March 2, 2007

Hare debates labor bill on C-Span's "Washington Journal"

Bright and early March first, Congressman Phil Hare appeared on C-Span's "Washington Journal" along with fellow Education & Labor Committee member John Kline, R-MN, to discuss HR800, a rule regarding how union elections are to be held.

You can watch the clip here.


The bill passed the House, and faces a vow to kill it in the Senate as well as a certain Bush veto.


At 3/02/2007 10:29 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Finally the Democrats are focusing on what is important to working people.
Although I doubt the "liberal media" will pick up on the validity of what Congressman Hare is trying to do for average working people!

At 3/02/2007 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it frustrating that my congressional representative Phil Hare does not have an email address for communicating with his constituents. In this day and age, I believe that a federal congress person should make a point of establishing convienient methods for communications with his or her constituents. It appears that Phil Hare only excepts written leters through the postal service, or telephone communications. I would urge all of Phil Hare's constituents to encourage him to obtain an email address for purposes of effecting communications. Lane Evans could be contacted via email.

At 3/03/2007 4:14 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 11:31

I can see why you'd be disappointed that you couldn't contact Rep. Hare by e-mail.

However, apparently you weren't looking hard enough or in the wrong place.

Hare still has his campaign site up at, but that's not his official website any longer. Perhaps that's where you were looking?

It does create confusion and someone should probably take the campaign site down.

His official congressional site is and that is where you can find contact info and a page where you can e-mail his office.

If you're hoping to send an anonymous message full of venom, you're out of luck, as they require you to tell them everything but your hat size before you can send the e-mail.

Though they don't provide an actual e-mail address, you can fill in an e-mail form and send it from the web page.

Follow this link to send e-mail Hare's office.

Do to the torrent of e-mail, most if not all legislators in D.C. only accept e-mail through online forms, and then only from those living within their districts.

And finally I'd like to make this important point.

Contacting a legislator by e-mail is the very least effective way to get anyone's attention.

While someone like Hare may actually have such a low volume of e-mail that people actually read them, or at least sort them into subjects and views, the fact remains that sending e-mail to your legislator is usually like yelling "Play Brown Sugar!!" from the nosebleed seats at a Stones concert.

They just don't get noticed or heard.

If you really want your views to register, it's still far better to write via snail mail to the addresses listed on legislators websites.

At 3/03/2007 4:15 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...


Hopefully, reform of union rules will be just one of many corrective steps the Democratic congress will take.

It's already a much better day in America since the mid-terms, and the press is finally standing on their hind legs and telling the truth, investigations are going on, hearings are being held, and the right thing (mostly) is being done after so many years of a Republican congress that utterly turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to all the problems of this administration, and at the great expense of the American taxpayer, and workers, and the environment, and the list goes on and on.

I can't help feeling that if the Dems hadn't taken over congress, the scandal at Walter Reed would have never been exposed, and even if it had, very little if anything would have been done about it other than mouthing some platitudes and paying it lip service.

That's S.O.P. for the Republicans, and clearly, finding money for these troops they have so cheaply exploited for their political gain was NOT a priority for them.

More and more stories like that one are going to come and finally some justice might be done here.

The story that the problems at Vet centers are largely due to privitazation of the services that have always been done by government employees is going to become the new scandal.

The CEO and founder of the outfit that was given the hundred million dollar plus contract for running Walter Reed? A former Haliburton exec. What a shock, eh?

It's time this entire rat's nest of crooks and war profiteers were all frog-marched into prison, with Bush and Cheney leading the way.

At 3/03/2007 6:16 AM, Blogger nicodemus said...

A few minutes into the segment, Phil states that when he ran for congress he had to get petitions and signatures. He did?! I thought he was caucussed in by precinct committemen and that under these special circumstances, he didn't have to get signatures. So that's not entirely accurate.

At 3/03/2007 10:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So who will challenge Hare in the primary?

1. Boland
2. ?
3. ?

At 3/04/2007 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Congressman hare was successfull in HELPING to get Hoyer's bill passed? Do you think Hare will ever pass his own bill?

At 3/04/2007 8:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the Republican side of this that secret ballots are critical to prevent union leader intimidation. This is a great bill for union leaders, but I'm not convinced that it's a good thing for the rank and file.


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