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  • Kirk Inches Closer to Romney (DIABLO Alert)

    11/15/2011 9:35:41 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies
    Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk hasn't endorsed a GOP candidate for president, but it's looking more and more like he's on Mitt Romney's team. Kirk said Monday the field is getting down to "Romney and the anti-Romney," listing all of the GOP darlings -- Palin, Bachman, Trump et al -- that have fallen by the wayside. "The underlying story is the rise and rise of Mitt Romney," Kirk said. In regards to the Herman Cain sexual harassment controversy, Kirk said Cain "needs to respond and respond completely." "I do think his story is largely ending," Kirk said. "The critical thing is...
  • Collins sponsors sexual orientation workplace anti-discrimination bill (with DIABLO Mark Kirk)

    04/18/2011 9:53:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies
    The Press-Herald, Portland, Me. ^ | 2011-04-14 | Jonathan Riskind
    Sen. Susan Collins is part of a renewed bid to pass a bipartisan bill protecting against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Maine Republican is a lead co-sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, ENDA, along with Democrats Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Tom Harkin of Iowa and Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois.
  • (DIABLO) Kirk votes to support repeal of military gay ban

    12/18/2010 10:31:32 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-12-18
    (AP) Republican Mark Kirk broke with his majority of his party Saturday to support repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military, casting one of the first high-profile votes he’s faced as Illinois’ junior senator. The Senate voted 65-31 to let gays serve openly in the military. President Barack Obama was expected to sign the legislation next week, although the change wouldn’t take immediate effect. The House had passed an identical version of the bill, 250-175, on Wednesday. Kirk was one of six Republicans to break ranks. The move was a reversal for him after...
  • 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...
  • Sen. Collins says Kirk wants to join centrist 'mod squad' (that's because Mark Kirk is a DIABLO)

    11/13/2010 4:59:54 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-11-10 | Jordan Fabian
    Centrist Senate Republicans are likely to get a new ally in Sen.-elect Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
  • Kirk can't wait to join U.S. Senate GOP's "Mod Squad" [RINO is already plotting with Susan Collins!]

    11/11/2010 12:40:58 PM PST · by BillyBoy · 16 replies
    The Illinois Review ^ | Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | Fran Eaton
    Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Kirk can't wait to join U.S. Senate GOP's "Mod Squad" Leftist Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine is all excited about a new ally - Mark Kirk. Collins told the Kennebec Journal that Kirk joked that he wanted to be a part of the Senate GOP's "Mod Squad." Columnist David B. Offer wrote:The day after the election, Collins told me she had received a post-election telephone call from Mark Kirk, the Illinois Republican elected to fill the Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. “I can’t wait to join your Mod Squad,” Kirk told her. So, from the...
  • New GOP senator could vote with Democrats on campaign finance bill (Mark Kirk-IL)

    11/08/2010 1:35:26 PM PST · by Justaham · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11-8-10 | Susan Crabtree
    Sen.-elect Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) could buck his Republican leadership in his first two weeks on the job and vote in favor of a campaign-finance transparency bill that the GOP’s top brass ardently oppose.

 Watchdogs are pushing for a vote on a stripped-down version of a campaign finance bill during the upcoming lame-duck session. That version of the legislation would force groups bankrolled by anonymous donors to disclose the sources of their funding, as well as their political spending. Advocates for greater limits on campaign finance have been eyeing Kirk, as well as Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), as two possible votes...
  • Abortion rights groups play both sides in IL U.S. Senate race [Kirk gets more $$$ than Democrat!]

