Sunday, August 31, 2008

Berkowitz to join Republican political consultant Charlie Johnston tonight on Roeser's radio show

Jeff Berkowitz will join Republican political consultant and analyst Charlie Johnston as a guest tonight on Tom Roeser’s weekly, Sunday, call-in radio show, Political Shoot-out, WLS 890 AM Radio, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
You say you don't live within the WLS broadcast area? Not to worry. You can go here to listen to the program, live, on the web.[You may encounter some technical problems in signing on-- allow five minutes, or so, for following the prompts for technical difficulties, and you should be able to hear WLS live on the web] See here for Tom’s Blog which has Tom's thoughts on a great many matters, political and otherwise.

Upset with something Berkowitz said on his show [] or the [Public Affairs page], something he wrote on this blog or just the way he looks? Tom Roeser’s show on Sunday night is your chance to fire back. A free fire zone, so to speak. Also, you can help shape the show and its topics by calling in with your questions and comments—312-591-8900. Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Independents, Peronistas, Communists [no collect calls, please], Palin boosters, Palin critics, elitists, clingers to religion and guns, outside agitators and others are, of course, all welcome.

Tonight's show may touch on the concerns of the great unwashed with a President Obama (Watch Mayor Daley, Gov. Sebelius and DLC Chairman Ford deal with some of those issues here), the concerns of the washed with a possible President Palin, the new lovefest among Jackson, Daley, Madigan, Blagojevich, et al , including whether Speaker Mike Madigan is setting the table for a Januray, 2009 massive income tax increase, is Ralph Martire salivating at that prospect, will the Republican and Democrat leaders finally get the capital plan they know in their hearts they all want, the possible impeachment of Governor Bungalow Blagojevich and whether there is credible evidence of an impeachable offense by Blago [Watch here the Public Affairs show with Rep. Durkin [dealing in part with this topic], [watch here the Public Affairs show with Rep. Dunkin dealing in part with this topic], the Blagojevich meltdown; Are the Republicans in Illinois now the party of ethics and better jobs [[Watch here this episode of Public Affairs with Senator Dillard dealing in part with this topic], will there be a capital budget, should there be state government provided healthcare insurance for all low income and middle class individuals in Illinois who need it? Should there be a Chicago casino, should there be more gaming and perhaps additional casinos in Illinois,For a look back at how the more things change, the more they stay the same, See here for a March 25, 2007, retro TV interview with Illinois Chief Operating Officer John Filan about Gov. Blagojevich's long defunct Gross Receipts Tax, archived shows with State Reps. Mary Flowers [D-Chicago] and Jim Durkin [R-Western Springs] discussing State Budget and Tax issues ].

Who knows, we may even discuss so-called education funding reform of Senator/Rev. Meeks [Watch here the show w/ Rep. Dunkin dealing in part w/ this topic], economics, school vouchers- school choice, why Governor Bobby Jindahl would have made a better McCain VP, charter schools, jobs and free lunches .

This reporter doesn't know the topics for tonight—they are determined by Mr. Roeser, with some incisive suggestions, no doubt, by his lovely, energetic and intelligent wife Lillian. However, an educated guess is that the questions will consist of various Illinois and Presidential political issues, possibly selected from the following questions, some of which are holdovers from prior episodes of "Political Shootout," or "Public Affairs."

Of course, you can call and ask any of the below questions or whatever you like. As with University of Chicago Ph. D. prelim questions in economics over the years, many of the questions on Political Shoot-out stay the same each week, only the answers change [or do they?]. And you are Free to Choose, so to speak, as this is the land of Milton Friedman, the late, great Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics from the University of Chicago [WWMFS, i.e., what would Milton Friedman say? is the question we classically ask, followed with:

--What would the last two years have looked like in Illinois under a Governor Topinka? a Governor Lisa Madigan? a Governor Brady? a Governor Oberweis? a Governor Gianoulias, a Governor Vallas for the last five years ? the next five years?

--Could Ald. Sandi Jackson be the next Mayor of the City of Chicago? the next Cong. from the 2nd CD?

