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  • Dennis Hastert's son to run for father's seat

    06/08/2009 7:14:45 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 1,132+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 8, 2009
    Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert's son, Ethan Hastert, has announced he'll run for his father's Chicago-area seat in Congress. The 31-year-old Hastert said Monday he would begin campaigning and fundraising for the 14th District seat. Dennis Hastert held the seat for 20 years and was the longest-serving Republican House Speaker. He announced in August 2007 that he would not seek reelection. Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Batavia won the seat in the November general election. The younger Hastert has never held elected office. The self-described economic and social conservative grew up in Yorkville and now is...
  • A Kirk alternative? (Illinois Senate race)

    05/30/2009 5:07:56 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 1,290+ views
    The Politicio ^ | May 26, 2009
    In Illinois, Republicans have been anxiously waiting for Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) to decide whether he’s running for the Senate. If the popular, suburban Chicago congressman enters the race, strategists on both sides of the aisle expect the Illinois Senate race to be highly competitive. But, as Kirk takes his time in making a decision, the party is beginning to consider an alternative plan. And a new name is now being floated – Steve Preston, who served as Housing and Urban Development Secretary in the final year of President Bush’s administration. Preston is a former executive vice president at ServiceMaster...
  • House Republicans join Democrats to swell gambling, taxes and fees

    05/22/2009 8:25:04 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 8 replies · 702+ views
    Champion News ^ | May 22, 2009 | Doug Ibendahl
    Unbelievable. On Thursday, 25 House Republicans joined Democrats in passing HB255. The vote was 86 to 30, with one Democrat voting “Present.” HB255 is a three-pronged attack on the Republican Party Platform. First, it massively expands gambling in the state by legalizing video poker. It also allows lottery wagering over the Internet. Second, it raises the fee for a driver’s license. And third, it imposes sales taxes for the first time on previously exempt grocery items like candy, non-carbonated beverages, and health and beauty aids. Taxes on wine, beer and other alcohol are also increased. Here are the names of...
  • Pat Brady picks up where Bob Kjellander left off (IL GOP)

    05/15/2009 7:06:02 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 10 replies · 914+ views
    CHAMPION NEWS ^ | May 13 2009 | Doug Ibendahl
    Well here we go again. There are very few actual leaders in Illinois Republican politics to begin with. But whenever we do see one – there’s some school yard bully ready to personally attack that person. A couple of weeks ago a sewer blogging little punk named Tom Swiss made a complete fool of himself for about the 150th time by trying to smear Jack Roeser. [By the way, just earlier today – Jack was awarded the de Fleury Medal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in honor of his significant contributions to Army Engineering. So be sure to...
  • Ill. Democrats step into GOP split over leadership

    05/07/2009 8:08:54 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 21 replies · 1,056+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | May 7 2009 | Christofer Wills
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Party interests blurred and twisted at the state Capitol Wednesday as Democrats, led by a former Republican, teamed up with disgruntled GOP members to change the way they choose their leaders. Top Republicans oppose the change, even threatening to sue over it. What's at stake is whether rank-and-file Republicans will get to vote on who serves on the party's central committee, the governing board for the party in Illinois. Right now, Republican leaders in wards, townships and precincts across the state choose the central committee. Some Republican activists say that system produces a central committee that's out...
  • McKenna calls you insurgents – history will call you leaders (Illinois GOP Thug)

    04/21/2009 6:08:17 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 4 replies · 682+ views
    Champion News ^ | April 20 2009 | Doug Ibendahl
    State GOP Chairman Andy McKenna was at it again last week. He continued to push the ridiculous lie that Senate Bill 600 Of course McKenna never even attempts to explain how it's "punishment" for Republicans voters to have a right restored - one they had for over 70 years, and one the Democrats have always enjoyed. McKenna's faction can't even come up with decent lies anymore. They're finished. In the same article linked above, McKenna was also complaining again about primaries, and worries they are "not constructive." That's all very interesting of course coming from a guy who no one...
  • Hastert's son may be eyeing dad's old seat

