Another great hard-hitting ad by the DCCC that attacks Mike Bost’s temper issues. He’s NOT who should represent us in DC, so vote Bill Enyart in!
Where do Republicans find these people, and why won’t they stop? The latest candidate to sign up for the hard-fought America’s Dumbest Congressman competition is…
"Big Time" - Ann Callis for Congress
Ann Callis tells the truth about “DC Insider” Rodney Davis. Vote Callis!
On his radio program yesterday, Georgia GOP U.S. House nominee Jody Hice blamed court decisions barring school-sponsored prayer and the display of religious texts in public buildings for a “downward slide” in America, including low test scores, gang violence, drugs, teenage pregnancy and “promiscuity.”
“[A]s we have removed prayer and Bible and our Christian heritage from our public school, what has been the counter consequence?” he asked. “Has behavior increased or decreased? Has education gotten better or worse? Have our overall citizenship, our citizenry, have we become a better place to live or a worse place to live? Is there more drugs or less? More gang violence or less? More teenage pregnancy or less? More promiscuity or less?”
“Folks, across the board we have suffered,” he concluded.
In fact, teen pregnancy rates have been falling steadily over the past two decades as has the rate of sexual activity among teens, and in 2011 violent crime in the U.S. fell to the lowest rate in 40 years, a trend that has persisted. But somehow we don’t think Hice meant to credit the separation of church and state for these positive trends.
So we had in 1952 a clear understanding of the role of religion in our public life, even in our schools. Then shortly thereafter we had the beginning of a reinterpretation of the First Amendment, a reinterpretation of separation of church and state as it applies to the public school system.
And wow, have we been on a downward slide ever since. Removing prayer, then removing the Bible, then removing religious documents such as the Ten Commandments, which of course has led to the removal of other symbols and so forth, and then removal of benedictions and invocations at any kind of school event or activity.
And I just want to ask you, what kind of behavior, as we have removed prayer and Bible and our Christian heritage from our public school, what has been the counter consequence? Has behavior increased or decreased? Has education gotten better or worse? Have our overall citizenship, our citizenry, have we become a better place to live or a worse place to live? Is there more drugs or less? More gang violence or less? More teenage pregnancy or less? More promiscuity or less? What has happened in our society as we have removed our religious heritage from being taught, from even being allowed in our public schools?
Folks, across the board we have suffered. Education scores have gone down, violence and crime has gone up and we are witnessing more and more of the consequence of those decisions.
h/t: Miranda Blue at RWW
Another solid ad by Bill Enyart highlighting Mike Bost’s temper tantrums and voting on tax increases during his tenure in the Illinois House and why Bost is NOT fit to represent #IL12. Go and vote for Enyart!
Mike Bost keeps melting down in Springfield. Now Bost wants to be in Congress. He’d make Washington … worse.
Trim the Fat - Ann Callis for Congress
The residents of #IL12 do NOT need an egomaniac like Mike Bost to represent them. Vote Enyart when you go to the polls!
DU QUOIN, Ill. — With more than 19 years under his belt as an Illinois legislator, state Rep. Mike Bost has seen it all on the campaign trail.
At a mid-August campaign stop, the Republican taking on Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart, one of the most vulnerable members of Congress, dished on door-knocking memories as he sipped a beer at the St. Nicholas Brewing Company. It’s a new craft beer joint here in a farming town of some 6,000 people, connected to Chicago and Carbondale via Amtrak’s Saluki train, and in the heart of the swingy 12th District.
Bost leaned over to an aide, smirking. “I’m going to tell her about walking precincts with my wife in Belleville,” he said, before relaying the tale of finding a pool of blood in a driveway and missing a fatal stabbing by just hours.
While he survived that experience, Bost admits his challenge this cycle may be the greatest he’s staked yet. But it’s one national Republicans are increasingly optimistic about.
The race is playing out in a competitively drawn district, which begins in the St. Louis suburbs and heads southeast to the Land of Lincoln’s southernmost tip — an area blanketed by corn and soybean fields with small towns sprinkled in between.
After some initial bumps in the road since announcing his run more than a year ago, Bost said his team is hitting its stride just as the curtains are rising on the final act — though just last week the campaign mistakenly used a photo from an Ohio county fair in a tweet highlighting Bost’s attendance at a fair in an Illinois county of the same name.
