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  • Soros-linked Jewish PAC will intervene in Senate races for first time

    03/21/2016 6:55:20 AM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/21/16 | John Swan
    A progressive Jewish political action committee with ties to the son of Democratic Party mega-donor George Soros is intervening in Senate races for the first time, endorsing Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. The endorsements from Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC will involve fundraising support from the group, which makes direct payments to candidates running for office. It will also marshal what are known as “conduit” payments, linking its network of donors to the group's favored candidates. “As American Jews, we’re disturbed by the dark turn American political discourse has taken in recent...
  • Live Thread: Hillary Clinton Testimony at House Select Committee on Benghazi (10 A.M. EDT)

    10/22/2015 5:41:18 AM PDT · by kristinn · 2,566 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Thursday, October 22, 2015
    Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is investigating the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate there, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others died. Airing LIVE Thursday, Oct 22 10:00am EDT on C-SPAN3
  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth announces Senate bid [Illinois]

    03/30/2015 9:05:21 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 35 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 03/30/2015 | Lynn Sweet
    Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., made it official on Monday and announced her 2016 Senate in a video, largely autobiographical, titled “Tammy Duckworth is running for the Senate.” As first reported in the Chicago Sun-Times, Duckworth, a wounded Iraq war vet, elected to her second term last November, is looking in 2016 to clinch the Democratic nomination and take on Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill. Kirk is a top target for the Senate Democrats as he seeks a second term. Duckworth does not mention his name in her announcement video. Duckworth describers herself as a wife, a mom and a combat veteran...
  • Dems Deny Duckworth a Proxy Vote in Democratic Leader Elections

    11/14/2014 5:17:42 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 13, 2014 | Billy House
    Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who is expecting a baby in December, is being denied a request to vote by proxy in the House Democratic Caucus leadership and committee member elections next week—even though her doctor advises she can't travel to Washington in the late stages of her pregnancy. The Iraq War veteran, who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down in 2004, made the request in a letter to fellow Democrats. Her letter was read during a closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting on Thursday. But objections were raised, and the request was denied, with opponents including Democratic Steering...
  • Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel

    05/21/2014 11:25:05 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 113 replies
    Politico ^ | 5-21-2014 | Jake Sherman & Lauren French
    Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel By JAKE SHERMAN and LAUREN FRENCH | 5/21/14 11:27 AM EDT Updated: 5/21/14 2:11 PM EDT House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — after a heated debate over the issue within her caucus — officially tapped five Democrats to the special committee charged with investigating the Benghazi attacks. Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Adam Smith (Wash.), Adam Schiff (Calif.), Linda Sanchez (Calif.) and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) will serve on the panel, which is headed by South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy. Cummings of Maryland will serve as the select committee’s ranking member. The lead Democrat...
  • Metro bus driver shot in downtown Seattle

    08/12/2013 9:37:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    Seattle P. I. ^ | 8/12/13
    The King County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday morning that a shooting occurred on a Metro bus in downtown Seattle. The suspect, who was shot by officers, is now in custody. The Seattle Police Department tweeted that the shooter fired at a Metro driver....
  • Phony ‘disabled’ vet gets destroyed by wounded woman warrior\

    06/27/2013 4:49:42 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 52 replies
    BIZPAC ^ | JUNE 27, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A Congressional witness claiming to be a disabled veteran for a sprained ankle he allegedly sustained almost 30 years ago, walked into a human buzz saw when confronted with Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who lost both her legs and severely injured her right arm during her service in the Iraq War.
  • Duckworth has 10 percentage point lead over Walsh

    10/26/2012 7:21:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Rick Pearson, Duaa Eldeib and Monique Garcia
    Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth has opened a double-digit lead over freshman Republican Rep. Joe Walsh, an edge fueled by a huge advantage among female voters as women's issues have taken center stage, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows. With less than two weeks until the election, Duckworth had the backing of 50 percent to 40 percent for Walsh, the controversial tea party-backed incumbent. An additional 9 percent were undecided, which is significant this close to the Nov. 6 balloting, particularly for a highly visible contest that has been combative for months. The poll results, however, indicate difficulties for Walsh in...
  • The Problem with (Blagojevich Crony) Tammy Duckworth

