Daily Archives: February 11, 2013

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Woolson Affidavit: Sorenson Admitted Taking NICHE List, Bachmann Campaign Knew

The Iowa campaign manager for Michele Bachmann’s 2012 presidential campaign testified in a sworn affidavit that Kent Sorenson admitted taking part in the theft of a contact list of homeschooling families from the computer of Barb Heki, another former Bachmann … Continue reading

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The Postal Service Outrage

You are probably hearing that the Post Office is “in crisis” and is cutting back Saturday delivery, laying people off, closing offices, etc. Like so many other “crises” imposed on us lately, there is a lot to the story that … Continue reading

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Congress want to preside over recession

Ken Sagar, President, Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO It appears that Republicans in Congress want Obama to preside over a recession instead of America’s recovery and that is regrettable. Ever since President Obama came into office, Republicans in Congress pushed … Continue reading

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Austerity Plans and ‘Bowles-Simpson’ Are Bad Policies for the Economy and Working Families

Working families aren’t fooled. There’s nothing “fair and balanced” about the Bowles-Simpson budget plan that would ultimately increase unemployment, cut Social Security benefits, tax workers’ health benefits and scapegoat federal employees while giving more tax breaks for sending jobs overseas and lowering tax rates for … Continue reading

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The Republican Civil War Starts in Iowa Can Karl Rove keep Steve King out of the Senate?

Did Karl Rove fire the first shot in a new Republican civil war? After the 2012 election, the GOP establishment has become increasingly worried about nominating Tea Party candidates too ideologically extreme to win a general election. Party elders are … Continue reading

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Branstad outlines goals for students, future teachers resulting from education reform

Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday announced two concrete goals he believes the state can achieve as a result of the education reform package now winding its way through the Iowa Legislature. By the end of the decade, he said, Iowa … Continue reading

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Bring Dark Money to Account

Think the election season ended on Nov. 6? Think again. The shadowy Super PACs and front groups that polluted the airwaves with political ads are already raising millions from corporations and billionaires to batter television viewers with a new wave of ads. … Continue reading

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Working, but still poor

W Who are the working poor? They’re the millions of people who have jobs that leave them mired at the edge of poverty. Their ranks include legions of retail clerks at chains like Walmart, fast-food workers, dishwashers, customer assistance representatives, … Continue reading

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Harkin pushes for new retirement plan

Less than two weeks after announcing his own retirement in 2014, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has unveiled a proposal to benefit retiring Americans. Harkin wants to start an “evolving discussion” about a privately run retirement system for older Americans. The … Continue reading

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Iowa Legislature, Morning briefing, Feb. 11, 2013

Iowa Legislature, Morning briefing, Feb. 11, 2013

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Gridlock at the NLRB: One Step Back, Two Steps Further Back

Two developments in 24 hours last month in Washington, D.C. seem to guarantee near-paralysis at the NLRB for the foreseeable future—at least when it comes to doing anything an employer objects to. The first, on January 24, was the disappointing … Continue reading

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Students Call Adidas on the (Red) Carpet over Sweatshops

At New York’s Fashion Week, where Adidas is promoting a high-end clothing line, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is launching a coordinated campaign targeting the sportswear brand. The opening of preteen idol Selena Gomez’s new fashion line was met with … Continue reading

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Today’s Labor History February 11

Five hundred Japanese and 200 Mexican laborers unite to fight the labor contractor responsible for hiring at the American Beet Sugar Co. in Oxnard, CA. They ultimately win higher wages and the right to shop at stores not owned by … Continue reading

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