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    By BERRY CRAIG

    AFT Local 1360

    MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace is fed up with the media narrative that Republicans won’t buck Donald Trump because he’s got them shaking in their Guccis or Manolos.

    “We covered this incorrectly,” she cut loose on the Fourth Estate the other day. “Fear of Trump was the excuse. For all of Mitch McConnell and Rob Portman and Kevin McCarthy and all these weenies who looked the other way when Casey Hunt and Leanne Caldwell and Garrett Haake were there with a camera saying, 'Do you believe...this outrageous thing that Donald Trump tweeted today?’ and our frame was they must be afraid of our cameras because they're scared of Trump.”

    Wallace reloaded and fired again: "We were wrong. They are Trump....This story is no longer about Trump. It's what...Trump revealed the Republicans to be. And I dare say my old boss [President George W. Bush]... was putting it nicely...when he said Republicans now...stand for isolationism, protectionism and nativism, and I'll add one more, flagrant racism, and how do you not lump extremism into it too if you look at the intersection between the ideology that represents the greatest domestic violent extremism threat and the lies that Kevin McCarthy refused to knock down when Chris Wallace gave him multiple chances to do so yesterday?”

    Wallace, the former Bush II White House communications director, "can be pretty tough on herself, the media, and others to make her point," Egberto Willies wrote in Daily Kos after quoting her. "Today she told an unfortunate truth. It is one where too many in the media are hard-pressed to articulate vociferously....While Wallace has been bold as she gets these epiphanies, too often mainstream media journalists are stuck in their ways providing the cover for those [for] whom the status quo is most effective."

    Retired Louisville Courier-Journal editor David Hawpe disagrees with Wallace, sort of.

    “I could be wrong,” confessed the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Famer. “It’s just what my gut tells me. I don’t think formerly mainstream Republicans share Trump’s view. I think they fear he could help defeat them. But maybe that’s wishful thinking on my part.”

    I don't know if Wallace or Hawpe is right. But most Republicans are still marching--goose-stepping?--to the beat of Trump's drum, though "...

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    The Arizona AFL-CIO exists to support union members in Arizona, and we're proud to do so through advocating for changes to antiquated labor laws. Find out about the PRO Act and sign up for a phone bank volunteer shift to tell our Senators to support it below.
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    *H.R. 842* [2] passed the United States House on March 9th, 2021, and was transmitted to the United States Senate, where it was referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. It has not yet received a Senate hearing.
     
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    *Working men and women have strength in numbers and the goal of the Utah AFL-CIO’s legislative and political efforts is organizing that strength to win the good pay, retirement security, safe work environments, broad access to quality education for our children and much more.  By mobilizing our union members, we elect candidates who support and will enact a working families’ agenda.*
      
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    The ULLCO Sentinel

    Weekly Labor Update on the 87th Texas Legislature

    May 8, 2021 — #18   24 Days to Go in Regular Session

    So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking

    Racing around to come up behind you again

    The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older

    Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

    —An apt description of the running clock on Texas legislation, repurposing Pink Floyd lyrics from the song “Time.” Piece of trivia: The album “Dark Side of the Moon,” which includes “Time,” has been on the Billboard 200 in 950 different weeks (as of a year ago), 736 of them consecutive; second place: “Legend” by Bob Marley and the Wailers, at 625. See: https://bit.ly/3uyxFny

    Six feet under 

    You make me wonder 

    You wanna be undead 

    So you can be hunted 

    But whatever you're gonna do I'm gonna follow you

    —From “Walk Like a Zombie” by Horrorpops. It’s time for vigiliance: This is the season in which “dead” bills come alive. https://bit.ly/2RtlFoJ

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      Ominous Omnibus Voter Suppression Bill Clears Texas House — Despite formidable resistance from Democrats, SB 7, sponsored by Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Houston, won final passage in the Texas House on a 78-64 vote. Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, joined all Democrats voting in opposition. The House version of the bill differs substantially from the Senate version and now goes back to the Senate for further action. “SB 7 is yet another illustration of how this Legislature has chosen to divide, rather than unite, and to put a purely partisan political playbook ahead of the people of Texas,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said in a statement.

      “Purity of the Ballot Box” — Democrats scored a rhetorical win of sorts when Cain agreed to remove bill language describing the goal of achieving “purity of the ballot box.” The change of heart  came after Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, asked Cain if he understood the historical connotations of the “purity” phrase, which was associated with long-term post-Reconstruction effort to keep Black Texans from casting ballots. Cain said he had inserted the “purity” language because it is part of the Texas Constitution.

      How Will SB 7 Change Elections? — The truth is, we don’t know. To move the bill along, the Republican majority in the House accepted some Democratic amendments to the bill, but the final version will likely be written by a House-Senate Conference Committee. Background on what comes next:...

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