Monday Morning Open Thread

Good morning.

The President has a meeting with labor leaders this afternoon. Labor is only one of the key constituencies for the Democratic party. But, somehow, union members are getting screwed in the health care bill by the tax on more expensive policies. Unions negotiate for better benefits by giving up on higher wages. I’m sure the President will have a very good explanation. And, I have no doubt that Obama will explain how he’s going to lead the charge to pass the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).

Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the federal court case challenging the constitutionality of California’s Prop. 8, starts today in San Francisco. Our side’s legal team is led by David Boies and Ted Olson. The trial won’t be broadcast live, but, in a first for a federal case, video of the proceedings will be posted on YouTube at the end of the day. We’ll be following the coverage throughout the trial.

This is also the last full week of the campaign to replace Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts. Considering Massachusetts is a very blue state, it’s surprisingly not a done deal. GOPer Scott Brown is giving Democrat Martha Coakley a strong challenge. I imagine we’ll see Obama heading to the Bay State this week to help get-out-the-vote. Democrats need to vote next Tuesday, because Republicans will.

Busy week ahead…Let’s get threading…

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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