My speech to the local NAACP
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a candidate for the board of trustees at a local community college. This is the group that acts as the school board for the college. It approves all the major budget issues and the policy decisions of the college. The board has a 6 year staggered term and there are currently 3 seats coming up for the next election with | Read More »
The election is over, it’s time to really get to work.
Did you all have a great time at your election night parties? I did. You worked hard for your favorite candidate’s victory and you deserve a party and a rest. Take today off and recharge. Get completely away from politics and relax. Until tomorrow. Then it’s time to get back to work! After all, there ain’t no rest for the wicked (and THIS elephant won’t | Read More »
How to be an effective Precinct Committeeman.
Last night, MRiggio I attended a seminar given by our local county party entitled “How to be an effective Precinct Committeeman.” After hearing the stump speeches of some of our local candidates (good people, one and all), we heard from a man who has been a precinct committeeman in our county since the days of Goldwater. In fact, the way he described his entry into | Read More »
Progressives hate people.
Oh, they’ll give you the peace and love and “for their own good” talk, but really, they hate people. Sometimes overtly, sometimes not, they hate people. Not “the people” as a whole, they’re all for “the people”, but they hate individual people. You see individuals just don’t behave in a manner that is good for “the people”. Individuals don’t behave in a way that allows | Read More »
RUN THE PARTY! – become a Precinct Committeeman
Coldwarrior has been beating the drum for getting conservatives involved in politics and inside the Republican party making decisions instead of being outside complaining. If his arguments haven’t convinced you yet, maybe this one will. Precinct Committeemen get to pick the candidates! This week, mriggio and I will get together with the other Precinct Committeemen in District 3 at the public library in Washington, IL | Read More »
Another Government Failure – but Not Really Unexpected
US home sales dropped dramatically in May. They are down 2.2% from April, a fact which seems to have surprised the White House and the press, but which shouldn’t surprise anyone with even a slight understanding of market forces. How much grey matter does it really take to figure out that when there’s an $8000 (or $6500) incentive to buy before the end of April, | Read More »
Everybody loves a parade!
Part of getting involved in politics is supporting your local candidates. That means among other things you get to: 1. Attend fund raising dinners. Most candidates have a variety of fund raising dinners ranging in price from “OMG! How can anyone afford to pay THAT for a meal!” to “$20 spaghetti dinners” for the masses. These are important because candidates can’t do much without some | Read More »
Rasmussen is showing Brady leading Quinn by 11 in IL-GOV
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey of the Illinois Governor’s race is showing Republican Bill Brady with 47% support while the Democrat Quinn only gets 36%. That’s an 11 point lead! The report is also showing 8% preferring “some other candidate” (there is a Green and a Libertarian that I’m aware of) and 10% still undecided. This is wonderful news for those of us who want | Read More »
Bill Brady’s newest campaign commercial
Brady Campaign Commercial from Bill Brady on Vimeo. Now, anyone who’s seen any of my postings on the Illinois Governor’s race would know I’m a rabid Brady supporter. But this commercial doesn’t impress me. I’d like to know everyone else’s opinion or impressions of the commercial. Constructive criticism appreciated. I want to know what “message” you hear from Brady in this. Maybe it’s just me | Read More »
Adam Andrzejewski nearly becomes Al Gore, steps back from the brink.
The opening of Adam Andrzejewski’s endorsement of Bill Brady explains the title: I was a Bill Brady supporter during the primary election and am still a Bill Brady supporter. Adam Andrzejewski was my second choice. Both candidates were saying similar things, but Brady has a plan that can actually be implemented to fix this state (it has shades of Art Chance’s ideas in it). Adam’s | Read More »
Bill Brady could turn Illinois back to a RedState
I went to a Bill Brady event in Peoria Monday evening. He was making a Tour of Illinois to thank his supporters and to talk with the press. The stop in Peoria happened to coincide with the County Lincoln Day Dinner and allowed him to have the support of a large number of local elected officials in the room including Rep. Aaron Schock (R, IL-18) | Read More »
We, the RedState community, need to become educators.
It’s becoming clear that a large portion of the American people are ignorant (not stupid, but ignorant as in not educated) about politics and the methods by which people are elected and how our government actually functions. They also don’t understand who the various players in the game are. What is a conservative? What is a Liberal? Socialism? In this country?! That’s partially because they | Read More »
On Building the Movement – Love Your Enemies.
We all know it’s irritating to have people come here and post drivel as responses to our posts. Or to repeat lefty talking points and expect us to accept their pronouncements as “indisputable facts”. We’ve all seen it enough that our first reaction to these postings is to shout TROLL!!! and start smashing them to pieces. I’m asking you all to stop and wait; take | Read More »
Karl Rove is coming to town!
