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Scott Foval
Scott Foval is a freelance writer, media host, and producer.

Since 2003, Scott has contributed to The Huffington Post, Chicago Pride, Wisconsin Gazette, and other independent media outlets.

During the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election cycle he reported about alleged voter suppression tactics in Midwestern battleground states for The Huffington Post's OffTheBus campaign news site and his blog, and polling place administrator training in Chicago and Cook county for Huffington Post's Chicago news site. He covers regional public affairs and news as a freelance reporter, commentator, and talk show host.

A native Iowan, Scott is a 1995 graduate of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Criminal Justice Studies programs at Iowa State University of Science and Technology, Ames, IA.

Entries by Scott Foval

World Aids Day: 8 Years Poz, the Lessons of Living With HIV

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 12:55 PM

As a writer, one hopes at least one piece you write in your lifetime has a beneficial impact on people. Three years ago when I first publicly disclosed my HIV-positive status here on the Huffington Post and in my personal blog simultaneously, little did I know that piece...

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Rev. Meeks' Attempt to Win Over Chicago GLBTQ Leaders Too Little Too Late

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 1:58 PM

You know the race for Mayor of Chicago is getting serious when one of the most staunch opponents to GLBTQ equality puts his tail between his legs and shuffles up to Boystown. That's what happened Tuesday, according to published reports. Rev. James Meeks, who has a record of leading his...

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Is Mark Kirk Fit to Serve?

(11) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 3:43 PM

It would appear that Congressman Mark Kirk's embellishments are much more widespread than was previously known. What bothers me is that Mr. Kirk is a sitting member of Congress, and a member of the U.S. Armed Forces; and yet, the embellishments, which others would call lies, seem to be numerous...

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BP Agrees to $20B Cleanup Fund. Is It Enough?

(29) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 1:26 PM

Surely I'm not the only observer out here who thinks $20 billion is a drop in the bucket compared to what this catastrophe is actually going to cost. It seems $100-$250 billion would have been a more palatable figure. This is not enough money for really correcting the problem. At...

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The Dream Comes Home for Chicago's Blackhawks, And All of Us

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 12:42 AM

Growing up in the Midwest, a lot of kids play hockey. Some of them are good, some of them are really good, and some of them end up being die hard fans for life.

Tonight the scrappiest, fastest, and best-built team of players from all over the world of hockey...

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(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 2:12 AM

There is a deep dark sensation that haunts me, and will always.  8 years ago today I was awakened at 3:33AM and sat straight up in bed.  I felt the evil coming.  It passed through the deepest part of my warrior soul.

I screamed out loud, and woke Chris out...

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President Must Keep It Simple, Hold On To Public Option Tonight

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 11:35 AM

Congress is finally back from their "listening tours" during the Summer recess, and it has become clear that they are still hedging their bets.  Despite the right wing noise machine's need to disrupt, distort, and dismember (read: D.O.A.) the health care reform effort; the President seems to have evolved and...

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Blue Dogs Will Be Swept Out if Health Care Public Option Fails

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2009 | 2:29 PM

Right before network deadline time yesterday, it became clear that corporate health care companies were digging in on Congressional Democrats. These companies -- the same entities that have doubled the average American's insurance premiums, hooked millions of people on prescription drugs for life, and discriminated against individuals with pre-existing conditions...

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Why Won't Apple or MS Give Us What Google Might?

(78) Comments | Posted July 8, 2009 | 10:36 AM

With the announcement late tonight that Google is set to release an operating system, the time has come to ask "Why can't we have it all?"

Everywhere in marketing you see the battle between Apple's OS X and its truly high-functioning stable of software offerings, vs. Microsoft's less-reliable OS on...

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$100,000 and Springfield Dropped the Ball

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 8:01 PM

I was appalled to learn the Illinois General Assembly had adjourned without a budget bill. Governor Quinn and state legislators just couldn't come to to the table and at least halt the bleeding. At a reported $100,000.00, they all showed up for a special session to do nothing, and meanwhile...

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America Must Realign Itself With Truth, Justice, And Fairness For All Americans

(31) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 4:30 PM

There is a sad reality to being in a "minority group" in the United States.

Despite politicians' and pundits' trumpeting of our nation as being the "most free nation on Earth," Americans still have hypocritical double-standards about Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning Americans.

This is especially true when it...

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Radio Hosts Pull Chicago Labor Unions Together For "Salute To Labor"

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2009 | 1:57 PM

On the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, a local Progressive radio host and national Progressive media star teamed together to fight for the American worker Saturday during a Chicago-based "Salute To Labor" live radio broadcast.

Chicago's Progressive Talk, AM 820/FM 92.5/92.7/99.9, aired the special edition of Dick Kay's "Back on the...

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Phasers on Stun, Star Trek is BACK!

(18) Comments | Posted May 10, 2009 | 7:18 PM

Ed Note: Spoilers

If you're a Trekkie, and I mean a REAL HARD CORE Trekkie; well, you're going to have a problem with the first third of Star Trek. Maybe.

Then again, maybe you'll LOVE this movie. Yep, I think so.

Last night Paramount Pictures hosted the sneak preview event...

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Take a Number B of A

(23) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 11:01 AM

Before the Obama Administration gives Bank of America a damn dime, it needs to lay down the law with all 19 of America's largest banks.

For nearly my entire lifetime, now at 38 years, large banks have gradually become predatory in nature; disguising themselves as being "better for the consumer"...

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Send Rupert Murdoch A Message He Truly Understands

(12) Comments | Posted February 20, 2009 | 4:00 PM

Tonight I am canceling my MySpace account.

First, I messaged everyone in my address book, and told them why.

Rupert Murdoch only understands one thing. Eyeballs + Ears = Money.

When the New York Post Wednesday published an editorial cartoon by artist Sean Delonas picturing a chimpanzee being shot...

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Wisconsin Governor Doyle Proposes Domestic Partnership Protections In State Budget

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2009 | 11:56 AM

In his biennial budget proposal Tuesday, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle announced the first Domestic Partnership protections proposed by any Midwestern U.S. state. The basic protections include hospital visitation rights and Family Medical Leave rights for same-sex domestic partners in committed relationships.

In a statement published and released to the media...

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Time to Cut Bait on the Losers

(13) Comments | Posted February 4, 2009 | 4:36 PM

The oldest phrase in politics is the adage "Politics Make Strange Bedfellows." I have in my years around the bend in politics and business made a lot of friends on the other side, many of them old-line Republican leaders (i.e. reasonable, thinking, patriotic, centrist). These folks have really had it...

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This Christian Believes Pastor Warren Should Put a Sock In It

(2) Comments | Posted December 25, 2008 | 7:52 PM

There are a lot of ways that Christians differ between various denominations.  Like Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, and scores of other world religions; your beliefs emanate largely from your particular slice of your chosen Christian sect.  This time, it would seem that I am at odds with my Christian brother Rev....

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Remember The Folks In Janesville This Holiday

(11) Comments | Posted December 25, 2008 | 3:11 PM

When I was a kid, I used to get a kick out of taking a quick run out to the barn to sit in my great-grandpa's old '34 Chevy Pickup. The standard paint job, a forest green, took all who viewed the old truck back to the depression era. Built...

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Rick Warren Announcement Is Slap In The Face To GLBTQ Army

(20) Comments | Posted December 22, 2008 | 12:50 PM

So far Barack Obama has been pretty smart in making choices for his cabinet and his inaugural festivities. A rare misstep, the choice of Pastor Rick Warren for his Inaugural, is a serious one; and it should put the GLBTQ community on alert about whether or not Obama really has...

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