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The Biggest Election of 2014: Bruce Rauner may take the governorship of America’s worst run state.
National Review ^ | 07/25/2014 | Stephen Moore

Posted on 07/25/2014 3:33:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

If you want to know which individual political race has the biggest stakes in 2014, look no further than the Land of Lincoln.

The Illinois governor’s race pits incumbent Pat Quinn, a Democrat, against upstart non-politician Bruce Rauner. Why are the stakes so huge? Because Illinois is arguably the worst-run state in America. It’s a blue state that has been run for many years by corrupt and bungling politicians including Rod Blagojevich, who went to jail for trying to sell a U.S. Senate seat, and Mr. Quinn, who has run the state’s finances into the gutter.

This year shows no improvement. Even as the national employment picture has improved, Illinois actually managed to lose more than 15,000 jobs throughout the first half of 2014. In June of 1998, Illinois had 5.07 million private sector jobs. In June of 2014, Illinois had just 4.98 million. Somehow, Illinois managed to lose jobs during this 16-year time frame.

If Illinois were to elect a reform-minded governor in a deep blue state that’s hemorrhaging cash, it would be a thunderbolt to the political class around the nation. Illinois could become a laboratory experiment about whether conservative ideas can work in a state that has been ruled by teachers’ unions and a self-serving political machine in Springfield and Chicago.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: 2014; brucerauner; illinois

1 posted on 07/25/2014 3:33:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“Bruce Rauner may take the governorship of America’s worst run state.”

Wow, the bar is pretty high - so many to choose from.


2 posted on 07/25/2014 3:39:29 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: SeekAndFind

Worst run state? Yeah, well he’s got some stiff competition from Jerry Moonbeam Brown here in Cali. He’s an absolute Jackwagon.


3 posted on 07/25/2014 3:40:20 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: Jack Hammer

NY, Mass, Maryland, Cal……………..etc.


4 posted on 07/25/2014 3:41:25 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

The up side is that the trophy would really mean something in such a competitive field.


5 posted on 07/25/2014 3:44:21 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Bullish

RE: Worst run state? Yeah, well he’s got some stiff competition from Jerry Moonbeam Brown here in Cali. He’s an absolute Jackwagon.

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You are right. According to this list, Illinois is only the third worst run state. California tops it.

http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/11/21/the-best-and-worst-run-states-in-america-a-survey-of-all-50-2/2/


6 posted on 07/25/2014 3:46:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; cotton1706; sickoflibs; BlackElk
>> If Illinois were to elect a reform-minded governor in a deep blue state that’s hemorrhaging cash, it would be a thunderbolt to the political class around the nation. Illinois could become a laboratory experiment about whether conservative ideas. <<

Your article is too late, Stephen Moore. The chance for Illinois to do all of that was during this year's primary election.

Now we're stuck with a liberal combiner candidate & Rahm Emanuel pal as the "Republican" nominee. He is neither "reform minded" nor conservative. Illinois is screwed regardless of who wins in November.

In fact, we went through this whole song and dance four years ago, when national conservative pundits claimed electing Mark Kirk to the U.S. Senate is "deep blue Illinois" would "embarrass Obama", "kill the lame duck session" "stop Harry Reid", and "cancel out liberal Dick Durbin's vote so Illinois has balanced representation in the Senate". Oh, and of course, "show that FISCAL conservatism works"

Has it?

7 posted on 07/25/2014 3:49:26 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Governor Pat Quinn, a Democrat

Anybody know if they have reserved a jail cell for Quinn yet...After all, isn't that the requirement to be the Illinois Governor...

Four of the last seven have served time...

8 posted on 07/25/2014 3:54:03 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: BillyBoy

Isn’t Illinois the state where the cops have to pay cash for gas, because no one will accept the state credit card?


9 posted on 07/25/2014 3:54:39 PM PDT by patton (“Really? Have you tried chewing cloves?”)
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To: BillyBoy

Yep. What you said. Rauner also thinks it’s OK for moms to kill their unborn children. By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept ...


10 posted on 07/25/2014 4:00:15 PM PDT by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: Popman

If it was up to me they would have clicked the cuffs on him the minute he took the oath of office.


11 posted on 07/25/2014 4:05:38 PM PDT by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: morphing libertarian

Illinois: The only state where your license plates are made by former governors.


12 posted on 07/25/2014 4:08:54 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s a RINO. Couldn’t give a crap.


13 posted on 07/25/2014 4:09:58 PM PDT by Viennacon (Barry Obama? No... Barack Hussein Soebarkah.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Illinois has had three failed governors in a row. There is no way Quinn deserves another term. Would Rauner be any better? He couldn’t be worse. If Quinn wins, it shows the utter hopeless of Illinois, not so much because of him, but because of the kind of people who would re-elect him.


14 posted on 07/25/2014 4:16:48 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican

*hpoelessness*


15 posted on 07/25/2014 4:18:25 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican
Illinois has had three failed governors in a row.

Aren't they all in Prison?

16 posted on 07/25/2014 4:19:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Ryan was. Blagojevich is. Quinn hasn’t gone yet, but he is the third failure.


17 posted on 07/25/2014 4:21:55 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: patton

That’s us. Wait till the EBT cards stop working.


18 posted on 07/25/2014 4:22:13 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here is a add:

Quinn ... dear God, ANYBODY has got to be better.


19 posted on 07/25/2014 4:44:40 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

Be careful what you ask for.


20 posted on 07/25/2014 4:47:29 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FIllinois_gubernatorial_election%2C_2010&tbnid=4CKew2k2CIkeXM:&docid=J5GhyK0TUjh4cM&h=149&w=100

Illinois is not a blue state. Look at the map of how Illinois voted in 2010. The whole state can’t out vote Chicago/Cook County.


