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  • Mark Kirk: Rand Paul And Ted Cruz Running For President Would Hurt IL GOP

    12/24/2014 2:39:57 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    RedState ^ | November 22nd, 2014
    In an interview with The Hill Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said that possible presidential runs by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) would hurt the Illinois Republican Party. “We definitely have our isolationist wing, which I completely disagree with,” he said, pointing to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), before promising to back a GOP candidate in the presidential primary that he thought would do well in Illinois. He criticized Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) bombastic style as well.
  • Mark Kirk: ‘Hell of a wrongful death suit’

    07/18/2014 9:47:56 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/18/14 | Kendall Breitman
    Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is calling for a wrongful death lawsuit against Russian assets on Friday after a commercial airline crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border. “I want to hear [during President Barack Obama’s speech today] that the Department of Justice will bring one hell of a wrongful death suit against Russian assets that are located in the United States to make sure there’s a significant cost paid by Russia for this action of shooting down an international airliner with a weapon system that is directly related to the Russian armed forces,” Kirk said on CNN.
  • The Modern Freedom Movement, 1940-2014

    06/03/2014 9:15:11 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 14 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | June 2, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    It began in the early 1940s. FDR had launched the New Deal’s collectivization of America, and a small but prescient group of libertarian and conservative intellectuals were in rebellion – such thinkers as Richard Weaver, Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek, John T. Flynn, Rose Wilder Lane, Isabel Paterson, and Ayn Rand, to be followed a decade later by the likes of Russell Kirk, Frank Meyer, and Murray Rothbard. Out of their cerebral and activist efforts there began the movement to repeal the overweening statism that was infiltrating America from Europe via Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes. The infamous year...
  • Russell Kirk and The Making of The Conservative Mind

    05/27/2014 7:14:34 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | May 2014 | Henry Regnery
    The critic of his time must accept the risk of being accused of negativism, but he can console himself with the knowledge that serious criticism has its source in a definite position with its own standards, values and objectives. By the 1950′s, with the work of such men as Albert J. Nock, T. S. Eliot, Richard Weaver and Eliseo Vivas, among many others, the criticism of liberalism had grown into a substantial literature; what was lacking was a point of view, or attitude, movement together and give it coherence and identity. It was the great achievement, one can say historic...
  • Exclusive video: Bryan Kemper about what happens when he wears pro-life t-shirts on airplanes

    05/20/2014 10:33:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2014 ( – In an era where political opinions that are not politically correct can get you blacklisted or worse, Bryan Kemper isn’t afraid to be visibly and outspokenly pro-life. Earlier this month, the activist – who heads up Stand True, the youth outreach for Priests for Life – proved it when he wound up sitting next to "pro-choice" U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, R-IL, on an airplane and used the opportunity to talk to the senator about abortion. LifeSiteNews caught up with Kemper last week to talk to him about the experience, and to ask him...
  • Oberweis shunned by fellow Republicans

    03/25/2014 4:18:10 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 32 replies
    WLS-AM ^ | 3-24-14 | Bill Cameron
    In the race for U.S. Senate, Republican challenger Jim Oberweis is getting shunned by two top Republicans - one local, one national. Dick Durbin is such a favorite for reelection that Republican Senator Mark Kirk says he’s not even planning to campaign with fellow Republican Oberweis. “I’m going to be protecting my relationship with Dick and not launching into a partisan jihad that hurts our partnership [in which we] both pull together for Illinois.” And at his side at an unrelated news conference was Republican Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, in town for a fundraiser, who took a...
  • Hated textbook gets Reagan’s dark side half right

    02/25/2014 4:14:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    Rare ^ | 2-25-14 | Ian Huyett
    Conservative student group Turning Point USA caused a stir last week by posting pages online from a textbook used at the University of South Carolina. The book calls Ronald Reagan “sexist” and says conservatives “take a basically pessimistic view of human nature” — one in which “people are conceived of as being corrupt.” Several avowed conservatives balked not just at the negative portrayal of Reagan but also at the idea that the conservative persuasion contains a measure of pessimism. On this point, the textbook is right and they are wrong. Russell Kirk was the man credited by William F. Buckley...
  • Two Senators Preparing New Iran Sanctions

    12/10/2013 12:43:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Lawmakers in the United States continue to show determination in passing new sanctions on Iran, despite the nuclear deal that was reached with it several weeks ago. Reuters reported on Monday that two senators are preparing legislation to impose new sanctions on the Islamic Republic in six months if the interim deal on its nuclear program goes nowhere. The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, and Republican Senator Mark Kirk are close to agreeing on legislation that would target Iran's remaining oil exports, foreign exchange reserves and strategic industries, their aides said on Monday, according to...
  • Kirk-Manchin bill the right medicine for ObamaCare debacle

