Kinzinger: New Hampshire Gave Jeb! A Lot Of Momentum

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Illinois RINO congressman Adam Kinzinger was on Fox News Wednesday with Gretchen Carlson to talk about Jeb! Bush’s terrible night Tuesday in New Hampshire.

Jeb! and his campaign managed to throw $36 million into New Hampshire, by far the most of any Republican presidential candidate, and barely finished 2% ahead of Chris Christie.  Ted Cruz, who finished 3rd, spent less than $600K.

Proving that he has no connection to the real world, or he and the rest of the Jeb! team took some magic mushrooms Tuesday night, Kinzinger said that New Hampshire gives Jeb! a lot of momentum heading into South Carolina(Feb 20th) and the SC is natural Jeb! territory.

Kinzinger: Yeah, look we got a lot of supporters, lots of people willing to write big checks to the campaign and he’s going to come out of New Hampshire with a lot of momentum going into South Carolina. South Carolina is natural Jeb! territory.

 

Speaker Michael Madigan Has His Own Campaign Spending Problems

Michael Madigan(D-Chicago)

Michael Madigan(D-Chicago)

After spending the last few weeks joining with the Edgar County Watchdogs, the Illinois Times(Springfield), Open The Books founder Adam Andrzejewski, and David Giuliani of the Ottawa Times digging into the myriad of campaign spending irregularities contained within new Auditor General Frank Mautino’s state records it is about time that the man who made Mautino Auditor General got some scrutiny as well; that being Speaker of the House and Democrat Party boss Michael Madigan.

Mautino, who in 2011 was made the Democrats deputy majority leader, the number 3 position in the state House, has been dogged by questions relating to his having spent $284,000 for campaign vehicle repairs and gas at Happy’s service station in Spring Valley from 1999-2015, as well as $250,000 in questionable expenditures at Spring Valley City Bank, in addition to nearly $78,000 in meals at Spring Valley restaurants.  These are questions that for weeks Mautino, who spent 25 years in the state legislature, has been avoiding answering as state lawmakers and the state Board of Elections are demanding he answer them, soon.

Mautino was nominated and approved for the Auditor Generals post by Speaker Madigan with nary an objection outside of state Sen. Jim Oberweis and 10 House Republican who voted against his 10 year term appointment as the states top financial watchdog in the Fall.

A review by USofArn.com of Madigan’s campaign spending reports for his Friends of Michael Madigan campaign committee show that he too has some issues regarding questionable campaign spending practices including lavish spending on Chicago professional sports teams tickets, more spending for meals than Mautino, and spending his campaign funds to pay for insurance, and staff for other Democrats running for office or seeking reelection.

From 2011 tell the end of 2015 Speaker Madigan spent an astonishing $456,636.76 for Chicago Cubs tickets. During that same time frame Madigan also spent $263,077.65 for Chicago White Sox tickets and another $202,705.23 for Chicago Bulls tickets.  While Madigan loved spending big bucks on sports teams tickets in the Windy City, he had absolutely no love for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks as they received ZERO from Madigan’s campaign committee for tickets or anything else.

All told Speaker Madigan used his campaign funds to buy $1.2 million worth of tickets, including over $1200 annually for the University of Notre Dame, and “gifts”($287,677.95) from 2011-2015. Those gift expenditures were made to Sawbridge Studios in Winnetka, Illinois Artisans, Walgreens, PNC Bank, Design Ideas in Springfield, and Greenhart shop in Chicago.

As far as meals go Madigan used his campaign funds to buy $86,161.37 worth of food and drinks from 2011-15 frequenting Alexander’s Steakhouse in Springfield, Cafe Moxo in Springfield, Panera Bread, the Sangamo Club in Springfield, Saputo’s Twin Corner in Springfield, the Union League of Chicago, the Arts Club of Chicago, and Palermo’s 95th in Oak Lawn.

Another of Speaker Madigan’s campaign spending habits was to pay “insurance” to the Central Management Service for other Democrat lawmakers making hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in payments each year.  Many of those same Democrat lawmakers also benefited from Madigan’s campaign committee paying its staffers to do work on behalf of those other candidates.

