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Hillary's opposition to the TPP is a win-win for labor leaders and for Hillary

Hillary's campaign isn't worrying about losing to Bernie Sanders. But they have reason to be concerned about a long, drawn-out primary season. They want to finish things as quickly as possible so that Hillary can take the fight to the Republicans. The support of organized labor would certainly help her in that goal.

The TPP is pretty much a done deal. The vote earlier this year to give Trade Promotion Authority to President Obama demonstrated that there is bipartisan support for free trade in both chambers of Congress. Bernie Sanders can yell and wave his arms all her wants. The vote will likely occur sometime early next year, most likely in February.

So Hillary is free to come out in opposition to the TPP, knowing full well that it will already be the law of the land well before she becomes President. There will be no promises to break once she become President (unlike President Obama and his promise to renegotiate NAFTA).

Most labor unions are going to endorse Hillary. The only question is timing. Some labor union leaders have been facing push-back from their membership regarding the endorsement of a candidate who does not oppose the TPP. The labor leaders know enough about how the legislative game is played to know that the TPP is going to happen. But they have to put up a fight, no matter how futile, to show their membership that they are looking out for the interests of the rand and file.

So now labor unions are free to endorse Hillary, and will have a friend in the White House. And Hillary will get their support earlier, enabling her to secure the nomination earlier.

Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Oct 8, 2015, 09:58 AM (4 replies)

Alan Grayson campaign and Karl Rove PAC team up on bogus Patrick Murphy story

Liberal U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, and the American Crossroads super PAC, which was co-founded by former George W. Bush operative Karl Rove, are both taking aim at the Senate aspirations of U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter.

Murphy, with strong Democratic Party establishment support, is running against Grayson in Florida’s 2016 Democratic Senate primary. Many Republicans see Murphy as a tougher general election opponent, so it’s not surprising that American Crossroads and the conservative Club For Growth have taken shots at him.

Grayson’s campaign and American Crossroads both promoted a liberal blogger’s claim that Murphy was repeatedly snubbed by Hillary Clinton when she visited South Florida for three fundraisers and a rally on Friday.

But the snub story is full of holes — including, most conspicuously, the fact that Clinton told donors at one fundraiser that she’s “so proud” of Murphy.

more: http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2015/10/05/alan-grayson-campaign-and-karl-rove-pac-team-up-on-bogus-patrick-murphy-story/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Mon Oct 5, 2015, 09:56 PM (4 replies)

Gov. Wolf endorses Katie McGinty for U.S. Senate

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has endorsed his former chief of staff, Katie McGinty, as she seeks the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.

In a statement released by her campaign Wednesday morning, Wolf described McGinty as "a 'can do' person who doesn't just talk about it, but one who works to get things done."

He also highlighted her role in Pennsylvania's expansion of Medicaid and in sending the Legislature a spending plan as part of the still-unfinished state budget.

McGinty was one of four candidates who ran against Wolf in the 2014 primary. McGinty then teamed up with him, leading Wolf's Fresh Start political action committee for the remainder of the campaign and then signing on as his top aide.

more: http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/capitol-ideas/mc-gov-wolf-endorses-katie-mcginty-for-senate-20150928-story.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Mon Sep 28, 2015, 02:32 PM (2 replies)

Broward Democrats Face Revolt Over Fired Black Staffer

Acting Democratic Chair Cynthia Busch faced down a wave of complaints this week from a dozen or so African American activists angry that she fired the party’s black office manager.

The public complaints came this week at second monthly Democratic meeting that Busch chaired. They indicate that the firing is an issue with black activists that continues to haunt the party.

Perhaps most telling was that the party’s black Vice Chair Christine Jones publically demanded that the party immediately hire a black staffer.

“I’m taking the blame because of one action I took. In the end, we’ll get beyond this.” Busch told Browardbeat.com after the meeting.

more: http://www.browardbeat.com/broward-demos-haunted-by-firing-of-black-staffer
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Sep 18, 2015, 02:27 PM (7 replies)

Hellertown bar fight tied to Allentown FBI probe

It's fair to say the FBI probe in Allentown has set some people's nerves on edge. Some more than others, according to charges filed Wednesday in Hellertown.

The president of the Lehigh Valley Building Trades Council choked and threatened to kill a man he believed called the FBI regarding "an investigation taking place in Allentown," police say.

James E. Reilley, 57, of Lower Saucon Township surrendered Wednesday to face assault and related charges. He was freed on bail and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, Brendan Hansbury, brother-in-law to Mike Fleck, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's former campaign manager.

