Advocates have helped pass paid sick day laws in cities like San Francisco, Washington D.C., Seattle and Portland, but big business has been pushing back.
Tthe auto-bailout hypothesis missed a larger point. There is a bigger and better hypothesis to explain the successful Obama firewall: The 2010 election, and the experience of living under Tea Party rule. 2010 was the Tea Party election.
When the history books write about the past couple of years, we will be part of the masses they write about -- the ones who stood up against all odds, in solidarity, for what we believed in.
The Occupy movement seems to have all but disappeared from media coverage over the past months. Is this due to the fever pitch of the presidential campaign, or has the movement's time come and gone?
Like Wisconsin, America at large is bitterly at odds with itself. A starting point for recovering our national community is to acknowledge that we all, whichever side we're on, face the same question: What kind of country do we want to live in?
Corporations are sitting on two trillion dollars worth of cash. The middle class teaches your children, puts out fires and takes away your trash. And that's who we've decided to go after?
I'm feeling hopeful because we are also in the midst of an amazing period in history: One that has given us Arab Spring, Wisconsin's incredible occupation of state capital, then "Occupy!" and just this past month the Quebec student strike.
The question today is, how much do voters know about the John Doe investigation, and how much do they care?
Many are wondering if making Wisconsin a "Right to Work" state is next on Governor Scott Walker's agenda if he wins the recall election on June 5. Right to Work laws weaken unions by allowing members to opt out of paying dues.
But what has the Walker/ALEC agenda gotten Wisconsin residents? Rather than delivering the 10,000 new businesses and 250,000 jobs, Walker is down 4,338 businesses from when he took office and the state ranks dead last in job creation according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
The goal: to wrest control of our democracy back from the robber barons and CEOs that systematically block any effort to create an economy and a body politic that serves the needs of the vast majority of Americans and not the elite few.
Earlier this year during a televised visit to a conservative think tank in Washington, Walker said he was a "great believer in the truth" as he tried to defend his terrible record as governor. Politifact hasn't rated this Walker statement yet, but this one's easy. It gets a Pants-on-Fire False.
Where are the songs for Occupy's time in history? Who will write the words and music and poetry? Will we find our voice? These questions have been answered in full and emphatically with OccupyThisAlbum.
My friend Scott Walker and so many of my Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill and across this country forgot the most important rule of democracy -- the power always lies with the people.
Given the impact of his policies, to many observers Walker's recall election will be a bellwether on whether or not Americans will allow policymakers to force them to bear the blame and the brunt of the Wall Street financial crisis or if another view of Wisconsin's future will prevail.
Arizona lawmakers are today considering four anti-labor bills that would strip away the existing rights of public sector unions, weaken the state's personnel system and make it easier to fire public employees.