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Jim Traficant is unwanted by the UAW

Former Congressman and convict Jim Traficant has filed to run to get his old Congressional seat back with a vow to take on the IRS.

As a popular Democrat who could pull support from other Dems, the UAW is not pleased:

“I think we’ve been embarrassed enough…over the past three or four years…as a Valley,” said Jim Graham, president of UAW Local 1112. “We don’t need a further embarrassment by electing someone who’s been in jail.”

This should be fun to watch….
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Card-Check Splits Teamster Endorsement

When he was for the job-destroying Employee Free Choice Act, Teamsters Local 71 liked North Carolina’s Senate candidate Cal Cunningham.  When he came out against it, they dumped him:

The Charlotte branch of the Teamsters union broke with its leadership Monday on a U.S. Senate endorsement, saying a candidate went back on his commitment to a pro-labor proposal.

Teamsters Local 71 said it is endorsing N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall for the May 4 Democratic primary. The local president, Ted Russell, said his members were concerned after candidate Cal Cunningham’s comments in an interview with The Associated Press that he would not pursue a so-called “card check” plan to make it easier for unions to organize.

Oh well. To love and to have learned is better than not loving at all, right?
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Despite interlopers and IBEW eggmen, Harry’s still having a helluva time with the polls

Slightly more than a month ago, Harry Reid, that effervescent noxious Nevada senator, welcomed the possibility of third-party candidates in order siphon votes from his GOP opponent(s) and, therefore, deny his defeat.

Problem is, interlopers and IBEW eggmen haven’t helped Harry one bit, as evidenced here:

 

U.S. SENATE RACE: Poll: Reid loses full ballot test: Third-party, nonpartisan candidates have little impact 

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid must pick up far more support from crossover Republicans and independents to win re-election, according to a new poll that shows him losing to the GOP front-runner in a full-ballot election with eight contenders and a “none of these candidates” option.

The survey of Nevada voters commissioned by the Review-Journal shows Reid getting 37 percent of the vote compared with 47 percent for Republican Sue Lowden, who would win if the election were today, while the slate of third-party and nonpartisan candidates would get slim to no backing.

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“The bottom line is that adding all these minor candidates won’t really bleed support away exclusively from the Republican,” Coker said. “They’re not really bleeding much support from either candidate, Reid or Lowden, and if they do siphon off votes, it’ll probably be about half and half.”

All Harry needs now is some butter, ’cause he’s toast.
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Rules for Surviving a Zombie Attack: Union zombies are Building a Firewall to Keep Harry Reid in Washington

Reportedly, there are 32 rules which you must know in order to survive zombie attacks.

Right now, union zombies are mustering their money and their forces to make sure that Harry Reid stays in Washington to keep feeding them.

Nevada, home of Senate majority leader Harry Reid is one of six states deemed by the union zombies at the AFL-CIO to be “firewall” states. What is a “firewall” state?  It is a state “where a large number of Democratic officeholders—governors, senators, congressmen—are endangered, and where there are numerous union members.”

Right now, Harry Reid is one of those “endangered” officeholders, with polls showing him trailing his two likely GOP challengers by double digits.  However, November is a long way off and, like any horror movie, the bad guys never go easy.  And Harry Reid says he can rise from the dead.

Despite his underdog status, Sen. Harry Reid declared Monday he’s confident he’ll win re-election, and he welcomed independent candidates — who could splinter the vote and spoil any GOP effort to retire the most powerful senator in the most watched race in the nation.

