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President Signs Veterans Accountability Act of 2014

August 18, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - President Obama's signing of the Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 will provide billions of dollars in resources to improve the staffing levels and facilities at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The legislation paves the way for new hiring that can begin to address the chronic short staffing of doctors nurses and support personnel. This will assist in getting veterans in the door to receive the top notch care they have earned -- care that veterans regularly choose over the option of going outside the VA.

Madoff Victims Receive Compensation

August 18, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York – The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Attorney General Schneiderman’s 2012 settlement with J. Ezra Merkin, who invested over $2 billion with Bernard M. Madoff on behalf of hundreds of investors, may proceed. The decision affirms a 2013 U.S. District Court ruling that denied an effort by Irving Picard, the Madoff trustee, to block the Attorney General’s Office from distributing the proceeds of the $410 million settlement directly to Madoff’s victims. The ruling means that these victims should begin receiving the money in the coming months. 

Mayor Endorses Rodneyse Bichotte for Assembly

August 18, 2014
By Stephanie West

Brooklyn, NY - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed New York State Assembly candidate and District Leader Rodneyse Bichotte, de Blasio's first Assembly endorsement since taking office as the Mayor. Mayor Bill de Blasio and District Leader Rodneyse Bichotte have been longtime partners in calling for improved relationships with the city's various agencies and the communities they serve.

LaborPress Endorses Kaminsky for Assembly

August 12, 2014
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Publisher

This November, voters on the South Shore of Long Island will elect their first new Assemblymember in a quarter-century, replacing Harvey Weisenberg, who is retiring after having represented the 20th District since 1989. In that race—the southwestern corner of Nassau County, including Long Beach, Oceanside, and the Five Towns—LaborPress strongly endorses former federal prosecutor Todd Kaminsky, who will be running on the Democratic and Working Families party lines this November.

Oregon Needs an Open Primary

August 12, 2014
By Nelda Wilson

As the old saying goes, "he who writes the rules wins the game."  When it comes to our election system, the rules are written by the two major parties.

I am currently a member of the Democratic Party in Oregon and a leader in my union, the International Union of Operating Engineers. 

Paul Ryan's Latest Attack on America

August 6, 2014
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial

Washington, DC - Paul Ryan wants to replace virtually all federal poverty programs with "opportunity grants" to the states. He proposes that we end food stamps, rental assistance and other vital programs and replace them with a check to state governors like Rick Perry and Scott Walker.

UAW Endorses Bichotte for Assembly

August 6, 2014
By Stephanie West

Brooklyn, NY - Assembly Candidate Rodneyse Bichotte has gained the coveted endorsement of the United Automobile Workers and Citizen Action of New York. A wide rang of support continues to grow for the Assembly Candidate. New York State Assembly Members Keith Wright, Nick Perry, Annette Robinson, Karim Camara, and Michaelle Solages have announced support for Bichotte.

The Presumption of Innocence Should Apply for All

August 5, 2014
By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz

You should know that in the American criminal justice system, there is something called the presumption of innocence. The presumption of innocence protects innocent people and allows anyone who is accused of a crime to maintain his or her innocence until a court of law finds them guilty.  This is true for people who are accused of a crime, who are arrested for allegedly committing a crime, or who are indicted.


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