they begin by eating thier own

From the Detroit Free Press

Mark Gaffney, the longtime head of the politically potent Michigan AFL-CIO, is departing his post and will be replaced by former UAW staffer and onetime Wayne County consultant Karla Swift, people familiar with the situation told the Free Press.

Swift’s election to head the state AFL-CIO has the blessing of UAW President Bob King.

Gaffney, 55, has led the state’s largest labor coalition since 1999. Before that, he had a long career as a labor organizer, including stints with the United Steelworkers of America and the Teamsters.

Gaffney, reached at his office in Lansing this afternoon, declined to comment, but said he expected to make an announcement Thursday.

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano praised Gaffney today, saying, “I have a lot of respect and admiration for him. I think Mark was a real advocate for working people, and I think he’s a person who’s shown that he cares about everyday people and he’s willing to be vocal about it and fight for them.”

Swift has held several roles in recent years, working as a consultant for Ficano when he was Wayne County sheriff helping organize community programs for home gun locks and similar issues. Later, when Ficano was elected county executive, she consulted with him on home foreclosures and other issues. She also has worked for the UAW and United Way.

Ficano said he had not heard yet that Swift would get the top job at the state AFL-CIO, but he added, “If it is Karla, they would get one smart, dedicated labor operative who knows how to organize and who knows how to fight for working people.”

Asked if Gaffney was getting blamed for last year’s electoral losses suffered by Democrats in the state, Ficano said, “That trend line was happening. To blame it on one person would be unfair.”

In 2010, Republicans swept both chambers of the Legislature, the governor’s office, secretary of state, attorney general and 9 of 15 congressional seats.

No votes yet

The special election to replace Congressman Anthony Weiner has turned downright nasty.
It’s as much a referendum on President Barack Obama’s policies as on the candidates’ credentials, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.
Polls show the race to replace the disgraced Weiner is neck and neck and a referendum on the policies of President Obama and Washington, where proposals to cuts Social Security and Medicaid weigh heavily on the voters here. So do the president’s policies on Israel.
“With regard to the well being of the state of Israel there is no question that Barack Obama is someone that we in the Jewish community don’t trust,” Assemblyman Hikind said.

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Just the fact that the seat is competitive shows the vulnerability of the President.

Remember Weiner's seat was also previously held by Geraldine Ferraro and Chuck Schumer and is generally thought of as a stepping stone.

I don't expect the GOP to win the seat. But the fact that it's competitive tells me that many areas the President previously won like in VA will be much much harder and significantly limits the path to 270.

MikeyA

Obama also hit his lowest monthly approval among Hispanics during August, and tied his lowest monthly approval among blacks.
During the month, Gallup interviewed 1,183 Hispanics and 48 percent of them said they approved of the job Obama was doing as president.

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