    10/30/2010 8:25:31 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 3 replies
    The Illinois Review ^ | October 30, 2010 | Fran Eaton
    Saturday, October 30, 2010 Abortion rights groups play both sides in IL U.S. Senate race Abortion rights groups far surpass pro-life groups in campaign contributions to political candidates, OpenSecrets.org writes today.  It's pretty troubling and discouraging for pro-lifers in Illinois that both of their U.S. Senate candidates are on the list of the nation's top 20 biggest abortion dollar recipients in 2010.  So, no matter who's elected November 2 -- Mark Kirk or Alexi Giannoulias -- the abortion industry will be happy.  OpenSecrets.org also lists the top 20 candidates getting prolife group backing, of which three from Illinois are included: former U.S. Senate candidate...
  • Kirk siphons away black minister [another liberal Democrat endorses RINO Mark Kirk]

    10/28/2010 6:54:41 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 31 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 10/25/10 | DAVID CATANESE
    Kirk siphons away black minister By DAVID CATANESE | 10/25/10 2:10 PM EDT Updated: 10/26/10 12:46 PM EDT The Rev. Willie Wilson, a nationally prominent black pastor, announced his backing of Rep. Mark Kirk in the Illinois Senate race Monday, bucking his long tradition of supporting Democrats and splitting his endorsements at the top of the state ballot. Willie Wilson, a nationally prominent black pastor, announced his backing of Rep. Mark Kirk (shown) in the Illinois Senate race Monday. Wilson’s blessing is meant to signal to black voters that the Republican candidate is an acceptable option in one of...
  • Kirk: Bush administration lied about Iraq (RINO says he was "misled" about WMDs)

    10/28/2010 10:27:28 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 61 replies
    CBS 4 News Quad Cities ^ | October 27, 2010 | Associated Press
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) - Republican Mark Kirk says the Bush administration lied to him about the evidence for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.</p> <p>Kirk voted to invade Iraq and said he was morally certain Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.</p>
  • Republicans beware: Mark Kirk is a liberal

    10/07/2010 7:24:34 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 268 replies · 1+ views
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | OCt 7,2010 | Tamara Holder
    What does Illinois Tea Party candidate Michael Labno have to do to get some attention around here? Does he have to be more like Christine O’Donnell: should he make some bizarre comment about meatballs, get caught buying vibrators and boil some frogs? Or does he have to be more like Illinois Republican candidate Mark Kirk: shall he create an imaginary life story where he single-handedly killed Osama bin Laden with his .50 caliber sniper rifle, was awarded a medal of honor and then devoted his life to reading fairytales to nursery school students? On October 5, 2010, Rasmussen Reports announced...
  • Poll Finds Many Illinois Voters Unhappy With Choice of Senate Candidates

    09/30/2010 9:54:51 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 33 replies
    http://www.politicsdaily.com ^ | 09-29-2010 | Bruce Drake
    Voters have starkly negative views of both candidates, each of whom has struggled in the campaign with stories that have hurt them. (Giannoulias had to spend time dealing with questions about the dealings of his family's bank, which ultimately failed, and Kirk had to acknowledge embellishing on his military service record). Forty-seven percent see Kirk unfavorably compared to 33 percent who regard him favorably, with 20 percent undecided. Giannoulias is seen unfavorably by a 48 percent to 33 percent margin, with 20 percent undecided. In mid-August, 34 percent had seen Kirk unfavorably and 42 percent saw Giannoulias unfavorably which suggests...
  • Thousands attend Glenn Beck rally in Chicago suburbs (Mark Kirk Snubs rally Brady, Labno attend)

    09/18/2010 4:54:48 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 65 replies
    http://abclocal.go.com ^ | September 18, 2010 | Eric Horng, ABC7 Chicago
    September 18, 2010 (HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.) (WLS) -- Thousands of conservatives and Tea Party supporters gathered for a rally in the suburbs Saturday. The Sears Center in Hoffman Estates was host to "Right Nation 2010." The headline speaker was cable news commentator Glenn Beck. Also on the speakers list was Republican nominee for Illinois governor and State Sen. Bill Brady. There had originally been reports that Brady would skip the event. Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk was not attending. Saturday's gathering comes just days after Tea Party-supported candidates won primary elections in several states. Approximately 5,500 people purchased tickets for...
  • Eight House Republicans, After Carrying Climate Effort Last Year, Fend Off Attacks

