LIVE session coverage...
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Not quite

Monday, Feb 4, 2013

* The AP ran this headline over the weekend

AFSCME union gives former state Rep. Hutchinson its endorsement in 2nd district

Um, no. Hutchinson is a sitting state Senator. Robin Kelly is the former state Rep. in the race.

* And the problem wasn’t just with the AP’s headline. Here’s the lede

Former state Rep. Toi Hutchinson has received a labor endorsement in her bid to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the U.S. House.

And the last paragraph

Hutchinson also has the endorsement from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. On Wednesday state Sen. Napoleon Harris dropped out of the race and put his support behind Hutchinson.

Yes, Hutchinson was endorsed by Preckwinkle, but Sen. Harris endorsed Robin Kelly.

Everybody makes mistakes. Things happen and it’s usually no big deal. And I know there are a lot of candidates in the 2nd Congressional District race, but that story was really messed up.

* The AP wasn’t the only confused media outlet. The Hill

While Hutchinson has high name recognition in the district following her 2010 primary challenge to Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), having no money is a bad spot to be in heading into the home stretch of the campaign.

No. Halvorson ran against Jackson.

Yes, the two names are similar, and Hutchinson once worked for Halvorson and got her Senate seat. And I’m always worried that I’m gonna screw up those names myself. But doesn’t the Hill have a ton of editors?

* Anyway, feel free to discuss the AFSCME endorsement, which I told you about over the weekend

The progressive union AFSCME today announced their endorsement of Toi Hutchinson in the upcoming special election in Illinois’s Second Congressional District. AFSCME cited Hutchinson’s strong record of looking out for middle class interests in making its decision.

“AFSCME Council 31 is proud to endorse Toi Hutchinson for Congress,” the union’s executive director Henry Bayer said. “Toi has a strong record on retirement security, affordable health care, tax fairness and other issues vital to union members and all working people. AFSCME will educate our more than 7,000 members and retirees in the Second Congressional District about her leadership, and encourage them to get out and vote on February 26.”

AFSCME Council 31 is a leading voice for working families throughout Illinois, with 100,000 active and retired members who provide the essential public services that residents rely on. AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public-service union with more than 1.6 million active and retired members, including nurses, corrections officers, caregivers, EMTs, sanitation workers and more. With members in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

“When I’m in Congress, I’ll keep working with AFSCME and stand with President Obama to protect the services and programs that people across the country need and depend on,” said Hutchinson. “For too long, Congress has focused on the budget deficit instead of the opportunity deficit. When I’m elected I’m going to work hard to invest in exactly the kinds of initiatives that empower people and communities.”

* Meanwhile, a Kelly partisan wonders about Sen. Hutchinson’s 2012 NRA questionnaire. Hutchinson received an “A-” from the group last year..

The National Rifle Association’s 2012 questionnaire for Illinois state legislature candidates directly addresses questions about assault weapons bans and bans on high capacity ammunition magazines:

    • Question 10: Do you support state legislation banning the lawful manufacture, possession, ownership, purchase, sale and/or transfer of any firearms?

    • Question 11: Would you support state legislation restricting the possession, ownership, purchase, sale and/or transfer of semi-automatic firearms used for hunting, competitive shooting, collecting and self-defense?

    • Question 12: Would you support restricting or banning magazines that hold more than ten rounds?

How does Senator Toi Hutchinson answer those questions? Can we conclude those answers were to the liking of the NRA.

Unless proven otherwise by the Toi Hutchinson campaign, the answer is “yes.” The answers were to the liking of the NRA.

Discuss.

* Related…

* Hadiya’s district, Hadiya’s issue

* Washington: Leave race out of 2nd District race

- Posted by Rich Miller        


24 Comments
  1. - Stones - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 9:50 am:

    Who’s on First?

    It’s going to come down to turnout. Look for a big Republican crossover.


  2. - Bill - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 9:53 am:

    AFSCME is going to be sorry when Toi votes to cut their throat. Didn’t they learn anything from their support of Quinn?


  3. - wndycty - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 9:53 am:

    Medill also got it wrong, Hadiya was murdered in the 1st CD. The northern border of the 2nd is 53rd and it goes no further west than Cornell. Hadiya was murdered north west of there.


  4. - OurMagician - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 9:56 am:

    Also-The Hill says 2010 was when Hutchinson (Halvorson) ran when it was 2012.


  5. - Dazed & Confused - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 9:59 am:

    The answer is simple. With Harris’ departure, Hutchinson is the only current state legislator in the race. AFSCME made a calculated play that by endorsing Hutchinson, she would not vote in favor of pension reform that may occur in the next month or so before the next election later this spring where she would win her seat.


  6. - bored now - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:09 am:

    if reporters are confused — and they are supposed to know something about the campaign! — then imagine how confused the casual voter will be? there’s a reason why special elections like this have a low turnout, and why campaigns should expect NO ONE with whom they had no contact to vote for them. ground game, baby…


  7. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:16 am:

    Everyone makes mistakes, but the AP has the conceit to write The Book on how to get it right. Presumably, a lot of eyeballs were on the story before it went out.

    Same with The Hill — big bowl of wrong.


  8. - Amalia - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:18 am:

    maybe anything involved with the NRA is confusing now since they were for background checks at gun shows (Wayne La Pierre 1999) before they were against them (now). and Wayne is getting scorched on Fox News of all places, as he sat there on set with Chris Wallace calling his comment ridiculous. makes my head fuzzy cause things seem so turned around!!!


  9. - anon - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:18 am:

    With AFSCME’s endorsement of Senator Hutchinson, I believe its safe to say that the Senator will be a big NO on any pension reform that isnt supported by AFSCME. Smart move by AFSCME, unless she wins. Then she becomes a congress critter in the minority party. I suppose it would also anger Senator Trotter, and possibly others who could hurt AFSCME’s efforts in the GA. I guess it works out if there is a particular post office that AFSCME wants a say in naming. Otherwise, a Hutchinson win is little help to AFSCME.


  10. - Dirty Red - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:21 am:

    The Southern Illinoisan had one this weekend, too:

    “Bill Brady hints at gubernatorial run No. 2″
    http://thesouthern.com/news/local/bill-brady-hints-at-gubernatorial-run-no/article_731ac1d4-6d08-11e2-8c04-001a4bcf887a.html

    How short our memories are. This would be take #3 for Brady.


  11. - Esquire - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:35 am:

    State Senator Napolean Harris has been in office since what? January, 2013, I think. How much weight can his endorsement carry?


  12. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:37 am:

    Oh that’s just pathetic. Look, I know news organizations are cutting editors left and right, but how much longer would it have taken for the reporter to just check their facts. I hope whomever it is will be appropriately called out internally for their lack of accuracy.


  13. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:43 am:

    Dirty Red,
    The SI’s headline is worse when you consider the first sentence of the story says he’s run twice before.

    Republican Bill Brady, who has made two previous runs for governor, says he’s “laying the groundwork” to seek the state’s top office again in 2014.


  14. - walkinfool - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:45 am:

    AFSCME has simply projected a winner.


  15. - Blowback - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:55 am:

    “Unless proven otherwise, the answer is yes.”

    I realize this was just a speculative statement by a supporter of the other candidate, but it is just a nasty way of doing business.

    No matter what issue or candidate the statement applies to it’s absurd to assume a candidate is “fer” or “agin” a thing when the answer is not known.

    It would be tantamount to a commentator proclaiming Feinstein a Communist simply because her ideas were endorsed by the Communist Party of America. Non sequitor. It does not follow.


  16. - Blowback - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:57 am:

    This is America. We should focus on REAL issues that are critical to our nation.

    Like… um…

    Here’s one: Beyonce! Am I right? giggity giggity goo


  17. - Rod - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 10:59 am:

    Since this race has apparently become a referendum on the NRA, so called assault rifles, and concealed carry what in the world are the gun control advocates going to do now that HB 997 has been co-sponsored by Democrat Rep Linda Chapa LaVia? HB 997 for those that do not know is a concealed carry bill drafted to meet the 7th Cir decision. Are they planning on running someone against her on the basis of co-sponsoring HB 997?


  18. - cal city crew - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 11:28 am:

    Still curious why Bloomberg’s PAC is only going after Halvorson and not Hutchinson - is it because Hutchinson came out in favor of assault weapon ban?

    She had the A- rating by the NRA - why wouldn’t they double down on Robin Kelly who’s a top contender and has been uniformly anti-NRA?


  19. - johhnypizza - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 12:03 pm:

    AFSCME endorsement? On the ground couild backfire in the election. In the House could be good for AFSCME stance unless Hutchiinson wants to show she is not a member of Henry’s Harem.


  20. - Roamin' Numeral - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 12:09 pm:

    Trivia Question: Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed, widely regarded as a future Hall of Famer, had an interception in yesterday’s Super Bowl, giving him nine career playoff interceptions, which ties an all-time record. Reed was the 24th player taken in the 1st round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Who was drafted right before him with the 23rd overall pick?


