WBEZ | Romney http://www.wbez.org/tags/romney Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Now it's a winter storm warning http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/now-its-winter-storm-warning-105869 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/snow-flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rbabiera/8519181871/" target="_blank"><img alt="The snow and slush piled up in Winnemac Park (Rex Babiera on Flickr)" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8525/8519181871_88f042d8e1.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; float: right;" /></a>BUT -- BUT -- WE STILL HAVE SOME LEFT OVER FROM LAST WEEK!&nbsp;</strong>And yet,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoweathercenter.com/" target="_blank">more snow&#39;s on the way</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-weather-forecast-snow,0,6178175.story" target="_blank">Up to 10 inches by midweek</a>?<br />* A bad week for <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cta-brown-purple-line-wells-street-bridge-construction,0,7158228.story" target="_blank">this nine-day headache on the CTA</a>.<br />* Still,&nbsp;<a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=9014515" target="_blank">it&#39;s better than tornadoes</a>.<br />* In Washington, the Post blogs on &quot;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/snowquester-live-blog-tracking-the-models-march-3-evening-edition/2013/03/03/140b5afc-8467-11e2-9d71-f0feafdd1394_blog.html" target="_blank">snowquester</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cjr.org/the_observatory/new_york_times_cancels_green_e.php" target="_blank">shuts its Green blog</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/collideascape/2013/02/27/is-there-a-slant-to-climate-reporting/#.UTQw0XzNstU" target="_blank">Is climate reporting slanted</a>?</p><p><strong>THAT GROUPON SIGNOFF?</strong>&nbsp;A company spokeswoman insists&nbsp;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/03/03/who-wrote-resignation-letter/" target="_blank">Andrew Mason wrote his own goodbye note</a>, praised by a Chicago Tribune editorial as &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-groupon-20130302,0,270340.story" target="_blank">the gold standard for farewell letters</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/03/groupons-bad-deal.html" target="_blank">Even a truncated list of the company&rsquo;s failures borders on breathtaking</a>,&quot; the&nbsp;<em>New Yorker</em>&#39;s Matt Buchanan writes.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.poynter.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/killers-hickey.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; float: right;" /></p><p><strong>CHICAGO&#39;S MUSIC SUMMIT.&nbsp;</strong>Chicago doesn&#39;t have an official &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2013-03/does-chicago-finally-have-music-office-105840" target="_blank">Office of Music</a>,&quot; but has two guys planning an event that aims to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/turnitup/chi-chicago-music-summit-20130228,0,6028188.column" target="_blank">assemble 500 musicians, singers and music industry execs in September</a>.<br />* Music site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/205769/why-music-site-illustrated-review-with-legos/" target="_blank">illustrates Killers review&nbsp;<strong>with Lego figures</strong></a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;LISTEN, I SPEAK ENGLISH.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>John Boehner defends his use of the phrase &quot;<a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2013/03/boehner-on-ass-comment-i-speak-english-158302.html" target="_blank">get off their ass</a>&quot; to criticize the Senate.<br />* But <a href="http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/02/27/priorities-with-the-budget-on-the-brink-speaker-boehner-frets-about-the-dress-code/" target="_blank">he would not abide dress code violations</a>.<br />* Obama&#39;s new strategy: &quot;<a href="http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/285909-new-obama-strategy-taking-no-prisoners" target="_blank">Take no prisoners</a>.&quot;<br />* In honor of <a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/moms/happy-birthday-seuss/Q1hNdFUGH6K9UWmWcXfZkI/gallery.html" target="_blank">Dr. Seuss&#39; birthday</a> over the weekend, <a href="http://www.beachwoodreporter.com/column/the_weekend_desk_report_344.php" target="_blank">a tribute to the sequester -- in rhyme</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;THAT WAS A REAL MISTAKE.