    10/24/2012 2:28:18 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 1 replies
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | October 24, 2012 | Dennis Byrne
    Let’s see, the reasons that you’re supposed to vote for Democrat Tammy Duckworth and against Republican incumbent Joe Walsh in the northwest suburban 8th Congressional District are: He’s a radical, “anti-choice,” loudmouthed, wing-nut tea partyer. Do I have that about right? If so, Duckworth is something of a mirror image: extreme; anti-life; tool for Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and “Chicago Way” Democrats who want to reach their tentacles into the far suburbs. In 2006, Duckworth was Emanuel’s hand-picked Democratic candidate in the west suburban 6th Congressional District. Emanuel, then chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, sent his Chicago minions...
  • Walsh Gaining Ground on Duckworth's Territorial Advantage

    10/10/2012 9:00:13 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 1 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | October 9, 2012 | Carol Marin
    The danger for Tammy Duckworth in the November election is that Congressman Joe Walsh is a better, more nimble, more natural retail politician than she is. Thanks to a new redistricting map, there are 6 percent more Democratic voters in the newly revised 8th District. Almost two-thirds of voters here went for Obama in 2008. So Duckworth arrived with a substantial advantage. A Public Policy Poll last month put her 14 points ahead of Walsh. But there is a growing sense that the race is tightening. Sean Trende, an election analyst for, said Tuesday that the website, which aggregates...
  • Tammy Duckworth (in Hijab) Say White Racism to Blame for Muslim Terrorism or Something

    09/27/2012 8:21:50 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 21 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | September 27, 2012
    So on Sept 16th, just days after the FBI-foiled the Jihad bomber “Muslim terrorist attack’, what does uber left-wing Ms. Duckworth do? She doubled down in her Hamas-linked-CAIR support, put on a hijab and stated: the growing minority population makes the white community uncomfortable, and whites would have to overcome their ‘racism.’ Introducing her at that meeting was the Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of Hamas-CAIR, Ahmed Rehab. Watch Mr. Rehab discuss the controversial Hizb-ut-Tahrir Islamic supremacist conference in Chicago in June, 2009. That same Hizb ut-Tahrir conference featured this illuminating exchange between an audience questioner and a conference...
  • Unbelievable! Tammy Duckworth Swiftboated!

    07/03/2012 7:55:25 PM PDT · by pabianice · 102 replies | 7/3/12 | John F'n Kerry (who served in Vietnam, you know)
    Requires no explanation -- veterans who lost two legs in war are heroes, period -- seriously please just help beat this guy! From: Jon Soltz Subject: Unbelievable! Tammy Duckworth Swiftboated! Date: Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM I was just getting ready for tomorrow's July 4th celebrations when I heard Rep. Joe Walsh's latest smears and had to let you know. Tammy Duckworth needs our support! He's said many disgraceful things about Tammy, her service and veterans in the past, but this is beyond the pale - on the eve of the 4th of July, Joe Walsh wants vets...
  • Duckworth Dishes Misinformation to Disabled Vet

    09/08/2010 4:04:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 8, 2010 | Bryan Preston
    VA official launches passive-aggressive "Blame Bush" attack. Speaking off the cuff is something everyone in the Teleprompter Administration really ought to avoid. Earlier, we had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggesting (correctly, actually) that the national debt that’s gone out of control under Obama is a threat to our national security. She was right, but that’s surely not the party line. What Veterans Affairs assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs Tammy Duckworth said while campaigning for Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias in Illinois today may have been closer to the party line, but it was farther from the truth....
  • Helicopter crews celebrate 'Alive Day' of Veterans Affairs official Tammy Duckworth

    11/19/2009 2:12:46 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 286+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 11/12/2009 | Matthew J. Wilson/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Nov. 12, 2009) — Tammy Duckworth is now a major in the Army National Guard, a former Democratic Party congressional candidate, and an assistant secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs. But on Nov. 12, 2004, Duckworth’s life was likely saved by the quick action of other National Guardsmen when she was piloting a helicopter that insurgents shot down in Iraq. Those Missouri National Guardsmen assigned to helicopter duty at Fort Leonard Wood attended Duckworth’s fifth “Alive Day” Thursday in Washington, D.C. Staff Sgt. Christopher Fierce, a Dixon resident who was also wounded that day, has...
  • Thoughts-They Really Want to Kill Us…Even Our Vets! That Awful VA Book; Michelle's Shorts

