"If nothing else, today's declaration ensures that the federation's coming convention -- originally conceived as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the merger of the AFL and the CIO -- will be a bitter affair. It was never wholly clear what there was to celebrate: At the time of the 1955 merger, 35 percent of the U.S. workforce was unionized; today that figure stands at just 12.5 percent. Unions are surely not the primary authors of their own demise, but to the extent that they are responsible, their decline can be traced back to a fateful error made at the time of the merger."
The Clintons of Chappaqua:
Ray Hernandez and Glen Justice put a Clintonesque spin on the financial disclosure forms released yesterday. LINK
The New York Post headline above Ian Bishop's write-up of Sen. Clinton's financial disclosure form: "Hill-ionaire Author" LINK
The Observer's Ben Smith explores the contours the Hillary Clinton/Rupert Murdoch relationship and ponders if a "nonagression pact" may be in place. LINK
"Jean Schmidt, the Clermont County Republican whose political career hit bottom last year when she lost an Ohio Senate primary, won a shot at an even bigger job Tuesday night -- a seat in the U.S. House. LINK
". . . In the Republican primary, with 100 percent of the seven counties in the 2nd Congressional District reporting, Schmidt edged former Rep. Bob McEwen by about 700 votes."
More: "Perhaps the biggest surprise of the early results was the weak showing of Hamilton County Commissioner Pat DeWine, who finished fourth behind Schmidt, McEwen and state Rep. Tom Brinkman Jr."
Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett won his Democratic primary handily.
The Washington Post's Michael Shear wraps all the results from yesterday's primary in Virginia, Noting that in addition to the Kilgore v. Kaine match up now official for governor, moderate Republicans prevailed in their bids for nominations in House of Delegates races, despite the efforts of anti-tax advocates who went after them for passing a tax hike. LINK
Pat Healy offers up a must-read political memo in the New York Times where he gets a couple of Democratic campaigns to muse openly about how they can best use the mayor's big stadium defeat (Manhattan) and "flip-flop" (Queens). LINK
And though Anthony Weiner's offer to fly with the mayor to Africa is entertaining, it is pollster Lee Miringoff who nicely sums up the problem facing the Democratic field.
"'If Bloomberg inspired only love or hate in voters, you could write off the folks who love him and go after those who hate him,' said Lee M. Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. 'Bloomberg is in the 'doing O.K.' category, and 'doing O.K.' is much harder to lay a glove on . . . '"
Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields has filed a complaint against City Council Speaker Gifford Miller for a taxpayer funded mailing distributed well outside his Upper East Side district. The New York Times' Randall Archibold has the story. LINK
Wasn't a similar complaint levied against then City Council Speaker Vallone four years ago to very little effect?
Doug Forrester and Jon Corzine kept their remarks "relatively mild" in their first joint appearance of the general election campaign, reports the New York Times' Kocieniewski. LINK
The AP has the latest Quinnipiac University poll results out of the Garden State. LINK