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  • Darin LaHood gets GOP nod to replace Risinger in senate [son of Obama's DIABLO Trans. Sec.!]

    03/01/2011 5:26:08 PM PST · by BillyBoy · 12 replies
    The Peoria Journal Star ^ | Feb 26, 2011 | By PATRICK OLDENDORF
    Darin LaHood gets GOP nod to replace Risinger in senate Attorney selected over five candidates including Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis Darin LaHood makes a reference to his opponent Kevin Lyons during their State's attorney race debate in 2008. By PATRICK OLDENDORF (poldendorf@pjstar.com) Peoria Journal-Star Feb 26, 2011 PEORIA — "Humbled" was how Darin LaHood described himself Saturday afternoon, shortly after being appointed the new state senator for the 37th District. The Peoria attorney defeated five other candidates to replace state Sen. Dale Risinger, who announced his retirement earlier this month after being re-elected in November. "There were many other...
  • Brady's Loss To Quinn: Note To Fiscal Conservatives: Fiscal & Social Issues Are Related

    11/15/2010 9:39:43 PM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 9 replies
    RFFM.org ^ | Nov. 15, 2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Bill Brady's Loss To Pat Quinn: Note To Fiscal Conservatives: Fiscal & Social Issues Are Related And Do Matter After State Sen. Bill Brady lost the Illinois gubernatorial race to Pat Quinn, it was no surprise to me. If the election was close enough, the Daley Democratic Machine would find some way to make sure Quinn had the votes to hand him the election. I am 56 years old and I lived in Chicago for the first 50 years of my life. I remember how the presidential election was stolen from Richard Nixon in 1960. As usual, late returns from...
  • Davis responds to Kirk's voter integrity squads (CHICAGO LAUGH ALERT)

    10/18/2010 11:03:48 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 17 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 17, 2010 | MARY HOULIHAN Staff Reporter
    At a get-out-the-vote gathering Sunday morning at a Bronzeville restaurant, Congressman Danny Davis responded to U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk's suggestion to Republican activists that voter integrity squads be on site for voting in Chicago's black neighborhoods, which tend to vote Democratic. "Rep. Kirk thinks something will happen to his vote in these neighborhoods," Davis said. "Well, I'm here to tell him he's not getting any votes here. My question is why would he target areas that historically vote Democrat?" Vote drive Recently, without his knowledge, Kirk was caught on tape saying, "I have now funded the largest voter integrity...
  • Blame the Illinois Republican Party for military ballot scandal

    10/15/2010 2:36:18 PM PDT · by chicagolady · 3 replies
    Republican News Watch ^ | Oct 14, 2010 | Doug Ibendhl
    According to the U.S. Justice Department, some counties in Illinois may have missed the deadline for mailing absentee ballots to members of the military and other overseas American voters as part of a new federal overseas voting law. At least one county has already admitted its military ballots were not mailed by the September deadline. St. Clair County Clerk Bob Delaney says absentee ballots to military personnel didn’t get mailed in time because they were waiting on a court decision as to whether the Constitution Party candidates would be on the ballot. Top Republicans, as expected, wasted no time flooding...
  • Kirk For IL US Senate: Open Letter To GOP Requesting Kirk Drop Out Of Race

    06/19/2010 4:04:30 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 66 replies · 366+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | June 19, 2010 | Laurie Higgins
    The following open letter from Laurie Higgins to Illinois Republican Party leadership is posted below by RFFM.org with Mrs. Higgins permission. Higgins appeals to GOP leaders, urging Mark Kirk to bow out of the Senate race "for the good of the party." Higgins joins a growing chorus of conservatives who believe Kirk should be encouraged to do what's best for not only Illinois Republicans, but the integrity of the political process as well. Laurie Higgins is an influential pro-family activist and a widely read columnist. Higgins has a background as an educator. Her articles and columns have been published across...
  • Rep. Mark Kirk Should Bow Out of Illinois U.S. Senate Race

    06/14/2010 12:27:53 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 49 replies · 524+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | June 14, 2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    On July 30, 2009, I wrote a commentary titled "Mark Kirk's U.S. Senate Bid Doomed: When Will GOP Ever Learn?" http://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2009/07/-mark-kirks-us-senate-bid-doomed-when-will-gop-ever-learn-.html I wrote the commentary long before the recent revelations regarding Kirk's exaggeration of his military service. On Sunday, June 13, 2010 the Chicago Tribune ran a major article which will put a damper on a political candidate which was forced upon Republican voters by the Illinois GOP leadership. From the beginning, Kirk was out of step with GOP social and fiscal conservatives. Kirk's voting record in support of abortion rights, his anti-Second Amendment votes in Congress and Kirk's support...
  • Pat O'Malley to Endorse Adam Andrzejewski Republican for IL Governor: Analysis

