Tea party movement's new politics: dangerous shape-shifting

The usual norms of political discourse would emphasize a party's ability to ask pertinent questions and provide salient answers; to probe facts, poll members and seek solutions based largely on consensus or majority sentiment. Today's politics seem based on contradiction, on a party-constituency dynamic that turns the norms of political discourse on its head.


Better read than dead: the Communist Manifesto and southwest Ohio

How could the Communist Manifesto, a 160-year-old book, have any relevance in explaining southwest Ohio labor's recent electoral defeat?


Can anybody beat Rahm?

CHICAGO - Can anyone beat Rahm? That's the question on the minds of many Chicagoans as the Nov. 22 candidate petition-filing deadline for mayor of the nation's third largest city fast approaches.


Election thoughts from the guy who delivers your mail

Wow - Election 2010 is over. I am still tryin' to put the whole thing in perspective.


Historic voter mobilization blocks Republican takeover of Illinois

In the face of a horrible economic crisis and torrent of secret outside money,  progressive forces blocked a complete takeover of Illinois state government by Republicans.

What we can learn from the elections

The  "tea party movement" is neither "populist," or new; nor was it as I see it, a major factor inthe GOP victory. So what was?

In wake of election, labor must move on four tracks

WASHINGTON (PAI) - In the wake of massive losses of union-friendly lawmakers on Election Night 2010, the labor movement must re-group and re-think its strategy for accomplishing its goals, by moving on four tracks: organizing, mobilizing, legislation and working through regulatory agencies. And don't forget the states.


Amidst GOP tsunami in southwest Ohio, some stone-cold hope

Key question: how can we, starting now, begin to tap the power necessary to throw out the ever-friendly, totally reactionary, Republican Rep. Steve Chabot and his pals in 2012?


Election 2010: Right-wing glow will be brief

Don't be surprised when many who voted for the Republicans become disillusioned with their policies, and on this ground a bigger and broader people's movement will emerge.