Daily Archives: February 22, 2013

Branstad: Register editorial board’s ‘vicious smears’ on Medicaid won’t work

Gov. Terry Branstad is using the Des Moines Register’s editorial board’s call for Medicaid expansion in Iowa as a reason to raise campaign money. In a letter emailed to supporters today, Branstad’s campaign notes that the Register has repeatedly called on … Continue reading

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Branstad slams Register editorials about Medicaid expansion

Gov. Terry Branstad is using The Des Moines Register’s editorial board’s call for Medicaid expansion in Iowa as a reason to raise campaign money. In a letter emailed Thursday to supporters, Branstad’s campaign notes that the Register has repeatedly called … Continue reading

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Forum-goers call for Medicaid expansion, rap Branstad

WATERLOO — It used to be American liberals were the kings of protest. Many, including some at a political discussion in Waterloo Wednesday, are wondering where the fight has gone. Midge Slater, a retiree and activist, had that question regarding … Continue reading

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America Supports Social Security

By Ken Sagar Our Social Security system is the foundation of our families’ security: We work hard and pay into it with every paycheck so each of us can retire with dignity. Here’s the mainstream view in America: eliminate the … Continue reading

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To our sisters and brothers of Lee County, from the Lee County Labor Council:

We hope you already fully participate in the Lee County Labor Council. If not we hope you will join us as we strive to make positive changes to ensure that working families are treated with dignity and respect. Most receiving … Continue reading

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Branstad has no case against expanding Medicaid

by: desmoinesdem Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:52:38 AM CST Five years ago this week, I was hospitalized with an infection that might have become life-threatening or permanently debilitating had I not had health insurance coverage, which allowed me to … Continue reading

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Josh Eidelson: What’s Next for the Minimum Wage?

President Obama proposed a minimum wage increase in his State of the Union address. What’s going to happen next? “What we should watch for,” Nation writer Josh Eidelson says, “is not just will this pass, but how much will it … Continue reading

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In Sequester Fight, Boehner’s Willing to Sacrifice the Hostages

By Mike Hall House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) continues to lead the Republican charge to the March 1 deadline, when arbitrary, across-the-board sequestration cuts in everything from mental health services to public safety kick in. In a cynical drive to … Continue reading

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Bowles-Simpson Isn’t Close to the Mid-Point of the Budget Debate

About Kelly Ross: Kelly Ross is the deputy policy director at AFL-CIO. Bowles-Simpson 1.0 was bad policy and bad politics, and Bowles Simpson 2.0 may be even worse, depending on the details. Both plans are heavily weighted towards the interests … Continue reading

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Across the Nation, Working Families Say Stop Sequestration

Detroit’s below freezing temperatures and gray winter skies didn’t deter a group of union and community activists from gathering downtown in front a Chase Bank to build support to ensure that corporate special interests like Chase pay their fair share … Continue reading

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UFCW Pushes for Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights

Feb 21, 2013 Last week, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights which would help eliminate the incentive for employers to drop health coverage for their part-time workers. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalizes employers who … Continue reading

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@Work

The AFL-CIO has launched a new online hub.  @Workreflects the achievements of unions and their members, “things we do because they represent our values,” writes AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler in a Daily Kos diary. @Work offers a perspective only rarely glimpsed in … Continue reading

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Retired miners fight for fairness

Retired miners fight for fairness UMWA retirees are fighting to save the benefits earned in a lifetime of work, while big coal companies try to use bankruptcy as a free pass out of their obligations. Using bankruptcy this way is … Continue reading

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