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Apr

2018

Naperville students host summit to address gun violence: 'Young people have always led the way'

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High school students from Naperville and beyond got a hands-on lesson in civic organizing at North Central College on Saturday, while running the Gun Violence Solutions Summit they created and promoted on their own. 

“Participants — that was easier to get than students. It’s harder to find students willing to come Saturday at 9 in the morning,” said Andy Wang, a senior at Neuqua Valley High School.

 

Wang said he organized the Students Speak Up event to continue the dialogue spurred by the national school walkout on March 14, one month after a shooter killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla.

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29

Apr

2018

How the Loss of Union Power Has Hurt American Manufacturing

Author: Editor

Want to make America great again and keep factories in the United States? Try strengthening labor unions.

That may seem counterintuitive, and certainly contrary to the direction the country has been moving in lately. But the reality is that when organized labor dug in its heels — as it did regularly in the United States until late in the 20th century — manufacturing companies thought twice about shutting a factory and transferring production to another country.

As union membership declined, however, so did the political leverage of once nationally-known leaders like John L. Lewis, head of the United Mine Workers, and George Meany, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s first president. Not since the Nixon and Ford administrations in the 1970s has a union leader served in a president’s cabinet as secretary of labor, or in a similar post.

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Apr

2018

Rauner rated the nation's most vulnerable governor

Author: Editor

Maybe it's piling on. Or maybe it's just the way it is. Whatever, another big national political handicapper has bad news for Gov. Bruce Rauner, with Hotline today tapping his race as the most likely to switch parties of any gubernatorial seat up for election this year. 

Rauner is the most vulnerable governor, and his seat is the Democrats' "best pickup opportunity," said Hotline, which is published by the same folks who run National Journal. "Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker won 200,000 more votes in his decisive March primary than Rauner, who won renomination by just 2 points. The latest polling puts Pritzker, heir to the Hyatt fortune, up 18 points in a state that Hillary Clinton won by a similar margin, and his odds further improved when Rauner's alienation of the right led to a third-party challenge from GOP state Sen. Sam McCann."

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25

Sep

2016

NYT: HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT

Author: Editor

In any normal election year, we’d compare the two presidential candidates side by side on the issues. But this is not a normal election year. A comparison like that would be an empty exercise in a race where one candidate — our choice, Hillary Clinton — has a record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas, and the other, Donald Trump, discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway. (We will explain in a subsequent editorial why we believe Mr. Trump to be the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.)

But this endorsement would also be an empty exercise if it merely affirmed the choice of Clinton supporters. We’re aiming instead to persuade those of you who are hesitating to vote for Mrs. Clinton — because you are reluctant to vote for a Democrat, or for another Clinton, or for a candidate who might appear, on the surface, not to offer change from an establishment that seems indifferent and a political system that seems broken.

Running down the other guy won’t suffice to make that argument. The best case for Hillary Clinton cannot be, and is not, that she isn’t Donald Trump.

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Sep

2016

Memo to GOP: Forget your obstructionist policies. They backfired

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I met Tom Korologos in 1970. I was doing interviews for my dissertation on congressional staffs; he was the top staffer for Wallace Bennett, a veteran Republican senator from Utah. Tom not only granted me an interview but also gave me a ton of time and valuable insights. He knew and loved the Senate, knew and loved politics. He has had a remarkable career in Washington, serving several Republican presidents and also working as a top official with the provisional authority in Baghdad and as ambassador to Belgium. If you asked me to name veteran pols who understand how our government and politics work and should work, he would be high on the list.

That makes my disappointment with him even more painful. Korologos, along with former Ronald Reagan national security adviser Richard V. Allen, wrote an op-ed for The Post last week with advice for their fellow Republicans, headlined “Memo to GOP: Forget 2016. Start thinking 2018 and 2020.” The op-ed conceded the presidential contest to Hillary Clinton — and proceeded to give advice on how to combat the incoming president and regain the party’s mojo.

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