Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ryan-Rubio | The Weekly Standard

Ryan-Rubio | The Weekly Standard

Kristol couldn't be more right about the two needed for 2012.

What's the GOP's Sharable Story: a Kendall County YR Event Agust 24

This should be good:
A note from the Chairman of the Kendall County Young Republicans invites you to a panel discussion:

"Mark your calendars for August 24 as the Kendall County Young Republicans will be hosting a Multi County YR event at Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville (Rte 126) from 6:30-8:30PM.

Congressman Randy Hultgren, IL House Minority Leader Tom Cross, Senators Chris Lauzen and Sue Rezin, Representatives Kay Hatcher, Pam Roth and Bob Pritchard will attend and many more. The event features a panel discussion with WLS personality Dan Proft moderating a discussion on what the Republican "sharable story" is, and what issues set us apart from Democrats. You will not want to miss this one, and I am sure we will all come out of it fired up for next fall's election!"

Thank you for all that you do!

Scott Gryder


Kendall County Young Republicans

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Call him ‘Drama Obama’ -

Call him ‘Drama Obama’ -

Much like Blagojevich's final months, we have an Executive who can only campaign and not govern. An Executive seeking crisis after crisis to cajole the legislatures and public. Dragging them back into special sessions. Leadership by crisis.
"We face a debt crisis largely of Obama’s making.

Spending as a percentage of GDP now stands at a startling 25 percent, thanks to Obama’s failed stimulus boondoggle, his healthcare law and just run-of-the-mill spending by Democratic appropriators.

Taxes as a percentage of GDP now stand at historic low of 14.4 percent, thanks to a still-sluggish economy made worse by the president signing an extension of the Bush tax cuts. Obama can try to blame Republicans for these tax cuts, but when he had overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, he chose to keep those tax cuts in place.

Solving this debt crisis requires a math degree, not a degree in drama."

Doug Schoen: The Independent Payment Advisory Board Could Be Obama's Achilles' Heel

Doug Schoen: The Independent Payment Advisory Board Could Be Obama's Achilles' Heel:

One of the most appalling things to come out of Obama Care. Reason enough to junk the whole thing because funding the whole thing relies on the virtual dictators on the IPAB to make ends meet.

"For conservatives, Independents and a growing number of Democrats, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that was created with the passage of last year's health care law represents the worst of health care reform. IPAB would allow an unelected board to singularly enact spending cuts in the Medicare program through binding recommendations to reduce Medicare spending.

Last weekend, Reps. Tim Bishop of New York and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas were the latest Democrats to join the increasing bipartisan effort that opposes IPAB as they signed on as co-sponsors of Rep. Phil Roe's bill to repeal it. Quite simply, IPAB has so many opponents because it embodies centralized planning from Washington, D.C., and enables unelected bureaucrats to make decisions about people's health care. The contrast couldn't be more clear: a new government body (IPAB) charged with taking resources away from the beloved Medicare program."

Remy: Raise The Debt Ceiling Rap


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

GE moving X-ray business to China - The Boston Globe

GE moving X-ray business to China - The Boston Globe:

President Obama's job advisor moving biz from Wisconsin to China. Gotta wonder if this isn't a bit of revenge on Gov Walker.
"“A handful’’ of top managers will move to the Chinese capital and there won’t be any job cuts, said Anne LeGrand, general manager of X-ray for GE Healthcare. The headquarters will move from Wisconsin amid a broader plan to invest about $2 billion across China, including opening six “customer innovation’’ and development centers."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Public Policy Polling: Obama in perilous shape

Public Policy Polling: Obama in perilous shape:

Democratic PPP sees trouble brewing.
"For the first time since last July Barack Obama does not lead Mitt Romney in PPP's monthly national poll on the 2012 Presidential race. Romney has now pulled into a tie with the President at 45%.

Obama's approval rating this month is 46% with 48% of voters disapproving of him. There are 2 things particularly troubling in his numbers: independents split against him by a 44/49 margin, and 16% of Democrats are unhappy with the job he's doing while only 10% of Republicans give him good marks. Republicans dislike him at this point to a greater extent than Democrats like him and that will be a problem for him moving forward if it persists."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Agencies cited for poor grant monitoring - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

Agencies cited for poor grant monitoring - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register:

All Guv Quinn and AG Madigan can do is worry about the nasties at Catholic Charities while this pair loots Illinois.
"Last week, Margaret A. Davis, 59, and Tonja Cook, 43, both of Chicago, were charged in federal court with diverting $500,000 in state grant money for their personal use. Davis was charged with mail fraud and money laundering, while Cook was charged with mail fraud. Both have pleaded innocent.

According to federal prosecutors, from 2005 to 2009, the two secured more than $1 million in grant money from several state agencies. About $460,000 came in a single allocation from DCEO under the “Young People Make a Difference Project.” It was to be used to set up programs in six Chicago high schools to bring minority students to the nursing profession.

They also obtained 10 grants from Public Health worth nearly $518,000. The money was for a variety of programs, including breast cancer awareness, HIV/AIDS education and prostate cancer awareness."

