Rick, since you liked those tidbits so well I am bringing you some more digest them and get back to me.
""Elections have consequences and so does the unpopular anti-worker legislation being rammed through by many governors and state legislators. In today's edition of the Battleground Bulletin, we find that Wisconsin's Scott Walker is not the only Midwestern governor facing a precipitous decline in public support."
Buyers' Remorse For Michigan and Ohio Residents
A PPP poll released on Tuesday shows that only 33% of Michigan voters approve of the job that Governor Rick Snyder is doing. The survey also found that if the 2010 governor's race were held today, Snyder would lose to Democrat Virg Bernero by two points. This is remarkable, considering that Snyder won the election in November by more than 18 points. The poll also finds that only 32% of voters approve of the recently passed Emergency Financial Act, which would allow the state to void union contracts and remove elected officials. Additionally, the poll found that 59% of Michigan residents support collective bargaining rights for public service workers.
Ohio Governor John Kasich is facing a similar decline in support according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll showing that a scant 30% of Ohioans approve of the job that he is doing. The same poll found that 54% of Ohioans oppose efforts to strip public service workers of their collective bargaining rights.
In Wisconsin, the recall campaign of eight Republican Senators is in full swing as AFSCME members continue to work as part of a thousands-strong volunteer army gathering signatures. Nothing can stop this effort, despite the desperate efforts of our opponents, like the River Falls man who stole a batch of recall petitions from a group of volunteers in front of a grocery store.
Phil Pfuehler, "River Falls Journal", 3/22/2011
Maine Governor, Paul LePage has ordered the removal of a 36 foot wide mural at the state Department of Labor building depicting the state's labor history. LePage claimed that his decision came after several members of the public complained about the mural, as well as an anonymous fax which described the mural as reminding them of "communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the masses."
Quote of the Day
"If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send me, I don't have e-mail. It's easier if I never get e-mailed. I get embarrassed by it that way. It's not as easy to communicate." -- Florida Governor Rick Scott on Tuesday, urging a group of 200 state workers at the Department of Elder Affairs to send him snail mail rather than trying to reach him electronically.
In one of the most petty acts in the recent wave of anti-worker attacks from Republican governors and legislatures, Maine Gov. Paul LePage has ordered the removal of a 36-foot mural depicting the state's labor history from the Department of Labor. On top of that, he is removing the names of renowned labor leaders from the department's conference rooms because both the mural and room names "go against the department's pro-business goals."
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We should be trying to put Americans back to work, not trying to put public radio out of business.
Attacking labor unions.waging war on women's rights.defunding NPR...repealing health care reform. The anti-worker, anti-woman, anti-Obama Republican agenda just proves that their priorities are seriously out of whack. How is any of this supposed to create jobs?
Senate Democrats are fighting back each and every day. But with only a slim four-seat majority, we have no margin for error. If Republicans can knock just a few bricks free from our firewall, they'll force through their extreme agenda faster than you can say "Koch brothers."
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In more than a dozen states, working families are coming together to face down attacks on good jobs and the right to bargain for a middle-class life. You've seen it in Wisconsin, where more than 100,000 people flooded the Capitol in Madison multiple times. You've seen it in Indiana, where protests against anti-worker legislation have continued for a month--and as a result, we're winning on many issues. And in Ohio. And in plenty of other places.
Whether you were directly involved in worker uprisings or not, you are a part of our movement. These huge efforts were made possible because of the solidarity of people like you, acting together.
We need your help to keep our movement going and growing. We'll keep giving you opportunities to do it--we hope you'll take us up on those opportunities as much as you can, and also find ways to get involved in your own way.
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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., where he was helping AFSCME's sanitation workers gain a voice at work and the right to bargain to realize their dream of a better life.
As you know, the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a middle-class life are under attack as never before.
So we're combating these new threats with unprecedented solidarity. On April 4, and on the days surrounding it, working families across the country will be organizing numerous solidarity actions. Together, we'll stand with working people in Wisconsin and dozens of other states where corporate-bought politicians are trying to take away the rights for which Dr. King gave his life.
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With attacks on the rights of public employees growing, the 7,500-member Montana Public Employees Association (MPEA) will affiliate with the national AFL-CIO and Montana State AFL-CIO. The solidarity will mean "a stronger voice for our members and for all workers in the state of Montana," says MPEA Executive Director Quinton Nyman.
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