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The Voters Say: The End Of So-Called “Free Trade” Is Nearer

   If policy was constructed by the people, not the wishes of the lobbyists and corporate interests, we would never see a so-called "free trade" deal pass Congress again. That’s pretty much the upshot of the 2008 elections–though, believe me, this fight ain’t over yet.     I would argue that the issue of trade […]

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Labor and Obama: Open Forum

   So much to say but…I’m going to be on CNBC this afternoon at 2:10 Eastern time to talk about labor’s prospects under an Obama Administration and, specfically, what to look for if the Employee Free Choice Act is passed. I’ll try to post the video clip later–if it exists.    UPDATE: here’s the link. […]

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Election Predictions

   I sent the below around a couple of weeks ago and I’m sticking to it. It’s, of course, very optimistic–that’s the kind of guy I am–but feel free to comment yourselves. The upshot: Obama wins 390 Electoral votes Democratis end up with 58 Senate seats (net gain of 9–could mean after run-off in the […]

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Remembering Paul Wellstone–Six Years Later

  The dictionary defines "travesty" as "a debased, distorted, or grossly inferior imitation". That is what I think of when I think of Norm Coleman on the anniversary of the death of Paul Wellstone. This is a personal feeling but, in my mind, there is no Senate seat I want taken from the Republicans more […]

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Will Obama Landslide Cost Democrats Out West?

   This is a modest observation that comes from an optimist–my friends say delusional optimist–that an Obama landslide is coming. Here’s the question: if it happens, will too many Democratic-inclined voters stay home in the three Western states and cost Democrats some close, important races?     A few initial thoughts: The Obama campaign, if […]

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Race, Labor and The Election

   Look, in the middle of this economic crisis and financial meltdown, you have to wonder: why is this election close? The answer is: race. All those negative answers to questions about whether Barack Obama has enough experience, or can be commander-in-chief or…whatever you want to choose, boil down to certain people won’t vote for […]

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We, The People, Should Run Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

Pardon me for interrupting the great national debate–on lipstick, ads, earmarks, polls and other "crucial" issues–by inserting a modest suggestion: since we, the taxpayers, are now on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae (a lot more than the grand total of all earmarks in the […]

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We’ve Taken The High Ground On Trade

   Throughout this election season, I’ve pointed out numerous times that the tide has shifted on trade, moving against so-called "free trade" and towards a trade policy that starts with the notion that trade is supposed to advance communities first, and corporations second. Believe me, I’m not saying the battle is over–far from it. But, […]

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Corporate Influence–Post-Denver Thoughts

   You might remember that last week, I mused about the corporate visibility at the Democratic Convention in Denver. This isn’t a small thing–do we think that those folks are ponying up six- and seven-figure contributions just out of civic pride? This isn’t a new subject. But, it’s worth continually hammering home.    So, I’ve […]

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Labor’s Election Ground War–And How The Media Is Missing It

   So, friends, here in Denver, I’ve finally gotten strapped to my chair after a very busy morning (okay, it was a groggy one given the…eh…number of margaritas that I was forced to consume last night–only in the service of talking to people to bring you the best info).   Yesterday, I attended two briefings […]

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Obamanomics: Better But Too Timid

  It’s not a hard intellectual or political lift to say that a President Obama would be leaps and bounds much better for working people than John "Third Bush Term" McCain–partly because the bar has been set so low in the past eight years. But, it’s worth being clear-eyed about what we can expect.   […]

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The Song Appears To Remain The Same

   I am not surprised by this but it makes me wonder why there is this general whispering campaign that critics of Sen. Obama’s economic proposals should keep quiet. The Wall Street Journal this morning: The campaign for the CEO vote is heating up. With increasing attention on the economy, the presidential candidates are trying […]

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Why Are Democrats Taking Money From Wal-Mart?

   Where does a politician, or a political party, draw the line in the willingness to sacrifice principles for a few bucks? When we talk about the need to "change" the political environment and the culture of money and politics, isn’t there some place where you can say, "right here, this is the perfect example […]

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Shocking News, Earthquake in Labor!!!

   The AFL-CIO endorsed Barack Obama today…    Weren’t you holding your breathe in anticipaton? From the press release: Calling Sen. Barack Obama a champion for working families, the top leaders of AFL-CIO unions today voted without opposition to endorse him for president of the United States, thrusting the labor federation’s largest ever grassroots mobilization […]

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The $10 Billion Republican Debacle: Democratic Wave Maker

Look no further for evidence that Congressional Republicans will be buried in 2008 then the vote yesterday to extend unemployment benefits. Republicans are threatening to block the bill in the Senate and/or President 28 Percent is promising to veto the bill. Please do–and stand back to usher in a filibuster-proof Democratic Senate and a huge […]

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Super Delegates Might Tip Over Trade

  I’ve said before that I believe that the Democratic nomination fight is over, though the hype may drag on for a bit. But, a nice chunk of super delegates–perhaps as many as a dozen or more–may make their choice based on where the candidates stand on trade. And that’s a good sign for people […]

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