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  • The Rhubarb Patch: Quinn v. Brady; judging the imperfects

     
    Veteran Chicago commentator Dennis Byrne is a weekly contributor to the Tribune's commentary pages and the proprietor of The Barbershop, a ChicagoNow blog. In Wednesday's Tribune he joins me in The Rhubarb Patch to debate the race for governor To......
  • The electoral clout of public employee unions

     
    At the risk of sounding like Juan Williams, I was rattled Friday by the sight of this data point in the Wall Street Journal: The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is now the top-ranked spender on independent......
  • Florida political parties raise $63 million; Scott gives himself $73 million

     
    The Florida Republican and Democratic parties reported nearly identical $31.6 million campaign-cash hauls Friday for the ten-week period from Aug. 20 through this week's fundraising deadline, blowing away what Democrats raised in...
  • Scott mingles with the Tallahassee insiders

     
    By John Kennedy, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Gov.-elect Rick Scott made his first post-election trip Tuesday to the Florida Capitol, taking part in a pair of brief, closed-door meetings with outgoing Gov. Charlie Crist and incoming...
  • Lawmakers ready to cut public employee retirement, health care

     
    By John Kennedy, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — With a $3 billion budget shortfall looming, Florida’s pension fund and employee health benefits are shaping up as piñatas that state lawmakers will whack next spring – hoping...
  • Emanuel v. AFSCME

     
    The commercial: The response released this evening from AFSCME Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer: City workers are public servants, not punching bags. It's very disappointing that, in the wake of a devastating storm through which so many public...
  • A Wisconsin Replay In PA?

     
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ... ... has a (Republican) friend in Pennsylvania. GOP lawmakers who control the 203-member state House "agree with the actions in Wisconsin," Steve Miskin, a spokesman for Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, said this...
  • Protest music returns, courtesy of Dropkick Murphys

     
    Dropkick Murphys have released an advance stream of a new song “Take ‘Em Down” in support of the thousands of Wisconsin union workers protesting the governor’s budget plan. You can find the song here. In addition, as part of...
  • Cartoons: Presidential history lessons

     
    There we go again. Cartoonists love to represent the present through presidents pasts. Chip Bok, breaking with the liberal AFL-CIA (Amalgamated Federation of Lithographers, Cartoonists, Illustrators and Animators) quotes FDR against AFSCME. Tony Auth...
  • Tuesday Morning Coffee: What's A Little Litigation Between Friends?

     
    Pennsylvania's adultBasic insurance program may be gone, but it's not forgotten in the state's appellate courts system. Three people formerly covered by the low-cost insurance program that provided coverage to 41,000 residents have filed a lawsuit in...
  • Wednesday Morning Coffee: Mandate Relief Bills Clear Committee.

     
    Good Wednesday Morning, Fellow Seekers. A package of bills designed to free school districts from onerous state mandates like School desk requirements that all students have pencils and go to school on days that end in "Y" cleared a critical Senate...