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Friday Talking Points -- Ships Leaving A Sinking Rat

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the stream of Republicans fleeing the Donald Trump candidacy becomes a flood, it does seem the appropriate metaphor to use -- the ships are leaving the sinking rat this time, not the other way 'round.

Friday Talking Points -- Taking The Trump Exit

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Donald Trump's name lends itself to all sorts of mashed-up words, but we find it doesn't really work with the big story of the week. British voters decided to take the so-called "Brexit" (or "British exit") from the European Union.

Embattled GOP Senator Throws Trump Under The Bus In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics

Just over two weeks ago, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) made news when he became the first of his Republican legislative colleagues to rescind a previously e...

Friday Talking Points -- GOP's 'What Would Lincoln Do?' Moment

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

When in the past have you ever heard the term "unendorse" used? We haven't checked, but we believe it just got coined and added to the political lexicon.

Textbook Racism and the Office of President

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Racism is still deeply rooted in American society and in white culture. Donald Trump has repeatedly taken the racism that is often covert and made it overt, what is usually implicit and made it explicit. Trump has regularly turned racial "dog whistles" into bullhorns.

GOP Senators Finally Starting To Realize Their Party Nominated A Total Racist

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) became the first Republican member of Congress to rescind an endorsement of Donald Trump, saying on Tuesday that he could no l...

Yes, Hillary Must Attack Trump. But Every Democrat Should Run Against The GOP Meltdown In Kansas

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

These Republicans will attempt to fool voters into believing that even though Trump is the leader of their party, they will somehow provide an independent voice. Democrats need to be able to counter that attempt.

Avoid These Election-Year Mistakes

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

We see words of caution everywhere: "Do not drive with sunshield in place." "Do not use thermometer orally after using rectally." "Do not iron clothes on body." As I study manufacturers' warning labels, I sometimes wonder what geniuses are buying their products. In a similar vein, partisan elections reveal impaired judgment in political consumers.

Obama, Biden Endorse Tammy Duckworth For Senate

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) for Senate on Wednesday. "I'm proud to suppor...

A 'Protest' Against Tammy Duckworth May Not Have Been Real

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) was greeted by a few dozen African-American protesters outside a Monday gathering in Chicago. They held up...

Duckworth Launches 112-Day Campaign To Tie Kirk To Trump

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.29.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Here are a few facts about Mark Kirk's election to the U.S. Senate in 2010: He defeated Democratic State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias by a slim margin...

To Counter Trumpism, Let's Press the Senate to Confirm Judge Garland

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The dominant view in national media is that there's no way that we can compel the Senate to vote on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. But this is the same national media that told us there was no way we could stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

Friday Talking Points -- Deconstructing GOP Absurdity

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The basic Republican position isn't that hard to understand. It is: "We are going to deny Barack Obama a third Supreme Court pick, unless Hillary Clinton wins the presidency." That is precisely what some of them believe.

GOP Senator: We Should 'Man Up And Cast A Vote' On Obama's Court Pick

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said Friday that his party needs to "just man up and cast a vote" on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomi...

Panic Has A Way Of Softening 2016 Republicans On Obama's Court Pick

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most Republicans blocking President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee cite various principles for the obstruction, but there may be a...

Tammy Duckworth Wins Illinois Democratic Senate Primary

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) won Illinois' Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday, the Associated Press projected. Duckworth, who represents Illinois' ...

GOP Attacks Democrat Who Lost Both Legs In Iraq For 'Not Standing' For Vets

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A GOP effort to jab Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), who is currently running for Senate, backfired spectacularly on Tuesday when the Nati...

Mark Kirk Splits From GOP Over SCOTUS Pick

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.23.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on Monday broke ranks with Republican leaders by saying he recognizes President Barack Obama's right to nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and that the GOP-controlled Senate should consider the nominee.

GOP Senator Says He Has A Duty To Consider Obama's Supreme Court Pick

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), one of the most at-risk GOP incumbents this cycle, has broken with his party and said he's open to considering ...

Illinois' Members of Congress React to Obama's Executive Actions on Firearms

Reboot Illinois | Posted 01.06.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

President Barack Obama's proposed executive actions on gun violence were met with mixed reactions from Illinois politicians on Tuesday. Unsurprisingly...

Illinois' Richest and Poorest Members of Congress in 2014

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.03.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In 2014, the average net worth of Illinois' members of Congress was $2.16 million, according to a recent analysis by the Center for Responsive Politic...

U.S. Enters Paris Climate Talks in Position of Strength and Leadership

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 12.01.2015 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

In recent weeks, we saw that some Republican leaders in Congress continue to resist this global momentum to clean up dangerous pollution and protect future generations from destructive climate change. They tried again to undermine U.S. leadership before Thanksgiving, and once again they failed.

Mark Kirk's Supporters Are Using A Fake Minimum Wage Petition To Get Him On The Ballot

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- David Applegate, a staff member for Rep. Tammy Duckworth's (D-Ill.) Senate campaign, was walking around at the Columbus Day parade in Ch...

More Trouble for Mark Kirk

Keith Gaby | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Keith Gaby

Senator Mark Kirk is in trouble. He has committing the cardinal sin of politics: selling yourself to voters as one thing and becoming something else when you get into office.

Ever Wonder What Illinois' Most Powerful Politicians Would Look Like as Zombies?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.29.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

If you're a fan of AMC's hit show "The Walking Dead," you know living in a post-apocalyptic world overrun with decaying, flesh-hungry zombies -- or wa...