Monthly Archives: August 2012

Update: Chicago Teachers Union has Officially Filed 10-Day Strike Notice

Despite Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey’s non-committal answers in an interview earlier today, the CTU has gone ahead and filed the 10-day strike notice, which is required prior to any teacher walkouts. Most CPS students will attend their first week of school, which begins on Tuesday, September 4. Teachers are not allowed to…

Chicago Teachers Union: Strike Watch

Today, the Chicago Teachers Union will file a 10-day strike notice – the legal action that is required before teachers may go on strike. The majority of CTU members granted Karen Lewis, president of the CTU, approval to file the notice. The filing means that teachers may go on strike anytime after September 10 –…

RNC Bus Driver “Gets Lost”, Forcing Virginia Delegates Opposed to Rules Change to Miss Crucial Vote

A RNC bus driver transporting the Virginia delegation to the convention seemed to have lost his way to the destination yesterday.  The delegation, led by long time conservative activist Morton Blackwell, was prepared to vote against this rules change.  However, the delay meant the Rules Committee meeting had adjourned prior to their arrival.  Delegates remaining…

RNC Attempts to Thwart Grassroots Activists in Effort to Counter Party’s Conservative Wing

Conservative activists within the Republican Party are outraged at the stealth attempt by the Republican National Committee to thwart their influence by rewriting the party rules.  Over the last two election cycles, the Tea Party and other conservatives scored significant primary election victories against Establishment- backed candidates.  Now the entrenched politicos within the Republican Party…

Schakowsky skips own protest; challenger Wolfe attends

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On August 21, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky held a protest against Mitt Romney and Bain Capital outside the company’s Evanston, IL, office. Schakowsky was protesting Bain’s work with Sensata, a company with a factory in rural Illinois, which has recently had to move many of their jobs overseas. While Schakowsky had been heavily promoting her attendance…

Crowd gasps after Preckwinkle says “Reagan deserves a special place in Hell”

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Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president and Barack Obama loyalist, may have misread the crowd in downstate Illinois today when she said that President Reagan “deserves a special place in Hell” at a luncheon at the University of Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports that the crowd “gasped” after the remarks, which she made in reference…

Is Jesse Jackson Jr. wearing AA bracelet in new photo with Kucinich?

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Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., who remains out of public sight and has given virtually no updates about his treatment for bipolar disorder, has been slowly welcoming visitors during his treatment–and documenting them with photo ops. Jackson received another visitor, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), this past weekend. Kucinich tweeted out a photo of his visit with…