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Kenneth Quinnell

I am a long-time blogger, campaign staffer and political activist.  Before joining the AFL-CIO in 2012, I worked as labor reporter for the blog Crooks and Liars.  Previous experience includes Communications Director for the Darcy Burner for Congress Campaign and New Media Director for the Kendrick Meek for Senate Campaign, founding and serving as the primary author for the influential state blog Florida Progressive Coalition and more than 10 years as a college instructor teaching political science and American History.  My writings have also appeared on Daily Kos, Alternet, the Guardian Online, Media Matters for America, Think Progress, Campaign for America's Future and elsewhere.  I am the proud father of three future progressive activists, an accomplished rapper and karaoke enthusiast.

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What If Jeff Sessions Were Your Boss?

What If Jeff Sessions Were Your Boss?

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) was nominated as attorney general, and hearings for his nomination are currently underway. Many are discussing the long, terrible record that Sessions has, but we thought it would be interesting to imagine what it would be like to actually work for Sessions. This is speculative fiction, of course, but based on the things he's said and done over the years (click on the link after each entry to read more about Sessions and that topic). But here's what we think it could be like to work for Sessions.

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The Economy Adds 156,000 Jobs in December, and Unemployment Little Changed at 4.7%

The Economy Adds 156,000 Jobs in December, and Unemployment Little Changed at 4.7%

The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in December and unemployment was little changed at 4.7%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the recovery of the labor market at a tempered rate, which means the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee should continue to let the economy grow at this rate and not raise interest rates.

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Day 1 in the Newly Seated Kentucky Legislature Is About Attacking Working People

Day 1 in the Newly Seated Kentucky Legislature Is About Attacking Working People

Eds. note: "Right to work" legislation passes 58–39 in the Kentucky House.

      

Kentucky Republican leaders, led by Gov. Matt Bevin, gained control of the state House, giving them control of the executive and legislative branches. Their first order of business? Go after working families. Bevin and the Republicans are pushing forward with several anti-worker resolutions. In the process, they have given more say in the state's future to outsider billionaires and CEOs than the people of the state.

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Which Side Are You On, Donald Trump?

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President-elect Donald Trump is famous for firing workers; it's part of his brand. He has taken this to the next level in a pattern of attacking ordinary people for doing their jobs. This behavior runs contrary to his promise to be a president for working people. His rhetoric has inspired real and serious threats, and physical attacks, from overzealous supporters, but he remains silent or encouraging toward this behavior.

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