“Trying to make the mental shift from state to federal, trying to get our name rolling, and moving up my organization from a state [representative] race that was in five counties to a U.S. Congress race that was in 11 and one-third counties, and getting the right team together — it isn’t always an easy thing to do,” Bost said on Aug. 12 over a brown ale fresh from the brewery’s new fermenter.
Bost was one of the first candidates named to the top tier of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns candidate program and is being counted on in one of the party’s best pickup opportunities in a year the GOP is likely to add to its majority. At this point, the race is rated Tilts Democrat by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.
A well-known state legislator, Bost is challenging a freshman who’s yet to build an iron-clad profile in his short time in office and in a district President Barack Obama won by a slim 2-point margin last cycle. Enyart, a retired major general in the Army National Guard, earned his party’s nomination in 2012 only after the primary winner withdrew; he went on to win the general by 9 points.
This cycle, both Obama and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn are unpopular in this corner of the state, providing their party with an added challenge in this off-year election, as Democrats work to get their base to turn out.
“Everybody hates Congress nationwide, according to polls, but most people like their congressman,” Bost said. “I think in this case, you’ve got to know your local congressman to like him or dislike him.”
There has been a dearth of public polling since a baseline poll conducted for Bost’s campaign in April found him with a 6-point lead on Enyart. That was before media spending began in earnest, and both campaigns hit the airwaves only in the past couple of weeks.
Crossroads GPS, the GOP-aligned issue advocacy group, is already on the air attacking Enyart over his congressional votes. The NRCC has reserved more than $1.4 million in fall airtime in the St. Louis market.
Enyart went on the air last month with his first ad, which touted some of the things he did in the military to help his community. With a large military population in the district from Scott Air Force Base, where Enyart was stationed while in the Air Force, the message could resonate with voters here.
Enyart has also bucked Obama on issues relating to coal, an industry tied to the southern portion of the district. That’s something his campaign is likely to play up, according to a Democratic operative in Illinois.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved $1.9 million on St. Louis broadcast thus far, and the Democrat-aligned House Majority PAC booked $1.75 million in the pricey market. That money can also be used for a neighboring district or potentially shifted to another market.
Democrats say Bost’s voting record in the state House provides a wealth of opportunity for attacks.
“The reality is, Bost has been part of the problem for 20 years in Springfield,” Jason Bresler, a consultant for Enyart’s campaign, told CQ Roll Call. “He has voted for numerous reckless bills that have run our state’s finances into the ground and kicked our problems down the road.”
Bost’s legislative tenure also includes an outburst on the state House floor, in which he threw papers as part of a fiery speech about the timing of a vote on a pension bill. It’s an image that could crop up in negative advertising.
“I think it was a passion issue,” Bost told CQ Roll Call of the incident.
Back at the brewery, Bost chatted with Abby Ancell, a partial owner and general manager of St. Nicholas, about the regulatory hurdles she faced to convert a shuttered hotel into a company that now employs 31. In an interview shortly after, Bost delved into what he plans to make the race about: Creating a pro-business environment and nixing regulations that he says have hurt job growth in his home state — that’s what led to his impassioned floor speech.
“I love my state,” Bost said. “I have been there during good years, and I’ve watched what has happened from lack of leadership. Even though I’m — no pun intended — screaming and yelling, I’ve tried to say, ‘No, we can’t continue to do this to our business, we can’t continue to do this to our state employees.’”
Let’s hope Tea Party-aligned extremist Mike Bost loses this November to Bill Enyart. Bost’s tenure as a State Representative has been less than stellar, due in part to his repeated temper tantrums on the House floor.
h/t: Emily Cahn at Roll Call
* Politico’s Alex Isenstadt says Bill Enyart could be dumped soon…
Despite the GOP’s troubles, Democrats remain anxious that the political environment could deteriorate still further before Election Day. They say two of their vulnerable incumbents, New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Illinois Rep. Bill Enyart, may soon be lost causes and are scrambling to prevent that list from growing.
We’ll see. That’s certainly a tough district for Enyart in an off year with Pat Quinn’s numbers in the tank. But only one occupation polls lower than a sitting congressman: Illinois state legislator. Mike Bost has taken lots and lots of votes over the years.
