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March 09, 2011 4:37 pm ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking Crossroads GPS' Anti-Union Ad

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March 09, 2011 4:08 pm ET filed under Fact Check

Ad Check: Crossroads GPS Uses Misleading Video Clips To Vilify Public Employee Unions

The latest ad from Crossroads GPS — backed with $750,000 from the right-wing billionaires who fund Karl Rove's brainchild — smears public employee unions with out-of-context video clips and a statistic so misleading even the conservative scholar the ad cites to back it up condemns the ad as a misrepresentation of his work. With GOP efforts to bust public worker unions in Wisconsin seemingly on the ropes, this ad attempts to reframe the debate by painting union workers as violent, selfish, and overpaid shills of the Democratic Party. In the process, Crossroads GPS tells some whoppers.

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March 04, 2011 5:00 pm ET filed under Blog

Kasich Claims 'We're Attacking Poverty, Joblessness' With Union-Busting Legislation

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March 04, 2011 9:09 am ET filed under Blog

WISCONSIN: Even Rasmussen Finds Voters Deserting Walker, GOP Union-Busters

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March 03, 2011 2:09 pm ET filed under Blog

Sen. DeMint Erases Wall Street's Role In Recession To Bolster GOP Attack On Public Workers

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March 03, 2011 11:22 am ET filed under Blog

RNC Chairman Priebus Wiggles Around Polling Question

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March 02, 2011 5:12 pm ET filed under Blog

WI Republican: We're "Wasting Valuable Time" On "Classic Overreach" By Gov. Walker

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March 01, 2011 1:09 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. West Likens Wisconsin State Senate Democrats To Army Deserters

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February 28, 2011 3:18 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Walker's New Talking Points On Local Contracts Are Seriously Misleading

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February 28, 2011 10:25 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011 10:12 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 27, 2011

This week's Sunday political chatter was focused on two very, very different places: Wisconsin and Libya. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) defended his union-busting efforts on Meet the Press by arguing that union contract agreements in recent weeks prove public workers aren't being honest when they say they'll accept his pension and health insurance demands, but that's disingenuous; the agreements he referenced had been in the works long before his power grab. Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) joined Walker in suggesting that collective bargaining is to blame for state budget troubles, but the facts don't bear that out. Meanwhile on Fox News Sunday, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) asserted that public employees are overpaid (before absurdly claiming that the Bush tax cuts worked) and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) told ABC viewers that Walker is simply fulfilling a campaign promise.  None of these claims is true. On other topics, Mike Huckabee (R-AR) lied about the national debt on Fox News and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) falsely asserted that President Obama never showed support for Iranian protesters in the summer of 2009.

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February 25, 2011 3:41 pm ET filed under Blog

Poll: Only The Wealthy Support Gov. Walker

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February 25, 2011 12:32 pm ET filed under Blog

RNC Chairman Priebus Wasn't Paying Attention To 2010 Elections

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February 25, 2011 9:36 am ET filed under Blog

Primer on Critical 11th Day Of Wisconsin Budget Standoff

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February 24, 2011 4:41 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Walker: Union-Busting Scheme "The Only Way" To Balance Budget

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February 24, 2011 9:41 am ET filed under Blog

What The "Koch" Tapes Tell Us About Gov. Walker

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February 23, 2011 1:15 pm ET filed under Fact Check

MYTHS & FACTS: GOP Union-Busting In Wisconsin

With Republican Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to cripple public employee unions in Wisconsin provoking a major backlash, it's important to have the facts straight. Several dishonest claims from Walker supporters get repeated so frequently and sound so straightforward that they become ingrained. But the fact remains that Walker's plan goes far beyond what's necessary to fix the budget, and would eventually destroy public workers unions. Furthermore, while anti-union forces blame Wisconsin public workers for the state's budget problems, that both ignores the recession that created the budget trouble and hides the reality that banning collective bargaining for public workers hasn't saved other states from the recession. Indeed, 80 percent of such states have worse budget problems than Wisconsin. 

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February 23, 2011 12:25 pm ET filed under Blog

CONFIRMED: Gov. Walker's Strategy Call With "David Koch" Really Happened

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February 22, 2011 4:46 pm ET filed under Blog

RNC Chairman Priebus And Speaker Boehner Cite Flawed Poll On Support For Wisconsin Governor

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February 22, 2011 10:31 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 20, 2011

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February 22, 2011 10:21 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 20, 2011

With nearly 70,000 protestors out in Madison, WI to reject Gov. Scott Walker's (R) attempt to break the state's public employees unions on Sunday, the morning shows focused almost exclusively on labor disputes — meaning there was plenty of misinformation flying about Wisconsin workers. Former RNC chair Ed Gillespie told Meet the Press that "we're not talking about eliminating collective bargaining," even though that's precisely what Gov. Walker wants to do (he even said as much in his own Sunday morning interview). Former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) falsely claimed that Wisconsin public employees don't pay anything toward their health insurance. Meanwhile on Face the Nation, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) claimed the fight in Wisconsin is about "modest shared sacrifice," even though the governor has rejected such "modest" compromises in his drive to bust the unions. Elsewhere, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined Rep. Ryan in distorting spending figures, and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claimed there's no reason to think world opinion of the U.S. has gone up in the Obama era.

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February 18, 2011 3:04 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Bachmann: Wisconsin Dems Should Respect Results Of "Change Election"

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February 18, 2011 9:47 am ET filed under Blog

Wisconsin Republican: State Workers Shouldn't Have Union Rights

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February 17, 2011 6:32 pm ET filed under Blog

Speaker Boehner's Hasty Defense Of WI Gov. Covers Up Self-Inflicted Budget "Crisis"

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October 31, 2010 6:16 pm ET filed under Ad Check

NRTWC Gets It Wrong On The Employee Free Choice Act

In a new ad attacking Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC) reveals that it is more concerned about helping big business than protecting the rights of hardworking Americans. The NRWC levels several false charges against the Employee Free Choice Act, including that "workers would lose their right to secret ballot elections," while being targeted with "lies, intimidation, threats, and worse," and that workers and small businesses would be forced to acquiesce to "big labor control in the blink of an eye" — an action we "literally cannot afford." In reality, the Employee Free Choice Act would expand the rights of workers while keeping intact the secret-ballot option and limiting the clout of union management. Furthermore, the bill would actually benefit small businesses by reducing the likelihood of business closures and encouraging local spending through increased wages for workers.

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October 26, 2010 9:21 am ET filed under Blog

Former Gov. Huckabee Adds To The Confusion About Disclosure

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October 22, 2010 5:03 pm ET filed under Blog

The Difference Between Unions And Right-Wing Money Machine: Disclosure

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September 05, 2010 11:25 pm ET filed under Blog

Five Ways "Speaker Boehner" Would Hurt American Workers

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March 30, 2010 2:26 pm ET filed under Blog

Anti-Labor Groups Are Against Recess Appointment, But Only Sometimes

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March 03, 2010 12:38 pm ET filed under Blog

Rep. Steve King: Because Rep. Frank Is Gay, He Should Oppose Federal Wage Requirements

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