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!
"Big Time" - Ann Callis for Congress
Ann Callis tells the truth about “DC Insider” Rodney Davis. Vote Callis!
Quinn for Illinois TV Ad - Bruce Rauner “APS”
Bruce Rauner cannot be trusted to serve as our next Governor. Vote Quinn/Vallas!
Rauner will inflict pain on our state if he is elected.
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!
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on Tuesday said he wouldn’t have signed a medical marijuana pilot project now underway in Illinois.
When specifically asked if he wouldn’t have signed the medical marijuana law, Rauner said: “That’s correct. And Pat Quinn shouldn’t have supported this law, because it created a secret process.”
Rauner’s position is significant because the pilot project in Illinois would be up for renewal in 2017. The next governor would be key to allowing medical marijuana to move forward in the state.
When asked if he was just not happy with the current bill or whether he opposed medical marijuana, he said: “Medical marijuana is something I’ve not supported. It’s not a big issue for me either way,” Rauner said.
Rauner’s comments about medical marijuana came at a news conference in which he criticized the current application process, calling it secretive and ripe for corruption.
"Thanks to Pat Quinn’s secret, insider process, there are a lot of questions left unanswered," Rauner said. "But there is something we know for sure: Something stinks, and it’s not the marijuana."
Right now there is a competitive application process for 22 licenses, however the names of those applying are not public.
The governor’s office took exception with Rauner’s comments, calling the process “competitive” and “transparent.”
"The application process was expressly outlined in the law, which was passed with bipartisan support and is one of the most rigorous application processes in the country," said spokesman Grant Klinzman in a statement. "By design, the law requires the confidentiality of application materials to ensure there are not unfair business practices while guaranteeing the selection team cannot be impacted by outside influences and that all decisions are made based on the merits. The process is treated like a double-blind medical study, the scoring teams will not know the identity of the applicants, only their qualifications."
Klinzman then called the selection process “among the most rigorous in the country,” with decisions to be made “with no consideration to politics or other interests.”
"The purpose of keeping information confidential, as approved by legislators of both parties, was to ensure the highest standard of integrity of the selection process," Klinzman said in a statement.
Rauner proposed having an auction for medical marijuana licenses, where companies bid for a license for a defined period of time.
"Then we can actually make money from the process. Why not? Rauner said. "Our taxpayers in Illinois deserve a break."
A new poll commissioned by the Democratic Governors Association shows Gov. Pat Quinn for the first time pulling ahead of his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner by three percentage points.
It is the first time since 2013 that a poll that’s been made publicly available shows Quinn leading Rauner.
Even an August internal Quinn poll showed the governor one point behind Rauner. Since the primary, Rauner has enjoyed a consistent lead that moved in and out of double-digits. Last week, Reboot Illinois published a We Ask America poll showing Rauner with a 9-point lead.
The new Democratic poll shows 5 percent of those queried chose Libertarian Chad Grimm. Republicans had unsuccessfully sought to boot Libertarians from the ballot. Democrats, meanwhile, were successful in blocking a Green Party candidate.
A memo about the internal poll, conducted by the Global Strategy Group, claims Rauner’s popularity has taken a plunge.
"As he has become better known, Rauner’s negative ratings have increased by 20 points among Democrats (16% fav/43% unfav to 9% fav/63% unfav) and by 13 among Independents (35% fav/21% unfav to 35% fav/34% unfav) with no increase in his positive ratings," according to the memo.
The poll, obtained by Early & Often, was a telephone survey of 605 likely Nov. 2014 Illinois voters. It was conducted Sept. 4-7 and had a margin of error is +/- 4.0 percentage points. Cross-tabs were not made available.
"Quinn has strong odds of holding on to the seat as long as he can consolidate his party’s voters," the memo states.
Here’s more from the memo:
Quinn has taken the lead over Rauner. Quinn leads the race with 43% of the vote compared to 40% for Rauner and 5% for Libertarian Chad Grimm.
