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Sunday Jeanne Ives roundup

Sunday, Mar 11, 2018

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* From a letter to the editor of the Champaign News-Gazette

I do not believe in, nor trust, Ives to become our next governor when she supports and backs people like Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. Can’t she see that the state of lllinois is in the financial mess it is because of Madigan and his followers? We’ve had enough of that type leadership in Illinois. So no, I will not support nor will I back Ives.

I had my traditional pre-primary discussion with a family member who doesn’t follow politics and gets most of his information on campaigns from TV news and advertising. He is a lifelong Republican who despises Gov. Bruce Rauner (retired AFSCME), but he said he can’t vote for Ives because she’s controlled by Madigan.

And he’s not the only one. I’m getting reports from the doors of average voters saying the same thing. That “Who’s really behind Jeanne Ives?” ad of Rauner’s is doing its job. Ives doesn’t have the cash to effectively counter it, so she’s getting buried by it.

* Meanwhile, the Rockford Register-Star endorsed Ives

Passion, energy and an “I’m-mad-as-hell-and-not-going-to-take-it-anymore” attitude make Jeanne Ives our choice in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Ives has legislative experience, unlike Gov. Bruce Rauner, and knows how to get things done in Springfield.

Um, of all the bills she herself introduced since January of 2017, precisely one has become the law of the land

Amends the Public Water District Act. Provides that a general manager of a public water district may be discharged at a meeting of the board of trustees upon a majority vote of the members

The only other Ives bill to get a floor vote in that same time period lost on 3rd Reading by a vote of 43-70.

* Back to the editorial board endorsement

Many newspapers across the state back Rauner because of school financing and criminal justice reforms and because their editorial boards were disgusted by Ives’ television commercial playing off stereotypes of immigrants, the LGBTQ community, union workers and people on public assistance.

We were disgusted by the ad as well, but it was not enough for us to withdraw our support for Ives.

* Related…

* Gov. Rauner debates his ads about Jeanne Ives w/Berkowitz: Truthful or gross distortions?: Ives said, to the Crain’s editorial board on Jan. 22, 2018 she’d start by working to repeal the income tax hike that was approved over Rauner’s veto. But “I wouldn’t do that immediately,” she said. “I suspect that, within two years, we could set that out as a goal.” The Citizens for Rauner mailer states: “Jeanne Ives wants to keep Mike Madigan’s 32% income tax hike,” and it refers to Jeanne Ives as “Mike Madigan’s favorite candidate.” … Ives said she couldn’t get the $5 billion tax bill repealed NOW—but Rauner couldn’t even sustain his 2017 veto of that bill, w many Republicans jumping ship.

* Jeanne Ives’ GOP insurgency: “People keep asking, ‘Can I win?’ I like to ask, ‘Should I win?” Ives said. Jim Nowlan, a Republican and retired political science researcher for the University of Illinois, is dismissive of Ives’ chance. “Bruce Rauner is an unpopular governor. I think Jeanne Ives has the potential to embarrass the governor by doing well in the primary,” he said. “I could see her getting 40 percent of the vote. But I can’t see her winning. Bruce Rauner is an incumbent and he has far more resources.”

* Gun Confiscation Begins in Illinois: Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives voted no on the measure, and expressed her concern about the issue earlier this week when Illinois Review asked her about raising the age buying a gun to age 21. “What other rights are we going to raise to age 21?” Ives answered. “The age is arbitrary. The average age of a mass shooter is somewhere in the 30s.”

* Five Republican Incumbents Facing Challengers From the Far Right: In fact, Governor Rauner is leading her by about 20 points in primary polling. Which makes a person wonder — if Rauner is already so unpopular and he’s still trouncing Ives, how bad must she really be?

* The John Williams Show: Gubernatorial Candidate Jeanne Ives joins the conversation to explain her belief that the CityKey allows undocumented immigrants to vote

* Illinois Governor Candidates at Odds on Marijuana Use: Gov. Bruce Rauner implemented the pilot program in 2015, but he has recently fought in court attempts to expand the list of qualifying conditions. He is against legalization for recreational purposes. His primary competitor, Rep. Jeanne Ives, has consistently railed against any type of legalization.