For example in 2012 Christopher Maley was paid thousands of dollars to work on Madigan’s campaign as well as additional payments to work on the campaigns of Democrats like former state Rep. Chuck Jefferson(Rockford), retiring state Rep. Pat Verschoore(Rock Island), Rep. Kelly Cassidy(Chicago), Rep. Edward Acevedo(Chicago), and Rep. Ken Dunkin(Chicago), among others.

That same year Jamie Wisdom also was paid to work for both Madigan and several other Democrats including Sue Scherer, Lilly Camile, Derrick Smith, Stephanie Kifowit, Andre Thapedi, Ken Dunkin, Al Riley, Chuck Jefferson, and Edward Acevedo, among others.

Madigan had these same kind of arrangements with nearly a dozen other campaign staffers.

This is on top of Madigan’s campaign committee paying thousands of dollars at a time to do polling for some of these other Democrat candidates.

During the Summer of 2014, in the midst of the gubernatorial election between Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner Speaker Madigan’s campaign committee paid three temporary staffing companies a combined $47,443,25 presumably to put some of Illinois’ economically deprived into temporary jobs working on his and other campaigns. These expenditures to Innovative Staff Solutions($20,613.73), Manpower($14,830.67), and Kelly Services($11,998.85) were listed as being for “professional services” on Madigan’s campaign disclosure reports. How much do you all want to bet that those temp workers were used to “fill up buses”?

Another irregularity with Madigan’s campaign spending is the $76,372.12 in “rent” paid to the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, which is near Midway Airport. Madigan went from paying the Museum $7,121.13 for rent in 2011 to paying them a whopping $24,047.46 in November of 2015.

A 2015 expenditure at the Beverly County Club golf course in Chicago in November of last year listed as being for an “investment” was actually for “rent” at the Country Club Madigan’s press secretary Steve Brown said. Mr. Brown also said that Team Madigan would look into making a correction with the state Board of Elections for that expenditure, and that correction has since been made with the BOE. Mr. Brown has had no comment about the other campaign spending issues with Madigan as of press time.

Another item that Madigan will have to explain is why his campaign spent $215.99 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond in April of 2013 for “equipment”.  There wasn’t much office equipment for sale at BB&B the last time I was in one, and Madigan’s campaign knows how to spend money for office equipment as they made expenditures of well in excess of $100,000 for that purpose in 2014.

Democrat Party campaign donors may want to think twice about giving more money to Michael Madigan given how he kind of waste large chucks of it.(I mean seriously if you need Cubs tickets that bad, there have to be better options than going through Madigan.)

And this questionable spending by Madigan only goes to show that Frank Mautino’s irregularities were repeated by other lawmakers.

New Towne Fallout: Rockford City Council Won’t Back RHA $2 Million Grant Application

Rockford city hallMonday night the Rockford City council voted 7-5 to reject joining with the Rockford Housing Authority in seeking a $2 million grant with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to rehab the Brewington Oaks public housing project.

This is further fallout from the controversial New Towne housing project that the RHA and Wisconsin based developer Gorman’s forced on the city last month.  The city council has already moved to change its zoning ordinances so that a project like the one for South New Towne Dr. has to get council approval, instead of getting blanket approval just because a project meets certain zoning requirements.

Alderman’s Tim Durkee, Tom McNamara, Kevin Frost,  Karen Elyea, and Linda McNeely voted for the partnership with the RHA while Jamie Getchius, Venita Hervey, Pam Connell, Ann Thompson-Kelly, Jeanne Oddo, Teena Newburg, and Frank Beach voted against it. Alderman’s  John Beck, and Joseph Chiarelli were absent.

The New Towne controversy has prompted the Department of Housing and Urban Development to launch a civil rights and fair housing investigation into the city that could result in the loss million of dollars in federal funding and could see some city officials prosecuted by the Obama Justice Department.

 

Skoog: Mautino Should Answer All Questions About His Campaign Spending Soon

Andy Skoog

Andy Skoog

Democrat state Rep. Andy Skoog(LaSalle) told the Ottawa Times on Monday that his predecessor and new Auditor General Frank Mautino should answer all questions about his campaign spending, soon.

Mautino represented LaSalle and Bureau counties for 25 years before taking the Auditor Generals job late last year.  Following his resignation for the Illinois House, county Democrat Party leaders selected Skoog, the LaSalle county circuit clerk to replace Mautino in Springfield.

