LODGES, VICE PRESIDENTIAL sections, and individual members that excelled in raising money for CAF and LEF in 2011 received special recognition during the LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., April 23-26.
CAF stands for Campaign Assistance Fund. As the Boilermakers’ political action fund, CAF money goes to support worker-friendly candidates for the U.S. House and Senate.
LOBBYING ON CAPITOL Hill can be an eye-opener for LEAP first-timers interested in becoming more politically involved. This was the case for Ykalo “Nicco” Abraha, a member of Local 104, (Portland, Ore.), who attended his very first LEAP conference in April.
SCOTT WALKER, THE Wisconsin governor who sparked international outrage by leading the charge to strip the state’s public workers of their collective bargaining rights, survived a recall vote June 5 with the help of wealthy corporate backers and sympathetic media supporters. But it was only a partial victory. Republicans lost their majority in the Wisconsin Senate through recalls in that body, which will make it difficult for Walker to do further damage to public workers and unions.
THE WISCONSIN UPRISING's battle to oust Governor Scott Walker is mounting a powerful grassroots effort to mobilize the vote against him June 5th. A new poll from Celinda Lake, a top Democratic pollster, shows the recall election deadlocked 49-49 percent, with independent voters breaking toward Democratic challenger Tom Barrett. Other polls have shown Walker with a lead in the June 5th election. But Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman, Graeme Zelinski says national political pundits and the polls they rely on are wrong.
Rep. Higgins strums, sings one of Abe’s favorite numbers
REP. BRIAN HIGGINS (D-NY 27) did something quite unusual before he accepted the Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year Award at the LEAP conference April 25. He strapped on a guitar and delivered a soulful rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”
The conference room hushed as Higgins strummed and sang the number. It was one of Abe’s favorites, and the two friends had practiced it often together.