Political Arena/Duty of Citizenship

National GOP borrowed Illinois GOP game plan

By John Biver

One post-election question still unanswered for Illinois Republicans is “why would Republicans at the national level want to imitate the failed strategy of our Illlinois GOP leaders?” “You can never stop teaching,” Rush Limbaugh said…

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And so we begin

By John Biver

In one night Jim Edgar’s, Judy Baar Topinka’s, Joe Birkett’s, and Dennis Hastert’s leadership were all rejected at the polls, and Karl Rove was shown not to be the wizard so many kept saying he…

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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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Compartmentalizing Republicans

By John Biver

Like former President Clinton, many Illinois Republicans have an uncanny ability to “compartmentalize.” They can take — their pro-life views, their support for defending traditional marriage, their opposition to the extremist “gay rights” agenda, their opposition…

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John Kass v. the rest of the Illinois media

By John Biver

We note that a few recent John Kass columns have included references to the Republican nominee for governor of Illinois. On September 20th he had this to say in answer to a letter writer: “Judy won…

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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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Money for nothing and chits for free

By John Biver

One of the greatest ongoing challenges facing legislators has been summed up many times, including by writers in previous centuries. In the first half of the nineteenth century Frederic Bastiat wrote in his book “The Law” about…

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CJR Daily: reporters – puppets and pros

By John Biver

Little by little the Illinois press is waking up to the fact that they’re being played by the Illinois public school establishment. Every now and then a media outlet will question something a school district…

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Ryan, Topinka, and deja vu

By John Biver

The human capacity for hope is amazing indeed. We know, because we once had hope about the Old Guard of the Illinois Republican Party. At the latter part of the last century a man named George…

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