Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bruce Rauner: …As Quinnocchio Gets His Running Mate a “Sweet Insider Job”

Quinn finds Vallas a nice job per a Rauner Press Release.

For Immediate Release
April 8, 2014

Contact: Leili Doerr
(312) 288-1755

Rauner Grows Coalition…

Chicago preacher James Meeks backs Republican gubernatorial candidate:
“This former state senator is active as a leader in Chicago’s African-American community and also has considerable political clout. This gubernatorial election he is not throwing that clout behind the Democrat, incumbent Governor Pat Quinn. Instead, Meeks is lining up behind Bruce Rauner…” (Fox News, 4/7/2014)

Continues Growing Coalition
Major Chicago black church leaders, all one-time Democrats, have endorsed Rauner, including the Reverend and former State Senator James Meeks, West Sider the Reverend Marshall Hatch and the South Side's Reverend Stephen Thurston. "I'm not looking at the party, I'm looking at the issues that are there," Thurston said… (ABC Chicago, 3/21/14)

…As Quinnocchio Gets His Running Mate a “Sweet Insider Job”

APVallas joins team that includes top Blago aide and Quinn campaign donor:
“Gov. Pat Quinn is taking heat over his running mate's new job. Paul Vallas is joining DSI Civic Financial Restructuring, a Chicago-based firm specializing in government restructuring and reorganization. The company's CEO is Bill Brandt, whom Quinn re-appointed chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority. State records show Brandt gave Quinn's campaign $100,000 in December. John Filan, who was budget director under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, is the company's vice president.” (Associated Press, 4/7/2014)

Chicago TribuneFormer Blago aide is Quinn “ally” who Quinn kept on state payroll:
Vallas joins a team that includes John Filan, another Quinn ally who was the state’s chief operating officer under ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Quinn kept Filan on the state payroll following Blagojevich’s 2008 ouster, much to the chagrin of powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan who sought to remove hundreds of Blagojevich appointees. Filan resigned his post as executive director of the finance authority on July 1, 2009, but acted as a paid consultant for several months after that. (Chicago Tribune, 4/7/2014)

Sun-TimesRauner: Vallas hire by Quinn donor a 'Blagojevich-style move':
"Paul Vallas just helped Pat Quinn complete the transformation from self-styled reformer to another back-scratching Illinois politician in record time," Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf told Early & Often. "Over the last five years, Pat Quinn has given special deals and appointments to Brandt and Filan. Now, they're returning the favor in a Blagojevich-style move." (Chicago Sun-Times, 4/7/2014)

The Capitol Fax dubbed it “a sweet insider job.” (The Capitol Fax, 4/7/2014)

Allen West: Is the tide turning? Two minority Dems in Chicago supporting GOP

West writes,

James Meeks, a former State Senator and currently Senior Pastor of Chicago’s Salem Baptist megachurch has decided to support Rauner rather than Democrat Governor Pat Quinn. As well, attorney Manny Sanchez, who helped lead President Obama’s outreach campaign among Latinos is jumping ship to support Rauner.

Rev. James Meeks Supports Bruce Rauner

Haven't been blogging much

Other endeavors took all of my time and energy the past few months so I've had little time for blogging. I will try and post on the Gov race. It's way too important for Illinois not to put some time into that. Today's Editorial in the Trib gives a few of the reasons.
Meanwhile, millions of Illinoisans have come to know this decade as among the most treacherous in two centuries of statehood. It's a time of paltry growth, of stubborn joblessness that ranks second nationwide — yet also a time of headlines about this or that politician, rushing pell mell to raise taxes. Those officials have cornered themselves: The imbalance between the spending they (or their predecessors) foolishly promised and their current revenue really is that huge.
We have arrived at what finally looks to be a pivotal juncture in the darkening arc of Illinois history. More politicians are coming to realize the truth that Madigan spoke three years ago. It is, as he partially admitted in a House debate last week, a truth he helped create: Illinois is overpromised, overspent, overborrowed. Present trajectories point to doom. So the race for luscious new revenue is quickening.
 Please follow Illinois Review in the meantime or Kerrry Lester.  Two of the best on what's happening in this state.

Spring finally...  sat on the porch this AM with my coffee.  About time.  It's been a very long winter.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Diana Rauner: Agenda

Rauner's wife Diana in a very effective ad. I believe him. He has no social agenda. He's got an economic agenda to get Illinois's economy growing and putting people back to work. Whether that's right or left, Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal it's the agenda Illinois needs at the moment.

