SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
And the winners are…

Friday, Dec 21, 2012

* Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Golden Horseshoe Awards this year. Your nominations were so good that I often had a difficult time picking many of the winners. A big congratulations to all of our winners. These awards started as sort of an inside joke, but people now take them seriously, and I’m always amazed at the response. Some have even used the award to help them get a job, which is pretty darned cool.

* Let’s move on to today’s winners. The Wordslinger Golden Horseshoe Award for Best CapitolFax.com Commenter goes to Oswego Willy. Wordslinger said it best…

Lots of good friends and great choices, but I vote for Willy for the simple fact that he is desperately — and at times, it seems, singlehandedly — trying to get the Illinois GOP to wake up and compete seriously.

He has no use for the Litmus Testers, Puritans or those who just blame it all on Chicago. He takes no excuses, and demands hard work and accountability.

He won’t concede any part of the state and is adamant that the GOP needs to hit the streets and knock on doors with an optimistic message for the future, not just preach the politics of resentment to a dwindling base.

He’s a Happy Warrior and I hope he and those like him succeed, because this state could use a real, statewide, Republican Party like we had not that long ago.

Quite a large number of people come to this blog every day just to see what Oswego Willy has to say. I love the guy.

* Runner up is Michelle Flaherty. Here is Oswego Willy’s take…

Look back at some comments, and look at the incredible scope of topics she can comment on. Michelle Flaherty gives enough of an inside joke to get a knowing nod, and more than enough of a broad base statement to get a hearty laugh. Tough thing to do with many words. Now … do it in as few words as Michelle Flaherty does, yikes, that is getting it done.

Wordslinger has this award named after his unbeatable knack to be well versed in the topics at hand, and be as funny as can be and as serious as need be. There is Wordslinger, a space, then maybe another empty tier. Michelle Flaherty is beyond deserving with her spot-on commenting, comic genius, and clarity of thought in the fewest words possible. Michelle Flaherty makes you wait to see what really cool SENTENCE will be used to make her point, and she makes you read in wonder how she can be so concise, so accurate, and so funny. Well Done.

Consistently, the funniest person here.

* The Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Statewide Officeholder goes to Auditor General Bill Holland

Bill Holland, hands down. Holland is now, in essence, the parental unit of our state government. His work has saved taxpayers countless millions of dollars, and reports produced by his office instantly carry more credibility than anything issued by other state officers or agencies.

The reputation, integrity and diligence of his office are beyond reproach.

In Illinois politics, that’s really saying something.

There is no one better. Period.

* Runner up is Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

As Comptroller, she pulls no punches about Illinois finances. I hear no complaints about her office in terms of efficiency and she rarely if ever showboats for the press. No fancy spin or press releases, just the facts. The way it should be. Way to go Judy!

I’ve always loved me some JBT.

* We received a ton of nominations for lobbyists, but very few for The Mike McClain Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Statehouse Insider. So, I’m giving it to Mike McClain

He’s the best in the business and the namesake of the award and is still operating at top levels.

Ain’t nobody better, or even close.

* Here is the complete list of this year’s winners, with runners-up in parentheses…

* The Wordslinger Golden Horseshoe Award for Best CapitolFax.com Commenter: Oswego Willy (Michelle Flaherty)

* The Mike McClain Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Statehouse Insider: Mike McClain

* Best Statewide Officeholder: Auditor General Bill Holland (Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka)

* Best “Do-Gooder” Lobbyist: Bruce Simon (Kathy Drea)

* Best Contract Lobbyist: Tom Cullen (Ed Peck)

* Best In-House Lobbyist: Rob Karr (Mark Denzler)

* Best Legislative Liaison: Bresha Brewer (Cameron Schilling)

* Best Illinois Congresscritter: US Sen. Dick Durbin (Congressman Bob Dold)

* Best State Agency Director: Malcom Weems (Amy Martin)

* The Mark Beaubien Lifetime Service award for the Illinois House: Rep. Skip Saviano, Rep. Joe Lyons (tie)

* The John Millner Lifetime Service award for the Illinois Senate: Sen. Susan Garrett (Sen. Tom Johnson)

* Best Illinois State Senator - Republican: Sen. Matt Murphy (Sen. Pam Althoff)

* Best Illinois State Senator - Democrat: Sen. Don Harmon (Sen. Dan Kotowski)

* Best Illinois State Representative - Republican: Rep. Jim Durkin (Rep. David Harris)

* Best Illinois State Representative - Democrat: Rep. Elaine Nekritz (Rep. Greg Harris)

* The Steve Brown Golden Horseshoe Award for Best Government Spokesperson: Joe Tybor (John Patterson)

* Best legislative campaign staff director: Will Cousineau (Brendan O’Sullivan)

