Avoiding a Greater Evil : Newspapers Endorse Incumbent in the 44th Ward


Interesting endorsement for alderman (44th Ward) coming out of the Chicago Sun-Times. They begin:

What matters most in this election is to preserve a political counterweight to the Ricketts family, owners of the Chicago Cubs, as they continue their aggressive redevelopment of Wrigley Field and nearby streets.

They then go on to endorse the incumbent, Tom Tunney, pretty much for the same reason I'm voting for him (i.e. "preserve a political counterweight"). Ditto for the Trib.

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Where We Are


From the WaPo article on Bob Woodward’s new book on Donald Trump & Co.:

“He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown,” [Chief of Staff John] Kelly said, according to Woodward.

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Fake Newspapers in Illinois


Journalism on the level of Pravda. [Image from IWT News.]

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Mommy, This Is Why the Chicago Tribune Can't Have Friends (Among Decent People)


So I was reading through an article in the Chicago Tribune titled "Chicago's AirBnB Home-sharing Rules Are 'Draconian,' Lawsuit Says" and I was wondering who in the world would be on the side of AirBnB -- who would be arguing, as the article relates, that restrictions on AirBnB are both "unconstitutional and punish responsible homeowners". Then I got to this sentence:

"Liberty Justice Center, a Chicago-based nonprofit litigation center representing the plaintiffs in the case, teamed up with a Phoenix-based think tank called the Goldwater Institute on the suit in hopes of blocking the regulations...."

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Tribune Reports on Campaign Spending in Govenor's Race


Somehow I think I would have written this paragraph from yesterday's Chicago Tribune a bit differently:

Together, the two campaigns have raised nearly $80 million - $55.8 million by Rauner and $23.3 million by Quinn - since Rauner entered the race in March 2013. Rauner has personally given his campaign $20.1 million, including another $1.5 million reported to the State Board of Elections earlier Monday.

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Headline of the Day


h/t newseum

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Messing with Texas


Hats off to Stuart Leavenworth, editorial page editor, The Sacramento Bee, who responds to complaints from Texan Gov. Perry about a cartoon that ran in his paper with the following reply:

Jack Ohman's cartoon of April 25 made a strong statement about Gov. Rick Perry's disregard for worker safety, and his attempts to market Texas as a place where industries can thrive with few regulations. It is unfortunate that Gov. Perry, and some on the blogosphere, have attempted to interpret the cartoon as being disrespectful of the victims of this tragedy. As Ohman has made clear on his blog, he has complete empathy for the victims and people living by the plant. What he finds offensive is a governor who would gamble with the lives of families by not pushing for the strongest safety regulations. Perry's letter is an attempt to distract people from that message.

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With Friends Like These (Chicago Tribune Ed.)


ChicagoTribune_logo.gif The spoiled brats over at the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board have some warm words of advice for Lisa Madigan should she decide to run for governor:

It will be in the best interest of the people of Illinois — and in the best interest of Lisa Madigan — that her father, Michael Madigan, step down as speaker of the Illinois House.

Lisa Madigan's independence and credibility as a candidate — and more important, as governor — will depend on her father.

"Independence and credibility" -- that's the ticket! Of course, this is the same bunch who endorsed right-winger Bill Brady for governor last time round. It's not likely they're going to support Lisa Madigan one way or another.

[h/t CapitolFax Blog]

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