How bad a defeat did labor unions suffer when Sen. Blanche Lincoln defeated their candidate and won the Arkansas Democratic runoff last week? That's like asking how Custer fared at Little Big Horn.
Like Custer, the unions bet heavily, putting something like $10 million into Arkansas to support Lincoln's challenger, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, since he started his campaign in early March. And they did so for good reason. Read More
Last week, I wrote about multiemployer pension plans as they relates to Sen. Bob Casey’s, D-Pa., pension bailout bill. It takes a bit to unpack and I encourage you to read the whole thing, but in a nutshell: Read More
In the Arkansas Democratic primary election on May 18, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D, failed to avoid a June 8 runoff against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, D. Such runoffs typically do not treat incumbents well. The thinking is that if Lincoln could only get 45 percent of the vote the first time, she is unlikely to improve her showing in the second round. Everyone has an opinion of the incumbent, and most voters have already chosen against her. Read More
I don’t know how anyone can win a contested statewide election in Kentucky whilst supporting Obamacare, abortion on demand, and card check (the euphemistically titled “Employee Free Choice Act”). Somehow, Attorney General Jack Conway, D, did it once, but those issues probably weren’t much discussed in the 2007 state election cycle. Read More
Big Labor’s bosses sort of got lost in recent months amid the hubbub about Obamacare and, more recently, reforming Wall Street, but they’re still out there, actively lobbying their Democrat friends in Congress and the White House, and pushing their agenda. Read More
Yesterday, AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka told The Hill they had given up trying to get congressional votes for card check legislation, which would eliminate secret ballots in union elections. Instead, they are looking to attach the legislation, which would radically remake the labor landscape, to another piece of unrelated legislation: Read More
Eyebrows were raised recently when White House visitor logs revealed that Andy Stern was the most frequently appearing name on the list.
This week, its Jeri Thompson’s release of a Stern directive to Senate Democrats to make sure they vote right on a key confirmation. As Stern made clear during the 2008 campaign, he and other labor leaders expect a handsome return on their partisan investments. Read More