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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.
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.
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
Illinois politicians put lawmaking up for sale to the oil and gas fracking industry. Read more at my Huffington Post blog.
I hope to God Bost loses the election this November.
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner revealed to a small group in a private meeting that the closest he was to “punching someone” in the governor’s race came after a dust-up before last Spring’s Greek parade with Gov. Quinn’s camp. Quinn’s campaign says it doesn’t know what Rauner is talking about.
In a video of Rauner obtained by Early & Often, Rauner ramped up his rhetoric against Quinn. The video is from a Saturday, July 26, closed-door event with supporters in Edwardsville. The Quinn camp, however, says it doesn’t know what the gubernatorial candidate is talking about.
Here’s what Rauner says:"I was the only Republican in this parade. There were hundreds and hundreds of people in line. You know what Pat Quinn said: ‘Holy cow, Rauner’s coming after my base. You know, I’m out working ‘em, I’m working ‘em. He’s running around chasing me … he’s never been to a Greek parade in his life. He came to that parade because he said, "Uh-oh, Rauner’s taking my votes.’""You know what, they tried to, his people tried to kick me out of the parade. You know what, it’s the closest I’ve come to punching someone in this race. I said, I said I ain’t leaving this parade, this is not a Democratic parade, this is a Greek-American parade, and I’m working for every family in this state. You know what, I pushed those guys aside, we went to the front of that parade, high-fives and selfies all up and down. You know what, they were clapping and cheering. They loved every part of the message.""The Governor has attended numerous Greek events in recent years and throughout his career, including the Greek Independence Day Parade in 2010 and most recently on March 30 along with his Greek-American running mate Paul Vallas," says campaign spokeswoman Brooke Anderson. "Mr. Rauner has a history of making things up in his stump speeches and his negative attack ads, so we’re not surprised he is continuing that trend.”
Rauner’s campaign has yet to respond. As far as attack ads, both campaigns have unleashed on each other.
More reasons to vote to keep Quinn in office.
H/T: Natasha Korecki at Chicago Sun-Times
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. • Faced with a crucial midterm election where Republicans are seeking to reclaim the governor’s mansion, Illinois Democrats used an annual party gathering Wednesday to provide an early look at their strategy for victory this fall.
Hundreds of county party leaders and volunteers had breakfast at a Springfield hotel and later kicked back with beer, barbecue and music during a picnic at the State Fairgrounds. Because turnout among the Democratic base typically drops off in Illinois during nonpresidential elections, officials reminded the activists of the importance of emphasizing five referendums that will be on the ballot in addition to the candidates.
Ballot questions, approved by the Democrat-controlled Legislature in the spring, largely advance the party’s focus on the working class. They ask such things as whether Illinois should raise the minimum wage, require prescription birth control to be covered in health insurance plans and place an additional tax on income over $1 million to fund education.
Attendees were also reminded of the importance of emphasizing close ties with labor unions — also crucial to driving turnout — as Gov. Pat Quinn is facing a tough, nationally watched bid against wealthy Republican businessman Bruce Rauner. While Quinn has tussled with unions in the past over his support for a pension overhaul cutting benefits for state employees and retirees, Rauner made fighting “government union bosses” a theme during the March GOP primary, bringing labor squarely to Quinn’s side.
“Illinois is a blue state and we want to keep it a blue state,” Michael Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO, dressed in a green Quinn T-shirt, told the group. “You start with your core groups. Your core group is in this room right now. Labor is a part of that, and you are a part of labor.”
Quinn told reporters that he expects a “very close race” where tried and true shoe-leather campaigning will help him to emerge the victor over his opponent. He painted Rauner as an out-of-touch billionaire “who has more money than King Midas and likes to stash some of it in a place called the Cayman Islands.”
“We have to stand together as a party and a people to do the right thing,” he said.
Still, top officials weren’t shy about noting the difficulties that lie ahead, in the party retaining its tight grip of power in President Barack Obama’s home state.
Secretary of State Jesse White said he is concerned Rauner has made “inroads into the African-American community,” shifting reliable votes away from Quinn by spending money in heavily black areas of Chicago.
The Illinois GOP will celebrate Republican day with their own breakfast and rally at the fairgrounds today.