    11/14/2013 9:18:25 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/14/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) are introducing legislation to suspend penalty fees for one year if individual U.S. citizens do not register for healthcare coverage. This remarkable bipartisan effort is a broadly worded bill that will appeal to both sides of the aisle, now deeply riven by the failed Obamacare initiative. “No individual or family should be penalized while the problems in new healthcare exchanges are being addressed,” is a key finding in the Kirk-Manchin proposal. This outstanding bipartisan effort would eliminate the $95 (or 1%) penalty slated to take effect in 2014 under current law...
  • Kerry’s ‘emotional appeal’ against sanctions flops (told Senators to ignore Israelis)

    11/13/2013 9:49:40 PM PST · by Dave346 · 27 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 14, 2013, 2:34 am
    Republican senator reportedly calls presentation on Iran talks ‘anti-Israeli’; aide says Kerry told senators to ignore Israelis Republicans were left unconvinced after US Secretary of State John Kerry’s closed-door presentation to the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday, which was aimed at delaying a new round of sanctions against Iran. “It was an emotional appeal,” committee chairman Sen. Bob Corker said, according to the US-based media outlet BuzzFeed. “I have to tell you I was very disappointed in the presentation.” He said that the briefings by Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman provided...
  • Durbin recieves support from Kirk, McCain

    10/28/2013 8:59:26 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 23 replies
    WLSAM ^ | 10-28-13
    "llinois Senator Dick Durbin is talking about the flap over his claim that a leading House Republican told President Barack Obama he couldn't stand to look at his face, and Durbin got some help dealing with it from an unexpected source."
  • McCain and Durbin are in Chicago together

    10/28/2013 7:25:12 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 22 replies
    Vanity | 10.28.13 | Self
    I just heard on WLS that McCain is in Chicago to stump for Durbin. And Kirk has good things about Durbin as well. What a nice thing!
  • No Conservatism Without a Religious Foundation

    10/18/2013 8:33:45 AM PDT · by don-o · 46 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | October 18, 2013 | Russell Kirk
    Not all religious people are conservatives; and not all conservatives are religious people. Christianity prescribes no especial form of politics. There have been famous radicals who were devout Christians—though most radicals have been nothing of the sort. All the same, there could be no conservatism without a religious foundation, and it is conservative people, by and large, who defend religion in our time. Lord Hailsham, a talented English conservative of this century, in his little book The Case for Conservatism, remarks, “There is nothing I despise more than a politician who seeks to sell his politics by preaching religion, unless...
  • Russell Kirk on Social Justice, 1954

    09/03/2013 11:13:16 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Bradley J. Birzer
    In the early to mid 1950s, especially after publishing The Conservative Mind, Kirk began to develop his own own three pillars of a good society, “Order, Justice, and Freedom” as he would frequently put it in the 1970s and 1980s. In this 1954 article (excerpts below), published in the University of Notre Dame’s Review of Politics, Kirk–fully within the Christian Humanist tradition–considered the virtue of Justice from a classical as well as a Christian perspective. Harmony, not contention, brought together the two traditions. Only a true Justice–the recognition of “giving each man his due”–would allow the flourishing of a well-ordered...
  • Tea party groups to target skeptical GOP senators on defunding Obamacare

    08/19/2013 10:15:25 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | By Aaron Blake
    A pair of tea party groups is teaming up to pressure key Republicans to support an effort to defund Obamacare. Tea Party Patriots and the grassroots group For America are launching online ads against a dozen GOP senators who either oppose the effort or haven’t announced a position. Along with the ads, leaders of the groups will embark on a six-state, five-day “Exempt America” tour (the idea being that the American people should be exempt from Obamacare) that will bring them to the home states of several of these senators. Update 12:01 p.m.: The conservative group Heritage Action is also...
  • The Essence of Conservatism

    08/17/2013 8:04:57 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    A conservative is not, by definition, a selfish or a stupid person; instead, he is a person who believes there is something in our life worth saving. Conservatism, indeed, is a word with an old and honorable meaning—but a meaning almost forgotten by Americans until recent years. Abraham Lincoln wished to be known as a conservative. “What is conservatism?” he said. “Is it not preference for the old and tried, over the new and untried?” It is that; and it is also a body of ethical and social beliefs. The word “liberalism,” however, has been in favor among us for...
  • LGBT non-discrimination act clears Senate committee (with RINO support)