&#39;</strong> In his first public interview since losing, Mitt Romney tells Fox News <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/03/romney-still-disappointed-over-loss-admits-mistakes-critical-obama-second-term/" target="_blank">his campaign failed to connect with minority voters</a>.<br />* Ann Romney: <strong>&quot;</strong><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/03/ann-romney-fox-news-sunday-blame-the-media-mitt-loss_n_2801280.html" target="_blank">I&#39;m happy to blame the media</a>.&quot;<br />* Newt Gingrich: &quot;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/03/03/in_the_real_world_we_were_kidding_ourselves/" target="_blank">We were kidding ourselves</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>QUESTIONS MOST FREQUENTLY ANSWERED WRONG IN <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/take-weeks-news-quiz-challenge-105834" target="_blank">FRIDAY&#39;S NEWS QUIZ</a>.</strong><br />* No. 2:&nbsp;<em>Complete this quote from a &quot;Daily Show&quot; interview with journalist Steven Brill: &quot;The _________ industry takes in more money every year than Hollywood.&quot;</em> (As of early this morning, 73 percent of quiz-takers had answered incorrectly.)<br />* No. 5.&nbsp;<em>The publisher of a North Carolina newspaper criticized for seeking the names of gun-permit holders wrote to readers to do what?&nbsp;</em>(52 percent wrong.)<br /><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/take-weeks-news-quiz-challenge-105834" target="_blank">Take the quiz now</a>, and get the right answers.</strong></p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/now-its-winter-storm-warning-105869 To bind the nation’s wounds http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/bind-nation%E2%80%99s-wounds-103696 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/voting%20sign%202%20ap.jpg" style="height: 387px; width: 620px; " title="(AP)" /></div><p>It&rsquo;s over! It&rsquo;s finally over! Thank God almighty, it&rsquo;s over! No more newspaper, TV or radio ads! No more blitz of unending robocalls! No more sometimes-urbane-but-more-often-than-not-unbearably-pompous-post-debate-analysis by professional pundits! The votes are in, the count is official. The Electoral College has been given its marching orders. We no longer have two candidates, we now have a duly elected winner.</p><p>According to a number of sources, more money has been spent on this presidential campaign than ever before: Tally up the professional staff, organizing volunteers, neighborhood canvassing, major fund raisers, local bake sales, the kissing of random babies, the shaking of untold hands, the photos taken or the rubber chicken dinners eaten &mdash; the time and money spent on all sides has been staggering.</p><p>Then there are the candidates: Mitt Romney has almost exclusively devoted the last three years to running for the presidency; and, although President Obama&rsquo;s day job prohibited him from being a full time candidate, the power of the bully pulpit kept his candidacy in the public eye.</p><p>But now it&rsquo;s over. It sometimes seemed like sound and fury signifying nothing, but elections &mdash; no matter how long, how tedious or how divisive &mdash; lie at the core of what we mean by the &ldquo;sacredness of the individual&rdquo; and the &ldquo;purpose of the state.&rdquo; Democracy is about the rule of the people: the belief that the state exists to serve its constituents, citizens, and not the other way around.</p><p>Yes, we now spend too much money on campaigns, from the office of the presidency to state representatives to the local dogcatcher. Yes, the rhetoric is often vitriolic. Yes, the campaign season is too long. However, presidential campaigns, political campaigns in general &mdash; no matter how flawed, expensive or over the top &mdash; speak to Abraham Lincoln&rsquo;s central philosophical and political conviction, &ldquo;that (a) government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.&rdquo;</p><p>I&rsquo;ll end with words of Lincoln in his Second Inaugural Address: &ldquo;With malice toward none; with charity for all&hellip; let us strive to finish the work we are in, to bind the nation&rsquo;s wound&hellip; to do all which may achieve and cherish, a just and lasting peace, among ourselves and with all nations.