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Too funny

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2004

Archpundit got the ball rolling yesterday to freep the Leader’s reader preference poll in the Phil Crane vs. Melissa Bean congressional race. Bean was down ten points when Arch blogged about it, but by the time the poll was pulled, Bean led Crane 75-25.

The latest poll asks readers who won the Obama-Keyes Senate debate. At the moment, Keyes is ahead 59-41.

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Keyes’ new TV ad

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2004

Just got a press release from Alan Keyes’ campaign. Their first TV ad is completed and will begin airing soon. No word yet on how big the buy is.

From the release:

The ad, entitled “Quotes,” is a 100 percent positive advertisement about Alan Keyes. It is running throughout the state, with a substantial purchase of ad time behind it.


“I’ve never known a more stout-hearted defender of a strong America.”
– President Ronald Reagan

“Illinois will have a credible, outstanding, principled representative.”
– Congressman Henry Hyde

“This guy’s not only intelligent, but he’s solid … he’s a good American.”
– Mike Ditka

“Ninety percent of the people who listen to him know in their hearts he’s right.”
– Rush Limbaugh

“He has few equals in his understanding of the issues.”
– U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald

Who are they talking about?

Alan Keyes. U.S. Senate.

UPDATE: You can now view the ad here. Not exactly high production values.

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Wednesday, Oct 27, 2004

Tari Renner’s campaign sent out an e-mail today begging supporters to pass the word about tonight’s debate with Congressman Jerry Weller.

We need you to talk about tonight’s debate. Use word of mouth to talk about the values Tari Renner demonstrates tonight.

Only problem is, there’s not a single mention in the e-mail about what time the debate will be held or which media outlet, if any, is broadcasting the event.

Then again, Weller’s web presence is beyond pathetic. His campaign website’s press releases (both of them) are from two years ago.

UPDATE: Chris Rhodes over at the CrossBlog just posted in the comments section that Weller has a new website, but he doesn’t use it much. It didn’t pop up on my quick Google search, so evidently very few people know about it. Like the other site, this one has only two press releases. And check out the section on Weller’s record. It’s completely empty. Sheesh.

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Axelrod does it again

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2004

Just saw Barack Obama’s new TV ad that will debut tomorrow. It’s a testimonial ad showing brief “person on the street” interviews of what people think of Obama. Very well done.

The Republicans contend that black voters and other Democrats won’t turn out heavily for Obama because they know he’s so far ahead. This ad is designed to reverse that. More about this topic in tomorrow’s Capitol Fax.

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Don’t let him out of his bubble

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2004

I didn’t post it this morning, but the opening paragraphs of the Daily Herald’s story about Congressman Phil Crane perfectly illustrate why so many people think he’s out of touch.

Congressman Phil Crane’s eyes dart around the packed Metra train as reporters sit nearby, waiting to discuss his railroad expansion plan.

He leans forward, then takes a stub of paper off the back of the bench in front of him. He turns it over in his hands.

“Now, what’s this?” Crane asks.

An assistant, laughing nervously, fills him in: “That’s your train ticket.”

This moment during his campaign for re-election in the 8th Congressional District crystallized both what critics say is Crane’s major weakness and what he says is his greatest strength.


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Historical value

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2004

Check your copy of today’s Tribune. It might be worth something one day.

Senior employees at the Chicago Tribune led a frantic effort to remove hundreds of thousands of copies of the paper’s WomanNews section Tuesday night in an attempt to keep readers from seeing a story editors deemed offensive.

In a note to readers published Wednesday, Tribune editors wrote: “Wednesday’s WomanNews section included an article discussing the use of vulgar slang in referring to women. Senior editors determined that the story was inappropriate after the preprinted edition went to press. Most copies were removed from Wednesday’s edition, though a relatively small number of copies may still contain it.”

If anyone has a copy of that, fax me a copy.

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Afternoon wrap-up

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2004

Evidently, Effingham has two negative races, Rep. Bill Grunloh’s and the state’s attorney contest:

Few would argue the race for Effingham County state’s attorney may be one of the nastiest county races in recent history.

Tuesday, incumbent Ed Deters and challenger Paula Phillips got their chance to snipe at each other in public.