Since Mautino has taken over as Auditor General at the start of the year he has been dogged by questions related to his campaign spending including $284,000 for campaign vehicle repairs and gas at Happy’s service station in Spring Valley, $250,000 in questionable spending at the Spring Valley City Bank, over paying for dumpster rental, and nearly $78,000 for meals including more than $30,000 at a restaurant owned by his wife’s family.

The legislative committee that oversees the Auditor General’s office is asking Mautino to explain his highly questionable campaign spending, and the State Board of Elections is insisting that Mautino provide them with an explanation for the spending at the Spring Valley City bank.

The Ottawa Times is also reporting that Naperville Republican state Rep. Grant Wehrli and 11 other House Republicans have sent Mautino a letter demanding answers.

Open The Books founder Adam Andrzejeswki has called on Mautino to resign.

Mautino became Auditor General after getting the blessing of Speaker of the House Michael Madigan. Sen. Jim Oberweis, Rep. Jeanne Ives and 9 other House Republicans were the only ones to vote against Mautino becoming Auditor General. In 2011 Madigan made Mautino the Deputy majority leader, the #3 position in the House.

Kinzinger: Women Should Register For The Draft

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Speaking in Streator Monday Illinois RINO congressman Adam Kinzinger, a pilot with the Air National Guard, said that he was in favor of allowing women into military combat roles and supported having women for the first time ever register for the draft, should the nation ever find itself in that kind of situation militarily.

There has not been a draft since the end of the Vietnam war.

The Ottawa Times reports:

Kinzinger said he is in favor of allowing women to serve in combat roles in the military, as long as they meet the same standards as men. “You don’t lower the standards for everyone; you keep the standards up.” In such a system, he said, women should be required, like men, to register for Selective Service.

Kinzinger is Jeb! Bush’s Illinois campaign co-chair and is on Fox News, CNN, and elsewhere endlessly talking about the military and foreign policy issues.

His support of requiring women to register for the draft is in stark contrast to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, the winner of the Iowa caucus, who is opposed to it.

Cruz said Sunday in New Hampshire that the idea of having women register for the draft is nuts, Breitbart reports.

Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them into the military and put them in close combat, I think is wrong. It is immoral and if I’m president we ain’t doing it.

During Saturday’s GOP presidential debate with ABC News Jeb! Bush, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie each agreed with making women register for the draft and putting them on the front lines of the battlefield.

Former ‘Bago County Purchasing Officer Accused Of Using Taxpayer Money For Vacations, Home Remodel

 Scott Christiansen

Scott Christiansen

The Rockford Register Star is reporting that an insurance claim that the Winnebago county board is looking at pursuing alleges that the counties former purchasing officer Sally Claassen used some $60,000 in taxpayer money to buy vacations, and remodeled her home.

Claassen resigned here position in September as an FBI investigation into spending irregularities with the county ramped up.  Since the FBI has gotten involved in the case Winnebago county board chairman Scott Christiansen announced that he was dropping his reelection bid. That followed the revelation that Christiansen had used a $4,500 sauna, purchased with county funds, at his home, only to return it to the Public Safety Building broken. The FBI seized the sauna as part of its probe into county spending started at the behest of Sheriff’s department who noticed the irregularities while looking for available funds to add more deputies to help combat Rockford’s crime surge.

The insurance claim, compiled from the counties auditor and finance department alleges that Claassen faked invoices to disguise personal purchases as being for the county or miss reported what the money was for from 2014 until 2015.

Claassen is accused of spending  $17,472.84 for three vacations. $5,379.87 for kitchen appliances. $11,992 for countertops and cabinets.  $3,816.14 for patio furniture. And  $21,766.92 for more furniture, gift cards, a grill, a pool vacuum  and other items.

Claassen was the county’s purchasing officer since 1997 and her lawyer says she is cooperating with the FBI.

Jacob Bramel’s Libertarian Views On The Social Issues Shouldn’t Affect Voters

Jacob Bramel

Jacob Bramel

The Illinois’ March 15th primary is rapidly approaching and this past weekend the Ottawa Times ran a story about the social views of 76th district GOP candidates Jacob Bramel and Jerry Long based upon answers they gave to an Illinois Family Institute questionnaire.