    08/07/2010 8:51:57 PM PDT · by Reeser · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Aug 5, 2010 | Evan Lehmann
    The political resiliency of the climate eight has convinced some observers that the next Congress might even offer a kinder landscape for passing climate legislation. If Castle and Kirk ascend to the Senate, the chamber might have more moderate Republicans willing to join Democrats on cap and trade, says Rob Sisson, president of Republicans for Environmental Protection.
  • Mark Kirk’s “drowning” may have been a teen suicide

    07/27/2010 11:31:49 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 16 replies
    PR Inside ^ | July 26, 2010 | Andy Martin
    Andy Martin analyses the undisputed “facts” of Mark Kirk’s alleged “drowning” and suggests that no sensible person could believe Kirk’s own version of the facts. “We are drowning in Mark Kirk’s lies,” Martin says. Read Andy’s analysis of Kirk’s undisputed “facts” and decide for yourself. Andy Martin takes a closer look at Mark Kirk’s “drowning” episode and finds more questions than the Chicago Tribune Martin suggests Kirk’s own version of the story displays a “Tarzan” complex or, worse, a teenage suicide attempt “No rational person can believe Kirk’s own ‘undisputed’ facts Martin says “Factually Correct, Not Politically Correct” FOR IMMEDIATE...
  • Kirk calls for new controls on federal spending (RINO wants to give Obama line-item veto power)

    09/04/2010 7:09:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-09-03 | Chris Wills
    U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk called for new measures Thursday to limit federal spending, including giving the president the power to veto specific programs. The Illinois Republican also said he would back a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget and a “super-majority” vote before Congress could approve excess spending.
  • NRSC pledges $3.4M for Kirk (RINO ALERT)

    09/04/2010 7:53:12 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 2010-08-27 | Shira Toeplitz
    Republican Mark Kirk will receive a major money boost for his Senate bid, thanks to a recent special election ruling in Illinois that ups fundraising limits for the race. POLITICO has learned the National Republican Senatorial Committee has dedicated $3.4 million in coordinated funds to Kirk’s campaign against Democrat Alexi Giannoulias.
  • Mark Kirk: I Support Elena Kagan's Nomination For SCOTUS

    07/26/2010 1:40:41 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 20 replies · 1+ views
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | July 23, 2010 | Eric Kleefeld |
    Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL), the GOP's nominee for the Illinois Senate seat formerly held by President Obama, has now stated his support for the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, and that he would vote to confirm her if he were in the Senate right now. The move is seemingly a part of Kirk's effort to appeal to voters in the center, having worked hard to present himself as a moderate and independent-minded Republican. "With regard to Solicitor General Kagan, I would support her nomination. Ms. Kagan appears to be modest and thoughtful not because she expected this nomination but...
  • Kirk For IL US Senate: Open Letter To GOP Requesting Kirk Drop Out Of Race

    06/19/2010 4:04:30 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 66 replies · 366+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | June 19, 2010 | Laurie Higgins
    The following open letter from Laurie Higgins to Illinois Republican Party leadership is posted below by RFFM.org with Mrs. Higgins permission. Higgins appeals to GOP leaders, urging Mark Kirk to bow out of the Senate race "for the good of the party." Higgins joins a growing chorus of conservatives who believe Kirk should be encouraged to do what's best for not only Illinois Republicans, but the integrity of the political process as well. Laurie Higgins is an influential pro-family activist and a widely read columnist. Higgins has a background as an educator. Her articles and columns have been published across...
  • Republican Kirk says he would support Kagan (IL)

    07/23/2010 8:36:02 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 64 replies · 2+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 23, 2010 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    In a move that could burnish his credentials as a “moderate” Republican, Senate candidate Mark Kirk announced Friday that he supports President Obama’s choice of Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court. "Under the Constitution, only the President can make this nomination and Solicitor General Kagan is one of the more careful nominees he could have picked,” Kirk said. Only two Republican senators have publicly declared so far that they are voting for Kagan. The vote will be over by the time Kirk would take his senate seat. But his announcement that he would support her makes it harder for...
  • Is Kirk part of a plot to undermine U.S. Senate conservatives?

