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.


* Afternoon news
* New TIF money to be declared a surplus?
* *** UPDATED 1x *** SERS seeks to delay state pension reform implementation
* Popped for pop
* Morning Shorts
* Rich went on vacation, and all we got was this lousy intern
* Proft explains himself
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - MJM crosstabs
* 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

          
        * Linksys WRT1900AC Wi-Fi router review: Faster than anything we’ve tested
        * 10 ways Apple could make iOS's Notification Center great
        * Apple Launches 8 GB iPhone 5c in Six More Countries
        * HoverChat brings Chatheads multi-tasking to SMS
        * Apple, Google, Microsoft Embrace the Fight Against Smartphone Theft
        * Samsung Galaxy S5 will outsell GS4, as first Tizen phone is expected end of Q2
        * Samsung Gear wearables get comfy with 20 Samsung Android devices

        * How to Create a Successful Business Blog
        * 8GB iPhone 5C Now Available In More European Countries
        * MediaTek Shows Off A New Chipset With LTE Connectivity
        * Samsung Gear Smartwatches Get Support For 20 Smartphones And Tablets
        * Samsung To Launch Android Wear Powered Smartwatch Later This Year
        * Nokia Lumia 1020 Used To Document Underwater Diving Mission
        * High-End Samsung Tizen Device To Arrive By End Of Q2 2014

        * Robin Ventura vents about replay system after unsuccessful challenge
        * Big chill: Alexei motors home on walk-off error
        * Unlike previous seasons, Alexei catching fire
        * Ventura not pleased call at first base stands
        * White Sox 2, Red Sox 1: A win for the pitchers
        * Big chill: Alexei motors home on walk-off error
        * White Sox honored to don No. 42 on backs


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

        Archives
        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


        * Gov. Pat Quinn, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bru.....
        * Quinn grabs big cash advantage over Rauner..
        * Lawmaker kicks off new campaign for Chicago casino..
        * Chicago man gets 50 years in 2008 shooting death..


        * Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?
        * Quinn, GOP's Rauner announce campaign donations
        * 6 residents, 2 firefighters, hurt in Chicago fire
        * Police: Ex-ISU president says he yelled at worker
        * Chicago-only casino option to face opposition
        * Rutherford: Dismiss sexual-harassment lawsuit
        * Man pleads guilty to 2012 sexual assault of child
        * Church: No evidence of abuse by reinstated priest
        * Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop
        * Tanning salons adjust to new Illinois law

        * Voter rights, crime victim rights amendments set for fall ballot so far
        * 2015 tax rates still far from settled
        * Illinois House Speaker Madigan cleared in transit probe
        * House bill urges schools to make digital emergency plans
        * House panel plans gambling expansion hearing in Chicago
        * Chicago-only casino option to face opposition
        * Rutherford's lawyers ask judge to dismiss sexual-harassment lawsuit
        * GOP's Rauner raised $9M in first quarter of 2014
        * Bill outlawing police ticket quotas clears Senate
        * School funding formula overhaul clears committee

        * Quinn grabs big cash advantage over Rauner
        * Modern Wing galleries reopen this week
        * Rutherford: Dismiss sexual-harassment lawsuit
        * Billionaire hedge fund executives join Ricketts' political group
        * ADM seeks chocolate asset sales as it retains cocoa presses


        * Aldermen searching everywhere for alternatives to property tax hike
        * Judge Harris spends $1M for appeals court bid — 5 times the salary
        * Feds: Rep. Derrick Smith admits to FBI he screwed up over bribe
        * Convicted ex-cop Mandell to judge: I ‘never ever bothered anyone’
        * Man who molested, photographed 11 kids gets 50 years in prison
        * Priest reinstated after inquiry finds abuse claim unfounded
        * CTA narrows possible routes for proposed CTA Red Line expansion
        * The proper response to Kansas atrocity: solidarity
        * Man dies day after he was charged in fatal South Side crash
        * Woman sexually assaulted Monday afternoon in Lake View


        * Man shot after argument in South Side bar
        * Boys jump into arms of cops, neighbors as South Side fire injures 8
        * Smoking rate among Chicago students drops
        * Embattled Homewood-Flossmoor girls basketball coach may not return
        * White Sox mark anniversary of Boston Marathon bombing
        * Oberweis says he and Durbin are both millionaires
        * Wicker Park deemed a top spot for millennials
        * Northfield officials acknowledge tension in Chief Keef saga
        * Steven Mandell's letters from jail get judge's attention
        * Shedd names newest penguin chick


