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  •  Of course (1+ / 0-)
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    robert harding

    Stewart-Cousins supported raising the minimum wage, too, so what exactly did Spano get them?

    •  He was the incumbent, it passed with his support (0+ / 0-)

      in that session, before the beginning of the term they were contesting.

      Without the support of members of the GOP majority, the minumum wage increase would not have passed.
      Party control of the Senate is winner take all, members of the minority have no input on legislation except in the case of veto overrides.

      Agree or disagree with the tradeoff, it is important to understand the deal:
      It did not delay the Dem takeover of the state Senate.

      IIRC, the WFP did not endorse Spano in the following election which she won.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Sat Oct 03, 2009 at 03:09:12 PM PDT

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      •  Hindsight is 20/20 (0+ / 0-)

        Had Stewart-Cousins lost in 2006, it would have delayed our takeover.

        •  What hindsight? I explained WFPs 2004 deal (0+ / 0-)

          You asked a question and I answered: what the 2004 Spano endorsement got was passage in 2004 of a substantial increase in the minimum wage, which the GOP had been blocking for a decade.

          WFP played a DECISIVE role helping elect Dems in races that actually changed the balance, for example Aubertine's win, to which WFP committed serious resources, sending organizers up to a district that had never elected a Dem in living memory.  

          There's no such thing as a free market!

          by Albanius on Sat Oct 03, 2009 at 03:30:46 PM PDT

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          •  One of your defenses (0+ / 0-)

            Of the WFP was that Spano's re-election in 2004 did not delay Democratic takeover of the Senate because he lost in 2006 and Dems didn't take it over until 2008. But there was no way to know that things would play out that way in 2004.

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