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Thursday, Aug 11, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Chicago Magazine

All up and down the Republican ballot, rural conservatives defeated establishment candidates. In the 15th Congressional District, U.S. representative Mary Miller, who earned Trump’s endorsement by objecting to the 2020 electoral count, beat fellow incumbent Rodney Davis, who voted to accept the results. Thomas DeVore of Greenville, who tattooed “Freedom” and “Liberty” on his forearms, won the nomination for attorney general over international business attorney Steve Kim of Deerfield.

This shift will pose a problem in November for state GOP candidates, particularly in Chicago’s outlying areas, says Jackson: “Republicans are going to have a very difficult time winning any of the constitutional offices. In some of these suburban districts, Bailey’s going to be a terrible drag on what could be competitive races and what could potentially be a big Republican year.”

Naturally, House Republican leader Jim Durkin, whose southwest suburban district runs from Hinsdale to Lockport, disagrees with that assessment. He is encouraging fellow GOP candidates to set aside hot-button social issues like abortion and gun control and run on “kitchen table” matters such as crime and inflation. “The economy is going to prevail as the single greatest issue in the suburbs and collar counties,” he says.

A moderate who voted to increase the gas tax, Durkin is the pro-Bailey crowd’s model of a RINO. “Much to the dislike of the far right, I don’t have flames coming out of my nose and mouth,” he says. Durkin supports the nominee, but as he sees it, Bailey won a primary, not the soul of the Illinois GOP. “The conservatives and the far left were the majority of voters who came out [for the primary];” in the general election, he says, it’s the middle that will determine outcomes. “I wholeheartedly believe there is a voice for moderates in the party. That’s what we see in the suburbs, and that’s what we need to compete statewide. I’m looking for legislators who are not going to be the party of no.”

That may still be true in the suburbs, but statewide, “the establishment is knocked back on its heels,” Jackson says. “The party from Jim Thompson to Jim Edgar to George Ryan has lost that control of the Republican Party.” And those Republicans will have to take their party back before Illinois elects another Republican governor.

* One of the local Republican Party ballot appointments last month

Chicago City Wire recently had an opportunity to interview Patrycja Karlin, the Republican candidate for the Illinois 20th Senate District. […]

Q: Why did you decide to run for the state legislature?

Karlin: Illinois is drowning in crime, corruption and fiscal irresponsibility; it is killing the innocence of our children with impunity and depriving parents of any decision-making regarding their children. Businesses are running for cover in other states. Illinoisans are moving away in greater numbers than at any time in the history of Illinois. We can save Illinois! First by eliminating the Democratic Super Majority in the Illinois Congress. That does not happen by itself. District by district, seat by seat, Republicans can take the Illinois Legislature and start enacting laws that will protect all Illinoisans! We can make our state prosper again! It is possible! […]

Q: What’s the first bill you will sponsor in Springfield?

Karlin: I am extremely passionate about parental rights. The Chicago Public School system and the Chicago Teachers’ Union are taking away parents’ right to have a voice in what their children are taught. These progressive activists oversee our children’s education. I will propose legislation that will enshrine parents’ right to know what is taught in our local schools. I will work to keep the radical ideologies of gender ideology, and Critical Race Theory out of our schools. Given the opportunity, I will introduce the Illinois Bill of Parental Rights.

“Illinois Congress.” Her petitions have been challenged. She’s running against Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago).

* WGN quoting the governor

Why can’t Republicans just stand up and say what Darren Bailey said was wrong? Why can’t Darren Bailey just apologize? He’s twisted himself into knots first trying to explain what he said, then going back and saying he meant what he said. This is a guy who does not understand what it takes to be a leader of Illinois [who] frankly doesn’t understand he needs to apologize to the survivors of the Holocaust who are still among us in Illinois and to all of us who care about how the governor speaks about the choice, the very difficult choice that women need to make sometimes about their reproductive rights, and the awful, truly tragic, traumatic and one of the worst tragedies in the history of the US and that’s the Holocaust.