    01/19/2010 6:15:58 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 2 replies · 291+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | January 19, 2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    First let me begin by stating the following commentary is not an endorsement of Adam Andrzejewski's gubernatorial bid who is seeking the GOP nomination in the February 2nd primary. But I must provide full disclosure regarding my prior relationship with former state Sen. Patrick O'Malley. My wife Julie and I know O'Malley well. He was our state Senator when we lived in Crestwood, Illinois in southwest Cook County. We care for him deeply and always will. As a private citizen, I supported his bid for the GOP gubernatorial primary in 2002. Then-Attorney General Jim Ryan went on to defeat O'Malley...
  • Despite Blagojevich, Illinois Republican Party can't get it together

    08/21/2009 5:07:37 AM PDT · by Jabrown · 63 replies · 2,771+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 08/21/2009 | Jarid Brown
    To sum up the state of the Republican Party in Illinois, just hours before the kickoff of "Republican Day" festivities at the Illinois State Fair, Andy Mckenna, the head to the state party resigned... Just 8 short years ago, the Republican Party in Illinois remained a force to be reckoned with. The party maintained control of a majority of municipality and county governments within the state, along with control of the Governor's office, several State Officers positions and the State Senate. But today, despite a golden opportunity to retake control of key State Offices due the Impeachment of Rod Blagojevich,...
  • Kirk Opts Out of Senate Race (RINO drops out in IL)

    07/10/2009 1:38:47 PM PDT · by heiss · 51 replies · 1,852+ views
    WaPo ^ | July 10, 2009 | Chris Cillizza
    Update, 4:17 p.m.: Although Kirk has already told several national Republicans today that he will not run for the Senate, there is an ongoing effort now to convince him to re-think that decision, according to several sources close to the discussions. Pressure is now being brought to bear on Andy McKenna, who, according to knowledgeable sources, had told Republicans insiders that he would not run if Kirk got into the race. Once Kirk signaled he was indeed running, however, McKenna reconsidered and made clear he would in fact stay in.
  • Obama poised to fire bank CEOs

    04/14/2009 2:02:42 PM PDT · by obamaisandrogynous · 18 replies · 998+ views
    Treasury Secretary Geithner said President Obama is ready to remove bank CEOs in the same way he demanded the resignation of General Motors Corp.'s CEO, Rick Wagoner. See, http://twitter.com/IlGOPAssembly
  • CBS: ‘Down and Dirty’ Republicans Call for Burris to Resign

    On Monday’s CBS Evening News, correspondent Nancy Cordes reported on perjury allegations against Illinois Senator Roland Burris and calls for his resignation: "Burris admits he did much more than just talk to one person, in fact, he says he talked to four other people with close connections and took three phone calls from the ex-governor's brother about raising money. In the down and dirty world of Illinois politics, some Republicans are calling on him to resign." In addition to bashing Illinois Republicans, Cordes’s report featured CBS legal analyst Andrew Cohen, who argued: "From a purely legal point of view, it...
  • Cross to Illinois GOP: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Stop Trying

    02/05/2009 8:00:24 AM PST · by illinoisgop438 · 17 replies · 574+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | Feb 5, 2009 | Dan Proft
    The leadership title holders of the Illinois Republican Party have done it again. They have found a new bottom in the wellspring of incompetence from which they drink: Paul Vallas for Cook County Board President. "He'd be great for Republicans, great for Cook County, [with] impeccable credentials, substance and integrity." That is what House Republican Leader Tom Cross had to say about Paul Vallas to the Chicago Sun-Times. My view of Paul Vallas as a Republican standard-bearer is a bit different as mine is rooted in Vallas' record. It goes something like this: Paul Vallas is a visionless, bean-counting hack...
  • Will the GOP Go Too Far in Tying Blago to Obama? (new GOP ad making libs nervous)

