November 7, 2014
November 6, 2014
The Illinois Combine is alive and well – in fact, Illinois Republicans followed tradition when they elected Bruce Rauner governor Nov. 4th. Governor-Elect Rauner crossed over the aisle on Thursday to announce his transition team which includes Democrats such as former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, former Congressman Glenn Poshard, and former State Senator Rev. James Meeks, plus moderates including former Governor Jim Edgar, Congressman Aaron Schock and Pastor Corey Brooks.
Illinois politics-as-usual, before the regimes of Blagojevich and Quinn, meant the Democrat legislature (ruled by Mike Madigan) combined with faux Republican governors (think Jim Thompson and George Ryan) to provide cover for the state government – which then kicked the fiscal can down the road. Business as usual. The only surprise is that it begins only two days after the transformational Rauner campaign ads came to a halt.
November 6, 2014
Glad to read that Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly Robin Vos is planning to move forward to
reforming Wisconsin’s unique John Doe law, which Vos said has given even well-meaning district attorneys the opportunity to conduct “a witch hunt.”
This legislation has been used to make Gov. Walker’s first term(s) a misery. But it has also succeeded in ruining the lives of members of his staff – who have little power to defend themselves and have seen little support, even from Walker himself. Consequences.
November 6, 2014
Why is anyone surprised that there would be voting irregularities in Chicago of all places. These are two stories about two lawyers, one who tried to vote in a West Jefferson St. precinct and another who tried to vote in Lincoln Park.
Early in the morning, before work, lawyer #1 was given only a one-page ballot; the second page, which she knew contained the referenda and constitutional amendment questions, was just plain missing. The voter’s complaint brought in assistant states attorneys who were confounded as to why only the first page was given out. The Chicago Tribune later reported that this occurred multiple times. Apparently, election judges in some cases were unaware that they needed to distribute two pages, and the additional ballots were found in a corner, still in their cellophane wrappers. Solution for lawyer #1: the choice of voting only the first page or not at all.
Lawyer #2 hurried into the Lincoln Park precinct before a business trip. He first received a paper ballot that already had been filled out. When he questioned the election judges, they accused him of filling out the ballot himself. He demanded a second ballot, which he then completed. The judges refused to allow him to insert the ballot into the computer; instead, they put it into a pile for “later processing.”
Incompetence or corruption? More training for election judges or more compensation? The same old questions – but things seem to be getting worse and worse for voters.
November 4, 2014
As Chicago goes to the polls to demonstrate (or not) loyalty to the Machine, even the Wall Street Journal editorial board seems to have taken notice that there is a change in attitudes and actions looming.
. . . four black activists in Chicago question whether black political leaders, from Mr. Obama down, are addressing the genuine needs of their community. “There’s a black-on-black crime down in city hall, there’s a black-on-black crime down in all the state capitols in America, where black folks are voting against our interests,” says one man while standing in front of a Cook County prison. Another man questions President Obama’s efforts to lift the minimum wage: “We don’t have any jobs. A minimum-wage raise for what?”
The awakening is beginning, led by these four courageous men. If you have Blaze TV, watch them shine on yesterday’s Dana Show. Amen and amen.