Massachusetts voters rejected the anti-incumbent, pro-Republican wave that swept much of the country on Tuesday.
California Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate and state governor trounced their Republican contenders in what a month before the elections were considered toss-up races.
New York state is now a redder shade of blue, but Democrats and progressives were able to, for the most part, fend off here the red tide that engulfed much of the country.
The second largest delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, already heavily leaning to the right, tilted drastically further on November 2.
"We have to make manufacturing a priority again," Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., told over 250 union members, community activists and students here at a town-hall style meeting sponsored by the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
The AFL-CIO says its push will, in effect, build a "firewall" that will hold the line on expected Republican gains and allow Democrats to retain control of both houses of Congress.
In the last week before the election, when get-out-the vote efforts become job number one for candidates, the Republican Party has begun to falter.
The United Mine Workers hailed as "a tremendous step forward" a decision by the Mine Safety and Health Administration to cut coal miners' exposure to lethal coal mine dust in half.
Hundreds of union and community supporters of justice for Grant rallied outside City Hall Oct. 23, to demand the maximum sentence for Grant's killer, Johannes Mehserle.
The organizing drive at fast-food chain Jimmy John's in Minneapolis suffered a setback when the union lost in a razor thin 85-87 vote.