#ILGov: DownWithTyranny!: Will Illinois Elect A Sleazy Billionaire Sociopath As Governor? Meet Bruce Rauner
Just say no to Bruce “Romney/Walker” Rauner this fall.
Take Bruce Rauner, a typical crooked financial manipulator, a tax-cheat, and a shady billionaire who bought himself the Illinois Republican gubernatorial nomination, writing himself a nice $9.6 million check to crush his opponents. His three main priorities are lowering taxes on the super-wealthy, lowering the minimum wage, and wrecking the public schools system and replacing it with for-profit charter schools.
Would it surprise you to know that Rauner also hides much of his wealth offshore to keep from paying his fair share of taxes? Chicago media has been reporting that he has refused to release a full set of his most recent tax returns that would show the full extent of what many know is a great deal of unethical and probably criminal behavior.
Brooke Anderson, the spokesperson for Governor Pat Quinn, pointed out that Rauner “doesn’t just use exotic methods to dodge taxes. He even uses exotic, offshore locations. No wonder why Mr. Rauner won’t release his full tax returns. He’s been stashing money in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying U.S. and Illinois taxes.” He’s a real sleaze bag and was once caught in an elaborate scheme to cheat on his property taxes for just a $1,600. He’s just a greedy, selfish sociopath who can’t help himself.
Margaret Niederer a former long-term care ombudsman in Springfield penned an OpEd for the State Journal-Register last week, Bruce Rauner is not the change Illinois needs.Nursing homes and disability homes owned by Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner’s firm have been implicated in numerous and repeated incidents of abuse, neglect, rape and even death of residents.
As a former Illinois Long Term Care Regional Ombudsman who protected the rights of residents in long-term care facilities for more than a decade, I am appalled.
Leading up to the primary election, I was horrified by the stories of elderly individuals suffering preventable deaths because of avoidable falls, pressure ulcers and infections in nursing homes owned by a company that Rauner helped found.
Rauner shrugged off responsibility and refused to explain to the voters of Illinois why these patients received such atrocious care.
Now we know that the extreme negligence that occurred in Rauner’s nursing homes were not isolated incidents. Illinois voters recently learned from news reports the gruesome stories of sexual abuse, assault and death at facilities for people with developmental disabilities owned by another company Rauner’s firm created. These crimes were so horrendous that one of the facilities was shut down by the state of Texas.
Rauner simply blamed the management team and called the company a bad investment.
I am all too familiar with long-term care companies skirting their responsibility of providing person-centered care to their patients. Horrendous incidents like this don’t happen repeatedly by accident. They occur in poorly run facilities owned by companies that value profit margins over the lives and well-being of residents.
Rauner and his investor buddies cut staff, which subsequently led to poor patient care. I have seen first-hand the effects of this scheme before. Residents are left frightened for their safety and personal well-being and, inevitably, a resident unnecessarily suffers or even dies from lack of care.
Rauner says he will come to Springfield and run it like a business. If the morally bankrupt and slipshod manner in which he ran his health-care companies is any indication of how he will run government agencies, including the Illinois Department of Public Health, which is responsible for oversight of long-term care facilities, then this is indeed, a very scary situation.
I personally have serious doubts that Rauner would be the kind of governor Illinois needs. If he is elected, will he ignore problems in the state’s long-term care system, public education and our rapidly deteriorating infrastructure?
The voters of Illinois deserve a governor who puts people first, always.
I sense Illinois voters hunger for change, but I know that Bruce Rauner, who has shown no interest in protecting our most vulnerable citizens, is not the change Illinois needs.
#ILGov: Super-Rich Gubernatorial Candidate Bruce Rauner Used Controversial Cayman Tax Gimmick To Maximize His Fortune
Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (R) made part of his fortune from investments in a Caribbean tax haven, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. But because Rauner won’t release details on his tax filings it is impossible to tell just how much of his wealth comes from those offshore accounts.
The newspaper found five Cayman Islands-based investment funds among the dozens of income sources Rauner listed on state disclosure forms last year. Three of the five are funds set up by the private equity firm Rauner founded. Two others, including one that manages money for a large public pension fund in Illinois, are run by separate firms.
