Why Conservatives Are Rooting for Rahm Emanuel

Chicagoans head to the polls Tuesday for a mayoral runoff election where conservatives nationwide should be rooting for someone they once considered a bitter enemy: former chief of staff to President Obama and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Emanuel’s opponent, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, is far more liberal than Emanuel. Garcia has the backing of a laundry list of liberal progressives, including Howard Dean, Jesse Jackson Sr., the Chicago Teachers Union, the Service Employees International Union’s State Council, the National Education Association, and MoveOn.org.

Garcia’s Chicago would be a conservative nightmare. He wants to put a moratorium on new public charter schools and maintain teachers union influence over how the school district runs. Garcia wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and re-establish a Department of Environment that Emanuel consolidated into other government agencies. On budget issues, Garcia has been criticized for being maddeningly vague on his plans. When Garcia finally published an op-ed with his budget positions, it focused more on critiquing Emanuel than putting forth his own ideas.

Despite his background with the Obama administration, Emanuel has implemented a number of reforms in Chicago that conservatives should support. For example, the number of charter schools in Chicago has risen from 103 to 130 under his watch. According to Democrats for Education Reform, “In his first three years in office, Mayor Emanuel has secured more time for instruction” — Chicago until recently had one of the shortest school days in America — “more public school options for parents, and more support for students.” Emanuel also stood up to the Chicago Teachers Union’s demands in 2012, resulting in a strike that lasted for seven school days.

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Public Holidays: Why You Can’t Find Anywhere to Eat Brunch

Struggling to find somewhere to eat brunch this weekend? Looking for someone to blame? Look no further than the Victorian government.

The Andrews government has designated Easter Sunday and AFL grand final eve as the newest public holidays, increasing the total number in Victoria to 13 (the national average is 11).

An extra few days off work certainly sounds appealing, but the decision to make them mandatory will impose significant costs on Victoria’s already struggling business sector.

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Klink: Amazon, but for Alcohol?

It’s Uber, but for alcohol.

Actually, Klink is more like Amazon but for alcohol. Or maybe neither.

Picture this: You’re hosting a fancy birthday party for your spouse, but midway through the party you realize the champagne supply is running dangerously low. As the host, you can’t leave your guests without someone providing hospitality. Besides, you’ve been drinking and would rather not drive.

Enter Klink, an alcohol delivery company that connects retailers and customers. Whether you want $6.00 bottles of Andre or a $180 bottle of Dom Perignon, Klink will deliver it to you in under an hour for the product price plus $3.87 and taxes.

You can already use this service if you live in Washington, D.C.; Orlando, Fla.; Miami; or Ann Arbor, Mich. Even if you live just across the Potomac River in Virginia, Klink can’t deliver across the state line without risking legal issues.

The Washington Examiner tested Klink to see if it was as advertised. For a 750-ml bottle of Bushmills Irish whiskey, the final price was $34.93, including tax, delivery and tip. At a nearby liquor store, the final price for the same product would have been $30.79, including tax. Not bad, considering the 10 percent tip was optional and we saved ourselves a walk. Delivery came in just 30 minutes, and the product was up to snuff, as determined by the editors’ rigorous testing.

It’s a nice innovation. But with Klink, as with many startups, government regulation reared its ugly head at the beginning.

“We spent almost 10 months doing nothing but figuring out ‘how do we structure this business legally?’,” Klink founder and CEO Jeffrey Nadel said at a Cato Institute event on Thursday. “The finger is kind of pressed on the scale in favor of not innovating, because the risk is heightened to innovating. ‘Am I going to end up on the wrong side of regulators?’ That’s what retailers ask themselves.” It took just 17 days for regulators to contact Klink after they started operating in Florida. Nadel also said Klink is similar to Uber, but operates under an entirely different regulatory framework given their different industries.

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