WBEZ | 2012 election http://www.wbez.org/tags/2012-election Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Political amnesia http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-08/political-amnesia-103760 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/obama romney flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">Will we remember any of it?</div></div></div></div><p>The nasty commercials, the half-truths, the invective and the vitriol? &nbsp;Elections are over; hatchets have been buried, at least for the blissful moment.</p><p>Lives go on and we forget.</p><p>Those of us of a certain age forget faster than others and some years ago the poet Billy Collins, as accessible a poet there has ever been and Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003, tried to capture this phenomenon&hellip;this inevitability.</p><p>He wrote a poem titled &ldquo;Forgetfulness&rdquo; and here it is:</p><p>The name of the author is the first to go<br />followed obediently by the title, the plot,<br />the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel<br />which suddenly becomes one you have never read,<br />never even heard of,</p><p>As if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor<br />decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain,<br />to a little fishing village where there are no phones.<br />Long ago you kissed the names of the nine muses goodbye<br />and watched the quadratic equation pack its bag,<br />and even now as you memorize the order of the planets,</p><p>Something else is slipping away, a state flower perhaps,<br />the address of an uncle, the capital of Paraguay.<br />Whatever it is you are struggling to remember,<br />it is not poised on the tip of your tongue,<br />not even lurking in some obscure corner of your spleen.</p><p>It has floated away down a dark mythological river<br />whose name begins with an l as far as you can recall,<br />well on your own way to oblivion where you will join those<br />who have even forgotten how to swim and how to ride a bicycle.</p><p>No wonder you rise in the middle of the night<br />to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.<br />No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted<br />out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.</p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-08/political-amnesia-103760 'Afternoon Shift' #185: Now what http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-08/afternoon-shift-185-now-what-103751 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/8161933348_1d9c47d46b_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-185.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-185" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #185: Now what " on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #185: Now what </h1><h2>Political strategists from both sides of the aisle join us to break down last night's election. Curious City discovers the part of Chicago with the most...biodiversity. Finally, Rick talks with Garrison Keillor. </h2><p>Storified by &middot; Wed, Nov 07 2012 14:17:39</p><div>Forgetfullness by WBEZRick wonders what will &quot;stick&quot; from this year's election...and what will fade into the background.</div><div>This Year, I Voted For KangD.H. Parks</div><div>The voting is over, but the “what does it means” and the “what’s nexts” are just getting revved up. Three of the best in the business join us for the first hour. GOP Strategist Chris Robling and Democratic Strategist Dave Lundy, plus Chicago’s very own Roger Simon, the chief political columnist for Politico.com.</div><div>Post-election break down with political strategists Chris Robling and Dave Lundy by WBEZThe voting is over, but the &quot;what does it means&quot; and the &quot;what's nexts&quot; are just getting revved up. Three of the best in the business joi...</div><div>Cheryl Raye Stout gives us the latest in sports. <br></div><div>Sports news roundup with Cheryl Raye Stout by WBEZWBEZ sports blogger Cheryl Raye Stout gives us the latest in sports.</div><div>Tillman could miss Texans game if baby comesCould the Chicago Bears handle the Houston Texans' high-powered offense without cornerback and renowned ball-punch specialist Charles Til...</div><div>Cheryl Raye Stout SportsThe Bears didn't fiddle around in their dismantling of the Tennessee Titans 51-20. The first quarter alone was a record setter for the fr...</div><div>Today's Break Room track comes from the band Saturday Looks Good to Me with the track "Sunglasses" from their new EP, also called Sunglasses, which was released yesterday. <br></div><div>Saturday Looks Good To Me - Sunglassesbgvracar</div><div>Jennifer Brandel and the Curious City crew talk about the rich biodiversity in the Chicago area as they bring us the latest installment of the series.