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. It gets the people… 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

Single-celled Trump Says…

A team at the University of Oregon has found a single mutation that may explain the evolution from single-celled to multi-cellular life.  From the reddit ELI5 (Explain Like I'm 5) comment: In order to grow your lungs and other important organs in your body, cells have little rods that they point at other cells which then fit together in… Continue reading Single-celled Trump Says…

How Politicians Lie with Statistics

On Friday night, as I Uber-ed back from a holiday party, I came across this headline on reddit.com and immediately thought of the statistics classic, How to Lie with Statistics: Paul Ryan says U.S. taxes on small businesses is 44.6 percent,” versus 15 percent in Canada (Politifact rating: True) I've had some problems with fact-checking websites before, so I… Continue reading How Politicians Lie with Statistics

Pilsen Academy LSC Votes for New Principal

Yesterday, the Pilsen Community Academy Local School Council (LSC) held a special meeting at the Lozano Library.  All LSC members, with the exception of the principal, were in attendance.  We finished the principal's cumulative review and voted unanimously to approve it. We then voted on his contract renewal.  There were 2 votes to renew his contract,… Continue reading Pilsen Academy LSC Votes for New Principal

Campaign Suspended

Today I'm suspending my campaign for Democratic Committeeman of the 25th Ward.  It appears that, due to my current pace of signature collection and the incoming snow storm during this important signature collecting weekend, I will be unable to collect the required number of signatures. You miss 100% of the shots you never take. - Michael… Continue reading Campaign Suspended

Troy Hernandez for Democratic Ward Committeeman

I'm collecting signatures to get myself on the ballot for Democratic Committeeman in Chicago's 25th Ward. I need your help. First, I'll explain what the committeeman is and does. Then I'll explain why I need your help. Finally, I'll tell you why I'm running. Ward Committeeman I'll let Hal Dardick at the Tribune explain the position:… Continue reading Troy Hernandez for Democratic Ward Committeeman