Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Barack Obama - #3888 - Report: Obama Friend Who Allegedly Tried to Bribe Rev. Wright is Same Crony Who Just Got $5.9 Million HHS Contract (2) Victory: Federal Judge Strikes Down NLRB Rules Approving 'Ambush" Union Elections - Hot Air

Via the Daily Caller. Remember, the stories in the news yesterday about Wright being bribed in 2008 never named the person who supposedly made the offer. Wright is quoted as saying that it was “one of Barack’s closest friends” but without a name it’s hard to tell if that’s anything more than a bitter ex-mentor making something up to hurt his protege. A day later, though, here’s author Edward Klein on Hannity’s radio show providing the name after all: Allegedly it’s Eric Whitaker. That’s the same guy who runs the Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where (1) Michelle Obama got her big six-figure promotion coincidentally shortly after The One was elected to the Senate; (2) the same guy who got a “glowing” reference from Obama for Tony Rezko, which led to Rod Blagojevich hiring Whitaker to be the state’s public health director; and the (3) same guy whose UHI program just got nearly $6 million from HHS as one of 26 grantees in an applicant pool of 3,000.  Read more.......


Victory: Federal Judge Strikes Down NLRB's Rule Approving "Ambush" Union Elections. - Hot Air - Big win, but it’ll probably take electing President Romney to make sure they don’t make it stick on the second try.  “When it comes to satisfying a quorum requirement, though, showing up is even more important than that.” The rule change, challenged in court by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, simplified and shortened balloting at a time when the unionized share of the workforce is falling, according to labor relations consultant Phillip Wilson. The compressed schedule could have cut the time permitted for voting in half to as few as 15 days, Wilson said. Unions win 87 percent of elections held 15 days or less after a request, a rate that falls to 58 percent when the vote takes place after 36 to 40 days, according to a February report by Bloomberg Government. O’s two Democratic appointees wanted to give unions a shot at quietly gathering the necessary signatures for an election and then dumping the petition on management before the company had a chance to make its case to the employees against unionization. The third member of the NLRB, Republican Brian Hayes, opposed the plan. No problem, though — Dems win 2-1, right? Nope. Not if Hayes doesn’t vote:  Read more........

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