Based upon the way the story and the issues were presented one is given the impression that Bramel is some kind of Mark Kirk style moderate(or liberal Democrat) when it comes to things like marriage and marijuana, while Jerry is a rock-ribbed conservative.

From the Times:

The group rated Long as conservative and Bramel as moderate. Both men identified themselves as “very conservative” in the questionnaire. David Smith of Illinois Family Action confirmed its endorsement of Long. The conservative group promotes Christian and family values.

According to the survey, Long, a Streator truck driver, indicated he strongly opposes both same-sex marriage and legalized marijuana. Bramel, an Air Force veteran from Marseilles, marked himself as neutral on both issues.

The two men also had a slight disagreement on abortion. Long said he would support allowing abortion if “concrete evidence” showed the mother’s life was at risk.

Bramel agreed with that exception, but also wanted to exempt cases of pregnancy linked to rape and incest.

Those are not “moderate” positions to take on the social issues, those are the views of a Libertarian, which is what Bramel explained later in the story. The 10th amendment and “states rights” are real and legitimate lenses to view various topics through.  And being Libertarian on social issues is far more preferable for a young person, Bramel is 23 and a recent College grad, given how liberal(and even socialist) today’s under 30 crowd is.

Bramel’s position on marriage is that government should not be involved in the entity.

“I believe all Americans have the right to contract,” Bramel said in an email Friday. “Our Constitution does not mention the words marriage simply because people do not turn to the government to get married. Getting married has always been agreed upon by consenting adults.”

Bramel added: “The right to contract in economic entities and in our personal lives is a sacred right. A government that continuously puts itself in every corner of our lives is a dangerous form of governance.”

Additionally, Bramel marked himself as neutral on the issue of legalized marijuana. He advocates the decriminalization of marijuana, believing the 10th Amendment leaves it up to the states to choose their own policy. He hasn’t taken a stand on legalization, but believes the federal government shouldn’t be involved.

Gov. Rauner And Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Intro Legislation To Make Consolidation Easier

Gov. Bruce Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner

On Friday Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner along side a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation that would make it easier to consolidate local units of government.

Illinois leads the nation with nearly 7,000 units of government the new legislation if passed and signed into law would allow citizens to push for consolidation via referendum. The legislation would also expand county consolidation power currently only given to DuPage county and township consolidation given to Evanston Township to all townships and counties in the state.

Democrat state Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo is joining with Republican state Rep’s Tom Demmer(Dixon), Dave McSweeney(Barrington Hills), Mark Batinick(Plainfield) and Grant Werhli(Naperville) and Republican state Senators Dan Duffy, Michael Connelly, and  Dale Righter  in pushing the legislation.

Illinois Review has more:

“I have been fighting for government consolidation since the day I was elected in 2008,” said State Sen. Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington). “I am proud to have had the opportunity to recommend ways we can eliminate government bureaucracy and wasteful spending to reduce costs for our local governments, schools and taxpayers.” 

“I’m glad to support these proposals to streamline and improve local government,” said State Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon). “These bills will reduce costs and improve efficiency, and that will help taxpayers across Illinois.” 

“It is the duty of all elected officials to seek greater efficiencies and cost-savings opportunities by way of intergovernmental agreements that save taxpayer dollars,” said State Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Wheaton). “In the face of ‘sky-high’ property taxes, it’s time to empower local governments with these cost-saving measures.”

 

Illinois Valley Community College White Privilege Prof Suspended Without Pay

Jared Olesen

Jared Olesen

On Thursday in executive session the Illinois Valley Community College board of trustees approved the suspension without pay of sociology professor Jared Olesen the Ottawa Times reports.

No reason was given as to why Olesen, who peddles in the white privilege garbage, was suspended.

Last year readers will remember that Olesen used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and Black History Month to attack the concept of a color blind society.

Following that story Olesen and I had planned to hold a debate over the issue, but he backed out.

Tennessee Legislature Approves Article V Application

conventionThursday the Tennessee legislature became the first state in 2016 to approve an Article V application calling for a Convention of States to propose reform amendments to the Constitution that would reign in a run away federal government.

