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Rhymefest Could Emerge Victorious In 20th Ward

CHICAGO — The award-winning rapper who wants to be a Chicago alderman looked down the block and counted up the boarded houses in this slice of the city’s South Side. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. “How can you walk here and not feel something in your heart? We’re living in an urban ghost town,” Che “Rhymefest” Smith told The Associated Press during a van tour of the ward where he lives. “I see two things. The first is neglect. The second is opportunity.” In a landmark year for Chicago politics, the winner of a 2004 Grammy is
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Chico Predicts A Runoff, Rahm Returns Jimmy John’s Donations

With an election just around the corner, the candidates will not be taking much time off this weekend. Campaign schedules are looking packed for Saturday, and for good reason. The latest polls show Rahm Emanuel with about 50 percent of the vote, and the other candidates are doing everything they can to make a runoff happen. Stay tuned to HuffPost Chicago from now until February 22 for “The Countdown,” a daily roundup of election news, gossip and other fun tidbits. You can also sign up to receive “The Countdown” via email daily by checking the “Chicago Brief” box here. CHICO
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Wisconsin Protests Set Up Delicate Dance Between Obama And Labor

WASHINGTON — The ongoing protests surrounding an anti-union measure in Wisconsin has placed the president and the Democratic Party in a yet another delicate dance with the labor community. Demonstrations against a bill that would effectively end collective bargaining for many unions would, on the surface, seem like a political lay-up for a Democratic administration. Unions represent the base of the party. And a show of solidarity with those walking the streets of Madison would go a long way toward soothing the much-discussed tensions between unions and the White House. On Thursday evening, one top labor activist, speaking on the
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The Media Consortium: Showdown in Madison: A Primer for the Wisconsin Protests

by Raquel Brown, Media Consortium blogger It’s been a tumultuous week in Madison, Wisconsin. Tens of thousands of state workers, teachers, and students have packed the state Capitol building to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to weaken public unions. In a move ostensibly aimed to balance the state budget, Walker proposed a bill on Friday, February 11 that would dislodge collective bargaining rights for all public workers except for police, firefighters and the state patrol–some of the few public employee unions that supported Walker’s gubernatorial campaign. In addition, the bill will require most state workers to pay significantly more
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Fox Reporter Greeted With ‘Fox Lies’ Chants In Madison

Fox News anchor Chris Cotter and reporter Jeff Flock found the scene in Madison, Wisconsin a little bit inhospitable, as the gathered protesters chanted “Fox lies” over and over again during their afternoon hit from the state capitol building. One gentleman in a woolly hat was especially emphatic about his opinion that “Fox lies.” “Fox lies!” he said, adding, “Fox lies.” Flock quipped, “Those appear to be the only two words he knows,” but credited the majority of the crowd for being “reasoned, calm, and willing to talk.” As it turns out, questions regarding the veracity of the content on
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Health Care Repeal Could Cost $210 Billion, CBO Says

WASHINGTON (By Susan Heavey) – Repealing the U.S. healthcare law enacted last year would add $210 billion to the nation’s deficit over the next decade, congressional auditors said on Friday. The Congressional Budget Office said enactment of a House of Representatives measure last month to scrap the healthcare overhaul would eliminate a number of provisions aimed at reducing federal healthcare costs as well as strip out new revenue-creating taxes and fees. Republicans, who now control the House, campaigned on repealing the law, one of Democratic President Barack Obama’s main legislative victories. Despite the vote in the House, the repeal was
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Michelle Chen: From Wisconsin to Washington, Budget Cuts Draw Battle Lines

It’s remarkable how little the demonstrations in Wisconsin have to do with the budget battle that initially sparked it. The protesters today aren’t talking about program cuts, but reinvigorating a sense of economic citizenship in an age when workers and democratic government are both under siege. Amid the chants and the picket signs is a new sense of where working-class families will draw the line when it comes to protecting certain public goods: education, labor rights, job security, and a solid social safety net. Meanwhile in Washington, the same core values face a nationwide war of attrition against the public
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HUFFPOST HILL – Jackie Speier’s Undeniable Chutzpah

Wisconsin public servants descended on their statehouse in hopes that Governor Scott Walker would retire to the Egyptian coastal resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. Tim Pawlenty will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Tea Party Policy Summit, leaving the rest of the 2012 field scrambling to deliver the introductory remarks at the “Facts: Fact or Fiction?” seminar. And If you’re a sick polar bear seeking family planning whose habitat has been decimated by global warming and is in desperate need of UN peacekeepers to maintain the political stability of the ice floe that is carrying you out to sea,
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