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[30 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

Among Democratic ward and township committeemen, there is a dirty four-letter word: It’s W-O-R-K. And having dumped Dorothy Brown as their slated candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court, that’s what they will have to do to.
Otherwise, there will be another obnoxious four-letter word: L-O-S-E.
The Democrats’ fear is that Brown and/or her husband may get indicted before the March 15, 2016 primary, or thereafter. A myriad of allegations have surfaced in the FBI’s ongoing investigation, ranging from questionable loans to the Browns to pay-to-play donations by employees in exchange …

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[28 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

The good news is that there are elections in November. The bad news is that they are only in Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana.
That means that there are 55 weeks until the November, 2016, presidential election and 20 weeks until the March 15, 2016, Illinois primary election. The motto of the Chicago Cubs has been “Wait Until Next Year.” Politically, in Chicago and Illinois, this year is always “Next Year.” Politics is 24/7.
With the Nov. 30 nominating petition filing deadline approaching, here’s a look at developing races:
40th Illinois House District: The …

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[30 Sep 2015 | One Comment | ]

In Illinois there are a multitude of pathways to the governorship, none alike.
Bruce Rauner spent $75 million. Pat Quinn was the lieutenant governor when the governor was impeached. Rod Blagojevich married Dick Mell’s daughter. Jim Thompson put a bunch of corrupt politicians in jail. Dan Walker donned a red bandanna and walked the length of Illinois. Both Jim Edgar and George Ryan spent 8 years each in the unglamorous job of secretary of state.

As 2018 approaches, the Democratic frontrunner to oppose Rauner is Lisa Madigan, who has an uncluttered pathway …

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[16 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]

“Performance” is a noun normally used by gearheads, stockbrokers, actors and hookers. It’s a deed or a feat, which fulfills expectations.
In Illinois’ 2016 U.S. Senate race, such Road Warrior euphemisms as “out-performing” and “under-performing” are all the rage. Strategists for incumbent Mark Kirk (R), hobbled by a 2012 stroke, from which he has substantially recovered, are convinced that his re-election prospects are not somewhere between hopeless and non-existent.

The senator “will out-perform” all other Republicans, including the ultimate 2016 presidential nominee, predicted Kevin Artl, Kirk’s campaign manager. In ”every race that …

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[2 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]

Once an office goes black, it can never go back. Believe it or not, that’s the Law of the Land, at least for some offices.
It’s called “non-retrogression.” Under the federal Voting Rights Act, once a black or Hispanic is elected to a legislative office – congressman, state legislator, county commissioner, alderman – the boundaries of that majority-minority district cannot be altered. And that means forever.

“Non-retrogression” is also the unofficial policy of the Democratic Party in Cook County and, to a lesser extent, in Illinois. Once a minority (especially a black) …

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[26 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

For decades, “Just Say No” has been the mantra of drug counselors.   Does anybody subscribe to the notion of “Just Say Yes”?
Well, the Cook County Democratic Party does. Their mantra is “Just Say Aye,” as was aptly demonstrated at the Democrats’ Aug. 18-19 slatemaking session, where 80 elected Democratic committeemen – 50 from Chicago’s wards and 30 from the county’s suburban townships – did their duty, shouted “aye” when instructed, fulfilled all expectations, wasted two days of their lives, and went home with their egos in a sling.
“It wasn’t …

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[14 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

The great myth surrounding U.S. presidential elections is that the “best and the brightest” invariably prevail. That’s nonsense. The candidate with the most stamina, most persistence and least personal flaws emerges as the winner.
Happenstance — being the candidate of the right party, in the right year, with the right image — will dictate Barack Obama’s successor.

The 2016 election is still 15 months away, and there are 17 Republicans and five Democrats in the race, with Vice President Joe Biden likely to join soon. Two of them will be nominated, and …

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[10 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

In Washington, D.C., “safe” is every politician’s, lobbyist’s and campaign fund-raiser’s favorite four-letter word, physically and politically, especially in the U.S. House, where the Republicans hold a 245-188 majority (with two vacancies).

Of the 435 seats up for election in 2016, according to nonpartisan prognosticators like the Rothenberg and Gonzales Political Report, Rollcall, Sabato’s Crystal Ball and the Cook Political Report, only 32 are “in play,” which means susceptible to a party switch next year. Of those 32, 24 are occupied by Republicans and eight are occupied by Democrats. They are …

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[7 Jul 2015 | One Comment | ]

It is often remarked, not facetiously, that squeamish people don’t want to know how sausage is made, and intelligent people don’t want to know how judges are made. The “best and the brightest” on the bench? Not a chance.
This article is not about sausage. In Cook County, it’s judge-making time, and it ain’t pretty. On June 25-26, at the Democrats’ “pre-slating,” 41 lawyers appointed judges appeared, and begged and groveled for party slating. There are two 1st District (Cook County) Appellate Court vacancies, and 10 countywide Circuit Court vacancies (which …

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[30 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]

I remember a George Carlin comedy skit about “pre-boarding.” How does one pre-board an airplane? You either get on, or you don’t, he joked. You can’t pre-eat, pre-vote, pre-drive, pre-sleep, or have pre-sex, he said.  (The latter is an interesting concept, but let’s not go there.)
But one can, however, pre-pay at the gas pump.
In Cook County, the Democrats have pioneered “pre-slating.” That means getting slated before you’re slated.  Almost magical. That occurred June 25-26, when the 50 Chicago and 30 suburban township committeemen convened a dog-and-pony show, wherein prospective 2016 …