September 18, 2019
2019 ELECTIONS WILL TEST REPUBLICAN, TRUMP BASES

There will be 2019 elections for governor in three states -- KY, MS and LA -- and the outcomes will give a clue as to whether the Trump Nation is energized, and whether they will direct that energy toward electing Republicans. Trump won 65.5% in KY, 58.1% in LA, and 57.9% in MS, yet it is possible that a Democrat will be elected governor in each state. Or there could be a Republican sweep -- if the Trump majority turns out. Republicans have pushed a non-Trump brand in Mississippi, cutting state taxes. and in Louisiana, where the Democrat substantially raised state taxes. In Kentucky, the incumbent (R) has governed much like Trump. Full Article...


September 11, 2019
BAIL-OUTS PROLIFERATE AMONG DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMEN

Here is a multiple-choice question. A Chicago Democratic ward committeeman is (a) at the top of the political food chain, (b) at the bottom of the political food chain, (c) holds a non-paying post which is utterly inconsequential, and/or (d) believes it’s a steppingstone to glory and power. Anybody who is now or has been a committeeman would answer (b) and (c). Anybody who aspires to and is running for committeeman in 2020 would answer (a) and (d). And everybody else, including this columnist and the readers of this column, would give a resounding (c). Who cares? After all, the sitting Democratic committeemen of the 1st, 39th, 40th, 41st, 45th and 49th wards, elected in 2016, lost 2019 bids to be elected or re-elected alderman, and the 50th Ward committeeman and the former 32nd Ward committeeman lost 2018 state senator and county commissioner races. The bail-outs have begun. Full Article...


September 4, 2019
TRUMP USHERS IN A 3-PARTY SYSTEM: PRO-TRUMP, NON-TRUMP, ANTI-TRUMP

There are two kinds of failed presidents: Those who have the wrong governing philosophy and those who have no governing philosophy. Donald Trump is more of the latter than the former. He governs by Tweet. A 3-party system has emerged: Pro-, non-, and anti-Trump, with the antis having a whole lot of leftist, crackpot, unworkable proposals that will not sell to the center, where the non-Trump votes lie. Five states with 79 electoral votes, which Trump won in 2016 -- FL, MI, IA, WI, PA -- are the key...not the party's leftist, socialist contingent. Trump won 306-232. Subtract 36 votes from those 5 states, and Trump loses. If Democrats nominate a "democratic socialist" and economy remains robust, Trump wins. Full Article...


August 28, 2019
KALISH'S ABORTION NON-VOTE PROMPTS DUMPING BY LANG

He that giveth, like Lou Lang, can taketh away. And he that voteth "wrong," like Mark Kalish, can be voteth out. Or dumped. Kalish, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi, was appointed to Lang's 16th Dist. Illinois House seat in Jan. 2019. "He violated his commitment to vote as I voted," fumed Lang, the Niles Twp. Democratic committeeman and 32-year state rep. Lang promised to do what it takes and spend what it takes to beat Kalish in the 3/17/20 primary, Given that Lang has $1,071,782 on-hand, that is no idle threat. Lang has recruited and endorsed Denyse Wang Stoneback. Kalish's unforgivable transgression was his 5/28 "present" vote on the Reproductive Health Act, which reaffirms and codifies abortion rights in the state. PersonalPAC accused Kalish of lying to get the appointment. Kalish said it was "a personal decision based on conscience," admitting that he "made a mistake" by not disclosing his misgivings earlier. "God forgives true repentance," he said. Voters may not. In the 9th subcuircuit, ex-State Sen. Ira Silverstein may run for judge. Full Article...


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