New AFGE president eyes November elections

The Federal Diary
The Federal Diary
Joe Davidson

New AFGE president eyes November elections

By , Published: August 28

J. David Cox just won a presidential race this month, but it’s the one in November that will be much more consequential for his members.

Cox was elected two weeks ago as president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the largest federal union. He’s had no time to savor that victory, however, because he is gearing up to help President Obama and other labor-friendly candidates win their campaigns.


(Courtesy of American Federation of Government Employees) – J. David Cox was elected two weeks ago as president of the American Federation of Government Employees. Continue reading “New AFGE president eyes November elections”

Fast Rise Built With Discipline

August 29, 2012

Fast Rise Built With Discipline

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WASHINGTON — In the early 1990s, Tortilla Coast, a popular Capitol Hill watering hole, was staffed by ambitious young men and women flinging Tex-Mex and margaritas at patrons whose jobs in the nearby House and Senate office buildings they not so secretly coveted.

One of those waiters, a tall, dark-haired Midwesterner named Paul Ryan, stood out to his boss and co-workers. He was the guy who always showed up for work on time, wore neatly pressed khakis and chatted about economic policy as he floated along in a kayak at an after-work party. While the other twentysomethings pounded beers after work, Mr. Ryan was known to stick to just a few.

“I think even then he probably had an eye toward his future,” said Scott Johnson, a waiter back then who was looking for work in the Clinton administration. Continue reading “Fast Rise Built With Discipline”

As Ryan Takes The Stage, He Gives Hope To Republicans, Democrats Alike

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, seen at a weekend rally in Powell, Ohio, is set to formally accept the GOP nomination to become Mitt Romney's running mate.
Enlarge Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty ImagesRep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, seen at a weekend rally in Powell, Ohio, is set to formally accept the GOP nomination to become Mitt Romney’s running mate.

Like a lot of Republicans, Jane Jech is excited about Paul Ryan. Maybe even more excited than she is about Mitt Romney.

Ryan, a seven-term representative from Wisconsin and the chairman of the House Budget Committee, will formally accept the Republican Party’s nomination for vice president on Wednesday. Continue reading “As Ryan Takes The Stage, He Gives Hope To Republicans, Democrats Alike”

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