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Santorum and Pataki Jump In

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As with all the other candidates who have officially thrown their hats in the ring, today we will take a serious look at Santorum and Pataki, and attempt to predict what their chances for victory could be.

A Third Dubya Term?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Are American voters now being given the option of choosing a virtual third term for George W. Bush? Astonishingly enough, that seems to be the direction his brother's campaign has chosen to head towards.

Why Ethiopians Should Vote

Dawit Ayele Haylemariam | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Dawit Ayele Haylemariam

In May 24, 2015 Ethiopians will be going to the polling stations to cast their vote. According to the National Electoral Bored of Ethiopia, out of 43 million Ethiopians of voting age, 34.9 million have been registered to vote.

President Obama Don't Fail Us Historically...

Wade Norris | Posted 05.10.2015 | Denver
Wade Norris

The TPP, if he pushes it through, against the wishes of many in his own party, it will be a terrible legacy for us in terms of jobs, wages, and most importantly the environment.

How Are Illinois Elections and Mexican Elections Alike?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.30.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In Illinois, redistricting is handled by the very legislators who can benefit from the way the political lines are drawn. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek explains how this gerrymandering reminds her of a Mexican election she covered about 30 years ago.

Bernie Sanders Jumps In

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No matter what you think his chances of winning the nomination (or the presidency), Bernie Sanders is going to force everyone else to focus on the little guy.

Charles Koch Admits Climate Change is Real

Connor Gibson | Posted 04.29.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

Last week's USA Today interview with Charles Koch noted his shifting opinion on what he calls climate change "hysteria.

Toughening Up Hillary

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I write today to challenge what is fast becoming conventional wisdom in the political world -- in particular, the notion that Hillary Clinton really needs a strong primary challenge to "toughen her up" for the upcoming race with whomever the Republicans decide upon. When you deconstruct the logic behind this idea, however, it falls apart.

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 04.29.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 05.30.2015 | 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 05.24.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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.