Archive for June 5th, 2012

05
Jun
12

Night everyone

Two choices:

(1) Give up, let these creatures….

…. keep their stranglehold on democracy, and prepare for President Romney

or

(2) Have a good night’s sleep, wake up, and dig a whole lot ****ing deeper.

They might have the money, but they’ll never have our spirit or grassroots support – it beat them in 2008, and it will beat them again in 2012.

Endless love and admiration to the amazing people of Wisconsin who put their heart and soul in to this.

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If you can, please donate to Obama/Biden 2012 (link)

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9:20: PBO departs the White House

11:45: VP Biden travels to Winston-Salem, North Carolina and delivers remarks on the Administration’s efforts to create jobs

12:00: First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at campaign event in New York City

2:45: PBO arrives in San Francisco

3:15: Michelle Obama meets with Obama campaign volunteers from the Philadelphia area

3:20: PBO attends a campaign event

5:15: PBO delivers remarks at a campaign event at the Julia Morgan Ballroom

6:15: PBO departs San Francisco

7:20: Arrives in  Los Angeles

10:15: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

11:55: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

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See ya tomorrow.

05
Jun
12

Wisconsin

The ‘Solidarity Singers’ play union songs in support of recalling Governor Scott Walker on the Capitol Square, June 5, in Madison, Wisconsin

MSNBC live streaming here

Chat away

05
Jun
12

Sen Barbara Mikulski on the defeat of Paycheck Fairness Act

05
Jun
12

People Power

Gubernatorial candidate and Milwaukee’s Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett stands near a poster at the Racine Labor Center in Racine, Wisconsin June 5. Wisconsin voters decide on Tuesday whether to throw Governor Scott Walker out of office in a rare recall election forced by opponents of the Republican’s controversial effort to curb collective bargaining for most unionized government workers

Flickr OFA: It’s Election Day in Wisconsin and volunteers are busy getting out the vote. If you’re voting today, check out OwnYourVoteWI to find your polling place and all the info you need to cast your ballot

05
Jun
12

A Letter from Lilly

Governor Romney,

It’s time to speak up.

I’m writing to ask you to stand up to your fellow Republicans, show you’re worthy of the leadership you’re asking the American people to entrust you with, and let us know where you stand on legislation that will help finally make pay equity a reality.

I’m writing you directly because so far, your leadership has been so lacking that it appears those closest to you don’t know where you stand, either.

In April, your advisers were asked whether you support the law that bears my name and empowers women to fight back when we’re cheated out of equal pay. They responded with silence.

In May, the Washington Times asked your campaign five times whether you support the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that goes further to ensure equal pay for equal work. Again, silence.

Now, in June, as Washington Republicans continue to oppose this common-sense law, you continue to hide.

Your campaign will say only that you support the concept of pay equity, but that you wouldn’t change any laws to actually enforce it. That’s like saying you’re for staying dry but wouldn’t use an umbrella in a rainstorm. Women are getting soaked, Governor Romney, and staying silent when a solution is at hand isn’t leadership—it’s an insult and a cop-out.

If the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a step in the right direction, the Paycheck Fairness Act is a giant leap forward. The first gave us recourse to sue no matter when we learn that we’ve been paid unfairly—a right we often didn’t have until President Obama made it the first bill he signed. The second will make it easier for women to learn if they’re being discriminated against in the first place. It gives businesses incentives to do what’s right and protects workers from being fired for sharing information about their pay. It closes loopholes and makes discrimination harder to hide, which makes it harder to commit.

You talk often about your unique understanding of the economy. I’m troubled, though, that you don’t seem to understand the consequences of pay inequality. It’s not just about a paycheck and it’s not just a women’s issue—it’s a family issue. Women make just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, which adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost earnings over years of hard work. More women are becoming breadwinners in their families, and unjustly lower wages mean we have less to spend in our communities to support the economy. The overtime pay, Social Security, and pensions we earn are based on our wages, so unfair pay today hurts us now and weakens our retirement security later. I learned that lesson the hard way.

It’s 2012. Women are not worth less than men, and no one should get paid less for doing the same job just because she is a woman.

Will you stand up for women, stand up to your fellow Republicans and stand on the right side of history? Will you finally say aloud that you support efforts to stop pay discrimination before it starts? We’re listening.

Respectfully,

Lilly Ledbetter

05
Jun
12

Rise and Shine

Steve Benen: For the last few months, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has had quite a bit of success driving the major political discussions of the day. Team Romney says Hilary Rosen’s comments matter, so for a short while, the political world obsesses over Hilary Rosen. They say Cory Booker’s comments matter, so for a short while, the political world obsesses over Cory Booker. They say Solyndra matters, so for a short while, the political world obsesses over Solyndra.

This week, President Obama’s campaign wants to know if they can work the refs, too (see video above)

More here

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ThinkProgress: 5 Facts About The Massachusetts Economy Under Mitt Romney

1. Ranked 47th in job growth …. The state’s total job growth was just 0.9 percent, well behind other high-wage, high-skill economies in New York (2.7), California (4.7), and North Carolina (7.6). The national average, meanwhile, was better than 5 percent.

2. Suffered the second-largest labor force decline in the nation: Only Louisiana, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, saw a bigger decline in its labor force than Massachusetts during Romney’s tenure as governor…..

3. Lost 14 percent of its manufacturing jobs …. The loss was double the rate that the nation as a whole lost manufacturing jobs. In 2004, Romney vetoed legislation that would have banned companies doing business with the state from outsourcing jobs to other countries.

4. Experienced “below average” economic growth and was “often near the bottom”….

5. Piled on more debt than any other state: Romney left Massachusetts residents with $10,504 in per capita bond debt, the highest of any state in the nation when he left office in 2007……

Full post here

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