Tennessee’s actions come weeks after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled his Texas Plan to convince state legislatures around the country to join in the state based effort to fix the messes Washington DC has created.

The Article V movement has gained momentum in recent years following the publication of best selling author and nationally syndicated talk show host Mark Levin’s book The Liberty Amendments which spells out how and why state legislatures need to take advantage of the second means by which to amend the Constitution. It takes two-thirds of the state legislatures to call for a Convention under Article V. As with amendments proposed by two-thirds of the members of Congress, and amendment that came out of the Article V Convention would still require ratification by three-fourths of the states.

Tennessee joins Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Alaska in filing for an Article V convention specifically seeking to restore the system of checks and balances on the federal government, over the last 30 years about 20 other states have submitted Article V applications solely seeking to advance a balanced budget amendment.

In addition to Gov. Abbott, GOP presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, and the recently dropped out Mike Huckabee have all given the endorsement to the Article V process, Rubio being the most recent doing so in a major op-ed.

 

University Of Iowa Converts 2 Offices Into Segregated Muslim Prayer Rooms

iowa-logoThe University of Iowa has announced that they have, upon request from the Muslim Student Association, converted two offices on the campus into segregated Muslim prayer rooms KCRG TV reports.

The Big Ten school previously did not have any space designated solely for the purpose of accommodating Muslim prayers making the campuses Muslim students go to the Iowa City mosque several miles away.

The schools Social Justice Warriors and feminist have not apparently gotten wind of the blatant sexism within Islam and its requirement that the University of Iowa’s Muslim women have to pray in an area segregated from the male Muslim students.

It is not know at this time if the male students got the bigger or better of the two rooms.

The Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation also hasn’t weighed in on what they usually call an unconstitutional violation of the Separation of Church and State.

Might this be because Islam is a preferred and sanctified victim group of the liberal left and are thusly allowed to do as they please. In a word, yes!

The KCRG report also for some reason says that by the University providing the prayer spaces the Muslim students on campus will be “safer”. A Google search returned no mentions of any Muslim student being attacked or assaulted at the University of Iowa.

Kinzinger’s $1.1 Million Campaign War-chest Not From Residents Of 16th District

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Illinois RINO congressman Adam Kinzinger, who is unopposed in his 2016 reelection bid, has a campaign war-chest of $1.1 million.  Kinzinger was first elected in 2010, lying to Tea Partiers and conservatives that he was one of them only to immediately join in with the GOPe and House leadership the second he was declared the winner in the 11th CD. Kinzinger has not had to do any real campaigning since the 2012 primary when redistricting had him running against 20 year incumbent conservative Republican Don Manzullo in the redrawn 16th CD(Kinzinger could have opted to run for reelection that year in his redrawn district which has since been taken over by Democrats or taken the challenge of ousting Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr. in the 2nd CD.).  Because of the lack of any serious challengers since he defeated Manzullo Kinzinger has been able to accumulate that million dollar war-chest without having to make any major expenditures from it.

As the LaSalle News-Tribune reports an examination of where that money has come from shows one thing, it is NOT the people of the 16th district that have been giving him that money.

Of that $1.1 million ONLY a little under $95,000 came from individuals who live in the expansive district which stretches from the Wisconsin border at South Beloit towards Bloomington-Normal  and ending at the Indiana border in-between Kankakee and Champaign-Urbana, ringing all of Chicagoland.

Kinzinger raised nearly that much, $76,000, from individuals who live in other states including Virginia and Washington DC.

Kinzinger raised more from Chicago and its suburbs, $160,000, than he did from people who he actually represents.

The bulk of Kinzinger’s campaign donations have come from business aligned PACs totaling $557,000. Clearly business interests have liked that Kinzinger has been a strong and vocal supporter of the crony capitalism of the Export-Import Bank and his unwavering support for the agenda and deals crafted by House GOP leadership, both under Speaker John Boehner and now under Speaker Paul Ryan.  Those businesses and their PACs also probably like the fact that Kinzinger is one of the biggest advocates for amnesty for illegal immigrants in the House of Representatives outside of the radical Luis Gutierrez.

As any Tea Partier or conservative in the 16th district can tell you, Adam Kinzinger doesn’t represent us, he represents the GOP establishment, House leadership, and the interests of corporatist.

