2014 election

California Is Legally Obligated to Lessen Its Prison Population, Prop 47 Diverts Those Savings to Education.

California Is Legally Obligated to Lessen Its Prison Population, Prop 47 Diverts Those Savings to Education.
This November 4th, when Californians go to the polls, they will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 47, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. This initiative is a criminal reform to reclassify some nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, permitting re-sentencing for prisoners serving time for crimes classified as felonies prior to its passage. California currently has a tremendous prison overcrowding problem, and the state is required to do something about this within the next two years.
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Did the Democratic Gov of CT Make Efforts to Strip Collective Bargaining Rights from Teachers?

Did the Democratic Gov of CT Make Efforts to Strip Collective Bargaining Rights from Teachers?
Had the Connecticut General Assembly not stripped Gov. Dannel Malloy's anti-union provisions, 1,000 - 1,500 public school teachers, in up to 25 mostly poor schools across the state, would have lost their rights to collective bargain. Even scarier: Malloy is Connecticut's least anti-union candidate for governor.
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Per Student Spending in Oklahoma Has Dropped 23.6% Since 2008

Per Student Spending in Oklahoma Has Dropped 23.6% Since 2008
A new study shows that Oklahoma continues to have a major education funding crisis and no amount of denial by Gov. Mary Fallin's office is going to make it go away. In its study, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that per student spending has dropped in Oklahoma by 23.6 percent since 2008. This means, adjusting for inflation, the state spends $857 less per student each year. The decline is the steepest in the nation.
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In Hopeless Election, Michigan GOP Attempts to Smear Dem Candidate's Military Record

In Hopeless Election, Michigan GOP Attempts to Smear Dem Candidate's Military Record
Republicans could have given up the Michigan Senate race gracefully, admitting that their candidate wasn't anyone's choice in the first place, or they could have gone out digracefully. Guess which path they chose?
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The Collusion Won't Be Televised: McConnell Stays Quiet on Koch Brothers, Birchers

The Collusion Won't Be Televised: McConnell Stays Quiet on Koch Brothers, Birchers
“Do you repudiate Richard Fink’s remarks at the Koch retreat this summer?” a reporter asked Mitch McConnell the other day. His chattiness was caught on tape at the now famous Father’s Day fund-raising conclave hosted by Charles and David Koch. But when the scribe aimed a mike at McConnell, mum was the word from the senate majority leader-wannabe. Off the record, McConnell has heaped high praise on the Koch siblings.
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Lindsey Graham: OMG! ISIS is Going to Kill Us All!

Lindsey Graham: OMG! ISIS is Going to Kill Us All!
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham says we need to bomb ISIS before they come to America and kill us all. He appeared on one of the talking-head news programs to practically beg the President to up the war efforts.
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Malloy Ploy: CT Education Commissioner Steps Down to Appease Teachers in Election Year

Malloy Ploy: CT Education Commissioner Steps Down to Appease Teachers in Election Year
Did one of Gov. Dan Malloy's biggest re-election liabilities takes one for the team...or was he shown the door? Stefan Pryor announced yesterday that he will not seek another term as the state education commissioner, according to a report in the CT Mirror, in an obvious hat tip to the teachers and unions in the state unhappy with the administration's move towards privatized public education (aka, charter schools), among other things.
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Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running

Third Time’s the Harm: PA Budget Leaves School Construction In the Lurch Three Years Running
The Pennsylvania budget will contain a moratorium on construction spending by school districts for the third straight year, meaning schools in need of repair will have to find solutions without state aid. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s construction cuts began in 2012, when he cut funding to new applications, thus stalling 354 projects in various stages of construction and capital across the Commonwealth. The state’s Department of Education has estimated that it would take at least $1.6 billion to reimburse all projects.
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The Third Party Foul: Disgruntled Ex-Dem Could Keep Grimes from Unseating McConnell

The Third Party Foul: Disgruntled Ex-Dem Could Keep Grimes from Unseating McConnell
Alison Lundergan Grimes has a real chance to defeat Mitch McConnell in the general election but, assuming Mitch McConnell doesn’t become embroiled in a scandal, she’ll need every vote she can get to beat him. However, progressive Independent senatorial candidate Ed Marksberry might have just enough pull to keep her from winning.
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Wendy Davis' Massive Campaign Fundraising: $12.2 Million from 71,843 individuals

Wendy Davis' Massive Campaign Fundraising: $12.2 Million from 71,843 individuals
Wendy Davis raised $12.2 million to kick off her campaign, more than the $11.5 million the Abbott campaign reported. In the first fundraising report since her campaign announcement in early October, we learn today that Wendy Davis has raised a massive amount in donations from an astounding number of donors. Davis raised $12.2 million from 71,843 individuals, and received donations from every Texas county.
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