Police say Reilley attacked Hansbury on Sept. 1 at a Hellertown pub.

more: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/allentown/mc-p-allentown-fbi-probe-bar-fight-2-20150917-story.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Sep 18, 2015, 02:09 PM (0 replies)

McGinty Picks Up Another Labor Endorsement

Democratic Senatorial candidate Katie McGinty won the support of an influential Southeastern PA labor union.

Local 19 of the Sheet Metal Workers, which represents voter-rich Philadelphia and several other surrounding collar counties, endorsed McGinty’s candidacy.

“Katie McGinty will be a champion for Pennsylvania’s working families in the U.S. Senate. We can count on Katie to fight for policies that create jobs that pay livable wages and benefits and she will stand up for the right of workers to organize and join a union,” said Sheet Metal Workers President and Business Manager Gary Masino.

“I am proud to have the support of Sheet Metal Workers Local 19,” McGinty said. “They are supporting me because they know that I will go to Washington to fight for policies that grow the middle class. If elected, I will fight every single day to ensure that anyone willing to work has a shot at achieving the American Dream.”

more: http://www.politicspa.com/pa-sen-mcginty-picks-up-another-labor-endorsement/69213/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Sep 17, 2015, 03:44 PM (0 replies)

Montgomery detectives search attorney general's office

HARRISBURG — Four detectives armed with a search warrant arrived at the Attorney General's Office on Thursday, though it's not known what they sought.

Chuck Ardo, spokesman for Attorney General Kathleen Kane, confirmed that the Montgomery County detectives brought a warrant to the office.

“I have no idea what they were searching for,” Ardo said.

Kane was not in the office at Strawberry Square, he said. She often works out of the Scranton office near her home.

more: http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/9109804-74/kane-office-attorney#axzz3m16EpIU7
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Sep 17, 2015, 03:43 PM (0 replies)

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake won't seek re-election

Source: Baltimore Sun

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, beleaguered by the death of Freddie Gray and the protests and rioting that followed, announced Friday she won't seek re-election.

She said she is stepping out of the race to focus on "work to move our city forward," and not out of any concern she might not win the race against a growing field of challengers.

"It was a very difficult decision, but I knew I needed to spend time, the remaining 15 months of my term, focused on the city's future and not my own," she said at a news conference at City Hall.

Rawlings-Blake, 45, has no plans to seek another office. She briefed her Cabinet and staff on the decision this morning.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-rawlings-blake-20150911-story.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Sep 11, 2015, 01:52 PM (4 replies)

Developer Ramzi Haddad pleads guilty in connection with Allentown FBI investigation

An Allentown developer pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit bribery and other counts in the first charges filed in connection with an ongoing FBI investigation in Allentown, according to a news release.

Ramzi Haddad, a developer with properties in Allentown's Neighborhood Improvement Zone and the city's east side, has been charged by the same prosecutors that oversaw a July 2 raid of Allentown City Hall. He was among the people and businesses named on a subpoena served on the day of that raid that asked for documents relating to contracts and campaign donations.

According to federal documents, Haddad conspired to bribe a person identified in court documents as "Public Official #3" with campaign donations in exchange for "certain official actions." The official is described in the documents as an official seeking federal office who announced his candidacy on April 17.

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate on April 17. Neither Pawlowski nor his attorney Jack McMahon could be immediately reached for comment.

more: http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-allentown-fbi-ramzi-haddad-charge-20150910-story.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 03:52 PM (0 replies)

School Board member weighs run against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Source: The Miami Herald

Propelled by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s support of the Iran agreement, Miami-Dade School Board Member Martin Karp says he may challenge the national Democratic leader next year.

Karp, a Democrat, said he hopes to make a decision by Oct. 1 about whether to run in the liberal Broward-to-Miami Beach district. If he runs, this would be the first time Wasserman Schultz has faced a serious primary challenge since she won the seat in 2004.

Karp started to think about running for Congress during the past couple of weeks as he drew attention for helping organize protests against the Iran agreement including outside of Aventura City Hall where Wasserman Schultz has a local office. Politico first reported Karp was mulling a bid.

“As more and more people approached me, they were very serious about their intentions,” he told the Miami Herald. “I said, ‘Well, I want to digest that and think about it.’”

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article34341174.html

Lots of DUers have been clamoring for a Democrat to challenge Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz. Now it looks like they are getting what they want. But he is much more of a hawk on Iran than she is. Be careful of what you wish for!
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Sep 8, 2015, 03:23 PM (6 replies)
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