Election2015

GOP Debate: Protesters condemn party positions on key issues

By Satvika Khera and Raquel Zaldivar

MILWAUKEE — Protesters descended on the Milwaukee Theatre on Nov. 10 as candidates prepared to take the stage for the fourth Republican presidential debate this year. They rallied against the GOP candidates’ stance on a range of issues including immigration, minimum wage and foreign aid.

Andrea Valerio from Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES), an organization that supports immigrants’, students’ and workers’ rights, took to the microphone to voice the organization’s grievances.

“We condemn the deportations of millions of people, as [the deportations] only serve to separate families. We condemn and oppress the hateful fascist and racist comments made by Trump and exemplified by the GOP’s rhetoric,” Valerio said. “We are not going to stay quiet while Trump attacks our people.”

ABOVE: Video highlights of the protest at the GOP debate.

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GOP Debate: Candidates bicker over true conservative policies

By Misha Euceph, Jane Hao and Jasmine M. Ellis

MILWAUKEE — After four debates, Republicans found themselves back at square one. This was the case at the Nov. 11 debate hosted by Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal not because of the lack of a clear front-runner, but because the most heated discussion at the Milwaukee Theatre centered around what it means to to be a Conservative and what policies characterize a Conservative politician.

Although Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Marco Rubio started the conversation around the meaning of conservatism, Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson brought up the question when talking about immigration and defense spending, illustrating the change in the Republican stance on the two issues since President Ronald Reagan’s time.

Sen. Paul brought up defense spending in response to Sen. Rubio’s tax plan, stating, “We have to decide what is Conservative.”
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GOP Debate: Moderators take a step back; ‘It wasn’t about us’

By Harry Huggins and Satvika Khera

MILWAUKEE — Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee proved a friendlier forum for both the candidates and moderators than CNBC’s debate two weeks ago.

The moderators, Fox Business Network hosts Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto and Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker, mainly stayed out of the way of candidates vying for screen time.

“Business issues can be riveting, because it wasn’t about us,” Cavuto said as he closed the debate. “It was about them.”

The moderators demanded substantive answers for minimum wage and tax policy questions, but stepped back and allowed bickering between candidates when it came to issues like foreign policy.
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GOP Debate: Sparks fly over immigration, ISIS as rivals fight for spotlight

By Steve Musal

MILWAUKEE — In the historic Milwaukee Theatre, where President Theodore Roosevelt famously delivered a 90-minute speech after being shot, the eight Republican candidates on the stage for the Fox Business GOP debate Tuesday night struggled for their moment in history.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former tech CEO Carly Fiorina, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich faced off with billionaire developer Donald Trump, who dominated the discussion on immigration during the first 30 minutes of exchanges.

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GOP Debate: Christie challenges Hillary, regains ground in undercard

By Morgan Gilbard and Enrica Nicoli-Aldini

MILWAUKEE – The Republican “undercard” debate on Tuesday featured candidates proposing a litany of traditionally conservative plans and ideals – repealing Obamacare, shrinking government, eliminating the Internal Revenue Service, and turning away Syrian refugees.

But the candidate attacked by the others for his arguably less conservative record was the one who seemed to come out on top.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dodged attacks from his Republican opponents and focused his attention on striking at likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“If we do not change course, if we follow the president’s lead, we will be in a worse off position,” Christie pointedly said of Clinton early in the evening.
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GOP Debate: In Milwaukee, undercard candidates attack each other, Clinton

By Steve Musal

MILWAUKEE — “Four low-polling Republicans walk into a Wisconsin theater” might sound like the start of a joke, but the participants in the Fox Business GOP undercard debate Tuesday evening demanded to be taken seriously.

The debate featured New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

All scored at least 1 percent in four recent polls by Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and Quinnipiac, but scored under the 2.5 percent minimum for the Prime Time debate that followed. Christie was bumped down to the “undercard” debate with the lowest-polling challengers.

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Analyzing the data: Chicago mayoral runoff by the numbers

By Jia You

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel settles in for his second term, Medill Reports takes a closer look at voting patterns in the 50 wards during the city’s first-ever mayoral runoff , and answers some of your burning questions about the election.

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10th Ward residents are still waiting for results

By Lizz Giordano

One of the closest elections runoffs in recent Chicago history might not be decided even after all the ballots are tallied Tuesday.

A fiercely fought campaign for 10th Ward alderman has ended up in court after both candidates filed for a recount with the Cook County Circuit Court. As of Monday, challenger and political newcomer Susan Sadlowski Garza leads incumbent Alderman John A. Pope by 33 votes, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. The final absentee and provisional ballots still need to be rolled into the totals for the Tuesday deadline.

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10th ward candidates sweat it out: two weeks for vote count decision

By Lizz Giordano and Meghan Tribe

It’s not over yet for voters on the Southeast Side.

The Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners gathered Wednesday at 1869 W. Pershing Rd. to recount two ballot boxes from the 10th ward aldermanic runoff. The race  pitted 16-year incumbent Ald. John A. Pope against public school counselor and political newcomer Susan Sadlowski Garza.

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VIDEO: Victory for Rahm, voter questions: Electioncast 2015

In our last electioncast, we wrap up the mayoral candidates’ post-election events as Mayor Emmanuel celebrates his victory, look into concerns over voter fraud, and recap the voters’ most important issues.

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