Big endorsement for Geoghegan

From Julie Sweet and Kathy, Tom Geoghegan for Congress:

Today, acclaimed journalist and political activist Don Rose publicly declared his support for Tom Geoghegan for Congress. Rose calls Geoghegan "a truly remarkable progressive running with a life-long record of writings and actual deeds that put him head and shoulders above all the rest."

Don Rose has long been one of Chicago's great progressive voices, and the Geoghegan campaign is honored to have Mr. Rose's support. Indeed, it would not be too much of a stretch to call Don Rose a living legend. In the more than 45 years he has spent as a journalist and political activist and consultant, Rose has rarely been far from the white-hot center of Chicago's progressive politics.

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I'm running for Congress in IL-5. (Progressive candidacy announcement for Rahm's seat.)

Tom is an exciting progressive candidate running to replace Rahm Emanuel in IL-05. You're going to be hearing a lot about Tom in the coming weeks. Please welcome him to MyDD - Todd

I'm running for Congress in the Fifth District of Illinois.  

As a Chicago lawyer for thirty years, I have fought for working people in the Fifth District and throughout the city. I have represented unions as well as people with no unions to protect them. In plant closings I have helped them recover health and pension benefits. I obtained health care for the uninsured. I've been pressing the State of Illinois to crack down on payday lenders.

In my life as a lawyer I have lived out a commitment to one cause above all - to bring economic security to working Americans, in our District, in our country. That's the same commitment I will bring to Congress.  

We're deep in an economic crisis unlike any other we've known. It may last years. We need new and creative ways to protect working Americans, especially our older working people who have no real pensions to live on.

For years we've heard the doomsayers: "We can't afford Social Security." "We can't afford 'single-payer' national health." One thing we all learned from the $700 billion bail out: We've got the money to do all of this and more.

At the moment, the Federal Reserve is literally printing money, to give not billions but trillions to banks and financial firms. To the people of this District, the banks and others have gotten their money. Now it's your turn.

(Please stay in the loop with my campaign:

Here's the bailout I will go to Congress to get:

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words in a shop window

Every morning on my walk to the bus, I pass the windows of a shop called Bazar.  They sell imports, womens' clothing, shoes, etc.  I often look at the dresses on display with an eye for something my wife would like me to surprise her with.  They often have some posters for bands or performances that I assume the owner fancies.

However, in addition to their normal offerings for eye-candy, they offered something to reflect Barack Obama's election.  Entitled "an historic night" it was several large swaths of white paper hanging in the windows.  The hangings, read from left to right were one-line capsules of events, ideas, statements and thoughts from the beginning of the campaign up to election night.

It was and (is still) a moving experience to see the journey, laid out like a string of moments all in a row.  I had forgotten how some of the moments, victories and losses related to each of the ones that preceded or followed.  Some of them, I had forgotten altogether.

(Cross posted at The National Gadfly)

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Obama and Hillary meet in Chicago

I don't know how serious the rumors about Obama thinking about Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State are. Is it a strong consideration or is it more along the lines or just making sure doesn't rule out the possibility out of hand. However, it does appear they did meet in Chicago yesterday. At least according to CNN. 8/11/14/obama-clinton-meet-in-chicago/

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Right-wing Chicago Tribune Endorses Barack Obama

Having lived my entire life in Chicago, I have witnessed firsthand the right-leaning slant that the Chicago Tribune carries.

On Nov. 4 we're going to elect a president to lead us through a perilous time and restore in us a common sense of national purpose.

The strongest candidate to do that is Sen. Barack Obama. The Tribune is proud to endorse him today for president of the United States.

First, a quick history lesson on the Trib (from wikipedia):

The Tribune was founded by James Kelly, John E. Wheeler and Joseph K.C. Forrest, publishing its first edition on June 10, 1847.

Amazingly, in the paper's 161 year history, it has never, ever endorsement the Democratic Nominee for President. So this is truly a first, and quite a surprise.

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