    12/16/2008 11:46:03 AM PST · by lewisglad · 44 replies · 1,502+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | December 15, 2008 12:52 PM
    Ominous music. Grainy footage. Headlines showing that Obama--OMG!--once supported Blagojevich. References in news reports noting that Obama aides might have had talked to Blagojevich about filling the Senate seat Obama vacated. And the kicker: "Questions Remain." As the indictment filed against Blagojevich notes, the guv was not too pleased with the Obama camp. So it's unlikely that any talks that did occur were of the pay-to-play variety he fancied. But here's the bigger political picture: the GOP ought to be careful in deploying the usual political attacks against Obama in the near future. At a moment when the country confronts...
  • Dan Proft: Second Chances for the ILGOP

    12/15/2008 9:46:12 AM PST · by JulianaJohnson · 4 replies · 326+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | December 15, 2008 | Dan Proft
    Six months ago, the conviction of Tony Rezko on federal corruption charges was met with unrestrained glee by those with leadership titles in the Illinois Republican Party. On November 4, Illinois Republicans lost two longtime GOP Congressional seats (those vacated by Hastert, Weller), a net three State Representative seats, and witnessed the incursion of Democrats on to county boards in what were once the hallowed Republican collar counties of Will, DuPage and McHenry. Last week, the arrest of Rod Blagojevich on federal corruption charges was met with unrestrained glee by those with leadership titles in the Illinois Republican Party. They...
  • Illinois GOP Pushing for Special Election for Senate Seat

    12/14/2008 1:22:27 PM PST · by rface · 26 replies · 1,069+ views
    WashPost ^ | 12.14.2008 | Kari Lydersen
    The Illinois Republican Party has launched what they are calling a "grassroots campaign" to push for a special election where Illinois voters would decide who will take President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat. On Monday the party is launching a heavy statewide television advertising campaign and a round of live-connect calls informing voters of the special election possibility and asking them to contact their legislators in support of the measure. [ snip ]"Pat Quinn is part of Rod Blagojevich's administration and should not be allowed to pick the next U.S. Senator," said Republican DuPage county State's Attorney Joe Birkett. "When it...
  • THE FUTURE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN ILLINOIS

    12/10/2008 5:41:32 AM PST · by chicagolady · 21 replies · 548+ views
    Dec 10 2008 | Robert Klein Engler
    Lately I have been talking with my good friend and fellow Republican Robert Klein Engler about the future of the Republican Party. Now with our Governor being arrested, wouldn't be nice to have a Republican Party who could move in and take the lead? Yeah, it would be nice, but the Republican Party in Illinois is so screwed up I am ashamed to even talk about it. They are just as corrupt as Blago! Anyway, Robert is a gifted writer and a professor in the Chicago Colleges. I want to share with you his thoughts about "The Future of the...
  • Conservatives steam over Sauerberg staffer

    07/16/2008 9:25:24 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 5 replies · 132+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | 3/31/2008 | Fran Eaton
    Conservatives steam over Sauerberg staffer Chris Barron, former Press Secretary for the Log Cabin Republicans , now Press Secretary for Sauerberg 2008 IL GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Steve Sauerberg stunned social conservatives last week when he announced the addition of a homosexual rights activist as his campaign's new press secretary. Christopher Barron, 36, was point man for the Log Cabin Republicans in their 2004 campaign against President George W. Bush's effort to add a federal marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution. After discussion about the revelation broke out last week on Illinois Review (see Sauerberg: Personnel is Policy...
  • Revised: IL GOP Lost Its Moral Base Leading to Party's Problems: Ditto, Nationally

    07/16/2008 4:22:29 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 64+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | July 15, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    RFFM.org Commentary In 1994 Republicans steam-rolled their way into national Congressional power behind the ideals of moral certainty, fiscal responsibility and a promise to change the way things were done in Washington, D.C. However, it didn't take long for the trappings of political power to ensnare many of those who were swept into office by the 1994 Republican Revolution and, by the year 2000, it was hard to tell a Republican from a Democrat. Using the state of Illinois for an example, conservative members of the GOP probably reached their zenith of influence right around the time the national Party...
  • ILGOP: The Party of Schadenfreude

    06/06/2008 9:27:15 AM PDT · by JulianaJohnson · 3 replies · 103+ views
    Urquhart Media, LLC ^ | June 6, 2008 | Dan Proft
    On the opening day of the Illinois Republican Party's quadrennial state convention in Decatur, please standby for this special message for Illinois Republicans: Hoping your political opponents get indicted is not an electoral strategy. The combination of euphoria and self-righteous indignation streaming out of GOP politicos on the occasion of Tony Rezko's conviction on public corruption charges this week is predictable if not well thought out. Considering he was elected Governor by running against that which has become the hallmark of his administration, it is natural for Republicans to delight in the possibility that Rod Blagojevich may soon be joining...
  • Wanted: Durbin foe with money (IL GOP seeks candidate against Turban Durbin)