&nbsp;</div><div>Curious City: What part of Chicago has the most biodiversity? by WBEZJennifer Brandel and the Curious City crew talk about the rich biodiversity in the Chicago area as they bring us the latest installment o...</div><div>Question Answered: What part of Chicago has the most biodiversity?The city&rsquo;s home to more wildlife than the usual suspects (we&rsquo;re talking &lsquo;bout you, Mr. Squirrel). Lace up your boots, f...</div><div>Lake Wobegone comes to Chicago this weekend for a live broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion". Garrison Keillor talks about his first trip to Chicago, how his show has mellowed with age, and of course the great Studs Terkel.</div><div>Garrison Keillor performs this weekend in Chicago by WBEZLake Wobegone comes to Chicago this weekend for a live broadcast of &quot;A Prairie Home Companion&quot;. Garrison Keillor talks about his first tr...</div><div>Auditorium Theatre :: performances :: A Prairie Home CompanionA live broadcast of Garrison Keillor's &quot;A Prairie Home Companion&quot; will take place at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt on Saturday, Nov...</div></noscript></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-08/afternoon-shift-185-now-what-103751 'Afternoon Shift' 181: Found out http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-02/afternoon-shift-181-found-out-103627 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/JCB photo JK.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-181-found-out.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-181-found-out" target="_blank">View the story "Afternoon Shift 181: Found out " on Storify</a>]<h1>Afternoon Shift 181: Found out </h1><h2>We do some digging and learn what's going on in two swing states: Wisconsin and Colorado. We'll also have an extended conversation with former Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. Then we talk to Davy Rothbart of &quot;Found&quot; magazine.</h2><p>Storified by &middot; Thu, Nov 01 2012 14:24:34</p><div>City cyclists by WBEZRick Kogan talks about the growing popularity of bicycling through the winter.</div><div>With just a few days to go before the election, President Obama and Governor Romney are zeroing in on a few key swing states--we are too. We’ll learn more about the voters, issues and pitches being made in Colorado and Wisconsin. Denver-based radio host and nationally-syndicated columnist David Sirota helps us survey the Rockies and Dee Hall of the&nbsp;<i>Wisconsin State Journal</i>&nbsp;takes us across state lines to look at Wisconsin.</div><div>Check in with swing-states Wisconsin and Colorado by WBEZDenver-based radio host and nationally-syndicated columnist David Sirota helps us survey the Rockies and Dee Hall of the Wisconsin State ...</div><div>Wisconsin State CapitolPhil Roeder</div><div>Jean-Claude Brizard recently decided to call it quits after just 17 months as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. &nbsp;We talk with the former CEO about his departure, the state of Chicago schools and what’s next for him.</div><div>Jean-Claude Brizard tells Rick about his past with CPS and his plans for the future by WBEZJean-Claude Brizard recently decided to call it quits after just 17 months as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. We talk with the former CEO ...</div><div>Tune in now to hear former #CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard's exit interview with Rick Kogan. #AfternoonShift http://pic.twitter.com/u340xCiSWBEZ</div><div>Brian Babylon of Vocalo and blogger/educator/activist Veronica Arreola opine about some of today’s big news stories.</div><div>Our 3@3 panel takes on today's headlines, Brian Babylon and Veronica Arreola join Rick Kogan by WBEZWhat Hurricane Sandy taught us about the internet; CPS school closings; and where did we feel safest on Halloween</div><div>buckle up: School closings aheadBy Dec. 1, Chicago Public Schools officials must deliver to state lawmakers a list of schools slated to close at the end of this school y...</div><div>How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect The Internet? [VIDEO]Hurricane Sandy is threatening the Eastern Seaboard, and meteorologists are predicting no mercy from the Category 1 storm's rain and wind...</div><div>We hear the latest from the Front &amp; Center series:&nbsp;America’s Industrial prowess and the rise of organized labor helped assure that prosperity was shared with workers, even the unskilled.&nbsp;But things have changed drastically, in the American economy and especially in Detroit. And the path to a good life through working-class means is far less clear than it used to be. Today, we’ll here the story of a young woman who nonetheless is forging a path for herself despite these changes to the economy.