The people of this district have told him repeatedly to not support amnesty, and yet he does to the fullest extent he possibly can.  He’s been told that his desire to have the US military get heavily involved in the Syria civil war and the ousting of Bashar Assad are mistakes, and yet he is still Gung-ho about it. He was told that the new deal era Export-Import bank, which does 70% of its business with Boeing, General Electric, and Caterpillar, isn’t necessary anymore, but he didn’t care about what we little people think, he’s got to look out for the interests of the Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

#AuditMautino: $100,000 In Miss Reported Expenditures To Two Of His Campaign Workers

Frank Mautino

Frank Mautino

The problems with Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino’s campaign spending continue to mount as he remains silent as calls for investigations into him and for his resignation grow.

David Giuliani of the Ottawa Times is reporting that Mautino’s latest problem stems from the miss reporting of $100,000 in campaign expenditures to two of his campaign workers, Pat Lewis and Patty Maunu.

On Mautino’s campaign expenditure disclosure reports with the state Board of Elections 137 expenditures were made to the two campaign workers for campaign meetings where the pair would get hundreds and even thousands of dollars for those meetings apparently to dole out to vendors whose services didn’t reach the states $150 threshold for itemized reporting.

As Giuliani writes:

Each payment was listed for meeting expenses, with the notation that “no one vendor received in excess of $150.” Under state law, expenditures more than $150 must be itemized on campaign finance reports. The women received thousands at a time, apparently to distribute to vendors.

Tom Newman, director of campaign disclosure for the state Board of Elections, said the reports apparently listed the middlewomen for the expenditures. That is the incorrect way to report expenses, he said, because the law requires candidates to reveal their spending with each vendor.

According to Mautino’s reports, $43,098 was listed to Lewis from 2006 to 2012 and $53,500 was listed to Maunu from 2007 to 2015.

The state Board of Elections is asking Mautino for some clarification and explanation for this newest campaign spending irregularity as well as why Mautino paid nearly $300,000 to the Spring Valley City Bank for travel, and other expenses, as well as paying the bank for poll watchers, phone bankers, and other campaign volunteers. Mautino also paid the bank $96,000 in principal and interest payments on $26,000 in loans.

Frank Mautino’s troubles started at the beginning of the month when the Illinois Times(Springfield) inquired about nearly $16,000 in donations Mautino solicited after it was well know he was getting the Auditor Generals job to as he says pay off campaign debts, close his office, and shred decades worth of documents.  The problem is the Fall donations couldn’t have been used or needed to pay off his debts because Mautino had already paid it months prior.

Mautino has yet to answer any questions about his spending irregularities including why he spent $284,000 since 1999 at Happy’s service station in Spring Valley, overpaid for the rental of a dumpster, and spent nearly $78,000 for meals at Spring Valley restaurants including well over $30,000 at one owned by the family of his wife.

New Unfunded State Mandate To Cost Ottawa Elementary Needlessly

ottawaOn January 1st one of Illinois’ nearly 300 new state laws was one that requires school districts to carry $2 million in liability insurance for their buses. That unfunded mandate by the state is causing headaches for the Ottawa Elementary school district because the state is requiring them to pay for that insurance even though the district already has such liability coverage as a part of its “umbrella” insurance policy.  The state is forcing the financial struggling district to pay just under $2,900 to double insure its buses needlessly.

1430 WCMY reports that the district is working with Republican state Sen. Sue Rezin to get the district a waiver from the state given that its umbrella policy, which is some $25 million, does what the new unfunded mandate wants.

The district for years has been having to borrow millions of dollars  via bonds to cover deficits in its education fund. Its current budget deficit is $1.5 million.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has made tackling the number and cost of unfunded mandates against local governments a part of his Turn Around Agenda, however this is an unfunded mandate he is responsible for because he signed it into law.

 

Rabidly Obsessed Birther Calls Me A Traitor For Supporting Ted Cruz

birther 1So a little while ago some rabidly obsessed birther, with his own little birther blog, started tweeting me like crazy over the story I ran yesterday(and that got major play today at among other places Breitbart h/t Warner Todd Huston) about the Illinois Board of Elections rejecting a birther challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz.

