* Champaign/Urbana liberals who think George Gollin is too moderate are in luck…
A third Democrat is jumping into the 13th Congressional District race, joining former Madison County Judge Ann Callis and University of Illinois Professor George Gollin.
David Green, 63, of Champaign promises an “insurgent campaign” that will “appeal to leftists in the Democratic Party, those who identify with other leftists parties, including the Green Party and anti-war libertarianism.” […]
“First of all, I’m anti-war, anti-military-industrial complex, anti-intervention in other counties, anti-military bases in other countries,” he said. “I’m anti-Wall Street and anti-big bank and the financialization of the economy. And I’m anti-business-as-usual in Washington in terms of the leaders in Washington not being accountable to the voters as much as to the corporate lobbyists and so forth. […]
He also favors “free education for all from preschool through graduate school.”
Obviously, the favorite here is the DCCC’s candidate Ann Callis.
* Meanwhile, on the other side of the district’s aisle…
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis reiterated Thursday that while he believes in climate change, he does not support a cap-and-trade law to limit carbon emissions or any other measure that he said would increase energy costs on industry and consumers.
The League of Conservation Voters has begun running television ads in the Champaign and St. Louis markets, attacking the Taylorville Republican for his position on cap-and-trade proposals. It accuses him of opposing “President Obama’s common sense climate change plan” that “would significantly cut carbon pollution from power plants, which are the single largest source of carbon pollution.”
Both Davis and his Republican primary opponent, Urbana attorney Erika Harold, said Thursday they oppose cap-and-trade laws and more environmental regulation of coal-fired power plants.
“Their agenda is clearly a cap-and-trade system which is a tax on carbon that will kill American jobs and raise our utility rates. The question you need to ask them is how much do you want citizens in Springfield, Illinois, and Champaign, Illinois, to pay to flip on their light switches?” Davis said during Republican Day festivities at the state fair and elsewhere in Springfield. “How much do you want people to actually grow the unemployment rolls, because they don’t have jobs because you have shut down our energy plants, some of the best job-providers in this country.
* Here’s the ad…
The League of Conservation Voters announced this week it is running TV ads in Champaign-Springfield and St. Louis markets, saying that U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, “denies climate-change science. […]
An announcer in the ad says that 97 percent of scientists agree climate change is happening, NASA says it’s worsening extreme weather, and Davis suggested that “global warming has stopped 16 years ago.” […]
[Davis spokesman Andrew Flach] points out that the quote lifted from an Illinois Public Media interview in October doesn’t include Davis’ almost-immediate expansion on the issue, saying he would “love to see more stats. …”
“But climate change is real,” he said then. “The debate is over whether or not it’s man-made or natural.” He also said at the time that it needs to be determined how “we ensure that we continue to reduce emissions in this country at levels that we have compared to other nations, while still not putting America and the American economy and American job creation at a disadvantage.”
Sounds like he’s trying to have it both ways.
Climate change, I’m told by some Democratic strategists, is becoming a real issue for female voters. It’s a “filter” they’re beginning to use to judge candidates overall, the way gay rights used to be. If the candidates are climate change deniers, then they’re more likely to be unacceptable to those voters. So that may be one reason why Democratic treasurer candidate Mike Frerichs has been all over the climate change issue lately.
* More Bernie…
ERIKA HAROLD of Urbana, a lawyer who happens to have been the 2003 Miss America, looks as if she’ll be getting some more national publicity as she runs for the U.S. House in the 13th Congressional District, which includes part of Springfield.
At the GOP lunch at the state fair on Republican Day last week, a contract video crew for ABC News was on hand.
Harold said they wanted to record her “interacting with voters for a special” that is planned for September. She said the program is about “several people in different states, and they reached out to me,” but she didn’t want to reveal more about the show because “I think it’s a surprise.”
She’s unique, so that’s national news. But she still needs to start raising real money.