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About the Author of was created by Brian C. Thomas. After years of rigorous study of his Uncle Tim Russert from afar (adopted– he never knew I was his nephew), and watching the likes of Anderson Cooper, Keith Olbermann, Bill O’Reilly and even Sean Hannity on television (watching Sean Hannity is part of a game I play to see how long I can watch without yelling profanities), it was time for me to get myself on CNN and tell the world what I thought about politics like it actually mattered.

Although my television pundit persona has not yet been defined: Will I play the indignant right-winger, afraid of homosexuals, women not in skirts, Spanish speaking people and blacks (and therefore half my family and some of my friends)?  Maybe I’ll be the bleeding heart guy who wants to raise taxes and throw money at all of our ills, expecting that the people who run our government will wisely spend it?

I have to create  new persona because those guys aren’t me. I’m socially liberal while fiscally conservative and I do not let ideology drive my politics. If a republican has the right answer to a question, fine with me. I’ll nod, smile and agree with comments made by Joe Scarborough and vote for Barack Obama the same day. There are two things I hate about politics: that people actually believe what Sean Hannity yells on his programs is news and not commentary and that I’m not on CNN giving my opinions.

I grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois, about 15 miles west of Chicago. Like our current President, my mother is white and my father is black.  

After finishing up at York Community High School in Elmhurst, I moved down to Champaign-Urbana for undergrad and after graduating in the mid 90s, moved to Chicago for law school at DePaul University. Now, I’m a trial lawyer, working for individuals against insurance companies. I’m fortunate, in that I love what I do and I’m proud to do it.

The true goal on the site is not to get on CNN– hopefully, the site will drive more people to get interested in the local and state politics, so we can make informed choices at the ballot box rather than just selecting the most familiar name.  Driving more informed people to the polls will make our elected officals more accountable to us, rather than beholden to money from special interests.   Feel free to tell me what you like, what you dislike, what you agree with and what you disagree.  Feel free to email me at

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Comment from Jim Court
Time September 30, 2009 at 9:35 am

Welcome from Elmhurst! I share many of your philosophies and find myself often commenting in the Elmhurst Press. Kepp up the good work.


Jim Court
Elmhurst, illinois

Comment from Karen Daly
Time April 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I’m so excited to read this. It’s going on my RSS feed and I will use it daily to procrastinate even MORE effectively. Additionally, you know I love the way you write. Thanks for sharing BT.

Comment from Nicole Channell (Kovich)
Time June 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

Brian –

Don’t know if you remember me from Highschool, but I came across this website and was thrilled. Always admired your viewpoints and writing style. Will keep checking back for more insight.



Comment from Adrian Smith
Time June 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I like how you describe your political standing socially liberal and fiscally conservative. I also describe my self in the same way but there has got to be a way to say it without so many words. Maybe there should be a name created for those that are politically aligned that way.

BTW I’ve been good friends with your mom for years. I saw this link on her FB page.

Best of luck with CNN.

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