* Illinois Republican Party…

In light of the DOJ and FBI’s unprecedented decision to raid the home of the Former President of the United States, ILGOP Chairman Don Tracy issued the following statement:

“Although it has been two days since the raid on the home of the immediate past President of the United States, the American people have heard nothing from Attorney General Merrick Garland. In view of this unprecedented breach of tradition and heavy handed approach to an investigation of a former President, and the apparent double standard relative to investigations of Democrats similarly situated at the national level, Attorney General Garland should have already provided a thorough and immediate explanation.” Chairman Tracy added, “The American people deserve honesty and transparency from our Department of Justice, which is why I am calling on Attorney General Garland to immediately disclose the justification for this extraordinary use of legal power against a political opponent of the current administration of which he is a major part.”

* NRCC

Hi there –

Joe Biden is underwater in a new poll of IL-13 with an approval rating of just 43% and a 57% disapproval rating, with 50% strongly disapproving.

Reminder: This is a district Biden won by 11 points in 2020.

That’s bad news for political insider Nikki Budzinski, who helped implement President Biden’s reckless spending spree that led to record-high inflation.

NRCC Comment: “Illinois voters will hold Nikki Budzinski personally accountable for her role in implementing Joe Biden’s toxic agenda that’s cost them more for basic necessities.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Courtney Parella

It’s not exactly new. Some of the numbers are three weeks old and Biden may have clicked up a bit since then. Also, despite the Biden numbers, Budzinski still holds a narrow lead, albeit within the margin of error. Still, she should be much better known than Republican Regan Deerin.

* ABC 7

U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy’ Garcia (D-Chicago) previously ran for mayor against Rahm Emanuel in 2015, and is leaving the door open to join the crowded field challenging Lori Lightfoot.

“I want to deliver for working families as my responsibility as a congressman, I’ve been working very hard for the past three and a half years, that is my top priority,” said Garcia said Wednesday. […[

“I’m getting a lot of calls, obviously from people across the city to consider it. I’m flattered by that,” Garcia said during a sit down interview in his southwest side congressional office.

He said he really enjoys being a congressman. But too much run for mayor again?

“I’m not shutting the door completely but I’ve gotta tell you, I’ve never been as challenged or rewarded as I have been over the past three and a half years as a member of the United States Congress,” Garcia said.

* And on a lighter note…


According to the Pritzker campaign, the video was shot at a Youth for JB rally held in Chicago on Tuesday evening.

*** UPDATE *** Times of San Diego, 2014

Four years after “60 Minutes” labeled him a “21st century snake oil” salesman, a former La Mesa shopkeeper has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.

Lawrence “Larry” Stowe, who operated Stowe Biotherapy in downtown La Mesa for about five years, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell misbranded and unapproved drugs that he called cures for a variety of incurable diseases, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson in Houston.

U.S. District Judge Gray Miller sentenced Stowe, 61, to a total sentence of 78 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Stowe had pleaded guilty Sept. 7, 2012.

In handing down the sentence Friday, Miller stressed that Stowe “took advantage of people dying and offered them hope.”

* Quad City Times this week

A man who was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison in a scheme to sell unlicensed drugs, claiming to treat or even cure the terminally ill, now is serving as a vice chairman for the Rock Island County GOP. […]

Stowe on Tuesday, speaking from GOP headquarters in Rock Island, said the federal judge threatened him with a 30-year sentence if he did not accept the plea.

“I never got the chance to defend myself,” he said. “It’s just like the people from January 6 (attack on the U.S. Capitol). Those people didn’t commit any crimes.” […]

Several members of the county party who reached out to a reporter about Stowe’s new position declined to comment on the record, saying they do not wish to inflict damage upon their party.

Um, the damage is done.

* But that’s not all the RICO GOP has done lately. This story is from 2018

County Republicans have asked Glen Evans, state representative candidate for the 72nd District, to withdraw from the race. […]

Court records show Mr. Evans, of Rock Island, was charged with criminal trespass and criminal contempt after violating an order of protection in December 1997. The charges were dismissed in February 1998.

In addition, Marion County, Indiana records show an outstanding warrant for Mr. Evans in 2008 after he failed to appear for a probation hearing on a charge of violating an order of protection against his wife, Erica Evans. […]

Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney said Mr. Evans has previously run for office as a Democrat in about 18 different local races. He has lost every election with the exception of two precinct committeeman races. […]

According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, Mr. Evans has never filed a campaign fundraising report. […]

“I do know he has never voted in a Republican primary other than this last one,” [Rock Island County Republican Central Committee Chairman Drue Mielke] said. “He is still welcome in our party, but we’ve asked him to not run. It was a consensus among leadership. We just don’t feel we can support Mr. Evans. We needed to let him know.”

