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How Can Technology Help in Spreading the Word About Current Political Affairs?

How Can Technology Help in Spreading the Word About Current Political Affairs?

Every citizen wants to stay updated with the current affairs and the past few years have made a lot of change to this category. Our parents used to stay updated about current affairs by watching the news channels at 9 pm every day. But we are living in the world of technology and we can’t agree on committing an hour of our day to watch the news.

We need quick updates and we don’t want to wait for hours to stay updated about the current political affairs. The best part is that the technology has already solved this problem in many ways and it is continuously making some new changes to provide us the perfect experience. And the good thing is that we are also happy with these new changes because it is providing us an amazing experience.

In today’s article, we are going to talk about the ways how technology can help in spreading the word about current political affairs. And the topic is going to be really interesting because it is the need of every citizen nowadays. So, here is the information about how technology can help in spreading the word about current political affairs.

Websites

When it comes to staying updated with the current political affairs, the website is the best source of information because websites are committed to providing us the most authentic information. There are some websites that keep sharing fake information about several topics. But you can easily find the authentic websites like Tips42 tech tricks that can provide you the most authentic information about political affairs.

Mobile apps

The mobile apps have also become a new way of providing information about the current political affairs. These apps continuously send you an alert about the current affairs after every single hour. And the good thing about these apps is that they keep the headlines on top of the list. So, you won’t have to spend hours to read the news. You can quickly check the news within a few minutes.

The mobile apps will also send you a quick alert if there is a hot topic moving around. You can also watch several talk shows on these apps to stay updated with the current political affairs.

Social Media

The social media is helping us in most parts of our lives. We have started relying on social media to stay updated on several things. The social media is the best source of information when it comes to talking about the current political affairs. You can see the latest news there and you can also see different people talking about a particular topic on social media.

You can even become a part of the discussion if you have some opinion about a topic. The discussions on social media are always interesting and filled with lots of information.…

Remap: Illinois reformers can keep losing to the Democratic machine

Remap: Illinois reformers can keep losing to the Democratic machine

Independent Maps, a group of civic leaders and volunteers, announced it is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider its decision striking a remap amendment from the Nov. 8 ballot. The justices ruled 4-3 along party lines to deny voters the opportunity to change this state’s redistricting process, which now rests in the hands of politicians who fashion their own districts. It’s a self-protection racket.

Remap supporters admit a court reversal is a long shot — a Hail Mary down seven football fields. But the group filed the request with the court anyway out of respect for donors and other supporters who raised millions of dollars and collected 563,000 signatures in an effort to end gerrymandering. The group says the justices who signed the majority opinion did not rely upon debate during the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention. Framers were clear in their intent to make the constitutional amendment process open to grass-roots efforts.

We’ll second Independent Maps’ motion: Get back here, justices, and do your well-paid jobs. At minimum, explain how any amendment can pass muster under the terms you’ve set forth.

It’s no secret what killed this remap amendment: a political machine fueled by self-interest. Party leaders in the General Assembly — House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton — for years have refused to put a remap amendment question on the ballot. They’ve allowed other constitutional amendments to proceed when it suited them — you’ll get to vote on road funds this year (whoopee!), but not redistricting. So citizens have been forced to undertake costly, labor-intensive signature-gathering efforts to get around them.

Yet those citizens still lose. The Democratic supermajorities in the General Assembly shape election laws. The Democratic Party attorneys fight the citizens’ efforts in court. The Democratic-majority Supreme Court delivers the fatal blows.

Dissenting Republican Justice Robert Thomas all but said the system is rigged in his dissent to his Democratic colleagues’ ruling: “The Illinois Constitution is meant to prevent tyranny, not to enshrine it. Today, just as a critical election board deadline is about to expire, four members of our court have delivered, as a fait accompli, nothing less than the nullification of a critical component of the Illinois Constitution of 1970.

“The majority’s decision to quash it is no less than the death knell of Article XIV, Section 3’s promise of direct democracy as a check on legislative self-interest. Today a muzzle has been placed on the people of this State, and their voices supplanted with judicial fiat. … The whimper you hear is democracy stifled.”

Justices Thomas Kilbride, Charles Freeman, Anne Burke and Mary Jane Theis — each of them helped along in their political careers by the Democratic Party — offered only limited, astringent reasoning for the nullification Thomas condemned. Keep in mind: In Illinois, Supreme Court justices run in partisan elections for 10-year terms and have the ability to raise enormous sums of campaign cash. According to The Council of State Governments, Kilbride in his 2010 retention campaign raised $2.8 million, largely from Democratic interests — more than the total amount raised by “all candidates in all other judicial retention elections nationally between 2000 and 2009.”

We appreciate the diligent and decent work remap supporters have undertaken in an effort to dismantle the status quo. Independent Maps says it won’t give up on getting an amendment on the ballot.

But the reformers will have to play hardball. No more badminton. If they want to beat the machine, they have to pay closer attention — we all do — to Supreme Court races. They have to target House and Senate races of lawmakers who won’t fight to get the legislature itself to put a remap amendment on the ballot.

Many rank-and-file Democratsinsist they support a remap amendment. But they say nothing when their own leaders block the effort to get it done. They do not challenge Madigan or Cullerton. They do not protest. They do not demand a vote on the floor. They do not confront. They shrug their shoulders, change the subject.