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50th Annual LEAP Conference

April 22 - 25, 2018
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Walker survives, but loses state Senate

SCOTT WALKER, THE Wisconsin governor who sparked international outrage by leading the charge to strip the state’s public workers of their collective bargaining rights, survived a recall vote June 5 with the help of wealthy corporate backers and sympathetic media supporters. But it was only a partial victory. Republicans lost their majority in the Wisconsin Senate through recalls in that body, which will make it difficult for Walker to do further damage to public workers and unions.


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New poll shows Wisconsin’s Walker recall election deadlocked

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THE WISCONSIN UPRISING's battle to oust Governor Scott Walker is mounting a powerful grassroots effort to mobilize the vote against him June 5th. A new poll from Celinda Lake, a top Democratic pollster, shows the recall election deadlocked 49-49 percent, with independent voters breaking toward Democratic challenger Tom Barrett. Other polls have shown Walker with a lead in the June 5th election. But Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman, Graeme Zelinski says national political pundits and the polls they rely on are wrong.

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First recipient of Abe Breehey Award offers unusual tribute

BNAP National Coordinator Marty Spencer presents Higgins with the first Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year Award.

Rep. Higgins strums, sings one of Abe’s favorite numbers

REP. BRIAN HIGGINS (D-NY 27) did something quite unusual before he accepted the Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year Award at the LEAP conference April 25. He strapped on a guitar and delivered a soulful rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”

The conference room hushed as Higgins strummed and sang the number. It was one of Abe’s favorites, and the two friends had practiced it often together.

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LEAP highlights key issues for 2012

Gridlocked Congress, elections challenge conference delegates

WHEN THE LEAP conference convenes in Washington, D.C., in late April, delegates will strive to get their message across to a Congress mired in GOP obstructionism. Making this situation even more complex is the fact that 2012 is an election year for the presidency, the U.S. House, and one third of the Senate — as well as numerous state and local positions. Clearly, lawmakers will be distracted by re-election campaigns.

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Rep. Higgins to receive first Abe Breehey award

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY 27th)

U.S. congressman had strong ties with late IBB legislative director

U.S CONGRESSMAN BRIAN Higgins (D-NY 27th) will become the first recipient of the Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year award in recognition of his tireless work on behalf of working families. International President Newton B. Jones will present the award April 25th, during the 44th annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C.

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