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N.H. Union Members Say ‘No’ to Romney

N.H. Union Members Say ‘No’ to Romney

More than 100 New Hampshire union members joined Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for a get-out-the-vote Obama–Biden rally today outside Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena, where Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak tonight. Also at the rally were UAW President Bob King, New Hampshire AFL-CIO President Mark MacKenzie and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).   

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Important Voting Information for New Yorkers Impacted by Sandy

Important Voting Information for New Yorkers Impacted by Sandy

If you live in an area of New York state that was hit by Hurricane Sandy last week and need information about voting tomorrow—if your regular polling place will be open, if it’s been moved, what hours it will be open—visit the New York State AFL-CIO’s special voting update website.   

You will find links to your county’s Board of Elections and other agencies, plus information on last-minute get out the vote volunteer opportunities.

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Chicken Tastes Better Than Feathers

Jeff Wiggins. Photo by Berry Craig

Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. Craig sends us this.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan remind Jeff Wiggins of the old story about the fox guarding the hen house.

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AFL-CIO Leaders on the Ground Getting Out the Vote

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka meets with workers in Brilliant Ohio. Ohio AFL-CIO photo

Over these final few days before Election Day, AFL-CIO officers have been on the ground in key states talking with union members about the vital importance of getting out the vote, they’ve also joined in neighborhood walks and made phone calls alongside volunteers in union phone banks.

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Committee to Protect Florida Compares Teacher to Convicted Child Molester Jerry Sandusky

If awards were given for the sleaziest attack ad used in this year's election, it's difficult to see how the Committee to Protect Florida wouldn't walk away with a first-place finish for its recent mailer against Karen Castor Dentel, the Democratic nominee for Florida House District 30, Think Progress reports.

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Get Your 'Vote Hands' Ready for Nov. 6

We're getting down to the wire and here's a reminder to get your "vote hands" ready for Nov. 6. Call our Election Protection Hotline if you experience any problems at the polls: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). You also can text REPORT to 235246 (standard data and messaging rates may apply) and someone from the rapid response team will get back to you.

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It’s Your Vote and Your Right: Be Prepared to Protect It on Election Day

It’s Your Vote and Your Right: Be Prepared to Protect It on Election Day

We know that Nov. 6 in polling places around the country, there will be thousands of tea party-trained “poll watchers” and cadres of Republican lawyers on hand with one goal: to slow, suppress and intimidate voters.

But you can be prepared to protect your vote and your right. First, before you go to the polls, make sure you visit the AFL-CIO’s My Vote, My Right voter protection site where you can learn about voter ID laws and steps to take to protect your right to vote tomorrow.   

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Republican Senators Block Congressional Research Service Report They Don't Agree With

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republican senators objected to a report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) reported, which led to the report being withdrawn by the CRS. The report shows that CRS found no correlation between reductions in top tax rates and economic growth, and little association with savings, investment or productivity.

CRS writes:

The evidence does not suggest necessarily a relationship between tax policy with regard to the top tax rates and the size of the economic pie, but there may be a relationship to how the economic pie is sliced.

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New Voting Options Available to First Responders and New Jerseyans Displaced by Hurricane Sandy

New Voting Options Available to First Responders & New Jerseyans Displaced by Hurricane Sandy

Charles Wowkanech, president of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, and Laurel Brennan, secretary-treasurer of New Jersey State AFL-CIO, send us this. 

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is working diligently with election officials to ensure that first responders and our fellow New Jerseyans displaced by Hurricane Sandy can vote in this election. The destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy exceeded what any of us could have imagined, but we are determined to rebuild, restore and move forward. With Election Day tomorrow, one of our first challenges is to make sure our democratic process proceeds unimpeded. We will continue to provide updates on available voting options and currently recommend the following voting methods to displaced New Jerseyans and first responders to protect your right to vote this Election Day:

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The Number That Really Matters: 35,000

Josh Sperry, Engineers & Scientists of California/IFPTE Local 20, walked precincts in Alameda with two of his children to spread the message of Yes on Prop. 30: California labor federation photos

This is a cross-post from the California Labor Federation’s blog, Labor’s Edge, by Communications Director Steve Smith.

We’ve seen a lot of big numbers this election. The Koch brothers' super PAC spent $4 million to back the deceptive Prop 32. Billionaire Charles Munger Jr. kicked in $35 million against Prop. 30 and for Prop. 32. A shady Arizona group that refuses to disclose its donors funneled $11 million into our state to attack California schools and workers. But now, there’s only one number that matters: 35,000. That’s the number of union volunteers fanning out across the state, in communities big and small, to fight the big-money interests behind the attacks on Prop. 30 and the fraudulent ads backing Prop. 32.

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