Labor Unions strike back against Blanche Lincoln!

The Arkansas Democratic Senate runoff election between Bill Halter and Blanche Lincoln is a week from today. SEIU, which has been heavily involved supporting Halter (along with other labor unions and MoveOn), has a new ad on the air today hitting Lincoln for long-time support of Wall Street banks and investment companies. Here's the ad:

Blanche Lincoln has a long history of being in the pockets of Big Banks. In 2005 she voted in favor of the onerous Bankruptcy Reform Act. This law makes it harder for individuals to file bankruptcy and came after years and years of lobbying by the Big Banks. More recently, Lincoln voted in favor of bailing out Wall Street through TARP. Her Big Bank favoritism continued this year when she voted against putting a cap on the rates allowed for out-of-state credit card lenders. Delaware Online reported: "The amendment to the financial reform bill would have allowed all 50 states to impose individual interest rate caps on out-of-state lenders -- meaning card companies would not be able to use one national rate set in the state where they are chartered."
Isn't it great to have Blanche Lincoln on your side? Sure, it is if you're a Big Bank or Wall Street firm. But if you're just a regular working American who can't donate over $800,000 to Lincoln like the securities and investment industry, you're SOL.
Lincoln's recent ads have tried to attack labor for supporting Bill Halter. This is a pretty bizarre critique, considering the unions who are supporting Halter are doing so because it is what their Arkansan members want. Just putting the word "Washington" in front of the word "union" doesn't move the target of Lincoln's ads out of Arkansan and back to the nation's capital. The good news is, recent polling by Daily Kos and Research 2000 shows Halter three points ahead of Lincoln, though still within the margin of error.
If you're in Arkansas, early vote for Bill Halter. And no matter where you are, support Bill Halter for Senate in Arkansas.



MoveOn jumps into the Blue America "Standing Up For The Public Option" fundraiser.

Goal Thermometer

MoveOn has generously joined in on our Standing Up For The Public Option fundraiser and it's helped keep the thermometer rising. When last I looked we were over 300,000 dollars and over 5000 donors. I can't wait to wake up and see where we are next. (I wrote this post at 11:15 PM Thursday)

Howie Klein adds:

UPDATE: MoveOn.org Joins The Battle

If you've noticed that our thermometer is going through the roof today, that's because MoveOn is in the process of sending out a request to their millions of members to join the effort to thank the Democrats in Congress who have drawn the line in the sand for a robust public option and real health care reform beyond the siphoning of public money that the insurance companies and their congressional shills want.

I was watching MSNBC and CNN yesterday and all I was hearing was that progressives supporting the public option are left to the left. WTF does that mean? When Bush used reconciliation to pass his massive tax cut for the rich bill, the media didn't say that it was a right to the right position. We get tarred for having a brain.

And now Terry McCauliffe of all people has said that he's for the public option and is offering to do a fundraiser for anyone who endorsers it in Virginia. Wow.

Not Larry Sabato has worked with Terry McAuliffe to do a major fundraiser for any Virginia candidate who makes the pledge (an effort probably worth six figures).

Terry McAuliffe? Wow! That's an effort! In fact, I'm going back on the Blue America page and donating some more.

And a new poll shows 77% percent of Americans still support the public option.

Yet, while the issue continues to be hotly debated in the halls of Congress, a new poll by Survey USA finds that the idea is as popular as ever amongst the American public:

More than three out of every four Americans feel it is important to have a “choice” between a government-run health care insurance option and private coverage, according to a public opinion poll released on Thursday.

A new study by SurveyUSA puts support for a public option at a robust 77 percent, one percentage point higher than where it stood in June.

The SurveyUSA poll finds similar results to several other polls that also show that the public option is very popular, a fact that some members of Congress consider to be a detriment.

Yes, I'm a 77%er...

Jane adds:

The House Dems have 77% of the country behind them. Conrad and Bayh have WellPoint and Blue Cross behind them, and messy financial ties to boot. Will they join with the Republicans to filibuster a Democratic health care bill? Because as Kagro X says, that is very much what they are saying they will do.

I guess we will see.



Blue Dog McIntyre Flip-Flops on SCHIP! UPDATED

DailyKos:

It looks like pressure paid off. Mike McIntyre announced this afternoon that he has changed his stand on SCHIP. More from the release...

Congressman McIntyre stated, "As a long-time advocate for children for over 25 years, and as one who has consistently supported family health issues, I will not support President Bush's veto of the SCHIP bill, and I will vote to override his veto. My objection to the method of funding for this bill and my support of North Carolina's farmers and the economic well-being of our communities are well-known, but I have always supported the SCHIP program and will do what is necessary to preserve it for the sake of children and families in need. As Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee that oversees tobacco, I will also continue to do all that I can to support our farmers and our region's economy. That commitment has not changed with this vote for our children."

This flip-flop comes in the wake of national pressure, local pressure from Wilmington, NC MoveOn members, and bad publicity in the Wilmington, NC StarNews newspaper.

The Bush Dogs are feeling the pressure, as Jane says, two down and three to go...keep up those calls and letters.

UPDATE: Please donate here so we can keep the pressure up with our Blue America ad campaign.




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