    07/22/2010 4:29:15 PM PDT · by tulloss · 35 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | July 22, 2010
    Illinois conservative Republicans have a national dilemma mounting right before their eyes. The Hill wrote yesterday that the GOP's Mark Kirk is part of an effort to weaken conservative influence in the U.S. Senate
  • Is Kirk trying to be a skunk at the GOP picnic? [DIABLO bashes conservative gubernatorial ticket]

    07/08/2010 6:44:46 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 18 replies
    The Illinois Review ^ | Tuesday, July 6, 2010 | Fran Eaton
    ILLINOIS REVIEW Crossroads of the Conservative Community Tuesday, July 06, 2010 Is Kirk trying to be a skunk at the GOP picnic? The Illinois Republican statewide slate has been pushing unity and cohesiveness for the last couple of months, and all except for one seems to be getting the script down. Why in the world would GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk use a press conference today to antagonize those who could get him downstate votes and bridge the huge chasm between conservative Republicans and liberal Gold Coasters?  Unbelievably in one fell swoop, Kirk blasted his own party's top two ballot...
  • Kirk apologizes for 'carelessness' in describing military career

    06/29/2010 9:12:18 PM PDT · by Rabin · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2010 @ 08:10 PM | DEANNA BELLANDI
    NORTHBROOK — Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk publicly apologized Tuesday for being “careless” in describing his military service and background, after a series of embellishments were revealed that could threaten his bid for President Barack Obama’s former seat. As Kirk apologized, however, he also acknowledged something his campaign had flatly denied just two weeks ago.
  • Opinion: Mark Kirk and the Illinois Curse [Chicago Tribune]

    06/22/2010 10:25:44 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 15 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 10, 2010 | Steve Chapman
    Opinion: Mark Kirk and the Illinois Curse by Steve Chapman Updated: 6:4 PM 6/10/2010 Multiple Page View Running for Congress in 2000, Mark Kirk told a Chicago Tribune reporter he had almost drowned in Lake Michigan as a teenager. "I should be at the bottom of that lake, but I was given a rare gift of a second life," he confided. "And to be given a second chance means it has to mean something. For me, that means making a difference through public service, and it all comes from the lake." This brought to mind what Oscar Wilde said...
  • Questions raised about Kirk's teaching record [RINO "misremembers" his career AGAIN!]

    06/22/2010 9:59:50 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 6 replies · 1+ views
    ABC 7 News ^ | June 17, 2010 | Charles Thomas
    Questions raised about Kirk's teaching record June 17, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- New questions are emerging about a candidate's record in the race for the U.S. Senate. First Mark Kirk was questioned about the accuracy of his military record. Now there are questions about what Kirk says about his teaching career. Did Mark Kirk misremember, exaggerate or lie when he talked about a teaching job he held 29 years ago? Did he really believe that some of the pre-schoolers he taught might bring a gun to class? It is the latest episode in a sometimes unbelievable US Senate campaign.
  • School Officials Say Candidate Overstated His Role [RINO U.S. Senate nominee Kirk]

    06/22/2010 9:32:48 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 18, 2010 | EMMA GRAVES FITZSIMMONS and JEFF ZELENY
    School Officials Say Candidate Overstated His Role By EMMA GRAVES FITZSIMMONS and JEFF ZELENY The New York Times Published: June 18, 2010 David Banks/Associated Press Mark S. Kirk of Illinois, a candidate for the Senate. In Illinois Race, a Teaching Career Is Questioned (June 17, 2010) CHICAGO — A leader of the church in upstate New York where Representative Mark S. Kirk of Illinois claims he worked as a nursery school teacher said on Friday that he had overstated his role there. The leader, Sally Grubb, a member of the administrative council at Forest Home Chapel, a Methodist church...
  • Pentagon Rebukes (IL Senate candidate) Kirk