AFSCME to picket throughout Illinois over Quinn canceling raises - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

AFSCME to picket throughout Illinois over Quinn canceling raises - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

No seige on the Capital?

Illinois Progressives gone soft?

Quinn's made them look like idiots.

Robo Call on Hultgren vs Walsh

Had a robocall last night asking for my thoughts on Walsh and Quinn (favorability on a six point scale) followed by who would I vote for in a race between them.

Lets hope Roskam saves the day here.

. . . With Both Hands: Gov. Quinn's Personal Pronouns - WE then, and now, WE are THEY.

. . . With Both Hands: Gov. Quinn's Personal Pronouns - WE then, and now, WE are THEY.:

Pat Hickey at his finest. Reminds me of the late Tom Roeser recalling the time when a Liberal could consider Abortion an Evil, and marriage something between one woman and one man. How those two believes came to be considered Talibanisque and extreme the sad story of the collapse of Liberalism. Welcome Pat Hickey and please consider this Religious Liberal one of the We. This move by AG Madigan a disgrace to the State.
"What's the matter with ME; what was I thinking? I thought Pat Quinn was the working man Governor, because the skilled trades backed him. Civil Unions? Abortions? Pat Quinn was all about working people who go to Mass, because Pat Quinn is a practicing Catholic. We was We then and We are They. We (I) voted for Quinn, but now that I am THEY that is all changed. I don't have any money. Terry Cosgrove of Personal PAC/LGBTQ PACs has lots of money. Terry Cosgrove is a solid WE and I am a solid though impecunious THEY. I now understand the Quinn Personal Pronoun.

I now know what a practicing Catholic is - an elected official who could care less about anything.

Catholics, Lutherans and Evangelicals are THEY . . .now. WE was WE then and I voted voted with WE . . .then.

Abortion and Gay Marriage ( Civil Union the sequal)is WE . . . now. WE ARE NOT GOING BACK!!!!!"

Monday, July 11, 2011

Illinois Review: Illinois Attorney General intimidates adoption agencies?

Illinois Review: Illinois Attorney General intimidates adoption agencies?

What AG Madigan thinks she gains by going after Faith Based adoption agencies like this a real mystery to me. IR finds the AG going out of her way to investigate a whole series of them without much reason.

There's no reason Civil Unions can't coexist with Faith Based groups criteria of placing Children with Mothers and Fathers. That's hardly a mean spirited thing of a Faith Based outfit to do.

This is a foolish move by Madigan, and otherwise very saavy pol, on many levels. Strikes me as an act of real desperation to shore up progressive-activists going sour fast on Illinois Dems (and Obama).

This is the only card left for Democrats in Illinois to play.

Update: Note Barry Rubins piece in PJ Media today on a Democratic Party taken over by extremists. This seems the perfect example to me. Lisa Madigan pandering a disillusioned progressive base with all that she's got left to sell.

PS And ever candidate for office in Springfield out to be asked where they stand on this come 2012,

Ex-Rezko partner being sentenced Tuesday - Chicago Sun-Times

Ex-Rezko partner being sentenced Tuesday - Chicago Sun-Times

More on this one tonight for sure! The Rezko-Alsmarrae dots getting conntected to Obama and it looks like Frawley's draing the lines.

But the DOJ getting in the way?

Bessie? Explain.

The ST UPDATES: UPDATE: After this story was published Monday morning, U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzman canceled Daniel T. Frawley’s sentencing hearing, which had been scheduled for Tuesday. Court records did not indicate why Guzman did this. Frawley’s sentencing had not been re-scheduled.

Gotta wonder if the real delay isn't justifying a one-and-a-half year sentence under Federal Sentencing guidelines when Frawley's cooperation yielded nothing. At least nothing Fritz and Holder will willing to use in court. Almost like its a sentence reduction for not talking.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Weekly Republican Address 7/9/11: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Where are the jobs...

July 3, 2011 - Jon Dee Graham at FitzGerald's Night Club

Nice camera work but the video guy tells me he can't get the music out of his head.

Wheeling Dems issue first of targeted blasts: | Blogs

Wheeling Dems issue first of targeted blasts: Blogs:

Kerry Lester notes there's a lot of us in the 'burbs. Given the Democrats now a party of just Chicago and a bit of St Louis and the Quad Cities, I wonder what the chances are of taking the state from Obama in 2012.

"Rob Nesvacil of the Wheeling Township Dems this week reached out to see just how we'd like to receive information about the organization's efforts to 'target local Republicans' talking points.'

Which Republicans, and what talking points, I ask? (Following the anti-incumbent tide last November, there are a lot of 'em in the burbs)."

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Gov. Pat Quinn ready for court fight over worker raises - Chicago Sun-Times

Gov. Pat Quinn ready for court fight over worker raises - Chicago Sun-Times:

So when's the Progressive March on Springfield?
"Quinn made the surprise announcement Friday that workers wouldn’t be getting the 2 percent increase they were expecting that day. The state’s largest employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said it had no idea Quinn was considering such action.

The raises will save the state about $75 million as it copes with a budget crisis. The state still faces a shortfall of at least $6 billion and possibly more than $9 billion.

