WBEZ | GOP http://www.wbez.org/tags/gop Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en You're Wrong About Reagan http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-09/youre-wrong-about-reagan-114785 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Reagan_Flickr_Opus Penguin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ronald Reagan&rsquo;s presidential bid took a fateful turn in 1980 after his fiery &ldquo;Nashua Moment&rdquo; during a New Hampshire primary debate. As that state&rsquo;s voters head to the polls today, we look back at the 40th president&rsquo;s legacy with Jacob Weisberg, author of the biography, &#39;Ronald Reagan.&#39;</p></p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-09/youre-wrong-about-reagan-114785 In the Light of the Morning After, How Bad was Rubio's Repetition? http://www.wbez.org/news/light-morning-after-how-bad-was-rubios-repetition-114754 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/abcviagetty_IdaMaeAstute.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sometimes it takes a Sunday morning to see how much damage was done Saturday night.</p><p>So it was this weekend, in New Hampshire and in the broader national conversation about the 2016 presidential race.</p><p>On Saturday night, many observers seized on the meatiest moment from the GOP debate staged here &mdash; perhaps the most salient moment of all the debates so far. It was the clash between Chris Christie and Marco Rubio that turned into a stunning exposé of Rubio&#39;s technique.</p><p>Still fixed on the mind&#39;s eye was the image of the young Florida senator repeating a single sentence almost verbatim, not once but several times &mdash; each time as if it had just popped into his head.</p><p>Christie, the New Jersey governor, who needs a breakthrough in New Hampshire to keep his flagging hopes alive, seemed to have drawn blood in a big way.</p><p>But in the new dawn, given the reality of the debates&#39; limited audience and the general competition for voters&#39; attention, the exact extent of the damage was less clear. Rubio&#39;s first event of the day drew overflow crowds showing both interest and enthusiasm. And he himself told George Stephanopoulos on ABC&#39;s&nbsp;<em>This Week</em>&nbsp;that he would pay the networks to show his repetitious sound bites again and again.</p><p>&quot;I would pay for them to keep running that clip, because that&#39;s what I believe passionately,&quot; Rubio said. &quot;It&#39;s one of the reasons why I&#39;m not running for re-election to the Senate, and I&#39;m running for president.&quot;</p><p>That line he&#39;d pay to rebroadcast? In response to accusations that he lacked the depth of experience to be president and resembled the first-term senator who was elected in 2008, Rubio had said, &quot;Let&#39;s dispel this notion that Barack Obama doesn&#39;t know what he&#39;s doing; he knows exactly what he&#39;s doing.&quot;</p><p>Rubio defended himself on ABC, saying that if &quot;someone like that were elected for the next four years, it might be too late to turn America around.&quot;</p><p>At the opposite extreme of the issue was Christie, telling Jake Tapper on CNN&#39;s<em>&nbsp;State of the Union</em>&nbsp;that &quot;the whole race changed last night&quot; and that now Republicans &quot;can&#39;t trust Marco Rubio to be the nominee of this party.&quot;</p><p>Jeb Bush, a former governor of Florida who functioned as Christie&#39;s tag-team partner against Rubio on Saturday, told&nbsp;<em>Fox News Sunday</em>&nbsp;host Chris Wallace that Rubio&#39;s deficits had been exposed. &quot;He&#39;s a great speaker,&quot; Bush said, &quot;but he&#39;s never had a chance to actually make a tough decision, like governors do.&quot;</p><p>But the rest of the candidates, who populated the Sunday news and talk shows, had other fish to fry &mdash; mostly having to do with their own campaign messages.</p><p>John Kasich, the governor of Ohio, who has invested his time in this state, gladly grabbed the share of the spotlight he had after the debate. Speaking to Tapper on CNN, Kasich asserted his conservative credentials.</p><p>&quot;There&#39;s nobody who&#39;s balanced as many budgets as I have,&quot; Kasich said. He added that people saw him as moderate only because he had been willing to work with opponents in office.</p><p>Donald Trump appeared yet again with Chuck Todd on NBC&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Meet the Press</em>, reinforcing many of the points he had made just hours earlier on the debate stage.</p><p>He again said waterboarding should not be proscribed for anti-terrorism interrogators given that ISIS &quot;chops people&#39;s heads off.&quot; In the debate, he had said he&#39;d do &quot;a hell of a lot worse&quot; to prevent a terrorist attack. Trump also asserted that torturing subjects for information &quot;works ... believe me.