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Stories written by David Groves
David is Editor of The Stand, and Publications Director for the Washington State Labor Council. He joined the council in 1992 after working as a newspaper copy/layout editor at the Carroll County (Md.) Times and the (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot. He earned a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland.

Heck: NO on TPP, time to rethink trade deals


OLYMPIA (Oct. 21, 2016) — U.S. Rep. Denny Heck (D-10th) announced Friday that he intends to vote “no” on the Trans-Pacific Partnership if it is brought up during the lame-duck session of Congress or thereafter until his concerns are addressed regarding the “means and the will” to enforce it and “meaningfully help” needed for America’s […]

Buying the Court, suppression not fraud, weird nasty hombres…

Friday, October 21, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► From KNKX — Wealthy Washingtonians dump $350K into effort to defeat Supreme Court justice — Southwest Washington billionaire Ken Fisher, Mariners owner John Stanton and Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman just put 350,000 into a PAC to fund a TV ad campaign against incumbent Justice Charles Wiggins. […]

Support three incumbent state Supreme Court justices


Stop politicization of the courts by re-electing Yu, Madsen, Wiggins   (October 21, 2016) — If you care about the politicization of Washington state’s highest court, fill out that election ballot you just received (or will receive any day now) and send it in! Rather than focusing on improving school funding, the Washington State Republican […]

YES on 1433, Clinton crushes, unions are the answer…


Thursday, October 20, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► From The Stranger — YES On Initiative 1433 (editorial endorsement) — Thanks to Republicans, all recent attempts to raise the state minimum wage above the current $9.47 via legislative action have failed. I-1433 gives we, the people, the power to raise the minimum wage to $13.50 […]

How the Superintendent of Public Instruction can empower workers


By CHRIS REYKDAL (Oct. 20, 2016) — My name is Chris Reykdal, and I am running to serve as our Superintendent of Public Instruction, the chief officer of our state’s public schools. I am endorsed in this race by the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO; the Washington Education Association; and nearly 30 local affiliates across […]

Leading on ST3, solidarity with cops, tonight’s debase…


Wednesday, October 19, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Sound Transit 3 is the transit system our region has needed for 40 years (by Dow Constantine, Dave Somers and Marilyn Strickland) — As leaders in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, we represent 3.5 million people. And we share an interest […]

Zoom+Care’s cherry-picking, Medicare refusal protested


The following is from the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action: SEATTLE (Oct. 19, 2016) — Supporters of equitable health care rallied Tuesday outside Seattle and Portland Zoom+Care clinics, demanding that the healthcare chain start accepting and caring for Medicare and Medicaid patients and active duty military members and their families covered by Tricare. Zoom+ […]

Volunteer Saturday and win fabulous prizes!


RENTON (Oct. 19, 2016) — County auditors have mailed the fall election ballots. So after weeks of educating union members about which candidates and ballot measures have earned labor’s support, Labor Neighbor volunteers are adding this simple message: Fill out your ballot — the whole ballot — and turn it in! And to thank the […]

732 needs work, ‘rigged’ chickens roost, silent no more…


Tuesday, October 18, 2016   STATE ELECTIONS   ► In today’s News Tribune — No on I-732; carbon tax rough draft needs work (editorial) — Unfortunately, the main selling point of I-732 — that it would be revenue neutral — doesn’t seem to pencil out. A fiscal impact study by state economists estimates the initiative […]

King County Council supports expanding Social Security

King County Council, Seattle, Washington

(Oct. 18, 2016) — The M.K. King County Council approved a motion Monday supporting the expansion of the Social Security and Medicare programs and benefits and the elimination of the cap on earnings that are subject to the Social Security payroll tax, expressing the intent that these positions be included in King County’s federal legislative […]




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