* By the way, Bost is airing his first TV ad…
* Back to the Politico article. Most of the chatter I heard over the weekend was about Ann Callis…
Democrats have gradually narrowed their focus to protecting jeopardized incumbents and are likely to seriously invest in only the dozen or so candidates seen as realistic contenders for Republican-held seats. At the start of the cycle, for instance, national Democrats had been talking up the candidacies of Ann Callis, a former county judge running for an Illinois seat, and Amanda Renteria, a former Capitol Hill aide seeking a California seat. Neither candidate is now seen as likely to win, and neither is receiving as much attention.
The DCCC’s only evidence that they haven’t yet jettisoned Callis is their media buy reservations haven’t been canceled. Kinda thin soup.
Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the GOP’s Illinois strategy has changed from defense to offense. The NRCC has spent a half million dollars on television ads to support Dold against Schneider, and a total of $1.4 million to support Mike Bost, who is facing the Democrat Enyart, and Davis in their races.
Prill singled out the Dold-Schneider race as a “huge pickup opportunity” for Republicans. Dold lost to Schneider in the independent-leaning district by about one percentage point in 2012.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent $800,000 on ads so far in the Dold-Schneider race, and about $3.5 million in the other two districts. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently appeared in Chicago to rally with Callis and Schneider, and push the Democratic campaign themes of equal pay for women and raising the minimum wage.
I have full confidence that Bill Enyart wins his #IL12seat over Tea Party-aligned Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost. In #IL13, however, I surely hope Ann Callis wins over Rodney Davis.
#ILSen: Senator Dick Durbin should win by 10+ over Jim Oberweis .
Go Durbin, Enyart, Callis, and Quinn/Vallas!
Happy 50th birthday to @callis4illinois. Let’s deliver her a victory in November!! #IL13 #Twill #AnnCallis
Women are at the forefront of many of this year’s critical and most-watched races. From candidates for governorships making waves from red-to-blue states, to game-changing senate seats up for grabs, women are making their voices heard now more than ever. Pivotal issues, including equal pay for women, health care, and campus sexual assault are front and center in Washington and statewide with women leading the charge. While the 113th Congress boasted 20 female senators – more than any other Congress to date, women still only make up 24.2% of state legislators in the U.S. With only a few months until the November midterm elections, it’s down to the wire for many candidates striving to change all that and bring a female perspective to the table.
To showcase a year of textbook races for women, msnbc introduces ’30 in 30,’ a new series where the 30 of the most dynamic women candidates seeking office in 2014 will be spotlighted: One a day over the next 30 days. The candidates – Democrat and Republican – have answered questions based on women’s issues and being a woman in a male-dominated industry. Welcome to Day 5!
Name: Ann Callis
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Race: Illinois House
Challenger: Republican Rodney Davis
Here’s the deal: Callis is a former Madison County chief judge – the first women chief judge in Illinois’ third Judicial district. Callis started Illinois’ first special Veterans Court for Veterans facing legal issues and has since been an advocate for Veterans’ needs. Callis’s campaign has so far raised $1.3 million, about half of what her opponent’s campaign has accrued.
How has being a woman in a field dominated by men impacted your race so far?
I truly feel that being a woman, and particularly a mother, has had a large impact on my campaign. First, being a mother is one of the biggest reasons I decided to take this giant leap and run for office. Both of my children, my daughter Caroline, a public school teacher, and my son Elliot, an Army Ranger, are dedicating their lives to public service, thus they have inspired my own decision to run for Congress. On the campaign, I’ve had the privilege of advocating for important issues that affect all women, like demanding equal pay for equal work, pushing to raise our minimum wage and promoting the idea of paid family leave. I want to be a voice for the thousands of women in our community who work hard, play by the rules, and still are struggling to get ahead.
What will you bring to the role that your opponent can’t?
I think I bring a unique perspective as a Judge, a proven record of results, and a plan to reform Washington. I’ve never been a part of the partisan bickering and finger-pointing that is rampant in Washington. As a Judge, I’ve been trained to listen to the facts, weigh both sides of an argument, and come to a conclusion. I think we need more of that in Washington. I also have a record of bringing people together and getting results for Illinois families. My work to start the state’s first veteran’s court, in addition to creating a mandatory foreclosure mediation program, has helped the people I was honored to serve. Finally, I bring a record of reform to Washington. Having made tough reforms to restore public confidence in the judicial system, I think we need to make some changes in Washington. I want to cut the generous perks for members of Congress and reduce the influence of lobbyists. It’s time we get Washington back to helping people, not just helping themselves.
