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Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015

* State Sen. Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) kicked off his US Senate campaign today

But in responding to reporters’ questions about international events, Harris at times appeared ill-prepared.

While his campaign issued a handout in which Harris voiced support for “shifting the focus of our foreign aid from the Middle East back to the Americas,” the candidate did not directly respond to a question about how that position would affect U.S. aid to Israel.

“Right now, we’re still developing all of our policies in regards to foreign policy. But I think what’s important is to realize we have a lot of work to do at home, and the intent is to make sure that first we take care of home and our neighboring countries,” he said.

When asked about Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Monday call to temporarily stop accepting Syrian refugees in Illinois, Harris said, “I haven’t heard about Gov. Rauner’s comments on that” and said the governor should “get a balanced budget.”

* The Questions: Other topics that Sen. Harris might want to avoid?

Snark is heavily encouraged.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

44 Comments
  1. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 2:54 pm:

    Minimum wage, or wages in general.


  2. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 2:56 pm:

    Greg Hardy


  3. - old pol - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 2:57 pm:

    Bears predictions.


  4. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 2:57 pm:

    Vikings worst trade ever:

    All those draft picks for Hershel Walker, or you for Randy Moss?


  5. - HaroldJones - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 2:59 pm:

    Take IL Sen. Harris lightly at your own risk Rich. Harris is a good man and an excllent competitor, and will make a great US Senator.


  6. - Roamin' Numeral - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 2:59 pm:

    Why the Oakland Raiders drafted him in the first round over Ed Reed, Lito Sheppard, Clinton Portis, Brian Westbrook, and just about anyone else available in the ‘02 draft.


  7. - A guy - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:00 pm:

    Cover 2 Defense.


  8. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:00 pm:

    “Your business is called “Beggar’s Pizza” — is that name intended to mock the homeless or just to make light of their problems?”

    – MrJM


  9. - Not Again - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:01 pm:

    Contracts with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.


  10. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:01 pm:

    Word, a while back I was teasing Napo about something or other and he fake tackled me. He had a big smile on his face and maybe putting 10 percent effort into it, but I thought I was gonna die.

    The man is a beast.


  11. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:02 pm:

    Ex-footbal players’ problems with concussions


  12. - @MisterJayEm - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:03 pm:

    “In 2013, you ran for congress but dropped out after two months, you’re now running for Senate — should I take the under?”

    – MrJM


  13. - Stones - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:04 pm:

    Should the US supply arms to the Kurds in an effort to weaken ISIS in Syria?


  14. - Earnest - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:06 pm:

    Talking about the Senate’s role in the three branches of our government.


  15. - Dome Gnome - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:07 pm:

    [tucks hand in vest for portrait]


  16. - siriusly - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:12 pm:

    Can you see Indiana from your house?


  17. - Downstate GOP - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:18 pm:

    The economy, healthcare, and to be safe, he should probably stay away from third grade math. Long division is a tricky one.


  18. - Team Sleep - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:18 pm:

    Why did it take you so long to buy ties that went past your belly button?!


  19. - South Central - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:22 pm:

    Topics to avoid? How about most of them?

    Maybe he can go read up on current events.


  20. - Sillies - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:39 pm:

    The Land of Lincoln Trophy


  21. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:39 pm:

    Rich, I kid. Only about 1.5% of college players ever make an NFL roster, much less play a number of years.

    The level of play and competition to stay in the game is hard to imagine.

    Put it this way: Pat Fitz at Northwestern won both the Nagurski and Bednarik awards as the best college defensive player in the country two years in a row. He never played a down in an NFL regular season game.

    Harris, also of Northwestern, played eight years in the NFL. They don’t keep you around if there’s someone better.


  22. - Hedley Lamarr - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:44 pm:

    The only thing he needs to know is how many votes he takes away from Zopp.


  23. - Timmeh - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:45 pm:

    Game of Thrones: Books versus TV series.


  24. - LizPhairTax - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:45 pm:

    International stuff can be hard. Let’s bring it closer to home. Where do you live?