And they didn’t disappoint.

It’s not as nasty as the lede implies, but local voters are definitely getting an earful this year.

Here’s an unintentionally funny story from the Southern Illinoisan quoting Republicans whining about negative campaigns. My favorite line:

Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, agreed and said negative advertisements don’t always play well in Southern Illinois.

It’s nice to reassure ourselves with the occasional “negative ads are bad” article, but both sides are using them, and experience has shown that they seem to work especially well in southern Illinois.

X-Ray machines are now being installed at the Statehouse:

The installation of metal detectors and X-ray machines has begun at the state Capitol, part of a security makeover in response to last month’s shooting of a security guard just inside one of the building’s entrances.

State officials are spending $291,642 for the security upgrades at the Capitol’s north, west and east entrances, which should be in place and operating when lawmakers return for their fall session Nov. 8. Installation began Tuesday.

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Morning wrap-up

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2004

Blogger was down early this morning, so I had to post this via e-mail. Let’s hope it works and sorry about the length.

Topping our list is this piece by Suburban Newspapers Nathaniel Zimmer about Sen. Steve Rauschenberger looking towards the ‘06 governor’s race.

…..Once the Nov. 2 election is history, Rauschenberger
intends to pursue actively the possibility of a run for governor.

“Myself and others are seriously going to look in November, December and January at what kind of infrastructure it takes to assemble a unified Republican ticket in ‘06,” he said. “We are kind of at the beginning of a due diligence stage.”

The man who helped recruit Alan Keyes to come to Illinois has this to say about ideology:

Rauschenberger spoke about the need to put aside philosophical differences and unite behind a core Republican vision and against Blagojevich.

“The future of the party is not about debating the abortion issue,” he said. “The future of the party is not about slugging it out on guns. I mean, Rod Blagojevich gives us such an opportunity to talk about what Republican values are: the size of government, commitment to people, programs that transition people into independence instead of transitioning them into permanent dependence.”

Over the years, conservatives have emerged as the new mainstream, Rauschenberger insisted.

“There is no right wing in the Republican Party,” he said. “More than 50 percent of Republicans self-identify as conservative, so if anything the conservatives are the main house.”

The time to recognize this and proceed accordingly is now, he added.

“I just personally reject this idea that the Republican Party is divided camps … The old prescription for winning in Illinois as a Republican, that you’ve got to be from DuPage (County). I think all those things you’ve got to move past.”

Read the whole thing. The man is trying to establish a language to speak to the entire party, but he was tainted this year by his almost complete capitulation to the right wing, and that will be difficult to overcome. He also didn’t help himself by proving that he couldn’t raise money (OK, it was a federal election, but how many $2,000 checks did he collect?)

This is interesting. The Chicago Sun-Times (and others) have a story about how Scott Fawell agonized over turning rat against George Ryan.

From prison, Scott Fawell told his fiancee that pleading guilty and flipping on his old boss, ex-Gov. George Ryan, “goes against everything I … believe in,” but he would “wave the white flag” so he could start a new life with her. [Snip]

“I’m getting more comfortable with it all the time,” Fawell told her in one conversation. “I don’t feel as bad,” but “it’s still going to bug me because it just goes against everything I really, truly believe in.'’

He later said he had “taken enough bullets in this game,” adding, “I just want to get back with you guys,” referring to Coutretsis and her two young children.

Check out the list of bigtime campaign contributions in the Supreme Court race that the good folks at the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform have put together.
They also have a decent little story.

Money is flooding into the race, but most of the funds come from a very few donors. And the largest donors appear themselves to be conduits for other interests, concerned mainly with tort reform. [Snip]

Funds appear to be massing on the sidelines for the final week of the campaign. Both the Illinois Republican Party and the Civil Justice League have reported recent receipts from the U.S. Chamber and the ATRA which have not yet flowed through to the high court race.

The Chicago Tribune has a couple of quick stories on Democrats making headway McHenry and funny sign stealing story. The Daily Herald has a piece on bothPhil Crane and Melissa Bean. The Daily Southtown runs an editorial about a confusing local ballot issue, John Kass column about a high school newspaper in trouble for publishing stories about
masturbation and strip clubs.

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