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Flamm commends Senate for reining in filibuster abuse

Flamm commends Senate for reining in filibuster abuse

Matt Flamm, Candidate for Palatine Township Democratic Committeeman, wrote this letter to the Daily Herald: Cokie and Steve Roberts are half right (“Fallout from the ‘nuclear option’ in the Senate,” 12/3/13). They correctly say that “Republicans were totally unjustified in using the filibuster to block three of President Obama’s eminently qualified nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals” and “were trying in effect to overturn the results of the last election.” But they are wrong when they blame Democrats for modifying the filibuster to stop that abuse. One of the “core values of democracy” is preserving minority rights,... »

Obama organizer running for Palatine Township Committeeman

Obama organizer running for Palatine Township Committeeman

Matt Flamm, a Democratic activist and organizer for President Obama’s campaigns, is a candidate for Democratic Committeeman of Palatine Township. Flamm filed his nominating papers with the Cook County Clerk on Monday morning. Flamm is running to succeed incumbent Committeeman Sue Walton, who is not seeking reelection. “Under Sue Walton’s leadership, Palatine Township has changed from a Republican area to an independent one,” Flamm said. “Strong Democratic candidates like Secretary of State Jesse White, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and former Congresswoman Melissa Bean have consistently won the township. President Obama won the township in 2008 and came within ... »

Flamm announces formation of Campaign Committee

Flamm announces formation of Campaign Committee

Matt Flamm, candidate for Palatine Township Democratic Committeeman, has announced the formation of his campaign committee. “I am honored to have the support of so many public-spirited, progressive people,” said Flamm. The committee is chaired by Sue Walton, the incumbent Palatine Township Democratic Committeeman. Nancy Shepherdson and Lauren Beth Gash, Democratic State Central Commtteewomen for the 8th and 10th Congressional Districts, have agreed to serve as Honorary Co-Chairs. Following is a complete listing of the members of the committee, which is still in formation: Chair: Hon. Sue Walton Honorary Co-Chairs: Hon. Nancy Shepherdson, Hon. Lauren Beth Gash Glenda Abbott Thakar... »

Good news, part 2 – Marriage Equality Comes to Illinois

Good news, part 2 – Marriage Equality Comes to Illinois

Yesterday, the Illinois General Assembly voted for marriage equality. Governor Quinn will sign the bill into law. This is the kind of “good news” that shows us our society is moving in the right direction. Of course, there will always be dissenters like my State Representative, Tom Morrison (who defeated me in the 2010 general election). Tom is of the mistaken belief that allowing gay people to marry somehow hurts the marriages of straight people. People like Tom get a lot of publicity because the media love controversy. But as today’s vote shows, they’re in the majority. Most Americans believe that gay people should have the same rights at other people. That’s ... »

Good news, part 1

Good news, part 1

We pay too much attention to “bad news.” This includes government programs that aren’t implemented as well as they might be, inability of politicians to agree on even basic facts, and outrageous things said or done by extremists on either end of the political spectrum. We don’t talk enough about “good news.” This includes programs that accomplish what they were designed to do and politicians who do what they said they would. It includes positive things that are happening despite the efforts of some people to hold back the tide. And it includes signs of hope for the future. This concentration on the negative has destructive consequences. If people think tha... »

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