--Will Cong. Jackson be the next Junior Senator from the State of Illinois? Cong. Jan Schakowsky? Cong. Rahm Emanuel?

--WasChicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington correct, once upon a time, to be concerned that "concealed carry," would put a dangerous person with a gun next to her in a movie theater, or is that more likely to be the case without a concealed carry law?

--Does the Chicago Public School system spend more than $14,000 per kid per year to try to educate kids? Does Arne Duncan tell the truth about this? If not, why not?

--Was Barack Obama Emil Jones' show pony, as Senator Rauschenberger contends? [watch here]

--Was Obama way too cautious in his handling of the Pastor Disaster? in his selection of a VP?

--Is Obama's cautious nature both his strength and his weakness?

--IsObama suffering from too much media exposure?

--Are voters concerned about Obama's lack of national experience?

--Will voters be concerned about Gov. Palin's lack of national experience? lack of knowledge of national security or foreign policy issues?

--In light of what has transpired about Rev. Wright, Rezko and Ayers, does Sen. Dillard reqret the TV ad he cut for Obama last year. [Watch Sen. Dillard discuss this topic].

-Will the state GOP cave in the next few months on its hostility to increased taxes? Will House Republican leader Cross lead the capitulation?

-Will 2006 10th CD Democratic nominee Dan Seals [D-Wilmette] come back to beat Cong. Kirk [R-Highland Park] this year? Does Obama's presence at the top of the ballot give Seals a chance to beat suburban agenda Kirk? Are both Seals and Kirk playing a prevent defense?

-Is WTTW's Chicago Tonight in need of an aggressive political interviewer to boost its sagging ratings and its lack of balance? Which cable TV personality in the Chicago Metro area could provide it? Is Carol Marin just a "Working gal."

-Is it past time for a change in leadership in the State GOP?

- Could Colonel Jill Morgenthaler (D-Des Plaines) upset first term Republican incumbent Cong. Peter Roskam in the Illinois 6th CD? Watch Morgenthaler go after Roskam here. Is Roskam hiding from Public Affairs? Roskam hiding from probing questions?

--Could Scott Harper upset ten year Republican incumbent Cong. Judy Biggert in the Illinois 13th CD. Watch Harper go after Biggert here. Is Biggert hiding from Public Affairs? Biggert hiding from probing questions?

-- Is Ozinga a likely winner over Halvorsen in the 11th? Halvorsen just wrong for the District?

--Could Greenberg upset Bean in the 8th CD? Watch a virtual conversation w/Bean-Greenberg here.
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at *************************************************************
"Public Affairs," is a weekly political interview show airing in Chicago on CANTV, in the Chicago metro area and in Aurora on Comcast and also often on the Illinois Channel. You can watch the shows, including archived shows going back to 2005, here. You can read Berkowitz's daily reports from the presidential conventions for and at the Chicago Daily Observer [where you can read these reports first here]. *************************************************************
Recently posted shows on the Public Affairs YouTube page will soon include this coming week's Chicago Metro suburban edition of Public Affairs with State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) and they currently include this Monday night's City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs with State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago), 8th CD Republican Nominee Steve Greenberg, our recent show with Senator Obama (D-IL), Gov. Sebelius (D-KS), DLC Chairman Harold Ford, Cong. Rahm Emanuel (D-Chicago), Attorney General Madigan, WTTW's Carol Marin, Real Clear Politics' Tom Bevan, Sun-Times Abdon Pallasch and much more, recent shows w/ 16th CD Democratic Nominee Robert Abboud, who is taking on 16 year, 16th CD Republican incumbent, Cong. Don Manzullo; Cook County Cmsr. and Republican State's Attorney Nominee Tony Peraica, Real Clear Politics' Tom Bevan , 13th CD Demoratic Nominee Scott Harper,State Rep. Candidate Tim Stratton (R-Glencoe, 58th Dist.), Sen. Kwame Raoul(D-Chicago), Senator John Cullerton (D-Chicago)- ; State Rep. candidate Joan Solms (R-Aurora), Comm. Forrest Claypool (D-Chicago) on the Obama Presidential campaign and shows with many other pols.