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Author: Annie

Immigration: Conservatives & Amnesty

The first time I cared about politics was American History my junior year of high school. The year was 2000 and a historical election was about to take place. My teacher split our classroom into two groups. One to represent George W. Bush and another to represent Al Gore. We were each to study our candidate’s campaign and ultimately, participate in a debate in front of maybe 100 grade schoolers from the area. The catch was, when we debated, the students would not know which team represented which candidate. We were to debate the issues without the label of...

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Super Dad, The Hairdresser

People ask me all the time how I’m feeling. The answer to that question has now become repeatedly, “Pregnant.” The truth is, this hasn’t been easy…but it’s absolutely worth it! And with every opportunity I have to whine and complain about this, I try to quickly remind myself that this is very temporary and completely worthwhile. It is! However, while I am frequently asked about how I’m doing…and Jarrod hears the same questions as well…it’s easy to forget that his life has been changed quite significantly in the past weeks as well. He’s unwaveringly dedicated to making this pregnancy as...

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The 2016 Conservative: A Reflection

Republicans are now divided into factions of conservatives. And unlike their Democrat counterparts, these factions tend to work against each other rather than with strength in unity. The democratic party is composed of a larger, more diverse collection of interest groups–women’s rights groups, pro-choice groups, LGBTQ groups, climate change groups, socialist groups, gun control groups, the list goes on and on. These groups don’t have automatic similar interests, but the sum of them invokes a powerful collective that wields political prominence in every election under the umbrella of the democratic party. A pro-choice lesbian may enjoy hunting. But her...

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YOU Count…No Really!

Show Up at the Polls Next Tuesday Elections are like a different reality for people who don’t particularly care about politics or who don’t particularly care for politicians. Your phone, your email, your Facebook feeds, everywhere you look you’re barraged with men and women acting like bickering 6 year olds fighting over who has the better lunchbox. It’s nauseating. It still means something. For fear of joining the garbage mentioned above, let me provide you with a few facts. The map above is the breakout of counties in the 2010 Illinois Governor’s election. You know the term “red state” and “blue state”? That state looks pretty darn red to me. Too bad those four counties that are blue are the ones that actually elected our governor. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Governor is elected by popular vote, not some small-form state electoral college. But to reiterate my point that YOU count in this election. 31,834 votes decided the 2010 governor’s election. Illinois has 12,880,000 residents. That means that .24% of the population of the state determined the difference in who serves as our governor. (Read more here.) That means .24% were the deciding factor in a “temporary” 67% tax hike for our state…which will almost certainly be made permanent right after the election whether or not Quinn is re-elected. My family cannot afford to bear the burden of a...

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