The early days of the 110th Congress invite analysis, prognosticating and talk of bipartisanship, and Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska offers all the above in an informative interview with host Mike Hambrick. Nelson is a recipient of the NAM’s Legislative Award for Manufacturing Excellence and has much to say about the NAM’s congressional agenda.
Noted labor attorney Harold “Hal” P. Coxson of Ogletree Deakins lays out the contentious issues involved with union “card checks,” allowing labor unions to organize a business without a secret-ballot election. Labor-backed legislation in Congress would authorize this major expansion of union power.
The 2008 Iowa presidential caucuses are just a year away, and Mike gets an on-the-ground report on the state’s political scene from the Des Moines Register’s David Yepsen, the dean of Iowa political reporters. (Yepsen’s blog is here.)
For a view of this year’s economy and a forecast for manufacturing we hear from the NAM’s chief economist, David Huether. Renee Giachino of The American Justice Partnership features legal reform’s latest goats and heroes; the NAM’s Hank Cox considers “The Way It Was”; and Jack Hans of Custom Wood Products in Roanoke, Va., takes to the “Factory Floor.”
NAM President John Engler closes with “The Last Word,” noting this week’s news conference at the New America Foundation making the case for national voluntary educational standards.
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