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics and Chairman of the Management Department in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-11/bind-nation%E2%80%99s-wounds-103696 Catholics expected to split vote in Obama's backyard http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/catholics-expected-split-vote-obamas-backyard-103633 <p><p>The Roman Catholic Church has been especially active this political season. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which includes&nbsp;Chicago&rsquo;s Cardinal Francis George, have called some Obama policies an &quot;assault on the Catholic church.&quot; They&rsquo;ve directed priests to give sermons and pass out pew cards encouraging political involvement.</p><p>The flurry of activity was sparked by a U.S. Health and Human Services mandate that includes contraception, which the U.S. Bishops call an &ldquo;infringement on religious freedom.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>Polls show Catholics nearly evenly divided, with Obama up 2 percent.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Rally.JPG" style="height: 199px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="(WBEZ/Cassidy Herrington)" /></p><p>Chicago had one of the biggest turn-outs at the recent &quot;Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally.&quot;</p><p>Nearly 2,000 Catholics and pro-life supporters chanting &quot;Vote for freedom&quot; marched up Dearborn Street last month. They were protesting abortion and requiring insurance coverage for contraception. &nbsp;</p><p>A giant, yellow Vatican flag billowed over the procession of marchers that met in Daley Plaza.</p><p>The rally was billed as a non-partisan event. Numerous signs reading &ldquo;Stop Obama&rsquo;s HHS Mandate&rdquo; were dispersed among posters of Lady Guadalupe. One participant held up a homemade &ldquo;Obamunism&rdquo; poster that depicted Obama&rsquo;s logo alongside hammer and sickle.</p><p>Rev. Rocky Hoffman, a Catholic talk radio personality, was the first to take the podium. He opened with a prayer and led the crowd in repeating the GOP convention chant, &ldquo;We Built This.&rdquo;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">Hoffman told the crowd that their tax dollars constructed the plaza they occupied, so it was their duty to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the law.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The rally was one of more than 450 across the country, part of a series of events led by Catholic leaders over several months to protest the mandate and other issues, culminating in the election.</div></div><p><img alt="Eric Scheidler, the executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, stands in Daley Plaza after the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally." class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Scheidler.JPG" style="height: 199px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="(WBEZ/Cassidy Herrington)" /></p><p>The co-chair of the rally, Eric Scheidler, said abortion and contraception should be pivotal to Catholic voters. He&#39;s the executive director of Chicago-based advocacy group, The Pro-Life Action League.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;You can&rsquo;t be given a chance at a great education if you&rsquo;re not even allowed the chance to be born,&rdquo; Scheidler said. &ldquo;Logically it&rsquo;s the most prior issue of all.&rdquo;</p><p>Another Chicago-based organization, CatholicVote.org, runs a national campaign that has &quot;enthusiastically&quot; endorsed Romney and uses blogs and social media sites to reach voters.</p><p>The Catholic Church itself cannot endorse candidates because of church teaching and its 501(c)(3) tax status.</p><p>But Scheidler said he wants his parish priest to openly support a candidate.</p><p>&ldquo;I do hope and pray that the 5013c restrictions that were snuck into the IRS code will be struck down and churches will be freer to talk about politics from the pulpit,&rdquo; Scheidler said. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think we have anything to fear from any individuals or associations of individuals (like churches) to be involved actively in politics.&rdquo;</p><p>Sister Helena Burns, who attended the rally, said she thinks the bishops acted appropriately in their firm stance against contraception.<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rallyclose.JPG" style="height: 199px; width: 300px; float: right; margin: 5px; " title="(WBEZ/Cassidy Herrington)" /></p><p>&ldquo;People will say &lsquo;Oh you shouldn&rsquo;t be a one-issue voter,&rsquo; which you shouldn&rsquo;t, but we&rsquo;re looking at the most fundamental right of all rights, the right to life.