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Former Sen. Alan Dixon, 86, dies at his downstate home
Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/6/2014 | Kim Geiger

Posted on 07/06/2014 1:43:31 PM PDT by Borges

Alan Dixon, who served two terms in the U.S. Senate from Illinois, died this morning at his home in downstate Fairview Heights, according to his son.

Dixon had been experiencing heart problems in recent months, his son Jeff Dixon said. He would have turned 87 on Monday.

Dixon, a Democrat, served in the Senate from 1981 until 1993. He was defeated by Carol Moseley Braun in the Democratic primary, his first political loss in more than 40 years of public life.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: obituary

1 posted on 07/06/2014 1:43:31 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Damn - one day before his birthday. RIP


2 posted on 07/06/2014 1:44:59 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Borges

When did he get out of prison?


3 posted on 07/06/2014 1:45:07 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: Borges

Illinois- strike one
Dim-bulb-crat -strike two
Senator ( which is Latin for feces bag) - strike three

We know then that this dork’s death improved the morals and the IQ of the country by a measurable amount.

Sarcasm? You bet.

Truth? You bet.


4 posted on 07/06/2014 1:47:01 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Borges
Interesting from Wikipedia:

"In the fall of 1970, Karl Rove, a future White House Deputy Chief of Staff in the George W. Bush Administration, used a false identity to enter the campaign office of Alan J. Dixon, who was running for Illinois State Treasurer, and stole 1000 sheets of paper with campaign letterhead.

Rove then printed fake campaign rally fliers promising "free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing," and distributed them at rock concerts and homeless shelters, with the effect of disrupting Dixon's rally. Dixon eventually won the election. Rove's role would not become publicly known until August 1973. Rove told the Dallas Morning News in 1999, "It was a youthful prank at the age of 19 and I regret it."[2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_J._Dixon

5 posted on 07/06/2014 1:47:11 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Borges
And only served two ( 2 ) terms. While I probably would disagree with most of his views, that makes him a patriot in my eyes.
RIP Senator Dixon
6 posted on 07/06/2014 1:49:34 PM PDT by Tupelo
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To: Borges

I’m nor sure what was worse, him dying or the fact that he was defeated by Carol Moseley Braun in the Democrat Primary.


7 posted on 07/06/2014 1:52:32 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (THEY LIVE, and we're the only ones wearing the Sunglasses...)
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To: Borges

Well, at least he voted to confirm Justice Thomas. RIP.


8 posted on 07/06/2014 1:54:04 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Borges

Carol Mosley Braun made Maxine Waters seem like a genius.


9 posted on 07/06/2014 2:04:15 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Tupelo
And only served two ( 2 ) terms. While I probably would disagree with most of his views, that makes him a patriot in my eyes.

"Patriot" is a word I'd refuse to use to describe *any* Rat officeholder of the last 40 years.Before that...possibly.

10 posted on 07/06/2014 2:09:53 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“In the fall of 1970, Karl Rove, a future White House Deputy Chief of Staff in the George W. Bush Administration, used a false identity to enter the campaign office of Alan J. Dixon, who was running for Illinois State Treasurer, and stole 1000 sheets of paper with campaign letterhead.

Rove then printed fake campaign rally fliers promising “free beer, free food, girls and a good time for nothing,” and distributed them at rock concerts and homeless shelters, with the effect of disrupting Dixon’s rally. Dixon eventually won the election. Rove’s role would not become publicly known until August 1973. Rove told the Dallas Morning News in 1999, “It was a youthful prank at the age of 19 and I regret it.”[2]

Back before the Watergate investigation when Rove and the GOP had the fortitude to get their hands dirty.


11 posted on 07/06/2014 2:34:44 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Borges

It took a Mosley Braun to bring him down?

Weak, real weak.

Rip


12 posted on 07/06/2014 2:41:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: wideawake

Carol Mostly Fraud could never make anyone look like a genius!

-Illinois escapee


13 posted on 07/06/2014 2:55:36 PM PDT by neocon1984
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To: Tupelo
And only served two ( 2 ) terms. While I probably would disagree with most of his views, that makes him a patriot in my eyes.

He didn't "only serve two terms" by choice. He was defeated by another liberal who was worse than him.

14 posted on 07/06/2014 3:01:01 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? 1 Cor. 13, V.36)
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To: DUMBGRUNT

One of the few big Illinois Dems never to be indicted.


15 posted on 07/06/2014 3:04:52 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: Tupelo
And only served two ( 2 ) terms. While I probably would disagree with most of his views, that makes him a patriot in my eyes.

He was a moderate Dem (voted for C. Thomas) who lost his primary to Carol Mosely-Braun for his trouble. Peter Fitzgerald beat Mosely-Braun and went after the crooks on both sides of the aisle, and in Illinois. He was a solid conservative (though a little wobbly on guns) who was chased out by the REPUBLICAN establishment in Illinois. This opened up the seat for Barack Obama. Obama would have NEVER run against a Fitzgerald who had the backing of the party.
16 posted on 07/06/2014 3:10:33 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

“Well, at least he voted to confirm Justice Thomas. RIP.”

Most people blame that vote on why he lost his seat. It was a GUTSY vote for a Democrat and probably helped the country in far more ways than any of his other votes.


17 posted on 07/06/2014 3:34:56 PM PDT by BobL
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To: Borges

RIP Mr. Dixon.


18 posted on 07/06/2014 3:40:47 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: DUMBGRUNT
When did he get out of prison?

ROFL!! It's our GOVERNORS who go to Prison ....

19 posted on 07/06/2014 3:43:07 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: wideawake

Did Carol Mosley Braun made Shelia Jackson Lee look like a genius?


20 posted on 07/06/2014 4:16:30 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican

One of the very few Illinois rats respectable enough to warrant a “RIP” instead of an “enjoy your meal, worms!!”.

He was quite popular, easily held the open rat seat by a disappointingly wide margin in 1980 as rats were losing the Senate, won a 32-point landslide reelection in 1986, which I think was an Illinois record at the time. Toppled by Mosesly-Fraud in the 1992 primary only because a third candidate took votes from him. It was probably the Thomas vote that set off the primary challengers.


21 posted on 07/06/2014 11:14:36 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Da Coyote

This guy wasn’t that bad.


22 posted on 07/07/2014 10:03:38 AM PDT by Borges
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