    04/18/2009 11:23:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 34 replies · 1,283+ views
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 18, 2009
    Could another Hastert be in line for a run at the 14th Congressional District seat? Ethan Hastert, the 31-year-old son of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, confirmed Friday that he has started meeting local leaders and introducing himself as a potential candidate. He said he has made no decisions yet. Hastert's father held the far west suburban seat for nearly 21 years, serving as speaker from 1999 to 2007. Ethan Hastert is an associate at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago. He worked for more than a year in then-Vice President Dick Cheney's office.
  • Illinois GOP: Chairman says 2006 gubernatorial primary 'was not constructive'

    04/13/2009 11:33:22 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 57 replies · 1,412+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | April 13, 2009 | Rick Pearson
    Illinois' Republican chairman acknowledged Sunday that his party's often-bitter 2006 primary for governor "was not constructive" in helping nominee Judy Baar Topinka challenge wounded Democrat Rod Blagojevich's bid for a second term. Andy McKenna also criticized Democrats in the legislature for being "small-minded" by helping push legislation that would let primary voters rather than party officials decide the Republicans' top leaders. Speaking on WGN-AM 720, McKenna said Republican leaders and donors don't want to see a repeat of the four-way 2006 GOP primary for governor that he contended produced a weakened Topinka who was unable to challenge a better-funded Blagojevich...
  • Topic: President Obama is Destroying Our Economy on Purpose. Heres proof!!!

    03/08/2009 7:12:01 AM PDT · by christsnation · 24 replies · 2,510+ views
    Worldview Radio ^ | September 2008 | James Simpson
    http://www.worldviewradio.com/episode.php/episodeid-10978/Brannon-Howse/Brannon-Howse
  • Rosanna Pulido: Biography and questionnaire

    02/11/2009 5:03:39 PM PST · by chicagolady · 11 replies · 754+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | Feb 10 2009 | Rosanna Pulido
    Candidate for 5th Congressional District primary February 9, 2009 Party affiliation: Republican Date of birth: May 12, 1956 Web site: www.RosannaPulido2009.com Occupation: Senior Citizen Advocacy Previous political experience (elective and appointed positions): I have been a grassroots activist that has worked on issues that affect the everyday life of the people who reside here. Senior citizen advocacy and Senior transportation issues, 2ND Amendment rights issues and illegal immigration issues. I have testified before the Illinois General Assembly and in Washington DC. My life experience of seeing problems and lobbying, writing letters and educating the public about the issues is a...
  • Help us retake the U.S. House...GOP's Greg Bedell for Congress...(Rahm's Old Seat)

    02/04/2009 1:06:00 PM PST · by obamaisandrogynous · 12 replies · 1,002+ views
    Barack Obama's election has already brought about change -- a vacancy in Rahm Emanuel's old seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Fifth Congressional District ofIllinois -- and that is giving hope to Republicans. Hope that we can begin to take back the Congress, and push back the Democrats' massive, trillion dollar deficit spending plans. Since Obama's election on Nov. 5, Republicans have won the Senate seat in Georgia, and a House seat in Louisiana. Let's make it three straight wins this spring and elect an amazing Republican, Greg Bedell for Congress. We need your support. The March...
  • Roskam expects crowded (2010) Senate race, may run

    01/22/2009 3:35:55 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies · 1,272+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 19, 2008 | Aaron Blake
    Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) said Monday that he expects a crowded field to pursue the Senate seat of Roland Burris (D) and that it might include him. “I do think that Roland Burris is going to be political sorbet,” Roskam said of embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s (D) appointee. He added: “I think you’ll see a whole host of folks coming forward.” In an interview with The Hill, Roskam promoted his Illinois GOP colleague, Rep. Mark Kirk, saying he would be “a very, very strong candidate.” But Roskam also said he would consider the race.
  • Obama Administration Already Knee-Deep in Corruption