&quot;</p><p>Trump also repeated his view that he had not lost the Iowa caucuses, really, given the caucus-night tactics of the Ted Cruz campaign. Texas Sen. Cruz, who escaped the line of fire through most the latest debate, did not appear on any national news or talk shows on Sunday.</p><p>Ben Carson spoke to Maria Bartiromo on <em>Fox&#39;s&nbsp;Sunday Morning Futures</em>&nbsp;and expressed dismay with the last debate. Noting he had far less speaking time than the others (less than half as much as Rubio and Cruz), Carson said the format favors candidates who are mentioned by other candidates (giving them an opportunity to respond).</p><p>Carson said he would have liked a chance to explain his definition of conservatism. He also explained that he had stood in the wings for a while after being introduced because he had not heard his name called.</p><p>One other thing about the morning-after media attention was that the GOP contenders had to share it with their counterparts on the Democratic side. Bernie Sanders continued his run in the media sun, following up his cameo appearance on&nbsp;<em>Saturday Night Live.</em></p><p>The humor was left behind, as Sanders sparred with Tapper on CNN and later with Todd on NBC. He said he was not overly reliant on polls that show him as much as 20 to 30 points ahead in New Hampshire (though others have shown a tighter race in recent days).</p><p>Sanders said his lack of investment in foreign affairs was less important than the judgment he showed in opposing the Iraq War more than a dozen years ago.</p><p>For her part, a remarkably cheerful Hillary Clinton made the rounds on the Sunday shows, chatting with Stephanopoulos, Todd and John Dickerson on CBS&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Face the Nation&nbsp;</em>about her expectations for Tuesday&#39;s primary, her superior preparation on foreign policy and her reaction to male commentators who say she shouts too much.</p><p>She also made the remarkable claim that her plan for regulating the financial industry made her tougher on Wall Street than Sanders, whose call to break up the big investment banks is the hallmark of his campaign.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/02/07/465936181/in-the-morning-after-was-rubios-repetition-really-that-bad?ft=nprml&amp;f=465936181"><em>&mdash; via NPR</em></a></p></p> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 11:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/light-morning-after-how-bad-was-rubios-repetition-114754 What just happened to the Speaker's race, in two charts http://www.wbez.org/news/what-just-happened-speakers-race-two-charts-113250 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_35237185790.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>No one knows who will lead House Republicans next, but for now, chaos is reigning among the House GOP. Rep.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/08/446889538/mccarthy-drops-out-of-speaker-race-throwing-gop-leadership-into-chaos" target="_blank">Kevin McCarthy shocked Washington</a>&nbsp;on Thursday when he dropped out of the race for speaker of the House.</p><p>If you aren&#39;t watching Capitol Hill closely, you might not know what the big deal is, or why the GOP is having such a hard time picking a speaker. Here&#39;s a quick rundown of what&#39;s going on.</p><p>McCarthy, the current House Majority Leader, was the frontrunner in the race for the speakership, which John Boehner abruptly resigned a week ago.</p><p>As Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told reporters Thursday, &quot;No other candidate came close to having the 200-plus votes that Kevin McCarthy had.&quot;</p><p>To be nominated for speaker, McCarthy would have only needed a majority of House Republicans&#39; votes &mdash; so 125 of the 248 Republicans who would have voted (true, there are only 247 GOP representatives, but&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/08/446839557/mccarthy-poised-to-clinch-gops-nomination-for-speaker-but-its-just-step-1">one delegate</a>&nbsp;from American Samoa would have voted as well).</p><div id="res446978547"><div id="responsive-embed-speaker-election-20151008"><iframe frameborder="0" height="311px" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" src="http://apps.npr.org/dailygraphics/graphics/speaker-election-20151008/child.html?initialWidth=538&amp;childId=responsive-embed-speaker-election-20151008&amp;parentUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2Fsections%2Fitsallpolitics%2F2015%2F10%2F08%2F446930387%2Fwhat-just-happened-to-the-speakers-race-kevin-mccarthy-in-2-charts%3Fft%3Dnprml%26f%3D446930387" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; border-style: initial; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;" width="100%"></iframe></div></div><p>In other words, McCarthy was assured of winning the nomination. But then the full House would have had to vote to give him the speakership. That&#39;s a much higher hurdle.