So, without further ado, here are 17 (of the 32) rules to survive zombie attacks*:

  1. Know the zombies:  Unions are a multi-billion dollar special interest to whom Harry Reid is beholden.
  2. Name the zombies:  Make sure the public knows that unions are not “working families” (see #1; expose union fat cats, if necessary)
  3. Expose the zombies:  Make sure the public knows how much money the zombies are funneling to Harry Reid’s campaign.
  4. Explain the zombies’ goals: Higher taxes, forced unionization and a loss of liberty (see nationalization of healthcare). 
  5. All politics are local: The unemployment rate in Las Vegas’ is 13.8%; overall, Nevada’s unemployment is 13% [How’s that stimulus working out for ya?]
  6. Obamacare will raise taxes “on the middle class”
  7. Higher taxes = lower investment = less jobs
  8. Use the zombies’ weapons against them (see Saul Alinsky)
  9. Laugh at the zombies’ attacks, then…
  10. Punch back twice as hard (whenever the zombies air an ad, air two counter ads)
  11. Ridicule.
  12. Hold Harry accountable to his campaign promises and remind voters of his gaffes
  13. Be creative.
  14. Use the media.
  15. Protest every Harry Reid fundraiser and event
  16. Every time an out of state zombie comes to campaign for Harry, be there (with pickets)…
  17. Make sure video cameras are in hand and batteries are charged**

* In the spirit of free and open participation, we are leaving the remaining 15 of the 32 Rules for Surviving a Zombie Attack open for comments and suggestions (please leave numbered comments below) and will update this post accordingly.

** Video cameras are necessary to ward off unwarranted zombie attacks (see Kenneth Gladney) or, at least, to preserve evidence.

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With Friends Like These: Colorado Dem gets dissed by Big Labor

Not even a week has passed since Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) dutifully voted for Big Labor’s nominee for the National Labor Relations Board and his supposed union friends have already thrown him under the bus by endorsing his rival.

Ex-CO House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) received 2 key labor union endorsements this week, less than a day after his primary rival, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), made a play to rally them to his side.

The CO Teamsters and UFCW announced that they are throwing their weight behind Romanoff in the Dem primary, citing their “long-standing relationship” with him. The 2 are among the largest unions in the state.

“Andrew Romanoff was always straight with us,” CO Teamsters pres. Steve Vairma said in a statement, taking a veiled jab at Bennet over his less-than-clear stand on card check. “We didn’t see eye to eye on every issue, but his door was always open, and we could trust him to tell us the truth.”

Ouch! 

How does it feel to viewed as a liar by your friends, Senator?

You know, as the saying goes: With friends like these, who needs enemies?
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Unions Threaten to Boycott Mid-Term Elections

Union bosses are really, really steamed.  In fact, they are throw-the-toys-across-the-room boiling mad.

What’s the cause of their tantrum? 

Apparently, the Democrats they spent hundreds of millions of their members’ dues dollars getting elected have let them down…again.

Now, the unions are threatening to take their ball and go home. 

According to Politico, union bosses are threatening to sit out (or boycott) the 2010 mid-term elections

Labor groups are furious with the Democrats they helped put in office — and are threatening to stay home this fall when Democratic incumbents will need their help fending off Republican challengers.

The Senate’s failure to confirm labor lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board was just the latest blow, but the frustrations have been building for months.

“Here’s labor getting thrown under the bus again,” said John Gage, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 600,000 workers. “It’s really frustrating for labor, and a lot of union people are thinking: We put out big time in money and volunteers and support. And it seems like the little things that could have been aren’t being done.”

The 52-33 vote on Becker — who needed 60 to be confirmed — really set labor unions on edge, but the list of setbacks is growing.

The so-called “card check” bill that would make it easier to unionize employees has gone nowhere. A pro-union Transportation Security Administration nominee quit before he even got a confirmation vote. And even though unions got a sweetheart deal to keep their health plans tax-free under the Senate health care bill, that bill has collapsed, leaving unions exposed again.

Union leaders warn that the Democrats’ lackluster performance in power is sapping the morale of activists going into the midterm elections.

“Right now if we don’t get positive changes to the agenda, we’re going to have a hard time getting members out to work,” said United Steelworkers International President Leo W. Gerard, in an interview.

If, by boycotting the mid-term elections, their members’ money won’t be frivolously spent on politicians who care less for the American people than their big labor handlers, we say, go ahead!…

Take your ball and go home.

Please.
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2010: Are Americans Ready to Confront Obama’s Organizing Against America War Machine?