    06/15/2010 6:26:39 PM PDT · by Falcon28 · 19 replies · 315+ views
    Politico ^ | June 15 2010 | Ben Smith
    Mark Kirk's drive to turn his exemplary military service into a political liability continues today, with a rebuke from the Pentagon first reported on a blog that's been chipping away at the candidate, and picked up by the AP. Air Force Major April Cunningham tells blogger Terry Welch: In December 2008, Commander Kirk, while on active duty, participated in video discussions in the media about the unfolding situation involving then-Governor Blagojevich of Illinois. Members of the Armed Forces on active duty may not participate in television discussions as an advocate for or against a partisan political party, candidate, or cause....
  • Only 17 percent of Republicans think Kirk told the truth

    06/15/2010 4:09:55 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 16 replies · 299+ views
    The Illinois Review ^ | Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | Mark Rhodes
    Only 17 percent of Republicans think Kirk told the truth by Mark Rhoads Before the primary, I was urged by friends of mine in Washington, DC who like Mark Kirk for his expertise on national security issues to boost his candidacy if I could in articles and with friends in Illinois.  When I pointed out that Mark Kirk was a huge disappointment to me on the social issues I care most about, our mutual friends kept pressing me on how he was needed in the Senate as a voice for military readiness.    So I sent the new Public Policy Poll to some...
  • New poll indicates majority of IL voters reject both Giannoulias and Kirk

    06/15/2010 3:55:34 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 12 replies · 232+ views
    The Illinois Review ^ | Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | Fran Eaton
    New poll indicates majority of IL voters reject both Giannoulias and Kirk Public Policy Polling survey results released Tuesday show GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk's taken a beating on his military record controversy, and now both Kirk and Democratic opponent Alexi Giannoulias carry the same 30 favorable/ 31 unfavorable rating by those polled.  Those new findings show a six point drop in Kirk's numbers since questions were raised and Kirk apologized for misleading the public in describing his military honors and experience.  This poll, taken of 552 Illinoisans over the past two days, included questions about Kirk's military controversy, but did not mention Giannoulias' family banking scandal nor...
  • Illinois Senate Candidate Kirk says No to Drilling

    01/31/2010 4:23:09 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 73 replies · 2,390+ views
    http://kirk.house.gov ^ | 16 March 2005 | Mark Kirk
    The Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a prized jewel of our national ecosystem. Congress should work to preserve this environmental sanctuary. I remain strongly opposed to drilling for oil in the ANWR. The House budget does not provide funding for Alaskan oil drilling. As we move toward budget reconciliation, I will work with my colleagues to keep the Alaskan wilderness pristine and untouched.
  • Kirk says he opposes Ariz. immigration law [RINO/DIABLO alert!]

    06/06/2010 11:35:57 AM PDT · by BillyBoy · 81 replies · 1,174+ views
    ABC 7 News Chicago ^ | Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | ABC 7 News Chicago
    Kirk says he opposes Ariz. immigration law May 18, 2010 (CHICAGO) -- Republican Illinois Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk said Tuesday he opposes Arizona's new immigration law, taking a stand contrary to the conservative wing of his party. Kirk's stand comes in the wake of the flap at Highland Park High School where the girls' basketball team was stopped from attending a tournament in Arizona. [Excerpt from http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/politics&id=7448812 ]
  • Kirk apologizes for misstatements about military career (Rino)

    06/04/2010 5:11:00 AM PDT · by Lockbar · 55 replies · 605+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/3/2010 | Todd Lighty, John Chase
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk accepted responsibility Thursday for a series of misstatements about his Navy Reserve career, including that he served in the Gulf War, that he once commanded the Pentagon war room and that he came under fire while flying intelligence missions over Iraq. Kirk blamed several of the inaccuracies on his attempts to translate "Pentagonese" for voters or on inattention by his campaign
  • Kirk's embellishments let foe wriggle back into race

    06/04/2010 5:35:59 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies · 367+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 04 june 10 | John Kass
    Watching Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk squirm before the Tribune editorial board on Thursday for embellishing his military record reminded me of something: Watching Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias squirm in the same chair a few months ago, for his role in his family's controversial and now failed Broadway Bank. So now both candidates in the race for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat have problems. On Thursday it was Kirk, a U.S. Naval Reserve officer, doing the wriggling, and it wasn't pretty.
  • Illinois Senate Candidate Admits Claim About Military Award Was inaccurate [Ouch!]

