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 updates
* Hospitals back removal of income tax sunsets
* The other strategy
* *** UPDATED 1x *** Quinn onboard; Rauner latches onto term limits proposal
* Because Illinois is a real battleground state
* Quinn dodges Rahm question on "Morning Joe"
* Morning Shorts
* 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

          
        * iPhone 6 curved design, Swarovski Galaxy S5, Android dialer & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Sharp AQUOS 304SH boasts slim bezels on 5.2-inch display
        * Pinterest Adds Smarter Search Tool
        * Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Android 4.4.2 changes get detailed
        * Viber transmits and stores images and videos insecurely
        * NETGEAR STS7000 is a tablet geared for home security
        * Hulu Plus app now casts to PS3, PS4, Xbox One

        * Want This: Star Wars Millennium Falcon Windshield Sun Shade
        * DryFlush Saves Water, Will It Save The Planet?
        * ASUS C200 Chromebook Available For Pre-Order From Select Stores
        * Minecraft Xbox One Will Enjoy Saved Files From Xbox 360
        * Jumpr Juices Your Phone, Jumpstarts Your Car
        * Fan Remakes Resident Evil 2 With Unreal Engine As Proof Of Concept
        * Mark Zuckerberg Tried Out Sony’s Project Morpheus Before Acquiring Oculus VR

        * Detroit Tigers 7, Chicago White Sox 4: Scherzer Stops Sox
        * Quintana solid, but drops finale in Detroit
        * Johnson starts homestand opener vs. Rays
        * Quintana solid, but drops finale in Detroit
        * Walks working against the White Sox' plans for the bullpen
        * Viciedo maturing at the plate
        * Beckham returns, thrust into starting lineup


        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


        * Sosnowski, other state leaders respond to Gov. .....
        * Minimum- and low-wage workers react to Gov. Pat.....
        * Dem Governor of Illinois Condones Comparison Be.....


        * Man pleading guilty in drugs for bitcoins scheme
        * Man charged with giving girlfriend HIV
        * Man charged with giving girlfriend HIV
        * Ill. jobs screened for political ties after hiring
        * Ex-Marine sentenced to die in sailor's slaying
        * Quinn: Obama library should get private funds too
        * Twice-fired police chief charged with battery
        * Illinois governor praises work of slain doctor
        * Illinois researchers to study Washington mudslide
        * Severe storms loom across central US this weekend

        * State jobs screened for political rules after hires
        * Bankruptcy court trial sought over $3.8 million paid to Parsons
        * Amazon takes hit in states with online tax, study says
        * State audit: Police training money misspent
        * Audit: Treasurer's office has 30 guns not given to police
        * Madigan: 'Misunderstanding' on Obama library vote
        * Madigan re-elected to lead state Democratic party
        * Hastert, other state Republicans supporting immigration reform
        * Lawsuit seeks investigation of hiring under Quinn
        * Patronage allegations give Rauner fodder in race against Quinn

        * Chicago City Council committee OKs plastic bag ban
        * Feds to review Northwestern bid to unionize
        * United stock takes biggest tumble since October 2011
        * Next up for CPS: Barack Obama College Prep
        * Left set to play Kochs' game: Liberal elite meet here Sunday


        * CPS puts $100 million price tag on mayor's A/C-in-schools edict
        * Man fatally shot Thursday night in Auburn Gresham neighborhood
        * Woman sexually assaulted near Matteson Metra station
        * Priest in 2nd child abuse investigation won’t be alone with kids: archdiocese
        * Reject firefighter staffing bill
        * Chicago man charged with giving girlfriend HIV; wife died of AIDS
        * Trio charged with robbing stores, gas stations in city, suburbs
        * His wife died of AIDS, now Chicago man is charged with giving girlfriend HIV
        * Pedicab operators say a crackdown could put them out of business
        * Robo-calls on pension reform bill raise Rauner-Rahm rift