    02/27/2007 7:01:24 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 478+ views
    The Daily Herald ^ | February 26, 2007 | Eric Krol
    A respected Chicago Board of Trade executive from Winnetka and a Long Grove businessman whose family owns the Ben Franklin variety store franchise are among those talking to Illinois Republican leaders about running against Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin next year. Both Kevin J.P. O'Hara, the chief administrative officer at the Chicago futures exchange, and Steve Greenberg, the wholesale executive, would seem to have the ability to write a check to cover some or all of the costs of a campaign. State GOP leaders consider that important in finding an opponent for Durbin, given the political dynamics in play. Whoever...
  • A GOP revival in Illinois?

    04/12/2006 8:48:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 1,098+ views
    The Washington Post via Kansas City Star ^ | Apr. 08, 2006 | George Will
    CHICAGO — Illinois’ northernmost bit is north of Cape Cod and its southern tip is south of Richmond, Va. Scattered the length of the state, from the Wisconsin to the Kentucky border are fragments of wreckage from the state party that produced the first Republican president. In the last four presidential elections, Republican candidates have averaged just 40 percent of the Illinois vote. In 2004, the Republican Senate candidate, a raging resident of Maryland, won just 27 percent of the vote. Judy Topinka, 62, the effervescent three-term state treasurer and Republican gubernatorial nominee against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, thinks she can...
  • Illinois' Campaign 2006: Is This All There Is?

    03/21/2006 4:19:24 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 500+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 21, 2006 | Dennis Byrne
    If you want to discover how a perfectly healthy pink state turns into a lasting blue one, look no further than Illinois.For years, Republicans often won statewide and federal elective offices. But thanks to a bungling party "leadership" way out of touch with its constituency, Tuesday's primary election to select a GOP nominee for governor presents voters with indecision, disappointment or disgust. Among the candidates, "I don't know" has made a strong showing.We columnists have raked this field of candidates to the point of tedium, but why not? Why should Republicans be forced to choose among marginal, inexperienced, unqualified or...
  • Showtime in Illinois

    03/20/2006 6:58:27 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 722+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 20, 2006 | Tom Bevan
    Tomorrow is primary day in Illinois and there are three races to watch. The first, and biggest, is the GOP primary for Governor which has essentially boiled down to a two person race between moderate Judy Baar Topinka and conservative Jim Oberweis.Topinka is the only Republican currently holding statewide office (Treasurer) which demonstrates her appeal in a state where the GOP has basically been reduced to a smoldering heap of ruins. However, Topinka's longevity also has a downside; she has ties to the lowly-regarded Illinois political establishment and she served with former Governor George Ryan - who sits awaiting...
  • And the fun didn’t end after the debate (IL GOP Governor Primary)

    02/21/2006 2:46:45 PM PST · by Kuksool · 18 replies · 425+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | February 21, 2006 | Eric Krol
    A post-debate news conference among the Republican governor candidates Monday turned into a sometimes-surreal bash session of state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka. The strange goings-on started after Topinka threw down the gauntlet in her debate closing statement, calling on her wealthy foes to release a decade of tax returns to show how they’ve made their money. With the live Daily Herald/Chicago Public Radio debate on WBEZ 91.5 FM over, Topinka initially sat down with Sugar Grove businessman Jim Oberweis, Bloomington state Sen. Bill Brady, Chicago millionaire Ron Gidwitz and perennial candidate Andy Martin of Chicago to answer questions from reporters....
  • Illinois GOP: Finding the Promised Land

    01/09/2006 7:29:02 AM PST · by jimluke01 · 5 replies · 425+ views
    The Reality Check ^ | January 9, 2006 | J. Matt Barber
    Illinois GOP: Finding the Promised Land by J. Matt Barber We’re all familiar with the classical Biblical account of how Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt to wander in the wilderness for forty years on a very roundabout journey to the Promised Land. Understandably, there was much frustration and discontent on the part of God’s chosen people as the prize remained just out of reach. In much the same manner, the Illinois Republican party is currently underway, having embarked upon a noble quest for our very own Promised Land – that is to say, a return to power at...
  • What Does the Illinois Republican Party Stand For?

