09/2010 Labor's Edge Blog Articles
Jerry Brown Shows Meg Whitman How It’s Done at the First Gubernatorial Debate
by Rebecca Greenberg
There’s no doubt that Jerry Brown came out on top after the first gubernatorial debate last night at UC Davis. According to a SurveyUSA/CBS poll conducted last night just after the debate (as reported by CBS’ Doug Sovern on Twitter), 53% say they will vote for Brown, 38% for Meg.
Those figures come as no surprise. Throughout the course of the debate, Brown was warm, thoughtful, intelligent and even funny at times, while Whitman was cold, scripted and over-rehearsed, and her attempted jokes flopped with the audience. But more notably, Brown laid out a clear and executable game plan to create jobs and get California back on track, while Whitman completely failed to offer any real insight as to how she would implement all of her unrealistic policy proposals.
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Rants & Raves for the Week of September 20th
* Whitman says Fresno is "awful" * Whitman takes more campaign cash from Goldman Sachs * Whitman seeks ballot measure to gut pensions *
* Study finds higher levels of unionization mean happier workers * Key health care reform provisions kick in * Boxer leads Fiorina in wake of new ad campaign *
Health Care Reform: What’s New, and What’s Next
by Sara Flocks
President Obama signed historic health care reform into law six months ago this week. Many Californians saw immediate benefits from the new law. Today, several important new provisions of the law go into effect, and millions more will start to see how the health care law benefits them and their families.
As of today, an estimated 1.3 million young adults in California will now be able to stay on their parents' health plans. Insurers are now prohibited from dropping coverage when someone gets sick, and they can no longer deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. The abusive practice of placing a lifetime limit on insurance coverage will end today as well, thanks to the federal reform.
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Rants & Raves for the Week of September 13th
* Whitman threatens to sue TV stations that air CTA ad * California poverty rate jumps to 15.3% * State seeks to sell public buildings to private investors *
* Yelp employee calls out Whitman's lies * Court rules in favor of LA Clean Trucks program * Cal/OSHA adopts historic diacetyl workplace safety rule *
Impact of Foreclosures Goes Far Beyond Economic Damage
by Caitlin Vega
A new study conducted by the Alameda County Public Health Department and the housing rights group Causa Justa found that those who have had homes foreclosed on are twice as likely to report that their mental and physical health has declined. Many cite increased crime in their communities as a result of mass foreclsoures, as well as the strain caused by dislocating their children from friends and schools due to a forced move.
This latest report only underscores the need to protect families from the harm caused by foreclosures. Unfortunately, the lending industry that aggressively marketed sub-prime loans is now resisting efforts to protect borrowers from unnecessary foreclosures.
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Labor Day Kicks Off Final Push in Battle for the Soul of California
by Art Pulaski
This Labor Day, California is at a crossroads. We can either continue the economic race to the bottom – exacerbated by corporate policies and Gov. Schwarzenegger’s slash-and-burn budgets – or we can chart a new course to rebuild California from the bottom up. The heart of California’s economy, our workers, are struggling with near record unemployment, stagnating wages and devastating budget cuts that are eroding the California Dream.
This November, Californians have a critical choice to make about which direction our state should take to deal with the enormous challenges we face. This election is simply a battle for the soul of California.
In the race for Governor, the choices couldn’t be starker.
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Fiorina Routed In California Senate Debate
by Robert Cruickshank
There was always a massive contradiction - or one might say, a dishonest hypocrisy of stunning proportions - at the heart of Carly Fiorina's US Senate campaign. She touts herself as someone who can create jobs, but her record as the failed and fired CEO of Hewlett-Packard shows her to be one of the worst offenders when it comes to corporate destruction of American jobs.
That is not only a contradiction, it's also a big campaign liability that was just waiting for someone to exploit it. And that's exactly what Senator Barbara Boxer did in last night's debate.
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