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Republicans Have to Rely on Voter Suppression to Win

There is a reason Republicans have been pushing for vote restrictions nationwide. Its the same reason Republican are doing everything to suppress the vote in states they control. When fewer people vote, Republicans win.
In Minnesota, Republicans have known for a long time that they can't win a statewide vote. Tim Pawlenty won the Governor's seat twice with 44.37% in 2002 and
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OH State Treasurer, Now a Senate Candidate, Shorts the State in Payroll Taxes

In Ohio, Senate incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown is accusing his challenger, State Treasurer Josh Mandel, of depriving the state of tax money by incorrectly classifying the employees of his 2010 campaign as independent contractors.
According to campaign finance disclosures analyzed by Alex Seitz-Wald of Salon, Mandel misclassified at least 9 of his senior staffers in order to forgo paying payroll taxes to the state. While misclassifiying workers in any situation is wrong, the irony of Mandel’s maneuver as State Treasurer is unmistakable.
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Romney: 'I Wish We Weren’t Unionized'

Getting lost among the many quotable Montgomery Burns-esque grumblings in Mitt Romney’s now infamous fundraiser speech is his lament that unions will prevent him from making the deep cuts to federal employee rolls that he desires. Along with calling nearly half of Americans “moochers,” promising to not be their President, and wishing he was born Mexican so that people would vote for him, the election loser-to-be revealed his plans to “clean house.” From the tape:
“I wish we weren’t unionized so we could go a lot deeper than you’re actually allowed to go.”
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The Implications of WI’s Act 10 Being Ruled Unconstitutional

Last week, Wisconsin Judge Juan Colas struck down sections of Governor Scott Walker’s signature legislation, known as Act 10, which restricts the power of workers and unions in the state. Passage of Act 10 lead to the Wisconsin uprising of 2011.
The decision reopens the topic for debate just weeks before the election and will serve to further deepen the divide that has been driven into Wisconsin’s polity. Since Gov. Walker’s victory in the Recall Election, many have viewed the issue as dead, but with Colas’ decision it rises like a phoenix, complete with new predictions and correlations.
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Michelle Bachmann’s House Seat Appears to Be Up for Grabs

A new poll shows that former Republican Presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann is in danger of losing her congressional seat to hotel executive Jim Graves, a sign that the GOP may not necessarily retain control of the House. The poll shows Bachmann leading Graves 48 percent to 46 percent.
Her short-lived but highly memorable Presidential run may have exposed just how Far Right her beliefs are to the folks back home. Bachmann once had a lead among Independents in her district (45 percent-41 percent) but the latest information shows that has slipped away and Graves now leads among the demographic by a wide 52 percent-37 percent margin.
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The GOP Might Bash Unions, But They Hired the IBEW to Wire Their Convention

At their recent National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Republicans needed to guarantee their union-bashing, anti-worker message made it through 40 miles of cable to hundreds of stations worldwide for millions of viewers to see without interruption. In order for the proceedings to go on without a hitch, though, the GOP hired the best: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Oh, the irony.
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Last Week, Obama Endorsed Bernie Sanders’ Citizens United Overhaul

President Obama took to Reddit last week for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session that drew 3.8 million participants.
Of the many questions he answered, perhaps most intriguing to progressives was his endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Saving Democracy Amendment, a constitutional amendment that tackles campaign finance reform and specifically overturns the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision.
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MI Court of Appeals Rules Collective Bargaining Bill Will Be on Nov. Ballot

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that voters will decide the fate of an amendment aimed at protecting collective bargaining rights come November. Predictably, opponents of the ballot initiative, led by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, have vowed to take the issue to the Michigan Supreme Court.
The appeals court rejected a challenge to the proposal which claimed the law was too sweeping and affected too many laws. But nearly 600,000 Michigan voters had signed petitions to get the “Protect Our Jobs Amendment” on the ballot, signaling its ubiquitous appeal.
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TRUTH FAIRY: LA Mayor, LA Times Attempt to Expose the Horrors of Prop 32

That’s because Proposition 32 bristles with enormous loopholes tailor-made for businesses and their wealthy backers. To begin with, it exempts such common business structures as LLCs, partnerships and real estate trusts. If you’re a venture investor, land developer or law firm, Proposition 32 doesn’t lay a finger on you.
The drafters, who include conservative attorneys Thomas Hiltachk and Michael Capaldi, know full well that payroll deductions are how unions get almost all of their funds, and businesses get almost none of theirs.
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Few Surprises in Wisconsin’s Primary, Marred by Low Turnout

The biggest race of the night was the GOP Senate primary which former Governor Tommy Thompson won narrowly over former Congressman Mark Neumann and businessman Eric Hovde. Thompson, the former Secretary of Health and Human services under President Bush, won with 34 percent of the vote to Hovde’s 31 and Neumann’s 23.
Thompson will now face progressive Democrat Tammy Baldwin in November. Baldwin polled quite favorably when matched against Neumann or Hovde, but the latest Quinnipiac polling shows the race is a tie against the relatively moderate Thompson.
Turnout was low compared to the recall election on June 5th, something that may have been a factor in 13 legislative incumbents keeping their seats.
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