Larry Scanlon, the political director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, confirms for us that AFSCME's presidential search committee hasn't recommended endorsing Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential candidate just yet.

On October 30 -- the same day the Democrats debate in Philadelphia -- the search committee will meet to decide whether to endorse and if so, who they ought to endorse. The next day, members of the International Executive Board of AFSCME meet.

By November 1, as Howard Fineman predicts, it should be clear to the world whether AFSCME has decided to endorse Hillary Clinton. All signs point to yes.

A side note: watch for the New Hampshire branch of the Service Employees to endorse a different candidate very soon.

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