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The patented Pat Quinn close has begun

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

* Here comes the Gold Star ad

Pat Quinn is the best political “closer” I’ve ever seen. He’s also a man of habit. We saw this exact same “Gold Star” ad in the 2010 primary and another in the general election.

So if history is any guide, we’ll soon see a big economic development story, a “You know me” ad and one last major negative hit on his opponent.

- Posted by Rich Miller   23 Comments      


New anti-Rauner theme: “Wolf of Winnetka”

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

* I think this is the third time the Quinn campaign has pushed this theme today…

Bruce Rauner: “The Wolf of Winnetka”

Pattern of Layoffs, Outsourcing and Putting Profits Ahead of People - No Wonder He Can’t Name a Single Company That Created Jobs

On the heels of Monday’s debate when Bruce Rauner couldn’t name a single one of his businesses that has created jobs, Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez and other labor leaders joined Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor Paul Vallas to highlight Rauner’s real business record of laying off workers and eliminating jobs and voice opposition to his plan to hurt workers by enacting right-to-work-for-less zones.

When asked on two separate occasions during ABC7’s gubernatorial debate, Rauner could not name a single business he ran that created jobs. Not one.

“Bruce Rauner didn’t dodge this simple question because he didn’t know,” said Vallas. “He didn’t answer the question because creating jobs is not what he does - eliminating jobs and lowering wages are his real business philosophy. That’s how Rauner did business - he laid off workers and outsourced jobs. Those are not the sort of business skills that belong in the Governor’s Office.”

Furthermore, in the debate Rauner tried to cover up his well-documented (and showcased on his website) plan to strip workers of protections and force right-to-work-for-less zones across Illinois, something that did not go unnoticed by Illinois’ labor community.

“In 13 days, we will have to make a fundamental choice,” said Ramirez. “Do we want to elect an out-of-touch billionaire who is trying to buy his way into the governor’s mansion and dismantle the middle class? Or do we want to elect a Governor who over the last six years has fought to create jobs in Illinois, with Illinois leading the country in job creation in September. We need to move forward in a direction that will rebuild our middle class and protect basic rights like a living wage, health care and the right to join a union.”

* And they debuted the first in a series of YouTube videos…

Republican billionaire Bruce Rauner is the “Wolf of Winnetka,” a new Web video series debuting today. Illinois has never seen a candidate as out of touch as the Wolf of Winnetka and now he’s aiming for his next corporate takeover: the Governor’s Mansion.

Watch the first trailer - focusing on Rauner’s job-eliminating record

* Here it is

- Posted by Rich Miller   56 Comments      


Birth control, millionaires and the minimum wage

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

* All of these videos have well over 100,000 views. I didn’t notice them until last night, when one popped up on a YouTube video I was watching. They’re all designed to publicize the statewide ballot initiatives and blast the Republicans. The first one we’ll look at is about employer birth control benefits

A mailer about the issue can be read by clicking here.

* Next up, the millionaire’s tax referendum

* And finally, the minimum wage

Discuss.

- Posted by Rich Miller   56 Comments      


Good morning!

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

* A legislator texted me last night asking if I’d post “Free Bird” some morning. No way, I said. I was in a band that played that song in high school. I’ve heard it about a billion times. I used to love it when I was a kid, but I just can’t listen to it anymore. It’s just so tired, so ridiculously overplayed, so… ugh. And my friends and I have long viciously mocked drunken tourists who inappropriately scream requests at Tom Irwin for their own favorite silly cover songs by shouting “Free Bird!!!” at them. Tom eventually wrote a tune called “Ain’t No Jukebox” in reply.

I looked around online for quite awhile (these morning music posts are taking up a huge amount of my time, by the way) and couldn’t find anything close to a fresh, vibrant cover, so I decided to post a killer acoustic tune by a direct descendant of Skynyrd’s red-hot southern insanity. Here’s Blackberry Smoke

Well, my fall from grace was a sight to see
Good turned to bad and bad turned to misery
I found out what it is and what it’s not
And all I ask for sure ain’t what I got

Well I’ve been rained on, rode hard and put up wet
Danced with the devil ’til I’m in debt
Took all I got and there ain’t much left of me
I’ve been knocked down, drug out and left for dead
Barely held together by a few old threads
Hey, I’m still here, but there ain’t much left to see
Well I’m still holding on and there ain’t much left of me

- Posted by Rich Miller   33 Comments      


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