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Gloria Bilchik is a freelance writer based in St. Louis, Missouri. She is co-founder of Occasional Planet, a progressive blog focused on positive developments in government, creative thinking on current issues, and progressive people, programs and idea.

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Pruitt-Igoe demoltion, 1975, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 15, 2011
Pruitt-Igoe documentary: Myths, Ghosts and Survivors of a colossal urban policy failure "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" is a new documentary that reopens the dialogue about the huge public housing project in St. Louis that failed--not because its residents were poor, but because the policies and socio-economic trends around it doomed it. Archival footage from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, plus on-screen interviews with former residents bring the story to live.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 27, 2011
March of crimes: Lessons from a grand jury During 18 weeks as a member of a county grand jury, I learned a lot about the legal system, but much more about myself.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 24, 2010
St. Louis Arch to get a makeover. One's citizen's view of the options 2+ million people visit the St. Louis Arch every year, but the iconic monument is showing its age--almost 50 years old. A makeover is in the works, including reconnecting the Mississippi River to downtown St. Louis. Here's one citizen's take on the proposals under consideration.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 24, 2010
Secret holds in US Senate: A Tactic Only the World Wrestling Assoc. Could Love The US Senate operates under a tricky set of rules. Among them is the secret hold. What is it, how does it stifle progress, and who's trying to change the rule?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 17, 2010
$10,440 in South Carolina vs. $0 in Vermont Alvin Greene paid $10,440 to get his name on the ballot for US Senate from South Carolina. What are the "entry fees" in other states? Here's a complete rundown, with observations about what it all means.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 24, 2010
A funny thing about a new CNN Poll: political/holiday satire, just for fun A satirical look at a new CNN poll, written in the style of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.'
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 8, 2010
I screamed at the radio when I heard Todd Akin [R-MO] say... Verbatim clips from a radio interview with incumbent Republican Todd Akin of Missouri yield some ideas that constituents and voters should be worried about.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 22, 2013
42: Jackie Robinson and America's unfinished social agenda The new movie, "42," tells the story of Jackie Robinson, but it also makes this writer think about how much of America's progressive social agenda has either not been accomplished or has eroded over the years.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 2, 2011
10 Political Lessons From The 2011 World Series What progressives can learn about politics from the 2011 World Series.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Confessions of a ReUseIt junkie Listing items on the ReUseIt site has helped me keep lots of good stuff out of landfills and gotten it into the hands of people who actually need it.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Honor Flight: Remembering history close to home, wondering about the future An Honor Flight for WWII veterans makes me remember my father and wonder about veterans of other, less-popular wars.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 2, 2011
Still progressive after all these years...in Missouri! How a determined progressive legislator navigated an 18-year career in a red state, plus her strikingly candid views of the state of politics today.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 10, 2010
Revealed: the Washington DC party circuit Invitations to Washington DC fundraisers give insight into how money flows in US politics.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 27, 2010
10 Halloween hot spots for political trick-or-treaters A political junkie's guide to political trick or treating for Halloween 2010, with a satirical twist.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 27, 2011
Can St. Louis get its groove back? A new book, The Great Heart of the Republic, yields some lessons from the Civil War. St. Louis could learn some 21st century lessons from its own 19th Century history, as depicted in a new book, The Great Heart of the Republic, by Adam Arenson.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Resuscitating Democracy: An interview with Fair Vote's Rob Richie A candid question-and-answer session with Rob Richie, executive director of Fair Vote, yields insights into making American democracy work better.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Why you should consider waking up at 4 am on Nov. 6 More people need to sign up to be pollworkers on Nov. 6, to ensure that the election is administered fairly and competently. It's a great way to do something for democracy, even though it's a long day.