Daily Archives: December 18, 2013

The Register editorial: ‘Voter fraud’ findings didn’t live up to billing

The timing was perfect for Secretary of State Matt Schultz when he ran for office in 2010. The Republican was able to ride a national wave of trumped-up hysteria about hundreds of non-citizens supposedly voting illegally. Schultz made rooting out … Continue reading

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Iowa View: Juvenile Home decision process was too secretive

Two weeks ago Gov. Terry Branstad said “it’s not true” that decisions were being made behind closed doors about the future of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. Earlier this week, however, the governor’s administration abruptly announced the closure of … Continue reading

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Harkin: Constitution’s Framers did not envision a 60-vote supermajority

In the wake of the U.S. Senate action recently to restore the Senate practice that nominees receive an up-or-down vote, there has been a great deal of hyperventilating about whether the rules change is consistent with the intent of our … Continue reading

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Iowa View: Income trend doesn’t bode well for nation

As the political discussion moves from health care, immigration reform and the threat from China, Americans are now being asked to confront income inequality. This is a big problem because Americans have generally denied the existence of class or class … Continue reading

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Dark Money Casts Its Shadow Across Iowa

  Article originally appeared in Iowa Federation of Labor News:http://iowalabornews.com Americans usually associate large cash flows with lots of bling. But when it’s political money masquerading as grassroots politics, the result is much more obscure…hence the term Dark Money. Thanks … Continue reading

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Courts Matter Why?

By Lance Coles, Communications Director, Senate Democrats had enough of the Senate Republicans continuing  to block President Obama’s nominees to courts, and changed the Senate rules on filibusters and blocking presidential nominations, specifically judicial nominations. According to Courtsmatter.org in the … Continue reading

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Many Americans Afraid to Report Injuries on the Job, Says New FindLaw.com Survey

EAGAN, Minn., Dec. 18, 2013 – Nearly ten percent of American adults has been injured on the job but did not report it for fear of retaliation, such as being fired. That’s the finding of a new survey from FindLaw.com, … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: The future of G.E.

On Oct. 23 more than 60 people attended a forum at the auditorium to talk about the future of the General Electric plant in West Burlington. Three years ago, workers took $8 million in wage cuts and the company received … Continue reading

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Labor History

December 19 An explosion in the Darr Mine in Westmoreland Co., Pa., kills 239 coal miners. Seventy-one of the dead share a common grave in Olive Branch Cemetery. December 1907 was the worst month in U.S. coal mining history, with … Continue reading

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