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Archive for November 2nd, 2010


Posted by Juanita Bratcher On November - 2 - 2010 Comments Off on VOTE TODAY: THERE’S SO MUCH AT STAKE


By Juanita Bratcher  


“Give us the ballot and we will fill our legislative halls with men of goodwill, and send to the sacred halls of Congress men who will not sign a Southern Manifesto because of their devotion to the manifesto of justice – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

This Election Year, unlike any other election year I’ve observed during my 34-year Journalism career, has a bunch of extremists running for elective office with extreme views and raucous behavior. If by chance they are elected in today’s election, their extreme views would play a role in the direction this country is going, and would be detrimental to any positive progress. Voters must conscientiously and responsively weed them out at the polls. And no matter how frustrated or disenchanted about the economic situation, it is better to vote than not to vote.

Many of these extremist candidates do not have the temperament, leadership skills or experience to serve in public office. They threw their gauntlets into the race and voters only salvation is to reject them at the polls. We need elected officials whose goal is to bring real solutions to real problems – not a bevy of evil, distrust and fear.

This election is another defining moment for America and Americans – we must remain vigilant of the candidates we send to office. And we must never reward bad behavior, racism and hatemongering. The candidates that voters elect for elective offices will be a determining factor as to the direction of this country. Listen to what they’ve said or what they’re saying. Listen to what they’ve said or didn’t say. Focus on their body language. Did they talk out both sides of their mouth for expediency? What is their agenda? Are you familiar with their agenda?

Pay attention to those in power that endorsed and supported these candidates for elective offices – even with their extreme rhetoric. Try to be mindful as to what their motivations were in supporting them. Perhaps, they want to “keep business as usual and maintain the status quo.” Then, too, maybe their intent is to bring in more “Keepers of the Castle” to guarantee that business as usual remain in a viable state.

America can never move forward as long as there are those standing in the way of progress, determined to turn back the clock. Certainly, that’s not progress.

The Power of the Ballot: Democracy at work 

Voters can be part of the solution (go to the polls and vote) or can be part of the problem (don’t vote). When we vote we have a voice; a voice far from being silenced.

Voting should be a priority. Voters must make a conscientious effort to stand up and be counted. And believe me; one vote can make a difference. Many times I talked to voters who said “My vote doesn’t count.” It does. As a news reporter (I am now Journalist/Publisher), I remember the final tally of a City Council election ending up in court over a one-vote difference. In Year 2004, in Groveland, Florida, two candidates received the same number (689) of votes in a race for City Council. And although there were two recounts, the deciding factor over who would get the seat was through the toss of a coin.

There was a time in this country when African-Americans and women could not vote. The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, granted voting rights to African-American males, and the 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, granted women the right to vote. 

During the Presidential campaign and election of 2004, charges of voter fraud, voter suppression and voter intimidation were almost an every day occurrence. Adding to that, were misleading flyers to confuse voters, specifically black voters; there were voter challenges at polling places to stall and impede the voting process; long lines, slants by political operatives, polling places moved at the last minute, and voting discrepancies, to name a few. Even today, there are still efforts by some to suppress the black vote.

 Moreover, in this election campaign (2010), dirty politics showed its ugly head in the Nevada race between Majority Senate Leader Harry Reid and Sharron Angle. A conservative 527 group, Latinos for Reform, put together an ad with a Spanish speaking narrator, urging Latino voters not to vote in today’s (November 2) election because Democrats had failed to pass comprehensive immigration reform and Democratic leadership had betrayed them and once again need their vote with more empty promises. The ad never made its way to television and ran about five times on radio.

 It is important that voters participate in the electoral process to guarantee that our democracy is continuously at work. There’s power in the ballot. Voting is a privilege. There’s power in the people…political power.

In my yet unreleased book, “Lest We Never Forget: The Power of the Ballot,” I selected two quotes from the book:

 “Our hopes and our futures depend on our ballot. We must resoundingly reject the deliberate, detrimental, culturalized indoctrination that ‘my one vote does not count or matter’ ” – The Late Illinois Appellate Court Justice R. Eugene Pincham

 “…We have a duty to teach our children how precious the right to vote is in this country…what an incredible injustice is done when we choose not to participate in the electoral process” – Retired Illinois Senate President Emil Jones

 If you’re a voter and did not vote during Early Voting, please cast your vote today at your neighborhood polling place.

 Go out and Vote Today. Remember, voting is a privilege. And there’s a lot at stake in this election.