    03/19/2005 12:17:20 PM PST · by metalmanx2j · 13 replies · 506+ views
    www.illinoisleader.com ^ | Saturday, March 19, 2005 | Charlie Johnston
    During the days of Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar, there was a center of gravity in the Illinois Republican Party. In Illinois, it could not be called a particularly conservative party, to the irritation of folks like me. But it had a storyline; it was the party of clean, efficient government. People knew what to expect from it. The storyline made an effective contrast with Chicago-centric Democrats. It didn’t stand for all I wanted it to, but it stood for something. So what does the Illinois Republican Party stand for now? Some readers and friends have suggested lately that I...
  • Better process needed for electing Illinois Republican Party leaders

    03/09/2005 1:40:57 PM PST · by TheRightGuy · 52 replies · 1,307+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | 3/9/05 | Dave Diersen
    Better process needed for electing Illinois Republican Party leaders The 19 members of the Illinois Republican Party (IRP) State Central Committee (SCC) lead the IRP. By law, all votes taken by the SCC are weighted. Together, six SCC members have more than 50 percent of the weighted vote -- Senator Dave Syverson (Manzullo-Dist. 16 - 9.8%), Dennis Wiggins (Hastert-Dist. 14 - 8.51%), Jerry Clarke (Johnson-Dist. 15 - 8.51%), MaryAlice Erickson (LaHood-Dist. 18 - 8.41%), Ron Smith (Hyde-Dist. 6 - 8.16%), and Dr. William Dam (Dist. 8 - 7.9%). Recent actions taken by the SCC include the rude and unjustified...
  • IL RNC Chairman Statement on Howard Dean's Visit to Chicago

    02/27/2005 3:54:43 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 521+ views
    Illinois Republican Party ^ | February 26, 2005
    The following is a statement by Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna on Howard Dean’s visit to Chicago this Saturday, February 26, 2005. "When it’s all said and done, Howard Dean will be best remembered for being loud rather than being a leader.” CHICAGO, IL - “Howard Dean’s selection as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee is another perfect example of the Democratic Party moving away from mainstream America. Mr. Dean’s views on taxation, health care and national security represent the far-left wing of his Party - positions rejected by voters in the 2004 presidential election. When it’s all said...
  • How Illinois GOP imploded

    01/16/2005 4:46:24 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 21 replies · 1,183+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 16, 2004 | Rick Pearson and John Chase
    The party of Lincoln isn't what it used to be. Long before the Alan Keyes election debacle, long before George Ryan's troubles, the seeds for the party's downfall were planted. What would Abe say?State Rep. Angelo "Skip" Saviano was mad. His face red and his nerves frayed, Saviano glared incredulously at the political creme de la creme of the Illinois Republican Party arrayed around the horseshoe-shaped table in the Union League Club, Chicago's posh and historic rendezvous for the rich and powerful. The Illinois Republican State Central Committee once seemed as well suited to the Union League as the painting...
  • CANDIDATE SERIES: John Cox, candidate for IL GOP state party chairman

    12/28/2004 7:10:21 PM PST · by Petruchio · 15 replies · 402+ views
    IllinoisLeader ^ | Tuesday, December 28, 2004 | Fran Eaton
    CANDIDATE SERIES: John Cox, candidate for IL GOP state party chairman Tuesday, December 28, 2004 - Fran Eaton, special to IllinoisLeader.com John Cox says the IL GOP should reach out, but should make sure the party's base is fed and comfortable. He is submitting his name to replace state chairman Judy Baar-Topinka whose resignation is effective January 31. Cox offered to replace party nominee Jack Ryan last summer. The State Central Committee chose Alan Keyes to fill the vacancy. CANDIDATE SERIES -- In a scenario eerily similar to the one Democrats are experiencing at the national level, Republicans in Illinois...
  • IL GOP prepares for change -- beginning with state party chairman

    12/06/2004 2:56:57 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 420+ views
    Illinois Leader ^ | December 6, 2004 | The Leader-Chicago Bureau
         CHICAGO -- On Friday, the Illinois Republican Party’s State Central Committee will meet in Springfield. Although the agenda hasn’t been publicly disclosed, insiders speculate the committeemen will discuss who is likely to be the sixth state party chairman in seven years. Sunday night, St. Clair County’s state central committeeman Steve McGlynn told conservative columnist Tom Roeser he wanted the job. While interviewed on Chicago's WLS 890, McGlynn said he was confident he had enough votes to be selected at Friday’s meeting, despite predictions that former U.S. Senate candidate Andy McKenna, Jr. was favored. Two weeks ago, the state...
  • Illinois GOP looks to center after Keyes’ loss

