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With a Stacked Deck Against Her, Topinka Hangs on PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 12 September 2006 22:51

After spending millions of dollars on unanswered television ads, Governor Rod Blagojevich has only an eight-point lead over Judy Baar Topinka, according to the latest poll.

The Research 2000 poll of 800 likely voters was conducted August 28 through 31 and had a margin of error of 3.5 percent. The poll found that Blagojevich was leading Topinka 47-39.

Democrats: Prepare to Be Tarred with Blagojevich PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 05 September 2006 22:25

As President George W. Bush's job-approval ratings continue to slump, Republican incumbents almost everywhere are running away from him as fast as they can. It's gotten so bad that even U.S. Representative Tom Reynolds, the chairperson of the National Republican Congressional Committee, doesn't have the word "Republican" on his campaign Web site's front page.

Challenger’s Plan Is Detailed — and Politically Dangerous PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 29 August 2006 22:31

So why did Republican gubernatorial nominee Judy Baar Topinka go with a Chicago casino idea to help fund her education, property-tax, and infrastructure proposals?

Well, a general tax increase had all but been ruled out months ago. Polling and focus-grouping showed high levels of opposition to a tax hike. Plus, Topinka already has enough troubles with her Republican base without doing something like that.

Fair Offers a Grim Preview of the Fall Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 22 August 2006 22:19

If you wanted to get an idea of how downright negative the governor's race will be this fall, all you had to do was hang around Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair last week and check your e-mail from the governor's campaign.

One speaker after another ripped into the Democrats during the Republicans' annual event. The speakers focused mainly on Governor Rod Blagojevich and the harm he has allegedly done to Illinois.

Another Nail in the Governor’s Coffin? PDF Print E-mail
Commentary/Politics - Illinois Politics
Tuesday, 15 August 2006 23:04

Stu Levine has flipped. Things are gonna get crazy real soon.

Levine was a big Republican insider with very close ties to Jim Ryan, Governor Rod Blagojevich's 2002 opponent. Some saw fair-minded bipartisanship when Governor Blagojevich reappointed Levine to both the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) board of directors and the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. As we soon discovered, the appointments may have been made for entirely different reasons. And now Levine is in a position to create some truly serious trouble for the governor.

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