</p><p>McCarthy had two challengers billing themselves as (more) conservative alternatives &mdash;Jason Chaffetz and Daniel Webster. Webster was endorsed by the Freedom Caucus, a far-right group of around 40 representatives, by many counts.</p><p>Assuming&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2015/10/06/q-a-how-does-the-house-elect-a-new-speaker">Democrats voted</a>&nbsp;for their own nominee as they have in the past (that is, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi), McCarthy &mdash; with his 200 or so votes &mdash; would have had to try to pick off around 18 people from that 40(ish) group or the other handful of lawmakers he hadn&#39;t already won over.</p><div id="res446978437"><div id="responsive-embed-freedom-speaker-20151008"><iframe frameborder="0" height="320px" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" src="http://apps.npr.org/dailygraphics/graphics/freedom-speaker-20151008/child.html?initialWidth=538&amp;childId=responsive-embed-freedom-speaker-20151008&amp;parentUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2Fsections%2Fitsallpolitics%2F2015%2F10%2F08%2F446930387%2Fwhat-just-happened-to-the-speakers-race-kevin-mccarthy-in-2-charts%3Fft%3Dnprml%26f%3D446930387" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; border-style: initial; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: inherit; line-height: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;" width="100%"></iframe></div></div><p>Now, with McCarthy out, the House GOP is thrown into confusion as it tries to find itself a compromise candidate &mdash; or perhaps a candidate that can just get it through 2017, as some representatives have called for. Given how fractured they are right now, who that might be is anyone&#39;s guess.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/08/446930387/what-just-happened-to-the-speakers-race-kevin-mccarthy-in-2-charts?ft=nprml&amp;f=446930387" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/what-just-happened-speakers-race-two-charts-113250 Young Conservative group weighs in on how to reduce dependence on fossil fuels http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-31/young-conservative-group-weighs-how-reduce-dependence-fossil-fuels <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GOP energy reynermedia.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Remember Sarah Palin&rsquo;s energy policy? It basically consisted of three words: Drill Baby Drill. During the last presidential election, the GOP party platform included drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil...and saying no to the Kyoto Protocol, the international treaty on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But not all Republicans are in lockstep with those policies &mdash; including a group called Young Conservatives for Energy Reform (YCER). Some of them will be at this weekend&rsquo;s Young Republicans National Convention here in Chicago to give people a sense of where they&rsquo;re coming from on this issue. Michele Combs, founder of YCER, joins us to talk about about what the GOP and the nation need to do to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and move toward cleaner sources of energy.</p></p> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-31/young-conservative-group-weighs-how-reduce-dependence-fossil-fuels Kirk loses backing of major donor http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-29/kirk-loses-backing-major-donor-112505 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Mark Kirk_Getty_File.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois&rsquo; Republican US Senator Mark Kirk seems to have lost the confidence of a top Illinois GOP fundraiser. According to <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150728/BLOGS02/150729808/gop-fundraiser-gidwitz-calls-on-mark-kirk-to-abandon-reelection-race"><em>Crain&rsquo;s Chicago Business</em></a>, businessman and onetime candidate for Illinois governor, Ron Gidwitz, had initially told the publication that Kirk should abandon his re-election bid.</p><p>Kirk&rsquo;s received criticism lately for a series of verbal gaffes. And some Republicans are worried Illinois&rsquo; junior senator may not be able to run a robust campaign against whichever Democrat wins the primary. Here to tell us more is Republican strategist Chris Robling.</p></p> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-29/kirk-loses-backing-major-donor-112505 US Congressman Aaron Schock resigns http://www.wbez.org/news/us-congressman-aaron-schock-resigns-111711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Aaron Schock_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated May 18, 9:28 a.m.</em></p><p>WASHINGTON &mdash; Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock&#39;s fall was fast and hard even by Washington&#39;s unforgiving standards.</p><p>In his fourth term in Congress at a mere age 33, Schock was the rare media-savvy GOP millennial on Capitol Hill, attracting fans by the thousand on Instagram, posing bare-chested on the cover of Men&#39;s Health magazine, and leveraging his national profile to become a prodigious fundraiser for fellow Republicans.