Rahm: I’ve Got Seven Million Dollars, Don’t You Mess With Me

Dear Readers,

The latest news coming from Rahm Emanuel’s campaign for mayor of Chicago gave me a chance to write this piece for The Huffington Post, featuring one of my favorite and most inspirational people, the great Mississippi/Chicago blues singer, Muddy Waters.

It was Muddy’s song, “Hoochie Coochie Man,” in which Muddy sang: “I’ve got seven hundred dollars, don’t you mess with me,” that inspired me to write the piece.

I hope you’ll check the piece out here, (the top-featured post in today’s Chicago HP edition). And I hope you’ll share it, post it, and twitter it, besides. For one thing, the musical clip of Muddy will start your day out just right.

Sincerely,

Rebecca

Chicago Mayor’s Race is a Tale of Two Cities

Our Mayor’s Race is a Tale of Two Cities

Dear Readers,

The above link is to my piece Friday for The Huffington Post about the fun in Chi-town, the race to replace Mayor Daley.

The big news Friday was about Rahm Emanuel’s departure from the White House and Mayor Daley’s very nice words about Gery Chico, presently head of the City Colleges and former mayoral chief-of-staff.

But, as I point out in my piece, it’s still anybody’s race–if that anybody creates a multi-racial, cross-town coalition of women.

Best wishes for a great week of fun.

Rebecca

Eight Forty-Eight – “Madam Mayor? The Female Prospects for Chicago’s Fifth Floor Office”

Dear Readers,

This link is to a discussion yesterday on Chicago’s NPR affiliate, WBEZ, about the race to replace Mayor Daley:

Eight Forty-Eight – Madam Mayor? The Female Prospects for Chicago’s Fifth Floor Office

We covered a lot of ground, so I hope you’ll take a listen, and then let me know what you think.

Sincerely,

Rebecca

“Daleypalooza:” Rahmbo Rahmno: The Case for a Woman to Replace Mayor Daley

Dear Readers,

So, I decided to hit-the-ground-running on this one: Why not a woman mayor to replace Mayor Daley? Give me one good reason.

Here’s my Huffington Post piece in which I make the case: Rahmbo Rahmno….keep reading; it’s provocative:).

The piece was picked-up yesterday afternoon by Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax. [Rich gets credit for the “Daleypalooza” description of the circus that just opened under this (Chicago) big top.]

And, interestingly enough, the piece got picked-up right away by the Wall Street story page of USA Today. [I spend a bit of time in the blogpost writing about the LaSalle Street/Wall Street moneychangers-moneyraisers so accessible to Rahm.]

And, for a while there, the piece was the top post on the Huffington Post Politics Rahm page–above Michael Moore’s rant re “happy f—ing Labor Day.” It’s still there, along with all the other juicy Rahm-stuff.

This is all kinda fun, but, really, and mostly, it’s, literally, tragically, deadly serious. [We need to stop the dying in our streets, and rebuild our city, so that it works for all.]

As to serious, for instance, I’m getting e-mails–two just this morning–from highly-qualified women, at least as qualified as any man in the mix, if measured by commitment to this city and time working in its trenches. And, the names of other smart and gifted women have otherwise crossed my desk over the last couple days.

Does Chicago need some “queen-makers,” as one of my girlfriends put-it, instead of some “king-makers”?

Is it time for us Chicago women to put our political talents to use–for us–and to ask our sisters around the country for help? Let me know what you think.

Sincerely,

Rebecca