&rdquo; Burns said. &ldquo;And if we see the most sacred part of life, which is life and love, is under attack, then sometimes you need to have a priority and a hierarchy of values, a hierarchy of issues.&rdquo;</p><p>Not all Catholics are comfortable with the church&rsquo;s involvement in politics this year.</p><p>A Pew Research Survey from October says 69 percent of Catholics do not want churches to favor one candidate over another.</p><p>Father Christopher Robinson, the pastor at St. Vincent DePaul Parish, said parishioners are so influenced by their priest that it would be an &ldquo;abuse&rdquo; of power to endorse a candidate.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re talking about thousands and thousands of people, whose vote would be influenced. I mean, even I can&rsquo;t even speak in conscience if my cardinal told me I must preach from the pulpit,&rdquo; Robinson said.&nbsp;&ldquo;If people are worried about church attendance now, I think it would just splinter, we&rsquo;d lose all credibility.&rdquo;</p><p>Robinson firmly believes that it all comes down to &ldquo;individual personal conscience&rdquo; when Catholics enter the voting booth. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;If somebody says &lsquo;Father tell me how to vote,&rsquo; I will say, &lsquo;Well, you walk into the booth and you look at the ballot, that&rsquo;s how you vote.&#39; I&rsquo;m not going to tell you who to vote for.&rdquo;</p><p>He says one singular &ldquo;Catholic Vote&rdquo; simply doesn&rsquo;t exist.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very interesting when you have Catholics who are on two extremes in one community, and I certainly have this here. We have individuals who are extremely vocal about their beliefs and also about who they&rsquo;re going to vote for. There&rsquo;s no ambiguity whatsoever.&rdquo;</p><p>One parishioner, Therese Rowley, is voting for Obama. While the church has been focusing on contraception and religious freedom, she says Obama is the best representative of Catholic teachings on service toward the poor.</p><p>&ldquo;I think the church needs to become more democratic, and they need to understand that life happens with the people, and they out to learn from what&rsquo;s going on in the street, rather than the other way around,&quot; Rowley said.&nbsp;</p><p>She added that church officials should give more emphasis to the &quot;quality of life,&quot; with economic programs and benefits for the poor.</p><p>&quot;I think Jesus was telling people at the hierarchy, &lsquo;You guys aren&rsquo;t getting it,&rsquo;&quot; Rowley said. &quot;He worked at the street level. He talked to prostitutes and had dinner with tax collectors.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;As long as we trust each other to do the hard work, to pray, to really read, to study, I think we trust each other to go into the voting both doing the very best they can,&rdquo; said her pastor, Father Robinson.</p><p>But he said if Catholics don&rsquo;t think either candidate fits the bill, they can just leave that spot on the ballot blank.</p></p> Sat, 03 Nov 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/religion/catholics-expected-split-vote-obamas-backyard-103633 Latest on senate races, Romney's Jeep ad, and crazy David Rivera http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-11/latest-senate-races-romneys-jeep-ad-and-crazy-david-rivera-103613 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6633_AP71215204658-scr.jpg" style="height: 427px; width: 620px; " title="Dem senate candidate Richard Carmona campaigns with former President Bill Clinton in Arizona, where the Democrats could have a senate win and help Obama stay in the White House. (AP/Ross D. Franklin)" /></div><p>Things are looking better for the Democrats not just to hold the senate but to actually gain seats since I last <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-09/democrats-look-hold-senate-easily-102739">checked in</a> on those races in September.<br /><br />All but one of the Democrats I said were safe then continue to improve their numbers.<br /><br />But a number of races I thought were sure bets for the GOP have tightened in the last few weeks. Top among these is in <strong>Indiana</strong>, where the GOP&rsquo;s Richard Mourdock may have shot himself in the foot with his comments about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/mourdock-and-meaning-moderate-103410">God and rapists</a>. Democratic challenger Joe Donnelly--only marginally better on choice--<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49657291/">leads by ten</a> points in the latest polls.