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Is the Marijuana Vote Up for Grabs?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

On one issue, though, there is a sizeable (and growing) bloc of voters who are not only cross-partisan but also so committed they could be called "single-issue voters." I'm speaking of the marijuana vote. And it could be up for grabs next year.

As Fast Track/TPP Becomes New Third Rail, Where Is Clinton?

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

With progressive voice Sen. Elizabeth Warren helping lead the fast track/TPP opposition, and possible candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley joining in opposition, it's time for Hillary Clinton to tell people where she stands on fast track and TPP. Will she join with working people and the 99 percent, or will she bend to the D.C./Wall Street crowd?

Miller: Aaron Schock Could Have a Bright Career Post-Congressional Resignation

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

March 31 was U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's last day in office after resigning from Congress following questions about possibly improper spending. But while the resignation and fall from public favor have been a disappointment for Illinoisans and the national Republican Party, Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says Schock could still have better days ahead of him.

Why We Haven't Gotten To Mars

Chris Carberry | Posted 03.30.2015 | Science
Chris Carberry

Much of the opposition to Mars exploration is based on disinformation and distraction tactics that imply or even claim outright that Mars would bust the budget or endanger Social Security, which, given actual budgetary facts and context, is preposterous.

Israel Cannot Reform Itself and Needs Some Tough Love

Bob Herbst | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Bob Herbst

The time has now come for American and Diaspora Jews the world over to open their hearts and mouths, to speak out, and to act. It is time to administer some tough love, to persuade the Israeli people and their government that the occupation must come to an end.

Tea Party and Likud East and West: A Symbiosis of Fear and Division

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The Tea Partyers and members of Likud, including Benjamin Netanyahu, give no real alternatives to negotiated settlements other than war.

Jews Always Have a Bag Packed: Coping with the Perpetual Nearness of Destruction

Andrew Tarsy | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Andrew Tarsy

Regardless of which faction's doomsday scenario or blueprint for safety predominates at any given time, the diverse constituencies who feel a sense of urgency about Israel's existence as a Jewish homeland ask not "do you have a bag packed?" but "where else would you go?"

Rick Perry, Still a Denier

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Rick Perry is back, and this time he's in it to win it. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Perry left behind the bumbling tea party conservative of 2012 and did his best to appear a reasonable, professorial moderate on environmental issues. Yet even this more polished Perry continued to flub the truth about environmental protection.

Please Run, Donald. Pretty Please?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

May I just take a moment to speak for all of America's political pundits, celebrity-watchers and late-night comedians, as I openly beg for such rich pastures of political amusement: "Please run, Donald. Please?"

GOP Off to the Races Early

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Republican Party and the political media world are already off to the 2016 horse races. It is way too early for any real analysis of the public's mood, but that doesn't stop the oddsmaking within the Beltway. After all, the Democratic nomination race is setting up to be a snoozer, so why not get started obsessing over the Republican race?

Meet the Chicago Mayoral Candidates

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.14.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face four challengers. Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Ald. Robert Fioretti, South Side businessman Willie Wilson and community activist William "Dock" Walls are all bidding for the city's top office.

The Multi-Ring Republican Nomination Circus

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The sheer size of the Republican field, even at this early date, is downright astonishing. By some calculations, there are over two dozen valid possibilities for the Republican nomination.

Reeder: Quinn's Inauguration Absence a Disappointment

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was not present at Gov. Bruce Rauner's inauguration ceremony on Jan. 12. To Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network, this was the ultimate act of sour grapes.

Jeb Bush's Pros and Cons

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Jeb does run, he may face Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side. Now, a "Clinton vs. Bush" contest doesn't exactly thrill many people who are looking for perhaps a little more variety (and a little less dynasty) in our presidential choices, but it is indeed worth contemplating at this point, at least if Jeb is serious about running.

See Your Vote Count With Official Illinois Election Totals

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Illinois State Board of Elections on Nov. 30 certified the results of the Nov. 4 election. Reviewing the official results revealed a few close calls that could have had big effects but for a handful of votes.

Is the Democratic Party Relevant Anymore?

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking, "What did the voters want?" But the right question is why only 36.4 percent of potential voters bothered to register and vote? Obviously Democrats did not give those voters a good enough reason to take the trouble. Is the Democratic Party relevant anymore?

How Facebook Is Shaping Who Will Win the Next Election

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 01.21.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

Facebook is in a peculiar and unenviable position -- no matter what its intentions are, even minor decisions will have political impacts.

The Media-Pollster Axis Stole the Election

Llewellyn King | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

There is no doubt about the public mood. So why didn't the public vote when there was so much journalistic enthusiasm for the election; when an amazing amount of television time, especially on cable, was given to politics; and when radio goes at politics 24-7?

The Politics of UN Leadership

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Shashi Tharoor

The contest for UN secretary-general is about neither vision nor the best resume, language skills, administrative ability, or even personal charisma. It is a political decision, made principally by the Permanent 5 members of the Security Council. The result is that the "least unacceptable" candidate gets the job.

Voters Cognitive Dissonance

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

If the new GOP leadership debuts by substituting a crusade against environmental protection and Obama for jumpstarting the economy, it won't be too long before many voters experience buyer's remorse.

Voter Suppression in the 2014 Midterm

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Research finds that felon disenfranchisement laws have influenced the outcomes of both presidential and Senate elections. Such laws disenfranchised almost 6 million voters this year -- most of them poor and people of color.

GOP's 'Hispanic Problem' Only Got Worse After This Election Cycle

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

Even as Republicans bask in victory and Democrats try to recover from shell-shock, the greater implications of this election are starting to crystallize. It's early, but three lessons particularly stand out.

It's the Media's Fault! Or Is It?

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.08.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Here's a chance to talk back to the media directly. On Tuesday, a panel of top local journalists will discuss the highs and lows of media coverage of the 2014 election--and take questions from the audience.

Friday Talking Points -- A Democratic Economic Platform for Next Time

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress just won a smashing electoral success by essentially doing nothing but mercilessly block Obama's agenda. That, to put it another way, is a winning formula for them with their base voters.

What Has Happened to Them?

Richard Brand | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Richard Brand

These young people, who demanded the civil rights, have somehow fifty years later become the people who support the restriction on voter rights.