    11/07/2004 1:24:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 53 replies · 858+ views
    St Louis Today ^ | 11-6-04 | Kevin McDermott
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - In a 2001 speech announcing the end of his political career, then-Gov. George Ryan left his fellow Illinois Republicans with a warning: The state GOP, he said, was being taken over by "conservative, right-wing elements" that ultimately would topple the party. On Tuesday, the sound of a party toppling could be heard from Chicago to Cairo. Even as the national GOP enjoyed a political rebirth in Tuesday's elections, the Illinois Republican Party looked deader than ever. Most notably, the state's second U.S. Senate seat switched to the Democratic column after Republican Alan Keyes' fire-and-brimstone campaign captured less...
  • State GOP wrestling for identity

    09/26/2004 6:05:44 PM PDT · by imagebuilder · 8 replies · 290+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 26, 2004 | John Chase
    State GOP wrestling for identity Poll shows far right failing to connect By John Chase Tribune staff reporter Published September 26, 2004 Reeling from scandal and election defeats, the Illinois GOP is locked in an ideological civil war the Republican right blames on a party leadership that has strayed from core beliefs and values. But a Tribune/WGN-TV poll of Republican voters in the state suggests it may be the most conservative elements of the party who are out of step. While the right wing is dismayed by the direction of the party under moderate state GOP Chairman Judy Baar Topinka,...
  • State GOP wrestling for identity-Poll shows far right failing to connect [Illinois]

    09/26/2004 10:32:40 AM PDT · by SJackson · 147 replies · 1,366+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 26, 2004 | John Chase
    Reeling from scandal and election defeats, the Illinois GOP is locked in an ideological civil war the Republican right blames on a party leadership that has strayed from core beliefs and values. But a Tribune/WGN-TV poll of Republican voters in the state suggests it may be the most conservative elements of the party who are out of step. While the right wing is dismayed by the direction of the party under moderate state GOP Chairman Judy Baar Topinka, most Republican voters in the state are happy with her leadership, the survey found. In addition, the poll shows most Republicans are...
  • How the GOP Ended Up Picking Keyes (Illinois Republicans: The Marx Bros. meet The Sopranos)

    08/14/2004 1:01:16 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 699+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 14, 2004 | Thomas Roeser
    What really happened behind closed doors when Alan Keyes was given the GOP senatorial nomination by the Republican State Central Committee? To find out, I called on a veteran source I'll name Deep Background. "The first thing you should know," said D.B., "is that Judy Baar Topinka, whom you've criticized, was a thorough-going professional, truly an honest broker and good soldier. In the past, conservatives like you were wrong about her." "The second thing you might be interested in: We could have had another Alan: Alan Dixon! Steve McGlynn [party vice chairman, from Belleville] gave us an indication that he...
  • State GOP Faces Fight for Future, Not Just Senate (The Illinois Monster Raving Loony Party)

    08/05/2004 11:35:33 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 30 replies · 806+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | August 5, 2004 | John Kass
    Watching the Republican Party in the Land of Lincoln wear jester hats should be funny, since they've happily been making fools of themselves for weeks now. But behind the Krusty the Clown makeup and the wigs, a desperate political fight is going on between somewhat discredited establishment GOP bosses and warring conservative factions over the future shape of their party. State GOP bosses on Wednesday argued behind closed doors at the Union League Club to pick one of the following Senate candidates to replace the imploded Jack Ryan and face Democrat Barack Obama in November: Either a sort-of Democrat who...
  • Obama's {Democrat Keynote} Speech Obscures Left-Wing Record

    07/31/2004 4:43:15 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 9 replies · 932+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 07-30-04 | Freddoso, David
    Obama Speech Obscures Left-Wing Record by David Freddoso Posted Jul 30, 2004 Barack Obama cemented his position as a rising Democrat star with his keynote convention address July 27. He delivered his well-crafted speech with a perfect mixture of frankness and passion, deftly stirring the crowd from rapt silence to raucus enthusiasm--a home run. There was only one problem: change a few sentences here and there, and the young black Senate candidate from Illinois could have given the same speech at the Republican National Convention. In his speech, Obama said things like "government alone can't teach kids to learn," and...