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[4 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Who would have thought it? Eight years of George Bush begat Barack Obama — remember “change we need”? — and eight years of Barack Obama has begat — what?

Voters in 2016 are even surlier, angrier, more disconsolate and more disenchanted with the U.S. political system than they were in 2008.

The choices are stark: It’s Clinton Inc. versus Trump Inc. versus Bloomberg Inc. versus none of the above. The first three will each spend a billion dollars or more to win the presidency, but the last, if the Feb. 1 Iowa …

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[17 Dec 2015 | One Comment | ]

It is correct, quite literally, that many Cook County judges are conceived, not made or elected. The path to the bench begins in the womb, when the XX chromosomes prevail over the XY chromosomes, and a female baby is born.

The journey continues, provided the mother (or the parental unit) have an Irish-surname, with a Mc or an O’ attaching to the girl, but a Burke, Kelly or Daley will suffice.  Being named Maureen, Colleen, Eileen, Bridget, Shawn, Maura, Nora, Erin or Shannon helps. Then comes the easy part: Graduate from …

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[9 Dec 2015 | One Comment | ]

The “Lacquan McDonald Monster” has surfaced, and, unlike the Loch Ness Monster, it is tangible, palpable and deadly. Those 16 bullets will be remembered by black voters in 2016, and a torrent of rage – and votes – will be directed in the March 15, 2016 Democratic primary against both Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and any non-black candidates closely associated with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent Garry McCarthy, who was just fired..
Over the past 50 years, there have been periodic “galvanizing” moments among local blacks, precipitating …

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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 …