Political Arena

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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Mideast, Midwest, over there, over here

By John Biver

Our concentration is typically focused on Illinois political and governmental matters. National issues – and especially foreign policy – we leave to our allies with larger budgets and bigger staffs. Occasionally, however, events occur or words are…

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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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One of the Republicans’ biggest problems

By John Biver

Yesterday in an editorial the Belleville News-Democrat yelled at the Blagojevich administration for it’s “cavalier” attitude regarding Illinois’ fiscal realities. Part of the problem, the editorial stated, is due to “all his spending.” The editorial referenced a…

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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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Karl Rove: King Hack

By John Biver

Many conservative Republicans don’t belong to the Karl Rove fan club for one simple reason: they believe winning elections is only the first step to victory. For them, governing success is the necessary second step….

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The Denny Hastert Predicament

By John Biver

In the sports business, skill and judgment are still what counts when it comes to winning and turning a profit. That stands in contrast to politics and government, where you can succeed just by…

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School Funding and AWOL Republicans

By John Biver

One of the biggest news stories of late has been the funding “crisis” experienced by Illinois public schools. The single most amazing aspect of this story has been the almost total lack of debate…

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What is a ‘moderate’ Republican?

By John Biver

A few months ago an Illinois state rep told me that there wasn’t much difference between the Republicans and Democrats in Springfield. Looking at the voting record of Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and…

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