Political Arena

One Reason We’ve Lost Ground

By John Biver

Many rank-and-file Republicans, whether they’re activists or just voters, marvel at the fact that Republicans have lost ground in the past several years. What is amazing about this descent is that a great deal…

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Spotlighting political uselessness

By John Biver

It’s good advice worth repeating: if you’re a college student thinking about studying political science you should add a second major and study psychology as well. Understanding politics without having some idea about the…

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Another third party effort that will fail

By John Biver

We’re not referring to the Libertarian or Constitution Parties in our title. The third party we’re talking about here is that which the General Assembly Republicans have been working on forming going on four…

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All Politics is Marketing

By John Biver

An Investor’s Business Daily article from a few years ago on the subject of political messaging still makes for good reading. Authors Kerri Houston and Merrill Matthews Jr. made some excellent points that should be repeated again and…

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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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