Rep. Mike Honda opens office inside union headquarters

By Carla Marinucci, SF Gate

Democratic Rep. Mike Honda, engaged in a contentious fight for re-election in a Silicon Valley House race, has made the unusual move of locating his 2014 campaign office inside the headquarters of a major South Bay labor organization – the Service Employees International Union Local 521.

Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

The Washington Post

A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday.

Unions, deep-pocketed liberals boost super PAC funds

By Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars, USA TODAY

Labor unions and deep-pocketed donors promoting liberal causes are flexing their political muscle and have overtaken conservative billionaires in the race to fund super PACs, a USA TODAY analysis of new campaign-finance reports shows.