    01/04/2009 11:28:17 AM PST · by The Patriot RWC · 47 replies · 2,406+ views
    First, Obama's fellow Daley machine hack, Rod Blagojevich, tried to sell Obama's Senate seat. Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, discussed the future of the Senate seat with Blagojevich. Obama has since "cleared himself" of any wrongdoing. Then, Obama's advisor, Caroline Kennedy, tried to steal a Senate seat in New York, citing royal prerogative. Now, Obama's Commerce Secretary nominee, Bill Richardson, has withdrawn his nomination, amid speculation that he will be indicted for corruption. All this, and Obama hasn't even been sworn in!
  • Lightweight Burris Just Part of the Spectacle

    01/01/2009 10:00:49 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies · 916+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 01, 2009 | David Broder
    And then Tuesday, we learned that Roland Burris, a guy who has been hanging around in Illinois politics for decades, saw in all of this an opportunity to vault himself into the Senate -- no matter what Obama and every other Democrat from Springfield to Washington thought. Everyone, including Obama, has been exceedingly polite in their public comments about Burris. I have known him for years and I like him. But I have never been confused about the level of his talent. He was elected as far back as 1978 as state comptroller and stayed in that low-visibility office for...
  • O Rahm, O Rahm Emanuel!

    12/21/2008 2:12:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 675+ views
    Positive Liberty ^ | December 21, 2008 | D.A. Ridgely
    ♫ O Rahm, O Rahm Emanuel! Come and give jobs to Liberals That wait for their appointments here Until Barack Obama appears.Employed! Employed! Emanuel Shall find thee work, oh Liberal! ♫ O Come, thou Rahm with Jesse’s boy, Thy Democratic colleagues to employ. After two terms in the wilderness It’s time that situation to address.Employed! Employed! Emanuel Shall find thee work, oh Liberal! ♫ O Come, thou Chief of Staff and appoint On behalf of The One we did anoint. Disperse those NeoCons from our sight And make some office space for us forthright.Employed! Employed! Emanuel Shall find thee work,...
  • Lt. Dan for Senate from Illinois!!! Draft Gary Sinise!!!

    12/15/2008 8:26:51 PM PST · by ebiskit · 17 replies · 1,293+ views
    vanity | 12/15/08 | tahDeetz
    Lt. Dan for Senate from Illinois!!! Lets draft Gary Sinise for US Senate.
  • Maverick McCain Goes Soft Again … Scolds GOP for Fanning Democrat Illinois Blagogate Scandal

    12/14/2008 12:31:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 2,236+ views
    Scared Monkeys ^ | December 14, 2008
    Why did John McCain lose to Obama in the 2008 Presidential election? Was it because of the Obama faux message of change? Obama’s get out the vote? Nope. It was because too many Conservatives and Republicans were not inspired my the maverick because they did not trust McCain to act like a Republican. Suddenly, in the wake of a senate seat for sale scandal and Obama not being openly honest, McCain decides to be “mavericky”. Dear Senator McCain, the way that this has been handled by Obama screams that people ask questions. When even Democrats begin to question the silence...
  • Valerie Jarrett (Compliments of The GOP)

    12/12/2008 8:44:57 PM PST · by earmarksrus · 3 replies · 895+ views
    Barack Book ^ | none | Republican National Committee
    Valerie Jarrett Who Am I? Chicago Medical Center As Well." (Jay Newton-Small, "Campaign Insider," Time, 4/7/08) "Chicago Is In The Running For The 2016 Olympics … One Of Obama's Top Advisers, Valerie Jarrett, Is The Vice Chair Of Chicago's Bid Committee." (Lynn Sweet, "McCain, Obama, Clinton All Push Bush On China Games," Chicago Sun-Times, 4/10/08) Under A Plan Devised By The City Of Chicago And Habitat Co., "The City Has Lost More Than 13,000 Housing Units For The Poor." (Jason Grotto and Laurie Cohen, "Obama Adviser Shapes City Housing Policy," Chicago Tribune, 7/5/08) "Habitat Has Earned $6.8 Million In Fees...
  • Team Barry begins to throw the Chicago machine under the bus

    12/09/2008 8:27:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,631+ views
    Sister Toldjah ^ | December 9, 2008
    And in the process, they contradict themselves … twice. Jake Tapper reports: “Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney’s office today,” said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. “But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time.” Asked what contact he’d had with the governor’s office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect...
  • Oberweis: 'No plans' to seek office again

    11/07/2008 4:10:30 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies · 774+ views
    The Geneva Sun ^ | November 7, 2008 | Andre Salles
    Since the start of his race for the Fox Valley congressional seat which took him through two primary elections in February, a special election in March and Tuesday's general election, Oberweis spent more than $4.6 million and pumped a significant amount of his own money into the campaign. After this latest defeat, Oberweis said he has "no plans" to run for office again. "I've learned never to say never because things change, but I'm not planning anything like that now," he said.
  • The Manifesto of the Silenced Majority (Good one)

    10/21/2008 2:47:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 663+ views
    Doug Ross's Journal ^ | October 20, 2008
    • We believe that Barack Obama is a brilliant orator and a man possessed of more charisma than any politician since JFK. • But we also believe that his philosophy of "spreading the wealth around" is an ill-disguised form of socialism that undermines everything America holds dear. • We believe that a "tax cut on 95% of working Americans" when only 63% of Americans pay taxes is nonsensical. • We believe that the Obama campaign's obfuscated funding for ACORN (originally described as "event planning") undermines the integrity of our elections and calls into question the legality of his tactics. •...
  • Obama Said To Want African-American Senate Successor Appointed

    10/20/2008 12:12:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 2,192+ views
    Wizbang ^ | October 19, 2008 | Steve Schippert
    Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed wonders, Who would replace Obama's Senate seat? She's plugged into Chicago's upper-tier social scene, and what she says she hears should be stunning. Sneed hears Barack Obama wants an African American to fill his U.S. Senate seat if he wins the presidency. • • The upshot: U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wants the spot. • • Hmmmm. That places Gov. Blagojevich, who is charged with selecting Obama's replacement, in a tricky place. • • To wit: Sneed hears Gov. Blago, who dismisses reports of a federal probe, wants to run for office again -- and...
  • Limbaugh on Ayers

    10/12/2008 8:29:38 AM PDT · by jadedtom · 13 replies · 1,045+ views
    10-12-08 | Tom Axtell
    http://home.comcast.net/~thomasaxtell
  • Rezko giving Obama up to federal prosecutors?

    10/10/2008 3:23:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 3,024+ views
    HillBuzz ^ | October 10, 2008
    The Sun Times today gave a major clue that Barack Obama will indeed go down with Tony Rezko, sooner rather than later. It looks as though Rezko is about to turn on Alexi Giannoulias, the 30-year old State Treasurer of Illinois (who was elected only because Obama backed him). Here’s where all the clues are…and then we’ll walk you through the local Chicago politics on how today’s hint by the Sun Times has us convinced, for the first time ever, that prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald could indeed send Barack Obama to jail. We need to repeat that: we never believed, until...
  • Sarah Barracuda on the Prowl

    10/04/2008 2:42:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 968+ views
    Holy Coast ^ | October 4, 2008 | Rick Moore
    I like hearing this: ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists" because of his association with a former 1960s radical, stepping up the campaign's effort to portray Obama as unacceptable to American voters. Palin's reference was to Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the group the Weather Underground. Its members took credit for bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, during the tumultuous Vietnam War era four decades ago. Obama, who was a child when the group was active, served on a...
  • Another poll to Freep" Who won Friday's Debate?

