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Sharpton Washington March Offers Preview of Political Intimidation

By: | January 18, 2017

When it comes to organizing rallies on short notice, Al Sharpton has few peers.  The ability of Reverend Al to generate a crowd through his New York City-based nonprofit National Action Network (NAN) was in evidence last Saturday morning, January 14, in the nation’s capital.  Billed as the “We Shall Not Be Moved March on Washington,” the rain-soaked event (see photo) drew thousands of overwhelmingly black participants, many arriving by chartered bus.  The stated purpose of this grievance convention, timed for Martin Luther King Day and the Donald Trump inauguration, was to pressure Congress into resisting the new administration.  Accordingly, the march offered a platform for ritual denunciations of enemies of blacks, Hispanics, gays and other “disenfranchised” groups, and calls for new laws to protect their members.  If lawmakers are smart, they’ll take a pass.

Al Sharpton for more than a decade has become a political player of the first …

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Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year

By: | January 16, 2017

Benefit scams grabbed the lion’s share of corruption stories in 2016.  Scammers came from outside as well as from inside the unions, with an unusually large number of cases revolving around health plans.  If anything, plan trustees need to perform more thorough due diligence when choosing outside parties.  There also were a sizable number of cases of six-figure (or more) embezzlement and fraud.  Labor officials expanded their misguided campaign to enact a $15 an hour minimum wage in the nation’s cities.  They also tried to undo Right to Work laws in three states, and at least temporarily, have been successful in two of those states by way of court action.  And due to a deadlocked Supreme Court, state and local public-sector unions retained their authority to coerce dues payments from unwilling workers under contract.  In other words, there was plenty to write about last year.  Here are the ten stories …

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Speaker Ryan Must Stop Sneak Attack on Office of Congressional Ethics

By: | January 3, 2017

ryanSome House Republicans — apparently led by Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA) — are attempting to emasculate the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). The House Conference reportedly voted last night 119-74 to place control of OCE under the Ethics Committee, effectively destroying it. The full House is scheduled today to vote on the larger Rules package of which Goodlatte’s amendment is part.

This is an incredibly stupid start to the new Congress, and badly undercuts President-elect Trump’s efforts to “drain the swamp.”

Media reports suggest that Speaker Paul Ryan opposed the move, but there have been reasons for skepticism about the House leadership’s commitment to OCE. It doesn’t matter what happened last night. It is now up to Ryan to save OCE. He must act with strength and decisiveness.

OCE was established in 2008 and is slightly more independent that the Ethics Committee because its board is comprised of former members …

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