</div><div>Training program gives woman boost in post-industrial DetroitVocational training programs look to mend faulty employment pipeline by developing and matching workers&rsquo; skills with what employers...</div><div>We continue the theme with a conversation about economic inequality and what it means for the American dream.&nbsp; Our guest is Lawrence Mishel,&nbsp;president of the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.</div><div>Front and Center conversation on the State of Working America by WBEZWe continue the Front &amp; Center series with a conversation about economic inequality and what it means for the American dream. Our guest i...</div><div>State of Working AmericaThe State of Working America, an ongoing analysis published since 1988 by the Economic Policy Institute, includes a wide variety of data ...</div><div>Davy Rothbart started&nbsp;<i>Found</i>&nbsp;magazine 10 years ago. The magazine collects-you guessed it-found items left behind: angry notes, love letters, words of encouragement or despair.&nbsp;<i>Found&nbsp;</i>celebrates its anniversary with a party Friday, Nov.2, with a party at Old Town School of Folk Music. The event is also the release of Rothbart’s collection of personal essays,<i>My Heart is an Idiot</i>.&nbsp;</div><div>Found Magazine turns 10 by WBEZDavy Rothbart started Found magazine 10 years ago. The magazine collects-you guessed it-found items left behind: angry notes, love letter...</div><div>Latranchedevie</div><div>Foundmagazine</div></noscript></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-11-02/afternoon-shift-181-found-out-103627 Election 2012: Where are the artists? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/election-2012-where-are-artists-103487 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F65515031&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></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/democracy%20burlesque_0.jpg" style="height: 299px; width: 400px; float: left; " title="Democracy Burlesque (WBEZ/Alison Cuddy)" />It&rsquo;s a rainy weekday night in Chicago and Democracy Burlesque is doing their regular political satire. The sketch comedy troupe started the show in 2006. Their blend of songs and skits skewers both sides of the political spectrum.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This year they&rsquo;ve ramped up their schedule &ndash; they now perform weekly.&nbsp;Tonight though, the crowd is sparse. At first, artist director Erik Parsons chalked it up to the weather.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But backstage, after the show, he said people just aren&rsquo;t as excited as they were in 2008. He thinks that election was different: &quot;I think our audience in particular felt they were voting <em>for </em>something, which was kind of new.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">That&rsquo;s been the general take on this year&rsquo;s election. Like the sophomore effort of a breakout band, 2012 just doesn&rsquo;t have the electricity and novelty of&nbsp; &#39;08.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Ray Noland, the artist known as CRO, certainly thinks so. Four years ago he got deep into politics.</div><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6609_noland FINAL.jpg" style="height: 404px; width: 400px; float: right; " title="Ray Noland's iconic stencil of candidate Barack Obama" />His art started to pop up all over Chicago&#39;s buildings and sidewalks.</p><p>Maybe you saw one: a simple, black-and-white stencil of Obama, the candidate in silhouette, his sleeves rolled up, shaking hands with another man, whose head is a map of the United States.</p><p>Noland said, &quot;I wanted to talk about black identity and his being the first black president and how that was an issue, I think, for a lot of people.&quot;</p><p>Noland even took his art on the road, putting on shows across the country. His images became famous. But this year, he said he&rsquo;s just an observer.</p><p>&quot;The&nbsp;past four years for me, I mean, they haven&rsquo;t been that great. They&rsquo;ve actually been four really tough years, I would argue, almost tougher than the previous eight-year administration.&quot;</p><p>Noland&rsquo;s not the only artist who&rsquo;s lost his enthusiasm. This election hasn&rsquo;t galvanized the art world the same way. There haven&#39;t been iconic images that have gone viral, like&nbsp;Shepard Fairey&rsquo;s silkscreen&nbsp;<em>Hope.</em>&nbsp;No one&#39;s written a feel-good anthem like will.i.am&rsquo;s <em>Yes We Can.