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Governors Race

Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.06.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner said that Illinoisans voted for this divide Nov. 4 -- but did we really?

Shaw: Illinois Needs Responsible Voters

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.30.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The 2014 Illinois statewide election is only days away, and the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to think very carefully about their candidate choices before they vote. He says the state needs informed, responsible voters to make Illinois great.

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Let Campaign Negativity Keep You Away From the Polls

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The 2014 Illinois governor's race has been one of the most fiercely fought in recent memory. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner hav...

Illinois Needs Positive Action, Not Negative Ads

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The head of the Small Business Advocacy Council of Illinois has had it with the barrage of negative ads TV viewers are enduring this election season. ...

Top Illinois Gubernatorial Campaign Donors for Third Quarter

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.21.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner raised and spent a staggering amount between July 1 and Oct. 1, the latest campaign funding reports show.

Chicago Sun-Times Endorses Rauner, But Not Without Controversy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Are newspaper endorsements more trouble than they're worth?

Which Illinois Governor Candidate Do Voters Think Is More Trustworthy?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rauner points to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and strongly hints in attack ads that Quinn released murderers early from prison in 2009. Quinn paints Rauner as a plutocrat who doesn't understand regular people and strongly hints in his attack ads that Rauner personally defrauded elderly people.

Reboot Illinois Poll Finds Quinn Has Moved Ahead of Rauner in Illinois Governor's Race

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The poll, conducted Oct. 6 for Reboot Illinois by We Ask America, showed Quinn leading Rauner 44 percent to 40 percent. It's the first of four Reboot Illinois polls to show Quinn ahead of Rauner, who had dominated the race in nearly two dozen polls from various sources dating back to March.

Shaw: Illinois Governor's Race Is Dramatic, But Where Are the Answers?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.06.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The future of Illinois' governance is up for grabs, and with it come answers to questions about what could happen to the state's income tax, minimum wage and pension reform efforts. But Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association cautions voters from getting too caught up in the drama of it all and to focus on the issues.

Are the Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Focusing on the Issues Enough?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.02.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' next governor will have a lot of work to do to get the state on track with its backlog of bills, unfunded pensions and questions of what to do with the state income tax (plus so much more).

National Treasures v. Political Polemics

Pat Waak | Posted 11.11.2014 | Denver
Pat Waak

Does the former Congressman Bob Beauprez know how much it would cost to care for those special places to Colorado? The answer is millions. And where is does the money come from to manage the lands and fight forest fires?

Wendy Davis' Opponent Is Afraid of Something. Very Afraid.

Jackson Williams | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Jackson Williams

Polling doesn't suggest that the race is neck and neck. It has tightened some, but Abbott still leads by 10 points and has a huge cash advantage for paid media down the stretch. Something has spooked his campaign.

Will Bruce Rauner's Real Thoughts on the Minimum Wage Please Stand Up?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.29.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Quinn's gubernatorial opponent Bruce Rauner said he favored reducing Illinois' $8.25-an-hour minimum wage to the federally mandated $7.25 minimum. No sooner did those remarks become public -- generating swift backlash from nearly all sides -- than Rauner backtracked.

GOP Candidate Admits He's The 1 Percent Of The 1 Percent

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

Republican gubernatorial candidate and Illinois businessman Bruce Rauner wants to set the record straight: He's not just part of the one percent, he's...

Bill Clinton Repays His Former Campaign Driver, Arkansas Gubernatorial Candidate Mike Ross

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton, who served nearly 12 years as the governor of Arkansas before heading to the White House, sent a fundraising email Wedn...

Wendy Davis To Take 'Second Look' At Governor's Race, Reports Say

Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) hinted Monday morning that she might be interested in running for governor. After the se...

Jason Cherkis

Watch: Do Attacks On Romney's Bain Work? One 2002 Focus Group Thinks So | Jason Cherkis | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ever since President Barack Obama began aggressively attacking Mitt Romney for his record running Bain Capital, there has been debate ov...

2010: A Jerry Brown Odyssey

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

In the long and winding road that is Jerry Brown's life, there has been no shortage of odysseys. But with 2010 drawing to a close, and Brown confronting one of the greatest crises of governance seen in a modern state, it's worth looking at this particular one.

Jimmy McMillan Is Not A Registered Member of The Rent Is Too Damn High Party

The New York Observer | David Freedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The news that Jimmy McMillan keeps nunchucks in the backseat of his car was a little surprising. The news that he only pays $800 in rent for a one-bed...

Carl Paladino Hasn't Conceded Yet

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Andrew Cuomo's a tough man to reach. So much so that Carl Paladino still hasn't made a successful concession call to the governor-elect. The New York ...

WATCH: Carl Paladino Makes Strange, Last Ditch Video Appeal

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

In the final days before today's election, Carl Paladino took the internet to post a final appeal to voters. In this strange video, Paladino gives a...

Paladino Gives Anti-Gay Rant In Williamsburg | Simone Weichselbaum and Kenneth Lovett | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Flame-throwing Republican Carl Paladino blasted gays Sunday - saying there is "nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual." "I don't ...

Paladino Taking Over The Airwaves Tonight

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Feisty gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is expected to broadcast a "major" announcement over many New York stations tonight. Paladino has purcha...

Dan Maes Would Cut 2,000 To 4,000 State Workers "Just Like That"

9News | Dan Boniface | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes said Thursday he would lay off as many as 4,000 state employees if elected and force a showd...

Mark Blumenthal

Why Were Polls Off In Florida? | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Here's any easy bet to win today in Washington (or anywhere else where true political junkies gather): Where did polling miss the mark most yesterday...