<br /><br />And then there&rsquo;s <strong>Arizona</strong>, where <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/az/arizona_senate_flake_vs_carmona-3005.html">Dem Richard Carmona has climbed up</a> about ten points, made last minute ad buys and has been holding Republican Jeff Flake under 50 percent and within the margin of error in recent polls. The other story in Arizona is that President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney are in a <a href="http://www.kpho.com/story/19814639/new-az-poll-dead-heat-in-presidential-race-latino-vote-key">dead heat</a>. Arizona has been counted as a red state in most polls I&rsquo;ve seen, so this could be a real surprise. It only has 11 electoral votes, but that&rsquo;s more than Iowa&rsquo;s 6 and Wisconsin&rsquo;s 10. (And if Obama wins Arizona, he&#39;d better kiss some Latino butt fast.)<br /><br />In <strong>Nebraska</strong>, former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey was being trounced by GOP Deb Fischer by almost 20 points for most of the race, but Kerrey&rsquo;s pulled <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/ne/nebraska_senate_fischer_vs_kerrey-3144.html">within 3 recently</a>--the margin of error--and might pull off an upset. He recently scored an endorsement from former <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/01/former-gop-sen-hagel-backs-democrat-kerrey-in-nebraska-senate-race/">Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel</a>, who&rsquo;s always been a bit of a party maverick, but it could be just what Kerrey needs. Hagel, who represented Nebraska too, is campaigning for Kerrey through the weekend.<br /><br />And the Democratic leaners continue to improve: Tammy Baldwin may yet be first open lesbian in the U.S. Senate, as she <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-31/news/sns-rt-us-usa-campaign-wisconsin-senatebre89u1rw-20121031_1_final-poll-senate-race-presidential-race">leads more comfortably</a> in Wisconsin; Elizabeth Warren is <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/ma/massachusetts_senate_brown_vs_warren-2093.html">ahead in Massachusetts</a>; Chris Murphy is <a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/262715-poll-murphy-leads-mcmahon-in-connecticut-senate-race">significantly up</a> in Connecticut ; and&nbsp; Shelley Berkley <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/nv/nevada_senate_heller_vs_berkley-1894.html">remains within the margin of error</a> against Dean Heller in Nevada.<br /><br />Not everything&rsquo;s been rosy for the Dems on the senate campaign trail. In <strong>Ohio</strong>, Sherwood Brown has <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/oh/ohio_senate_mandel_vs_brown-2100.html">lost considerable ground</a> to GOP challenger Josh Mandel but is still up about five points.<br /><br />And though Claire McCaskill should have left Republican Todd behind by now, the Republican Party of <strong>Missouri</strong>, which had abandoned Akin after his &ldquo;legitimate rape&rdquo; comments, just <a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/akin-finds-funding-in-final-days-of-senate-race/">poured $700,000 into the race</a>.<br /><br />In <strong>North Dakota</strong>, GOPer Rick Berg has <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/nd/north_dakota_senate_berg_vs_heitkamp-3212.html">overtaken Dem</a> Heidi Heitkamp by about 5 points.<br /><br />And still up in the air: Democrat Tim Kaine vs. GOPer George Allen in <strong>Virginia</strong>, and the <strong>Montana</strong> match-up between Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Denny Rehberg.<br /><br />But there seems to be no path now for the Republicans to take the senate.</p><p><strong>***</strong></p><p>No one seems to be buying <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/romneys-shameless-last-minute-lie-103545">Romney&rsquo;s Jeep-is-taking-Ohio-jobs-to-China ploy</a>, but he&rsquo;s doubling down.<br /><br />After being called out by Jeep&rsquo;s chief executive with an unequivocal refutation of his recent Ohio ad and a promise to invest $500 million more at the Toledo Jeep plant, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul responded: &ldquo;Their comments don&rsquo;t refute anything in our ad.&rdquo;<br /><br />Which is crazy crap.