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The Wind Around Wendy

James Moore | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
James Moore

The right has portrayed Davis as an ambitious shrew who left her first child with a non-biological father to run off to Harvard, used him to pay for most of her education, and then dumped him the day her law degree was paid in full. This is nowhere near accurate. Regardless, how could they not see this coming down Congress Avenue?

Three Plays, Three Scripts: Obama's Drone, Christie's Dodge and McDonnell's Dig

Alan Kelly | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Alan Kelly

If, as the adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, then the weight of the recent landmark speeches by Messrs. Obama, Christie and McDonnell is telling... maybe.

Florida Governor's Race Virtually Tied

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

If Florida's gubernatorial election were held today, voters would barely pick former governor and Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist over curren...

Wendy Davis and the Amazing Media Mobile Home Mystery

James Moore | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
James Moore

The story is true. Every damned bit of it. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, Texas was a single mother. A teenaged mom. She lived in a mobile home. And went to Harvard. Also, she got help along the way. Can you believe it?

Massachusetts Startups Challenge The Status Quo, So Why Shouldn't Their Governor?

Tammy Leigh Kahn | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Tammy Leigh Kahn

We know innovation is a recurring theme in the startup world, but what does all of this have to do with politics? There's a campaign which is setting some pretty impressive New Year's resolutions of its own for 2014 here in the state of Massachusetts.

Haha! Gotcha Utah! ...But, What Next?

Austin Head | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Austin Head

The trajectory of the LGBT movement for equality is accelerating. Typically, this means the opposition will only get shriller and angrier believing that these hysterics will stop the train from running over their indignation and fanatic devotion to chosen verses of their dogma.

Blind Insight: The Florida Governor's Race as 'Seen' By a Blind Floridian

Monique Zimmerman-Stein | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Monique Zimmerman-Stein

It was a cool blustery morning at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg. It had taken us well over an hour to travel there through the frustrating traffic of Tampa and across the bay to Pinellas County.

The Gubernatorial Transition of Terry McAuliffe

Heath Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Heath Brown

On Tuesday, Terry McAuliffe was elected governor of Virginia. Following the lengthy campaign, the real work of the job begins Wednesday during the ten-week gubernatorial transition.

Christie Faces Likely Reelection In Lopsided Race

Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By ANGELA DELLI SANTI, ASSOCIATED PRESS TRENTON, N.J. -- TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A lopsided race for governor in New Jersey will be decided Tuesday w...

Political Trick or Treat: Scary Charades from Male Candidates

Barbara Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Barbara Lee

Most adults may not dress up in costume for Halloween. Yet that hasn't stopped some political candidates from masquerading as something they're not in order to woo women voters. Here's a look at a few of these tricks -- and their more forthright alternatives.

If This Is What 2016 Is Going to Look Like, the GOP Is in Big Trouble

Jason Sattler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

If Cuccinelli were leading in polls -- even his own poll -- appealing to the far right with abstruse arguments that have almost no appeal to swing voters probably wouldn't be a very good idea with only eight days until the election.

You Can Feel Good About a Vote for Terry McAuliffe

Ben Tribbett | Posted 12.25.2013 | DC
Ben Tribbett

If you want to repeal Obamacare -- or the taxes needed to fund it -- run for Congress. But for governor, we need someone who will protect Virginia's interests first and ensure we are not paying for federal programs in other states while getting nothing in return. That's Terry McAuliffe.

Why Ken Cuccinelli Will Lose in Virginia and What It Means for the GOP

Eli Lehrer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

This spells very serious problems for the Republican party that I'm (mostly) proud to support. But the problems aren't those that many party insiders are likely to harp on. Instead, they're fundamental issues related to style and governance.

The Unexpected Blue in Texas

Charlie Saginaw | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Charlie Saginaw

The idea that Austin is the democratic oasis in a red dessert fortifies the status quo and allows Republicans to continue winning state office by default.

The Criminalization of Medical Care?

Don C. Reed | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Now that he is running for governor, Cuccinelli appears to have put aside the personhood issue -- saying his focus is on " jobs and the economy" -- should he be taken seriously?

Movin' on out... of Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Reboot Illinois

United Van Lines is one of the largest moving companies in the United States. Each year since 1978, it has reported its annual migration study, whi...

A minimum wage history in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A bill before the Illinois General Assembly seeks to raise the state's minimum wage from its current $8.25 an hour to $10 an hour over three years....

Rick Perry Calls Hillary Clinton

Charles Clymer | Posted 09.08.2013 | Comedy
Charles Clymer

HILLARY: I'm sorry, Rick who? RICK: Governor Rick Perry? know, of Texas? HILLARY: Okay, yes... hi, Rick. May I ask how you got this number?

Want to change the state constitution? It's not easy -

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.04.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Two proposals to amend the Illinois Constitution have received lots of attention this year. One proposes to eliminate the office of lieutenant gover...

Talking About a Little Illinois Revolution This Independence Day

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.03.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Those demonstrations in Egypt and Brazil, and the Arab Spring uprisings that came before them, remind me once again that our government can be better if we're willing, together, to put in some effort. To speak up. To demand change. To attend a meeting now and then.

How Much Money Does Illinois Have? We Don't Know!

Anthony Knierim | Posted 08.26.2013 | Chicago
Anthony Knierim

How much of our money does Illinois have? Is it spending too much? We still don't know, yet. Here we are, nearly a year after Illinois' last fiscal ...

Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

John Aronno | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.

Liberal Troublemakers: Obama, Christie & McCain

Susie Sampson | Posted 07.31.2013 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Senator John McCain has gone and made himself an illegal immigrant. At least that's what my friends over at Tea Party Nation tell me. And they're always tellin' facts so it must be true.

E.W. Jackson is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Ken Cuccinelli

Jesse Berney | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Jesse Berney

His new running mate E. W. Jackson makes Ken Cuccinelli look like Mike Bloomberg. The more time the media and oppo-researchers spend digging up old statements of Jackson's (and there is already a goldmine out there), the more normal -- and electable -- Cuccinelli looks.

Texas Versus America

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

Anyone else would be embarrassed about the timing. But not Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Why should he be bothered by the awkward juxtaposition of his Texas ad campaign in Illinois launching just as a damning report on the state of his state is released by the Texas Legislative Study Group (TSG)?