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Oct

2017

Since Trump Took Office, State Democrats' Chances Have Improved for 2018

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With the Democrats out of power in Washington, D.C., next year’s governors’ races have become crucial for salvaging the party’s political future. The good news for the party is that there will be a bounty of pickup opportunities.

Today, the GOP holds a 34-15 edge in gubernatorial offices, with one -- Alaska’s Bill Walker -- an independent. Of course, that balance could slightly change next month when voters in New Jersey and Virginia elect their next governors. But looking ahead to the 36 races next year, Republicans will have more governorships to defend: 26 to the Democrats’ nine. 

Another bit of good news for Democrats is that for the first time since 2006, Republicans will control the White House and Congress during a midterm election. Historically, voters have chosen to use midterms to register their frustration with the incumbent party at the federal level. If that pattern holds, it could affect the governors' races.

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25

Oct

2017

Will County Progressives Notary Party

Author: Editor

Friday, November 24th, 2017

7:00 pm

1 Doris Ave, Joliet, IL

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25

Oct

2017

Matt Brolley for 14th Congressional District Fundraiser

Author: Editor

Monday, December 4th, 2017

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Prohibition Junction - 1031 Station Drive, Oswego, IL 60543

 

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23

Sep

2017

County Executive Larry Walsh proposes $551 million budget for Will County

Author: Editor

Will County Executive Larry Walsh proposed a balanced $551 million budget, a lower property tax rate and further consolidation of government services in 2018, in his annual budget address during Thursday's county board meeting.

It reflects flat revenues, the reduction of $2.4 million in state funds, and an increase of $300,000 for salaries but not the added costs of a new five-year bargaining agreement with the 750 employees in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028, which was approved at this meeting, according to the executive. 

The new contract is expected to the cost an additional $2.2 million in its first year, which is spread across all county departments, Walsh said later.

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13

Dec

2016

The Trump Promise Tracker

Author: Editor

The Fact Checker is pleased to announce the launch of its very first presidential promise tracker: the Trump Promise Tracker.

Since the Fact Checker was relaunched in 2011, we had missed the start of President Obama’s term, and so it was too late to track his 2008 promises. But, with a new president, we can start afresh.

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump made more than 280 promises, though many were contradictory or just uttered in a single campaign event. So that posed a conundrum: What would be a good list of promises to track that Trump was really serious about? We did not think it would be fair to rate a promise that might have been tossed out without much serious discussion by the candidate and his staff.

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