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Direct Elections: Conservatives need to tear down the wall

By John Biver

Now is the time for American conservatives to stop playing fantasy politics and get in the real game. I keep reminding people – there is no conservative ballot line – the place for conservative activists and candidates is in the Republican Party fighting for its ballot line.

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“Think tank says more money is not the answer”

By John Biver

The above headline came from a report in the Chicago Sun-Times with the title “State urged to cut programs, staff.” I was reminded of a report from Americans for Tax Reform titled “Whatever the Question, the Answer is Not Raising Taxes.”

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If we had a GOP, we wouldn’t have a President BHO

By John Biver

Every so often, the newly sworn in President Barack Obama said back on January 20th, the oath of office “is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.” Setting aside Obama’s attempt to improve on the famous “dark and stormy night” line by fiction writer Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, the first six weeks of Obama’s presidency has ushered in just the kind of change people weren’t exactly hoping for.

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Our state’s GOP is failing to defend Republican ideas

By John Biver

Daniel Henninger has a terrific article in today’s Wall Street Journalwith the title “Has Obama Buried Reagan?” Henninger writes,

“The stock market has been in a free-fall (with a bounce off a ledge yesterday), dismantling the saved wealth of millions of individual Americans who must feel they are living through the exploding rubble of some Hollywood disaster movie…

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Direct Elections: A reform to regain political confidence

By John Biver

What Barack Obama has been to the nation’s economic confidence, state Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna and the 19 member Republican Party State Central Committee has been to the IL GOP grassroots. Confidence is at an all time low.

The State Central Committee – the party’s governing board – has been tolerating McKenna’s failed leadership for four full years now. The 2006 and 2008 general election disasters in Illinois are their legacy.

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Support for Direct Elections is now a litmus test

By John Biver

Why is Illinois a national laughingstock? The list of reasons is growing. Long before Rod Blagojevich was arrested and the name Roland Burris became known coast to coast, the Illinois Republican Party’s State Central Committee (the party’s governing board) brought in Alan Keyes to run against Barack Obama in the 2004 U.S. Senate race.

In the annals of really stupid political moves, that one will always rank very high. Of course the Keyes debacle wasn’t even the first dumb thing accomplished by IL GOP’s State Central Committee in this decade. Years before Keyes was brought in from Maryland, Judy Baar Topinka was brought in from suburban Riverside and made state party chairman.

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GOP 101: Impacting local and regional public opinion

By John Biver

It’s abundantly clear that most local GOP organizations have little or no direction, no real leadership, and little inner motivation to change. They need a jolt – and that jolt can come from you – the citizen who wants “change you can believe in.”

Rank and file GOP voters are never going to see most of those already-elected Republicans doing what they’re supposed to do – if they can continue to get away with not doing anything. And we’re never going to get the kind of Party leadership that’s needed unless more people from the outside of the political process step inside.

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GOP 101: Local leadership is needed

By John Biver

If you’re not happy with the performance of the Republicans you’ve elected to office — there is something you can do about it even if you’re busy raising kids, working to make ends meet, building a…

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SB600 and “Who is the Republican Party?”

By John Biver

This post over at the Daily Herald had a humorous opening:

“While the northwest suburbs are turning more Democratic every election, Republicans in Cook County turned to Karl Rove for answers tonight at a Schaumburg fundraiser.”

Republicans are losing ground so they invite a guy to speak to them who had an unprecedented opportunity to gain ground but didn’t. I’m not sure what the Schaumburg, Barrington, Hanover, Elk Grove, Palatine and Wheeling township Republicans expected to learn from old Karl. Didn’t we all just live through the Bush-Hastert years?

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GOP 101: Personnel — A Variety of Talents are Needed

By John Biver

World Magazine quoted Anthony Demonte, the husband of Illinois Republican National CommitteewomanDementra Demonte, saying this about the recent RNC meeting where a new chairman was elected:

“If you lose your elections, it’s time for new blood.”

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GOP 101: Personnel makes all the difference

By John Biver

As we progress through this “GOP 101” set of articles it’s important to note that much of what we’re outlining here is rather simple, basic stuff. Cynics, on the other hand, will say that it’s wildly idealistic. A lot of political veterans who have presided over failure after failure will concur with the notion that what we’re proposing is unrealistic because of the nature of politics and the kind of people who gravitate into the political process.

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