This one track minded fool by the name of Peter Lettkeman eventually called me and Sharee Langenstein, the Cruz campaigns lawyer in Illinois, traitors that need to be punished because we don’t agree with his ridiculous notion that to be a natural born citizen one has to have been born inside the United States to two American citizen parents.

birther 3As the IL BOE, and various courts, and others have said Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen by virtue of his mother being an American.  By law, and tradition, Cruz was an American citizen the very moment he was born, hence he is a Natural Born Citizen and thereby perfectly eligible to run for and be President of the United States.

Case closed.

But that simple little bit of logic is apparently too complicated for this obsessed loser to comprehend and thus he has been going off on tangents of irrational hatred towards Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

birther 2This rabidly obsessed birther, who agrees with the claims made by Lawrence Joyce, who has had his birther challenges of Ted Cruz and back in 2008-9 Barack Obama dismissed outright, and as the IL BOE did completely ruled against, would under his erroneous definition of natural born citizen have had John McCain, George Romney, and many others disqualified from having the ability to be President.  John McCain was born in Panama while his father was stationed there as a part of his Navy service. To disqualify John McCain from being considered a natural born citizen would be to deny that birth-right to every child born overseas to US military members, over the course of the entire history of the United States. Of course doing so is patently absurd, but absurdity is where the birthers live complete with their tinfoil hats.

birther 5Mr. Birther, when he hasn’t been calling me a traitor, has been a tweeting away to anyone his birther claims hoping they’ll give him and his nonsense the time of day. This has birther 4included tweeting Rick Santorum, Donald Trump(the King of obsessed birthers), Ann Coulter, Dr. Ben Carson and others.  Based on his constant attention seeking it appears that no one is giving him any; Good.(I’m only doing so to publicly shame him, that and I don’t take kindly to being called a traitor by someone who is a moron.)

This guy is in need of a new more productive hobby, or a return trip to the psych ward.

And yes I did ban the unhinged lunatic from my twitter feed.

 

Birther Challenge Against Ted Cruz Dismissed By Illinois Board Of Elections

Sen. Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz

The Illinois Board of Elections of Monday ruled on a birther challenge to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s eligibility to be on the Illinois March 15th primary ballot.  The board said that, “Further discussion on this issue is unnecessary.” As they rejected the challenge, as well as another separate challenge against Sen. Marco Rubio.

Popular Grove lawyer Lawrence Joyce brought the challenge, he was one of the lawyers representing people in 2008 and into 2009 seeking to have Barack Obama disqualified from serving as President using the same birther arguments that were made against Cruz. Those birther challenges against President Obama were laughed out of every courtroom that heard them.

Joyce and other birthers like GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, are of the belief that because Cruz was born to an American mother, while she was living and working in Canada, he is not a Natural Born Citizen of the United States, which is a requirement under Article II of the Constitution to be eligible to be President.

English Common Law(the basis of the American legal system), the nations first immigration laws, legal and Supreme Court precedent, and the fact that Cruz never had to go through the naturalization process all say that Ted Cruz was an American citizen at the moment of his birth, and is thus a Natural Born citizen.  Not to mention the immigration law in effect at the time of Cruz’s birth.

That last point about naturalization was cited by the Illinois Board of Elections in rejecting Mr. Joyce’s challenge.

From the Huffington Post:

“The Candidate is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth,” the board said, reasoning that Cruz met the criteria because he “did not have to take any steps or go through a naturalization process at some point after birth.”

A second birther challenge against Ted Cruz from one  William Graham was dismissed by the IL Board of Election because of improper filing.

Cruz’s Illinois lawyer Sharee Langenstein, a constitutional lawyer and 2nd amendment lobbyist, says that the Board of Elections agreed with her legal rebuttal to Joyce that a state agency has no authority to decide matters of federal law, in making their ruling in favor of Cruz.

By denying the birther challenges against Cruz and certifying him for the ballot the Illinois Board of Elections also affirmed that Cruz is a Natural Born Citizen.

Langenstein says that, “It’s ironic that birthers think they know the constitution so well, but they file cases that deal with federal law in state administrative agencies that have no jurisdiction or authority to make that decision in the first place.”

