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Wisconsin: Bill Clinton Joins Working Families in Milwaukee Today

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Bill Clinton will join Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett this morning in support of Barrett's challenge to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

In a statement, former President Clinton said:

Folks in Wisconsin have been on the front lines of fighting for working, middle-class families across America for more than 16 months. I'm coming to Wisconsin to help Tom and the extraordinary grassroots volunteers on the ground.

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Justice Department Demands Florida Stop Purging Voter Rolls

Sending a strong signal that voter suppression efforts won't be tolerated, the Justice Department sent a letter Thursday evening to Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner demanding the state cease purging its voting rolls because its process has not been cleared under the Voting Rights Act, according to Talking Points Memo (TPM), which broke the story.

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Judge Blocks Enforcement of Key Parts of Florida's Restrictive Voting Law

Judge Blocks Enforcement of Key Parts of Florida's Restrictive Voting Law

This just in from the Brennan Center for Justice:

A federal judge blocked enforcement of key provisions of a restrictive voting law in Florida today, a breakthrough victory for Florida voters and voting rights advocates nationwide.

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What's Your Favorite Made-in-America Item?

What's Your Favorite Made-in-America Item?

Next month, in the days leading up to the July 4 holiday, we are running a Made In America series—including blogs, videos and Web features—to celebrate the contributions of U.S. workers to our economy and to highlight how Congress and policymakers can ensure the nation maximizes its greatest resource—America’s working people.

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Wisconsin: Recall Is a 'Fight for the Middle Class'

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Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, says Wisconsin’s 2012 recall election is not just a union fight but a middle-class fight because “the middle class is under attack.”

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Zombie Loopholes Are Eating California’s Budget Alive

Zombie Loopholes Are Eating California’s Budget Alive

Steve Smith, California Labor Federation communications director, sends us this. Zombies are everywhere these days. They’re on popular TV shows. They’re in the movies. They’re in our nightmares. But what many Californians don’t know is that zombies are a primary reason of our ongoing budget crisis.

Yes, that’s right. We call them Zombie Loopholes, and they’re devouring our state’s budget.

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Action Alert to D.C.-Area Activists: Walker Recall Phone Bank Hours Expand

Caren Wilkins, AFSCME/Kathy Smith

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Calling all Washington, D.C.-area activists: The AFL-CIO Phone Bank will be open with extended hours today, Friday and through the weekend and early next week to call Wisconsin voters in these last few days before they go to the polls on Tuesday.

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Tom Morello, Jackson Browne, Tim McIlrath Rock for Wisconsin Recall

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Hannah MFaull from the San Francisco Living Wage Coalition sends us this. Tom Morello of “Rage Against the Machine,” singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, Tim McIlrath of the punk rock band “Rise Against,” international touring hip-hop artist Brother Ali and Mike McColgan, the original lead singer of “Dropkick Murphys” and the lead singer of the “Street Dogs,” are all hitting the stage in Madison to turn out the vote in a Wisconsin recall election that’s too close to call.

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Wisconsin: Recall Is About Lawmakers Who Game the System

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The recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and other lawmakers slated for June 5 is about many issues, including attacks on workers' basic freedom to bargain collectively for better lives. But fundamentally it's about a new style of politics, which shuns the American tradition of consensus, writes E.J. Dionne in a Washington Post column today.

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Study: Associated Builders and Contractors, the ALEC of its Industry

Study: Associated Builders and Contractors, the ALEC of its Industry

Remember the ABC?

Lots of us do. It’s the Virginia-based Associated Builders and Contractors, a trade association that has spent 60-plus years pushing its right-wing ideological vision of a construction industry with no unions—and construction workers with low wages and few benefits.

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