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Defeated Council Candidate Jimmy Nguyen Attempts to Cast Doubt on Voting Process


The 2016 election cycle seems to have carved out a new path for candidates who don’t like the outcome of their races: they sue.  Both former Council Member Mahn Nguyen and his political ally, recently defeated Council candidate Jimmy Nguyen, say they are moving forward with lawsuits against the Registrar of Voters after losing their election bids. Strangely, Jimmy Nguyen…

How Can the Federal Government Help Workers: Get Out of the Way


At the behest of big corporations, the federal government has all but taken away the freedom of workers to organize in order to get their fair share.  When workers lack the freedom to organize, wages stagnate, the middle class shrinks and inequality soars.  Contrary to Republican dogma, it is workers and not businesses who are over-regulated.  American workers are crying…

The Coming Attack on Labor and its Allies


This year organized labor dodged a bullet when Justice Antonin Scalia’s death left the Supreme Court tied in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.  If Scalia had lived, the Court would have decided in Friedrichs that public sector workers cannot be required to pay for the services they receive from the union that represents the employees at their…

Yet Another Recount in District 8 Race


Jimmy Nguyen, candidate for San Jose City Council’s District 8 seat, has requested a manual recount of all the votes cast in the race. In a letter  sent to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, Nguyen also asks for the opportunity to see “all rejected vote-by-mail and provisional ballot envelopes, all defective or ‘spoiled’ ballots which were remade by…

WHOPPER: Johnny Khamis and the Case of the Fact-Free Zone


  If you heeded the warnings that San Jose City Councilmember Johnny Khamis and the California Restaurant Association (CRA) offered at the Council meeting last Tuesday, you probably rushed out in the last couple of days to buy as much steak as you can before the city’s new minimum wage sends restaurant prices through the roof.  That is, unless you’re…

Council Member-Elect Sergio Jimenez Takes His Seat at City Hall


Yesterday, San Jose City Councilmember-elect Sergio Jimenez was appointed to fill the District 2 vacancy that will be left after Councilmember Ash Kalra heads to the State capitol for his new role as Assembly Member. Kalra, who won California’s 27th Assembly District race will take office in early December, approximately one month before his term as Council Member is up.…

Sylvia Arenas Wins District 8 Seat


As The Left Hook predicted based on voting trends, Sylvia Arenas has secured a victory in the race for the San Jose City Council District 8 seat. After nearly two weeks, the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters tallied the last vote, solidifying Arenas’s lead and earning her a place on the City Council. The margin by which Arenas won…

Sylvia Arenas Headed to Victory in District 8


The neck and neck race for San Jose City Council’s District 8 seat appears to have a winner: Sylvia Arenas. Arenas is currently up 88 votes and with less than 300 votes left to be counted, it is nearly impossible for the results to sway in her opponent’s favor. Since Election Day, the margin between Arenas and Jimmy Nguyen has…

Labor Wins Big in Local General Elections


Bucking the national trend local Labor-backed candidates and measures did extraordinarily well in Tuesday’s election.  Here’s a recap: In what was one of the most contested and expensive races in San Jose, Ash Kalra won his bid for Assembly District 27, surpassing his opponent Madison Nguyen by nearly 5,000 votes and counting.  Charter schools, a primary funder of Nguyen’s, and…

Vote Now to Save a Life


As the election campaign enters its final week, many are fatigued, but none so much as Labor Council Political Director David Urhausen, who has been running the South Bay’s largest, most sophisticated field campaign 24×7 for over two months.  To his credit, the campaign has contacted well over 100,000 voters, and convinced many of them to support good causes and…

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