* Best campaign staffer - Illinois House Democrats: Shaw Decremer, Kristen Bauer (tie)

* Best campaign staffer - Illinois House Republicans: Bob Stefanski (Nick Bellini)

* Best campaign staffer - Senate Democrats: Jill Dykhoff (Sam Strain)

* Best campaign staffer - Senate Republicans: Helen Albert (Rachel Bold)

* Best State Senate Staffer - Non Political: Giovanni Randazzo (Kim Schultz)

* Best State House Staffer - Non Political: Samantha Olds (Tyler Hunt)

* The Beth Hamilton Golden Horseshoe Award for Best House Secretary/Admin. Assistant: Carol Shehorn, Sally McDaniel-Smith (tie)

* Best Senate Secretary/Admin. Assistant: Robin Gragg (Melissa Earle)

* Best political bar in Springfield: DH Brown’s (JP Kelly’s)

* Best political restaurant in Springfield: Sebastian’s (Saputo’s)

* Best bartender: Mike at DH Brown’s (Jamie at Boone’s)

* Best waiter/waitress: Annie at Sunrise (Jess at Brown’s)

Congrats to all!

- Posted by Rich Miller        


No Comments

Be the first to comment.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Wunderlist 3: faster sync,pro features,public lists
        * Message to IT from Mac users: Tread lightly
        * HP’s Gilt-Exclusive Smartwatch Puts Fashion FIrst
        * Verizon G Pad 8.3 finally gets Android 4.4.2 KitKat
        * Market responds to Iliad’s T-Mobile buyout offer: TMUS value climbs, Sprint and Iliad values fall
        * An epic journey to Mount Everest with Stephen Alvarez and Lumia
        * Verizon Galaxy S5 update could break root access

        * If You're Not Satisfied with a Project, Leave it Out of Your Portfolio
        * Use Canned Responses to Create Multiple Email Signatures in Gmail
        * TouchPico Handheld Projector Transforms Any Surface Into A Touchscreen (video)
        * Build Your Own Backyard DIY Dunk Bucket
        * Ninja Sphere Smart Home Hub Up For Pre-order
        * Hulu Plus app for Android Updated with more Free Content
        * SnapPiCam Raspberry Pi Powered Digital Camera Kit (video)

        * July struggles bury Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham
        * AL Central trade deadline wrapup
        * White Sox 7, Tigers 4: Returning home in one piece
        * Abreu's hit streak reaches 20 with first-inning single
        * Ventura loses replay challenge in ninth inning
        * White Sox take series while Detroit deals
        * Abreu's hit streak reaches 20 with first-inning single


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Campaigns working to get people to vote early, .....
        * Criminal States - National Review Online..
        * Gov. Quinn to sign bill today in region - The S.....
        * Gov. Quinn to sign bill in region Friday - The .....


        * 2 men rescued from bucket lift in Illinois
        * Guilty plea in crash that killed 2 motorcyclists
        * Durbin, Kirk push for federal action on Asian carp
        * Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago
        * Jewish judge won't give up case of Arab activist
        * Rauner says he'll be 'champion' for farmers
        * Man accused of putting needles in packaged meat
        * 'American Idol' to have auditions at state fair
        * Driver's license site in Belvidere faces eviction
        * Teen who left shoeless from wilderness camp found

        * State lawmaker's replacement named
        * Rauner says he'll be 'champion' for state's farmers
        * Quinn: Workers' compensation rate to fall in 2015
        * Quinn signs epinephrine law for Illinois schools
        * Governor candidates differ on overseas tax breaks
        * Quinn: State will 'prevail' in Shakman lawsuit
        * Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug
        * Quinn OKs ballot question on tax hike for incomes over $1M
        * Lawsuit against Quinn back in court in October
        * Illinois to ask voters about taxing millionaires

        * Knock off all 32 Greek tragedies this weekend
        * Emanuel's 2015 budget puts off pension crisis for now
        * Allstate cuts auto rates for first time in six years
        * Chicago biz center aims to foster two-way trade with China
        * Court zaps ComEd for 2011 storm outages


        * Bicyclist hit by Metra train in Des Plaines dies
        * Old tank cars put Chicago at risk
        * Judge, big supporter of Israel, balks at leaving Palestinian terrorism-related case
        * Father of slain teen fatally shot in Humboldt Park
        * Emanuel wants plan to ease lakefront traffic after Lucas museum opens
        * City budget puts off day of reckoning until after election
        * Judge: Fired officer gets new Police Board hearing
        * 3 men rescued after sailboat capsizes near Monroe Harbor
        * Owner of dog killed by cop happy he got fired
        * City’s strict limits on medical marijuana sites go up in smoke