    07/10/2013 10:51:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-10-2013
    Wednesday morning, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions approved the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, as it’s commonly referred to. The bill prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It was first considered by the committee in 2002 and was the subject of hearings in 2009 and 2012. Three Republicans, Sens. Orrin Hatch (Utah), Lisa Murkowski (Ark.) and the bill’s original co-sponsor, Mark Kirk (Ill.) joined 12 Democrats to quickly approve what committee chairman Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) called “historic legislation.” In his statement, Harkin reiterated the main points of the bill, stressing that...
  • The Stories They Told

    06/25/2013 9:07:44 AM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    RedState ^ | 6/25/2013 | Erick Erickson
    Republicans (and red state Democrats) used to tell voters amazing things about their opposition to amnesty. Then they got elected and supported legislation that actually weakens border security and puts people on a path not just to legalization, but to citizenship, before ever securing our borders. 1. Rubio: “I would vote against anything that grants amnesty because I think it destroys your ability to enforce the existing law and I think it’s unfair to the people who are standing in line and waiting to come in legally. I would vote against anything that has amnesty in it.” 2. Corker: “We...
  • Captain James A Kirk, Commander of the USS USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000)

    06/13/2013 7:41:26 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 57 replies
    Americas Navy ^ | 6/13/2013 | Americas Navy
    Captain Kirk is a native of Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He was commissioned at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990 and has served in a variety of afloat and ashore billets as a Surface Warfare Officer. He has served afloat on destroyers, cruisers, frigates and staffs including USS Fife (DD 991), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), USS Hue City (CG 66), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), and as a Gas Turbine Inspector on the staff of Commander, Pacific Fleet. His most recent sea duty includes command of USS De Wert (FFG 45) and Operations Officer...
  • Kirk Douglas Wants Gun Control

    06/06/2013 9:52:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 90 replies ^ | 6-6-2013 | Lauren Enk
    Yet another famous Hollywood face is pushing for gun control. “I cannot understand the people who are against some form of gun control,” insisted legendary actor Kirk Douglas on the Huffington Post yesterday. “America’s cowboy days are over,” wrote the 96-year-old Douglas. Mentioning that “some crazy fan” had given him an engraved gun, Douglas, who often played cowboys, announced unhappily that America has “become a cowboy country with too many guns.” “That frightens me,” Douglas declared. Douglas concluded by suggesting that anti-gun-control advocates are only “interested in making more money for the gun manufacturers” – or worse, “just want to...
  • Kirk to Holder: Is DOJ spying on Congress? (& SCOTUS?)

    06/06/2013 9:34:44 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 186 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 6 | Joel Gehrke
    “With all due respect, Senator, I don’t think this is an appropriate setting for me to discuss [this issue],” Holder replied during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing when Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., asked if the executive branch was conducting surveillance that would give “unique leverage” over lawmakers. Kirk replied that “the correct answer would be no, we stayed within our lane, and we did not spy on Members of Congress.” Holder assured Kirk that “there is no intention to do anything of that nature — that is, to spy on Members of Congress or to spy on the Supreme Court.”
  • Art Imitating Life: Benghazi, Obama, and Kirk Douglas

    05/23/2013 7:26:14 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies ^ | 5-23-2013 | Lloyd Marcus
    Talk about art imitating life. I landed upon a classic movie while surfing TV channels. Kirk Douglas played a down-on-his-luck news reporter. When I began watching the movie, a man named Leo was trapped in a collapsed cave. Douglas managed to crawl within a few feet of Leo and was chatting with Leo, assuring the scared man that he would be rescued ASAP. But secretly, Douglas had other plans. Keeping Leo trapped for at least seven days could revive Douglas's career. He had exclusive access to Leo. Writing daily updates could produce tremendous financial rewards; it could land Douglas a...
  • Gun talks hit a snag in Senate over universal background checks

    03/05/2013 5:52:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | Mar 5, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Gun talks hit a snag in Senate over universal background checks By Alexander Bolton - 03/05/13 The centerpiece of President Obama’s gun violence agenda is in peril amid a deadlock among Senate negotiators over how to implement and enforce a proposal requiring background checks for private gun sales. With time running out for talks, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) remains optimistic about reaching an agreement. But gun control proponents have grown skeptical about whether Schumer’s main Republican counterpart, Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.), is acting in good faith. Schumer argues — and gun control groups agree — that records must be kept...
  • Obama's Quiet Ally: Who's Behind Gun Control Bill No One Is Talking About - Sen. Mark Kirk (R), IL