    05/29/2010 6:28:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 92 replies · 2,096+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 29, 2010 | R. Jeffrey Smith
    Illinois Senate Candidate Admits Claim About Military Award Was inaccurate By R. Jeffrey Smith May 29, 2010 The Republican candidate for President Obama's old Senate seat has admitted to inaccurately claiming he received the U.S. Navy's Intelligence Officer of the Year award for his service during NATO's conflict with Serbia in the late 1990s. Rep. Mark Kirk, a Navy reservist who was elected to Congress in 2001, acknowledged the error in his official biography after The Washington Post began looking into whether he had received the prestigious award, which is given by top Navy officials to a single individual annually....
  • Jesse Jackson, Jr. to Back Kirk in IL Senate Race?

    05/24/2010 9:03:29 AM PDT · by reaganwasright1980 · 34 replies · 572+ views
    Alexi Giannoulias's road to replace Barack Obama in the Senate from Illinois has just gotten even rockier. Not only is popular GOP Congressman Mark Kirk running against him, but his family's bank was seized by the government on suspicions of corruption. And now Democratic Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. may actually back Kirk. Yes, the son of Jesse Jackson might back a Republican. Politico is reporting this as it becomes obvious that Giannoulias may actually lose in this very blue state.
  • Mark Kirk: Earth Day Message - Reclaiming Teddy Roosevelt's Mantle [RINO Panders to Leftists Again]

    04/23/2010 7:10:04 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 24 replies · 431+ views
    Chicago Republican Party ^ | Apr 22, 2010 | Mark Kirk
    Commemorating Earth Day: CONGRESSMAN MARK KIRK'S EARTH DAY MESSAGE Reclaiming Teddy Roosevelt's Mantle Environmental Protection and Economic Growth Go Hand in Hand Dear Friend:Today is the 40th Earth Day – a day to embrace President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision of new national parks and conservation to protect America’s wildlife and our natural heritage for the next generation of Americans to enjoy.  Please take a moment to watch my Earth Day video message below. Watch Congressman Kirk's Earth Day Video MessageIn Illinois, we are home to the crown jewel of the Midwest’s environment – Lake Michigan.  As the co-chair of the...
  • Are Republicans losing their nerve on repeal?

    04/12/2010 4:51:24 PM PDT · by dr_who · 53 replies · 867+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | Marc Thiessen
    Almost immediately after Democrats rammed Obamacare through Congress, Republicans began promising to fight for its repeal. Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Steve King of Iowa introduced repeal legislation in the House and Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and 15 co-sponsors followed suit with similar legislation in the Senate. House Minority Leader John Boehner declared: "This government takeover of health care is not what Americans asked for. . . .That is why Republicans are fighting to repeal it and start over with common-sense reforms." The Club for Growth launched a repeal pledge that has so far been signed by...
  • Kirk calls for permanent [human] embryo experimentation funding

    04/11/2010 5:01:17 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 31 replies · 491+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | Thursday, April 08, 2010 | Fran Eaton
    Kirk calls for permanent embryo experimentation funding Thursday morning, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk will hold a press conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Medicine Research Building to remind any softening conservative, prolife Republicans that he not only doesn't agree with their respect for life at embryonic stages, he wants to make taxpayer funding of embryo experimentation permanent.  Indeed, the Republicans' candidate for U.S. Senate emphasized his support for using embryos in his introductory "Independent" political ad by emphasizing he was one of the few Republicans that opposed President George W. Bush limited experimentation on cell lines to those already existing...
  • [RINO Mark] Kirk softens on health care repeal