        * Crews struggle to get enough water to fight extra-alarm fire
        * Metra train hits, kills bicyclist on UP Northwest Line
        * Father shot dead 6 days after son slain: 'It hurts so much'
        * Chicago's day of reckoning over pensions delayed
        * Ricketts family to host political fundraiser at Wrigley Field
        * Shootings leave 1 dead, 3 wounded
        * Eric Cantor set to resign from Congress in August, he says
        * U.S. Senate confirms first ambassador to Russia in five months
        * Metra train hits, kills bicyclist on UP Northwest Line
        * Sweeping reforms suggested to fix CPS truancy crisis


        * "The Civil War" Becomes A Downtown Musical
        * New Choir Brings A Level Of Expertise
        * Republican Attorney General Candidate: Pension Changes Unconstitutional
        * Some Historic Sites To Curtail Hours Due To Lack Of Money
        * At Historic Sites, Budget Cuts Could Lead To Closures
        * State Fair Manager "Moving Forward" After Ethics Violation
        * Community Prosecutions Credited With Drops In Crime
        * Community prosecutions credited with drop in crime
        * Police responding to shooting in the Loop
        * Demoted worker kills self, wounds CEO in Loop shooting


        * Bernard Schoenburg: Changes coming to Prairie Capital Convention Center board
        * Margaret Niederer: Bruce Rauner is not the change Illinois needs
        * E.J. Dionne: The GOP’s impeachment two-step
        * Esther Cepeda: Giving teachers their voice
        * State lawmaker's replacement named
        * Rauner says he'll be 'champion' for state's farmers
        * Our Opinion: Dangerous pedestrian crossing getting the attention it deserves
        * The GOP as the party of reform
        * John Cooney: Lawsuit abuse is a myth spun by big business
        * Quinn: Workers' compensation rate to fall in 2015


        * Patchy Midwestern Dryness of Little Concern
        * Durbin slams CN for slowing Amtrak
        * Fred Giertz 8/1/2014
        * Poshard Foundation donates $100,000 to jumpstart children’s network
        * Road closure 8/1/14
        * Celebration banking on star power to draw crowds
        * Area history, Aug. 1, 2014
        * RTHS board approves teachers' pay increases
        * Religion calendar, Aug. 1, 2014
        * Monticello board to decide on 2 ballot questions


        * Superintendent Torres leaving District U-46, source says
        * Images: Jose Torres' tenure in U-46
        * Banksy's ‘Spy Booth' artwork defaced
        * Report: Torres leaving District U-46
        * Body found in forest preserve identified as Waukegan woman

        * Communicators with Representatives Lofgren...
        * Illinois representatives bring issue of hu...
        * Shimkus, Davis to host human trafficking s...
        * Shimkus wearing two hats during election y...
        * Shimkus Praises Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Sup...
        * Communicators with Representatives Lofgren...
        * Illinois representatives bring issue of hu...
        * Shimkus, Davis to host human trafficking s...
        * Shimkus wearing two hats during election y...
        * Shimkus Praises Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Sup...

        * Durbin, Kirk Push for Federal Action on As......
        * Durbin, Rockefeller, Nelson, Pryor, Coons,......
        * Durbin, Rockefeller, Nelson, Pryor, Coons,......
        * Durbin, Rockefeller, Nelson, Pryor, Coons,......
        * Durbin slams railroad for slowing Amtrak...

        * Kirk Calls on Secretary McDonald to Stand ......
        * Durbin, Kirk push for federal action on As......
        * Ex-Im Reauthorization Bill Comes Without M......
        * Sabato: Illinois Now Leans Republican, Qui......

        * Ten minute drawing. Guest posts.
        * David Brooks argues for grit. I hate grit. Seniors are poor because they desire immediate gratification? No grit?
        * No ten minute drawings for the next few days.
        * Words that can get teachers fired.
        * The Weekend Desk Report
        * Beachwood Photo Booth: Window Dressing
        * Rauner leads Quinn; is that shocking at this stage of Ill. electoral game?
        * Short Division
        * Glen Brown. How you benefit from our defined benefit pension.
        * What did $4 million buy the state’s unions in the primary?


        * ICYMI: Federal funds misused in Quinn anti-violence program
        * Rauner Rolls Out Agriculture Coalition and Key Supporters From the Agricultural Community Across Illinois
        * Governor Quinn Signs Law to Expand Health and Wellness Services in Communities Across Illinois - New Steps Will Help Expand Access and Quality of Healthcare
        * Pat Quinn: Patronage Will Prevail
        * Governor Quinn and Company Officials Open Nippon Sharyo Expansion in Rochelle - Passenger Rail Car Manufacturing Plant Expansion Creating 90 New Jobs




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller