* Subscribers knew about this yesterday…
A panel of federal judges on Wednesday threw out a Republican lawsuit challenging a Democrat-drawn map of new state legislative districts in Illinois.
House Republican Leader Tom Cross, Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno and other Republicans sued because they contended the state’s new map is unfair to minority groups and GOP voters.
The Republican leadership is deciding whether to appeal.
“We will carefully review our options,” said Radogno in a statement. “Our goal of providing all Illinois citizens a fair opportunity to elect representatives of their choice for the next decade remains. The map crafted by the majority particularly weakens the ability of minority voters to exercise their voting rights. This opinion could further weaken their position.”
The opinion was at times quite harsh. And this was obviously not a well-crafted challenge in any way. Click here to read the decision. Pay special attention to how the judges view political motives in redistricting. it’s perfectly fine with them.
* Speaking of the remap, you’d think Joe Walsh might wait until the other federal panel decides what to do about the congressional map before he’d make yet another announcement about where he plans to run. But, he’s forging ahead anyway…
U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh plans to announce his plans for re-election at a Chicago Tea Party meeting.
Walsh is to make the announcement Thursday evening at a bar on Chicago’s North Side near Wrigley Field. Walsh is a first-term Republican who represents Illinois’ 8th Congressional District in northwest suburban Chicago. He has been trying to decide where to run if he seeks a second term.
Lake View is nowhere near either district he’s been contemplating. But it’s a heckuva lot closer to the TV cameras, and you can’t blame him for wanting to get as much publicity as possible.
* From Walsh’s Twitter feed…
My office was invaded by the Occupy Protesters today & all I saw were $1000 laptops & vomit on the carpet. Thank God for #febreze.
Making your constituents wait for hours while you sneak in and out of your office has that effect on some people, I suppose.
* In other campaign news, Adam Andrzejewski is back with a vengeance…
To hear Adam Andrzejewski tell it, the Republican primary this spring is not a contest between candidates, but a contest for the heart of the Illinois Republican Party.
Andrzejewski ran for, and lost, the GOP nomination for governor in 2010. However, since then, he has become the face, and in some cases the checkbook, of Illinois’ new conservative wing.
“The true split in the Illinois Republican Party is the establishment, business as usual Republicans versus real Republican reformers,” Andrzejewski said.
Andrzejewski said three contests on the March 20 ballot will be tell-tale races for Republicans:
* The new 50th District race with Gray Noll, state Sen. Sam McCann, R-Carlinville, and Springfield Councilman Steve Dove;
* The new 110th District race between state Rep. Roger Eddy, R-Hutsonville, and Shelby County GOP Chairman Brad Holbrook;
* The new 54th District race between state Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, and state Sen. John O. Jones, R-Mount Vernon.
“Many of these primary races are going to be wheat (and) chaff separating races,” Andrzejewski said. “That’s what the primary season is all about.”
* Other stuff…
* Ald. Joe Moore in running for state EPA chief - Wife Barbara Moore could be a candidate to replace him
* Black State Lawmakers Meet Amid Elections and Uncertainty
* Durkin, Radogno face tea party challengers
* Election 2012 candidates guide: Who filed to run?
* Candidates Filing Deadline Reveals Match-Ups In 1st, 32nd Wards
* The return of Ellis Levin
* Let the race begin: GOP candidates for 108th House District debate issues
* Ballot for State Senate and House Races Takes Shape
* Races develop for General Assembly
* State Senate field crowded
* Analysis: New Lenox Reps to Get a lot More Democratic
* Local legislative races set for March primary
* New districts, minimal races