    04/01/2010 10:31:14 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 31 replies · 1,272+ views
    April 01, 2010 6:34 PM By BENJAMIN YOUNT Illinois Statehouse News SPRINGFIELD - Mark Kirk is adding a dose of realism to his opposition to the recently signed national health care reform. The Chicago-area congressman and GOP candidate for U.S. Senate said he still is opposed to much of the law aimed at overhauling the nation's health care system. But Kirk is backing away from his pledge to lead the fight to repeal the plan. "We lost, and we don't have the votes," Kirk said Thursday in Springfield. "And so now my job is to tell the American people exactly...
  • McCain: GOP hopes to sidestep veto in repeal efforts(Burr and Kirk back off repeal)

    04/01/2010 8:40:32 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 31 replies · 1,095+ views
    http://thehill.com ^ | 04/01/10 | By Jordan Fabian
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday backed a plan that he says would allow the Republicans to avoid a presidential veto while negating the effects of a new healthcare law. The 2008 GOP presidential nominee backed a plan that would strip funding from the healthcare law, which he says would not take an override to a veto to accomplish. "When I say repeal, people say you're not going to be able to do it," he said on KQTH FM Radio. "I am confident we will get majorities in both houses in the fall. And that means the power of the...
  • Mark Kirk's NRA Grade: F. "A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners’ rights"

    01/31/2010 3:19:59 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 491+ views
    Mark Kirk's 2008 NRA Grade: F. "True enemy of gun owners’ r... on Twitpic
  • Log Cabin Republicans Endorses Mark Kirk

    01/29/2010 10:10:13 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 26 replies · 884+ views
    http://online.logcabin.org ^ | May 27,2008 | Log Cabin Republicans
    (Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans announces six endorsements for the U.S. House and Senate. The organization endorses the following candidates for re-election: Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representatives Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Christopher Shays (R-CT). “We’re proud to endorse these six lawmakers for re-election,” said Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon. “They’re strong allies and they have excellent records on issues of basic fairness for gay and lesbian Americans. They have stood with us. We are proud to stand with them during the upcoming campaign. We look forward to...
  • Conservative, independent...and a winner: Kirk for the Republicans (BARF ALERT)

    01/17/2010 10:58:36 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 1,022+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 2010-01-11 | Unsigned Editorial
    U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk is the favorite in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, and for very good reason. He has been an extraordinarily effective representative of the independent-minded 10th Congressional District for a decade. His track record shows he has conservative principles and he has the instincts to succeed in Washington, no matter which party is in control. Kirk is all about fiscal responsibility. He wants to reduce the national debt, balance the budget and stop the disgraceful practice of earmarking billions of taxpayer dollars for politicians' pet projects. He's a committed free trade advocate. He's attentive to the...
  • Mark Kirk, A Homosexual? GOP US Senate Opponent Andy Martin's Radio Ads Open Can Of Political Worms

    12/30/2009 5:59:11 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 22 replies · 1,556+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | Dec. 29, 2009 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Ever since Mark Kirk announced his campaign seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois currently held by Roland Burris there have been many "rumors" regarding Kirk's sexual preferences. Indeed, these "rumors" have been around for years concerning Mark Kirk, but they have been dismissed because of Kirk's relatively low political profile. Journalistically, it would have been irresponsible of me to go with the story for a number of reasons. Some have asked me why I did not address the allegations Kirk was possibly a homosexual and, for any honest journalist, the answer should be obvious. My...
  • IL-Sen. 2010: Rep. Mark Kirk says no move to the right ("I haven't changed my views")

    11/14/2009 8:50:44 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 725+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 2009-11-12 | Rick Pearson
    Despite his recent request for help from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and renouncing his past support of prominent environmental legislation, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk on Wednesday denied he is moving to the right to try to coalesce support in the Feb. 2 primary election. "I think I am who I am," Kirk, a member of the Naval Reserve, told reporters after a Veterans Day ceremony at the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center in Chicago. "I am a social moderate, fiscal conservative. But this is a big race, and we are building a broad coalition, and it...
  • Kirk Denies He’s Going Right With Palin Request