Rauner keeps this up he's got a shot against Quinn's machine.

Monday, January 20, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Field Questions from High Schoolers | Chicago Tonight | WTTW

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Field Questions from High Schoolers | Chicago Tonight | WTTW

Just watched it and I give it too Dan Rutherford.  He just seemed the most natural responding to the questions.  I liked his answer to the Q on what TV character best described him (it was teenagers asking these questions).  Rutherford said he didn't watch much TV but to be responsive he thought the old shows he had watched as a kid inspired him to travel the world.  May sound off here in my description, but it was authentic.  I guess Rutherford just came off as the most authentic here.  Brady a second place, and Dillard just sounded like he wat trying too hard.  Forget telling us all the neigborhoods you visit Sen. Dillard.  Just tweet us the pics.

Prairie State Report: Free At Last: Federal Court Hands Bloggers Legal First Amendment Protections

Good news via PSR below,

Lawyer Eugene Volokh reports that the ruling in Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014) holds that, “all who speak to the public, whether or not they are members of the institutional press, are equally protected by the First Amendment.”  
The relevant section in the ruling is as follows: The protections of the First Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant was a trained journalist, formally affiliated with traditional news entities, engaged in conflict-of-interest disclosure, went beyond just assembling others’ writings, or tried to get both sides of a story. As the Supreme Court has accurately warned, a First Amendment distinction between the institutional press and other speakers is unworkable: “With the advent of the Internet and the decline of print and broadcast media … the line between the media and others who wish to comment on political and social issues becomes far more blurred.” Citizens United, 558 U.S. at 352. In defamation cases, the public-figure status of a plaintiff and the public importance of the statement at issue–not the identity of the speaker–provide the First Amendment touchstones.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Der Spiegel: Lazare Ponticelli, the last poilu

Romain Leick on the differing retrospections between France and Germany on WW1: The Symbolic Power of French Victory
Lazare Ponticelli was France's last surviving WW1 Veteran.  He passed in 2008.

Whenever the topic came up over the course of his biblically long life, Lazare Ponticelli always doggedly rejected the idea of being buried in a state funeral. But shortly before his death, under pressure from both the media and political leaders, he gave his consent for a solemn ceremony, "without much fuss and without a big parade, in the name of all those who died, men and women."
Ponticelli was the last recognized veteran of in France, the last living survivor of the more than 8 million people who were called to arms by the French Republic. Of that number, some 1.4 million did not survive the massive slaughter. When Ponticelli passed away on March 12, 2008, in Le Kremlin-BicĂȘtre near Paris, at the age of 110, his death moved the entire nation.

Der Spiegel: Disaster Centennial: The Disturbing Relevance of World War I

From Der Spiegel's piece on the start of the WW1 Centennial year,

The survivors of World War I included Franz Warremann, a journeyman bricklayer from the northeastern German city of Rostock, whose grandson, Joachim Gauck, is Germany's president today. Warremann brought home a helmet from the front that had been dented when it was grazed by a bullet just above his left temple. He had apparently been extremely lucky.
The dented helmet has since been lost, says Gauck in his office at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, but the sight of it created such a strong impression on him that he could "still draw it" today.
When his grandfather got together with other veterans in the evening and they talked about the war, young Joachim was always surprised at how exuberant they seemed. How could they be so happy after those harrowing experiences?
Only much later did he understand that the men treasured spending time with fellow soldiers who had also looked death in the eye in the trenches. Only they could understand what it meant.
And that was why they were celebrating life.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Illinois Medicaid asks feds to approve 'sea change' in how it spends money

This can't be smart.

Illinois Medicaid asks feds to approve 'sea change' in how it spends money

Illinois Medicaid has a bold plan to use federal matching dollars for everything from job training to repurposing nursing homes to help cut costs in the financially-strapped program. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which administers Medicaid, revealed the details last week as part of a proposal that would give the state more flexibility in how it uses federal matching...

Proof of Life: America’s last POW

Hew Strachan: Senior UK Defense Advisor: Obama Is Clueless About ‘What He Wants To Do In The World'

Hew Strachan is the authorit on WW1 History and how Politicans stumbling can lead to very bad outcomes. Pay head to him: Senior UK Defense Advisor: Obama Is Clueless About 'What He Wants To Do In The World'


ABC: Blagojevich wins one; Appellate court to receive transcripts of all undercover tapes

DOJ needs to put the audio and transcripts of all the tapes up online. Way too much history here that needs to be aired and examined.