Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 4 – Sewer Grates, Miles River Yacht Club, Slot Machines, Chesapeake Bay Bridge

This is the fourth in a serialization of my father’s biography. Previous parts can be found below on McHenry County Blog. One of Dad’s inspirations for running for office involved an unresponsive city government. Plunk, plunk, plunk. I can hear … Continue reading

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 3 – First House, Elected President of the Easton, Maryland, Town Council

Previous parts of this biography can be found below on McHenry County Blog. I am running them again because my father would have been 105 on June 8th, if he hadn’t been a smoker. (His mother lived to be 96.) … Continue reading

Re-Run: Tribune Features Problem 1994 Skinner Legislation on Gathering Information on Teacher Sex/Physical Abuse Would Have Solved

This weekend the Tribune highlighted the problem of school districts not being able to find out if prospective teachers had been found to have sexually abused students. In 2009, eight years after bringing too many boxes home my legislative office, … Continue reading

Campaigning Differently Among Blacks and Whites – Then and Now

Watching Virginia Democratic Party Governor Ralph Northam twist in the wind becomes more interesting when one considers the following from Channel 7 against two campaign pieces for his gubernatorial campaign: Northam spent years actively courting the black community in the … Continue reading

Blackface – Then and Now

All the blackface stories have brought back memories from my childhood in Easton, Maryland. Easton was a segregated town of about 5,000 people where my father was chosen in an uncontested special election as President of the Town Council when … Continue reading

Racist Ballot Plan Now Being Promoted to Deny Republican Ballot Access

While State Representative, I attended conventions of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC, for short. In an informal conversation with a Mississippi State Rep., I was told that the law that allowed only the top two finishers in a primary … Continue reading

Four Losing Campaigns, Silent on the Issue of Abortion Beyond Identified Pro-Lifers

Published first by Illinois Family Action, the political arm of the Illinois Family Institute: Republicans Ignore Abortion as a Wedge Issue Written by Cal Skinner McHenry County Blog – Former Illinois State Representative In 2010 State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) … Continue reading

Thinking of a Couple of my Legislative Ideas Related to Housing and Senior Citizen Tax Relief

Looking at affordable housing statistics for yesterday’s story reminded me of a bill introduced by Eddie Kucharski back in the 1970’s to help veterans purchase their first home. He figured many would need help with their downpayment, so introduced a … Continue reading

Cal Skinner’s Algonquin Township Precinct 7 Endorsement Letter

Here is the letter that I am taking to residents of my precinct: Cal Skinner Republican Precinct Committeeman Home with the tree house on Lake Ave. 459-3506, calskinner2@gmail.com It’s time to look at who is running for office and figure … Continue reading

Fellow Lawyers Think Jack Franks is “Civil”

Reprinted from McHenry Times with permission of the author: McHenry County board chairman Franks receives ‘Civility’ award despite his dust-ups with watchdog groups by W.J. Kennedy Despite a history of ugly clashes with government watchdog groups, Jack Franks, chairman of the … Continue reading