    08/23/2009 2:35:47 PM PDT · by Fishtalk · 7 replies · 504+ views
    Weekly Fish Thoughts ^ | 8/23/09 | Pat Fish
    In Thoughts this week we have a weekly wrap up of Obamacare news, including the most amazing, just revealed on Fox News Sunday today, 8/23/09-the administration's attempt to KILL OFF OUR VETERANS! The Obama admin sent a spokesperson who they thought would stop the anger but God bless the child for her service to our country but she lied, and lied, and lied, and lied. They want to kill us, folks, the elderly Vets and citizens, don't let them deny it. Plus Michelle's shorts, Town Meeting cowards, and the snitch White House web site closed down.
  • [Democratic Majority Leader]Reid blocking 3 black replacements for [President-elect]Obama

    01/04/2009 5:00:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,307+ views
    Cave News ^ | January 04, 2009 | Perry Peterson
    A report at the link below states that: Top Senate Democrat Harry Reid (pictured) made it clear who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones. Rather, Reid called Blagojevich to argue he appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis and Emil Jones are all three black. Reid’s choices are Lisa Madigan who is white and Tammy Duckworth is Vietnamese. Harry Reid says he is concerned about the ability of the appointee to win election in 2010. However, there will always be...
  • Rahm Emanuel talked with governor's office about who should fill Obama's Senate seat.

    12/12/2008 9:31:32 PM PST · by BAW · 60 replies · 1,997+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 13, 2008 | Bob Secter
    The revelation does not suggest Obama's new gatekeeper was involved in any talk of dealmaking involving the seat. But it does help fill in the gaps surrounding a question that Obama was unable or unwilling to answer this week: Did anyone on his staff have contact with Blagojevich about his choice for the Senate seat? Blagojevich and John Harris, his former chief of staff, face federal charges in an alleged shakedown involving the vacant Senate seat, which Illinois law grants the governor sole authority to fill. Obama said Thursday he had never spoken to Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy and...
  • Director of Illinois Dept. of Veterans' Affairs visits Quincy [Obama met with Blagojevich]

    12/10/2008 1:14:59 PM PST · by Bob Hyneman · 67 replies · 3,831+ views
    KHQA (CBS affil) Qunicy Ill ^ | Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 9:48 p.m. | By Alexis Hunt
    Director of Illinois Dept. of Veterans' Affairs visits Quincy Duckworth comments on consideration for Senate By Alexis Hunt Saturday, November 08, 2008 at 9:48 p.m. QUINCY, IL -- Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled. Obama met with Governor Rod Blagojevich earlier this week to discuss it. Illinois law states that the governor chooses that replacement. There's already been speculation about his selection...from Congressman Jesse Jackson, Junior to Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth. Duckworth made an appearance in Saturday's Veterans'...
  • Duckworth says she won't run again (IL-6)

    07/13/2007 7:53:30 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 13 replies · 889+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | 7/13/07 | ERIC KROL
    Democrat Tammy Duckworth won't seek a rematch in the 6th Congressional District next year against Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam. Her husband is back in Iraq, and she's got a new prominent job as Illinois veterans' affairs director. "I'm not going to run. It was a really hard decision. It just came down to 'Where can I get the most work done?'" she said Sunday. "(I did) a lot of soul searching about why I entered public life. Did I do it because I wanted to win the congressional seat or make things happen and get things done?" In the...
  • GOP's Roskam defeats Duckworth in 6th (A bit of good news)

    11/09/2006 7:49:07 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies · 727+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 11/8/06 | BY DAN ROZEK, MONIFA THOMAS AND SHAMUS TOOMEY Staff Reporters
    The national trend was to send Democrats to the House, but DuPage County held firm Tuesday, voting in Republican Peter Roskam over wounded Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, who lost both legs in combat. The traditionally Republican DuPage gave Roskam a 6,000-vote margin, more than enough to overcome Democrat Duckworth's edge among suburban Cook County voters in the battle to replace the retiring Henry Hyde.
  • Vets Tell Dems: Get a Different Mascot

    11/07/2006 5:23:22 AM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies · 1,585+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 11-07-06 | Teri O'Brien
    Rahm Emanuel, head of the Democrats’ House takeover effort, wants to win the Illinois 6th Congressional District more than any other seat in the House of Representatives. It is Henry Hyde’s old seat. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Hyde is blamed by Emanuel for the impeachment of Bill Clinton, a historical black mark that will never be erased from the history books. Emanuel worker in Clinton’s White House and lived through the agony. He really wants to wants to win one for the Bubba. As head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he has been in a position...
  • VFW snubs Duckworth, backs Roskam [Kerrey and VoteVets mad]

