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[13 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

* Press release…
Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton announced 10 appointments to the Senate Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention.
They are:
Senator Omar Aquino, 2nd District, Chicago
Senator Scott Bennett, 52nd District, Champaign
Senator Melinda Bush, 31st District, Grayslake
Senator Bill Cunningham, 18th District, Chicago
Senator Mattie Hunter, 3rd District, Chicago, Majority Caucus Whip
Senator Toi […]

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[13 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

It looks like U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam doesn’t think much of Alabama U.S. Senate hopeful Judge Roy Moore after all.

A few hours after refusing all comment on Moore and his alleged sexual misconduct toward teenage girls, Roskam is calling on Moore to step aside and let someone else fill the Senate seat that was vacated by fellow Republican Jeff Sessions when he became U.S. attorney general.

“The allegations leveled against Roy Moore are disturbing,” Roskam said, according to an NBC News tweet sent after Roskam refused to talk about Moore in a meeting with Crain’s editorial board.

“My office takes allegations of sexual assault and harassment very seriously, and I call on Moore to step aside (as GOP nominee) as a distraction to Senate and House members so they may continue focusing on serving the people,” the statement added.

Roskam’s office confirmed that it issued the statement, but said it was doing so only for media outlets that separately asked about his views. Roskam had told Crain’s that he was meeting with the edit board to talk about tax policy, and not other matters.In between the meeting and the new statement, The New York Times reported that a fifth woman now has come forward with allegations against Moore, this time involving forced physical contact. Also this afternoon, two of the Democrats competing to run against Roskam next year issued statements slamming him for ducking the issue, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked Moore to step down.

.@DCCC circulating @PeterRoskam interview with Crains today. In case it’s unclear, he doesn’t want to talk about Roy Moore:

“I’m here to talk about taxes. … I asked for this meeting to talk about taxes … I want you to write about taxes” https://t.co/UW8vrcSnhd

— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) November 13, 2017

GOP Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) releases stmt calling for Roy Moore to step aside after mtg w/ the Crain’s Editorial Board on taxes & refusing to comment on Moore or DACA pic.twitter.com/8C22oRnIwa

— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) November 13, 2017

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[12 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

At the top of the list of reasons why the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform actually encourages the problems than it pretends to want to solve: Distinguished Service Award for Lisa Madigan
A bunch of political insiders paying homage to Politicians is a terrible example of a ‘Campaign for Political Reform’.

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[9 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

Hat Tip Dan Proft

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[7 Nov 2017 | One Comment | ]

Imagine, if you will, the public outcry from the right if Barack Obama called the American system of criminal justice a “joke” and suggested it is a “laughingstock.” (We all know it is not without flaws, but it seems to work pretty well, cleaning up mistakes through the years.)

Imagine then the reaction if Obama had called for the Department of Justice to prosecute a defeated opponent, say, Sarah Palin, for any of many stupid remarks.
Critics immediately point out that the president cannot order the DOJ to prosecute anyone. There’s a …

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[7 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

Washington D.C. used to complain that Ronald Reagan employed a strategy of “starving the beast” – cutting taxes so that new spending was tough to legislate. Now, D.C. seems to employ the strategy of “gorging the beast” – spending so much that tax cuts are hard to pass.
Persistent over-spending, and costly entitlements have created permanent deficits. In addition, arcane budget rules and “scoring” models (which estimate the budget impact of legislation) make tax reform very complicated.
In order to let it pass with just 51 votes in the Senate, the cost …

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[7 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

Tech investor Shervin Pishevar sues GOP oppo research firm, claiming it conducted a “smear campaign” against him. https://t.co/2wFfZnQYTk pic.twitter.com/hUC8pTIidk

— Fast Company (@FastCompany) November 7, 2017

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[7 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

New analysis shows that white working class surge at polls last year was far bigger than what exit polls suggested: https://t.co/M8nVkLxzJ3— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) November 5, 2017

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[7 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

Donna Brazile fires back at Hillary Clinton staffers: “I’m not Patsy the slave” https://t.co/qy2asZX4MU pic.twitter.com/kL26GM1iAj

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 7, 2017

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[7 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]

In a partisan tone, House panel starts work on GOP tax plan: https://t.co/lCCeiWeUZZ— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 7, 2017