    02/16/2013 9:39:58 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | February 15, 2013 | Mark Guarino
    Obama's quiet ally: Who's behind gun control bill no one is talking about As President Obama comes to Chicago to talk gun control, Illinois' Republican senator, Mark Kirk, is pushing a bill to target gun trafficking. It's under the radar, but could have a greater impact than other bills. As President Obama pushes for gun control in Chicago Friday, an unexpected ally from his home state, Sen. Mark Kirk (R) of Illinois, is crossing party lines to propose legislation that could have a greater impact than higher-profile proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, experts say. Senator Kirk and...
  • Kirk working on bipartisan gun control bill

    01/25/2013 7:43:20 AM PST · by dragonblustar · 15 replies
    Daily Harold ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Kerry Lester
    - U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), second from left, who participated in a clinical walking trial at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago following a massive stroke in January 2012, acknowledges the crowd of well-wishers as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), center, and Dick Durbin (D-IL), right, walk with him up the Capitol building steps in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Kirk hopes his recovery will serve as an inspiration to the millions of Americans recovering from stroke.
  • (RINO) Kirk working on bipartisan gun control bill

    01/25/2013 5:02:34 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 29 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | January 25, 2013 | Kerry Lester
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, newly returned to Congress after suffering a stroke, is becoming a central figure in the Senate's gun control debate. An aide in Kirk's office has confirmed that the Highland Park Republican is working with two Democrats to draft bipartisan gun control legislation. One of those is Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, with whom Kirk is working on legislation to crack down on gun trafficking. "Proud to partner w/@Senator Kirk to introduce the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act next week — common sense, bipartisan gun safety reform," Gillibrand, of New Brunswick, tweeted Thursday.
  • Continued Update On Senator Kirk's Recovery

    08/06/2012 11:33:43 AM PDT · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8-3-12 | Sen. Mark Kirk
    United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) reveals the progress that he has made in his recovery after suffering an ischemic stroke in January. Sen. Kirk recently completed a 9-week mobility study at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he worked tirelessly to improve his walking, speech, and mobility. During the course of the study, Sen. Kirk walked a total of 14.79 miles and climbed 145 flights of stairs.
  • Shatner drops pants at L.A. airport

    06/29/2012 10:53:41 AM PDT · by PT57A · 87 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | June 28, 2012
    Star Trek legend William Shatner was left nursing a bruised ego when his trousers fell down during an airport security check in front of dozens of fellow travellers.
  • Senator Kirk: "I want to thank everyone for the patience and support they are giving me to recover"

    05/08/2012 5:42:17 PM PDT · by bigbob · 16 replies
    Sen. Mark Kirk website ^ | 5/8/12 | Sen. Mark Kirk
    oday U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released a video outlining the progress of his recovery after suffering from an ischemic stroke in January and expressed his deep gratitude to the people of Illinois for allowing him the time he needs to recover. "I want to thank everyone especially for the patience they have given me to recover from a big stroke," said Kirk. "[And also] to the people of Illinois for granting me the honor to represent them in the United States Senate. I cannot wait to get back to work to vote to spend less, borrow less and tax...
  • Sen. Mark Kirk now home — three months after stroke

    05/03/2012 5:12:44 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5/3/2012 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke in January, has gone home. Kirk (R-Ill.), 52, had been hospitalized since he first suffered stroke symptoms on Jan. 21. Since February, he has been at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where his doctors said he has made steady progress and will be involved in a research project that involves more field rehabilitation than normal. Though he will be spending nights at the homes of “various relatives,” his staff said, he will be reporting by day to the RIC to continue his rehab. A lift has been installed on the stairs at...
  • Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk

    03/14/2012 2:36:36 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 83 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/12/20152 | Alex Knapp
    Captain James T. Kirk is one of the most famous Captains in the history of Starfleet. There’s a good reason for that. He saved the planet Earth several times, stopped the Doomsday Machine, helped negotiate peace with the Klingon Empire, kept the balance of power between the Federation and the Romulan Empire, and even managed to fight Nazis. On his five-year mission commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise, as well as subsequent commands, James T. Kirk was a quintessential leader, who led his crew into the unknown and continued to succeed time and time again. (Image via Wikipedia) Kirk’s success was no...
  • Sen. Mark Kirk(R) hospitalized after suffering stroke

    01/23/2012 9:21:38 AM PST · by GonzoGOP · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01/23/2012 | Chicago Tribune
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was hospitalized with a stroke over the weekend and underwent surgery today at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, his office said. Kirk, 52, captured President Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat in a close 2010 election against Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.
  • Michelle Obama for Senate in 2016?

