JP John Paulus | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Aldermania is just around the corner

For another cheat sheet, for the 6th, 9th and 21st wards, our non-partisan The Sixth Ward blog has a special page dedicated to these aldermanic candidates =…

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Posted by JP John Paulus on 09/12/2014 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Does Rahm Emanuel have a challenger who can win?

i think it is *wrong* to dismiss "kamikaze" candidates. If they get enough signatures to be on the ballot, they are a LEGITMATE candidate.

Their enthusiasm, and that of their supporters, could be the driving factor that pushes Rahm under 50%.

When Carol Mosely Braun pushed out Danny Davis and James Meeks, she really discourages West Siders, as well as South Siders and Evangelical Christians. WHile the numbers would have been relatively small (stop laughing at "Evangelical Christians"), they would have been enthusiastic, and came out enough to keep Rahm under 50%.

Also, let's not forget about Eric Cantor. While not the norm, it's still within the realm of possibility.

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Posted by JP John Paulus on 07/02/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Karen vs. Rahm—the choice is yours, Chicago

uuhhhh...we have more choices than just Karen or Toni. Amara Enyia ( ), for example. But i think it would be great if Karen ran..i wouldn't want her to win, but she can stir up enough votes to keep Rahm under 50%, and FORCE him into a runoff (as opposed to 2011). She could focus on the education issues while others can attack Rahm in other areas.

The strategy needs to be opposite of Helen Shiller's opponents in 2011. When one challenger just missed the runoff by a few votes, she witheld support from the winning challenger, and showed how petty the opposition was, and they lost the election.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Ben...remember that an Alderman or Mayor needs 50%+1 of the vote to win...if not there;s a runoff.

And more so, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE remember that if someone is ON THE BALLOT, there are a "legitimate" candidate. Unless Rahm has paid you off, you have an obligation to the people to inform us of ALL of our choices. A Tea Party "nobody" beat Eric Cantor....don't write off candidates until they actually do something REALLy stupid...and even then...

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Posted by JP John Paulus on 06/27/2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Mr. Nice Guy

This story happened to pop up as a link "related" to a current Rahm story.

The lake of likes or dislikes ...I interpret 2 things:

1. The Reader''s readership likes Rahm, and are the reason he's in power

2. The Reader, in catering to that audience, doesn't seem to have promoted this kind of story to encourage readers to make an informed choice

Posted by JP John Paulus on 09/17/2013 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Mayor Rahm: The mayor for some of us

The media needs to hold him accountable, especially for election practices.

In the last election, he avoided most mayoral forums on the South & West sides. The media never hounded him on that.

Had he said he was against gay marriage (but promising not to pursue any legislative action against gay marriage), the media would be all over him until he "repented" or was defeated.

The media also needs to be more proactive in interviewing people BEFORE the election to see WHY they are voting the way they are.

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Posted by JP John Paulus on 09/17/2013 at 3:26 PM

Re: “A different direction for WBEZ

I have mixed feelings on this. I have appreciated the ability to call in, or Facebook in (and then receive comments back from WBEZ). I feel like WBEZ takes my opinion and experience SERIOUSLY. Real people with DIVERSE experience have valuable things to share. Certainly those of us living on the South & West sides can get a chance to break some of the myths, and hopefully open some minds, for example.

The new interactivity really can make every member actually feel like actually being a member, rather than the moniker be a pseudonym for "listener who has no impact on the station other than money"

Also, some of the who they have had have ranged..some great, some irrelevent to me (like the Dueling Critics...I usually tune out for that), while some , like blogger Achy Obejas I found hateful of evangelical Christians (opposite of the open-mindedness of the Vocalo Morning & Afternoon shows) and has a close-minded political agenda.

However, for some the other aspects, like education...they really DO need those specialty opinions can be helpful, but having an expert sort through it, and build long term relationships with the experts/leaders in those fields is invaluable. Having concistent staff can make that happen -- not so much with call-in responses.

But there are solutions, if they are willing to try is, those contributors ought to be part of the fundraising mix. In other words, supporters can sponsor a specific contributor or announcer. They can leverage their networks to give, and on air supporters can really feel like they are helping a staff member they have grown to love. Christian groups like Intervarsity or Cru do that for their staff members. WBEZ , being a nonprofit, can do this as well.

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Posted by JP John Paulus on 06/16/2013 at 11:24 PM

Re: “With Jesse Jackson Jr. out of the way, who's left to take on the Man?

Shira, you may cringe, but the stats bear it out. In the black wards (like the 6th where I live; also 3,4,5,7, 8, 9 , 21, 34) Rahm got MORE than the citywide average. Carol Moseley Braun bullied out Pasotr Meeks & Rep. Davis, who could have generated enough votes to force Rahm into a runoff. (CMB took out leaders that would have attracted more of the black vote). Here are the stats:…

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Posted by JP John Paulus on 01/17/2013 at 2:32 PM

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