    11/04/2006 11:03:11 AM PST · by AliVeritas · 38 replies · 1,403+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | 11-04-2006 | Eric Krol
    Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth was severely injured serving her country in Iraq, but that apparently wasn’t what it takes for the national Veterans of Foreign Wars to endorse her. Instead, the national VFW relied on the word of former Republican state Sen. Ray Soden of Wood Dale to back Republican Peter Roskam in the down-to-the-wire 6th Congressional District contest. Roskam billed the endorsement as a “great boost” to his campaign in the final days but admitted he sat on the endorsement until a few days before Tuesday’s election to have “the biggest possible influence.” World War II veteran Joe...
  • VFW Passes Over Veteran in Illinois { Tammy Duckworth }

    11/03/2006 1:10:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 117 replies · 2,518+ views
    AP ^ | 11/3/6 | DON BABWIN
    CHICAGO -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars' political action committee Friday endorsed a Republican congressional candidate with no military experience over a Democrat who lost her legs in combat in Iraq. The endorsement of GOP state Sen. Peter Roskam over Tammy Duckworth angered some Illinois veterans, as well as national figures such as former Sen. Bob Kerrey, a veteran who lost a leg in Vietnam. "They should be ashamed of themselves," he said. "They have some explaining to do to their members." Duckworth is a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot with the Army who lost her legs when her aircraft...
  • DJ VFW Endorses Illinois GOP Candidate Over Iraq War Veteran

    11/03/2006 1:10:12 PM PST · by spacejunkie · 12 replies · 693+ views
    DJ ^ | 11/3/06 | Dow Jones News Svc
    DJ VFW Endorses Illinois GOP Candidate Over Iraq War Veteran 11/03/2006 Dow Jones News Services (Copyright © 2006 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.) CHICAGO (AP)--The Veterans of Foreign Wars' political action committee Friday endorsed a Republican congressional candidate with no military experience over a Democrat who lost her legs in combat in Iraq. The endorsement of GOP state Sen. Peter Roskam over Tammy Duckworth angered some Illinois veterans, as well as national figures such as former Sen. Bob Kerrey, a veteran who lost a leg in Vietnam. "They should be ashamed of themselves," he said. "They have some explaining to...
  • The Unassailable Democrats…

    10/31/2006 6:08:30 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 4 replies · 281+ views
    Flame of Freedom ^ | 10/31/06 | Andrew Surprise
    "Now that the Democrats realize the mainstream media can no longer hide their true beliefs, and that the American people reject those beliefs, they are attempting to win elections by putting up spokesmen and candidates whom they believe are “unassailable”. First we saw Michael J. Fox..."
  • Roskam Running to Replace an Icon (Henry Hyde)

    10/25/2006 9:45:39 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 509+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 26, 2006 | Tom Bevan
    Few people who enter public life can ever hope to leave it casting as big of a shadow as Henry J. Hyde. The sixteen-term Congressman from Illinois sixth district is retiring this year, and he leaves behind a legacy as a passionate defender of conservative principles and also as one of the most fair-minded and equanimous members of Congress. Republican Peter Roskam is running to replace Mr. Hyde, and having worked for him back in the 1970's and then watched him in action over the years, he fully understands the size of the shoes he is seeking to fill. I'm...
  • After War Injury, an Iraq Vet Takes on Politics

    02/19/2006 11:53:00 AM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies · 913+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2006 | Peter Slevin
    CHICAGO, Feb. 18 The smiling candidate in rimless eyeglasses and a long woolen skirt maneuvers carefully among tables and chairs as she works a crowded Starbucks. She is taking small steps, and the reason for the slight awkwardness in her gait is not instantly clear. Reaching to shake hands with a voter, she says: "You may have heard of me. I'm the Iraq war vet who's running. I was injured over there." Talking with another, she says: "I actually lost both my legs. I can walk because I got really good health care." Tammy Duckworth, Democratic candidate for Congress, cannot...
  • Duckworth(IL-6, D) running low on campaign cash

    10/19/2006 1:23:42 PM PDT · by Dane · 17 replies · 635+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 17, 2006 | Scott Fornek
    Duckworth running low on campaign cash McSweeney has more money left than Bean October 17, 2006 BY SCOTT FORNEK Political Reporter After filling the airwaves with television commercials, Democrat Tammy Duckworth is heading into the crucial final weeks of the west suburban 6th Congressional District contest with a severely depleted campaign war chest. She had just $206,381 in the bank at the end of last month, while Republican rival Peter Roskam had $1,500,950. The numbers were closer in the area's other hot congressional race, the northwest suburban match between Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean and GOP challenger Dave McSweeney. Those are...
  • CAMPAIGN 2006: Congressional Races - Iraq amputee vivid champion of Dems' hopes { Duckworth }

