Cindy Dampier Chicago Tribune Published 6:09 PM EDT Aug 5, 2019 Mount Vernon, Ill. – It is midday and hot as a firecracker in the historic town of Mount Vernon, Ill. The sun is nearly unbearable on the asphalt parking lot of the Fairfield Inn out by the highway as a stream of people makes its way inside the lobby; spry retirees in couples; middle-aged people carefully shepherding white-haired parents in their 80s; a few younger folks. Inside, state Rep. Brad Halbrook, one of the event’s organizers, is on damage control, ricocheting between groups of men in wide suspenders and ladies in T-shirts and slacks. He shakes hands, apologizing, explaining to the crowd spilling through the lobby that they will have to wait for a second session of the meeting they have come to attend – the meeting room is already standing-room only. The July 20 event, planned for about 60 people and advertised on Facebook, seems to have drawn around 200. Ron and Carolyn Carnell, a couple … [Read more...] about Meet the people working to kick Chicago out of Illinois
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | Ilhan Omar’s Criticism Raises the Question: Is Aipac Too Powerful? Supported by BySheryl Gay Stolberg March 4, 2019 WASHINGTON — When Representative Ilhan Omar landed a coveted seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Stephen Fiske began working the phones to Capitol Hill. Alarmed by messaging that he saw as anti-Semitic and by Ms. Omar’s support for the boycott-Israel movement, Mr. Fiske, a longtime activist with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, began texting and calling his friends in Congress to complain. He is hoping Aipac activists will punish her with a primary challenge in 2020. On Wednesday, House Democratic leaders will mete out one form of punishment: Spurred by outrage over Ms. Omar’s latest comments suggesting that pro-Israel activists “push … [Read more...] about Ilhan Omar’s Criticism Raises the Question: Is Aipac Too Powerful?
Fully legalizing marijuana in Minnesota is looming as a next big political showdown at the Capitol, as a growing number of states are ending bans on recreational cannabis. Gov.-elect Tim Walz, who favors ending marijuana prohibition, will replace Gov. Mark Dayton, who doesn't. A new Democratic House majority will debate proposals to legalize next year and will likely take votes on the issue as soon as 2019 or 2020. And, not one but two legal pot parties — the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and Legal Marijuana Now Party — emerged with 5 percent of the vote in statewide elections, giving them "major party status," which means automatic ballot access and the chance for campaign subsidies. "Prohibition doesn't work," Walz said in an interview last week. Legalization of marijuana would allow law enforcement to divert resources elsewhere, while taxes from cannabis sales would raise money for new spending initiatives. Finally, Walz said, "There's a racial justice element to … [Read more...] about Marijuana legalization seems headed to Minnesota, but unclear when
Lindsey Bahr, Ap Film Writer Updated 11:19 am PST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. Photo: Lionel Hahn, TNS Comic book icon Stan Lee, headlining the second Alamo City Comic-Con in 2014, speaks to a packed house Saturday, Sept. 27, at Lila Cockrell Theater. At left is local TV personality Alanna Sarabia, who introduced Lee. less Comic book icon Stan Lee, headlining the second Alamo City Comic-Con in 2014, speaks to a packed house Saturday, Sept. 27, at Lila Cockrell Theater. At left is local TV personality Alanna Sarabia, who ... more Photo: Edmond Ortiz / S.A. Express-News / Edmond Ortiz / S.A. Express-News Comic-book icon Stan Lee greets fans. Lee, 91, said comic … [Read more...] about Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95
LONDON — The demonstrators let out a collective scream: “Whose streets? Our streets!”Anger crackled in the air as the protesters — some in red MAGA caps or dressed in flag-themed clothing — grew incensed at a small group of liberal counterprotesters who were chanting “racist scum” at them from behind a metal barricade.“They’re the fascists!” a woman yelled back at the liberals, as her fellow demonstrators nodded approvingly.The scene had all the trappings of a Donald Trump rally: the virulent partisan collision, the bitter complaints about “fake news,” the fear that the country’s white population is under threat from immigrants, the sprinkling of Trump-themed hats and garb. But the hundreds of people gathered were English, not American, and they had traveled — many for hours by bus — not to see Trump but to cheer on a prominent nationalist and anti-Islam activist named Tommy Robinson, whose rise … [Read more...] about Trump inspires UK nationalists