Newscast for Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 14:36
  • Year: 2012
  • Length: 28:55 minutes (26.47 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker fends off recall to retain office

In the original version of this story, FSRN incorrectly stated that Governor Scott Walker won every county he carried in 2010, except for Kenosha. In fact, Governor Walker lost two additional counties that he won in 2010: La Crosse and Columbia. FSRN regrets the error.

Results are in from primary and recall elections across the US. In New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell beat out Steve Rothman in a contest that pitted two former allies from the same party for the newly configured 9th Congressional District.

In a Northern California race to replace outgoing Congressmember and former Progressive Caucus chair Lynn Woolsey, Democratic Assemblymember Jared Huffman and Republican Dan Robert finished in the top two, according to unofficial results. Progressive candidate Norm Solomon came in third.

Also, Jill Stein appears to have secured the Green Party presidential nomination with a victory in California, beating out candidates Roseanne Barr and Kent Mesplay.

And in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker has become the first Governor in US History to survive a recall election. Walker defeated challenger Tom Barrett 53 to 46 percent. FSRN’s Molly Stentz has more from Madison.

House lawmakers propose higher minimum wage after bleak jobs report

In Washington, a group of progressive lawmakers in the House unveiled a bill today to raise the minimum wage, saying it would create the consumer demand needed to lift the US out of the recession. The move comes as a new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office finds the nation’s economic outlook worse than previously thought and after a disappointing May jobs report showed a hiring slowdown and pervasive high unemployment. FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has more, in Washington, D.C.

Activists call for stricter SEC enforcement and criminal investigation into JP Morgan Chase

Today in New York activists are rallying to demand that the US Securities and Exchange Commission enforce stricter regulation of financial markets. Demonstrators in lower Manhattan said JP Morgan Chase's recent loss of more than $2 billion highlights the dangers of risky trading by big banks. They are calling for JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to be subject to a criminal investigation by the Department of Justice and they are also calling for Dimon to resign from the board of the New York Federal Reserve. FSRN’s Caroline Lewis reports from New York City.

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab rearrested amid crackdown on protesters

In Bahrain, authorities arrested a prominent human rights activist today for using his Twitter account to comment on the country’s ruling Sunni government. Nabeel Rajab is president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, and is one of many targeted in the 16-month-long government crackdown on pro-democracy activists. His arrest came today as he prepared to go to court to face additional charges for his activity monitoring human rights abuses in the country and speaking out in interviews and social media, according to his defense attorney. The government’s prosecution secretary confirmed Rajab’s arrest today and said in state media that he would remain in custody for seven days.

FSRN spoke to Rajab by mobile phone in Manama before today’s arrest as he prepared for his court appearance.

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