Worker’s Correspondence It is less than a week until the Special Election for the Boston City Council seat for Allston/Brighton is held.
NEW YORK – New York State’s Working Families Party (WFP) is one of the most active grassroots political parties in the state. Its members are also perhaps the most vigorous campaigners for the candidacy of H. Carl McCall, the first African American nominated for governor by a major party in the state’s history.
A recent study by the Center for Budget Policy and Priorities (CBPP) says more than 370,000 people ran out of their temporary federal unemployment benefits in September, raising the total number of unemployed workers who have exhausted all of their unemployment benefits, including the federally-funded extension enacted last March, to at least 1.5 million – a number that will continue to grow as the “recovery” falters and Congress refuses to act.
A huge uproar has erupted over clemency hearings requested by 142 people on Illinois’ Death Row. The hearings were requested because people facing execution are entitled to file clemency requests, because prosecutors asked for public hearings and because of concerns that outgoing Governor George Ryan has qualms about the death penalty that his successor may not share.
The passage this October of the “Help America Vote Act” is the product of long and hard work and difficult compromises by members of both the House and Senate, as well as the tireless efforts of election reform advocates around the country. The compromise bill takes historic steps forward, and regrettably, erects barriers at the same time.
With control of the House and Senate at stake in the Nov. 5 elections, the Republicans have launched a national campaign of lies and disinformation.
BOSTON – The Republican Party is pulling out all the stops in an effort to elect Mitt Romney as Massachusetts governor. Within a two-week period, both President George W. Bush and his father have made campaign appearances.
Commentary The 1985 attempt by Jim Ryan, the Republican candidate for governor and Joe Birkett, the Republican candidate for Illinois attorney general, to frame two Latino men has become a red-hot issue in the Illinois elections.
DALLAS – Communications Workers of America President Morton Bahr told a “get-out-the-vote” (GOTV) meeting here Oct. 3 that the Bush administration is the “most pro-business, anti-worker administration in history!” He was speaking to union officers and activists in the headquarters of CWA Local 6215, as part of a national GOTV tour.
WATERBURY, Conn. – The AARP held a debate between Jim Maloney (D) and Nancy Johnson (R) here Sept. 30. The forum focused on senior citizens issues, mainly a prescription drug benefit under Medicare, upholding and strengthening Social Security and health care. Nearly 400 senior citizens attended. Senior citizens’ voting turnout rate is usually higher than the general population’s.