Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Well I Got That Wrong..

Really thought Quinn would end up pulling it off...

I have to say I don't feel bad that I was wrong however...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sorry Mark Brown but I don't think it is about the money...

Mark Brown a few days ago wrote in the Sun Times why he doesn't like Bruce Rauner and it showed up in my feed as part of an ad for Quinn...

He is entitled to his opinion, certainly but I think there is an issue with his basic argument.

I don’t like people buying their way into political office at the highest levels. Never have. 
I don’t like it from Democrats (Al Hofeld and Blair Hull come to mind), and I don’t like it from Republicans. 
I particularly don’t like a new breed of uber-wealthy bullies who are intent on reshaping Illinois government more to their liking under the guise of reforming it for our benefit

Well Mark, most major money in politics, be it from PACs, Unions or someones pocket, it comes from entities reshaping government more to their liking or preventing it from being reshaped in a way that isn't to their liking.  Pure and simple...  Do you think the union money coming in for Quinn is because they think he is a great governor or because they are concerned about the economic impact to their members?

So using your own money to shape government is bad, but giving it to someone else who will likely shape it to your liking (that is why you are giving them money in the first place) is ok? Sorry I really don't see a difference between it being your dime and someone else's, the only difference is at least you don't have to feel beholden to the person who gave you the money.  If you don't think elected officials are beholden to donors?


The minimum wage is a great example of this... Why hasn't the legislature raised it?  The Democrats have the votes to do it, but instead we get an advisory referendum and lots of talk about an increase, but no action.  Think it might have something to do with not wanting to tick off voters and/or donors? Did they hold off on it so it could be an election issue? Is that for anyone's benefit besides the elected officials?

Give me a break...




Thursday, October 23, 2014

The 84th House Race Kifowit vs. Bansal...

Well the only polling I have seen shows the race kind of close (about 7%), IMHO the questions were a sort of push poll but that is closer than I would have expected..

There are two other things that I think will result it this being a closer race than I think even the polling shows. I don't think the polling gives the full picture.

First:
The South Asian vote in the district, not sure what the census numbers are, but I think it is safe to say that South Asians make up a larger % of the voters in the 84th than most other districts in the state. I think that is a real advantage for Bansal, I see lots of his yard signs in front of homes I have never seen anyone's yard sign in front of before, (just his sign usually).

Also Aurora had a Indian Festival of Lights event in the district (at Waubonsie Valley HS) with Bansal's campaign being one of the sponsors.  From what I understand there was significant crowd at the event, if Kifowit loses this race and it's close, I think that event will have pushed it over the edge since it gave him a lot of exposure for what I suspect was a small investment.

Secondly:
I am not sure there is really much of anything to really drive Democratic turnout in the district (well perhaps the top of the ticket to a limited degree), but don't see a lot of strong Quinn feelings in the district and the county wide races (at least in Kane) don't seem to be generating much heat.

When I got message tested on the race, most of the negative stuff they tested for him involved some tea party stuff, and people who support him also support something you may disagree with.  Not sure if that will really get people to the polls.. The 'better' negative stuff seemed to be focused on Kifowit, it was at least more direct.

So I think this is going to be interesting on election night.

Then again I might be nuts...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The True North Strong and Free...

Was in Ottawa a few months back and also visited there a few years ago.  When I was there the last time the weather was so nice it was if they were filming a ad, walked by the places where the shooting took place.

Love today and every day to the true north strong and free...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Vinson was not told that she could not fly,"


Multiple sources are reporting that the second health care professional in the US who has contacted Ebola contacted the CDC about her low grade fever and was not told she shouldn't fly...


Ok, this may not be Katrina big, but this is the sort of thing we kind of just assume that the government would get right.  Part of the argument (and a good one I would add) for entities like the CDC is to be the voice of caution in situations like these. That they are the ones who would offer the 'safe yet not nuts' perspective.

This (sort of like dealing with the immediate aftermath of Katrina) is the thing we all expect government to do.  To have a plan, to step in an implement that plan. When it doesn't it leads to general suspicion of the government to do anything.

It's not like the idea of a bad communicable disease coming to America isn't a unique idea. Heck Hollywood has been riding that horse for a long time.


If He Fails to Win Re-Election...


It's cheap and since he uses a push mower, it's green..............

Monday, October 13, 2014

Get Better Karen...

Sorry you are not going be running.... Get better.