</p><p>Energetic and ambitious, Schock made it into the lower rungs of House leadership last summer as a senior deputy whip, and aspired to more.</p><p>But along the way Schock accepted rides on donors&#39; private planes without properly reporting the expenses, made improbably lucrative real estate deals with political supporters, and even spent $40,000 in taxpayer money to decorate his office in the style of PBS&#39; &quot;Downton Abbey&quot; &mdash; money he paid back after the expenditures came under question.</p><p>On Tuesday, with no warning to House leaders and only weeks since the drumbeat of bad news began in earnest, Schock abruptly announced that he would resign his seat in Congress effective March 31, leaving political life as dramatically as he&#39;d entered it as a 19-year-old write-in candidate for the Peoria School Board.</p><p>&quot;I do this with a heavy heart,&quot; Schock said in a statement. He said he had given his constituents his all, &quot;but the constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself.&quot;</p><p>Schock&#39;s announcement came a day after news broke that the Office of Congressional Ethics had begun contacting the congressman&#39;s associates in an apparent investigation. His departure would leave congressional investigators without jurisdiction but would not necessarily end the legal cloud over him, as the Office of Congressional Ethics could refer its findings to the Justice Department or to the Federal Election Commission.</p><p>Back home in Peoria, the news was a bitter letdown for supporters who&#39;d seen Schock as a different kind of politician in a state with a sordid history of political corruption.</p><p>&quot;He was that breath of fresh air that we all hoped for,&quot; said Beth Magenheimer, a Peoria mother of four. &quot;We have been really proud of him. So this has been a little hard to take.&quot;</p><p>A special election will be held within 120 days of the vacancy. GOP state Sen. Darin LaHood, considered a front-runner to replace Schock in the heavily Republican district, announced his candidacy Wednesday in Peoria. LaHood is the son of Ray LaHood, who served in Congress and later as President Barack Obama&#39;s transportation secretary. State Sen. Jason Barickman said he is considering running while state Sen. Bill Brady decided against pursuing the seat.</p><p>For Schock, a cascade of negative stories followed The Washington Post&#39;s report in February on the &quot;Downton Abbey&quot; redecoration &mdash; a revelation that he&#39;d dismissed by remarking to ABC News, &quot;Haters are gonna hate.&quot;</p><p>An AP examination of Schock&#39;s frequent flights around his central Illinois district found that he spent more than $40,000 from his House expenses for travel on planes owned by a group of donors. A separate AP story detailed how Schock has relied on several political donors for almost all of the Peoria-based real estate deals that have provided much of his personal wealth, estimated at about $1.4 million in 2013.</p><p>Even so, until last week, Schock thought he could weather the controversy and had turned to a team of communications strategists and lawyers to head off any more embarrassments.</p><p>But then the Chicago Sun-Times and Politico began questioning discrepancies between mileage reimbursements that Schock was paid and the number of miles on his SUV when he sold it. The gap suggested Schock was billing taxpayers and his campaign for miles that were never driven.</p><p>Schock and his advisers realized they had a situation that could not be called an error or misunderstanding, according to a Schock adviser who demanded anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. It proved to be the deciding factor pushing Schock to leave Congress. On Tuesday a spokesman said Schock had repaid all mileage expenses incurred since he joined Congress, &quot;out of an abundance of caution.&quot;</p><p><em>Associated Press writers Jack Gillum, Matthew Daly, Philip Elliott, Alan Fram and Donna Cassata in Washington and Kerry Lester in Springfield, Illinois, contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/us-congressman-aaron-schock-resigns-111711 Topinka remembered as honest, tough at memorial http://www.wbez.org/news/topinka-remembered-honest-tough-memorial-111250 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/topinka_0.png" alt="" /><p><p>COUNTRYSIDE, Ill. &mdash; Late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has been remembered as a tough, honest leader with a signature sense of humor.</p><p>Crowds filled a union hall in suburban Chicago on Wednesday to pay respects. Individuals included the state&#39;s top leaders, lawmakers, local leaders and Illinoisans who knew her for more than 70 years.