Attorney General Madigan assigns teams to monitor Today’s Election

Posted by Admin On November - 2 - 2010 Comments Off on Attorney General Madigan assigns teams to monitor Today’s Election
Chicago, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that 162 teams of Assistant Attorneys General and investigators from her staff will be working throughout the state on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, to monitor the general election to ensure polling places are accessible and that Illinoisans’ voting rights are protected.
Attorney General Madigan urges voters to call her office if they encounter suspected improper or illegal activity.
Chicago and northern Illinois voters can call: 1-866-536-3496 (TTY 1-800-964-3013). 
Downstate voters can call: 1-866-559-6812 (TTY 1-877-844-5461).
Madigan reminded voters of some of their basic voting rights:
  • Voters have the right to vote if they are in line when the polls close at 7 p.m. or at any other time between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day (10 ILCS 5/17-1).
  • If a voter makes a mistake or “spoils” a paper ballot and the voter has not cast the ballot, the voter has the right to receive a replacement ballot (10 ILCS 5/17-11).
  • If a voter cannot read, has trouble understanding English, or is disabled, that voter has the right to request assistance from anyone other than his or her employer, an agent of his or her employer, or an officer or agent of his or her union (10 ILCS 5/17-14).
  • Voters have the right to take unpaid time from work to vote, but no more than two successive hours, as long as they have applied with their employer before Election Day. The employer may set the time of day (10 ILCS 5/17-15).
  • No one is allowed to try to influence a voter within 100 feet of the polling place (10 ILCS 5/17-29).

Prediction: There will be no “avalanche” or “landslide” against Democrats in Today’s Election

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On November - 2 - 2010 Comments Off on Prediction: There will be no “avalanche” or “landslide” against Democrats in Today’s Election



By Juanita Bratcher 


CopyLine Magazine did not conduct any polls on today’s election – crunching numbers as to what the possible outcome would probably be. I never professed to have that kind of expertise, and frankly, I’ve never had that much confidence in polls. Yet, my basic instincts and gut feelings about this election are that there will not be a “landslide” or “avalanche” – as  has been reported – against Democrats in today’s (November 2, 2010) election. That said, if I’m proved to be wrong after the dust settles (votes have been tallied), I will clearly walk up to the plate and admit what would now be evitable.

 But for some reason or another, I have faith in the American people, the voters, that they will forcefully push back and turn away from extremist candidates and strongly reject their messages. However, it would be foolhardily and remiss, of course, to dismiss the fact that extremists have their supporters, too. There are some whose ideology fits right in with theirs and they will strongly support them and their views. But my prediction is that several of the supposedly “shoo-in” extremist candidates will surprisingly be turned back in their tracks at the polls.

 Secondly, I believe the media’s gloom and doom of Democrats in this election has really fired up a “fighting spirit” amongst many of those in the so-called “silent majority”, and they will make it a point to go to the polls to buffer that predicted effect of gloom and doom by the media.

 For certain, Democrats will lose some seats in this mid-term election. It’s possible they will lose control of the House. But right now nothing is marked in concrete…stone. Everything is still up for grabs. So don’t pop the bottle cork just yet.  

Secretary of State Offices closed Today

Posted by Admin On November - 2 - 2010 Comments Off on Secretary of State Offices closed Today

 Offices to Close for Election Day


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities will be closed on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, for Election Day.

Driver Service facilities that are normally open Monday through Friday will reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, November 3, 2010.

Tuesday through Saturday Driver Service facilities will also reopen Wednesday, November 3, 2010 during normal business hours.

Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s Web site, www.cyberdriveillinois.com, to change an address, register to become an organ donor or renew license plate stickers if they have received a renewal form by mail.

Waiting for the Fat Lady to Sing

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On November - 2 - 2010 Comments Off on Waiting for the Fat Lady to Sing

Political “Bits and Pieces”


By Juanita Bratcher


Whew! What an election campaign year this has been. Not to worry, though, it’ll all be over today (November 2)  – that’s when the Fat Lady will come to the stage and joyfully sing for some and painfully sing for others. The political landscape will be in the midst of a transformation. And some candidates will get a real taste of reality – whether bitter or sweet. By then “political junkies” (I say this in a good way) can cease speculation because they’ll then know the winners and losers, can compare their notes (on whom they thought would win or lose), albeit, or perhaps hear about a few hanging chads interfering in a race or two. But that won’t stop the Fat Lady from leaving the stage and sit in wait for her next big political performance.

Obviously, the end results will bring disappointments to some and retirements for others. But isn’t that the nature of politics? Then, too, hanging chads might be political history since the 2000 Presidential Election outcome between Republican Candidate George W. Bush and Democrat Candidate Al Gore. Remember when hanging chads delayed the results of that election for sometime? However, voting is more sophisticated now since most states are using Touch Screen voting.

