going strong. The state Democratic Party has launched a website called Recall the Republican 8 to coordinate events. They have volunteer and contribution pages. There’s also a separate ActBlue page set up for the recall. A separate effort to air a powerful TV ad [...]

SEIU Donates $100,000 to Republican Governor’s Association

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 12:51 pm

Democrats are having some fun with the $1 million dollar donation by News Corp, the parent company of Fox, to the Republican Governor’s Association, the 527 which helps elect Republicans across the country. But Lindsay Beyerstein has a great catch from the rest of the public fundraising data released by the RGA: it turns out [...]

SEIU Drafting Former Kissell Staffer to Run Against Him in General Election

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 11:50 pm

When SEIU hatched this idea to start a third party in North Carolina, I was skeptical of their chances at success. Turns out I was right about that – it was too daunting a task to up and start a party in a couple of months, in time to qualify for the November ballot. However, [...]

Boycotts Of Arizona Continue

By: Wednesday May 12, 2010 1:26 pm

The Los Angeles City Council just voted to engage in an economic boycott of Arizona, as the fallout from their harsh immigration law continues. This could amount to as much as $56 million in business moving away from Arizona and toward other states. And they are just one of the many California cities whose councils [...]

SEIU Will Boycott Arizona

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 10:20 am

The SEIU joins several cities in California, the National Council of La Raza, and others in boycotting Arizona. Given the large Hispanic portion of their membership, that’s not a surprise. But what does that mean in practice? The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) said its 2.2 million members will not attend any meetings or conventions [...]

AR-Sen: New Million-Dollar Ad Campaign From Labor Boosts Halter

By: Friday April 30, 2010 10:37 am

The SEIU has a new ad out in the Arkansas Senate race, which actually builds upon a previous ad in the race put out by Blanche Lincoln. In it, she claimed to have “saved” 1,700 jobs at the Cooper Tire and Rubber Company in Texarkana, AR. A member of the United Steelworkers named Greg Knowles, [...]

SEIU’s Andy Stern Stepping Down

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 6:15 am

Ben Smith was the first to report yesterday that Andy Stern, the President of the SEIU, would resign his post, based on an email he obtained from a Seattle local. So far, the union is officially not confirming what they call “rumors,” saying that Stern himself will address them this week at the union’s executive [...]

Wake Me When SEIU’s “North Carolina First Party” Runs a Candidate

By: Friday April 9, 2010 6:15 am

I’ve been saying for a while now that the vaunted “accountability moment” that labor and Democratic allies will run against those in the caucus who voted against health care is a mirage. I don’t know how many examples people need. First the primary challenger to Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin was talked out of the race, then Jason [...]

Democratic Establishment Coalesces Around Big Vote

By: Saturday March 13, 2010 9:33 am

Looks like we have a date set for the crucial series of health care votes in the House – March 19 and 20. In advance of that, practically everything Democrats have in their chamber will be emptied, from mass action to primary challenge threats. Organizing for America has returned to the fray. I’ve received multiple [...]

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