2015 Real State of the Union

President Obama will deliver the 2015 State of the Union speech tonight. The speech is expected to touch on income inequality, higher education and cyber security among other issues. The State of the Union speech is always highly political, overly optimistic, silent on the real controversies of the day and meant to advance a couple... Read more »

Final Reflection on GOP's 2014 Wins

It’s a historic day in Washington, D.C. The national level winners of the 2014 election were sworn into office today completing the overwhelming Republican triumph in the most recent election and crystallizing the ugly wipeout for Democrats, whose base simply stood down rather than fight the inevitable 2014 GOP tidal wave. In the Senate, the GOP... Read more »

This young Republican reflects on the life and career of Judy Baar Topinka

Like so many Illinoisans, I was deeply saddened to hear State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away early this morning at the age of 70. Topinka began her career in public service years before I was even born. With a degree from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and a background in reporting and... Read more »

2014 Illinois Election Day cheat sheet

I realize not everyone spends most of their waking hours thinking about politics and public policy. For those who tune in when there are pending elections, here is a little cheat sheet of what to watch for as the returns come in Illinois tonight: Control of the United States Senate Democrats currently hold 53 Senate... Read more »

5 Reasons for 20-Somethings to Vote for Bruce Rauner

Whichever side of the partisan divide you stand on, I think there is broad consensus in Illinois that Gov. Pat Quinn has been a bad leader and should not get another term. We all know the case against Quinn because we have lived through the consequences of his inept leadership: Minimal job growth Despite raising... Read more »

State Election Matters More Than Federal This Year

States across the country have recognized the paralysis in Washington, D.C. and decided to take action on their own. Both Democratic and Republican controlled state legislatures and chief executives are taking action on fiscal and economic matters under their control, setting off a competition among the states to create the most desirable place to live,... Read more »

A rebuttal on the Dave McKinney issue

Dave McKinney, the now former Chicago Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief, is married to a very talented Democratic media strategist, Ann Liston. She is a superstar in the political media strategy community having been a key figure in crafting a media strategy for President Obama in 2012 that not only cast Mitt Romney as anti-women and... Read more »

A Vote for Grimm is a Vote for Quinn. Choose Rauner for Reform.

A new poll released this weekend not only shows that Pat Quinn has a lead in the race for Illinois governor but also that the Libertarian Party candidate is earning 7% of the statewide vote, more than enough to block Bruce Rauner’s path to victory. The Libertarian Party candidate, Chad Grimm, is the only third... Read more »

Offensive Liberalism

“Not all Republicans are racist, but all racists are Republicans,” said almost every die-hard American liberal/progressive since the 1960s. This offensive and disgraceful smear is a conversation ender that the American left has dispatched countless times when debating their political opposition, even on issues totally unrelated to race. It’s also a phrase casually bantered about... Read more »

A Conservative Conundrum

Like any large and diverse political party, Republicans often argue among themselves about the current posture of the party and the future direction it should take. We argue about the big things (defense and economic policies) and the small things (defining modern Conservatism in the U.S.A.). Sometimes, our squabbles spill out in the open, forcing... Read more »