        * City Approves More Video Gaming Despite Upcoming Ordinance
        * Rutherford: Dismiss Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
        * Madigan on Voting Rights: 'We Don't Know What The Future Holds'
        * Durbin Calls For A Return of 'Earmarks'
        * Quinn, Rauner At IEA Conference - Full Audio
        * FBI agents say indicted state rep took them to get bribe cash
        * McCarthy dismissive of crime research
        * Gas Station Owners Warn Against Fuel Tax Increase
        * Rauner: "I'm Not Anti Union At All"
        * Raising Gax Tax "Unwise," Says Quinn, But Offers No Other Ideas


        * Their view: Remembrance in the cruelest month
        * 2015 tax rates still far from settled
        * House bill urges schools to make digital emergency plans
        * Chicago-only casino option to face opposition
        * Rutherford's lawyers ask judge to dismiss sexual-harassment lawsuit
        * GOP's Rauner raised $9M in first quarter of 2014
        * Illinois House orders audit of anti-violence funds
        * Poll: Illinois residents least trusting of state government
        * Our opinion: Approve statute of limitations change for Illinois rape cases
        * Lt. Gov. Simon, husband report $208,000 in Illinois income


        * Saline board approves Peabody road proposal
        * RI County voters to decide on Hope Creek funding
        * Bettendorf roadwork begins Monday
        * GOP congressional candidates debate in Davenport
        * Strong winds increase threat of grass fires throughout Q-C area
        * Youth women invited to Strive for Excellence
        * Living Lands & Waters' MillionTrees project tops 725,000 trees
        * Chicago man gets 50 years in 2008 shooting death
        * Illinois House orders new audit of anti-violence funds
        * Ameren touts power grid upgrades; critics are skeptical


        * The 10th District money race
        * Aurora Democrat calls out IHSA
        * Lawyers: Ill. hazing law vague, unconstitutional
        * Ill. House OKs lower-cost hunting bill for seniors
        * Quinn’s running mate takes new consulting job

        * When Punishment Is Torture: An Open Letter...
        * Jesse Jackson Jr. placed in solitary confi...
        * Jesse Jackson Jr. Transferred To Alabama P...
        * Jesse Jackson Jr. sent to solitary then tr...
        * Jesse Jackson Jr. Maneuvers Himself Into M...
        * Jesse Jackson Jr. Changes Prisons, Could B...
        * Jesse Jackson Jr Moved to Alabama Prison C...
        * Inmates Sent To Solitary Confinement For H...
        * Jesse Jackson Jr. transferred to minimum s...
        * Jesse Jackson Jr. moved to another prison ...

        * Loading Koch Industries Website Too Many T......
        * Maryland and DC among worst for food aller......
        * Cleveland State University to reestablish ......
        * Convicted political boss Al Sanchez runnin......
        * Candidates make last filings for local, st......

        * Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon opposes pension le......
        * Dillard Odd Man Out on Pension Deal Reaction...
        * Sen. Mark Kirk sides with Rauner on pensio......
        * Governor's race infighting threatens pensi......
        * SCHOONERS - Home of Everyone's Favorite Be......

        * Wilson/Broadway Shooting Victim Home From Hospital
        * Local Entrepreneur Turns Potholes Into Profit
        * "Benchwarmer Bandit" Suspect Caught
        * He did his time. But will critics “let it go” with regards to Vanecko’s offense?
        * Water, Water, Everywhere
        * We Get Calls...
        * Activists with A Better Illinois use the “Illinois Fair Tax Calculator"
        * Former State Rep Smith Made Guilty Admission To Feds
        * The Civil War Death Toll, Reconsidered
        * Green Mill Jazz Fundraiser To Provide Day Camp For Boys & Girls


        * Governor Quinn Honors Jackie Robinson - Barrier-Breaking Baseball Player Was American Icon
        * Governor Quinn Urges Homebuyers to Act Fast and Take Advantage of Welcome Home Illinois Program - Program Offers First-Time Homebuyers Down-Payment Assistance and a 3.75 Percent Interest Rate on a 30-Year Fixed Mortgage
        * Extending Federal Unemployment Would Help 64,000 Illinois Workers - 86 Percent Still Without Work One Month Later; Veterans and Older Workers Hardest Hit
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Passover
        * Governor Quinn Visits Brookfield Zoo to Proclaim Autism Awareness Day - Event Makes Special Connections Between Children with Autism and Animals




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