* With just five days left in the scheduled spring session, the House Republicans are blasting out robocalls this evening targeting 7 House Democratic incumbents, including Reps. Michelle Mussman, Sam Yingling, Andrew Skoog, Kate Cloonen, Dan Beiser, John Bradley and Brandon Phelps. I’m told they’re contacting 12-20,000 households in each district. The ads feature sound bites of House Speaker Michael Madigan talking about raising taxes and refusing to work with Gov. Rauner.
* Press release…
Last night and this afternoon, House Democrats decided to put their allegiance to Mike Madigan over the financial health of Illinois, voting twice for a disastrous budget that would create a $7 billion deficit and necessitate a $1,000 tax hike on Illinois families. This is a clear signal that they would rather jump off the fiscal cliff than stand up to Mike Madigan.
The Rauner Plan is also clear, no social services except by court order, privatized state universities, and late payments if you are desperate enough to do business with the State of Illinois. “You’ll never notice the difference.”
“Who” wants to make the case that the timing of this is remotely smart or helping in any way.
What Democratic legislator is going to say, “ok, I’ll help the Governor get to 60″
Between Yaffe and #TaxHikeMike yesterday and press releases today… It’s like no Raunerite Staffer feels the need to help in the governing.
Let’s be very clear… The $5 million given recently, and the $2 million of that given to HRO being used RIGHT NOW… isn’t by happenstance, accident, coincidence, or chance.
Even if every single thing was going swimmingly, Adjournment would still have 5 days left in the clock.
“You know what, I dunno what’s goin’ on, but you know what, I’ll tell you ehat o hear is goin’ on, and you know what, I don’t like to talk politics when workin’ as your governor, and you know what, we’ll beat Mile Madigan”
This is “breaking the peace”, and it’s not helping the process.
Hard to make the argument Rauner wants a deal when the politics of the voice on the phone says otherwise.
Crushing? Does it always need to be crushing? Why not pulverizing? Or, for a change of pace, what about destroying? In any case, I don’t think that’ll help get the tax increase required by Rauner’s own budget passed.
===Ouch. It’s gotta be tough to go back to your District and tell them you voted for $7 Billion more in expenditures than current proceeds - at least with a straight face===
“Ouch. It’s gotta be tough to go back to your District and tell them there are no more expenditures for social services, higher ed, K-12 funding, and the governor vetoed the last one - at least with a straight face”
I’m not trying to be a putz but why even do those robocalls? I delete them right off the bat and it’s even coming from my union! I have to believe that they aren’t effective at all.
To OW’s fine point, this was planned. They could have even waited a few days to dispel the thought but they had to fire it off.
At least when I pop my mouth off, I honestly and obviously don’t know what’s going on and hadn’t planned to engage in passionate theatrics.
And they all wonder why so many of feel betrayed and angry by the establishment!
- Formerly Known As... - Thursday, May 26, 16 @ 4:39 pm:
Carrots and sticks. Tip of the iceberg, just a =reminder= if you will.
The governor doesn’t want a tax increase. He never has. The current rates will, in time, strangle state government. Ignore the rhetoric and focus on the actions, or lack thereof. He brought in Donna Arduin. Look no further than what has happened to KS - also her handiwork.
===These calls have the same affect as running that =budget=. It disrupts progress and does not help compromise right now.===
Agreed. The governing points that sending that bill last night and today wasn’t helpful, and like I’ve said, knowing if won’t be veto-proof had only one purpose, while allowing Rauner, if it gets to his desk, to make choices,
…when a compromise and a clean signature IS governing, period.
Hey OW, I hope I didn’t disrespect you yesterday. I apologize if I did. I get passionate. I get hopped up and into Officer mode and I sometimes get over my skis. If I offended you I’m sorry. I do listen to everything you say, even if I didn’t want to hear it at the time. If I offended you I’m truly sorry.
If they were going to go to this expense why didn’t they use a professional voice? The voice is way too weak and the message way too long. Should have stuck to the Madigan quote about saying no to reforms with about 15 seconds using a more professional and less rushed voice.
Every GOP House member and Senator need to explain how they helped the people Emily Miller wrote about today. It is time to stop following this governor and represent the people who live in their districts.
- Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, May 26, 16 @ 8:17 pm:
Phelps has taken The (no new tax) Pledge.
Going after Bradley? Chairman of the Revenue Committee. Where Durkin will one day present the Rauner Tax Hike for a vote. Hope they aren’t counting on a Yes from Bradley.
What is your End Game guys? You seem to still be playing for a Win while Democrats are playing for a draw.
I think I had more tournament wins playing black for a Draw than I ever had playing White.
“I don’t believe in psychology.
All that matters on the chessboard is good moves.”
They have wasted 17 months and a lot of moves trying to get in Madigan’s head.
Moe Berg has it right. This is disaster capitalism at its most grotesque. If this is what Rauner wants, let him own it. The voters made their intentions clear in one respect by returning overwhelming Democratic majorities to the state house — in stark contrast to what was going on elsewhere, and a slim probationary margin to Rauner. As I see it, Madigan has little option but to continue the stalemate, and we’ll see what the voters say with the legislature in November. And that will continue as long as Rauner believes his slim margin trumps the Democrats’ large one. And if the voters should flip the legislature, then we can see how they feel about Kansas redux.
Sheer genius…Pat Brady startin’ to look better. …not really. ..meanwhile must ask if this is best he gets for five million…also makes Durkie and squeeze the beast look like total dopes…Durkie cause it is his committee…Squeeze cause she is left out again
HGOP if you think this line of attack works - please show us an example of the legislator who lost an election for voting for a budget that was not balanced.
Governor Rauner needs a tax increase to balance the budget. But he won’t get one by blasting members (with his own personal money) who voted for a budget that is out of balance but didn’t even have the tax increase in it.
I think this is the Rauner aspect that Jim Edgar disliked so much. Total lack of courage and leadership. What Governor Rauner really needs to do as a leader is stand up, look the Illinois voters in the eye and tell us we need a tax increase to pay for human services and education.
He’s a coward and he is being very dishonest by pretending we don’t need more revenue to pay for our obligations. I suspect that is why Jim Edgar doesn’t respect him. It’s intellectual dishonesty to pretend that he can balance the budget without a tax increase.
All of you commenting should find a life in a new state and find how dysfunctional you are without your petty political clout. your fascination and celebrity with the right and wrong of state politics and personal interests over good governance is disturbing. If you all believe there is anything other than one party in Illinois you are sadly mistaken. And I pity you.
- fool on the hill - Friday, May 27, 16 @ 10:23 am:
And I pity you big ed. You clearly have no perspective and no understanding of politics and the conversation of politics. Please go somewhere else.