Leadership/Communications

All Politics is NOT Local

By John Biver

According to the Financial Times, Next month’s midterm elections will be the most costly congressional races in U.S. history…[an] estimated $2.6 billion [will be spent]…Republican candidates, parties and advocacy groups would spend $1.4 billion…

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Two narratives competing for our embrace

By John Biver

There are two narratives competing for our embrace: Blagojevich’s big victory is guaranteed – or Topinka still has a chance. They’re both represented by polls announced this week. It was funny to receive an email…

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Step One: admit you have a problem

By John Biver

One of the failed gubernatorial candidates from last March’s Republican primary rejected some good advice about a year ago. The simple suggestion was to admit that Republicans have been a part of the problem…

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How to win elections and influence turnout

By John Biver

Tomorrow is August—so time is running out on U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald—he only has a little more than three months left to win this campaign for Topinka and Birkett. Speaking of poor strategic decisions on…

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Illinois: Land of Ideas and the Idealess

By John Biver

Imagine this scenario: a state in the union with a direction-less, idea-less, and principle-lacking Republican party. Now imagine that in that same state’s largest city resides the nation’s best state-level think tank. Can you conjure that…

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Newt Gingrich for U.S. Senate

By John Biver

This isn’t a request for Newt Gingrich to move to Illinois, but rather to visit. Republicans here are in desperate need of a little assistance, primarily from someone who can effectively articulate the Republican…

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The Need for Republican Outsourcing

By John Biver

Many Illinois Republicans are less than encouraged fourteen months into the reign of the new General Assembly leadership. Like fans unhappy with the performance of their team, they’re still awaiting evidence that the new…

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What U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald Should Do

By John Biver

“I’m thinking about trying to make sure Peter has an opponent…I think we can do better than him.” — Illinois Republican Congressman Ray LaHood as quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times , November 25, 2002 referring…

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