While Rauner’s income from each fund could be as low as $5,000 — the threshold for disclosure on the state forms — a more realistic guess would be in the millions of dollars. As a self-described member of the richest 0.01 percent of Americans, Rauner is unlikely to make chump change investments. Most funds of the sort the Sun-Times identified require minimum investments of $500,000 or $1 million dollars, a tax expert told the newspaper.
Rauner has released summary tax forms but has declined to disclose other paperwork that would allow tax experts to figure out how much of his wealth comes from the offshore holdings. A Rauner spokesman told the Sun-Times that the offshore locations of the investment funds do not affect the Rauners’ tax rates since they pay state and federal taxes on that income. But the success of the funds themselves, and their ability to pay dividends to both individual investors like the Rauners and institutional ones like pension funds, is enhanced by having roots in a tax haven.
The exotic Caymans linkage will draw further scrutiny to Rauner’s wealth and tax maneuvering. Like many very rich people around the world, the Rauners are able to manipulate the tax code in ways that reduce their tax rate without violating the law. Despite pulling in $108 million in taxable income from 2010 to 2012 — more than enough to qualify for the top federal income tax bracket with rates of 35 percent or more — Rauner and his wife paid an effective tax rate below 20 percent. That is mostly due to how the tax code treats investment income differently from wage income. Capital gains are taxed at far lower rates than salaries.
Rauner has also benefited from “an accounting maneuver that blurs the lines” between normal income and lower-tax investment income, the Chicago Tribune reported in July. The IRS is scrutinizing the “fee waivers” that private equity companies use to shift their partners’ income from higher-tax categories to lower-tax ones.
Rauner’s campaign has received more than $4 million in funding from billionaire financial sector colleagues. He has injected nearly $10 million of his own money into his race against Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL). Quinn’s supporters are hoping to revive the same sorts of attacks on private equity and out-of-touch multimillionaires that helped sink Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. But Rauner, who made national news over the winter when he called for lowering the state’s minimum wage, has enjoyed a steady lead over Quinn in summer polling.
Hopefully Illinoisans have enough sense to keep Bruce Rauner out of the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield.
h/t: Alan Pyke at Think Progress Election
Bruce Rauner debuted his latest attack ad against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday — a TV spot called “Headlines” that relies in part on independent news stories but features headlines the Republican’s campaign made up and doctored to make them sound more critical.
The 30-second spot takes myriad shots at Quinn on the issues of unemployment, education, tax increases, education and the Democratic governor’s troubled 2010 anti-violence grant program that’s under federal investigation.
The ad overlays what the Rauner campaign calls “headlines” over TV screens. Some of the headlines are correct, such as one from a Chicago Tribune online story saying “Quinn signs tax hike into law” when the governor signed a post-election income tax increase in 2011.
But in two other cases, the Rauner ad makes up headlines that did not appear with the source cited, and in at least three other cases, headlines were shortened to buttress the campaign’s attack on Quinn. Rauner campaign spokesman Mike Schrimpf defended the technique, saying in an e-mail that “due to time and space constraints, the phrases had to be condensed.”
In one case, the ad displays the words “Quinn education cuts lead to teacher layoffs and larger class sizes,” which the Rauner campaign attributes to an April 11 Associated Press report that appeared on the Washington Times web site.
But the actual headline was “Quinn, Rauner spar on education in 1st 2014 event” from a story about a joint appearance by the two candidates before the Illinois Education Association.
The quoted “headline” by the Rauner camp’s ad also does not appear as a phrase in the AP’s news article. Instead, the “headline” paraphrases a Rauner attack on Quinn from the event, not an independent statement of fact from the AP.
Another quoted “headline” says “Pat Quinn. Pay to Play,” citing a June 20 AP story. The actual headline in the source material provided by Rauner’s campaign was another Washington Times web headline: “Event honoring Quinn raises ‘pay to play’ issues.” It ran over a story about the fundraisers behind a Democratic Governors Association event honoring Quinn. Again, the phrase quoted in the ad did not appear in the story.
The ad also quoted a March 26 “headline” from Crain’s Chicago Business’ website: “Quinn doubles down on tax hike,” which was shortened from the actual headline, “Quinn doubles down on tax hike gamble.” It appeared above a column reflecting on the politics of the Democratic governor’s election-year call to make permanent the 2011 income tax increase.