  25. - Archiesmom - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 3:53 pm:

    Drop the mike, LizPhairTax!


  26. - D.P.Gumby - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:02 pm:

    So was Napoleon the greatest strategic general in the art of war or simply egotistical and lucky?


  27. - Arizona Bob - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:02 pm:

    Why the people of Illinois should vote for a member of the Illinois general assembly, generally regarded as amongst the most corrupt, incompetent and dysfunctional in the nation, for a position as responsible as the US Senate? I know. The US Senate is no bargain either….


  28. - Sir Reel - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:03 pm:

    Anything to do with the Fed.


  29. - DuPage Bard - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:04 pm:

    Did he ever hang out with Charlie Sheen in California?


  30. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:09 pm:

    ===State Sen. Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey)===

    That’s a nice townhouse there in Harvey. Don’t mention how much time you actually spend there. LOL


  31. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:13 pm:

    ===Why the people of Illinois should vote for a member of the Illinois general assembly, generally regarded as amongst the most corrupt, incompetent and dysfunctional in the nation, for a position as responsible as the US Senate? I know. The US Senate is no bargain either….===

    Well we tried the venture capitalist…


  32. - Dick Butka - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:20 pm:

    ==The man is a beast.==

    Sorry, Rich. He was an NFL journeyman. If Junior Seau or Singletary or Alan Page had put 10 percent effort into it, you’d be dead now.

    As for snark, Mr. Harris might want to avoid anything having to do with the historic implications of his first name. This Senate race might just be his Waterloo.


  33. - Dick Butkus - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:21 pm:

    Sorry, mis-spelled my last name…


  34. - illini - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:24 pm:

    Just want to know how he will relate to the D’s and R’s in downstate and Southern Illinois and how he can effectively address the issues most of us have.

    I know the primary will probably be decided by the voters who live North of I-80, but this is a big state and there are others who need to be brought into the mix.


  35. - illini - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:33 pm:

    Ducky - “Well we tried the venture capitalist… ” - good point.

    And where has this gotten us?


  36. - Amalia - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:35 pm:

    if he regrets leaving hoops behind early on at NW. fewer concussions in hoops. would have saved some brain cells.


  37. - nixit71 - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:48 pm:

    Any ideas on how to reduce Harvey’s effective property tax rate of 9%?

    https://www.civicfed.org/sites/default/files/CivicFedReport_%20EffectiveTaxRates_2003-2012.pdf


  38. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 4:58 pm:

    Do you support Trump’s “Mexico Wall?”


  39. - Archiesmom - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 5:35 pm:

    Ducky - ever seen the family Christmas card from a couple of years ago? Darn big townhouse.


  40. - Capt. Jack Wagon - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 7:28 pm:

    Do you support lodging the Syrian refugees in the “extra” rooms of the White House? ….or, should they be give tax incentives to relocate to the southside?


  41. - bored now - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 7:29 pm:

    whether he will wear a green bay packers sweater…


  42. - Anon - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 7:59 pm:

    1. Draft Kings versus Fan Duel…
    2. Whether fantasy sports ought to be subject to state gaming laws.


  43. - Jordan - Tuesday, Nov 17, 15 @ 11:59 pm:

    You’ve paid your dues, but have you paid your employees?


  44. - Arizona Bob - Wednesday, Nov 18, 15 @ 8:46 am:

    @illini

    =Ducky - “Well we tried the venture capitalist… ” - good point.

    And where has this gotten us?=

    At least slowing down the Madigan, machine Dem path to disaster that Napoleon’s party sent Illinois on. Another question Mr Harris may not want to be asked is what he did to correct the disastrous mistakes made by his party in failing to fund pensions while keeping up pork and patronage spending at high levels while he was I the GA. He’d likely have a less coherent explanation for that than his deficiencies in foreign policy….

    My guess is that he won’t tell the truth on this…that he sold out the people of Illinois to kiss Madigan’s tail for his political support.


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