Republican Flip-Flopping on Akin Is a Sign of Romney’s Failure

By: Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00 am

With Todd Akin standing firm in his decision to remain on the Missouri ballot as the GOP candidate for US Senate, it falls to the rest of the Republican party leadership to flip-flop on their condemnations and fall into line.

And they have.

What’s curious, though, is that one of the flip-floppers is former MO senator and current Romney security affairs advisor Jim Talent, who is rumored to be in line for a possible cabinet post should Romney win. Either Romney will soon flip-flop on Akin as well, or Talent has decided that there will be no Romney administration come Jan 21, 2013, and he’d better help the GOP take the Senate. (Or, of course, both.)

Here’s the GOP’s current political calculus, courtesy of Todd Akin: The more Romney’s fortunes founder, the more the GOP needs to pull out all the stops to win the Senate, and if principles like “women are human beings, too” need to be sacrificed to the cause, so be it.

Paycheck Fairness Act to Be Filibustered Today

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 9:20 am

Today the Senate will hold a test vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would update The Equal Pay Act of 1963. The President swooped in at the last minute to push for the bill’s passage, or really just to highlight the messaging.

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.

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Did Not Alter Pay Equity Gap Whatsoever

By: Tuesday January 31, 2012 4:02 pm

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act fixed a problem created by the Supreme Court, which had made it difficult for victims of pay discrimination to sue. But the Act could have been combined with other measures to strengthen enforcement of fair pay rules. It wasn’t; the stronger measures were blocked, and the practical effect of the Fair Pay Act has been minimal.

CEOs Get Bailed Out, Workers Get Sold Out

By: Thursday September 25, 2008 1:30 pm

Before she became the first female Labor secretary in 1933, Frances Perkins had seen firsthand the tragedy of Manhattan’s 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire. Locked in by their employer, 146 mostly young girls died when they couldn’t escape the burning building where they toiled in sweatshop labor. Later, as the New York industrial commissioner, Perkins held employers accountable for workplace safety and health, expanding factory investigations and championing other pro-worker laws, like unemployment insurance.

Why Working Families and Our Unions Support Biden

By: Thursday August 28, 2008 1:30 pm

As media pundits have noted, Sen. Barack Obama’s selection of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden adds many years of foreign policy experience to the ticket.

Less well-known is Biden’s long support for working families and their unions. America’s union movement, Biden has said, is

the only thing that keeps the barbarians at the gate.

‘The Real McCain’

By: Thursday May 29, 2008 10:53 am

When John McCain showed up to campaign recently in Seattle and Bellevue, Wash., union members were there to ask him about his role in awarding a major military contract to a foreign company. Word has it, he encouraged the U.S. Department of Defense in February to give a $40 billion-to-$100 billion contract for the construction of Air Force refueling tankers to Northrop Grumman and to the European firm EADS, which makes the Airbus, rather than U.S.-based Boeing.

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