I’m excited to announce that I’ve taken a new job, and starting next week, will be the Pennsylvania state director for the Working Families Party. I’m starting on a part-time basis, so I can wind down the consulting work that I’ve been doing over the past several months…so those of you who have been working with me at the SEIU state council or the pension table will have to put up with my nagging emails for a few more weeks.
This has been a long transition for me—it was over a year ago that I decided to leave SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, and I’ve had a pretty winding road of figuring out what I wanted to do next. Ultimately, the chance to keep building political power for working people—regardless of whether they are union members or not—proved to have a pretty powerful lure. Plus, I’ll get to work with some great folks here in PA, and at the national level.
For those of you who are wondering what’s going to happen to Hack the Union (I know that at least my mom is wondering this, even if no one else is)—it’s not just going to continue—it’s about to get even better, with the addition of great new writing talent. Soon, you’ll be able to read stories by Wyatt Closs, Julia Carrie Wong & Douglas Williams—and you’ll also be able to contribute to help support their work, if you’re so inclined.
For me, I’ll be semi-relieved to have a day job & regular health care again—though I’ll miss having cats crawl around my workspace every day! But the chance to work on a political agenda as rich and wide-ranging as the one the Party is bringing to PA is too good to pass up, even for classwarkitteh love.
Though midterm elections typically have see less campaign spending than presidential-year elections, the 2014 midterms are breaking records in at least one respect. Dark money spending is 4 times higher this cycle than it was at this point in any other cycle — even the 2012 cycle which shattered records, eventually receiving more than $310 million in spending by groups that don’t disclose their donors.
Oh good—even more dark money than ever before
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