21 posted on 07/25/2014 5:15:19 PM PDT by vickixxxx
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To: Lurker

Prepare a bug out bag.


22 posted on 07/25/2014 5:23:03 PM PDT by patton (“Really? Have you tried chewing cloves?”)
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To: vickixxxx

RE: Illinois is not a blue state. Look at the map of how Illinois voted in 2010. The whole state can’t out vote Chicago/Cook County.

The same can be said of California.

Unfortunately, 3 big cities dominate — San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento (Sand Diego is moderately conservative ).


23 posted on 07/25/2014 6:02:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Bruce Rauner may take the governorship of America’s worst run state.

Thus ensuring it'll stay that way.

24 posted on 07/25/2014 6:12:17 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: SeekAndFind
"According to this list, Illinois is only the third worst run state. California tops it."

So...you think California will have open borders for gringos...?

25 posted on 07/25/2014 6:17:22 PM PDT by unread (Rescind the 17th. Amendment...bring the power BACK to the states...!)
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To: patton

Hell no.


26 posted on 07/25/2014 7:01:45 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

Yeah - sometimes, there is no fall-back position.


27 posted on 07/25/2014 7:14:36 PM PDT by patton (“Really? Have you tried chewing cloves?”)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ill Democrats must be scurrying around like roaches when the light goes on.


28 posted on 07/25/2014 7:33:41 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: vickixxxx

You might be interested in this data I’ve compiled, Illinois POTUS and Gubernatorial elections without Cook County

2012

Romney (R) 50.66%

Obama (D) 47.30 %

Johnson (L) 1.25%

2008

Obama (D) 52.77%

McCain (R) 45.49%

2004

Bush (R) 54.22%

Kerry (D) 45.02%

2000

Bush (R) 51.63%

Gore (D) 45.49%

Nader (G) 2.14%

2010 Governor

Brady (R) 56.34%

Quinn (D) 36.23%

Cohen (Ind) 3.57%

Whitney (G) 2.82%

Green (Libertarian) 1.04%

2006 Governor

Topinka (R) 47.01%

Blagovevich (D) 40.53%

Whitney (G) 11.58%

2002 Governor

Jim Ryan (R) 53.5%

Blagovevich (D) 43.48%

Skinner (L) 2.44%


29 posted on 07/25/2014 9:16:32 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Illinois could become a laboratory experiment about whether conservative ideas can work in a state that has been ruled by teachers’ unions and a self-serving political machine in Springfield and Chicago”.

I don’t follow IL or WI politics closely (primarily just what I read here and there on FR). But, it seems to me if one replaced Springfield and Chicago with Madison, Wisconsin was a bit of a “laboratory experiment” that showed that conservative ideas could work thanks to Governor Walker.


30 posted on 07/26/2014 4:03:43 AM PDT by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops)
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To: Seattle Conservative
RE: that showed that conservative ideas could work thanks to Governor Walker.

Marquette poll: Scott Walker in dead heat with Mary Burke
31 posted on 07/26/2014 5:34:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
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To: facedown; vickixxxx

I live near Chicago, and, because of the 2012 election results, I think that Gov. Quinn will get 53% of the vote. In 2012, in IL, Obama got 58%. Democrats gained at least two seats, each, in the U.S. House, state senate, and state house.

Illinois Republicans should concentrate on gaining seats in the U.S. House, state senate, and state house.


32 posted on 07/26/2014 6:23:07 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins; MinuteGal

Illinois Republicans should concentrate on gaining seats in the U.S. House, state senate, and state house.”

This is true, however, I do believe Rauner has a good shot at it as so many people in this State are fed up. The question is how will the collar counties surrounding Chicago vote. And Cook County that contains some more conservative and Reagan Dems in towns within it, how will they vote? This area of the State will decide the election.


33 posted on 07/26/2014 11:56:45 AM PDT by flaglady47 (The useful idiots always go first)
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To: flaglady47; MinuteGal

In 2012, Obama got 74% of the vote in Cook Co. He got 54% in McHenry Co., 53% in Lake Co., and 51% in Will Co.


34 posted on 07/26/2014 12:11:44 PM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: PhilCollins; MinuteGal

“In 2012, Obama got 74% of the vote in Cook Co. He got 54% in McHenry Co., 53% in Lake Co., and 51% in Will Co.”

Yes, but he won’t this time I don’t think. Lots of very fed up people in this state. But time will indeed tell. I hope I’m right and you’re wrong, LOL, or else we’re stuck with Quinn again for 4 more years here in IL.

The one caveat is that the Quinn backers and the Dem machine will be pulling out all the stops this mid-term election, and every dirty trick they can think of. Reason being, they want a Dem Governor in office for the next Presidential election to mobilize the troops and to raise money for 2016, not a Pub that wouldn’t.


35 posted on 07/26/2014 12:21:08 PM PDT by flaglady47 (The useful idiots always go first)
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To: flaglady47

There are no “conservative or Reagan dems” in Cook County, but there are moderate Whites with whom the Republicans can win, I think Rauner will do well with them.

I don’t see how how Quinn wins. Outside of Cook county he lost to Brady by 20 points and narrowly won only 3 other heavily democrat counties (while losing even in heavily democrat Rock Island), the numbers Phil posted are Obama’s numbers not Quinn’s, they are totally irrelevant, totally. He’s going to do WORSE this time, not better, and he had to steal it last time. He sure as hell ain’t getting 53% when he got under 47% 4 years ago, that’s ridiculous.

Unlike with the conservative Brady in 2010, the RINO establishment is firmly behind Rauner.


36 posted on 07/30/2014 9:56:08 PM PDT by Impy (Think for yourself)
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