    09/28/2008 2:24:19 AM PDT · by Military family member · 9 replies · 901+ views
    The Journal of Business. ^ | Sept. 26, 2008 | Journal of Business
    Please FREEP this poll! We're working hard to re-establish a GOP base in our county. We need all the help we can get.
  • Palin [Secret Service] Code Name: 'Denali'

    09/10/2008 7:54:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 1,242+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2008 | Anne E. Kornblut
    <p>The Secret Service has selected a fitting enough code name for Gov. Sarah Palin: "Denali," same as the Alaska national park and preserve famed for its mountain peaks and wildlife.</p> <p>Perhaps even more perfect is their code name for former oil slope worker Todd Palin -- "Driller." McCain and Palin have made drilling for oil a central part of their platform, so much so that "Drill, baby, drill!" is now a regular McCain-Palin rally chant.</p>
  • Panic Time for Obama … McCain/Palin Gets Bounce and Poll Trending in their Favor (Gallup & Zogby)

    09/07/2008 7:32:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies · 980+ views
    Scared Monkeys ^ | September 7, 2008
    Now that’s a bounce and a half … Obama, Biden, the LEFT and the MSM can complain all they want in their efforts to discredit Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, the truth of the matter is that their efforts are failing and the favorable trend of the McCain/Biden ticket is on the up-swing. The LEFT does not have the right to tell McCain how he is to run their campaign … Obama and his crew only have the right and ability to run theirs in the manner they seem fit. In all honesty, the Obama campaign has been run terribly...
  • Polls: Clintonistas Going McCain

    08/26/2008 12:17:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies · 930+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 25, 2008 | Amanda Carpenter
    Two polls separate polls show a substantial number of Hillary Clinton’s supporters are considering voting for a Republican president, rather than Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in November. A USA TODAY/Gallup poll conducted last Thursday-Sunday found 23 percent of Clinton’s supporters said they may vote for GOP presidential candidate John McCain in November. 47 percent said they were “solidly” Obama. A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, released late last week, showed similar results. According to their poll 21 percent of Clinton’s supporters are planning to vote for McCain and 27 percent are undecided. 52 percent of the Clinton supporters polled said...
  • Obama Sued in Philadelphia Federal Court on Grounds he is Constitutionally Ineligible...

    08/21/2008 8:19:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies · 2,507+ views
    America's Right ^ | August 21, 2008 | Jeff Schreiber
    A prominent Philadelphia attorney and Hillary Clinton supporter filed suit this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee. The action seeks an injunction preventing the senator from continuing his candidacy and a court order enjoining the DNC from nominating him next week, all on grounds that Sen. Obama is constitutionally ineligible to run for and hold the office of President of the United States. Phillip Berg, the filing attorney, is a former gubernatorial and senatorial candidate, former chair of the Democratic Party in Montgomery (PA)...
  • Obama Fails Real Life 3AM Phone Call Test - Big Time

    08/13/2008 11:09:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies · 1,547+ views
    Texas Hill Country ^ | August 12, 2008
    From Jonah Goldberg in the LA Times: The Obama campaign has for months pursued the odd strategy of having the junior senator from Illinois act as if he were already kinda-sorta president of the United States. In June, it tried sticking a quasi-presidential seal on his lectern. Then in July, he conducted what seemed like official state visits with foreign leaders and delivered something like a “prenaugural” address in Berlin, inviting comparisons to JFK and Reagan. Now fate has given Obama a chance to be presidential rather than pretend…. Obama’s response? First, late Thursday evening, he gave a conventional written...
  • Voting for Melanin, and Not Character

    06/17/2008 7:58:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 386+ views
    Val's Bien ^ | June 16, 2008
    I guess the desire for a black president is so compelling, that some black Republicans are considering voting for Obama. If you are a bona fide Republican, you'd be giving up a lot of your principles to vote for a left-wing whacko like Obama. Black Republicans already get a lot of grief because they struggle against the slavery traps of the Democrat Party. They are already classed as traitors to their race because they refuse to accept the chains of socialism. Black Republicans have already suffered enough abuse so why weakly surrender to a plainly inferior presidential candidate like Obama,...
  • Why Do Jews Still Vote Democrat?