Glen Evans now chairs the county’s Republican Party.

This could have implications for the 17th Congressional District race. You can’t win that CD without Rock Island County.

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58 Comments
  1. - Moe Berg - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 12:39 pm:

    Begging a reporter to ask GOP Chairman Don Tracy if he thinks Trump should release the search warrant? If the answer is no: why?


  2. - Arsenal - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 12:43 pm:

    == “The economy is going to prevail as the single greatest issue in the suburbs and collar counties,” he says.==

    That would actually be bad for Republicans.

    ==According to the Pritzker campaign, the video was shot at a Youth for JB rally held in Chicago on Tuesday evening. ==

    Kids these days just love Mr. T. You hear it everywhere you go.


  3. - Pundent - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 12:44 pm:

    Don Tracy does know that it’s entirely within the Former President’s power to disclose the nature of what was taken and what crimes may be alleged. All of that information would have been provided to Donald Trump and his representatives as required by the law. And they are free to disclose it at any point in time. The Attorney General on the other hand may not be at liberty to do so without infringing on the defendants rights and protections.


  4. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 12:47 pm:

    ===“The economy is going to prevail as the single greatest issue in the suburbs and collar counties,” he (Durkin) says.===

    * Abortion enters the chat.

    You can’t wish things and hope they are true.

    Darren Bailey is the GOP that is dangerous to women’s health. I’m guessing that Pritzker, et al., will remind voters, especially in the suburbs that Republicans want to control women’s health.


  5. - Seymour kid - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 12:48 pm:

    Doesn’t Karlin realize that most school districts post their curriculum - (what is taught) online? They also are required by law to post the dates and times of school board meetings, Every school that I ever worked at had a PTA that was desperate for parents to get involved.


  6. - Union thug - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 12:48 pm:

    Observation form a person living in IL-13, surprisingly I have seen nothing from the D candidate here. Not an ad, mailer nothing. Nothing on the FB or Twitter, I follow her on Twitter. Really feels like they are trying to lose this district. Granted I only live in one town but you would think they would say something at some point.


  7. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 12:51 pm:

    === I have seen nothing from the D candidate here===

    She was active in the primary.

    ===I follow her on Twitter===

    And you see nothing here? https://twitter.com/Nikki4Congress


  8. - Chris - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 12:54 pm:

    “Regan Deerin”

    Definitely better known than her.

    And probably better known than Regan Deering, too.


  9. - Pundent - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:00 pm:

    I think Durkin’s assessment on the economy is right as it pertains to moderate and independent voters who do tend to focus more on the kitchen table issues. But that’s not where the energy is in the GOP right now. They seem intent on doubling down on abortion and other social issues. And in that sense they could undercut what could be a strength by allowing those issues to dominate the discussion. Along with the distraction of the legitimacy of the last Presidential race. But that seems to be the playbook they’re running. Might work in other states that are pre-disposed to that sort of thinking. Seems like a disastrous plan for getting elected statewide in Illinois.


  10. - filmmaker prof - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:05 pm:

    I see Nikki Budzinski yard signs in Champaign-Urbana. Nothing from the R candidate.


  11. - sal-says - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:09 pm:

    == why I am calling on Attorney General Garland to immediately disclose the justification for this extraordinary use of legal power against a political opponent of the current administration of which he is a major part.” ==

    Mehbee because tfg stole records from the US goverment, some super-classified, & chose to not surrender them ?


  12. - SuburbanRepublican - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:13 pm:

    I’m no longer active in suburban GOP organizations, but those groups can be just as conservative and loyal to Trump as any downstate group. Bailey did well with them in the primary. It’s sad to see that the Jim Durkins of the GOP are on the endangered species list right now.

    I wish Leader Durkin was right that there is a voice for moderates in the party. I hope after this cycle is over that will be the case. My instincts tell me that won’t be the case.