<br /><br />In the meantime, both New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and conservative financial magazine The Economist have <a href="http://www.politicususa.com/business-community-abandons-romney-bloomberg-economist-endorse-obama.html">endorsed Obama</a>. It&rsquo;s not a very warm endorsement but they <em>loathe</em> Romney precisely because of stuff like the Ohio ad.</p><p><strong>***</strong></p><p>Is there a more absurd congressional race than South Florida&rsquo;s match between Republican incumbent David Rivera and Dem Joe Garcia?<br /><br />Rivera, who I&rsquo;ve been following <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-09/case-against-florida-congressman-rivera-gets-weirder-102693">here</a>, just got slapped with <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/Politics/rep-david-rivera-faces-11-florida-ethics-charges/story?id=17555529#.UJPFj2l25ZU">11 ethics violations</a>&nbsp;by a state panel (which includes fellow Republicans). That&rsquo;s on top of an FBI investigation and a federal probe of campaign fund misuse.<br /><br />In the meantime, the stooge he set up to run against Garcia in the primary has <a href="http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2012/10/fishy_david_rivera-linked_cand.php">pleaded the Fifth</a> and will likely cooperate with any and all investigations to stay out of jail.<br /><br />And Ana Alliegro, Rivera&rsquo;s former aide and the stooge&rsquo;s ex-campaign manager, <a href="http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/news/newsbyid.asp?idx=296943&amp;page=2&amp;cat=&amp;more=">remains missing</a> after skipping her interview with the FBI.</p></p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 08:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-11/latest-senate-races-romneys-jeep-ad-and-crazy-david-rivera-103613 Five countries that will be mentioned during tonight’s debate http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-countries-will-be-mentioned-during-tonight%E2%80%99s-debate-103298 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6564_AP164381960866-scr.jpg" style="height: 362px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="President Barack Obama stretches to shakes hands with supporters after speaking about the choice facing women in the upcoming election. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)" /></div><p><strong>1. Libya</strong><br /><br />Duh. Mitt Romney&rsquo;s had two chances to go at President Barack Obama on this issue, where there&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/22/us/politics/explanation-for-benghazi-attack-under-scrutiny.html?hp">enough haze for him to make some hay</a>, but has blown both. Which means that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-obama-vulnerabilities-debate-102828">if there&rsquo;s one issue</a>, one question, that the Romney debate prep team has been hammering, it&rsquo;s this one. I know everybody was blown away by Obama&rsquo;s answer last time, but he missed an opportunity to poke back at Republicans, and particularly at Romney&rsquo;s VP choice Paul Ryan, all of whom <a href="http://www.drudge.com/news/161889/gop-cut-embassy-security-funding">voted against more funding for embassy security</a>, not just in Libya, but all over the world. C&rsquo;mon.<br /><br /><strong>2. Iran</strong><br /><br />Iran suddenly says it&rsquo;s <a href="http://swampland.time.com/2012/10/22/the-real-foreign-policy-issue-war-with-iran/">willing to talk</a>, but is just waiting for the elections to know who the chat will be with. Obama says nothing&rsquo;s new on our end and, of course, we talk. Romney says Obama&rsquo;s weak, weak, weak, but can&rsquo;t seem to say what he&rsquo;d do different. If Obama doesn&rsquo;t turn this around and make it seem like Romney wants to bomb Tehran tomorrow, it&rsquo;ll be another missed opportunity -- especially to bring back <a href="http://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2012/10/18/will-obama-paint-mitt-as-warmonger/">women voters, who are particularly anti-war</a>.<br /><br /><strong>3. Israel</strong><br /><br />The men don&rsquo;t differ much on actual Israel policy, except for the fact that Romney has pretty much said<a href="http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/1022/1224325542216.html"> he&rsquo;ll back Israel on a unilateral strike against Iran</a> if Israel feels threatened. This one isn&rsquo;t actually a Middle East concern -- this is all about Florida, where Romney looks poised to win, <a href="http://www.politico.com/p/2012-election/polls/president">leading in most polls</a>. He&rsquo;s hoping seniors in Florida forget his Medicare policies and vote ethno-religiously.