    06/08/2008 7:12:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies · 2,044+ views
    The media fell all over themselves when Obama spoke in front of AIPAC as he did his best to cozy up to the Jewish community. But the media fails to mention that the liberal wing of the Democrat party is dangerously close to outright anti-Semitism (if not there already). Charles Johnson has detailed this extensively every time someone at Obama-backing Daily Kos (including old "screw them" Kos himself) lets down their guard and lets their true anti-Semitism be seen. Still the Jewish vote goes for whatever Democrat happens to be running. I'm guessing that they feel that a Jewish president...
  • A List of Things About Obama That Are Not Rumor

    06/07/2008 2:21:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 478+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | June 7, 2008 | John Stephenson
    His wife going off on a rant about how evil "whitey" is, and conspiracies that he is a covert Muslim trying to infiltrate our democracy are nothing more than rumors...at least at this point. However, there are plenty of things the media don't put enough focus on that are true about the Obamas. Instead they would rather focus on things like his playful fist-bump. They have to keep their priorities on the important issues. His connection and close friendship with a corrupt crook and convicted felon. Obama supports sex education for Kindergarten! Obama sought the endorsement of the Marxist Party...
  • Oberweis kicks off 'What Went Wrong' tour

    05/31/2008 6:30:46 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies · 476+ views
    Suburban Chicago News ^ | May 12, 2008 | Andre Salles
    So you may have received a call from Jim Oberweis recently. No, not one of those annoying robocalls that descended on the 14th Congressional District like a swarm of angry, negative bees during the final weeks of the primary and special-election campaigns. I mean something quite a bit more personal. Since losing the March special election to now-Rep. Bill Foster, Oberweis has been contacting people involved in the race, people who commented on the race, and people (like yours truly) who covered the race. He's been meeting with as many of these people as he can, trying to pick their...
  • Who is "James C. Jones"?

    05/26/2008 11:09:28 AM PDT · by An Old NCO · 8 replies · 671+ views
    05/26/08 | An Old NCO
    Is James C. Jones a bedfellow with Bill Ayers? It appears that the a leading Democrat and academic, James C. Jones, has been corresponding with the terrorist group FARC. The Colombian government has found many emails that are alleged to demonstrate James C. Jones was closely linked to the organization. Is this the same James C. Jones from Chicago's Childserv and is there a connection to Obama?
  • If GOP wants seat back, pick Lauzen

    04/06/2008 2:15:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies · 398+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | March 15, 2008 | Ron Petrucci
    Many of those with political experience in the Fox Valley are working to analyze the results from our March 8 special election to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant by Dennis Hastert. One thought offered, that GOP voters thought it was a done deal and stayed home, is wrong! Many who voted crossed the aisle. I did. Jim Oberweis set the tone with his negative material. Many voters were put off by the aggressive ads. Bill Foster addressed people with some respect. Look at election results from the February primary. State Sen. Chris Lauzen won Aurora districts by a...
  • Republicans Find Nominee In Weller Seat

    03/24/2008 5:48:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies · 618+ views
    The Politicio ^ | March 24, 2008 | Josh Kraushaar
    Republicans appear to have found their candidate to run in the seat of retiring Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.) after their previous nominee, New Lenox mayor Tim Baldermann, abruptly dropped out of the race last month. Businessman Martin Ozinga, who owns a Chicago-area concrete company, announced he will be seeking the support of the district’s party leadership, and appears to all-but-assured of the nomination, according to a state GOP operative. The 11th Congressional District State Central Committee will be officially naming a replacement candidate at a meeting on April 30. “After much prayer and careful consideration – and at the urging...
  • GOP candidate Baldermann withdraws from 11th District race

    02/22/2008 7:26:04 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies · 695+ views
    WTHI-TV Channel ^ | February 22, 2008
    The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party says he's confident a candidate will emerge to replace 11th District congressional nominee Tim Baldermann. And Andy McKenna says he respects Baldermann's decision today to withdraw from the race. Baldermann says in a statement released today that he can't juggle his family life, his congressional candidacy and his two municipal jobs. He's mayor of the Chicago suburb of New Lenox and police chief of Chicago Ridge. Baldermann says he plans to file withdrawal documents with the Federal Election Commission on Monday. He had been slated to face Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Debbie...
  • Oberweis gets GOP nod (special election- Congress)