    01/14/2012 10:47:10 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 30 replies · 2+ views
    TheDC ^ | January 14, 2012 | Jeff Poor
    In November 2016, Illinois voters will go to the polls to decide who they want to occupy the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Mark Kirk. And although it is a long way off, could one of the names on the ticket be first lady Michelle Obama? At the end of this weekend’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” show host John McLaughlin made that bold prediction, saying a Michelle Obama run for the seat her husband won in 2004 would happen. “Michelle Obama will run for the United States Senate in 2016 and she will be thereby mimicking,...
  • MUST WATCH: C-Span Kirk (R-IL) Exposes Obama's $100B Plus $260 Billon Social Security Trust Fund Cut

    12/11/2011 4:57:57 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 21 replies · 1+ views NewsMakers ^ | Sunday, December 11, 2011 | Senator Mark Kirk
    Just go to this link ( and watch it.
  • William Shatner’s Bizarre Thanksgiving Safety PSA

    11/16/2011 9:48:51 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    Time ^ | November 16, 2011 | Claire Suddath
    SNIP But if you’re thinking about deep-frying your bird this year, William Shatner has some advice for you. And he has put it in the form of this very odd public service announcement, sponsored by State Farm insurance. Please remember to use the dingle-dangle.
  • Kirk says release a bin Laden photo

    05/02/2011 8:38:27 PM PDT · by Jim 726 · 36 replies
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk supported Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea, and he said the White House owed Americans and the foreign media some proof he was dead. “They should release a photo or two,” said Kirk on Monday at a news conference at O’Hare. “While grisly, it will confirm he’s dead. The media is rough in the Islamic world.” Read more:
  • Lawmakers Finance Pet Projects Without Earmarks (RINO Kirk already giving GOP a bad name)

    Though Mr. Kirk and other Republicans thundered against pork-barrel spending and lawmakers’ practice of designating money for special projects through earmarks, they have not shied from using a less-well-known process called lettermarking to try to direct money to projects in their home districts. Mr. Kirk, for example, sent a letter to the Department of Education dated Sept. 10, 2009, asking it to release money “needed to support students and educational programs” in a local school district. The letter was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the group Citizens Against Government Waste, which shared it with The New York...
  • Swear-in switcheroo (Biden can't tell left from right for Kirk oath of office)

    12/01/2010 9:36:16 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 30, 2010 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON — Joe Biden, the gaffe-prone vice president, strayed from tradition Monday at the swearing-in of Republican Mark Kirk, the new senator from Illinois. Biden, who is president of the Senate, began by instructing Kirk: "Please place your right hand on the Bible." Kirk, a Republican, did as instructed, putting his right hand on the Good Book and raising his left.
  • How Mark Kirk Re-Segregates the Senate

    11/29/2010 12:23:12 PM PST · by Dengar01 · 79 replies · 1+ views
    NBC 5 Chicago ^ | 11/29/10 | Edward McClelland
    When Mark Kirk is sworn in this afternoon, the U.S. Senate will once again have no African-Americans. Since Reconstruction, there have only been four black senators. Three of them -- Carol Moseley Braun, Barack Obama and Roland Burris -- have held the seat that Kirk is about to occupy. For reasons that go back more than a century, all the way to the First Great Migration from the South, Illinois has led the nation in black political empowerment. We’ve elected more black statewide officials than anyone else. We produced the first black president. And it was a matter of pride...
  • Mark Kirk to be sworn in tomorrow?

    11/28/2010 1:56:13 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 42 replies · 1+ views
    FR ^ | Sunday, November 28, 2010 | cc
    The Junior Senator for Illinois is due to be sworn in tomorrow, after 2 weeks of stonewalling and delays by the Illinois Democratic machine. (Kirk won Obama's old seat in the Nov. 2 election.) After tomorrow, that will then put the Republicans at 42 Senators, right?
  • Senate GOP should filibuster if Kirk is delayed

