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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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6 Reasons Why Rick Scott Is One of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore on Flickr

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.  Our first member of the Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections is Florida Governor Rick Scott.  Here are six reasons why Scott has been a bad governor for working people.

Make sure you're ready to vote this election season and text VOTE to 235246 for important reminders and updates. 

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Can Small Victories Lead to Large Victories? Winners and Losers of the Week

Can Small Victories Lead to Large Victories? 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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How You Can Help Flood Survivors in Pensacola, Fla.

Photo courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife on Flickr

Communities in north Florida around Pensacola were devastated by floods last week after 12 to 28 inches of rain fell in a 12-hour period. Damage was extensive and many people's lives were permanently changed. City officials said Pensacola suffered $23 million in damage, while Escambia County reported an additional $60 million. The local water utility estimated damage at another $5 million to its infrastructure.

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To Vote or to Use the Restroom Should Not Be the Question: Winners and Losers of the Week

Hunger strikers praying for the release of their loved ones ansd to stop deportations. Photo via Twitter

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 people or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whomever or whatever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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States Move to Restrict Voting Rights Following Supreme Court Ruling

Bob McDonnell photo courtesy Gage Skidmore

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in the Shelby County v. Holder case striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), several states immediately took steps to increase voter suppression efforts. The court ruled unconstitutional the formula used to determine which states and locales needed to get preclearance from the Department of Justice before making changes in voting process. In recent years, Republicans have ramped up efforts to limit the right to vote, particularly through the use of voter identification laws that require eligible voters to purchase state-issued IDs before they can cast their ballots.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Signs Bill Banning Local Paid Sick Leave Laws

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) has signed legislation that prevents local governments in the state from passing ordinances requiring businesses to provide paid sick days to their employees. The bill was supported by business interests, including the the American Legislative Exchange Council, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Walt Disney World and Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

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In the States Roundup for June 6

Rick Scott, photo courtesy Gage Skidmore

Here's a look at some of the key battles in the states over the past week.

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AFT Helps Put Books in Homes

Children who grow up in homes with books, research shows, have much higher reading scores and go farther in the education system than others. But many children can’t get books at home because their families just don’t have the money or have other problems. The AFT partners with First Book to help reduce the achievement gap between low-income and middle-class students. First Book has distributed more than 90 million new books to children across the United States, many of whom could not afford them.

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Now That the Election Is Over, the Real Battles in the States Begin

Photo of Rick Snyder courtesy Michigan Municipal League

While government in Washington, D.C., remains divided and marked by long-term gridlock, governments in the states are much less divided. Of the 50 states, 37 now feature state governments where the governor and majorities in both legislative houses are controlled by one party—24 of those are controlled by Republicans. Extreme, anti-working family Republicans have repeatedly assaulted the rights of people in recent years and, by all accounts, the trend looks to expand in 2013. Working families are mobilized and fought back in 2012 and will continue to fight in 2013.  The response to the "right to work" for less push in Michigan was so strong, that governors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have since declared that they won't push for right to work in their states.

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