From Dienekes’ Place and cross-posted here and here.
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There are some that are positively giddy over the prospects of the 2010 mid-terms, thinking that our country can turn back the tide of Marxism that has begun to sweep across America.

Hopefully, this post will serve as a warning to all those who believe in individual rights and free enterprise: The opposition is better armed, better organized, and has already begun its campaign to win 2010.

Like an advance scout reporting the movements of our foes, this post may better explain what America’s adversaries are up to, before asking you: Are you ready for this fight? Can this nation be saved from the onslaught of Marxism?

First, unions are endorsing candidates far and wide for the mid-term elections. The reason unions are endorsing now is that, for many unions, once a candidate is endorsed, the unions can begin to spend their members’ money and marshal their resources for those candidates.

Secondly, and most importantly, as this post [with emphasis added] from the Leftist publication Truthout explains, the war apparatus that is known as Organizing for America has already begun its campaign to diminish the risks to Democrats in the 2010 mid-term elections:

Congressional switchboards were bombarded on Tuesday with over 300,000 calls from supporters of Barack Obama’s plan for health care reform….

The event was a part of a national call-in day billed as “time to deliver” by Obama’s political arm, Organizing for America (OFA). OFA is the Obama campaign transformed into a political organization that is housed in the DNC in Washington, DC.

DNC Chairman and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine said that OFA is the largest department in the Democratic National Committee, with staff in 48 states. Kaine said that when he assumed the chair of the DNC, OFA was not part of the DNC, but that now it is the heart of the organization.

In the past, incumbents had begun to raise money and set their agenda for re-election early in their terms of office. The difference here is that Obama is cranking up the ground game before his first year is over. He will already have a national field campaign in full gear before the off-term elections, a move that could help him avoid the usual losses the party in the White House usually suffers. OFA may also emerge as the most powerful voice in 2016. A candidate with access to OFA’s organizational strength will have a huge leg up.

While there is a grassroots model in place, the agenda will come from the top.

While it would be ideal for the agenda to come from the grass roots, in this case, since the glue that holds the organization together is Barack Obama, from an effectiveness standpoint it makes sense for the organization to organize around his agenda. Many national organizations fizzle when the leader who formed them moves on. Case in point, has anyone heard from the Reform Party lately? Once Ross Perot was gone, there was brief life as they fought over the money the party had coming in matching funds, but once the money was gone, so was their momentum.

OFA Still Has Paid Staff in 48 States

Florida has seven paid staff statewide. OFA’s Miami Dade Regional Field Director Brad Schenk described the model structure of the organization, which he said was the campaign’s model in Iowa in 2007. Neighborhood groups would form and chose captains and team leaders, who would report to a community organizer responsible for multiple neighborhoods. The community organizer communicates with the field office. From there, information continues on up straight to the national office at the DNC in Washington.

The goal would be to have the neighborhood groups extremely well organized; they would have their own phone banks, canvas operations and events. The campaign would provide the neighborhood groups access to data from the 2008 campaign. This is extremely important. In the past, campaigns guarded their lists, but in this case, volunteers in the community will have access to data that will allow them to organize their neighborhoods. Picture the old Chicago model with block captains all over the country.

Schenk described the organization as progressive, but not radical. He said that while the organization will hold rallies, they would not pull off stunts that could make the organization look bad. When others argued that the “tea baggers” were succeeding, Schenk countered by saying that they were hurting, not helping, their cause, going on to say that they were “polarizing the Republican Party.”

All of OFA’s resources are currently focused on the health care fight and it is an issue that is easy to rally around. The true test will come when OFA is focusing on an issue or supporting a candidate that its supporters are not excited about. The organization has daily access to the Oval Office, it is in transition right now, working hard to reactivate the foot soldiers from the 2008 campaign. If Tuesday’s effort is any indication, they are succeeding. The result could give Obama a more powerful political arm than even the two major political parties themselves.

So, tell me, fellow Spartans and Patriots, now that you know the odds America faces, are you ready for this fight, or will we let our nation fall?

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