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[ • 9 Sep 2014 • No Comment ]
Bill Clinton’s campaign strategists were clever and effective in 1992 when they came up with “It’s the Economy, Stupid.” They made the presidential election all about George H.W. Bush’s failing economy. But when you’re the incumbent with the sick economy — one of the worst in the country — what do you do? If you’re Pat Quinn, you accuse your opponent and his allies of being racists Read more in Illinois Mirror
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Many Catholics in the American colonies thought their life might be better in the new country than under a regime whose ruling class had penalized and persecuted them since the mid-16th century. They made this new country their own and served her loyally. The social history was often contentious, but the State basically kept its promise to protect all religions and not become a rival to them, a fake church. Until recent years. There was always a quasi-religious element in the public creed of the...


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[ • 7 Sep 2014 • No Comment ]
Turns out Rep. Mike Quigley D-Ill. has a GOP opponent, Chicago business executive and major GOP donor Vince Kolber, who kicked off his campaign on Wednesday, jumping in after he noticed no Republican bothered to file in the heavily Democratic 5th congressional district contest.   Local Republican leaders were able to fill the vacant ballot spot this summer for the 5th Congressional District seat. The district is anchored in North Side Chicago Democratic territory with some GOP turf in the DuPage...


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[ • 5 Sep 2014 • No Comment ]
Congressman Bill Foster used thousands of taxpayer dollars to deliver a mailing to his constituents that is a complete misrepresentation. Foster described how unfair it is that some millionaires pay lower tax rates than middle class families. What Congressman Foster failed to disclose was that as one of the 50 wealthiest members of a Congress and a multimillionaire, he paid no taxes in 2011 and when he did pay taxes, he paid a lower rate than most middle class families. Foster has routinely supported...


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[ • 3 Sep 2014 • No Comment ]
Let us set aside worries about ISIS, Ukraine, Russia, Israel, Gaza, the southwestern US border, ebola and, yes, even Ferguson, just for a moment, to reflect on the inter-related issues of income inequality and the decline in the American labor movement. Labor Day honors that movement, which has suffered under decades of assault–one that began with the Taft-Hartley Act shortly after World War II, when labor was a thriving, vital economic and political force. Today it is a shadow of its former...


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