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Art critic James Yood said he&#39;s not surprised. He thinks 2008 was an anomaly. He hasn&#39;t seen anything like it since the &#39;60s, when visual artists like Andy Warhol got involved in campaigns.</p><p>But artists jumping on board campaigns is much rarer now.</p><p>&quot;That&rsquo;s much less of a common practice today,&quot; Yood said. &quot;Not in the sense of fear or cowardice or anything like that. It&rsquo;s simply that the agenda has changed, and people look inward to understand their politics, not outward.&quot;</p><p>Yood isn&rsquo;t even sure how much influence artists have on elections, whether or not they get people out to vote. He added, &quot;And I&rsquo;m sure Obama does better having Bruce Springsteen appear than he would if Jasper Johns is going to make a poster in support of his candidacy.&quot;</p><p>If artists don&rsquo;t always play a role in elections, they themselves can be transformed by politics.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6618_FM%20Supreme-scr.jpg" style="height: 268px; width: 400px; float: left; " title="FM Supreme is rapping and registering voters for President Obama" />Chicagoan Jessica Disu is the hip hop artist&nbsp;FM Supreme.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;President Obama has a lot to do with me &hellip;. getting my life back on track,&quot; she said.</p><p>2008 was the first time she was old enough to participate in a presidential election. She voted for Barack Obama and gave him a couple of shout-outs on her mix tape.&nbsp;Now Disu&rsquo;s 24. She&rsquo;s still making beats about the president. But mainly she&rsquo;s doing politics, like registering young people to vote.</p><p>&quot;What I&rsquo;m doing is using my music, my influence and my hip hop to educate our youth, educate my peers, educate the elders,&quot; Disu said.</p><p>And though she&rsquo;s not entirely happy with her candidate, she&rsquo;s still on board this time around. &quot;At the root of it, I&rsquo;m not sure I believe in American politics, but I still believe in President Obama. I believe in a better America. And it&rsquo;s all about the people we put in place.&quot;</p><p>In an election year where the outcome of the race may come down to a small percentage of voters, that&rsquo;s likely sweet music to the president.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/election-2012-where-are-artists-103487 'Afternoon Shift' #176: Weathering storms http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-10-25/afternoon-shift-176-weathering-storms-103421 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Skilling Kogan weather center 2 web.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-175-weathering-storms.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-175-weathering-storms" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #176: Weathering storms" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-10-25/afternoon-shift-176-weathering-storms-103421 Best Game in Town: Rising temperatures mirror political climate http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/best-game-town-rising-temperatures-mirror-political-climate-101388 <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/obama%20money%20AP.jpg" style="width: 466px; height: 338px;" title="(AP/file)" /></div><p>With less than 100 days before the general election, August temperatures aren&rsquo;t the only things on the rise. Political campaigns have grown more contentious&mdash;and expensive. President Obama shattered fundraising records when he raised more than $750 million for his 2008 campaign. But that was before <em>Citizens United</em>. The Supreme Court decision recognized political spending as a form of protected free speech, giving corporations and unions the ability to spend unlimited amounts of money to support or denounce a candidate. And while Obama remains the reigning champ, Mitt Romney appears to be the odds-on favorite to get dough from America&rsquo;s top CEOs. According to a review of federal records by <a href="http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/30/13034655-top-ceos-donate-to-romney-over-obama-by-4-1-margin?lite" target="_blank">NBC News</a>, the former governor and presumptive Republican nominee, charms four chief executives for every one the president nabs.</p><p>Campaign cash isn&rsquo;t the only high-stakes game in presidential politics&mdash;it&rsquo;s not even the best pun. For that, political watchdogs and odds-makers look to the almighty Veepstakes. Still no word on a ticket-mate for Romney but time is running out (pun entirely intended): The Republican National Convention kicks off in Tampa, Florida on August 27<sup>th</sup>.