NYT v CUOMO: A SIGN OF ETHICS ON THE RISE??? — Members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s team are “stunned” by latest endorsements of his opponent, Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout. The New York Times declined to make an endorsement in the race, attributing the unusual decision to the Governor’s “failure on ethics reform” … meanwhile, Teachout has garnered endorsements from the National Organization for Women’s New York chapter, Sierra Club, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the New York State Public Employees Federation, and The Nation, who called her “a savvy, trust-busting progressive.”
The Working Families Party (WFP) had initially tapped Teachout to run against Cuomo in response to the Governor’s interference with an ethics commission and overall lack of adherence to progressive principles. Cuomo might have thought he was in the clear when he eventually secured the WFP endorsement in a backdoor deal in early June; however, a WFP member recently told the Daily Beast: “There is definitely a sense right now of buyer’s remorse” … perhaps that is why Cuomo is refusing to debate his up and coming progressive opponent?
Is the TEACHOUT challenge a teachable moment for ethically-agnostic politicians? Should Mug Shot Perry and Gov. Bridgegate read the tea leaves and pack in their presidential ambitions? Or is this just a bump in the road for Cuomo? Time will tell…
McCONNELL’S KOCH PROBLEM — MoveOn Political Action Executive Director Ilya Sheyman slammed Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for an audio recording of him speaking at a June retreat hosted by the Koch brothers: “It’s clear that GOP Senate candidates … are more focused on satisfying their out-of-state, billionaire donors than on legislating for the benefit of their constituents and the country as a whole … if there were any question what a GOP-controlled Senate would mean for the American people, these recordings have answered it.” … McConnell was caught on tape promising conservative attendees that if the GOP gains control of the Senate in November they will “go after [Democrats] on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency … All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it …” READ more and LISTEN to the full recording over at The Nation.
50 Senators–and 73 percent of Americans–now support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, which is scheduled for a vote this fall. SIGN Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) MoveOn.org petition HERE.
FIGHT FOR FERGUSON — MTV–in partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center–launched the “Look Different” campaign, aimed at addressing hidden racial, gender, and anti-LGBT bias in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, MO. TWEET @LookDifferent, WATCH a video, and CLICK around the interactive website HERE.
SIGN MoveOn.org’s petition to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the murder of Michael Brown HERE and a We the People petition to the Obama Administration to establish a Mike Brown Law requiring all state, county, and local police to wear a camera HERE.
WITH LIBERTY AND WAGE DECLINE FOR ALL — Minimum wage workers have lost over $6 billion in purchasing power since 2009 due to stagnant wages and inflation, according to CEPR’s Minimum Wage Workers Pay Cut Clock … Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released a new report revealing that real wages fell for workers in almost every decile between the first half of 2013 and the first half of 2014. EPI economist and report author Elise Gould: “Employers have not put workers’ increased productivity into their paychecks … We cannot have a stable economy and growing and thriving middle class without higher wages.” READ the full report HERE and WATCH “The One Obvious Way to Fix Inequality that No One is Talking About.”
PROTESTS ON PAUL RYAN’S BOOK TOUR — Paul Ryan’s book tour trail has been paved with one embarrassment after another, including Ryan dodging DREAMers who questioned him about his vote to deport them, Ryan blowing off a senior who confronted him about plans to slash Medicare, and protesters bearing posters with the Agenda Project Action Fund’s incisive alternative book cover. DOWNLOAD the cover HERE and READ “Paul Ryan’s Newest Deceit: Why the Hot New Book Has the Same Old Shtick.”
FORWARD TOGETHER MOVEMENT GROWS — The North Carolina NAACP is holding a mass voting rights rally TODAY at the North Carolina General Assembly, rounding out a national “Moral Week of Action” to protest regressive policies that attack the poor, workers, the unemployed, women’s rights, and public education. Other states that participated include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The North Carolina NAACP and Advancement Project recently filed an appeal against a federal judge’s ruling that upheld the state’s highly restrictive voting law.
NEXT STEPS ON CORPORATE INVERSION — Citizens for Tax Justice released a new report evaluating the multiple proposed solutions to corporate inversion. The report reveals that stopping inversions will require addressing three different problems: loopholes allowing inversion, accounting tricks that allow inverted companies to avoid being taxed on profits that they repatriate to the U.S., and earnings stripping–the practice of making profits earned in the U.S. appear to be earned in other countries. READ the full report HERE.
BOOK RAFFLE: AGAINST AUSTERITY — Enter for a chance to win a copy of Richard Seymour’s book Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made. The book examines the austerity fervor plaguing political discourse worldwide and supplies strategies for preventing future crises. The WINNER will be REVEALED in PP on September 11! E-MAIL PP Editor Hannah Hendler at email@example.com with the subject line “AGAINST AUSTERITY submission.”
KID TESTED, UNION APPROVED – AFSCME shared a union-made school supplies checklist. CHECK it out HERE.
THE PRICE OF MONEY IN POLITICS — Sunlight Foundation and ReThink Media will host a discussion on money’s influence in politics with Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Sen. Angus King (I-ME). The event will take place on Tuesday, September 16th at OpenGov Hub in Washington, D.C. RSVP HERE.
FROM THE WONK WIRE …
… SAVE THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO and Top Wonk Jamie Rappaport Clark warns that dismantling the Endangered Species Act would lead to preventable extinctions like that of the passenger pigeon.
… IMAGINARY SWING VOTERS: Columbia University Professor and Top Wonk Andrew Gelman reveals that “swings” in public opinion polls are rarely due to voters’ changing allegiances and are rather an artifact of changing response rates.
… WOMEN’S EQUALITY PROGRESS REPORT: Voter Participation Center Founder and President and Top Wonk Page Gardner commemorates Women’s Equality Day by examining the continued struggle for voting rights and inequality in the U.S.
Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.
… ON OUR AGENDA … PP congratulates EPI Economist and Top Wonk Heidi Shierholz for her new role as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor!… EPI President Lawrence Mishel: “EPI’s loss is America’s gain” …
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