This is the June 29, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You!

Both the Smiling Conservative and I want to thank George Rawlinson for coming up with a great show idea! So today we did our independently hand-craft Top Ten Most Effective Local-ish Politician list. And there were some fascinating surprises.

Top tenBut you’ll have to listen to the show to find out just who we picked!

Oh! And by the way, we love it when listeners come up with interesting show ideas so feel free to contact us here, on facebook, or at

Until Thursday…

Let Left, Right and You be your Monday morning sunshine!

Today! Spurred on by friend of the show George Rawlinson, Larry and I will be listing our top ten effective local(ish) active Illinois politicians. And we want you to call in at 847-931-1410 with your nominations too.

EffectiveWe’re talking about leadership, the ability to get things done, the capacity to play well with others, and an implicit understanding of the political process and the patience to use it wisely. And our independently crafted lists have been hermetically sealed in a number 2 mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnall’s back porch since noon yesterday.

That’s Left, Right and You, Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and me, the Surly Liberal, on WRMN AM1410. For all of you list lovers like me, this is the show for you! See you there!

This is the June 25, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You!

Wow! The Smiling Conservative and I covered a lot of ground today! And those topics included:

  • Will any Republican contest former LR&Y co-host Allen Skillicorn for the 66th District State Rep race
  • Who will win the race to the Kane County Republican bottom – Coroner Rob Russell or Sheriff Don Kramer
  • The Elgin Tower Building lawsuit was dismissed – but it might come back
  • Like an end-of-the-movie Bond villain, The Longmeadow Loons strike again
  • And why the Democrats are gonna win the White House in 2016 despite whomever the candidates might be

Jeff and Larry2We also want that Val for calling in and thanking us for the Frampton/McDonald concert tickets.

At the behest of listener George Rawlinson, on Monday Larry and I will discuss the most effective local legislators. Until then…

This is the June 22, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You

First, I want to thank Kane County Chief of the Specialty Courts Division, Melynda Benjamin, for coming on and being such a great co-host. She came up with some fascinating questions for our guest.

And that guest, of course, was none other than best-selling author Johann Hari who joined us all the way from London. If his book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs” doesn’t get folks to seriously reconsider that prohibition futility, than nothing will.

Hari2You can find his book right here and if you have an addict in your family, work in law enforcement, are part of the court system, or you simply want to understand why the war on drugs has failed so miserably, then please read it!

MelyndaThe Smiling Conservative will be back on Thursday when we’ll be talking about the Prevailing Wage Law, the fact that conservatives were wrong again – this time it was Illinois business startups, and why Republicans won’t be winning the White House in 2016 – and it has nothing to do with the actual candidates. Until then…

Let Left, Right and You start your Monday off right!

Melynda Benjamin, Chief of the Specialty Courts Division for the Kane County Public Defenders Office, will be filling in for the Smiling Conservative this morning and we’ll be interviewing best-selling author Johann Hari from London. That’s right folks! Left, Right and You is going international.

hariIn his book, “Chasing the Scream,” not only does Johann completely reframe the notion of addiction, but he describes how the war on drugs only makes it so much worse. He might just have the answer to our collar county heroin epidemic too!

That’s Left, Right and You, Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and me, the Surly Liberal, on WRMN AM1410. You don’t wanna miss this one folks!

This is the June 18, 2015 edition of Left, Right and You!

Holy crap we covered a lot today! To summarize:

1. North Aurora needs to abandon their new city motto and come up with something that actually makes sense.

2. East Dundee and Carpentersville have to end the Wal-Mart Civil War before the casualties start mounting. Can’t we all just get along?

3. U46 School Board members Cody Holt and Jeanette Ward had better start showing some statesmanship or they will become utterly ineffective on that board. And Ms. Ward’s obvious aversion to anything involving minorities is more than a bit unsettling.

Larry and I also want to thank Frampton/McDonald ticket winners Donna, Chuck, Darlene and Rosemarie. They were all good sports who answered the questions in the spirit of SNL’s Celebrity Jeopardy. We also want to thank Lisa for calling in and straightening us out on some specific curriculum issues!

On Monday, Kane County Chief of the Specialty Court Division, Melinda Benjamin, will fill in for Larry as we interview best selling author Johann Hari. His book “Chasing the Scream” reframes the drug war and our notion of drug addiction. Until then…

Jeff and Larry2

Left, Right and You = political enlightenment!

With the Smiling Conservative firmly back in his seat, we’ve got a lot more to talk about. And we’ll start off the Thursday festivities with the ongoing kerfuffle between East Dundee and Carpentersville. Apparently, the Wal-Mart Civil War rages on!

Then we’ll discuss the two hard core U46 Tea Party school board members’ fascinating Monday performance. And, trust me, it was a performance.

WardWhy does Jeanette Ward seem to have such a problem with any minority initiative? And BTW, both she and Cody Holt have, once again, been invited to participate in the show.

Time permitting, we’ll also talk about how the Prevailing Wage Law has become the talk of Kane County (and the U46 School Board) these days.

Oh! And we’ll be giving away more Peter Frampton / Michael McDonald concert tickets!

Of course, that’s Left, Right and You, Mondays from 9 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and me, the Liberal Curmudgeon, on WRMN AM1410. You don’t wanna miss this one!