    10/17/2006 7:33:54 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies · 625+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/17/6 | Edward Epstein
    Tammy Duckworth makes the most dramatic entrance in American politics. She can't help it. Duckworth, the Democratic nominee in a tightly fought, expensive race for a traditionally Republican House seat in Chicago's seemingly endless western suburbs, lost both legs when the Army combat helicopter she was piloting north of Baghdad in 2004 was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Now she teeter-totters along unsteadily on high-tech artificial legs and a cane or gets around in a wheelchair. Her injuries, which also included a shattered right arm, sparked the political career of the first-time candidate, who was recruited by national Democratic leaders....
  • 'Today' Goes To War For Dem Majority

    10/17/2006 5:35:03 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies · 969+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein October 17, 2006 - 08:26 "General Pelosi, I'm Matt Lauer, and I'm reporting for duty!" OK, Matt didn't quite say that as 'Today' kicked off its 'The War at Home' three-part series this morning on the lives of American veterans once they return home from war. But judging from the opening episode and the tease of what's to come tomorrow, he might just as well. NBC is clearly doing its part to tend the Dems' Victory Garden. Of all the reporters in the NBC News stable, 'Today' tapped for this segment Jonathan Alter, a regular guest on...
  • Sources differ, funding same(Roskam/Duckworth, IL-6 Cong. race)

    08/13/2006 5:21:36 AM PDT · by Dane · 5 replies · 375+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 20, 2006 | John Biemer
    With less than four months to go until the election, the two candidates vying for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde have raised almost equal sums, with Democrat Tammy Duckworth edging Republican Peter Roskam by about $16,000. Both have raised a little shy of $1.9 million, but from sources that demonstrate the sharp contrasts in a race that is key nationally in Democratic efforts to overturn the Republican majority in Congress. Duckworth's money has come primarily from individuals, as has Roskam's, but more of her contributors live outside the 6th District. Without a contested primary in March, Roskam...
  • Duckworth queried on don’t ask, don’t tell(Duckworth backpeddling)

    08/12/2006 6:25:15 PM PDT · by Dane · 25 replies · 726+ views
    Daily Herald(IL) ^ | August 10, 2006 | Eric Krol
    Duckworth queried on don’t ask, don’t tell By Eric Krol Daily Herald Political Writer Posted Thursday, August 10, 2006 Democratic 6th Congressional District candidate Tammy Duckworth is at odds with two national gay rights groups over whether she supports repealing the military’s don’t ask, don’t tell policy. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network put out a news release Wednesday praising Duckworth for supporting legislation that would repeal the ban on letting gays and lesbians openly serve in the military. But a campaign spokeswoman said Duckworth doesn’t support the legislation. “I think she only supports a repeal (of the ban) if it...
  • Clash of Opposites in Marquee Illinois Race (House Race to Succeed Henry Hyde)

    05/26/2006 3:31:10 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 397+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 26, 2006 | Tom Curry
    ADDISON, Ill. - You could hardly design a more intriguing contrast: man versus woman; a veteran legislator versus a political neophyte; anti-abortion candidate versus abortion rights proponent. If you live in Chicago’s western suburbs in the Sixth Congressional District you’ll get a chance to choose the winner of this face off. Your choice could decide whether Democrats gain control of the House. This is a district where President Bush won 53 percent of the vote in 2004. Now it’s up to veteran state legislator Peter Roskam to keep it a Republican seat in House. Since 1974, Republican Henry Hyde, best...
  • Tax-Cutter McCain (April Fools Day)

    03/31/2006 10:22:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 318+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Apr 01, 2006 | Robert Novak
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is giving Sen. John McCain, his potential rival for the Republican presidential nomination, an opportunity to show his new openness to tax reduction by scheduling repeal or reduction of the estate tax for consideration the week of May 4. McCain was prepared to vote for cloture on repeal of the estate tax shortly after Labor Day last year, but consideration was postponed indefinitely after Hurricane Katrina. Backers of McCain for president have promised he will support at least reduction of the estate tax, going along with his recent vote for reduced dividend and capital gains...
  • [Democrat] Veterans Finding the Going Rough on the Campaign Trail