Rauner’s popularity is sinking. Rauner is 13 points better known now (72% familiar) than in June (59%), but his favorability has held steady while his negative ratings have shot up by 13 points (34% fav/26% unfav to 33% fav/39% unfav). Rauner has become an unpalatable choice for the state’s Democrats and an increasingly divisive figure among Independents over the course of the campaign. As he has become better known, Rauner’s negative ratings have increased by 20 points among Democrats (16% fav/43% unfav to 9% fav/63% unfav) and by 13 among Independents (35% fav/21% unfav to 35% fav/34% unfav) with no increase in his positive ratings.
Quinn enjoys the support of 81% of Democrats, matching Republican consolidation behind Rauner (83%). Self-described conservatives are the only ideological segment of the electorate that afford Rauner an advantage in the race, while Quinn leads among moderate voters (40% Quinn/37% Rauner) and by a double-digit margin among non-conservative Independents (42% Quinn/31% Rauner). — Global Strategy Group
Here’s an overview of polls in a Rauner-Quinn matchup.
The residents of #IL12 do NOT need an egomaniac like Mike Bost to represent them. Vote Enyart when you go to the polls!
SPRINGFIELD — In a newly unearthed radio interview, Republican private equity investor Bruce Rauner admitted earlier this year that he once favored the outright elimination of Illinois’ minimum wage.
That little-known acknowledgment marked the first time the multimillionaire from Winnetka is known to have gone on the record as having ever favored ditching the state’s $8.25-an-hour minimum wage entirely for 1.1 million Illinois workers.
Targeting that voting bloc, the minimum wage issue has been at the heart of Democratic efforts to hold on to the Executive Mansion. Once again drawing attention to the issue, Gov. Pat Quinn announced this week that he planned to go seven days living on the minimum wage to dramatize the plight of the state’s working poor and to underscore the need for hiking the state’s $8.25-an-hour minimum wage.
While acknowledging that he once supported an elimination of the minimum wage, Rauner said later in that Jan. 10, 2014, interview on Bloomington-based WJBC-AM that either ending or reducing the state’s minimum wage to the lower national standard, as he advocated during a candidates’ forum in the Quad Cities last December, was ill-advised on his part.
“I have said, on a number of occasions, that we could have a lower minimum wage or no minimum wage as part of increasing Illinois’ competitiveness. I’ve said that many times,” Rauner told WJBC host Scott Laughlin.
“It’s a mistake for me to focus on lowering the minimum wage or eliminating it because there are better ways to increase Illinois’ competitiveness,” Rauner said at the time.
Rauner appeared on Laughlin’s program to tamp down the possible impact of a series of Chicago Sun-Times stories at the beginning of the year that outlined how Rauner, in the span of five months, had staked out three conflicting positions on the minimum wage.
Last September, Rauner told a downstate audience that he was “adamantly, adamantly opposed” to raising Illinois’ minimum wage. Then in December, he proposed moving Illinois’ rate back to the national $7.25-an-hour rate.
Last January, he said that stance from December was “flippant” and a mistake and said he’d be open to actually increasing Illinois’ minimum wage if it was paired with business-friendly reforms.
Rauner’s campaign stopped short Wednesday of saying Rauner misspoke in the interview with his first-of-its-kind radio mention about eliminating the minimum wage.
“In this interview, Bruce acknowledges — as he has repeatedly — that his past statements about the minimum wage were a mistake and he supports a federal minimum wage increase that would raise Illinois’ minimum wage and he supports raising the state minimum wage in conjunction with pro-business reforms,” Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf told Early & Often, the Chicago Sun-Times online political portal. “The online story that accompanied the interview also confirms that.”
Quinn’s campaign pounced on the new disclosure.
“We’re not surprised to learn that Republican billionaire Bruce Rauner advocated eliminating the minimum wage just this year. This is his real position, the one he’s trying to hide from voters to get elected,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said.
