Chicago’s Invisible Primary

The invisible primary is described by Matt Taibbi as: … a pre-primary period in which party bosses “scrutinize and winnow the field before voters get involved, attempt to build coalitions behind a single preferred candidate, and sway voters to ratify their choice.” Chicago has runoff voting for its municipal elections. That means the February 26th… Continue reading Chicago’s Invisible Primary

On Candidate Sigcho’s Petition Challenge

Update: Candidate Sigcho will be on the ballot.  While Sigcho admitted to living outside of the Whittier School District, and thus serving illegally on its local school council, the hearing officer gave the candidate the benefit of the doubt while citing the difficulty of proving a negative; i.e. proving that Sigcho doesn't live in the… Continue reading On Candidate Sigcho’s Petition Challenge

On Alderman Solis’s Retirement

On Saturday November 24th 2018 the alderman of the 25th ward of the City of Chicago, Danny Solis, announced that he would not be seeking reelection. While I have been critical of many of the alderman's decisions, I must commend him on the manner in which he is retiring. The practice of appointing an alderman… Continue reading On Alderman Solis’s Retirement

Laquan, CPD, and Data

The last week in Chicago politics and law enforcement has been a lot. The Van Dyke trial was a difficult moment for the city. Conversations about the impact of the decision on young Black men, cops, families, the courts, the police department, activists, and politicians were running hot. While I’ve had brief conversations with police… Continue reading Laquan, CPD, and Data

Lead in Chicago’s Water

Back in 2014 I was giving a talk at the local library on a local environmental issue.  Afterwards a man came up and started telling me about the danger of lead in Chicago's water.  If you're like me, when someone starts talking about the danger to the water supply, your expectation is that tinfoil hat… Continue reading Lead in Chicago’s Water

On this Election Day

On this election day, when you decide between an insane trust-fund baby and a candidate that has proven themselves most adept at trading their public service for personal wealth, let us remember St. George:   The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice … you don’t. You… Continue reading On this Election Day

The Chicago Cadet Cap

Democrats with Chicago Characteristics To many in the US, Chicago is the quintessential Democratic city. Indeed, the last Republican mayor of Chicago was "Big Bill" Thompson in 1931. But under the surface of that solid stretch of Democratic control are stories of power struggles and corruption that make Chicago's politics legendary. My hope is that… Continue reading The Chicago Cadet Cap

The Globalization of the Digital Divide

Wikipedia defines the digital divide as: ... an economic and social inequality with regard to access to, use of, or impact of information and communication technologies. This post is about how that digital divide plays out in tech employment.  The term "underrepresented minorities" is most often used when talking about the disproportionate lack of Latinos… Continue reading The Globalization of the Digital Divide

Analyzing 538’s Democratic Primary Analysis

I get into the extended discussions about politics on Facebook.  Sorry, not sorry.  Recently, I got into an in-depth analysis of Bernie's chances going forward.  Given his big wins in Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska, I pointed to this great project on fivethirtyeight.com to see how much he caught up. Who's on Track for the Nomination? describes… Continue reading Analyzing 538’s Democratic Primary Analysis

I’m Suing Civis Analytics

Updates below My PhD is in machine learning. Politics is my hobby. Civis Analytics is a politically-connected machine learning tech-startup.  I was very excited to work there. After an awkward conversation with a friend and colleague, I came to find out I was being paid 20% less than the PhD physicist that I had to train… Continue reading I’m Suing Civis Analytics