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Campaign 2014

Like Internet, Distributed Democracy Routes Around Gridlock

James Windon | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
James Windon

While party dominance, names on a ballot, and political promises may come and go, so long as there is an engaged electorate willing to discuss and take action on a diverse fabric of issues, the wider tapestry of our democracy will remain strong.

Here Are The Biggest Campaign Whoppers Of The 2014 Midterms

FactCheck.Org | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

The following post first appeared on By the time the last polling booth closes on Nov. 4, a staggering amount of money — $4 billio...

Why Citizens United Kept Me From Contributing to Candidates in Campaign 2014

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The Supreme Court didn't directly tell me I'm not allowed to contribute to political candidates. Instead, they've just made it fairly meaningless for me to bother.

Illinois Deserves Better Than the Chicago Tribune

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 12.17.2014 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The Chicago Tribune endorsed Bruce Rauner in the GOP Primary and it's now endorsed him for the General Election too. This comes as a surprise to no one.

Michael McAuliff

Senate Democrats Reveal Not-So-Secret Weapon In Campaign To Stay In Control | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- By all rights, Democrats in the U.S. Senate should be measuring drapes for smaller offices as they head home for an election season that...

Samantha Lachman

Here's How Progressives Plan To Beat Back The GOP Tide | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the problems for progressive groups this election cycle is that there isn't an Elizabeth Warren or a Tammy Baldwin on the ballot....

What Did Bruce Rauner Do to Cherrydale Farms?

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Cherrydale Farms is a Pennsylvania-based company which survived the Great Depression and two World Wars. But it couldn't survive Bruce Rauner.

Making the Internet Work for Democracy

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 10.01.2014 | Technology
Lorelei Kelly

Political space -- the time and interest of elected leaders -- is not guaranteed to last. We need to make the benefits of an Internet-connected society more visible and permanent.

Sam Stein

What Do Top Republicans Fear? Hint: It's Not An Obama Impeachment Vote | Sam Stein | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a briefing at the Republican National Committee headquarters on Wednesday afternoon, top officials from the major GOP campaign commit...

GOP Candidate Argues Dark Money Is 'The American Way'

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics

Michigan's Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land, who's running against Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, has an interesting take on the millions and...

Federal Court: Rauner's GTCR Orchestrated "Bust Out" Scheme; Lawsuit Has Merit

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

While the Illinois press has largely given Rauner and his firm a pass, our judicial system fortunately has not.

Attention Politicians: Campaigning On Financial Transparency Wins Elections

David K. Rehr | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
David K. Rehr

Campaigning on financial transparency will win elections. America, is in fact, hungry for it. The highly respected George Washington University Batt...

Rick Scott Dogged By Campaign Turmoil

Sun Sentinel | Anthony Man | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

DAVIE -- -- Gov. Rick Scott had a lousy week, and it didn't get much better Friday. He couldn't even get a TGIF moment from a ceremonial ribbon-cutti...

New Federal Court Filing Packs Explosive Allegations About Rauner's GTCR

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 04.30.2014 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

Many questions remain unanswered. But I know one thing for certain. If Bruce Rauner was running with a "D" by his name, every Republican I know would be demanding answers and calling for the candidate to immediately come clean.

GTCR's Former Nursing Home Point Man a Top Rauner Donor

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Rauner still refuses to explain with any specificity his role and that of his former firm in the nursing home industry.

Rauner Backs 29-Year "Career Politician" in Kentucky Primary

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner says he has a big beef with career politicians. And for that reason Rauner's supporting an Illinois term-limit initiative.

Rauner Not Honest About Contributions to Democrats

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner admits he's made generous contributions to Democrats Richard M. Daley, Rahm Emanuel, Forrest Claypool and forme...

Republicans Finally Get Some Good News With Erika Harold Candidacy

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

If Erika Harold prevails she would become the first female African-American Republican congressman in American history. There have been black male Republican congressmen, but never a black woman on the GOP side from any state.

Rick Perry Has His Eye On Washington

KHOU | Posted 01.11.2013 | Politics

The governor supports pursuing some form of "tax relief" rather than increased spending, and points to the federal government while making his case....

Why Aaron Schock Will Never Be Governor of Illinois

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 01.16.2013 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

If a guy can't even get the simple stuff within a shrinking party organization of which he is a part, why would we possibly trust him with the government of an entire state -- especially one as large and important as Illinois?