“Whether he’s dropping $140,000 on a luxury wine membership or pushing to eliminate the minimum wage, Bruce Rauner is the most out-of-touch candidate for governor in Illinois history,” she said.
The Rauner camp countered that the attack was mere political diversion from fallout over a patronage hiring scandal during Quinn’s watch at the Illinois Department of Transportation.
“This is simply another misleading attack from a governor desperate to distract from the fact that he handed out illegal patronage jobs to political cronies at the expense of our veterans,” Schrimpf said.
Bruce Rauner = unfit to govern Illinois.
h/t; Dave McKinney at Chicago Sun-Times' Early and Often
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!
Who Is Kurt Prenzler?
Time for Madison County voters to say adios to Kurt Prenzler!
Happy 50th birthday to @callis4illinois. Let’s deliver her a victory in November!! #IL13 #Twill #AnnCallis
Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a measure aimed at providing further protections for pregnant women in the workplace.
The legislation bars employers from firing, segregating against or refusing to hire pregnant women. Sponsoring Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago, has said the measure would relieve the issue of some women having to choose between having a child or taking a job.
The bill would require employers to make reasonable accommodations based on a woman’s needs, but a boss could ask for a doctor’s note. Women also could seek limited physical duties, such as avoiding heavy lifting.
“This legislation is especially important for low-income workers, who typically have the most physically demanding jobs and are least likely to have access to maternity leave and sick time,” said Wendy Pollack, director of the Women’s Law and Policy Project at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, in a statement issued by Quinn’s office. “Women can’t afford to lose their jobs, along with their income, seniority, and their employer-provided health insurance, or put their pregnancies at risk, due to the denial of a reasonable accommodation.”
Quinn signed the measure as he faces Republican challenger Bruce Rauner in the Nov. 4 election. The bill was not controversial in the General Assembly, passing the Senate 57-0 and the House 115-0. The law takes effect Jan. 1. You can read the bill here.
h/t: Chicago Tribune
Oh really?Here’s some more info:Republican Bruce Rauner Tuesday dismissed questions about his financial ties to the secretive Cayman Islands as a Democratic-driven “red herring,” calling it a “distraction” by Gov. Pat Quinn from his failed tax policies. In Chicago, Quinn hit Rauner over outsourcing allegations with regard to the venture capitalist’s former firm.
Rauner responded publicly for the first time to word that his former private-equity company set up a dozen investment vehicles in the Caribbean tax haven between 2009 and 2011, including three partnerships in which has disclosed having a personal financial stake.
“This issue of the Cayman Islands, this is a red herring,” Rauner told reporters in Springfield, where he was urging quick action by a state appeals court by the end of the week to allow a term-limits initiative on the fall ballot.
“This is a distraction. This is being foamed up by Pat Quinn and his allies to create a distraction in the media for the voters. It is not a real important issue one way or another in this election,” Rauner said. - Chicago Sun-Times, 8/19/14Latest polling shows that voters are paying attention to this issue and it is taking a toll on Rauner’s numbers:A dozen funds in total were set up in the Caribbean nation between June 2009 and July 2011 by private equity firm GTCR which, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, was chaired by Rauner at the time. He had a personal financial interest in three of those funds.attribution: None Specified
Bermuda and the Cayman Islands are popular tax shelters for U.S. corporations, as both island nations have no corporate income taxes, and disclosure requirements there are less stringent.
The Cayman Islands government agreed in August 2013 to comply with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which requires foreign financial entities to notify the U.S. Internal Revenue Service about American offshore accounts if they exceed $50,000. The intergovernmental agreement took effect in July.
Campaign spokesman Mike Schrimpf offered a full-fledged defense of Rauner to the paper:
Caribbean vehicles are common for private-equity funds as well as institutional investors like the Illinois’ pension fund that [Gov.] Pat Quinn is invested in, especially when the companies they are investing in already have international operations and headquarters … Bruce was also comfortable with it because that kind of investment does not reduce the taxes paid by individual investors on their income. It didn’t reduce taxes on Bruce’s income, and it doesn’t reduce Pat Quinn’s taxes either.