    02/06/2008 2:57:24 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies · 739+ views
    The Beacon News ^ | February 6, 2008 | Andre Salles
    You could almost hear the chanting outside the building. “O! Ber! Weis! O! Ber! Weis!” the crowd cheered, as they stood bathed in an intensely bright flood light in the ballroom of the Hampton Inn and Suites in Aurora, waiting for the victory speech. And when Aurora businessman Jim Oberweis took the stage at around 10:15 Tuesday night, he delivered. RELATED STORIES • Illinois Congressional Races Opening with a quip about his three prior failed campaigns – “Boy, winning’s a lot more fun than coming in second, I can tell you that” – Oberweis claimed victory in both the regular...
  • History Says Pick Clinton, Thompson

    12/06/2007 6:12:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 1,127+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | December 06, 2007 | Paul Bedard
    If history matters to you, then voters should pick Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton and Republican Fred Thompson as their parties' presidential nominees. That's because they are the choice of America's social studies teachers. In a miniconvention sponsored by Pearson, the education and media giant, Clinton, the former first lady viewed as the most experienced in the field, was first with 41.9 percent, followed by Sen. Barack Obama with 34 percent and John Edwards at 12.3 percent. On the GOP side, Thompson, the actor and former Watergate prober, won 23.2 percent, followed by Rudy Giuliani at 20.5 percent and surging Mike...
  • Obama, Thompson top Internet ratings

    12/05/2007 5:06:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 576+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | December 5, 2007 | Gregory Roberts
    Barack Obama was the most sought-after Democratic presidential candidate in 2007, while Fred Thompson finished first among the Republican contenders -- at least, in terms of whose name was entered most often in the Ask.com search engine. No significance was attached to Ask.com's summary, released Wednesday. Obama finished first overall, with fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton second. Thompson came in third, well ahead of the other GOP contenders. Here's the complete list: 1. Barack Obama 2. Hillary Clinton 3. Fred Thompson 4. John Edwards 5. Mitt Romney 6. John McCain 7. Ron Paul 8. Rudy Giuliani 9. Mike Huckabee 10. Dennis...
  • Viva the Ron Paul Revolution! (Barf Alert)

    12/01/2007 4:31:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 876+ views
    The Carpetbagger Report ^ | December 1, 2007 | Morbo
    Like noxious bugs swarming over a crumbling tenement, followers of Ron Paul have invaded the blogosphere. Their target is anyone who dares to criticize their hero. Bloggers have dealt with them in various ways. Some have tried banning them outright. Others allow readers to engage them in back-and-forth debates that can easily take a thread to several hundred responses. I used to find the Paulites annoying, but recently I had a revelation: Far from being scorned, Paul’s rabid fans should be welcomed and encouraged. We should do everything we can to make certain they keep pushing their man, sending him...
  • Candidates on Second Amendment Case

    11/21/2007 8:30:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 526+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 21, 2007 | Jonathan Adler
    Yesterday, Senator Fred Thompson issued a statement on the Supreme Court's decision to grant certiorari in the District of Columbia gun ban case. It reads, in part: I’ve always understood the Second Amendment to mean what it says – it guarantees a citizen the right to “keep and bear” firearms, and that’s why I’ve been supportive of the National Rifle Association’s efforts to have the DC law overturned. In general, lawful gun ownership is a pretty simple matter. The Founders established gun-owner rights so that citizens would possess and be able to exercise the universal right of self-defense. Guns enable...
  • Fred Thompson’s wife coming to W.Va.