* Rauner pledges support for Q-C rail project: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged support Friday for passenger rail service in the Quad-Cities, providing a counter to primary rival, state Rep. Jeanne Ives, who last week voiced her opposition during a visit to the area. Rauner toured Kone in Moline and, during remarks to employees, pointed to his support for rail service, along with getting the new Interstate-74 bridge over the Mississippi River built. “I’m all about investing in infrastructure,” Rauner said. “I want to get the Amtrak high-speed train coming over here. I want to invest more in the highway system. We’re going to get the bridge built over here.”

* Illinois lieutenant gubernatorial candidate ‘dubious’ of Amtrak project: Meanwhile, Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidate and Rock Island County Board Member Rich Morthland has many questions about the project. “Of course I want Amtrak to come to the Quad Cities…but purely for nostalgic reasons,” Morthland said. “That doesn’t mean it’s the right reason.” Morthland recently called the project a ‘boondoggle,’ and he says his running mate, State Representative Jeanne Ives, is not a big fan of the project either. “We are dubious of the situation with Amtrak,” Morthland said. “A private company, publicly funded…that just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”

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  1. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 12, 18 @ 7:47 am:

    –He is a lifelong Republican who despises Gov. Bruce Rauner (retired AFSCME), but he said he can’t vote for Ives because she’s controlled by Madigan.–

    A success for The Big Lie, in action: peddle an absurd, pants-on-fire whopper, but some of the people, all of the time, will believe there’s some truth to it, simply because it’s so outrageous.

    All it takes to employ is a strong contempt for the public and a lack of scruples.

    Rauner has that, in spades. When it comes to whoppers, he’s the Burger King.

  2. - Pundent - Monday, Mar 12, 18 @ 7:59 am:

    If Rauner is able to so easily connect Ives to Madigan imagine what he will do to the Democrat nominee, any nominee. The reason that he was so quick to attack Pritzker is that he knows that he’s the only candidate with the resources to counterpunch.

  3. - Nick Name - Monday, Mar 12, 18 @ 8:02 am:

    ===Ives doesn’t have the cash to effectively counter it, so she’s getting buried by it.===

    Why oh why did she (apparently) pour all her money into that stupid anti-Rauner booklet, when it should have gone to TV advertising? SMH.

  4. - m - Monday, Mar 12, 18 @ 8:12 am:

    =All it takes to employ is a strong contempt for the public and a lack of scruples.=

    This is a big part of why good people usually don’t run for office (along with people digging up something from your past and blowing it up into something much larger than it is), and why voter apathy is so high.

    Does anybody really feel good voting for someone who is sending out mailers lying to you? This is happening up and down the ballot on both sides. And we wonder why turnout is low.

    I don’t care for Ives or her beliefs, nor will I vote for her, but she has probably been one of the more honest candidates, though not a real contender. Rauner has given her an abundance of ammunition so she hasn’t had to stretch the truth as much.

  5. - Northsider - Monday, Mar 12, 18 @ 8:20 am:

    == The reason that he was so quick to attack Pritzker is that he knows that he’s the only candidate with the resources to counterpunch. ==

    And that’s one of the many reasons why I’m voting for JB.

  6. - dbk - Monday, Mar 12, 18 @ 9:36 am:

    In thinking about it, I suspect Ives would be Madigan’s favorite candidate.

    But not for the reason Rauner’s proposing.

  7. - LXB - Monday, Mar 12, 18 @ 9:38 am:

    ==If Rauner is able to so easily connect Ives to Madigan==

    A partisan primary electorate and a general electorate are very different things. If crying “Madigan!” was an effective strategy with the whole state, Rauner’s approval wouldn’t be in the low 30s.

  8. - James Knell - Monday, Mar 12, 18 @ 1:45 pm:

    A major component of my deep personal dislike for Bruce Rauner is the contempt for the public (intelligence) that Wordslinger references. But to be fair, I have the same contempt for the gullible parrots.

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