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-comptroller-judy-baar-topinka-dies-111213">Judy Baar Topinka in her own words</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Gov. Pat Quinn says Topinka took on tough challenges in life. She was also a former state treasurer, GOP head and lawmaker.</p><p>Portraits of Topinka lined an entrance, along with photos of past campaigns, her family and dogs.</p><p>Former Gov. Jim Thompson says Topinka would have appreciated the bipartisan crowd gathered at the memorial.</p><p>Topinka died last week after suffering complications from a stroke. She had won a second full term in November. A replacement hasn&#39;t yet been named.</p></p> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/topinka-remembered-honest-tough-memorial-111250 Hey Gov: An Illinois politics road trip http://www.wbez.org/news/hey-gov-illinois-politics-road-trip-110657 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Bu1yd1ZCcAEYqlk.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/hey-gov-an-illinois-politics-road-trip/embed?header=none&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/hey-gov-an-illinois-politics-road-trip.js?header=none&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/hey-gov-an-illinois-politics-road-trip" target="_blank">View the story "Hey Gov: An Illinois politics road trip " on Storify</a>]<h1>Hey Gov: An Illinois politics road trip </h1><h2>WBEZ political reporters Alex Keefe and Tony Arnold took off from Chicago and drove along the Illinois River until the hit the State Fair. All along the way, they stopped to ask people what they want from the next governor. </h2><p>Storified by <a href="https://storify.com/WBEZ">WBEZ</a>&middot; Thu, Aug 14 2014 16:56:40 </p><div>WBEZ&apos;s @akeefe &amp; @tonyjarnold are following the Illinois River to the State Fair, asking citizens what they want from a governor. #HeyGovWBEZ</div><div>Best Game in Town: Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair by WBEZ's Afternoon ShiftThe Illinois State Fair hosts &quot;Governor's Day&quot; today at the fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois. Governor's Day is the traditional rally and picnic for the Illinois democratic party. Tomorrow is Republican Day. The big story is how Governor Quinn has changed the format of today's festivities.</div><div>Gov. Quinn heads to Illinois State Fair to rally his base by WBEZ's Morning ShiftThe Illinois State Fair brings out politicians, special interest groups and voters looking to get some answers from candidates. Incumbent Governor Quinn is following the same pattern as last year and making Wednesday's Governor's Day at the Fair a family event rather than an opportunity to hash out political agendas.</div><div>What Walt Willey, Ottawa #il native and longtime &quot;All My Children&quot; soap star, wants from the next gov http://t.co/IFmdwcg9u9 #heygov @WBEZAlex Keefe</div><div>A brief history of Ottawa, #IL, in mural form. #heygov @ Illinois River, Ottawa IL http://t.co/LpoCI5xsA8Alex Keefe</div><div>.@akeefe is driving me to Springfield. At least if we take a wrong turn I know we have a map. http://t.co/0ZBKrpc8E7Tony Arnold</div></noscript></div></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/hey-gov-illinois-politics-road-trip-110657 How to botch Latino outreach http://www.wbez.org/news/how-botch-latino-outreach-110623 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ap477265004976_wide-3e67378e76f5c917f3d0daed3bb68a0e5691af79-s40-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Even as Republican leaders wrap up <a href="http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/rnc-meeting-chicago-cheney-ryan-walker-speaking/wed-08062014-948am" target="_blank">a summer meeting</a> in Chicago where they&#39;re preparing for 2016, the party&#39;s fate in that election may be getting shaped in other places.</p><p>Places like Okoboji, Iowa, where Rep. Steve King was captured on <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI8rCleTbSo" target="_blank">video</a> getting into an extended argument with self-described &quot;DREAMers,&quot; American-raised children of undocumented immigrants. Or Alabama, where Rep. Mo Brooks has been describing immigration overhaul efforts as part of a Democratic &quot;<a href="http://www.lauraingraham.com/pg/jsp/charts/streamingAudioMaster.jsp?dispid=302&amp;headerDest=L3BnL2pzcC9tZWRpYS9mbGFzaHdlbGNvbWUuanNwP3BpZD0xOTA0Nw==" target="_blank">war on whites</a>.&quot;</p><p>Or even Washington, D.C., where a week ago, in order to win the support of immigration opponents like King and Brooks on a border crisis spending bill, leaders brought to the floor a <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:H.R.5272:" target="_blank">companion bill</a> ending President Obama&#39;s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program that permits children who were brought to this country as minors by undocumented immigrants to remain.