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Rally For Education In Davenport

JOIN STUDENTS, TEACHERS, BOARD MEMBERS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS  RALLY FRIDAY AT 5PM  NORTH HIGH SCHOOL – 626 W. 53RD STREET, DAVENPORT None of Iowa’s children are worth-less On Monday night, Davenport School Superintendent Art Tate made headlines when he announced … Continue reading

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Iowa Workers Demand Apology From Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker makes his first appearance in Iowa after making comments at CPAC comparing union members protesting his policies to ISIS, Iowa workers are speaking up and demanding an apology. Union Members and workers from all over … Continue reading

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Iowa House Democrats Rank High In Gender Equity

Gender Disparity in State Houses There is still much work to be done if women are to achieve overall gender equity in representative democracy leadership. House Minority Leader Mark Smith put out an e-newsletter that announced a remarkable statistic. For … Continue reading

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The Calm Before The Storm

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”   – Willa Cather December is the calm before the storm. I’ve delayed writing a post-election synopsis partly due to the fact that the gains Republicans made in … Continue reading

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Because Women's Lives Matter

“Pro, Reclaiming Abortion Rights,” a just-published book by Katha Pollitt, could just as easily have been called “Because Women’s Lives Matter,” adopting the phrase used in the aftermath of the Ferguson shooting. Framing reproductive rights as a Civil Right must … Continue reading

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Symposium On Wealth Disparity In America

Yours truly will speak on the role of unions in decreasing inequality at this forum: November 22nd, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM at Augustana College: If you are in the Quad Cities Saturday, join us for this event: “Symposium on … Continue reading

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Don't Be Fooled By Joni Ernst

To watch the onslaught of television advertising for Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst is to be taken for an idiot. Her handlers have packaged her simultaneously as the conservative mom next door, or as the courageous veteran, or as the … Continue reading

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Iowans Say "Run Bernie Run!"

Standing room only crowd at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaking event in Davenport, Iowa Sunday. Crowd welcomes him by yelling, “Run, Bernie, run.”  

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What Did You Learn At Work Today?

What did you learn at work today? By Helena Worthen Reviewed by Mike Matejka Grand Prairie Union News We all learn something new. We learn from school, family and friends, and much of what we learn is on the job. … Continue reading

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'Sixteen Tons' Captures Coal Field Life

Sixteen Tons by Kevin Corley Hardball Press Reviewed by Mike Matejka Grand Prairie Union News, Bloomington, Illinois Posted with permission Coal miners were once referred to as the “shock troops of labor,” hardened union members who were often shot at … Continue reading

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