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[20 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]

Journalists at the Los Angeles Times, Tronc’s largest property, have questioned whether the company’s executives are making decisions in their own interest rather than the best interest of the paper’s journalism or the company’s shareholders.

In a previous job, Levinsohn successfully urged his corporate employers to acquire a company that he helped found. Similarly, while he was working for Tronc as a consultant, Levinsohn introduced Tronc executives to the CEO of another startup he co-founded. That CEO sought to persuade Tronc to invest in the startup.
In his current role, as CEO of Tronc’s digital division, Levinsohn stands …

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[19 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]

* Front pages of a couple of recent Bruce Rauner campaign mailers, with thanks to my mom…

* And while we’re at it, here’s Finke…
After Rauner said he’d be moving back to the mansion in May, a reporter asked about a discrepancy in fundraising efforts. Money was raised to repair the mansion, but efforts to […]

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[19 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]

* My weekly syndicated newspaper column…
Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of a gun-dealer licensing bill last week took a lot of folks by surprise. It probably shouldn’t have.
We’ll get to the politics in a second, but as with HB40, the governor was acting on his beliefs. Rauner is a strong abortion-rights supporter, so he signed HB40 […]

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[19 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]

The Chicago Tribune reports:

The 66-year-old throwback politician’s patience reflects an electoral reality: Burke may need every vote he can muster to hold off Aaron Ortiz, a 26-year-old challenger backed by Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garica in a Southwest Side turf battle that could mark the start of a serious threat to the Burke family political dynasty.

Burke’s brother, Ald. Edward M. Burke, has controlled the 14th Ward as committeeman for 50 years. He’s been the alderman for 49 years. He took over both positions after his father, Joseph P. Burke, died of lung cancer after serving 15 years as alderman.

Over the years, Ed Burke has built one of the strongest ward organizations the city has ever seen. As Chicago’s undisputed most powerful alderman, he has controlled the Finance Committee — and City Hall’s purse strings — for decades. He is the longest-serving alderman in Chicago’s 180-year history.

But in the 65 years that the Burke family has run its political machine, the Southwest Side has changed dramatically. A bungalow belt once made up of Polish, Lithuanian and other Eastern European white ethnics made way for a Mexican-American and immigrant population. Despite the demographic changes, Ed Burke has retained an ironclad command of the ward, running virtually unopposed election after election.

Garcia wants to loosen that grip.

Are changes coming?

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[19 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]

The Washington Post reports:

A D.C. lawmaker responded to a brief snowfall Friday by publishing a video in which he espoused a conspiracy theory that Jewish financiers control the weather.

D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) posted the video to his official Facebook page at 7:21 a.m. as snow flurries were hitting the nation’s capital. The video, shot through the windshield of a car driving west on Interstate 695 through downtown Washington, shows snowy skies while White narrates.

“Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation,” he says. “And D.C. keep talking about, ‘We a resilient city.’ And that’s a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.”

Confederate statues need to be removed so D.C. can be run by “progressive” Comrade White ? Should Comrade White resign? It appears the Democrat party isn’t one big happy tent of blacks and jews….

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[19 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]

BREAKING: 9/11 – All 19 Islamic terrorist high-jackers got their visas stamped before they came to America at the CIA station in Jeda. And who was in charge? Who overrode everyone else’s concerns and cautions and ordered those visas stamped?? “Disgraced Demagogue” John Brennan pic.twitter.com/vKT3rTh6CJ

— Epsilon Foxtrot 🇺🇸 (@epifox911) March 17, 2018

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[18 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]

The New York Post reports:

Pritzker met Barack and Michelle Obama when Barack was a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, and her family and the Obamas became fast friends, vacationing together regularly.

Throughout Barack Obama’s political career, Pritzker has been one of his major donors and bundlers. When Pritzker became Commerce Secretary in 2013, she resigned from Hyatt’s board and other potentially conflicting obligations, but maintained her ownership of $400 million in Hyatt stock — Hyatt was a major government contractor — as well as “the vast bulk of her real estate holdings.”

This included Artemis Real Estate, a “private equity real estate investment manager” that “raised $736 million to be used to purchase office buildings. With her White House connections, the federal government, including the government department Pritzker would later head, became a profitable tenant for Artemis and the Pritzker empire.”

In 2013, Artemis purchased the mixed-use Alexandria, VA, complex known as the Carlyle Center, which housed the offices of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which is part of the Commerce Department.

“That meant that the commerce secretary could be seen as, in effect, the landlord of the Department of Commerce. The annual rent: $1.4 million.”

While Pritzker was Commerce Secretary, Artemis purchased, alone or in joint ventures, buildings that brought in over $1.6 million in annual rent from separate US government tenants.

Even more blatant and convoluted, “some tenants of Pritzker-owned companies also received Department of Commerce contracts and money from Pritzker.”

Pritzker bought a 102,000-square-foot industrial space in Huntington, CA, in 2013, and gave a 10-year lease worth $9.1 million to aircraft company Driessen Aircraft Interior Systems. Driessen’s parent company, Zodiac Aerospace, is regulated by the Department of Commerce. Another of their subsidiaries, Zodiac of North America, received almost $800,000 in contracts from Secretary Pritzker.

Rent-seeking gone wild……

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[18 Mar 2018 | No Comment | ]

The long-time voice of conservatism. (Even if it missed the boat on Trump_ Voters in Illinois will head to the polls this Tuesday. They should vote for Jeanne Ives in the Republican gubernatorial primary over the thoroughly disappointing incumbent governor Bruce Rauner, who has forfeited any claim on his party’s nod. via Jeanne Ives – […]