In the wake of the recent embarrassingly political, 4-3 partisan decision by the Illinois Supreme Court Democratic majority to reject a proposed voter initiative to reduce legislative district gerrymandering, savvy political observer Rich Miller has suggested the "nuclear option" of a voter initiative that would simply abolish the Illinois House altogether.
If you ask long-range weather forecasters whether it will be a boy or a girl, you might get a third answer: neither.
Over the last couple of weeks, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center and NASA have announced that the predicted La Niña climate phenomenon probably won't happen later this year, meaning a "neutral" winter for North America.
GLENOLDEN, Pa. — From Erie in the west to Scranton in the east, Pennsylvania is flecked with casualties the stubborn economic sluggishness and relentless globalization have inflicted on industrial communities. But in this middle-class Philadelphia suburb, Tom Danzi knows that the economy is denting even his business repairing damaged cars.
In every era, the dominant forms of antiblack racial violence are socially sanctioned.
The gloves have come off in the race for the state's attorney in Champaign County, where three-term incumbent Democrat Julia Rietz seeks to fend off a challenge from Republican Assistant Public Defender George Vargas.
"In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. ... Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building. ... For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes."
— George Orwell, "1984"
Mike Madigan is causing big problems for Mike Madigan.
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Michael Madigan is a campaign drag on Michael Madigan.
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The nearly 2,000 interest groups and individuals registered to lobby in our state exert powerful influence in their respective narrow, special scope of interest, but rarely do they concern themselves with the state's general long-term interests.
The National Rifle Association doesn't get involved in housing issues, and the Realtors don't weigh in on protecting access to AK-47 rifles.
WASHINGTON — Republican congressional leaders ardently want conservative members of the House to not force a vote on impeaching the IRS commissioner. The public does not care about John Koskinen's many misdeeds. And impeachment will distract attention from issues that interest the public.