    03/28/2006 10:59:29 AM PST · by Coop · 16 replies · 874+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 3/27/06 | Stuart Rothenberg
    We’ve only just begun the primary season, but already there are strong signs that the Democrats’ strategy of recruiting veterans who served in Iraq is a bust. That’s the unavoidable conclusion that I have come to even after reading the recent press release from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Political Action Committee (IAVA PAC), which crowed about Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth’s March 21 primary victory in Illinois’ 6th district. Duckworth did win the Democratic primary, but she did so unimpressively. Her victory had to be a relief to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but can’t be seen as...
  • Cegelis refuses to endorse Duckworth after primary (IL-6)

    03/27/2006 9:32:00 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 20 replies · 596+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/28/06 | Jonathan E. Kaplan
    Christine Cegelis will not endorse Tammy Duckworth, the winner in Illinois’s 6th Congressional District Democratic primary, because she has reservations about Duckworth’s positions on universal healthcare and free trade, a source close to Cegelis’s campaign said. Duckworth, a wounded veteran of the Iraq war, defeated Cegelis by 3 percentage points in last week’s hotly contested primary. Cegelis, a liberal Democrat, won 44 percent of the vote against Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) in 2004. On Saturday, Illinois Democrats held a unity breakfast attended by Duckworth, party officials and Cegelis supporters who vowed to help Duckworth. Cegelis did not attend. Duckworth had...
  • Iraq Vet Duckworth Wins Democratic Nomination In 6th

    03/22/2006 5:53:13 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 43 replies · 1,520+ views
    CHICAGO (AP)  -- Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran who lost her legs in combat two years ago, narrowly won the Democratic congressional primary nomination for the suburban Chicago district held by retiring GOP Rep. Henry Hyde. The 37-year-old, Thailand-born Duckworth, who has spent her recent years in Iraq and then in recovery at a military hospital in Washington, D.C., was heavily recruited by Democrats eager to give the national party more credibility on security issues. She captured major newspaper endorsements, more than $650,000 in contributions since announcing her candidacy in December and had the backing of Illinois\' Democratic senators, Barack...
  • Illinois' Campaign 2006: Is This All There Is?

    03/21/2006 4:19:24 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 500+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 21, 2006 | Dennis Byrne
    If you want to discover how a perfectly healthy pink state turns into a lasting blue one, look no further than Illinois.For years, Republicans often won statewide and federal elective offices. But thanks to a bungling party "leadership" way out of touch with its constituency, Tuesday's primary election to select a GOP nominee for governor presents voters with indecision, disappointment or disgust. Among the candidates, "I don't know" has made a strong showing.We columnists have raked this field of candidates to the point of tedium, but why not? Why should Republicans be forced to choose among marginal, inexperienced, unqualified or...
  • Showtime in Illinois

    03/20/2006 6:58:27 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 722+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 20, 2006 | Tom Bevan
    Tomorrow is primary day in Illinois and there are three races to watch. The first, and biggest, is the GOP primary for Governor which has essentially boiled down to a two person race between moderate Judy Baar Topinka and conservative Jim Oberweis.Topinka is the only Republican currently holding statewide office (Treasurer) which demonstrates her appeal in a state where the GOP has basically been reduced to a smoldering heap of ruins. However, Topinka's longevity also has a downside; she has ties to the lowly-regarded Illinois political establishment and she served with former Governor George Ryan - who sits awaiting...
  • Iraq vet faces obstacles to winning Ill.-6 Dem nod(durbin aide working for Tammy Duckworth)

    12/19/2005 11:47:57 PM PST · by Dane · 12 replies · 808+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/20/05 | Peter Sandovik
    Iraq vet faces obstacles to winning Ill.-6 Dem nod By Peter Savodnik Local Democrats warn that, despite Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth’s popularity in Washington, she is likely to face an uphill battle in winning her party’s nomination to run for the seat now held by Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.). Duckworth, who officially filed yesterday to run for the House seat, lives outside the district and has entered the race barely three months before the March 21 primary. She is also running in the primary against a woman, computer consultant Christine Cegelis, who ran last year — and gave Hyde...
  • Wounded veteran: War 'a mistake'(Duckworth)

    12/18/2005 12:11:44 AM PST · by Dane · 201 replies · 3,345+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/17/05 | Lynn Sweet
    Wounded veteran: War 'a mistake' December 17, 2005 BY LYNN SWEET SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST Advertisement Wounded Iraq war vet L. Tammy Duckworth, who launches her Democratic campaign for Congress today, said she would have not voted to authorize the war that cost her both of her legs and mangled her arm. Though President Bush's decision was a "bad one," the Army helicopter pilot said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times she was "proud to serve." Duckworth, 37, a political rookie, faces a three-way March Democratic primary battle for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.)....