<br /><br /><strong>4. Cuba</strong><br /><br />The biggest strawman in American politics, Cuba was mentioned a handful of times at the GOP convention and will come back for two reasons: one, rumors were hot all last week that Fidel Castro was on ice and, two, <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82695.html">Florida</a>. Never mind that the pendulum is swinging away from hard right politics in the Cuban-American community as those who were born and/or raised in the U.S. come of age. And never mind that the Latino group that has the power to swing the state is now the Puerto Ricans in Orange and Osceola counties. Never mind, too, that most Puerto Ricans don&rsquo;t give a twit about a Cuba and that the only real question is whether they&rsquo;re going to show up at the polls -- in Florida, Puerto Ricans have numbers, even on registration, but blow it on attendance -- but nobody can keep themselves, it seems, from playing the useless Cuba card.<br /><br /><strong>5. China</strong><br /><br />Romney will continue to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/22/world/asia/grant-china-us-election-scapegoat/index.html">accuse the Chinese</a> of being currency manipulators (they are) but offer no plan. And Obama, with an opportunity here to make Romney squirm about the Chinese factory with virtual <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/leaked-video-shows-romney-recalling-china-trip-20120916">slave women workers</a>&nbsp;that Bain may or may not have bought while Romney was at the helm, will probably not mention it. But he should.</p></p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2012-10/five-countries-will-be-mentioned-during-tonight%E2%80%99s-debate-103298 Chicago debate watch parties draw rowdy crowds http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-debate-watch-parties-draw-rowdy-crowds-103188 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Picture4_0.png" alt="" /><p><p>At the Mayne Stage theater in Rogers Park, a rowdy crowd cheered Mitt Romney, booed President Barack Obama and shouted at the moderator as they watched the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/aggressive-obama-while-romney-gives-good-he-gets-town-hall-presidential-debate-103185" target="_blank">second presidential debate</a> on a 22-foot screen.</p><p>About a hundred people gathered in the North Side neighborhood at the Chicago Republican Party&rsquo;s official debate watch party on Tuesday night.</p><p>West Avondale resident Angel Trichak said the town hall format made for a more interesting debate.</p><p>&ldquo;The debate was very dynamic,&rdquo; Trichak said. &ldquo;Both candidates were alive and I think they were very to the point. I like what each had to say about the questions that were asked and both put up a good fight.&rdquo;</p><p>Trichak said she&rsquo;s still a Romney supporter, but that Obama improved in the second debate.</p><p>&ldquo;In this debate [Obama] was much more alive and had a little more fire into his conversations,&rdquo; Trichak said.</p><div class="image-insert-image ">Adam Robinson of the Chicago Republican Party said Romney thrived in the town hall format.</div><p>&ldquo;He won because he had better ideas,&rdquo; Robinson said. &ldquo;As he&rsquo;s had in the first debate, as he&rsquo;s had in this debate, as he&rsquo;ll have in the next debate.&rdquo;</p><p>GOP leaders from around the state attended the watch party.</p><p>State Treasurer Dan Rutherford joked about the debate party location while trying to fire up the Republican crowd.</p><p>They were watching from the 49th ward - where Obama got about 90 percent of the vote in 2008.</p><p>Just down the block at the Heartland Cafe, Democrats gathered for their own watch party and organized volunteers to make calls to undecided voters in Iowa.</p><p>Meanwhile, on the South Side, more than two dozen people gathered at a diner in Hyde Park to watch Mitt Romney debate with their neighbor. President Barack Obama has strong support in the South Side neighborhood where he still owns a home.</p><p>What started off as a boisterous crowd at popular local hang out Clarke&rsquo;s, turned almost silent by the end of the evening.</p><p>Lola Flores, a Hyde Park resident and debate watcher, said she&rsquo;s still with Obama despite last week&rsquo;s poor debate performance.</p><p>&ldquo;He seemed more engaged,&quot; Flores said. &quot;I guess he heard everybody&#39;s complaint.