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From the Working Families Party:

Dear WFP Supporter,

It’s official: 158,891. That’s how many votes were cast for Barack Obama on the Working Families Party line in New York — 25,000 more than the WFP got for John Kerry in 2004.

Together, we’re building something real — a party that can take on the big fights for working families and win.

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Elephants In Drag

A sign of the times: far right conservatives attempt to feed their anti-teacher, anti-union hemlock to the Democrats.


Andy Rotherham finds the smoking piece of elephant dung: the dalliance with one Rudy Giuliani, before getting dressed up in blue.

Poll Shows Key Role of Union Vote in Election

Union voters played an important role in President-elect Barack Obama’s historic victory, delivering a critical bloc of support in swing states that helped propel Obama and other worker-friendly candidates to big wins on Nov. 4, according to polling data from the AFL-CIO.

High turnout among working-class union voters in states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania formed a foundation of support for Obama. In new battleground states like Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, the AFL-CIO mounted a bigger effort than ever before, and union members voted by large margins for Obama.

AFL-CIO union members across battleground states supported Obama by a 68 percent to 30 percent margin, according to an election-night survey conducted for the AFL-CIO by Peter D. Hart Research Associates. More »

Advice for Obama

Now that Barack Obama has been elected the next president of the United States, what do you think his administration’s top priority should be and why?

The AFT wants to hear members’ opinions. Go to AFT Voices and take their survey.

And while you’re at it, let us know too by leaving a comment below.

Musings on Election Day and the Obama Victory

[Editor’s note: Peter Goodman blogs at Ed in the Apple, where this post originally appeared.]

Break on through to the other side
– The Doors

Election Day

7:30 am: My plan was to get to the poll at the opening, 6 am, and cast my ballot quickly. At 6:05 am the line was incredibly long … took me an hour and a half. A friendly line, we chatted, talked about the historic nature of the election, no one argued, the polling people were well-organized and I pulled down my mechanical handles and swung the lever to the left, a solid “clunk,” as the decades old machine registered my vote.

10:30 am: The line is longer!!  The line usually abates as folks move on to work, not today… More »

AFT Resource Highlights Teachable Moments from Election

Immediately moving the historic 2008 presidential election from the voting booth to the classroom, the AFT has launched a Web site for educators that provides information, materials and lesson plans to help students absorb the many teachable moments of this history-making campaign. More »

Weingarten Hails Obama Win as Extraordinary Milestone

Citing President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s “powerful promise of hope and their sound solutions to the country’s most vexing problems” as the keys that helped them win the nation’s trust and confidence, AFT President Randi Weingarten congratulated the winning candidates on their extraordinary Nov. 4 election victory.

“So much about this campaign has been historic and electrifying,” Weingarten said. “The incredible voter interest Barack Obama generated, especially among young, independent and first-time voters; the sea change in voting patterns across America; and the election of America’s first African-American president are all extraordinary milestones for our country. I am hopeful that this civic excitement and engagement will be sustained for the benefit of our great democracy. More »

NYC Votes

Obama vs. McCain

Text, photos, and video covering Election Day in New York:

Huge turnout has many city voters waiting in long lines [NY1]

Voters share their experiences at the polls [WNYC]

Tim Robbins Faces Mix-Up at Polling Place [New York Times]

On Staten Island, House Battle Comes to a Close [New York Times]

A collection of photos, video, and voter testimonials [Gothamist]

Election Day

vote aqui

Election coverage guides:
Election Night (Popcorn Included) [New York Times]
Guide For Watching Election Night Results [Huffington Post]
Election Day Tipsheet [Slate]
Complete Guide to Voter Fraud, Voter Suppression, and Other Election Day Shenanigans [Slate]

Lifehacker compiles your options for live streaming coverage online.

Andrew Sullivan posts readers’ experiences at the polls.

Maps, widgets, and more. [Huffington Post]

Row E

Vote Obama on Row E

A message from the Working Families Party:

New York isn’t a swing state, but there’s still one thing we can do to make sure our votes really count – vote for Barack Obama on the Working Families ballot line – “Row E.”

Working Families votes for Obama count the same, but they send a powerful message that we don’t just want a change of party in the White House, we want to see a real progressive agenda.

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The Politics Of Resentment And Fear

As the economic crisis that has come in the wake of Wall Street’s financial meltdown deepens, one response from the American right has already begun to take shape – a politics of resentment and fear. For these laissez-faire market evangelists of deregulation and unfettered corporate power and greed, the current economic debacle is not a reason to reflect on the real world consequences of their ideological dogma, but a political opportunity to pursue ‘divide and conquer’ strategies designed to set working people against each other. More »

Civics Is Fun!

Students at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, delivering a civics lesson on CNN to the tune of T.I.’s “Whatever You Like”:

New York Times Endorses Obama

The editorial board of the New York Times published their endorsement of Barack Obama today. Education is merely mentioned in passing, but it’s a good read.

Read the full Times endorsement here.

Hyperbole is the currency of presidential campaigns, but this year the nation’s future truly hangs in the balance.

The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush’s failed leadership. He is saddling his successor with two wars, a scarred global image and a government systematically stripped of its ability to protect and help its citizens — whether they are fleeing a hurricane’s floodwaters, searching for affordable health care or struggling to hold on to their homes, jobs, savings and pensions in the midst of a financial crisis that was foretold and preventable.

As tough as the times are, the selection of a new president is easy. After nearly two years of a grueling and ugly campaign, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has proved that he is the right choice to be the 44th president of the United States.

Debate: Education and the Next President


Last night was the Edweek-sponsored, Teachers College-hosted debate between Linda Darling-Hammond and Lisa Graham Keegan, prominent education advisers to Obama and McCain, respectively.

Edweek has a roughly-edited transcript of the debate.  To watch the archived webcast, click on this link and then click “Register to view the archive of this webcast.”

The debate video is approximately 90 minutes long. More »

Teaching Controversy And Free Political Expression: A Reply To Rotherham

In a flawed argument, Eduwonk’s Andy Rotherham has weighed in on the free political expression issue, taking the side of Tweed’s prohibitions, just as a United States District Judge issued a preliminary injunction against the DoE on two of the three issues raised by the UFT. [The New York Times reports the judge’s decision here; read the actual decision here.]

According to Rotherham, it is “hysterical” to think that First Amendment issues are raised when a government entity like the NYC Department of Education limits free political expression. More »