 

Kinzinger: People In Washington Don’t Like Ted Cruz

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)

Appearing on the Justin Kaufmann show on Chicago’s WGN radio Monday night as the Iowa caucus results were rolling in Illinois RINO congressman Adam Kinzinger said that, “People in Washington don’t like Ted Cruz because we know him.”

Kinzinger, Jeb! Bush’s campaign co-chair, was pushing how Jeb! would rebound in New Hampshire and South Carolina following in dismal 6th place showing in Iowa, and went on the attack against Cruz, who easily won the Iowa Caucus, saying that he didn’t see Cruz getting the nomination.

Funny the primary map, and math, actually favors Cruz, not Jeb!, as the calendar turns to March and the SEC primary states, the Texas primary, and the March 15th Illinois primary where Cruz is likely to win many if not most of them as he has clearly become the top alternative to Donald Trump; and will at worst finish second(Illinois polling had Cruz second to Trump)

Kinzinger and his fellow GOPe hate Cruz, because he is a conservative, is willing to articulate conservative principles, and calls out the spineless and feckless weasels like Kinzinger for capitulating to the liberal and Obama agenda time after time.

As Ted Cruz has said on the campaign trail repeatedly if the Washington cartel, of which Kinzinger is a solid member of, backs a candidate(Jeb!) run for the hills.

Kinzinger, who has been dismissive and down right hostile towards Cruz since the day he became Texas’ junior Senator, also said, “(Cruz) To be quite honest with you, he does a great job of going out and saying the reason no body in Washington likes him is because we are all a part of the establishment and he’s shaking up the establishment. That’s not true. People in Washington don’t like Ted Cruz because we know him. We know he is one guy in front of one audience and the other guy in front of another.”

Nice to see Kinzinger picking up on a line of attack that Donald Trump has used against Cruz in recent weeks, which is funny because Kinzinger hates Trump just as much as he hates Cruz(Kinzinger is also no fan of Rand Paul).

Lil’ Adam and his fellow RINOs are showing their true colors this election season. They don’t get the anger and the frustration with the GOPe among the conservative and Tea Party base of the party. They cannot stand to actually advance conservative policy, instead embracing things like amnesty(and boy does Kinzinger ever support amnesty). And they really cannot stand the fact that none of the establishment candidates Jeb!, Kasich, Christie, Rubio have gained any traction this cycle and are all destined to lose to either Cruz or Trump.

Guys like Kinzinger, who lied about being a Tea Party conservative in 2010 to get elected and then went straight to John Boehner’s backside(and now has his lips squarely on Paul Ryan’s butt), badly want conservatives and the Tea Party to have no voice and no say in the Republican Party because we are too loud, too angry, too extreme right-wingers, for their Democrat-lite taste.

It is going to be so nice when Ted Cruz does get the GOP presidential nomination and is sworn in as President in January of 2017, because the look of disgust on Kinzinger’s face when that happens will be priceless.

Ted Cruz Iowa Caucus Victory Speech(Video)

Sen. Ted Cruz speaking in Davenport, IA

Sen. Ted Cruz speaking in Davenport, IA

Here is Sen. Ted Cruz’s victory speech from tonight as he won the Iowa caucus getting the most votes of any GOP presidential candidate, EVER!

Iowa Caucus Results Vs Prediction

CaLczL4XEAEB_NcSo last night I made my predictions of how things would go tonight in Iowa. Here are how things stack up with 90%+ of Iowa caucus sites reporting.

I predicted Ted Cruz would win, and I was right. And boy did he ever win, getting the most Republican votes of any presidential candidate, EVER! in Iowa.

I predicted Bernie would beat Hillary in a tight one, I was wrong looks like Hillary will win 51-47.

I predicted Trump would come in third, I was almost right he got 2% more than Rubio.

I predicted Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul would fight for 4th, they did with Carson easily besting Paul.

Predicted that John Kasich would come in dead last, got that one way wrong, Rick Santorum who won Iowa in 2012 was the last place finisher(John Gilmore does not count).

Mike Huckabee finished second to last and has announced he is dropping out of the race.

Also predicted that Jeb! would have 6th place all to himself, got that one right.

Cruz Wins Iowa

CaLczL4XEAEB_NcThis is a very short, but important post.

Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Caucus.

#Yes!