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Prayer Hasn’t Worked so well for States Legislatively Obsessed with Prayer

So far this year, legislators in the following U.S. states have introduced bills using government power to promote prayer:

Arizona Illinois Iowa Kentucky Minnesota Nevada South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia West Virginia

According to U.S. Census data for 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available), these states have:

a lower share of […]

For Jeb Bush, A Very Different Class Of Kickstarter

The cost of attending a dinner with Jeb Bush tonight is a $25,000 donation. That’s ten thousand dollars more than a minimum wage worker makes in an entire year. […]

Aaron Schock Says No Jobs Can Be Created Unless America Burns Huge Amounts Of Dirty Coal

It sounds like an exaggeration, but these are the words that actually came out of the mouth of Republican Congressman Aaron Schock yesterday: “No corporation, however globally well-positioned or integral to our state’s economy, can create or save American jobs given the current administration’s anti-fossil fuel agenda.”

Representative Schock was complaining about regulations designed to […]

Will Lincoln Park And Oak Brook Stand Against NSA Spying In 2014?

In 2014, 5th district voters in Illinois will have a chance to register their disgust with the seizure of power by the spies at the NSA, thanks to Green Party congressional candidate Nancy Wade. […]

Jesus and His Dad Damn Sodomite Illinois with 57 Degrees and Cloudy Skies

We keep hearing that God will punish communities that allow same-sex marriage.

Well, today God had His chance. The Illinois House just voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

What mighty weather judgment did Jesus and His Dad send to Illinois in response? November temperatures in the fifties, with cloudy skies.

But just you wait! Tonight, it’s […]

GOP Illinois Congressional Candidate Suggests Family Is Only For Christians

“I stand by my principles as a Christian man, and will govern to the best of my ability by those standards,” says Paul McKinley, but where does that leave the rather sizeable minority of residents of the 2nd district of Illinois who are not Christian? […]

Robin Kelly Appears Unconcerned About Environmental Issues

Her disregard for environmental concerns on the campaign trail suggests that at best, Robin Kelly would have little to contribute on environmental issues. At worst, she may turn out to be another Democratic politician who is willing to support the fossil fuel industry’s polluting “All Of The Above” policy of continuing the drilling for and burning of methane and crude oil. […]

Hutaree Group Planned Secession To Fight Non-Christians

The Hutarees were popular among their ideological set of militant Christian Americans, and people from across the USA were attempting to establish Hutaree-affiliated groups […]

Kucinich Consorting With Green Party

Does a rally in Illinois with Green Party candidates indicate Dennis Kucinich will run for President in 2012 as a Green? For this kind of Democratic-Green coalition to hold a political rally against President Obama’s health care policies in Obama’s own home state seems like a sign that it would be foolish for the machine Democrats of Illinois to ignore. […]

Illinois District 5 and the Military Commissions Act

Despite his campaign promise, since he’s entered Congress, Mike Quigley has done nothing at all to support legislation to reform or overturn the Military Commissions Act. Quigley hasn’t been able to follow through. Green Party candidate Matt Reichel becomes a much more attractive candidate as Quigley loses progressive voters’ trust. […]

Why Not Resign? Roland Burris Can't Even Pen an Original Senate Bill

Why, the plaintive tone in to-be-Senator Roland Burris‘ voice comes right off the page when you read of his November 2008 phone call to Governor Rod Blagojevich’s brother: “Tell Rod to keep me in mind for that seat, would ya?…. I know I could give him a check myself.”

How embarrassing. But I have to […]