Two other “headlines” cited in the ads were shortened from how each originally appeared in the Tribune and Sun-Times.
Politicians often use quotes and headlines from newspapers in their campaign ads to bring to their message an air of independent credibility. But David Yepsen, executive director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, said the Rauner campaign risks serious distraction from its message against Quinn.
“This strikes me as some sloppy work by his consultants or staff because he doesn’t need to do it. There are enough real headlines that make Quinn look bad that they don’t’ need to cook some up or alter some to make the ad work,” said Yepsen, a former national political columnist for the Des Moines Register.
“Most campaigns, when you do negative advertising, they vet the stuff pretty carefully anymore because you know somebody’s going to check to see,” he said. “If they’re wrong or distorted, then you’re on defense and that undermines the quality of your overall message.”
Rauner’s campaign stood by the ad and said “everything” in it is “accurate.”
It’s not the first time during the race that the veracity of the campaigns have been called into question.
Last month, the Quinn campaign released a made-up media advisory about Rauner’s whereabouts, and listing the first names of the GOP candidate’s communications staffers. Quinn’s camp called it “clearly a joke.”
The Illinois Republican Party, with the acquiescence of the Rauner campaign, followed with a phony release against Quinn that used a made-up quote from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and listed Durbin’s governmental spokesperson as a contact.
In the 2006 race for governor, then-Republican primary candidate Jim Oberweis ran ads against rival Judy Baar Topinka, the current state comptroller, that featured made-up headlines from newspapers. Oberweis, a state senator from Sugar Grove, is currently running against Durbin for U.S. Senate.
Serial Liar Bruce Rauner = unfit to lead Illinois, so vote for Quinn or ABBR this fall!
h/t: Rick Pearson at Chicago Tribune's Clout Street
The case, Harris v. Quinn, is about the constitutionality of “agency fees” charged by public sector unions to all workers in a unionized setting, even non-union members. These fees are essential to their operation.
The particulars of the case concern Medicaid-based home health care workers in Illinois. The battle dates back to a 2003 executive order by Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) which paved the way for the Service Employees International Union to become the exclusive agent representing state home health workers. Then in 2009, Gov. Pat Quinn (D) issued another executive order classifying home care providers as state workers, and therefore eligible for exclusive union representation. In 2010, a group of home health workers, led by Pamela Harris, brought a class action lawsuit alleging that the collective bargaining agreement that required non-members to pay union fees violated their First Amendment rights.
Unions fear the implications extend far beyond the home health worker profession in Illinois. Agency fees in principle are important to public employee unions because they’re required by law to bargain for all workers in a unionized setting. If agency fees for non-members are ruled to be a violation of free speech, unions fear they would lose funding, become less effective at bargaining for benefits and, in turn, lose members.
A death spiral.
One labor official said such a result would bring about “the possible final destruction of the American labor movement.” The official added, “It would cause the death not only of public sector unions and what’s left of private sector unions, but also the Democratic Party,” suggesting that the demise of unions would make Democrats more reliant on Wall Street money.
Joel Rogers, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin, wrote in The Nation magazine that the challengers’ case in Harris goes for the “kill shot” against public employee unions.
Indeed, conservative and libertarian legal advocates see a golden opportunity for a victory against public sector unions. The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, wrote in a friend-of-the-court brief arguing, “There can be no question but that Illinois’s scheme to compel personal assistants’ association with, and subsidization of, labor unions flunks traditional First Amendment scrutiny.”
The makeup of the Supreme Court, which breathed life into this challenge in the 2012 case SEIU v. Knox, gives unions enough reason to worry. But a new twist on Thursday gave them even more reason to be concerned. Two major opinions on presidential recess appointments and abortion-buffer zones were written by Justice Stephen Breyer and Chief Justice John Roberts, respectively. That raises the odds that Justice Samuel Alito, who has a strong anti-union bent, will write the opinion in Harris, given that the justices tend to divide up opinions.
"Based upon who has written this term for each month, those of us who look at those statistics believe Alito could well have the opinion (although sometimes what happens is that someone is assigned a majority opinion and loses the majority on the way)," Rick Hasen, a law professor at UC-Irvine, said in an email. "Alito has shown himself very anti union in his remarks and earlier writings, especially when it comes to public sector unions and mandatory dues. This seems to be the thing he’s passionate about the way Chief Justice Roberts is about race issues."