    11/12/2009 10:22:08 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 9 replies · 574+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 11/12/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Mark Kirk is denying that he's trying to angle rightward in the run up to the GOP primary next year with his recent reaching out to Governor Sarah Palin to secure her endorsement for his candidacy. "I think I am who I am. I am a social moderate, fiscal conservative. But this is a big race and we are building a broad coalition and it will be, for a Republican candidacy, a center-right coalition, but for me, I haven't changed my views." This is, of course, rather interesting. Kirk is reaching out to conservatives by courting one of their idols...
  • US Senate Candidate Pat Hughes says Mark Kirk's appeal to Sarah Palin a "Desperate Move"

    11/05/2009 1:41:32 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 29 replies · 1,452+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | November 5, 2009 | Pat Hughes
    Hughes Says Kirk Appeal to Palin a “Desperate Move” (HINSDALE, IL) – A new Wilson Research analysis of polling data from the U.S. Senate campaigns of Mark Kirk and Patrick Hughes, respectively, indicates bad news for the Kirk campaign. This comes on the heels of news from Kirk’s Senate campaign that he is seeking the endorsement of former Gov. Sarah Palin. "I believe Mark Kirk, who has consistently supported President Obama's legislative agenda, including cap and trade legislation, is quickly realizing that Republican Primary voters do not share his extreme views. In a desperate attempt to prove otherwise, he is...
  • Mark Kirk's Yo Yo Campaign (Plus Did He Ask for Palin's Support or Not?)

    11/05/2009 12:20:20 PM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 13 replies · 703+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 11/05/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Only a few months ago, Representative Mark Kirk voted for Cap and Tax… er, I mean Cap and Trade. Conservatives and Republicans in general lit into Kirk with a vengeance. Then he started running for the Senate and at a subsequent September 5 campaign stop he reversed himself and decided he wouldn't support Cap and Trade. Kirk is not a strong pro-life supporter, he is bad on the Second Amendment, Kirk is only middling on free trade, and he has drifted back and forth on sometimes support for Obama's left-wing, big spending agenda in Washington… though he is sometimes good...
  • Club for Growth Is on Hunt for Republicans Who ‘Don’t Fit the Bill’ (targets Crist, Kirk, Simmons)

    11/04/2009 10:05:13 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 752+ views
    After pumping more than $1 million into an upstate New York House race to elect the Conservative Party’s Doug Hoffman, the Club for Growth is on the hunt again. Chris Chocola, president of the conservative political action committee, made it clear the PAC is looking for more GOP targets who don’t embrace the Club’s limited-government approach. Priority No. 1 is likely to be the Senate contest in Florida, where Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who embraced President Barack Obama’s stimulus package, is being challenged by former State House Speaker Marco Rubio. . . . . . Beyond Florida, other establishment Republicans...
  • Kirk, Biggert and IL Dems vote special protections for transgenders

    10/14/2009 11:51:14 AM PDT · by BillyBoy · 9 replies · 577+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | Tuesday, October 13, 2009 | Fran Eaton
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Kirk, Biggert and IL Dems vote special protections for transgenders Two Republican and all but one Democratic member of the Illinois U.S. Congressional delegation voted to make transgenders a new protected class in federal law last Thursday.  Republicans Mark Kirk and Judy Biggert, as well as Democrats Melissa Bean, Jerry Costello, Danny Davis, Bill Foster, Luis Guitierrez, Debbie Halvorson, Phil Hare, Bill Lipinski, Mike Quigley, Bobby Rush and Jan Schakowsky voted for H.R. 1913, tucked within a larger difficult-to-oppose Defense Authorization bill. Eagle Forum explained: H.R. 1913 makes a hate crime — a crime in which the...