Weingarten put the union's endorsement in the context of scrapping the Bush-era No Child Left Behind and its teach-to-the-test penalizing of students and schools.
"If you don't vote - and some in the opposition have told me that they don't want you to vote - you don't count."
Sanders support for the Voting Rights Act was decisive in securing Killer Mike's support.
While Republican turnout was down, the increase in Democratic turnout fell far short of what was needed to win.
"The tea party Republicans divide the country: Scaring people is not standing up for people."
That announcement by Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, brought cheers from a jammed Capitol rally after the labor-backed "Raise The Wage" bus ended its 11-state tour by halting at the foot of Capitol Hill.
"I was once the main breadwinner but now we are not really able to make ends meet."
If the polls are to be believed, tea party-backed candidates could well go down to defeat all over Virginia on November 5.
Hundreds rallied in Chicago recently to demand justice for victims of police crimes and the creation of a Civilian Police Accountability Council.
The bottom line reality is how "this Republican state budget reeks from top to bottom."