        * 1 dead, 7 injured in shootings
        * Woman sexually assaulted in Matteson
        * Illinois graduated income tax vote next week
        * Dutch man charged in Chicago with selling drugs for bitcoins
        * Ravinia sales brisk, but wait long, as ticket-buying opens
        * New Chicago high school to be named for Obama
        * Lawyers for men charged in NIU hazing death challenge law
        * Coach fired in Maine West hazing scandal fails to win back job
        * Illinoisans have lowest home-state opinions in the U.S., poll says
        * Mom on death penalty for Torrez: ""I only wish I could do it myself"


        * Secret recording shows Uber's efforts to poach Chicago cabbies
        * Springfield Ordinances for Lincoln's Funeral Unearthed
        * Illinois Finally Gets 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver
        * Chicago aldermen pass plastic bag ban
        * City Council panel passes plastic bag ban
        * Marian Anderson Tribute - 'The Concert That Shook The Establishment'
        * Organic foods sold by Walmart create fear among some organic farmers and farm advocates
        * Senator Kirk joins Revolution in backing Small BREW Act
        * Listen To State Week - April 18, 2014
        * Earth Friendly Event In Springfield This Weekend


        * State jobs screened for political rules after hires
        * Quinn: Obama library should get private funds too
        * Rauner skips GOP event over pastor's comments
        * Quinn backs term limits for constitutional officers
        * Rauner wants Quinn to release hiring documents
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Barr borrowed late in sheriff campaign to keep ads flowing
        * Cristal Thomas: Protecting Illinois’ pregnant workers shouldn’t be a heavy lift
        * Remap group says it is not political
        * Quinn clout hiring faces scrutiny
        * Judge OKs use of lawmaker's post-arrest statement


        * Deadline approaches for memorial bricks
        * Jacksonville man receives French Legion of Honour
        * Major gets first-hand look at volunteer spirit
        * State legislature to consider term limits
        * Police Beat
        * Our view: Patronage
        * Taxpayers don’t need this monumental bill
        * Upcoming Services (April 25, 2014)
        * Open Line
        * Bullying Awareness at RCC


        * 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

        * Rep. Jan Schakowsky: The Affordable Care A...
        * Aaron Schock's fabulously exciting Instagr...
        * Chuck Sweeny: Adam Kinzinger, Aaron Schock...
        * In immigration news: Republicans for refor...
        * Illinois Republicans warm to legal status ...
        * GOP 'Congressman with Abs' Aaron Schock Ha...
        * Illinois Republicans Call for Immigration ...
        * Rep. Aaron Schock in Japan, China, South K...
        * Lewis lauds Dirksen's role in civil rights...
        * Civil rights icon John Lewis says next gen...

        * 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......

        * The Tea Party Genome
        * Chicago Reader: It's getting harder to snicker at Obamacare
        * Heartbreak Hotel
        * Major Oil & Gas Firm To List Drilling Chemicals
        * Durbin Says FDA E-Cigarette Regulations Don't Go Far Enough
        * Herbalife Punished 600 Distributors For Medical Claims: ABC News
        * Harmon To Push For Graduated Tax Vote Next Week
        * Madigan blames Tea Party for $100M Obama Library re-vote
        * Oberweis remains committed to border security, immigration law enforcement
        * One In Ten U.S. Bridges In Urgent Need Of Repair: Report


        * Cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HIV on the Rise Nationally - Residents Are Encouraged to Get Tested for STDs
        * State Insurance Regulators Urge Property Owners to Review/Add Coverage to Protect from Floods & Water Damage - Most homeowners’ policies do not cover flood damage
        * Governor Quinn Statement on New Proposal to Enact Term Limits for Constitutional Officers
        * Statement from Governor Quinn on the Passing of Dr. Jerry Umanos
        * Governor Quinn Proclaims “Wrigley Field Day” - Home of the Chicago Cubs Turns 100 Years Old Today




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