He isn’t exactly Santa Claus, but for a conservative he’s the next best thing…. Karl Rove will be the featured speaker at the Tazewell County Republican Party’s 43rd Annual Lincoln Day Event. It’s being called the Lincoln Day Event instead of Dinner this year for a reason. It’s a breakfast! According to my county chairman, scheduling Mr. Rove was a difficult task. We couldn’t get | Read More »
Liberals regret Obama’s desire to be like the rest of us poor slobs.
Last night Bill Maher was on the Jay Leno show. Leno asked Maher what he thinks of the “New” Obama. Maher seemed a bit upset with the shift saying he didn’t like Obama’s shift to populism. He didn’t want Obama to be a common man. “He’s not a populist, he’s an elitist. That’s what I like about him. He’s smarter that the rest of us.” | Read More »
Illinois 2010 Primary – some results
First the governor’s race is too close to call on the Republican side. As of this writing, Bill Brady is leading by 503 votes with a little less that 100 precincts not reported. I’m told that most of the delay is due to absentee ballots so the final results will take up to another 2 weeks. Brady was my first choice for Governor with Adam | Read More »
Surprise! Waste in the stimulus – local edition
Illinois School District 150 in Peoria is being forced to install 81 new HP desktop computers with flat screen monitors along with 17 SMART Board electronic whiteboards at Woodruff High School. This hardware was EARMARKED for the school in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (AKA Porkulus). “So what! That’s what Porkulus was intended to do!” you say? Well, here’s the problem… The school district | Read More »
The lefties are trying to fight back – “The Tea Party is Over”
I caught the end of a radio ad “issue advocacy” by a group called The American Public Policy Committee. They referred people to their web site http://www.theteapartyisover.org/ for more information. Basically, they have no information. Just a brief statement saying the Tea Party Movement is dangerous and they will try to prevent the movement’s ideas from taking root. Well, they’re right. Our ideas are dangerous | Read More »
Sarah Palin is coming to Washington, IL April 17th
While I am definitely not a Palinista, I DO like the lady. So I was pleased to find out that she’ll be coming to speak in Washington, IL on April 17th. She’ll be at the 5 Points Conference Center and the stated topic for the night is “You don’t need a title to make a difference”. Tickets are a bit expensive in my opinion, ranging | Read More »
The Senate Needs a Man who Understands Economics
I had been struggling with picking from among several very good candidates for the Republican candidate for US Senate in Illinois. I had finally narrowed my choices down to 2, Patrick Hughes (who was recently endorsed by Erick) and Judge Don Lowery. Pat Hughes is pretty good at articulating conservative principles. He’s a young dynamic speaker with a solid business background. And he’s getting a | Read More »
Is is just me or are the Palinites starting to sound like Pauliacs? (updated)
**************update ************************** My apologies to all you people who support Sarah Palin, but do NOT deify her. This diary was not intended to talk about you. (I actually fit into this category, I LIKE SARAH!!! She belongs in the Republican party, not a 3rd party! She gives a conservative message and scares the lefties. I get that.) This diary was intended to talk about the | Read More »
Adam Kinzinger (IL-11 R-cand) has a new video out.
Adam is a young gun conservative who would make an excellent replacement for Debbie Halvorson. He’s released this video to explain why he’s running for congress. Please watch the video and contribute to his campaign.
True to form, Lisa Madigan (D) Illinois Attn. Gen. says NO to secret ballots.
One of the ways that totalitarian governments remain in power is to remove the ability of citizens to cast secret ballots. The Nazi’s, Saddam Hussein’s government and other oppressive regimes had a brownshirt or other thug standing over you to make sure you voted correctly. The soviets allowed “secret” ballots but you only had the “choice” of 1 candidate and had to vote. The pattern | Read More »
It’s Time to End Pensions for Elected Officials
Our state government is in financial trouble. Illinois, like many other states, is trying to find ways to plug budget holes and scrounge up a few dollars to fund the essential programs. (of course they’re still funding the Chicago Memory Bridge and similar programs, but the essential stuff is in trouble). One (of the many) areas of the budget that is draining our state coffers | Read More »
The Blessings of Unemployment
What a strange thing to say. How can being unemployed be a blessing? Well it all depends on your outlook. Try it with “In all things be thankful.” Not there yet? Still not making sense? How can I be thankful for unemployment? No income. No employer paid insurance. No paid vacations, company paid travel, expense accounts, bonuses, retirement fund, company paid training or any other | Read More »