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Eric Zorn: Change of Subject

‘Bubble’ laws protect patients and protesters alike

My long-running rhetorical battle with anti-choice people continued last week with this column about the protesters outside of abortion clinics who demand the right to hound and badger women who are trying to make their way inside for medical treatment (that may not even be abortion related).

Breaking news (not)! Pol took meetings with big donors Breaking news (not)! Pol took meetings with big donors

Until someone produces evidence that donations to the Clinton Foundation influenced the official acts of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton when she was U.S. secretary of state, I’m filing this latest “scandal” under “business as usual.”

Crazy political mapping in need of a national remedy Crazy political mapping in need of a national remedy

It’s a shame but not the end of the world that Illinois residents will not be allowed to vote this November on whether to vastly diminish the role of politics in drawing of their political maps. A shame because this is the kind of thing voters should be able to decide. Not the end of the world because non-partisan political maps are not correlated with good government (see my old column, linked below) and there’s no reason why Illinois Democrats should unilaterally disarm in the nationwide gerrymandering war.

Guaranteed brilliant Guaranteed brilliant

Guaranteed Rate Field is the new name, as of next season, of the stadium at which the Chicago White Sox will play their homes games. The public doesn’t like it. I don’t much care for it. But buying those naming rights was a genius move by the Guaranteed Rate folks.

Independent political maps won't 'turn around' Illinois Independent political maps won’t ‘turn around’ Illinois

From the archives, a November, 2015, look at why independent political mapmaking should not be considered part of Failed Gov. Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda.

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