If elected, what will be your #1 priority?The most important issue to our community is how we can grow our economy and create jobs. That will be my focus from day one if I am honored to be elected. I truly believe we have opportunity to grow good-paying jobs in this district. I want to see us stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and instead incentivize companies that grow jobs here. I would like to engage local businesses to expand on training and hiring our local veterans. I also want to expand on the wonderful research being done on the University of Illinois campus in my district, and link the universities and colleges in my district to local businesses and our local labor force to expand on apprenticeship programs.
What can we expect to see from your campaign this summer?
My campaign will continue to focus on spreading my message, recruiting our grassroots support, and communicating the importance of this election. I have a proven record of finding solutions for Illinois families. A lot of people throw around the phrase “problem-solver” but I can point to the Veterans Court and Foreclosure Mediation programs as examples to how I’ve brought people together to solve problems. We have a robust field program in our district that will continue to grow this summer to recruit volunteers, knock on doors, and make phone calls to get folks ready to turn out to vote in November. And finally, I will continue to talk about the importance of this election and the stark policy differences between myself and my opponent on nearly all issues important to this district. I will continue to voice strong support to raise the minimum wage, protect Social Security and Medicare, and reform the way Washington is run.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to young women looking to pursue a career in politics today?
I would encourage all young women interested in public service to just go for it. I have found that being a public servant, from Chief Judge to congressional candidate, has been incredibly rewarding, but isn’t always easy. Therefore, once the decision is made to run for office, I would advise young women to rely on their foundation, whether it be family, friends or both, and to also seek a mentor to guide you on your path.
Which women in politics inspire you?
As a woman running for office, I truly admire those who have paved the way for my success. Hilary Clinton is obviously a role model for so many of us that want to stand up and serve our communities. I also admire Senators Warren, McCaskill and Gillibrand for their commitments to public service.
And I respect the approach Senator Olympia Snow brought to Washington. I think it’s disappointing that someone who made it a point to put politics aside in order to focus on the priorities of everyday Americans felt they had to leave Washington to continue to make a difference. I’m ready to take up the cause of forging compromise based on common goals that put the best interest of Illinois families first.
How will you address unequal pay for working women?
This is an issue I have really been pushing during the campaign. I think it is ridiculous that in Illinois women make 78 cents for each dollar a man makes. This wage gap doesn’t just affect women; It hurts families and the entire economy. Many households across Illinois rely on women’s salaries as all or part of the family income. Paying women less for the same jobs their male co-workers do hurts families’ ability to put food on the table, save for retirement, pay for health care or buy a house. To start, Congress must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure women are paid equally to their male colleagues for the same work. It’s also time to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Here in Illinois, we know that six in 10 minimum-wage earners are women, many of whom are head of household. Raising the minimum wage would give more than 630,000 Illinois women a raise. Ending this wage gap gives women and families a fair chance to get ahead, not just get by.
Wild Card! What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you on the campaign trail?
While there are many strange things that have happened on the campaign (being filmed at parades is definitely bizarre), by far the hardest part of my experience has been watching my son get deployed to Kuwait with the Army. The nerves of having a child deployed overseas, on top of the stresses of the campaign lifestyle, have created an intense experience.
If you live in IL-13, please vote for her in November!!
H/T: Anna Brand at msnbc.com
ALERT: #TN04 GOP Primary: Jim Tracy and incumbent Scott DesJarlais separated by a +33 vote lead for DesJarlais. A recount is certain. #TNprimary
TN-04 GOP Primary winner may not be decided for days. Recount is certain, and possibly could change who the winner is.
And with that, we’re closing out for the night. Check back at DKE in the coming days as the #TN04 matter develops— Daily Kos Elections (@DKElections) August 8, 2014
It would seem that’s all the numbers we’ll get tonight. A recount could shift the winner of a 33-vote contest, though. Bedtime? #TN04— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) August 8, 2014
BREAKING: Incumbent Kerry “Santa Claus” Bentivolio has lost his #MI11 GOP primary to Foreclosure King Dave Trott. #MIPrimary
Local news is calling #MI11 for Dave Trott, Rep. Kerry “Santa” Bentivolio’s primary challenger. One incumbent the GOP didn’t want to win.— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) August 6, 2014
Less than two months after his stunning primary upset and just hours after stepping down as House majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor said Thursday that he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives effective Aug. 18.