</p><p>So, as the political climate began to boil, <em>Afternoon Shift</em> threw the <em>Best Game in Town </em>back on the burner. Host Steve Edwards was joined by a pair of political strategists: Democrat <a href="http://www.kurthlampe.com/" target="_blank">Kitty Kurth</a> and Republican Doug O&rsquo;Brien, of Prairie State Strategies. Together they tackled a host of hot topics--from key local Congressional races to campaign blunders made thus far.</p><p>With the party conventions on the horizon, O&#39;Brien (not this one, the other one) expects the events to be a&nbsp; bit of a snooze--unless Romney announces Justin Bieber as his VP. To which I say, in the name of Beliebers the world over...&quot;Never Say Never.&quot;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="293" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Z5-P9v3F8w" width="517"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/best-game-town-rising-temperatures-mirror-political-climate-101388 David Maraniss demystifies President Obama's early years in new biography http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/david-maraniss-demystifies-president-obamas-early-years-new-biography-100816 <p><div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/barack_obama_2011.png" style="width: 452px; height: 290px;" title="(Getty/file)" /></div><p>If nothing else, <a href="http://davidmaraniss.com/" target="_blank">David Maraniss</a> is thorough. But he and his new biography, <em>Barack Obama: The Story</em>, are so much more. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Clinton biographer poured four years of research, hundreds of interviews and his meticulous review of thousands of documents, letters and journals into a nearly 600-page, multigenerational portrait of the 44th president.</p></div><div>Despite its girth, the biography is incomplete: Maraniss begins decades before the president is born and ends before he enters Harvard Law School. But the buzz around the bio is that Maraniss&rsquo; account is more complete than the president&rsquo;s own, as told in his 2004 memoir, <em>Dreams of My Father</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Presidential biographies are nothing new; really, they&rsquo;re inevitable. The difference here is that Obama is a sitting president&mdash;running for reelection. As such, the book is fair game for fodder. Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh discussed Maraniss&#39; book on his show and said, &quot;He [Maraniss] thought he was writing an election-year Valentine for Obama.&quot; But instead, Limbaugh posited, Maraniss highlighted a flawed understanding of the president.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/uho0BvQYCIs" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Maraniss joins <em>Afternoon Shift</em> host Steve Edwards for an extended chat about the book. Maraniss will be signing copies of <em>Barack Obama: The Story</em> at the Harold Washington Library Center <a href="http://www.wbez.org/david-maraniss-100514" target="_blank">Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m</a>.</p></p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/david-maraniss-demystifies-president-obamas-early-years-new-biography-100816 Presidential candidates vie for key voting blocs http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/presidential-candidates-vie-key-voting-blocs-100374 <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/Obama%20Romney%20flickr.jpg" title="(Flickr/Cain and Todd Benson)" /></div><p>With less than five months to go, the presidential campaigns are focused on capturing the voting blocs that can help tip the scales in their favor come November. Last week, the Obama campaign zeroed in on women, releasing a new TV ad highlighting the president&rsquo;s commitment to equal pay for women.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ayILjfYs7xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Political media strategist <a href="http://www.thekingofsteeltown.com/" target="_blank">Chris Sautter</a> specializes in ads like this one&mdash;in fact, in 2008, he was writing and producing ads for President Obama&rsquo;s campaign. After meeting with one of the re-election campaign&rsquo;s chief architects, senior strategist David Axelrod, Monday morning, Sautter helped <em>Afternoon Shift</em> break down the key voting blocs for Obama and Romney&rsquo;s respective campaigns. Also in on the discussion was <a href="http://lennymcallister.com/" target="_blank">Lenny McAllister</a>, senior contributor to <a href="http://politic365.com/" target="_blank">Politic 365</a> and longtime conservative political personality.</p><p><em>Afternoon Shift</em> asked the experts to identify the key demographics for each candidate and here&rsquo;s what they had to say.