&rdquo;</p><p>While customers listened and watched the debate on large flat screen televisions, the wait staff also paused to take in the conversation and at times quietly cheered when Obama seemed to make a point they agreed with.</p><p>Ernest Ledbetter, one of the patrons at Clarke&#39;s, said he&rsquo;s disappointed in some of Obama&rsquo;s past policies, but hasn&rsquo;t given up on him yet.</p><p>&quot;I don&rsquo;t agree with everything that he&rsquo;s done, however I don&#39;t think four years is a fair enough survey of what he can do,&quot; Ledbetter said. &quot;I think the first four years was more so damage control and cleanup and the next four years can be a good evaluation of who he is as a president.&quot;</p></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 01:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-debate-watch-parties-draw-rowdy-crowds-103188 Opposites detract: Romney-style http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/opposites-detract-romney-style-100228 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Romney%20AP.jpg" title="(AP/file)" /></div><p><em>&ldquo;Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney&nbsp;has said he will do &lsquo;the opposite&rsquo; of Barack Obama&nbsp;when it comes to Israel.&rdquo; &mdash;&nbsp;</em>The Guardian<em>, June 17</em></p><p><strong>Below, Mitt Romney elaborates on what he meant:</strong></p><p>That&rsquo;s right, my fellow-but-poorer Americans, the very opposite of what Barack Obama has done!</p><p>When the president says he supports Israel, I will say, well . . . &nbsp;I will also say I support Israel but in a way that is somehow the opposite.</p><p>When the president says it&rsquo;s unacceptable for Iran to get nuclear weapons, I will again say the same thing but in a wholly opposite manner. &ldquo;Iran in weapons nuclear against am I,&rdquo; for example.</p><p>Here in the U.S., Barack Obama does little to support the Israeli people. Yet when he actually goes to Israel, he cowers and lets them dictate everything he does, including reading words from right to left.</p><p>That is not the way we in America read, and when I&rsquo;m in Israel, I will always read left to right!</p><p>Indeed, I will not bend to the will of any foreign countries the way Barack Obama does.</p><p>We&rsquo;ve seen the president bow before foreign leaders. Literally bow! When I&rsquo;m around foreign leaders, I will do the opposite, jumping high into the air as I stand before them, perhaps on a pogo stick.</p><p>Here at home, we&rsquo;ve seen the president kowtow to the pro-environment, pro-gay-rights and pro-union lobbies. When I&rsquo;m president, I will never kowtow to these lobbies &mdash; only to completely different ones.</p><p>When I&rsquo;m president, rest assured, I will be the opposite of Barack Obama in every conceivable way.</p><p>Where he is weak, I will be strong.</p><p>Where he is opaque, I will be transparent.</p><p>Where he is fake, I will be real.</p><p>Where he is clockwise, I will be counterclockwise.</p><p>Where he owns no book of antonyms, I will bring my copy to the White House.</p><p>The president rammed through a health care bill that only pinkos in Massachusetts could support. It mandated health insurance for everybody! Including, unbelievably, people who are very ill.</p><p>When I&rsquo;m president, I will propose a new health-care bill that mandates that nobody in this country can have health insurance except for people in Congress.</p><p>The president recently granted what amounts to amnesty for at least 700,000 illegal immigrants.</p><p>When I&rsquo;m president, I will personally carry all 700,000 of those people across the border &mdash;&nbsp;on the roof of my car if necessary. (Sorry, the person putting words in my mouth here couldn&rsquo;t resist.)</p><p>The president would like to raise your taxes. When I&rsquo;m president, I will do the opposite and lower my taxes.</p><p>The president would like to regulate your business. When I am president, I will deregulate the businesses that will take over your business.</p><p>The president has never once placated the wackos on the extreme religious right.</p><p>When I&rsquo;m president, I will . . . um, let&rsquo;s move on.</p><p>Look, the president leading our country down a path to ruin. Elect me as your president and I will take this country off the path, rent us a private luxury jet and get us to ruin a whole lot quicker!&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 09:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-06/opposites-detract-romney-style-100228