National Journal reports on last night’s debate between Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and her primary challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D-AR):
Halter went on offense first against Lincoln during a question about the Employee Free Choice Act, which is often referred to as "card check." He mentioned that she first sponsored EFCA, then opposed it and then "signaled" to Senate leadership that she would filibuster such a bill. Halter stressed that he would support what he’s heard about a compromise unionization bill being worked on by Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and that the original EFCA draft is a non-starter even among union leadership now.
That set up Lincoln for an easy body blow on Halter, saying, that she appreciated he "has seen that compromise because most senators haven’t seen that compromise." She later added bluntly, "I don’t support card check," saying that it "creates unfortunate divisions" though she did not offer specific details. Instead, Lincoln said more focus should be paid to the economy.
Elsewhere, the Times-Picayune (La.) recounts a recent meeting between Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and the Louisiana Restaurant Association, primarily about healthcare reform, but apparently covering other issues like EFCA:
[Association President James] Funk said he left the meeting delighted by word from Landrieu that she felt that the Employee Free Choice Act, also known as "card check," which is backed by labor unions to facilitate organizing efforts, was not going anywhere this Congress and "she hasn’t signed on as a co-sponsor. We were very, very pleased."