Lance and the Rauner Republicans have brought their DC political experience to Springfield. While the process at the Capitol ain’t great and hasn’t been for a long time, at least budgets, such as they were, got produced on time and everything wasn’t subject to complete partisan gridlock. Guess that’s about to change.
Goldberg was asked why certain people weren’t involved in discussions for reform. “You mean lobbyists?” he asked. There was a lot of back and forth for awhile, when Goldberg said, “We didn’t want lobbyists and special interests to write this legislation.”
The Senator questioning him (I missed which on the audio feed) said they wouldn’t be writing the laws, rather contributing their concerns to the process and drafting of the bills.
Seems like Trover missed that critical detail from the discussion. Or chose to drastically overlook it.
To me, this is a succinct hit/tweet. He kept out insider baseball stuff (like ALEC) and kept it simple. The word “lobbyist” can be toxic.
- Just saying... - Thursday, May 28, 15 @ 11:56 am:
Seriously!!!!??? This is embarrassing grammar school stuff!!! It’s a shame that the “leadership” in the GOP GA lacks the spine or god forbid the fortitude to tell Rauner and his folks that they’re approach is a major reason for the current dysfunction. I guess all that taxpayers can look forward to at this point from the GOP and Rauner rookies will be millions and millions of dollars being spent on propaganda in hopes that somehow the 2016 elections will alter the power paradigm. Yeah that’s great leadership for ya - way to shake things up - UGH!
Ok, while all that you say makes sense, the hand of politics is a game of addition, so why tweet something that continues to divide for no reason but to make the divide even clearer, and move the Lobster “group” in a position to be vilified because of your premise.
If I decide to tweet something, or say something, I’m saying it for me. Trover is by proxy a good deal of the time speaking for the Governor. Confusing.
When a lobbyist writes a bill for something I agree with it is listening to the public and good policy…..when they write a bill I don’t agree with it is bad policy written by the devil incarnate. Trover’s tweet is the a shot at trying to win the media war and public perception.
Oswego Willy “I’d hope that Lance doesn’t have any approved GOP Lobbyist talking to the Administration…”
I’d also be interested in knowing who Rauner and his staff are meeting with who SHOULD be registered as a lobbyist but have failed to do so in contravention of the law. I suspect there may be an investment banker, former campaign staffer, policy wonk, wannabe contractor or donor who fall into this category.
- Pot calling kettle - Thursday, May 28, 15 @ 12:31 pm:
Over the years, I have learned a lot about how things are done in Springfield. I have also discussed our process with friends familiar with other state legislatures and DC. One thing has become very clear: the “agreed bill” process facilitated by lawmakers working with lobbyists and other stakeholders is unusual and serves our state very well.
Do the “lobbyists” get to write some bills? Sort of, but 1) they know the subject and 2) there are folks from all sides (including the exec side) who need to agree on the language. The end result is that we get some informed compromises that work well and avoid conflict. It is also a tool used by legislators to push opposing sides to sit down and negotiate.
- Pot calling kettle - Thursday, May 28, 15 @ 12:31 pm:
==Legislators are to write ‘tort’ and make laws.==
No, they don’t, they have staff write the laws OR they take legislation from interest groups who employ former staff to write them. Interest groups and staff then research the proposed laws and provide feedback on what the proposed language is likely to do.
=== Lobbyist Registration Act. (25 ILCS 170/)
Sec. 2. Definitions. …
(e) “Lobby” and “lobbying” means any communication with an official of the executive or legislative branch of State government as defined in subsection (c) for the ultimate purpose of influencing any executive, legislative, or administrative action.
Sec. 3. Persons required to register.
(a) Except as provided in Section 9, any natural person who, for compensation or otherwise, undertakes to lobby, or any person or entity who employs or compensates another person for the purposes of lobbying, shall register with the Secretary of State as provided in this Act, unless that person or entity qualifies for one or more of the following exemptions.
Companies and associations routinely register key professional staff that have dealings with state government to ensure they don’t run afoul of the Lobbyist Registration Act. It is their expertise that is important in negotiating legislation that affects their organization. Even hired gun lobbyists depend on the expertise of these folks.
So the Rauner policy will have the impact of cutting out the experts in discussing bills. That is an absurd action by our “transparency” governor. This guy wants to cut the legs off of anyone who doesn’t think like he does.
Shame on Durkin and Radogno if they don’t call Rauner off this horrible policy.
==But hey, I’m sure if felt good telling the Governor to stuff it on all his priorities.==
I’m honestly not sure what you’re arguing. No Democrat in the GA got elected by promising to support Governor Rauner’s agenda. On balance, I bet most of them got elected pledging to oppose major parts of it (like RTWFL). So…should they have betrayed their beliefs and the constituents because Rauner won his race? That makes no sense.
Only a “not really bright” guy writes this sort of twitter profile - - with this beginning and this ending
Communications Director for Gov. Rauner. Love politics, Chicago, DC, and Cardinals baseball. Embrace the unexpected. Tweets/Re-Tweets are my own.
Let’s see, Rauner attacks Unions because their money corrupts the process. Next up, lobsters…maybe because they also can funnel significant $$$ to legislators. I see now….he wants his cash to be the only way to play!