“Harris could be the sleeper case of the year,” Hasen said.
I hate to predict this, but the decision will be 5-4 in favor of Harris and against unions (based on the 2 9-0 decisions handed down this past Thursday).
h/t: Sahil Kapur at TPM
TROY, Ill. (KSDK) – Gov. Pat Quinn was in Troy, Illinois Tuesday to sign the so-called “cupcake bill” into law.
It came to be after the Madison County Health Department shut down 12-year-old Chloe Stirling’s cupcake business in January after learning she didn’t have a permit or inspection.
The bill allows people like Chloe to sell baked goods – as long as they make less than $1,000 a month and put a disclosure on the package.
Quinn signed the bill during a ceremony at Chloe’s house.
For Chloe Stirling — the Troy, Ill. girl whose homemade cupcake business was shut down earlier this year by health officials — the icing comes Tuesday.
Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn, according to latest plans, will be at the Stirling home on Tuesday afternoon to sign into law what has become known as the “cupcake bill.”
The new statute will allow the use of non-certified kitchen equipment in the home preparation of baked goods, said Heather Stirling, Chloe’s mother.
"The bill would require that the business make less than $1,000 a month, and that the goods have a printed disclosure that says they were made in a non-certified kitchen," Stirling said.
In January, the Madison County Health Department shut down Chloe’s kitchen-based operation and said that for Chloe to continue, the family would have to buy a bakery or build a separate home kitchen. County officials said they were simply being fair in enforcing existing laws governing food-selling businesses.
Chloe, who in April turned 12 and earlier this week finished sixth grade at Triad Middle School, made about $200 a month selling cupcakes. She was saving the money to buy a car.
Heather Stirling said the family has been busy in recent weeks securing necessary business licenses and permits, a process which ultimately forced them to change the name of the operation to “Chloe’s Cupcake Kitchen.”
"We found out there’s a ‘Hey Cupcake’ business in Texas, so we can’t use that," she said.
For Chloe, the last six months have brought significant changes. She has been interviewed by numerous news organizations around the country, appeared on the “Rachel Ray Show,” was invited to a baking camp at a Chicago college later this summer and has spoken before both the Illinois House and Senate.
"I’ve met a lot of politicians in the last few months," Chloe said, adding that she plans "to make a lot of cupcakes for the governor."
Heather Stirling concluded, “It’s been quite a year for her. I told she shouldn’t expect seventh grade to be like this.”
One day after a new Illinois law allowing same-sex marriage went into effect, LGBT advocates lashed out against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner over his apparent opposition to marriage equality and his unwillingness to clarify his position on the issue in detail.
At a Monday press conference at Daley Plaza in Chicago, advocates criticized Rauner for stating last December that he would have vetoed the marriage equality bill had it come to his desk as governor in an audio clip shared by the Capitol Fax political blog.
Marriage equality advocates associated with Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, The Civil Rights Agenda and other groups, as well as several elected officials and community leaders, signed onto an open letter criticizing Rauner distributed Sunday.(Read the full letter embedded below.)
"Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, claims to be a social moderate," the letter read. "We know the real Bruce Rauner. His administration would very likely be working behind-the-scenes to block new legislation and erode the existing laws protecting our families."
Marriage equality advocates are also pointing out that Rauner’s running mate, Wheaton City Council member Evelyn Sanguinetti, has also expressed her belief in “the traditional definition” of marriage — suggesting she is opposed to same-sex marriage.
In response to the criticism, Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf told the Chicago Tribune that “Bruce doesn’t have a social issues agenda, and doesn’t have an agenda to change the law on gay marriage.”
Rauner told the Chicago Sun-Times last June he feels his personal view on same-sex marriage is “irrelevant” and that the issue is best decided by voters, rather than lawmakers, a position his spokesman reemphasized Monday.
Rauner’s opponent in the general election, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, has been a vocal supporter of marriage equality and on Monday attended a ceremony and reception at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art where more than a dozen same-sex couples wed.
Rauner/Sanguinetti ticket = bad for Illinois.