April 19, 2017
"FIREWALL" STRATEGY NOT AN OPTION FOR RAUNER IN 2018

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) is not the worst governor in America. According to a just-released poll by Morning Consult, Rauner is only the 8th-worst, as measured by his approval/disapproval rating, which stands at 42/49%. Those are politically toxic numbers. An incumbent governor, to win, needs to be around 50 percent "approval." But it's better that a Feb. Simon poll, which put Rauner at 58% "disapprove." Other Republican governors, like those in MA, MD, TX, AR, TN, NV and GA, have "approves" as high as 75%. Rauner's problem is that he is not perceived as a "firewall," meaning a check on Democratic liberal legislative excesses, as in MA and MD. That's because Madigan and his Springfield minions do nothing to irritate voters -- by doing nothing. And then blame Rauner for his intransigence. Rauner will spend $100 million through Nov. 2018, but his prospects look bleak. Full Article...


April 12, 2017
"GOODNESS" VANQUISHED IN LINCOLNWOOD, NORRIDGE, SCHILLER PARK, PARK RIDGE ELECTIONS

In certain northwest suburban municipalities, April 4 was not GOOD TUESDAY. The incumbent with the GOOD tan lost in Lincolnwood. The Democratic statewide officeholder with the GOOD connections lost in Norridge. The incumbent with GOOD intentions lost in Schiller Park. The candidate with GOOD ethnicity lost in Park Ridge. But in Des Plaines, the "Boy Wonder" mayor, who hired an ad agency to concoct a new city motto, which was "GOOD MOVE CITY," won easily. In Morton Grove, Dan Proft's superPAC failed to elect a mayor. The status quo won in Skokie, Harwood Heights, Elmwood Park, Mt. Prospect and Arlington Heights. Full Article...


April 5, 2017
TEXAS IS LABORATORY FOR DEMOCRATS' 2020 HOPES

The great liberal myth is that, as America grows less white, and the black, Hispanic and Asian population increases, there will be an emerging -- and permanent -- Democratic majority. The occupant of the White House belies that supposition, as does continued Republican dominance in Texas, where the Hispanic vote is not monolithically Democrat. 58% of Texas's population is non-white, but Trump won the state by 807,179 votes. California is 61% non-white, and Clinton won the state by 4,269,977 votes. Texas stays red because Republicans try to appeal to Hispanics. If national Democrats expect to win in 2020, Texas will be a 2018 laboratory. US Sen. Ted Cruz, who ravaged Trump in the 2016 presidential primaries and refused to endorse him by name against Clinton, could be beaten -- but not by a politically-correct liberal like one of San Antonio's Castro brothers. The Sanders-Warren Democratic brand may sell in California and the East Coast, but not in Texas. Full Article...


March 29, 2017
EVANSTON'S ELECTORAL ESCAPADES RESEMBLE A "BANANA REPUBLIC"

Evanstonians think that they are "special." Nestled just north of the Chicago boundary on the Lake, the 74,486 residents of Evanston are mostly white, affluent, liberal, and obsessively politically-correct. In 2016, Clinton obliterated Trump 34,038-2,808 (88.4%). Obama only got 84.8% in 2012. Evanston has its own foreign policy: In the 1970s it declared itself a "nuclear-free zone," and so informed Moscow. It has not been nuked since. The white folks also know what is best for black folks. When minorities in the 5th Ward wanted to end the bussing of their kids to white schools, and build a "neighborhood" school, the whites voted it down. Get on the bus, We aren't Selma, Alabama. No re-segregation. When developers wanted to build multi-story condos in downtown Evanston, they were told to take a hike. But the 2016-17 election antics of Evanston are really "special": State law governed municipal elections. Everybody ran in an April election. But a binding 1992 referendum changed the process to a non-partisan (Feb.) primary and an April runoff. For 2017, after 25 years, the powers-that-be decided to implement the 1992 vote, and ignore state law. "We resemble a 'Banana Republic,'" said county comr. Larry Suffredin. In Morton Grove, the "Caucus Party" (Democratic) takeover of the "Action Party" (Republican) is complete. Mayor Danny DiMaria, an erstwhile Republican now in league with Lou Lang (D), will beat ex-mayor Dan Staackmann (R). Full Article...


March 22, 2017
"MAYOR NOBODY" MALONEY FAVORED IN PARK RIDGE ELECTION

For a politician, being a "nobody" -- meaning an unknown -- is great protective coloration. It may not get you into office, but it can keep you there for a while. In northwest suburban Park Ridge, acting mayor Marty Maloney -- "Mayor Nobody" -- will likely win on April 4 because nobody knows him, nobody knows opponent Lucas Fuksa, nobody knows Maloney's qualifications or record, nobody knows an election in imminent and, if they do, nobody cares. Maloney succeeded the tempestuous "Mayor No," Dave Schmidt, after his death in 3/15. Maloney is an insider, and Park Ridge is economically booming, with new bars/restaurants, a huge new fitness center, and a burgeoning home resale market.. It's on the verge of becoming "Edison Park North," with an active nightlife and new revenues. Of course, property taxes and water fees are also booming, and the city bureaucracy micro-manages everything, piling fee upon fee, delay after delay, and permit after permit. But the earnest Fuksa, a lawyer who said Park Ridge is not business-friendly, doesn't understand that it's impossible to beat a nobody mayor that nobody knows. The status quo will prevail and Maloney will win by at least 55-45% in a very low turnout. Full Article...


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