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Isabel’s morning briefing

Thursday, Feb 2, 2023 - Posted by Isabel Miller

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  1. - dr. jimmy - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 7:48 am:

    It amazes me that a member of congress believes that a single Illinois school received over 5 billion dollars and spent it all on teaching critical race theory. What’s worse is that many people in Illinois will hear this blather and believe it. Could you imagine one school getting 5 billion. This congresswoman is not tethered to our planet.

  2. - Bothanspied - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 8:21 am:

    Can you imagine what would happen if individual elementary schools actually received an individual $5 Billion grant for anything at all?

  3. - Dysfunction Junction - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 8:35 am:

    = Can you imagine what would happen if individual elementary schools actually received an individual $5 Billion grant for anything at all?=

    It’d be the end of bake sales for one thing.

  4. - JS Mill - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 8:46 am:

    =It’d be the end of bake sales for one thing.=

    If it ends the endless cycle of fundraising and puts fundraising companies out of business count me in.

    Also…Donald DeWitte complaining about legislative extremism is an absolute laugh riot. Oof, that is some hypocrisy their pal.

  5. - Chicagonk - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 8:50 am:

    Every cannabis operation seems to have politicians involved as investors or owners and no one seems to bat an eye.

  6. - Back to the Future - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 8:53 am:

    Nice news on students working with trade folks on the Obama construction project.
    We need more work related projects that students can learn from.

  7. - Socially DIstant watcher - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 8:54 am:

    It also amazes me that a state legislator thinks his fellow legislators didn’t investigate why sherrifs were opposed to the assault weapons ban. There were hearings, all opinions were considered, and the legislators did what they thought prudent. Sherrifs aren’t legislators. And a good thing, too

  8. - Lincoln Lad - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 8:59 am:

    Misrepresent the amount of money
    Misrepresent what it is supporting
    Misrepresent what CRT means
    She hit three points that all play into the game plan to turn people against each other and against our government. And you thought she was just not bright… she’s a rockstar for the insurrectionist mindset.

  9. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 8:59 am:

    ===Every cannabis operation seems to have politicians involved as investors or owners and no one seems to bat an eye. ===

    One got her wings clipped a few years back. But I’m not sure who else you’re referring to. Please be more specific. Thanks.

  10. - H-W - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 9:11 am:

    The opinion piece by Sen. DeWitte clearly shows a Senator (and political party?) unwilling to work with the majority party, and unwilling to do the people’s business. His confrontational language betrays his position of leadership, and his responsibilities to the people.

  11. - Chicago Blue - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 9:15 am:

    Bridget Degene was a pot regulator before becoming a County Commissioner and also part owner of a dispensary.

  12. - Telly - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 9:28 am:

    DeWitte’s “see you in court” swipe against Harmon is intentionally out of context. That wasn’t an unprovoked taunt from Harmon, as DeWitte implies. It was a direct response to Republican members who repeatedly talked about the challenging the law in court during the floor debate.

    I thought DeWitte was more of a traditional conservative — the kind that respects institutions and traditions, like the separation of powers and judicial review…you know, “law and order” stuff. It’s disappointing to see him embrace the Trump-style conservatism of the sheriffs. I guess that will play well in his next primary, but it won’t in the next general election in his suburban district.

  13. - OneMan - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 9:28 am:

    I am going to say the Core Strategies folks hit it mostly on the nose.

    I will add this when it comes to some issues the idea of personal responsibility, while great, implies that enough people will be responsible persons. Identifying and communicating that threshold will be part of the GOP challenge.

  14. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 9:31 am:

    Odd opinion piece by DeWitte.
    He’s been known as a bipartisan worker.
    I mean there were all those hours and hours and hours he spent working behind the scenes with Marty Sandoval.

  15. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 9:44 am:

    ===hit it mostly on the nose===

    I think they missed an opportunity. The Republicans had a pretty good statewide year in 2014. Not all elections will be as bad for the GOP as 2018 (Trump midterm) and 2020 (Bailey heading the ticket). They should focus on trying to replicate the win.

  16. - Anyone Remember - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 9:47 am:

    “Madigan … crafted much of the rules that governed the House carried over term after term.”

    State Rep. Adam Niemerg, R-Dieterich

    Once again, whitewashing of history. Madigan got his rules from Lee Daniels, who got them from Pate Philip. Greg Bishop knows this.

  17. - John Lopez - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 9:49 am:

    === I am going to say the [Cor] Strategies folks hit it mostly on the nose. ===

    Hope all four articles Cor Strategies published were read, as 2024 will be much worse than 2022 for Republicans, in spite of no statewide U.S. Senate race next year, and no matter whom the established parties nominate for POTUS.

