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PHOTO: State government and home care workers meet with legislators in early 2014. Some members of SEIU Local 503 donate as little as $5 a month to a fund for candidate contributions and endorsements. Photo courtesy SEIU Local 503.

EUGENE, Ore. – It may be tough for hourly wage workers in Oregon to compete with the political influence of millionaires and billionaires, but that doesn't mean they shouldn’t try. That's the view of the union that represents many service workers in the state, including child care prov ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Tom Corbett is among governors in seven states who are mentioned in a new report about outsourcing billions of dollars in state services to private contractors. Photo credit: Lucidology/iStockphoto.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Shrinking government has meant shifting responsibilities to private industry in some states, and Gov. Tom Corbett is one of seven governors taken to task in a new report that correlates these outsourcing decisions with major campaign donors and mixed results for taxpayers. In Corb ...Read More

PHOTO: Watching the steady stream of political attack ads on TV won't give you the information you need to cast your midterm election ballot. In fact, it might have the opposite effect, turning you off to politics altogether. Photo credit: eelnosiva/iStockphoto.com
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SEATTLE – This week, Washington voters are receiving their ballots in the mail. But for weeks, they've been barraged with political ads and campaign phone calls, and the pace will continue up to Election Day. A New York Times poll says so far in this midterm election, 55 percent of the mon ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Zombie economics is a term that describes economic principles that have been proven in practice not to hold true, and the Colorado Fiscal Institute says trickle-down economics" is one such theory. Image courtesy Colorado Fiscal Institute.

DENVER - Millions tuned in to last night's season premier of 'The Walking Dead' on AMC. While zombies on our TV screens may be good for some white-knuckled entertainment, economists warn zombies in our economy are not. "Zombie economics" is a term that describes economic principles that have been p ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will be the keynote speaker at this year's Fighting Bob Fest at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Progressive Voters of America

BARABOO, Wis. – The 13th annual Fighting Bob Fest, called the largest annual political festival in the nation, will be this Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo. The festival is named for iconic Wisconsin political leader Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette. Dave Z ...Read More

PHOTO: What could become the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and reform political campaign spending limits, is being debated in the United States Senate. Photo credit: Library of Congress.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The U.S. Senate is involved in an historic debate over a proposed constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states control of political campaign spending limits. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 19, which could become the 28th Amendment to ...Read More

PHOTO: Veterans, Democrats and union members such as Tim Millne protested against state Sen. Evan Jenkins skipping his third veterans affairs committee meeting in a row to attend a high-dollar fundraiser with Karl Rove at a Huntington country club. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Sen. Evan Jenkins is being harshly criticized for skipping a veterans' affairs committee meeting to attend a high-dollar fundraiser at a Huntington country club. Vets and union members protested outside the West Virginia state capitol Tuesday as the legislative inte ...Read More

PHOTO: Oakland port facilities offer good-paying jobs, but California labor groups say political ad money from outside the state, including money from the Koch Brothers, is pushing an agenda that exacerbates the nation's economic divide. Photo credit: Johannes Seemann/Morguefile.
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OAKLAND, Calif. - According to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity, political networks funded by the Koch Brothers have already paid for nearly 44,000 television ads for political causes this year. In California, labor groups say they're working to counter campaigns for far-right caus ...Read More

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