Labor Day: Should we say ‘thank you’ or ‘no thank you’ to modern labor movement?

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Accountability, Power Abuse, unions, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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It’s Labor Day weekend, which means the unofficial end of summer and the official start of football season.

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Burke opposes out-of-state political contributions – unless they help her campaign

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  Elections, National, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has declared she’ll outlaw out-of-state political donations if elected, but enthusiastically accepted the endorsement Thursday of a Vermont-based political action committee soliciting cash and volunteers nationally to help Burke unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Burke received the endorsement from Democracy for America, a national progressive political action [...]

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Medicaid expansion debate drives lobbyist spending in Virginia

By   /  August 29, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

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The gifts scandal, turned indictment, turned trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife hasn’t deterred spending by Virginia lobbyists.

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Feds keep North Carolina’s top officials guessing on unaccompanied children

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Immigration, North Carolina, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Ann Kane | WatchdogWire.com
Unaccompanied alien children make up 10 to 15 percent of the number of people illegally crossing  the U.S. southern border this year. Many are now in North Carolina.
In a newly released report, the Administration for Children and Families, part of the federal Office for Refugees and Immigrants , reports that North Carolina has 815 unaccompanied children, [...]

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Three things to know: New poll shows Corbett trailing Wolf by 25 points in PA gubernatorial race

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Elections, Issues, News, Pennsylvania, State Government, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

RUNNING AWAY: York County businessman Tom Wolf, left, leads Gov. Tom Corbett, right, by 25 points in a new statewide poll released Thursday.

With a little more than two months remaining before voters go to the polls, Gov. Tom Corbett has a lot of work to do if he wants to win a second term in office.

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Home-care workers’ union election prompts new legal challenge

By   /  August 28, 2014  /  Minnesota, State Government, unions  /  No Comments

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After years of organizing home-care workers and waging a divisive 2013 legislative battle, the Service Employees International Union prevailed this week in the largest public-sector union election in Minnesota history.

The victory, certified by the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, came with asterisks that will determine the ultimate effect of the outcome.

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