  21. - DoubleDown - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 12:30 pm:

    @Stones Yes Republican crossover here


  22. - Bill - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 12:55 pm:

    Roamin,
    Northwestern’s Napoleon Harris.


  23. - Roamin' Numeral - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 1:00 pm:

    Good work Bill!


  24. - Todd - Monday, Feb 4, 13 @ 3:22 pm:

    If the NRA is so bad, why does robin keep sending me requests for money?


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* More on strike preparedness
* Workers' comp reforms go down in flames
* Ask the Insurance Industry “Where’s the money?”
* Today's quotable
* An ever-widening war
* Back to the future?
* Why Illinois Needs The Low Carbon Portfolio Standard
* Keep calm and... Oh, nevermind
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Good morning!
* 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

          
        * New SwiftKey update now out of beta phase
        * Shazam's expansion to visual scanning is all about marketing
        * OnePlus is upset that Verizon is using the #NeverSettle hashtag
        * Sprint warns the clock is ticking on unlimited data
        * Lenovo unveils its Smart Cast concept, a smartphone with a built-in laser projector
        * Enter to win a Nexus 9, Chromecast, and Google Play gift card [DEALS]
        * A broken record: Marketshare predictions continue to be dumb

        * How I Broke Out of My Social Comfort Zone by Saying Yes to Everything
        * This Chart Tells You How Basic Investment Accounts are Taxed
        * Be Proud of Your Side Hustle to Be More Productive
        * Your Home and Travel USB Charging Needs Are Covered With These Deals
        * CBS Likes Apple’s TV Plans
        * Deadspin Garrick Sherman Goes On Alcohol-Fueled Anti-NCAA Twitter Rant | Gizmodo Will a Planetary Al
        * Kitchen Tool School: The Workhorse Enameled Dutch Oven

        * Two days on the basepaths with the White Sox
        * White Sox slip past Blue Jays in 10 innings
        * Robertson loses Donaldson matchup, gets win
        * Shark positions White Sox for timely win
        * White Sox 5, Blue Jays 3 (10 innings): Wacky win
        * White Sox, Orioles set for makeup doubleheader
        * White Sox slip past Blue Jays in 10 innings

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


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

        Archives
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        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


        * Keep calm and… Oh, nevermind..
        * Report: Education secretary paid with human ser.....
        * Workers are the new weapon in the battle for bu.....
        * Workers comp reform backers optimistic about Il.....
        * 'Protect Middle Class' resolution passes..
        * Senate Argues "Turnaround" Bills..
        * The other showdown in Springfield..
        * Springfield neither shaken nor stirred by Exelo.....
        * Illinois law could punish pet owners for leavin.....
        * Senate rejects Rauner’s priorities, moves budget..


        * 2 SIU chancellor candidates to meet with trustees next week
        * Coroner: Bloomington mechanic's elevator death an accident
        * Report: Education secretary paid with human services funds
        * ND regulators plan public hearing on proposed oil pipeline
        * Legislature expected to advance remaining pieces of budget
        * Belleville township dissolution effort advances
        * Is rent out of reach? Study shows how 11 US cities stack up
        * Photo shows Chicago cops posing over black man with antlers
        * Gay conversion therapy ban clears Senate committee
        * House passes 'mini' capital projects plan

        * Records show Rauner's edication secretary paid under IDHS
        * Records show Rauner's education secretary paid under IDHS
        * Portion of Illinois' same-sex marriage law to sunset soon
        * Gay conversion therapy ban clears Illinois Senate committee
        * Changes made to Gov. Rauner's hiring-reform legislation
        * New version of Lincoln Presidential Museum bill surfaces
        * Heroin abuse bill passes Illinois House
        * Illinois Senate rejects Rauner's priorities, advances budget
        * Lawmakers come to solution on body cameras, police reform
        * Heroin abuse bill passes House

        * Chicago ad agency wins Ace Hardware account
        * How Nathan Morin came up with a natural (and edible) deodorant
        * Charles Ray's provocative sculpture, Ron Hawking's Sinatra, Lincoln Park's Wine Fest
        * How this guy came up with a natural (and edible) deodorant
        * Illinois Senate rejects Rauner's priorities, advances budget