  13. - The Captain - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:18 pm:

    Durkin: “Bailey won a primary, not the soul of the Illinois GOP.”

    For a while Democrats have been warning that this is who the Republican party is now, while many others have resisted that diagnosis. But it’s long past time for others to recognize that reality, Bailey just won more than 50% of the vote in a multi-candidate primary. The moderate candidate had $50 million and all of the establishment support, but only 15% of the voters supported him.

    This isn’t ambiguous and it isn’t an outlier. The same Republican party electorate that gave Bailey an overwhelming win and gave Irvin an overwhelming loss, behaved the same way in other Republican primaries in Illinois (IL-15) and outside Illinois where moderates are repeatedly losing primaries to candidates that are either more conservative or just more out of touch/qanon/etc.

    This is who Republican voters are now, regardless of whether establishment Republicans want to accept or acknowledge it. The Republican primary voters who overwhelmingly supported Bailey and other candidates like him really are the soul of the GOP.


  14. - Rudy’s teeth - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:20 pm:

    Candidate Bailey missed a golden opportunity (a nod to Blago).
    A rally with Darren and Mr. T at Edgefield Park would certainly draw a crowd.


  15. - B Team - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:23 pm:

    My guess is “if” Durkin fails to hold onto the Minority Leader mantle…he’s going to hang it up.


  16. - Union thug - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:25 pm:

    Hey Rich
    Even in the primary I didn’t see hardly anything from her here in Springpatch. But we are in the general election now.
    Following your link that mayde 2 a day and in today’s environment hardly blips on the feed. So I may have missed some of the posts.
    Granted I may be a little spoiled since last few cycles had daily mailers from both sides.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:28 pm:

    ===Durkin supports the nominee, but as he sees it, Bailey won a primary, not the soul of the Illinois GOP. “The conservatives and the far left were the majority of voters who came out [for the primary];” in the general election, he says, it’s the middle that will determine outcomes. “I wholeheartedly believe there is a voice for moderates in the party. That’s what we see in the suburbs, and that’s what we need to compete statewide. I’m looking for legislators who are not going to be the party of no.”===

    Hope… is not a plan, Leader… ask Z in the Primary


  18. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:28 pm:

    So Tracy weighs in on a non-Illinois issue but is still not addressing Bailey’s comments re the Holocaust?


  19. - thisjustinagain - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:30 pm:

    Funny, I started “resurrecting” Mr. T. in some replies on Yahoo stories. “I pity the fool that don’t read Cap Fax. And that’s for you from me, even though I ain’t Mr. T.”


  20. - Nuke the Whales - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:33 pm:

    I think the narrative that the Republicans are more likely than not to run the board needs to come to a close.

    Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District
    Biden: 41.1% of the vote
    Special election 6/28/22: 47.3% Democratic

    Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District
    Biden: 43.9%
    Special election 8/9/22: 46.8% Democratic. Multiple statewide Republican primaries were held concurrently.


  21. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:36 pm:

    ===For a while Democrats have been warning that this is who the Republican party is now, while many others have resisted that diagnosis.

    It’s been a 30 year effort by social conservatives starting with the primaries to Edgar which were unsuccessful, but started building a network. What the right wing didn’t understand is that the suburbs would become more moderate and stick them with a base of rural depopulating counties.


  22. - Donnie Elgin - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:38 pm:

    I guess JB is willing to jeopardize the tree hugger vote, as he gets this photo with Mr. T and his “Lake Forest Chainsaw Massacre” which saw him cut down over 100 trees.


  23. - Pundent - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:44 pm:

    =Durkin: “Bailey won a primary, not the soul of the Illinois GOP.”=

    If the 56% that voted for Bailey don’t represent the soul of the ILGOP, who does?


  24. - Correcting - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:51 pm:

    The Red Wave has been cancelled.

    Why did Republicans snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory like that? That was crazy.

    How come they like losing so much? Is it because being in the minority/opposition party means they can criticize the status quo without having to put forth an alternative of their own?


  25. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 1:53 pm:

    If 56% of a party’s voters aren’t its soul… what are they… the liver?

    These voters are the base, hard core voters that parties depend on come the Falls of the past, and tomorrow.

    Durkin hasn’t realized… he’s not an outlier, Durkin is an outsider.


