Illinois

Blue Wave 2.0 – The Sequel

In nature, waves are not solitary events. Another wave usually follows. The same is often true for politics. In 2014, the Republican party saw a wave of victories, spurred on by voter apathy and low turnout, resulting in broad based…

Republican congressional candidates include indicted criminals, Russian stooges, anti-education zealots, anti-environment zealots, anti-women’s rights zealots, and Nazis

Several Republican incumbents and nominees in the United States Congress are currently running neck and neck with their Democratic opponents. While this alone would not be news, several of these Republican incumbents and nominees have displayed traits that should normally…

Republican Congressman tells constituent “we lie all the time”

Republican Dave Brat is running for re-election to the U.S Congress from Virginia. A recent recording has surfaced of  him replying to one of his constituents, who was understandably dismayed by the direction of the Republican Party: “The problem is…

Trump’s trade war continues to backfire spectacularly

The stock market just had a terrible week, total U.S. exports slid 7% in the 3rd quarter, soybean exports are down 97% from a year ago, auto exports are down 56% from a year ago, auto manufacturers are moving production…

Trump EPA helped Illinois GOP Governor cover-up cancer risk of medical device plant partly owned by Illinois GOP Governor

In a blockbuster story, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Trump administration’s EPA helped Bruce Rauner, the Republican Governor of Illinois, cover-up the extreme cancer risks posed to the communities around a medical devices plant of a company partly owned…

Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, and Ohio GOP Congressmen voted 9 times to end pre-existing condition protections

Donald Trump and other Republicans are now running around telling voters that they support protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Donald Trump at Kentucky rally, October 13, 2018 “And Republicans only will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions. We’re going…

Midwestern Democratic Governor candidates will cut taxes for the middle class

There is a misconception, which the Republican noise machine has pushed relentlessly for the last few decades, that Democrats want high taxes. The key to this misconception is that it lumps the poor, the middle class, and the rich together….

Republican politicians resort to lies and hate because their policies are only popular with a shrinking Republican base

Donald Trump and many other Republican politicians have decided to run on a party platform of lies and hate in 2018. Examples include Donald Trump lying repeatedly to his supporters at his fascist rallies across the country, California Congressman Duncan…

Illinois GOP Governor falsely blames violence on illegal immigrants – while his own policies are actually contributing to increases in crime

In a debate on Tuesday, the Republican Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, decided to embrace Trumpism by blaming violence on illegal immigrants: Chicago Tribune: In debate with J.B. Pritzker, Gov. Bruce Rauner says illegal immigration contributes to Chicago gun violence…

Another Midwestern Republican pretends someone in an advertisement is not a Republican

In what has become a pattern, a Midwestern Republican used somebody in an advertisement that is not who they profess to be, this time on behalf of Illinois GOP Governor Bruce Rauner: ‘Lifelong Democrat’ in Rauner ad took four GOP…

Instead of paying teachers better, Republican Governor of Utah tries to guilt teachers to return to profession

In Utah, where the average starting salary for a teacher is $35,722, the Republican Governor refuses to believe that teachers should be incentivized by better pay to choose to teach, instead trying to guilt teachers to return to the profession…

A list of November 2018 GOP candidates who are either neo-Nazis or have ties to neo-Nazis

The Republican party has a Nazi problem. Here is a list of some of them. Lou Barletta – Republican nominee for US Senate from Pennsylvania CNN: GOP Senate candidate Lou Barletta did interview in 2006 with Holocaust-denying publication Rep. Lou…

Illinois has a budget problem because it taxes the rich less than the middle class – Millionaires like GOP Gov Bruce Rauner want to keep it that way

Illinois has a budget problem. Everyone in Illinois knows about it. It’s no secret. Reuters: Illinois budget deficit soars to $14.6 billion in FY 2017 Illinois’ general fund budget deficit grew by 52 percent in fiscal 2017 to a record…

Republican Governor of Illinois vetoes bill that would raise all teacher salaries to $40,000 a year by the year 2022

Bruce Rauner, the multi-millionaire Republican Governor of Illinois, has vetoed a bill that would require all teacher salaries to reach $40,000 a year by the year 2022. STL Today: Rauner vetoes bill raising Illinois minimum teacher salaries Illinois Gov. Bruce…

Midwestern States are great locations for wind and solar energy generation – Why do so many Midwestern politicians support oil and gas instead?

In Midwestern State after Midwestern State are stories about the amazing progress that is being made with renewable wind and solar energy projects. In Kansas: CJ Online: Where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain (and generates over 35 percent…