A Democrat’s union problem in R.I.

By Noah Guiney, The Boston Globe

Allan Fung, the Republican nominee for Rhode Island governor, has made cutting the state’s workforce a central theme of his campaign. But if he wins, public sector unions might be a crucial factor in his victory. It’s not because they support Fung. It’s because they refuse to throw their weight behind his Democratic opponent, Gina Raimondo.

Oakland: Unions spend freely in council races

By Matthew Artz, Contra Costa Times

Campaign finance reports filed this past week show that the Alameda County Central Labor Council and SEIU Local 1021 have teamed up to spend more than $35,000 apiece on behalf of Annie Campbell Washington in District 4 and Abel Guillen in District 2.