Rauner has refused to release a certain portion of his tax returns further detailing the investments, and GTCR has remained mum on the matter.
Brooke Anderson, a spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D) campaign, responded to the revelations by saying that “not only does Republican billionaire Bruce Rauner stash his own riches in the Cayman Islands to avoid taxes, he also parked his firm’s money there.”
"Mr. Rauner is great at gaming the system for his own financial benefit while the rest of us play by a different set of rules," she added. - Huffington Post, 8/19/14And Quinn isn’t the only one hitting Rauner on this issue:All of those TV ads targeting Bruce Rauner appear to be taking a toll on the popularity of the GOP nominee for governor.
A new poll out today from Garin Hart Yang Research Group, which usually polls for Democrats, shows Mr. Rauner ahead of incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn just 44 percent to 41 percent among 802 likely voters in the November general election. An additional two percent of voters lean toward each candidate, with 11 percent undecided.
The three-point difference is within the survey’s plus-or-minus 3.5-point margin of error, and definitely is less than the seven-point average margin Mr. Rauner has enjoyed in several recent surveys.
But a Garin Hart Yang survey released on May 14 had Mr. Rauner up six points, 46 percent to 40 percent. And an earlier one, in April, had the race 49 percent for Mr. Rauner to 39 percent for Mr. Quinn.
All of those polls were taken before the Quinn campaign and an independent group, Illinois Freedom PAC, began dropping millions in ads that slash Mr. Rauner for not paying enough income taxes, investing overseas and other rich guy sins. But the new survey was taken after those ads hit, specifically last week, on Aug. 12 to 14. - Crain’s Chicago Business, 8/20/14Even this guy is hitting Rauner on this issue:The business record of Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, was called into question by Paul Vallas, the Democratic lieutenant governor candidate, during a stop Tuesday at the Peoria Labor Temple.
“Bruce Rauner is in the business of vulture capitalism. That’s the Wall Street Journal’s characterization — not mine,” said Vallas, who accused Rauner of outsourcing jobs rather than creating them.
“Rauner has profited to the tune of millions of dollars from outsourcing American jobs and shipping those jobs overseas. He believes in cheap labor — both at home and abroad.”
Earlier this month, a Chicago Sun Times poll had Rauner ahead of Gov. Pat Quinn by a spread of nearly 51 percent to 38 percent, with 11 percent undecided.
Vallas referenced a recent story in the Sun Times that noted that, in addition to having personal investments in the Cayman Islands, a so-called tax haven, Rauner also had established a dozen investment funds there through his Chicago-based investment firm.
“The philosophy here is to maximize profits and minimize tax liability,” said Vallas, who called on Rauner to disclose complete tax records and identify his business partners. - Peoria Journal Star, 8/19/14I always knew this race was still ours to win. Polling has been crappy in Illinois in the past but this issue is taking a toll on Rauner. We can still hold onto this seat, we just have to get our base out to the polls. Click here to donate and get involved with Quinn’s campaign:Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged his buddy Bruce Rauner on Tuesday to release his full tax returns, calling it a “rite of passage” that candidates for public office simply cannot avoid.attribution: None Specified
Days after releasing his own 2013 tax returns, including schedules, Emanuel joined Gov. Pat Quinn in urging Rauner to do the same.
“Running for office and releasing your taxes is like a rite of passage. You have to do it,” the mayor said.
“When I ran for Congress, I released my taxes. When I ran for mayor, I released my taxes. I released my taxes when I was [White House] chief of staff, even though I was not in elected office, but it was an office in the public trust. I do believe in a separation. You’re still allowed a personal life and a private life. Your taxes, though … they speak to what I think is the right thing to do. And it’s a rite of passage running today for office, especially chief executive.” - Chicago Sun-Times, 8/19/14https://www.quinnforillinois.com/
I beg to differ, Mr. Rauner.
h/t: poopdogcomedy at Daily Kos