Firsts Aplenty in 2018 Midterms

If nothing else, the 2018 midterm elections certainly left their mark by leaving a significant number of firsts in its wake, especially for those who like to check boxes or otherwise focus on identity politics! In Michigan, Democrat Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim woman ever elected to Congress; At age 29, Democrat Socialist Alexandria…

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The Proliferation of Progressive Politics

It was a major upset and a total shock to the political establishment when back in June, New York bartender Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez handily beat 20-year Congressional incumbent Joseph Crowley for the democratic nomination for New York’s 14th Congressional District. Crowley was Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, essentially the 3rd most powerful democrat in the US…

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Heads or Tails?

Well, that wasn’t quite the question that determined control of the Virginia House of Delegates, but it might as well have been. The election for the 94th house district in the Old Dominion state ended in an absolute tie with both candidates – democrat Shelly Simonds and republican David Yancey – collecting 11,608 votes in…

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Maine Recount on Millionaire’s Tax Withdrawn

Opponents of the so-called “Millionaire’s Tax”, who had formally requested a recount of the measure, passed by voters on Election Day, have since changed their minds and withdrawn the recount request.  The measure, which mandates a 3% surcharge on any individual income over $200,000, was favored by voters by a margin of just over 1%…

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Minimum Wage Staying in the News

As election day draws closer in municipalities across the country, the issue of raising state and local minimum wages continues to percolate in a number of communities.  In the Philadelphia Mayoral race to be decided next Tuesday, democratic candidate and former city councilor Jim Kenney endorsed increasing the city’s $12 minimum wage to a higher…

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“Ambush Election Rules” Take Effect Tuesday

Next Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the new NLRB rules governing union election procedures within private companies takes effect and it behooves all business owners, franchise or not, to be fully aware of them and prepared for the possibility of unionizing efforts.  The so-called “ambush” or “quickie” election rules dramatically reduces the amount of time between…

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