Reform: Advocacy's Latest Ups And Downs
Let's be clear. Advocacy work is not easy -- there's no secret magic to it -- and its outcomes aren't guaranteed no matter how much of a funding or media advantage you might appear to possess (pretending for the moment that labor is helpless and unable to fight back against reforms it thinks unwise or simply disadvantageous).
Then Monday evening, Reuters' Stephanie Simon wrote up some of the results of the 990s, including several tidbits such as the fact that Change.org didn't actually sever ties with StudentsFirst or pull its petitions down immediately as it might have seemed last week. So that wasn't such a clear cut win for labor as it seemed from the HuffPost story last week.
Last but not least, it seems that heavily backed CA state assembly candidate Brian Johnson (pictured) came in third in the primary -- not good enough to make it to the fall election, which he initially seemed to have done. The other candidate reformers backed, the untested Calderon scion, will be in the general election. This is referenced in the Reuters article but not specified in terms of candidate names. LA Weekly posted this on Friday.