Exploited Guest Workers from Louisiana to March on Wal-Mart Board Members in NYC

By: Tuesday June 19, 2012 6:45 am

I wrote last Friday about the forced labor situation perpetrated on guest workers at a seafood supplier for Wal-Mart in Louisiana. Now, the National Guestworker Alliance, the feisty labor rights group which helped a group of exploited foreign exchange students at a Hershey chocolate factory get justice last year, will take these guest workers on the road to New York City, to challenge Wal-Mart and its subsidiaries at their corporate headquarters and their homes.


Senate Dems Move on Paycheck Fairness Act

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 9:35 am

The next several months will continue to feature message votes from both sides of the aisle and both chambers in Congress, teeing up specific TV ads for the fall campaign. While Republicans have basically passed the breadth of their agenda with message votes, from the budget to social issues, Democrats have been a little more targeted particularly as it relates to the War on Women. They scheduled the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to dare Republicans to block it. Republicans pretty much obliged. Now Senate Democrats are coming back with the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The Day Senate Democrats Got Angry

By: Friday July 22, 2011 7:04 am

The aide who leaked that President Obama and John Boehner were close to finishing a deal with $3 trillion in defined cuts and $1 trillion in aspirational revenue worked for the Senate Democrats. Practically every media outlet in the nation is reporting on their anger. Harry Reid, who learned about the all-cuts deal in the press, reportedly told Budget Director Jack Lew in a closed-door caucus meeting “I’m the Senate majority leader — why don’t I know about this deal?” A senior Senate Democrat told The Hill, “There’s a basic lack of trust with the President.”

Senate Dems “Scrambling to Unify” After Budget Loss

By: Wednesday March 2, 2011 7:50 am

You have an upcoming showdown in a couple weeks between a unified caucus and one “scrambling to unify their caucus.” Figure out the winner.

Fired-Up Mikulski Calls for Senate Reform

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 2:01 pm

Even if it fails at the start of the next Congress, it should be a major focus for progressive advocates. The House is not an invalid body because it’s majoritarian. Neither is the Supreme Court. Neither are the hundreds of majoritarian legislatures around the country and around the world. The move to let the Senate join that club is just beginning.

Mikulski Offers Women’s Preventive Health Amendment to Senate Health Bill

By: Monday November 30, 2009 2:25 pm

The first amendment introduced on the floor of the Senate comes from Sen. Barbara Mikulski, seeking to add a provision included in the HELP Committee version of the bill. This measure would mandate coverage – for free – for various women’s preventive health procedures and screenings. This is a direct response to the controversy surrounding the US Preventive Services Task Force’s changing guidelines over mammograms.

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