In this issue of Tenth News:
- Politics 101
- Large Crowd Celebrates Tenth Dems Awards
- Yes, We Did! Race to the Top and Education Reform
- TDU Brings Jim Hightower to Northbrook
- Republican Fantasies and Other Fallacies
- Congress Watch: Robert Dold Votes with Republican Majority to Undermine Consumer Protection
- The Real Dope
- Drink Starbucks with a Grain of Salt
- Why I’m Not Running for Congress—And More
by Steven Steiner
A Labor Day parade approaching an election year is guaranteed to bring out political candidates, and this year’s parade in Buffalo Grove was no exception. We have a report.
Large Crowd Celebrates Tenth Dems Awards
by Adrienne Kirshbaum
We have highlights from the September 18 Annual Awards Dinner, complete with a six-page photo album.
Yes, We Did! Race to the Top and Education Reform
by Eleonora di Liscia
Political gridlock in Washington has been getting most of the media’s, and the public’s, attention lately, leaving little room for discussion about other important issues facing our nation, like education reform. The author chronicles the progress of a key federal education program as well as other news on the education front.
TDU Brings Jim Hightower to Northbrook
by Sharon Sanders
2012 electoral politics is ramping up, and Tenth Dems is getting in the swing of things by
co-sponsoring an appearance by nationally known commentator and author Jim Hightower. We’ve got the details starting on page 3.
Republican Fantasies and Other Fallacies
by Karim Pakravan
Running a government efficiently, including keeping a sound fiscal footing, requires adherence to certain common-sense principles, but these are not necessarily the same principles that we follow when running a household or a business. Failure to understand the differences drives our national debate. The author explains.
Congress Watch: Robert Dold Votes with Republican Majority to Undermine Consumer Protection
Many of the federal government’s financial oversight mechanisms, which were not in place prior to the 2008 economic meltdown, are in danger of being rendered powerless again, thanks to bad legislation coming out of the Republican-controlled House. Bob Dold has unapologetically helped to pass this bad legislation. Welcome to this month’s Congress Watch.
The Real Dope
by Ron Levitsky
The War on Drugs—it’s been around for decades, with no end in sight. However, the author reports the glimmer of a bipartisan move to decriminalize marijuana, which he sees as a step in the right direction.
Drink Starbucks with a Grain of Salt
by Steve Sheffey
When did compromise become a dirty word in our political discourse? And why is the lack of bipartisanship being blamed equally on both parties when the Obama administration has attempted to find middle ground time and time again? The author once again explains why, when we cast our votes, party matters.
Why I’m Not Running for Congress—And More
by Jack Altschuler
A number of factors enter into a person’s decision to run for Congress. Reading about the reasons behind the author’s decision not to run for office in 2012 reveals some facts about political life that may not be widely known.