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Purple Colorado picking GOP pols more wisely

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In today's unforgiving politics, both parties often think: "If at first you don't succeed, don't darken our door again." Ken Buck, however, had another idea.


Jim Dey: Some statewide candidates grasp for non-issues

The two Republican candidates for state treasurer are jockeying for advantage in the upcoming March 18 primary, each claiming that he's better than the other.

There's not much glamor associated with the office; the Illinois Constitution gives it responsibility for the safekeeping and investment of public money and securities.


Perfect climate for liberals

WASHINGTON — The many jaundiced assessments of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on the fifth anniversary of its enactment were understandable, given that the sluggish recovery, now drowsing through the second half of its fifth year, is historically anemic.


Taxation is first order of business for state legislators

With the General Assembly back in session, the subject of taxation stands near the top of its agenda.

Actually, there are two tax issues, and, this being an election year, a schizophrenic attitude surrounds both — hurry up on one and wait-a-minute on the other.


Hispanics seek respect from mainstream media

CHICAGO — Farewell CNN Latino, which I never once watched.

The Spanish-language programming, which aired in Miami, Los Angeles, New York and other top Hispanic markets, is ceasing this month after failing to meet "business expectations," according to a spokesman.


UAW fails in Chattanooga

WASHINGTON — This year's most important election will not occur in November, when more than 90 million votes will be cast for governors and national legislators. The most important election, crucial to an entire region's economic well-being and to the balance of the nation's political competition, has already occurred.


Why math? Why not?

CHICAGO — As a high-school algebra teacher, the most common question I got from students was: "Why do we have to learn this? When will it ever matter?"

I had to answer this same question in a "Methods of Teaching Math" class during my teacher-training program in which a declaration of love for math was seen as bizarre.


Jim Dey: Labor expert says College athletes' union effort will bring benefits

When former Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter testified this week in favor of unionization for major college athletes, he was calling a classic misdirection play — trying to persuade the defense he was going left when he's really headed right.


Breaking news: Woman accused of being ruthless

WASHINGTON — Groundhog Day isn't just a movie.

Here it is early 2014 — still almost three years away from a new presidency — but it's high time to mention that Hillary Clinton was a "ruthless" first lady.


Jim Dey: Fixing state school funding a 'monumental task'

State legislators quiver in fear when they confront tough issues in an election year. So state Sen. Andy Manar, a Democrat from the Macoupin County community of Bunker Hill, recently shook the state's political landscape by releasing a bipartisan report calling for dramatic changes aimed at correcting inequities in state school funding.


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