    This morning, Cook Political Report with Amy Walter published their initial U.S. House ratings for 2024, and outside of the IL-17, all 16 other House districts are rated Strong/Safe Democrat (IL-12, IL-15 & IL-16 rated Strong/Safe Republican).

    Freshman Congressman Eric Sorensen’s reelection campaign begins in a “Leans Democrat” rated IL-17. Will be interesting whom Republicans nominate to challenge Sorensen, but Esther Joy King is now a 2-time loser, so likely won’t be her.

    In spite of MTG’s ridiculous statement, battle for control of the U.S. House, like battle for the White House, will not be fought in Illinois in the fall of 2024.

  18. - TooManyJens - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 9:54 am:

    == It amazes me that a member of congress believes that a single Illinois school received over 5 billion dollars and spent it all on teaching critical race theory. ==

    Who knows whether she believes it. Maybe she’s just lying, or maybe she’s convinced herself (through only consuming far-right information sources and never applying critical thought) that it’s true because it’s useful to believe it. It doesn’t really matter in the end.

  19. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 10:12 am:

    Chicago Blue, that’s one. And it was reported on more than once.

    But the statement was “Every cannabis operation seems to have politicians involved.” That’s way more than one.

  20. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 10:30 am:

    “They should focus on trying to replicate the win.”

    I fail to see how Republicans can run against Pat Quinn for every seat. /s

  21. - watchful eye - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 10:35 am:

    Point of order—just how many elections did Cor Strategies win last cycle? Mike Z? They pretty much lost everything. It amazes me that the folks that consistently lose, Proft, Z, Cor still telling the rest of the world how to do it. I know this will get blocked because of Z love—but the reality is this state saw the worst grift in political terms since Doyle Lonigan got taken in the Sting.

  22. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 10:56 am:

    2024 may not be so hot for the ILGOP, with a certain someone at the top of the ticket. This “leader” cost Republicans many votes in 2022, many of their own voters refused to vote MAGA. Hats off to the folks who believe in decency and democracy.

  23. - DTown Resident - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 11:00 am:

    ” This congresswoman is not tethered to our planet ” The scary thing is she actually is. Greene actually willfully spreads disinformation. She knows it is all false but she digs in and says this all to get people riled up and angrier. It is much scarier than someone being crazy.

  24. - Stuck in Celliniland - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 11:13 am:

    In my state employee opinion, any firm with the words “Strategies” or “Ventures” in it reads to me like nothing more than a bunch of scammers.

  25. - Rudy’s teeth - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 11:17 am:

    Yesterday, a post discussed a shortage of credentialed teachers in subject matter areas. There is a shortage of teachers and substitutes everywhere in all states.

    Yet Marjorie Taylor Greene rails about CRT. Nonsense.

    The substitutes and teachers in classrooms are focused on teaching Literature, Math, and English. If students are unable to read at level, any extraneous material like CRT will not become a focus of instruction.

    Looks as if MTG is blathering for attention like a former Illinois candidate for the governor’s office.

  26. - Roman - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 11:27 am:

    On the COR memo: the ex-Raunerite/Irvin approach wasn’t wrong as a general election strategy, it just couldn’t survive a Trump era GOP primary.

    The 2014 Rauner win and Lee Zeldin’s over-performance last year in the New York governor’s race should be the model for the Illinois GOP. Both candidates were successfully able to project themselves as suburban moderates and (surprise) that help draw suburban moderate voters. Rauner won because of that, and Zeldin did well enough (within 6 points of Hochul) that he didn’t tank the rest of the Republican ticket. Sometimes getting close counts in politics. The NY GOP picked up congressional and state legislative seats in ‘22, winning in districts Biden carried by focusing on crime — a strategy Illinois GOP legislative candidates tried here and failed with. And it probably would have failed in NY too if the GOP had an upstate conservative culture warrior turning off suburban voters at the top of their ticket.

    Getting a moderate-ish candidate out of the primary is the tricky part.

  27. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 11:30 am:

    ===The 2014 Rauner win and Lee Zeldin’s over-performance last year in the New York governor’s race should be the model===

    ===Getting a moderate-ish candidate out of the primary is the tricky part. ===

    Agreed on both.

    The fundamental flaw of that report is focusing on two losing races to see which was the least worse. Find out your strengths and emphasize that.

    2014 can’t be exactly replicated unless Pritzker tanks his second term and runs for a third term. Same with 2010, when Bill Brady narrowly lost. But the GOP can clearly do better and has.

  28. - Big Rocker - Thursday, Feb 2, 23 @ 2:26 pm:

    Meow, Meow

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