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Labor Battles of the Midwest Far From Over

Labor and allied groups in the Badger State have been energized rather than discouraged by the Wisconsin Republicans’ end-run assault on state workers.  They are ramping up recall campaigns against GOP State Senators who voted for the anti-union legislation. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (the Democratic nominee for Governor in 2010 against Walker) echoed other analysts in predicting that the “emotions and momentum will create a lot of energy” for progressive politics.

Elsewhere in the Midwest, Ohio workers are trying to stop the State House from following the Senate’s lead in eviscerating collective bargaining, and Indiana teachers are locked in a struggle with Republican Governor (and presidential hopeful) Mitch Daniels over the future of the state's public education.

Marriage in Maryland

After an intense and emotional three-hour floor debate last Friday, the Maryland House of Delegates sent the marriage equality bill back to the Judiciary Committee without a final vote.  This action effectively parks the bill in committee and indicates that supporters of the bill probably lacked the votes needed to ensure passage. Though discouraging, organizations such as Equality Maryland and the Human Rights Campaign, expressed hope that the bill will eventually win passage after more time is spent educating public.

DOMA and Republicans Misguided Priorities

Instead of focusing on jobs or agreeing to a budget, the Republicans in the House of Representatives are using crucial floor time to try to force the government to defend the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Misguided priorities – we think so!  

Join us in sending them a message demanding they focus on real national priorities.

Noteworthy

  • ADA's historic publication on policy and politics is back!  Check out the online version of ADA Today here!  It includes links to progressive bloggers, a roundup of the 111th Congress, and a report on the Harvard Conference hosted by the ADA Ed Fund.
  • ADA’s National Director will be on the Union Edge Talk Radio today at 3:00 p.m. EST talking with special guests about Wisconsin and the labor movement.  Listen to it online here!

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