Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

As Democrats Fret over 'Sharing Economy,' GOP Moves In

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

As Democrats Fret over 'Sharing Economy,' GOP Moves In

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DENVER * The debate over ride-hailing firm Uber is laying bare divides in the Democratic Party and on the left about how to handle the new "sharing" economy. Republicans are hungry to exploit that ambivalence and make inroads into a wealthy sector of the tech industry.

In New York City this past week, liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to limit the number of Uber drivers on the streets, only to be rebuked by the state's more centrist governor, Andrew Cuomo.

That followed a pledge by the party's presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton, to "crack down" on companies that classify workers as contractors rather than employees, as critics contend Uber and other companies often do.

Clinton did not identify Uber, whose lobbying operation is run by former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe and is stocked with Democratic operatives. But her allusion led Jeb Bush, a Republican technophile who says he prefers his Apple Watch to apple pie, to ride in an Uber vehicle during a campaign stop in San Francisco days later. …

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