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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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Who Does Rick Scott Really Work For?

Who Does Rick Scott Really Work For?

Who does Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) work for? With nearly four years in office, it's pretty clear who he doesn't work for—the people of the state of Florida.

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our latest feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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Mark Udall Is the Right Choice for Colorado's Working Families

Mark Udall Is the Right Choice for Colorado's Working Families

In the U.S. Senate race in Colorado, there is a stark contrast between Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Cory Gardner. Which candidate is better for working families? Take a look at this handy chart from Working America and you’ll see it’s Udall.

In Colorado? Text CO to 235246 for important updates about the election. 

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How to Talk to Your Friends and Family About...Voting Rights

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This is the first installment in a new series in which we give you advice on how to talk to your friends and family about key issues for working families. We know that with family and work responsibilities, you don't have the time to do all the research on important topics you need to know about to be an effective voter, so we're going to do that for you and provide you with the best information and messaging about how you can talk to your friends and family.

If you have questions on what is needed at your polling place on Election Day, check out the MyVoteMyRight website or text RIGHTS to 235246.  

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How to Vote Online in Alaska!

Alaska voters have a benefit that many Americans don't—they have the option to vote online! This video walks people through the steps Alaskans need to take in order to vote online, so check it out and speak out for working families in 2014.

Live in Alaska? Text AK to 235246 for election updates. 

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Denying ALEC: Winners and Losers of the Week

Denying ALEC: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Yet Another Reason Mitch McConnell Is Bad for Working Families: Right to Work

We previously told you about 11 reasons why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is bad for working families. Seems we left out a pretty big one—right to work. Along with his fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul, McConnell introduced an amendment to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would have established a national "right to work" law.

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Los Angeles Hotel Workers Win $15.37 Living Wage

Los Angeles Hotel Workers Win $15.37 Living Wage

In a vote that establishes one of the highest living wages in the country, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12–3 to establish a $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers. The historic victory was the culmination of two years in a row of hard work by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), UNITE HERE Local 11 and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and organizers say it will lift up many working families living in difficult financial situations while the L.A. hotel and tourism industries are booming. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor said that this victory sets the stage for a broader minimum wage increase.

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6 Reasons Why Bob Beauprez Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

6 Reasons Why Bob Beauprez Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Bob Beauprez, who is running for governor in Colorado.

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Five Reasons Why Tom Foley Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Tom Foley

It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Tom Foley, who is running for governor in Connecticut.

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