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Why Progressives must support President Obama

As a progressive Democrat, I’m proud of what President Obama has done in his first 2 ½ years. He steered the country through the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. He risked his Presidency to get the Affordable Care Act passed. He signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, eliminating an egregious form of discrimination against women. He pushed for and signed repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He signed the New START Treaty, eliminating thousands of nuclear weapons. He has vastly improved the image of the United States around the world. All of this was done in the face of monolithic opposition by the Republican Party. Republicans have shamefully misrepresented what the President is doing, ... »

The importance of independents

This is an updated version of a post I made on December 17th on my previous blog. I live in the 8th Congressional District of Illinois, in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. For 35 years, the 8th District was represented by Phil Crane, one of the original conservatives. The district voted for George W. Bush by 56% to 42% in 2000 and by 56% to 44% in 2004. That made it the most Republican district in the northern half of Illinois. But in 2004, Crane was defeated by Melissa Bean, a moderate Democrat who appealed to independent voters. She beat Crane 52% to 48%, which means that 8% of the voters split their tickets. She was reelected in 2006 with a 7% victory margin. This year, Melissa Bean was ... »

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog. I’m a 56-year old resident of Palatine, Illinois. I’m running for State Representative from the 54th Legislative District. I’m planning to use this blog to share my thoughts about government, politics, and anything else I think you might find interesting. I’m not new to blogging. I’ve been maintaining a blog for more than two years on the MyBarackObama website. »

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