House Speaker Michael Madigan says it’s not ‘ethically improper’ to find government jobs for people. Here’s what he’s failing to mention.

For years, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has defended his aggressive push to land political allies and their friends and family on taxpayer-funded payrolls, but rarely has he waxed as philosophically about it as he did last week in a three-page letter.



Michael Madigan wearing a suit and tie: Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District talks with House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R) 82nd District before a debate at Illinois House to vote on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.


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Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District talks with House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R) 82nd District before a debate at Illinois House to vote on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.



Michael Madigan standing in front of a door: Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District watches as Illinois House votes on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.


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Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District watches as Illinois House votes on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

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No one looked good in the first presidential debate. Here’s how Biden wins the second one



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America is bleeding and bloodied on the mat right now, and in last night’s presidential debate, both candidates were too busy punching one another to provide a tourniquet for our injured body politic.  The next debate provides an excellent opportunity for Joe Biden to do just that. He is not Donald Trump, and using Trumpian tactics doesn’t work for him — not least because we’re all so dang tired of them.

Luckily, there is a chance for Biden to course-correct in the next debate — especially considering that the format will be different. In a town hall context, the candidates will be taking questions directly from the voters, and this is where Biden can offer the sharpest contrast between himself and the incumbent president. If these voters are anything like me (and probably you, too), they’ll be exhausted and frightened and sick of the bulls**t.

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