    11/20/2007 1:01:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 386+ views
    The Times West Virginian ^ | November 20, 2007
    CHARLESTON — West Virginia supporters of Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson expect to welcome his wife to the Mountain State on Monday. Jeri Thompson is scheduled to meet with supporters and volunteers in Charleston, though the campaign’s state chapter says details were still being finalized. Thompson would be at least the third presidential candidate’s spouse to include West Virginia on the 2008 campaign trail. Former President Bill Clinton raised cash for his wife’s Democratic bid while in town for last month’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner keynote appearance. The wife of Democratic White House hopeful John Edwards was to headline an October fundraiser...
  • Polls Show Tight Race For Hastert Seat

    11/17/2007 8:30:51 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies · 421+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 17, 2007 | Reid Wilson
    The poll, conducted 10/16-18, as Oberweis launched the cycle's first television ads, also surveyed State Sen. Chris Lauzen, Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns and Rudy Clai. A total of 333 Republican primary voters were surveyed for a margin of error of +/- 5.4%. Primary Election Matchup Oberweis 41 Lauzen 37 Burns 3 Clai 0 Other/undec 19 Fav/Unfav Oberweis 63 / 19 Lauzen 50 / 6 Burns 11 / 6 On the other hand, a separate poll taken last month on Lauzen's behalf shows similar numbers. The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, Lauzen's long-time pollster, between 10/22-23. 300 likely primary...
  • Campaign watch: Socialist Security

    11/16/2007 12:26:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 371+ views
    The Patriot Post ^ | November 16, 2007 | Andy W. Rogers
    Lately, Democrats have taken to showcasing the hallmark courage overflowing their party’s ranks. For instance, Senator Clinton has boldly unveiled her plan to fix the looming train wreck that is Social Security—namely, to dodge unveiling a plan to fix Social Security. Who knew? One-upping this bawdy exhibition of true grit, Senator Obama, presented his own daring strategy. His plan? “Tax the rich!” Brilliant! Of course, by “rich” he means you, through raising the payroll tax cap to get at even more of your income. How “innovative.” An added bonus: deepening the eventual crisis by reducing tax receipts, but that’s a...
  • Thompson Campaign Announces Illinois State Leadership

    10/16/2007 3:41:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 343+ views
    Fred08 ^ | October 16, 2007
    McLean, VA - Senator Fred Thompson's campaign today announced the top leadership of its operation in the State of Illinois. State Senator Bill Brady of Bloomington will serve as the Chairman of the campaign's state organization and Congressman Don Manzullo will serve as its Vice-Chairman. Senator Brady has served in the Illinois Senate since 2002 and previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993 to 2001. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2006, and he has continued to travel throughout Illinois to help build a stronger Republican Party in the state. He has...
  • New Lenox's Mayor To Run For Congress

    10/14/2007 2:27:35 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies · 249+ views
    Suburban Chicago News ^ | October 10, 2007 | Patrick Ferrell
    Mayor Tim Baldermann confirmed Tuesday he's running for Congress and has assembled a list of Republican juggernauts to run his campaign. Baldermann, who also has experience as a school board president and village trustee, said an official announcement will be coming later this week. The official announcement will include a list of at least a dozen officials who will support the 41-year-old in his bid for the 11th District seat that is up for grabs since Morris Republican Jerry Weller announced his upcoming retirement.
  • OH-EIGHT (R): THE GOP STAFFER GAP (EARLY PRIMARY/CAUCUS STATES)

    10/11/2007 5:27:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 682+ views
    MSNBC ^ | October 11, 2007 | Mark Murray
    The Politico's Martin looks at large discrepancy between the number of staffers the leading Dems have in Iowa and New Hampshire versus the leading Republican candidates. In fact, Martin finds the second-tier Democratic candidates have more staffers on the ground in the early states than all of the LEADING GOP candidates. (By the way, considering how little of an organizational advantage Romney may actually have in the first two states, does that mean Thompson can get up to speed in Iowa faster than some believe?) --snip-- NBC/NJ's Memoli notes that Ann Romney seemed to take personally Thompson’s "actor" barb in...