          * Drowning victim near Wisconsin Dells identified as West Rogers Park man
          * Ex-Bear Ray McDonald arrested for 2nd time in week
          * Men dressed as women steal handbags from luxury Lincoln Park store
          * Man in 70s critically hurt in 'suspicious' fire on Southwest Side
          * Rand Paul in Chicago: Crime 'not a racial thing, it is a spiritual problem'
          * Senate Democrats block Rauner's workers' compensation measure
          * Two men tried to lure child on Northwest Side
          * 6 injured by gunfire; 1 hurt in stabbing
          * Owner: Dog stolen from West Loop apartment turned in at shelter
          * Environmentalists sue to stop Illiana Tollway


          * Illinois prisons director resigns 2 months after taking job
          * Nebraska repeals death penalty, but U.S. isn't quite ready to abandon it
          * Grand Jury Indicts 6 Baltimore Officers In Freddie Gray's Death
          * Illinois moves to downgrade pot possession to a fine
          * FIFA officials arrested on charges of bribery and corruption
          * For Bears chairman, plenty to second guess in McDonald case
          * Lawyer: Suburban Chicago man to plead guilty in terror case
          * South Siders lobby for neighborhood promises in writing as Obama library takes shape
          * South Siders lobby for promises in writing as Obama library takes shape
          * Democrats introduce proposed $36.3 billion budget for 2016


          * Records show Rauner's education secretary paid under IDHS
          * Portion of Illinois' same-sex marriage law to sunset soon
          * Gay conversion therapy ban clears Illinois Senate committee
          * Changes made to Gov. Rauner's hiring-reform legislation
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Langfelder seeks diversity, but looks at 'interior' of appointees
          * Eugene Robinson: Stop logging our phone calls
          * George Will: The separation of campaign and state
          * Michael Gelatka: Video gambling part of Illinois' success story
          * New version of Lincoln Presidential Museum bill surfaces
          * Heroin abuse bill passes Illinois House


          * Report: Education secretary paid with human services funds
          * Street closures listing
          * Hessel Blvd. fire in Champaign
          * 12th Annual Christopher Homecoming starts today
          * Link with mental health team helps DeWitt jail
          * Daily Digest 5/28/15
          * Fire damages Champaign house
          * Fire damages Champaign house (w/video)
          * PODCAST: Scott Schwartz - U of I Library's Sousa Archive & Center for American Music
          * From the blog: the airwaves, they are a-changin’


          * Batavia 'Bachelorette' contestant says he's in love with a man
          * Elgin names Mason new football coach
          * Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has hip surgery
          * Thieves steal statue of Eve from Indiana University campus
          * Universal Orlando to build a water park opening in 2017

          * Kinzinger to attend roundtable
          * Rep. Paul Ryan headlining Rep. Bob Dold fu...
          * Kinzinger outlines federal issues at Watse...
          * Members of Congress: ISIS making gains
          * Secretary of Defense questions Iraqi troop...
          * Defense Sec at Arlington: ‘Troops of Such ...
          * World View: Scathing Iraq Remarks by Ash C...
          * Chicago Urban League loses CEO to U.S. Sen...
          * LGBT veterans honored with monument in nat...
          * Skowhegan handbell ringers to perform at C...

          * Will Democrats keep hammering the Kochs?...
          * Senate Bill Would Dramatically Alter Treat......
          * Government investigation finds troops not ......

          * Women are stepping up in most major 2016 S......
          * White House warns of NSA lapses...

          * Legal rights group applauds Rauner's reform proposals
          * Thorner: Leo Catholic High School students provide evidence favoring school choice
          * Gov. Rauner paying education secretary $250K with human services funds
          * Worker’s Comp proposal fails to make it out of committee
          * Where's Weyermuller? Following Rand Paul around Chicago
          * The Weekend Desk Report
          * Thorner: Are the issues of racism and white supremacy being exploited in your school district?
          * Thorner: Are the issues of racism, white supremacy being exploited in your school district?
          * Chicago abortion clinic license revoked, fined $40,000 for building code violations
          * Jindal Releases Pro-Religious Freedom Ad


          * State Announces Business Resource Event Coming to Aurora - ‘Make a Connection’ networking and resource program promotes economic growth of small and diverse businesses
          * Gulf War Veteran Reports for Duty as IDVA Women Vets Coordinator, Vet Business Champion
          * Illinois EPA Pollution Prevention Interns begin Twelve Week Program at Illinois Facilities - Students find cost-effective approaches for reducing environmental impacts
          * Vietnam Veteran Confirmed as IDVA Assistant Director
          * The Illinois Department of Public Health Urges Illinoisans to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus - Illinois Department of Public Health offers tips for avoiding mosquito bites




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