    11/15/2010 5:13:24 PM PST · by rhema · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Senator-elect Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is one of three senators elected Nov. 2 to fill seats vacated by individuals who joined the Obama administration. Illinois law requires that Kirk assume his office immediately following the election, but unnamed state officials say Kirk can't be sworn in until Nov. 29 due to "paperwork" delays. Kirk, who replaces Democratic appointee Roland Burris, won his election after promising to be a Republican vote against any attempts by Democrats to pass radical legislation during the lame duck session of Congress. The lame duck session that opens Nov. 15 gives shellacked Democrats two final weeks to...
  • Mark Kirk Might Vote for Disclose Act

    11/08/2010 11:39:11 AM PST · by red meat conservative · 16 replies
    Red Meat Conservative ^ | 11/08/10 | Daniel
    Here we go again.  The same vicious cycle seems to repeat itself ad nauseum.  We become all excited about the prospects of picking up Senate seats during the election.  Then, within a few days these RINOs return to their old ways.  The Hill is reporting that Mark Kirk is considering whether to vote with the Democrats and support the unconstitutional Disclose Act.  Even though he voted against this particular bill while he was in the House, he is showing willingness to sell himself out to liberal special interest groups that are pressuring RINOs to support this legislation.  Here is what...
  • Mark Kirk R-IL to miss part of lame-duck session (until Dec - two new RATS will be seated)

    11/06/2010 10:31:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 94 replies · 1+ views
    ABC local ^ | 11/06/10
    Kirk to miss part of lame-duck sessionUpdated at 11:36 AM today November 6, 2010 (SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- Illinois Republican Mark Kirk won't be seated in the U.S. Senate in time for the start of the lame duck session of Congress this month -- unlike two other newly elected senators. The session begins Nov. 15. But state officials say the paperwork officially declaring Kirk the winner of the Senate race won't be delivered until Nov. 29. That should still allow Kirk to participate in two weeks of the session in December. He argued strongly during the campaign that voters needed to...
  • GOP's Mark Kirk wins Obama's old seat (Will be sworn in TOMORROW!)

    11/02/2010 10:39:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 87 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/03/10
    GOP's Kirk wins Obama's old seatFrom the NBC News political team Republican Mark Kirk is NBC's projected winner of the Illinois Senate race, snatching the seat that former Sen. Barack Obama held in Illinois. Kirk defeated Obama ally Alexi Giannoulias. Giannoulias struggled to overcome reports that his family's failed bank made loans to known criminals. The president and the first lady both made stops in the state to try to boost the Democrat. **SNIP** The victory for Kirk gives Republicans a net gain of five Senate seats so far tonight.
  • Can Toomey & Kirk Pull it Out? (Vanity)

    11/02/2010 7:39:54 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 55 replies
    Arec Barrwin | November 2, 2010 | Arec Barrwin
    Sestak is doing much worse than I anticipated; Kirk looks like he may squeak it out but Toomey may be a goner. What happened?
  • Even gay black men voting Republican in this election (pigs fly, Hell freezes over.....)!!!

    11/02/2010 9:43:59 AM PDT · by Renfield · 11 replies
    Hillbuzz ^ | 11-2-2-1- | Hillbuzz
    ~~~~snip~~~~ Then the topic of the Illinois Senate race came up and the guys just absolutely tore into Alexi Giannoulias. They called him a crook, said he was in the mob, talked about Broadway Bank funding organized crime in Illinois, then laughed about Alexi being — and I quote directly — “Obama’s butt buddy”. Peals of laughter followed, with much snorting and sqealing as various hand and arm gestures accompanied their commentary on the Obama-Giannoulias relationship. The men all said they were voting for Mark Kirk and Bill Brady…despite all the “Brady is a Bigot” ads around Boystown, prominently displayed...
  • Little Pavel Stretches the Truth

    11/01/2010 4:45:58 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 1, 2010 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Join us as Pavel learns how Democrats mislead the voters through direct mail, both statewide, and in neighborhoods like Illinois’ 54th state representative district… ... “What’s on your mind, Pavel?” Pavel handed him the flyer. It was a full size, full-color brochure with Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Mike Labno on both sides, slamming Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk for voting for “Cap and Trade.” Inside, it presented Kirk’s and Labno’s respective positions, then closed with a plug for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias. The return address was that of the Lake County Democratic Party. The Boss chuckled. “Yup,...
  • Labno calls Kirk a 'Fiscal Pigeon'

    11/01/2010 1:25:34 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 26 replies ^ | Oct 31, 2010 | Charles Thomas
    Labno calls Kirk a 'Fiscal Pigeon'
  • Immigration issues split Kirk, Giannoulias (hope yet?)

    10/31/2010 10:22:55 AM PDT · by Dengar01 · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/31/10 | Oscar Avila
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