Quinn insisted he’s following the law because he can’t spend money the General Assembly doesn’t appropriate but AFSCME has condemned Quinn’s actions."

Foster, we’d like to miss you for a change - Beacon News

Foster, we’d like to miss you for a change - Beacon News

Jeff Ward gets a little tough here,
One of my mother’s favorite sayings was, “How can I miss you if you won’t go away?” And like one of those persistent James Bond villains, just when I thought we’d never hear from him again, former 14th District Congressman Bill Foster comes roaring back like a bad case of athlete’s foot.

This time he’s running for the 11th Congressional District, which now includes Aurora, Joliet, Naperville, Lisle and Bolingbrook. And let me tell ya, as my blues hero B.B. King still likes to sing, “The thrill is gone.”

You see, what Mr. Foster fails to realize is, it took a perfect political storm to put him in office in the first place.
No kidding. Foster never really connected with Democrats in the 14th. The comment I heard was Foster always seemed disconnected. His affect flat. I'd be surprized if Foster connected in the new 11th.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Beachwood Reporter - Foreclosure City: Our Tsunami

The Beachwood Reporter - Foreclosure City: Our Tsunami:

From Steve Rhodes column: Foreclosure City: Our Tsunami. This is an epic change coming and I don't see how these neigborhoods get rebuilt. At least within the next decade.
"I'm reminded of a comment I posted to Rich Miller's Capitol Fax Blog after Miller (and others) expressed disbelief about the latest census figures showing the city lost about 200,000 people - 180,000 of them black - in the last 10 years:

'As a 20-year resident of Chicago, I can say that in the last decade it has become very expensive to live here, and as downtown has been glossed up, certain neighborhoods have gentrified while others have emptied out. Vast stretches of the South and West Sides are wastelands. It wouldn't have come as such a shock if the media had been paying attention and not distracted by the glitz.'"

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to cancel raises for state workers - Chicago Sun-Times

Gov. Pat Quinn wants to cancel raises for state workers - Chicago Sun-Times:

So Progressives going to march on Springfield now? Occupy the Capital building?
"The union condemned Quinn in harshly personal terms, calling him hypocritical and saying he “has sunk even lower” than some Republican governors because they changed laws on collective bargaining while Quinn is simply ignoring a legal contract.

“With his illegal and irresponsible actions today, Gov. Pat Quinn has trampled on the collective bargaining process and broken his contract with the men and women who do the real work of state government,” Henry Bayer, head of AFSCME’s Illinois division, said in a statement. “Today Pat Quinn has shown that his signature on such negotiated agreements is not worth the paper it’s printed on.”

Quinn and AFSCME reached a deal last year that bars the state from laying off employees or closing government facilities. In exchange, AFSCME agreed to come up with at least $50 million in cost-cutting and delay raises. Originally, AFSCME workers were to get 4 percent increases Friday, but the union agreed to give up months’ worth of additional pay by taking a 2 percent raise now and the other 2 percent in February. Another raise, of 1.25 percent, is scheduled for January.

Quinn says all the raises, which were originally negotiated by his predecessor, are canceled now"
Progress Illinois (SEIU)reports AFSCME's outrage but doesn't express any of it's own. That's curious.

Kane County Chronicle | Geneva mayor, others talk interest in top county job

Kane County Chronicle | Geneva mayor, others talk interest in top county job:

Kane County GOP seems close to a Lauzen v Oberweis repeat match (sadly) and while I think it's going to be a GOP year, another battle could easily had the board chair to a Democrat. Kunkel's not far off here about people tired of electing someone because of party.
"Kunkel, of Aurora, said a Democrat certainly would have a chance to be chairman.

“I think people are tired of electing someone because of a party,” Kunkel said. “We are really ready for some different leadership at the chairmanship level.”

Kunkel would not commit to putting herself forward for the position, but she did not say no.
“I am thinking about somebody running – not necessarily me,” Kunkel said. “I’m not saying I’m not. I want somebody to run for chairman, somebody who has good management experience. I am scouting about, trying to find the right person.”"

Koppie may run for 33rd District Senate seat -

Koppie may run for 33rd District Senate seat -

Kane County Politics gets interesting now that Kane County Board chair Karen McConnaughay's decided to run for the Illinois Senate in the 33rd District (Northern Kane, Southern McHenry, and solidly GOP). Chad Koppie's considering a run agains her though.
"Now Koppie is considering bringing the same kind of campaign in a fight for the Republican nomination in the 33rd District state Senate. Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay, a fellow Republican, committed herself to seeking that seat Wednesday. Koppie said he’s not shaken by that."

“I may not have tremendously large name recognition, but people know who I am and what I stand for,” Koppie said. “Karen has had a huge base for years, but I don’t know if maybe that base is receding. Why else would she quit the county board? She’s had a long time in public office, and maybe it’s long enough. I’m very seriously looking at becoming a candidate for this seat. And I know some of the insider Republicans may not appreciate that.”
Check the comments on this article. Koppie a solid conservative but a guy whose time may have past. Perhapes best if he stayed farming and made way for a younger candidate to oppose her.