</p><p><strong>Chris Sautter:</strong><br />Obama&#39;s basic coalition is women, Hispanics, African Americans, and upper income voters; his voting blocks--women, Hispanics, African Americans, and upper income voters.</p><p>Romney voting blocks--white men, white middle income voters, white non-college. Romney is obviously trying to break up the Obama 2008 winning coalition by making in-roads with women, Hispanics, and upper income voters. Republicans seem to have given up on African American voters.</p><p><strong>Obama</strong></p><ul><li>President Obama must convincingly win the women&#39;s vote</li><li>President Obama must maintain a 2.5-to-1 to 3-to-1 advantage on Gov. Romney with the Latino vote (currently about 65% to 35% or so towards Mr. Obama)</li><li>President Obama needs at least two of the &quot;big 3&quot; swing states in the South (Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina)</li></ul><p><strong>Romney</strong></p><ul><li>Governor Romney must win the working class, blue-collar conservative (both Republican and Democrat) vote in areas including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Iowa</li><li>Governor Romney must eclipse the level of votes that John McCain did with Latinos in 2008 (thus the need to put Rubio on the ticket to secure a win in the battleground state of Florida)</li><li>Governor Romney must convincingly with the middle-class, 2-parent, suburban vote (65% - 35% or more) to offset his potential losses with Latinos (66% - 33% Obama) and African-Americans (94% - 6% Obama) in key battleground urban states (e.g., Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan)</li></ul><p>What do you think? Join the conversation at 2:00 p.m. on Monday. <strong>Call (312) 923-9239</strong> or find us on Twitter at <strong>#AfternoonShift.</strong><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/presidential-candidates-vie-key-voting-blocs-100374 Gingrich ends campaign, with no endorsement for Romney http://www.wbez.org/news/gingrich-ends-campaign-no-endorsement-romney-98758 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP120502113760.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>Newt Gingrich can now call himself a&nbsp;former presidential candidate.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As expected, the former House speaker has bowed out of the&nbsp;Republican presidential contest on Wednesday just short of a year after getting&nbsp;into the race. He did not immediately endorse Mitt Romney, the&nbsp;likely GOP nominee.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After losing contests in five states last week, Gingrich said it&nbsp;was clear that Romney would be the nominee and he signaled that his&nbsp;own topsy-turvy campaign had reached its end.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Gingrich now has the added challenges of rebuilding his image as&nbsp;a one-man GOP idea machine and paying off at least $4.5 million in&nbsp;campaign debt.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Joined by his wife for the announcement in Arlington, Va.,&nbsp;Gingrich described the campaign as "an amazing year" for his&nbsp;entire family.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 02 May 2012 15:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/gingrich-ends-campaign-no-endorsement-romney-98758 Ballots too big in at least 25 Illinois counties http://www.wbez.org/story/ballots-too-big-least-25-illinois-counties-97482 <p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/99831"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-19/election2012promo.jpg" style="width: 270px; height: 50px; " title=""></a></p><hr><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/no-sidebar/map-illinois-primary-election-results-97479"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-20/primarymap.jpg" style="width: 270px; height: 200px; " title=""></a></p></div></div><p>Election officials say nearly a quarter of Illinois counties and the city of Aurora are reporting that some primary ballots are too large and don't fit into scanning machines.</p><p>Rupert Borgsmiller of the Illinois State Board of Elections says all votes will be counted, but tallying may go slower than usual in affected counties.</p><p>He says ballots from two vendors are causing problems in 25 counties. But not all precincts in those counties are affected. Some ballots are fine, even in the affected precincts.</p><p>Counties reporting ballot size problems are: Winnebago, Vermilion, Iroquois, Douglas, Knox, Grundy, McLean, Warren, Lee, Bond, Bureau, Christian, Clark, Coles, DeWitt, DuPage, Edgar, Macon, Macoupin, McDonough, Moultrie, Putnam, Rock Island, Shelby and Tazewell.</p></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/ballots-too-big-least-25-illinois-counties-97482