  26. - jackmac - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:08 pm:

    === I have seen nothing from the D candidate here===

    I live far away from the Nikki Budzinski’s 13th district (in Chicago’s western suburbs) but get frequent emails from her campaign.


  27. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:11 pm:

    A lot of assumptions being made about the general election based on a primary with the second lowest turnout in 40 years


  28. - Bruce( no not him) - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:11 pm:

    “I never got the chance to defend myself,” he said.”
    I’m not a lawyer but, I think that’s how plea bargains work.
    You want to defend yourself, have at it. But accept the consequences.


  29. - Just Sayin - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:20 pm:

    ==Mr. Evans has previously run for office as a Democrat in about 18 different local races. He has lost every election with the exception of two precinct committeeman races==

    Is Glen Evans trying to make everything think that he’s somehow related to Lane Evans?


  30. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:21 pm:

    Lucky calling it for Bailey lol.


  31. - JS Mill - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:25 pm:

    =A lot of assumptions being made about the general election based on a primary with the second lowest turnout in 40 years=

    LOL, always and angle.

    Maybe you can explain why your party is now calling for the defunding of law enforcement and the party standard bearer apparently stole and refused to return documents important to national security?


  32. - Roadrager - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:31 pm:

    ==A lot of assumptions being made about the general election based on a primary with the second lowest turnout in 40 years==

    Who will get your vote for governor in the general, LP? Name only, please.


  33. - MisterJayEm - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:47 pm:

    “But that’s not all the RICO GOP has done lately.”

    I see what you did there.

    – MrJM


  34. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:52 pm:

    Hold your horses JS Mill

    Don’t you want to at least wait for the Justice Department to release some information about the search warrant authorized by a Judge who made negative comments on Facebook about President Trump and should have recused himself or what was actually found before before you come to any conclusions?


  35. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:53 pm:

    ===by a Judge who made negative comments on Facebook===

    Huh. Didja have your doubts about the FBI arrest of Blagojevich, too?


  36. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:56 pm:

    Where did I call the election for Bailey?

    I have said numerous times he can’t win.

    There are obviously a lot of other candidates running for office in Illinois.

    Why not focus on the issues instead of me for a change.


  37. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:57 pm:

    With the possible unsealing of the warrant, will that allow the discussion to be about the possibility of “irregularities” to say the least?

    One thing is for sure, LP, in both instances, the knock on the door was not Jimmy DeLeo


  38. - Pundent - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 2:59 pm:

    =a Judge who made negative comments on Facebook=

    Coming from someone who’s already convinced of Mike Madigan’s guilt, and reached that conclusion years’ before he was ever charged with anything, this is rich.

    The one thing that LP has consistently proven over the years’ is his knack to be on the wrong side of history.


  39. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 3:02 pm:

    -I am calling on Attorney General Garland to immediately disclose the justification for this extraordinary use of legal power.-

    Garland just agreed to do just that. Only thing standing in the way now is Trump.


  40. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 3:12 pm:

    -authorized by a Judge who made negative comments on Facebook about President Trump and should have recused himself-

    If true, and if that was the standard (it’s not), how would it apply to say, a Supreme Court justice, hearing cases on subject matters in which their spouse is a potential witness?


  41. - Arsenal - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 3:16 pm:

    ==A lot of assumptions being made about the general election based on a primary with the second lowest turnout in 40 years ==

    Oh, you don’t like assumptions based on the primary, huh? Well let’s take a look at this:

    ==

    - Lucky Pierre - Wednesday, Jun 29, 22 @ 11:36 am:

    The Republican brand is ruined on Illinois?

    The party’s death has been greatly exaggerated

    After record spending the margins were not the landslide you pretend it to be

    798,986 votes for Democrat for Governor

    773,853 votes for Republican for Governor==

    Turns out your only real problem is that no one’s willing to indulge your fantasy that Republicans are going to win every race.


  42. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 3:23 pm:

    That’s restaurant quality there, - Arsenal -


  43. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 3:34 pm:

    I see it’s restaurant quality to pile on and attribute another remark that I never said like Republicans would win every race.

