- Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:06 am:
I hope Durbin decides to run. He may be one of the few who could beat Rauner, particularly if he’ll do better than Quinn in Cook County, the Collars and among union members and their families–which he should.
“What the Governor has done to this state is inexcusable and unacceptable”. Of course one of the biggest partisans in Washington would only blame one side and ignore all of the problems that caused voters to abandon the Democratic candidate for Governor and elect Rauner.
What are your solutions to solve Illinois many problems?
Please speak up and tell us your vision for fixing Illinois. The silence is deafening
This effectively freezes the field for the rest of the year. If I was a Dem big shot, I would take advantage of this time out to put a Plan B in place if Durbin decides to stay in D.C., as I suspect he will.
A destructive primary is never good when you’re preparing to take on an incumbent, but when that incumbent has the money Rauner does, it might prove fatal. It would improve the Dems’ chances immensely if the unions, trial lawyers, Madigan, Cullerton, etc., quietly got behind a strong candidate early to discourage primary opposition. (Preckwinkle, Kennedy, or Dart are probably the best bets). The Dems are gonna need every penny they can save in the Spring of ‘18 if they’re gonna beat Rauner in the Fall.
This defines the 2018 election for all Constitutional Officer races…they’ll be more than one seat up for election, and there’s a challenge finding young blood for even one of them. For example, is there anyone worthwhile to run for SecState or are we calling back Jesse again?
===Workers compensation , term limits redistricting are all supported by bipartisan majorities===
I’ll concede redistricting reform, but even Dan Brady said this week that term limits weren’t a good idea. Despite that, if a bill was brought for a vote, I think you’re right that it would pass with bi-partisan support.
So you’ve got two easy ones that Madigan has put a brick on. Of course, neither of these solves an actual fiscal problem facing the state, neither gets us closer to a balanced budget or reducing the mountain of bills awaiting payment. But credit where credit is due: Governor Rauner supports to very popular political proposals that won’t do anything to help improve the business climate in Illinois. Bully for him.
As for Worker’s Comp, you’re right that there is strong bi-partisan support for lower premiums. The problem is that there is no agreement on HOW to lower premiums, so I can’t accept Worker’s Comp as your third Turnaround Agenda item that has broad bi-partisan support.
Durbin hasn’t had a real contested race since joining the Senate. No one has had to animate an oppo file on him, and he has some highlights he’d just as soon forget and hope everyone else has to. I can’t see any ROI on a race like this for him. Is anyone even sure he wants to come back to Illinois when his Senate career is over? I haven’t heard one way or the other.