12:12 PM, Oct 2, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Carol E. Lee of the Wall Street Journal reports that the president will be turning his attention back (“pivoting,” it is called) to the economy in an effort to get Democrats elected next month. The president will be speaking today in the most mismanaged and corrupt state in the union – Illinois. He will be urging voters to re-elect their present governor, Pat Quinn.
While in Illinois, the president will:
… highlight economic progress while cautioning that more needs to be done, and he’ll lay out his policy priorities for advancing the middle class including raising the minimum wage, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.
This most-recent message of economic progress was first road tested during the 60 Minutes interview last Sunday where the president threw his intelligence apparatus under the bus. The good economic news, he explained, was not apparent to those many voters who believe that the country is still in recession because, "They don't feel it. And the reason they don't feel it is ... incomes and wages are not going up.”
Other than that …
The current recovery is barely worthy of the name. What kind of recovery is it, after all, when six years in, you are still making less than before the recession? The economy plainly lacks an essential sense of optimism and the “animal spirits” that define capitalism. As Ben Casselman of 538 reports, according to the latest data:
Americans started 410,000 businesses in 2012, up just 2 percent from a year earlier and still more than 20 percent below prerecession levels. The startup rate — the number of new businesses as a share of all businesses — was essentially flat at 8 percent.
Some economic numbers do get better. For instance, today’s first time claims were the lowest since 2006 but millions are able to find only part-time work when they would like full-time jobs.
None would call that a boom.
Still, the president will be in back in his home state today. Telling people that things are getting better.
Just as long, that is, as they ignore the fact that they aren’t making any more money.
8:09 AM, Nov 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
According to one U.S. senator, the Obama administration is pushing a "fairly anti-Israeli" line as they advocate for a deal with Iran.
After hearing Secretary of State John Kerry make the case for a nuclear deal with Iran, Kirk said, "that it was fairly anti-Israeli that I was supposed to disbelieve everything that the Israelis had just told me. And I don’t. I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service."
8:58 AM, Sep 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Illinois health system is laying off 125 due to Obamacare, a local news reporter explains:
1:11 PM, Aug 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Adam Kinzinger, a sophomore Republican House member from Illinois, told constituents at a meeting earlier this week that trying to defund Obamacare could hurt the GOP and lose enough House seats to return the majority to the Democrats. The effort, supported by some conservatives in both houses of Congress, is to block a federal budget resolution that contains funding for Obamacare's implementation.
Not your ordinary House primary raceAug 12, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 45 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
The most interesting House primary of the 2014 cycle began in June in the 13th District of Illinois. It pits freshman Republican congressman Rodney Davis against an insurgent candidate named Erika Harold. Davis is a political operative who won his seat last year nearly by accident. Erika Harold is a 33-year-old lawyer. Who happens to have been Miss America.
8:55 PM, Jul 22, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In remarks delivered this evening in Washington, D.C. to a group from Organizing For Action (the president's former campaign group), Barack Obama said that his speech later this week Galesburg, Illinois "will be a pretty good speech." Via the pool report:
Obama said he's going back to Galesburg, Ill., where he will talk about leaving behind distractions and phony politics and get back to basics. Will be the kickoff of many months of getting people and press to focus on economy.
With Gov. Rick Perry in New York.Jul 1, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 40 • By FRED BARNES
New York City
"Look up the definition of poaching,” Rick Perry told his press secretary Josh Havens. Perry was annoyed at being accused, in headlines and news stories and by Democratic governors, of trying to “poach” companies from blue states and carry them off to Texas, where he is governor.
Erika Harold contemplates her next move.
2:25 PM, May 22, 2013 • By IKE BRANNON
After a decade of the Democratic party dominating all levers in government the state of Illinois is a mess. Its government pension debt is far and away the largest of the 50 states and its dismal credit rating reflects it. Unlike neighboring states Illinois is hemorrhaging jobs and dancing around its myriad problems, apparently hoping they’ll go away on their own.
11:56 AM, Nov 4, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Illinois Republican party claims early and absentee voting has precipitously fallen since the 2008 presidential election.
According to the numbers, at this point in 2008, there were 260,376 early voters and 304,290 absentee voters. Now, the party maintains, there are 195,064 early voters and 46,232 absentee voters. That's a loss of 57 percent of voters, since the last election.
3:17 PM, Nov 2, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In the final days of the campaign, the Illinois Republican party and allied conservative groups are hitting Democratic congressional candidate Bill Foster over allegations he abused his former wife.
10:15 AM, Sep 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama's closest political adviser, David Axelrod, is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser later today for a Democratic candidate for Congress who linked the Tea Party with the shooting in Tucson that injured former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The Democrat that will be joined by Axelrod is former congressman Bill Foster who is running for a House seat in the Illinois.
8:22 AM, Jun 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. " has been on medical leave from Congress for the past two weeks and is being treated for exhaustion," the Chicago Tribune reports. Jackson has been on medical leave for the last 16 days, since June 10. His last House vote was on June 8.