by Lindsay Beyerstein
How our blog got its name
Sidney Hillman was a powerful national figure during the Great Depression, a key supporter of the New Deal, and a close ally of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
When the rumor spread that President Roosevelt ordered his party leaders to “clear it with Sidney” before announcing Harry S. Truman as his 1944 running mate, conservative critics turned on the phrase, trumpeting it as proof that the president was under the thumb of “Big Labor.”
Over the years, the phrase lost its sting and became a testament to Hillman's influence.
It's hard to imagine a labor leader wielding that kind clout today, but we like the idea—and we hope Sidney would give thumbs up to our blog.
#Sidney's Picks: Black Voter Suppression, Summer Storms, and More
- The former chair of the Florida GOP admits that his party schemed to disenfranchise black citizens through voter ID laws
- Who's affected by Pennsylvania's voter ID law? Abby Rapoport of the American Prospect investigates
- The latest threat to the ozone layer? Freaky summer storms
- When "informed consent" is anything but. RH Reality Check reports on a federal court ruling to uphold a South Dakota law that requires doctors to mislead women about the risks of abortion
[Photo credit: Wander Mule, Creative Commons.]