Category: Illinois politics

Which billionaire running for office best represents my interests? (Part II)

Which billionaire running for office best represents my interests? (Part II)
Yesterday, I published a look at the GOP candidates for Governor in the Illinois Primary Election. Today, I look at the Democrats. I am not looking at all the Democrats. The race has become a three creature race. The other candidates on the ballot just do not have the quality insults to be successful candidates.... Read more »

It is painful watching the GOP lose all sense of decency

It is painful watching the GOP lose all sense of decency
It is painful to watch a once principled political party disintegrate before my eyes. I spent four decades in the Republican Party upholding principles that no longer exist in the GOP of Donald Trump. The man in the above photo is a white supremacist, anti-Semite, and Holocaust denier. His name is Arthur Jones, and he... Read more »

Illinois GOP has a racism problem just like the National GOP

Illinois GOP has a racism problem just like the National GOP
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, a man I am ashamed to say I supported in 2014 has fired his communications staff in the wake of the racist cartoon shown in the photo above. The photo was published by the Illinois Policy Institute, a Chicago based Libertarian leaning conservative group that is closely tied to the Governor... Read more »
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Are Republicans mean people?

Are Republicans mean people?
Often that is a question asked of me by Democrats. Forty-four years in the GOP, I’m qualified to answer that question. I know thousands of Republicans across the nation. The short answer is not all are mean spirited people. We are are seeing the mean-wing play itself out in the US Senate on Healthcare Policy... Read more »

What the Democrats have that was attractive to this ex-GOP

What the Democrats have that was attractive to this ex-GOP
I recently wrote a series of articles about my leaving the GOP and joining the Democratic Party.  One of the articles became a viral post on social media.  “44 Years a Republican, 1 Year an Independent, today I’m joining the Democratic Party” became a sort of anthem for many who have become disgusted with the... Read more »

I'm proud to be part of the stampede out of the GOP

I'm proud to be part of the stampede out of the GOP
A little over a week ago I joined the Democratic Party. I had been an independent for a year and realized not being part of a party meant I was a voice in the wilderness. I’m not content to just be an observer on the sidelines. I want to be an agent for change. From... Read more »
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I've been A Democrat for a week and I wonder what took me so long?

I've been A Democrat for a week and I wonder what took me so long?
One week ago, I joined the Democratic Party.  I wrote about in an article “44 years a Republican, 1 year an Independent today I’m Joining the Democratic Party.”  You can read the article by clicking here.  In the article I said: “…Will I be welcomed into the Democratic Party with open arms?  That is highly... Read more »

Why has the GOP abandoned common decency?

Why has the GOP abandoned common decency?
What happened?  I spent decades in the GOP and in that time I met many wonderful, kind, decent people.  They would give you the shirt off their backs if you needed it.  They were there to give you a helping hand.  They were there to comfort you in times of sadness or grief. Governor George... Read more »

44 years a Republican, 1 year an Independent, today I'm joining the Democratic Party

44 years a Republican, 1 year an Independent, today I'm joining the Democratic Party
This was not an easy decision to make.  Politics is like one’s religion, you just don’t change it unless you have a moment of clarity and realize you are on the wrong path.  My family’s involvement in the GOP goes all the way back to the mid-1850s and the start of the GOP in Illinois.... Read more »
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Illinois GOP unleashes hate and racism in the budget fight

Illinois GOP unleashes hate and racism in the budget fight
Senator Toi Hutchinson, (D-Chicago Heights) has long been a target of Governor Rauner and the Illinois Policy Institute.  Illinois Policy is a lobbying arm of Governor Rauner.  Today Senator posted a sample of the hateful, and racist messages she is receiving by email and on social media.  The Senator told me all members who oppose... Read more »