    Can you point me to any indicator that voters are really fired up to vote for Illinois Democrats this Fall?

    https://morningconsult.com/2022/07/18/biden-approval-rating-all-50-states/


  44. - Roadrager - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 3:36 pm:

    ==I guess JB is willing to jeopardize the tree hugger vote, as he gets this photo with Mr. T and his “Lake Forest Chainsaw Massacre” which saw him cut down over 100 trees.==

    Excavating a two-day novelty news story from 1987-ish. Wow, you got ‘em dead to rights.


  45. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 3:42 pm:

    Unlike the Rod matter the walls have been closing in on Trump for the past 6 years but never seem to actually close.

    Based on the limited information we have right now why do you think this time will be successful when the others were not?


  46. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 3:49 pm:

    ===Can you point me to any indicator that voters are really fired up to vote for Illinois Democrats this Fall?===

    Abortion seems to be a motivator, Kansas, as an example saw higher turnout.

    I cite… any news source of your choosing.

    It’s embarrassing to see how you ignore your own past words.

    Restaurant quality kind of “oh, I said that”


  47. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 3:52 pm:

    ===closing in on Trump for the past 6 years but never seem to actually close===

    They chased Rod for 3 or 4. They chased MJM for decades.


  48. - MoralMinority - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 3:57 pm:

    ==unprecedented breach of tradition==Since when is there any tradition of any former presidents being under multiple investigations by multiple jurisdictions after leaving office. As one judge pointed out, the president is not king. And Trump is no longer president. If merely being a candidate were enough to stymie a legitimate, active criminal investigation, then all manner of criminals could escape justice simply by perpetually running for office.


  49. - JS Mill - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 3:57 pm:

    =Don’t you want to at least wait for the Justice Department to release some information about the search warrant=

    No, not really. Why do I need to see a search warrant? I have never seen them in other case. Trump could always post the doc on his social media platform or just give the media a copy.

    I do care about what the FBI found. Pretty big chance they took. Want to place a wager on this one?

    =authorized by a Judge who made negative comments on Facebook about President Trump and should have recused himself or what was actually found before before you come to any conclusions?=

    What? Why? Trump comments on judges all of the time, should he recuse himself from appointing judges? The USSC judges speak at partisan organizations every day and do not recuse themselves. Freedom of speech?


  50. - Pundent - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 4:15 pm:

    As Rich noted it took the feds a few years to knock on Rod’s door that fateful morning. But more importantly, when it happened his party made it clear that it would not support him.


  51. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 4:16 pm:

    They chased Rod and convicted him

    They chased Madigan and indicted him

    They chased Trump and …..

    Given the history of the chases and the Federal prosecutor still investigating that I will withhold my judgment for a while


  52. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 4:19 pm:

    === I will withhold my judgment for a while ===

    LOL

    Just like you did with MJM, right?

    You’re funny


  53. - MoralMinority - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 4:28 pm:

    ==Durkin supports the nominee==Republicans will have to take their party back before Illinois elects another Republican governor.==And you expect that to happen when you continue to support nominees like Darren Bailey?


  54. - Pundent - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 4:30 pm:

    =I will withhold my judgment for a while=

    Wouldn’t it be easier to just own up to the fact that your political leanings require you to have two different sets of standards? I mean it’s obvious to the rest of us.


  55. - JS Mill - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 4:45 pm:

    = I will withhold my judgment for a while=

    Man, you are the poster child for hypocrisy.

    What is funny to me is the way the trump cults whines and complains about things being unfair and how badly mistreated and how they are being persecuted.

    Compare that to the posters here, some of whom are self identified liberals, not once have they made those comments about MJM. Most here want crooks punished per the law.

    The right wingers like you only want democrats and political rivals punished.


  56. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 5:01 pm:

    The feature today was - LP - allowing the ideas that bug the *idea* of honesty… by embracing hypocrisy “as long as”…

    Mirroring so much we all can read in a “Campaign Notebook” when the GOP is involved.

    I’ll withhold my judgement to how - LP - sees these comments


  57. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 5:56 pm:

    == should have recused himself ==

    I’m sure LP feels that way about Clarence Thomas deciding January 6 matters as well.


  58. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Aug 11, 22 @ 5:57 pm:

    ==There are obviously a lot of other candidates running for office in Illinois.==

    So you’re calling it for DeVore?


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