So what was different about this election year? Well, there was a lot of public unrest; an extraordinary amount of protest in regards to Health Care reform legislation and other issues of concern. The Tea Party revolution – one of rebellion was in full swing….and the beat goes on to this day as I write.

Health Care reform informational rallies sponsored by various Washington legislators in their local legislative districts were met with angry protesters, many with an awkward display of incendiary and insulting placards mostly about President Barack Obama and the Obama Administration. Some participants at these rallies and marches showed up with guns strapped to their hips. Obviously, their intentions were to keep havoc going through fear tactics.

There were three major rallies – The Tea Partiers’ September 2010 march/rally, “Remember in November”, in Washington, D.C., sponsored by FreedomWorks’ founder Dick Armey, the former Republican House Majority leader; Talk Show Host Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally and Comedy Central entertainers Jon Stewart and Steve Colbert’ “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear”, both held on the National Mall. There were several mini-rallies in certain cities across the country. Reportedly, a CBS commissioned poll, found that the Stewart and Colbert rally drew 215,000 and 87,000 for Beck’s.

 And what about those annoying Robo Calls many of us were inundated with and squealed about? Television ads were plentiful. Then there were those spiked up ads giving a good pitch for the buyer candidate of the ad – making he/she look good while at the same time literally destroying their opponent in a matter of seconds? Those ads painted an excellent scenario of the good guy/bad guy syndrome. They walk away looking good while their opponents are made to look like liars, wimps, carpetbaggers and ruthless. So who is the voter to believe? That’s why it’s important to do your homework, research information about the candidates and closely peruse their agendas.

And there was the issue of secret money flowing into campaigns; some they alleged was coming from foreign countries to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that was helping to influence America elections, which the Chamber denied. Many cried wolf (especially Democrats) and point fingers at the Chamber that reportedly pumped millions of dollars in ads for Republican candidates. Then there was the issue of big union money being funneled into Democrats’ campaigns. But a union leader said their money was contributed above board.

I have been a Journalist/News Reporter for 34 years. And during those years I have covered many elections and wrote numerous political articles. This election year is certainly different. It is one of the strangest election years I have ever witnessed. Some of the candidates running for office have spewed out some of the nastiest venom imaginable – hateful, incendiary remarks, and dirty tricks beyond reasoning.

Board of Tax Appeals Commissioner Joe Berrios’ Campaign has a “Question for Forrest Claypool”, his opponent in the race for Cook County Assessor:

Have you really sunk to this level? Judging me for raising money in a charity coat drive?

I proudly helped the Illinois State Crime Commission-Police Athletic League of Illinois in raising money that went toward the purchase of 6,500 coats for poor children.

But you criticized me for it in your radio ad that launched this week. You failed to note that several community ministers and elected officials also participated – people such as Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Senator Donne Trotter, and Rev. Senator James Meeks. The coat drive was chaired by Bears player Brian Urlacher.

I grew up in public housing. I know what it’s like to be part of a struggling family, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Nor am I ashamed to give back to the community.

The only shame to be had is on you, Forrest Claypool, for turning your back on poor families in poor neighborhoods.

 At a rally in Chicago Saturday, President Barack Obama told about 35,000 supporters in his Hyde Park neighborhood (where the rally was held), to get out and vote and see that their friends vote, too. He also told supporters “that this will be a tough election.

 Said Obama: “There’s no doubt that this is a tough election. It’s tough here in Illinois. It’s tough all across the country.” He reminded them that Republicans were counting on voters’ “amnesia” to win, but urged them to let Republicans know “that we have not forgotten. It’s up to you to let them know that this election is a choice between the policies that got us into this mess and the policies that are starting to lead us out of this mess.”

Unprecedented Labor Member to Member effort in place to boost Election Day turnout

Posted by Admin On November - 2 - 2010 Comments Off on Unprecedented Labor Member to Member effort in place to boost Election Day turnout
 More than 1,500 union members will be on the ground knocking on doors and making phone calls today to fellow union members in order to boost Election Day turnout, according to Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael T. Carrigan.

 “Union members have been working tirelessly up and down the state for weeks educating and activating union families for this election,” Carrigan said. “We know that the union vote will be crucial to countering the messages of corporate-backed candidates and their allies. We’re backing candidates and issues that will create and protect jobs, ensure strong and vital public education, and deny trade deals that are unfair to workers in Illinois.”

 The Election Day effort comes on the heels of a months-long education campaign with union families including 750,000 live phone calls, 700,000 worksite leaflets, 30,000 home visits and more than one million mailings.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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