Category: Politics

Posts about politics, Catholic issues in the political realm, and what it means to be Catholic in todays geo-political world.

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Things to watch for on election night

The race for the White House will be center stage all evening, as it should be. I personally will be watching that with a stoic gaze.1 But there are some other sub-plots that will be quite interesting to watch. For me, I like the drama of the B-sides in the big elections, so let me give a list of things to watch for should the big race become dull quickly with someone running away early. Continue reading

  1. More on that on Wednesday… regardless of the outcome. []
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My Election Projection – 2012

A few of you have asked for this, and to be honest I didn’t want to do it because I haven’t had the time to really look at the polls as much as I wanted to the last couple of days. I did do a little checking today though, and feel better about making a prediction.1

First, let me give you the map and then I will go into my analysis: Continue reading

  1. Major hat-tip to @Baseballcrank for his post format, which I unabashedly copy here. []
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Could there be an Electoral “Landslide”?

This was going to be a very wonkish post, but I realized that I didn’t have the time to do the hard-core research and citation for such a post.1 The basic theory I  have is a little complex and is premised on a lot of “If this…then that’s”, so rather than boring you with too much set-up for the punchline I will get right to the juicy details. Continue reading

  1. Citations are important, and I wish more blogs did them at least for facts and figures. []
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Win for Religious Freedom: Mandate blocked from implementation against Weingartz

Yesterday, in Michigan, a federal judge issued an order blocking the Department of Health and Human Services from implementing what has become known as the “HHS Mandate” against Weingartz, a Michigan company.

The case: Legatus v. Kathleen Sebelius (Case no. 12-12061) now will proceed to discovery, and the mandate will be enjoined (temporarily blocked via injunction) pending the outcome of the case. This means that the owners of Weingartz will not be forced to violate their religious beliefs by providing coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and other morally conflicting services in their health care plans until the conclusion of the court case at the earliest. Continue reading

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New CatholicVote 2012 Video: “A Prayer for America”

Wow. Homerun.

Share far and wide.

This is Catholicvote.org‘s new 2012 election video. It might just be the best one yet. Really puts this election, and really everything into perspective.
As Archbishop Chaput reminds us:

Politics is important. How we vote in November will help choose
the course for our nation, for good or ill. But as Christians,
our story began long before this campaign season. It will
continue long after.

 

 

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USCCB Statement on Biden’s HHS Mandate Comments

Last night, during the Vice Presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden made a very interesting comment about the HHS Mandate. The comment he made was patently false. Today the USCCB responded in a very direct manner. The following is their statement: Continue reading

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Autocam & CatholicVote file lawsuit against Sebelius and Dept. HHS

Some Catholics are truly fighting back against the HHS Mandate. The mandate, which went into effect on August 1st, 2012, requires businesses to cover certain things in their health care plans such as contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization procedures. This is the case, even if it violates the business owners religious beliefs. Yet, these business owners and Catholic organizations around the country are fighting back by filing lawsuits against the mandate, Kathleen Sebelius, and the Department of HHS. These businesses want to continue to give their employees health care coverage, but they shouldn’t have to violate their religious beliefs to do so. Today, Autocam, a business in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has filed a lawsuit doing just that – opposing the HHS Mandate on constitutional grounds.

John Kennedy, the CEO of Autocam, has filed a lawsuit today, with the help of CatholicVote.org’s Legal Defense Fund, against Kathleen Sebelius. Autocam offers their employees excellent health care coverage. But now, because of the mandate, they are in danger of being forced to drop that coverage because the owner is forced by the mandate to cover things that go against his Catholic beliefs. This is immoral and unconstitutional. So he is fighting back. Continue reading

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Bishop Paprocki: “State Journal-Register twisted my words.”

We posted about Bishop Paprocki’s strong statement regarding Catholics and voting. He is one of the strongest advocates of making sure that Catholics know the gravity of the decisions they make in the voting booth. We applaud him for that effort.

Yet, the Illinois State Journal-Register does not. Yesterday, they posted an editorial that attacked the Bishop’s recent statements . They claim his statements are divisive, and “[i]f Paprocki didn’t cross the line, he certainly inched a few toes over it.” Continue reading

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Bishop Paprocki and the 2012 Election

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Much attention was given at the Democratic National Convention held recently in Charlotte, N.C., to the fact that all references to God had been purged from the draft version of the party platform. After outcries of protest from outside as well as within the Democratic Party, the sentence with the same reference to God used in 2008 was restored to read, “We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.” Continue reading

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Chicago Teachers Union strike: What’s the deal?

A quick update from my adventures in the big city. I was walking to lunch today, and I passed by the Chicago Teachers Union, walking around protesting. I started to wonder if this was a “valid” strike or not? From everything I heard, there was a good deal on the table, and they waked away choosing to strike anyway. It got me thinking that maybe this was nothing more than a political move. Once I heard Mayor Rahm Emanuel was against it, I figured that this had to be the case. Continue reading