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Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin’s Voter ID Law

October 16, 2014
By Mike Hall Reprinted:

Washington DC - The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Wisconsin from implementing the nation’s strictest voter photo ID law that could have denied more than 300,000 registered voters the right to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

Redistricted Lines Rigged to Maintain Power

October 9, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY – The Citizens Union has released a report examining the election results following the 2012 redistricting process. State legislators once again used a rigged process to maximize their hold on power in each house.  

Teamsters Back Viverito’s Immigration Bill

October 8, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY – Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda has announced his union’s support of legislation introduced by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The Speaker’s bill would prevent the Department of Corrections from assisting the federal government with immigration enforcement and deportations, unless a warrant is issued by a federal judge.

Scarborough Charged With Stealing Campaign Funds

October 7, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - New York State Assemblyman William Scarborough has been arrested and indicted for allegedly stealing campaign funds and falsely collecting travel reimbursements. The 23-count state indictment accuses the Southeast Queens Assemblyman of withdrawing and diverting over $40,000 from the bank account of the “Friends of Bill Scarborough” campaign committee and then using those funds for personal expenses.

Time to Tackle the NFL’s Tax Status

October 6, 2014
By Brad Hoylman

New York, NY - These days, one would be hard-pressed to find an organization mired in deeper controversy than the National Football League.

The rap sheet keeps growing. Jonathan Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals was just charged with assault for allegedly breaking his wife’s nose with a head-butt. That’s on top of domestic violence incidents involving Ray Rice and Greg Hardy, child abuse charges leveled at Adrian Peterson — while Aaron Hernandez’s double-murder trial continues.

Minnesota AFL-CIO Convention and Politics

October 3, 2014
By Neal Tepel

ST. Paul, Minnesota -- Politics was the Focus at the Minnesota AFL-CIO Convention in St. Paul, Sept. 21-23. However, the delegates celebrated a big organizing win: SEIU gained 26,000 home health care workers. Representatives of the group spoke at the convention about the importance of having a voice on the job.

NYC Legislation to Improve Foster Care

October 2, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY — On September 30th Mayor Bill de Blasio signed several bills into law regarding youth in the foster care system. The bills require the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to report information related to youth in the foster care system on an annual basis. Intro.

Middle-Class Workers Are Losing The Income Inequality Numbers Game

September 25, 2014
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The unemployment rate may be down, but the income inequality rate keeps going up. And it’s impossible not to notice it. A Federal Reserve report released earlier this month noted that while income grew between 2010 and 2013 for the top fifth of income earners (those making more than $122,000 a year), real incomes have fallen for everyone else. Only those who were doing well in the U.S. to begin with are making out in today’s economy.


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