</p><p>Neither bill is likely to become law, but, say political strategists in both parties, the damage is done. While there may be little effect in the coming midterm elections &mdash; when Hispanic turnout is typically depressed &mdash; anger over the legislation and the well-publicized comments could cement a perception that becomes difficult to change by 2016.</p><p>&quot;It just reinforces existing beliefs about Republican views on immigration and, more broadly, Hispanics generally,&quot; said Anna Greenberg, a Democratic pollster.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s further evidence we&#39;re departing further and further into the wilderness,&quot; said John Weaver, a former adviser to Arizona Sen. John McCain. &quot;I don&#39;t really notice the &#39;war on whites&#39; myself, but maybe it&#39;s raging in northern Alabama.&quot;</p><p>McCain is among the 13 sitting GOP senators who last year voted for an immigration overhaul that includes a path to citizenship for the 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. It&#39;s that feature that angers many House Republicans, who typically represent districts with tiny Latino populations. They argue that any immigration law changes are inappropriate before the border with Mexico is fully secured.</p><p>In their opposition, they are also bucking leaders of the Republican National Committee, which last year specifically cited immigration legislation as a way to open doors among Hispanics and other minority groups.</p><p>It was this sensibility, in fact, that spurred House leaders to push for the border bill last week, even though it meant postponing the start of the August recess. Speaker John Boehner had already put out a statement suggesting that attempts to pass a $659 million funding bill were being abandoned for want of votes. Boehner and his team were quickly besieged by Republicans worried about heading home without having done anything about the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who had crossed the border. Republicans would seem uncaring, and Obama would have a political field day.</p><p>But in their desperation to win over immigration opponents, House leaders agreed to take up the proposal to end Obama&#39;s DACA program. It passed, with 212 Republican yes votes, and 11 Republicans voting no. (All but four Democrats voted against it.)</p><p>King was among those crowing about their victory &mdash; which led to Monday&#39;s confrontation at an Iowa fundraiser. Alabama&#39;s Brooks, meanwhile, defended the anti-DACA bill and dismissed criticisms against it as part of the Democratic &quot;war on whites.&quot;</p><p>(On a Huntsville, Ala., <a href="http://www.wvnn.com/" target="_blank">radio show</a> Wednesday with <em>National Journal</em> columnist <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/it-s-not-just-obama-brooks-now-says-gop-is-waging-war-on-whites-20140806" target="_blank">Ron Fournier</a>, Brooks accused Fournier of contributing to divisiveness with his &quot;commentary&quot; &mdash; though Fournier was quoting from the Republican Party&#39;s own .)</p><p>Both incidents have gotten widespread play in the media &mdash; more play than the Republican Party&#39;s outreach to Latinos is getting nowadays. In an <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/changing_lanes/2014/08/07/reince_priebus_responds_to_war_on_whites.html" target="_blank">interview with RealClearPolitics</a> from Chicago, GOP chairman Reince Priebus called Brooks&#39; remarks &quot;idiotic.&quot;</p><p>&quot;We have to be a party that grows. That means we have to have more people in our party, not less,&quot; Priebus said.</p><p>Weaver, who in recent years has criticized the party for its failure to embrace an immigration overhaul, said the latest turn proves his point. &quot;If you&#39;re on the wrong side of history on immigration, that&#39;s not a good place to be,&quot; he said.</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/08/08/338631780/how-to-botch-latino-outreach" target="_blank">via NPR&#39;s It&#39;s All Politics blog</a></em></p></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/how-botch-latino-outreach-110623 Morning Shift: Remembering Harold Ramis http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-25/morning-shift-remembering-harold-ramis-109766 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Harold Ramis Flickr justinhoch.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We look at the life and career of Chicago-based writer, actor and director Harold Ramis. Plus, we check-in on the Illinois governor&#39;s race with less than one month to go until the primary.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-remembering-harold-ramis/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-remembering-harold-ramis.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-remembering-harold-ramis" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Remembering Harold Ramis" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:27:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-25/morning-shift-remembering-harold-ramis-109766