Politics

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 ... »

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 ... »

The Beginning of the End of Right-Wing Control

The Beginning of the End of Right-Wing Control

Tonight’s vote to end the government shutdown represents a watershed moment. The New York Times headline, “Republicans Back Down, Ending Budget Crisis,” understates the importance of this vote. The extreme right wing has controlled the Republican Party for too long. Using the so-called “Hastert Rule,” the most extreme members of Congress forced the rest of the party t... »

The conspiracy to deny Americans health care

The conspiracy to deny Americans health care

The New York Times published an extensively-researched article about the “blueprint for defunding Obamacare” created “shortly after President Obama started his second term.” The plan was devised by the usual right wing conspirators: Tea Party Patriots, Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Works, the Club for Growth, and Heritage Action. Where did the money come from? Charles a... »

Help Matt get on the ballot

Help Matt get on the ballot

Join us on Saturday, October 19th as we ask Democrats to sign petitions for Matt and other Democratic candidates. We’ll have two shifts, one from 9am to noon and one from 1pm to 4pm. Meet at the Palatine Democrats’ office, 1310 W. Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights. In between shifts, we’ll meet at the office for pizza and conversation. We’ll have a notary available to ... »

Why Congressional Republicans shut down the government

Why Congressional Republicans shut down the government

Ezra Klein boiled down the current situation in one sentence: “The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics — it is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.” He’s quoting Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein in their excellent book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the ... »

Why Republicans are desperate to defund the ACA

Why Republicans are desperate to defund the ACA

Robert Creamer, progressive organizer and husband of Jan Schakowsky, hits the nail on the head in this Huffington Post article.  GOP Desperate to Defund ObamaCare Now Because They Know Its Popularity Is About to Skyrocket | Robert Creamer. It’s the same reason they were desperate to stop social security: once people get it, they’ll never want to lose it. They’ll realize that the ... »

Seeing the big picture

Seeing the big picture

Robert Creamer’s article in The Huffington Post explains what President Obama has been doing with regard to chemical weapons in Syria. The US has no interest in getting involved in Syria’s civil war, but we do have an interest in keeping chemical weapons from being used. The threat of bombing has brought Assad to express his willingness to give up chemical weapons. Some say it will be ... »

Palatine Township Rejects Voter Initiative

The Palatine Township Board has refused to allow voters at the April 16th annual meeting to consider asking the Board to study the benefits of eliminating the township’s Road District.  In a March 19th email, Township Clerk Lisa Moran stated that the petition by 30 voters to include the item on the annual meeting agenda was denied based on advice from the Board’s attorney. “The e... »

The filibuster fallacy

George Will’s defense of the filibuster relies on his contention that “98 percent of good governance consists of stopping bad — meaning most — ideas.” But the filibuster doesn’t only stop bad ideas. It stopped the Senate from passing laws against lynching and protecting black citizens’ right to vote for decades after most Americans supported those laws. Th... »

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