A blog focusing on politics in Central Illinois.

Monday, January 31, 2005

How would you like your coffee?

Well folks, after tracking usage for a week to see if anyone is indeed here, I've come to the conclusion that you are indeed here. My question for you is how would you prefer your Decatur Democrat? Do you check for new posts once a day, a few times a day, after work, at lunch, in the morning? Do you like entries interspersed throughout the day, or would you prefer them all at one time? I've tried to make this site a blog that includes reader interaction, so this is much your blog as it is mine. Let me know how you want it, and we can see what we can do. Anoymous comments, as always, are more than welcome.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Ahead of the times and Vendetta

After reading the Herald and Review today Ahead of the times and Vendetta are the two things that come to mind. With regards to Ingram's column today, I say this, the power of blogs. The power of blogs my friends. One of the positives about blogs is, a lot of our stuff bombs, but a few nuggets come out. In writing print, you have to be on all the time or you're done. So looking at Ingram's column today, with the exception of the polling places, I think it could be retitled the Best of the Blogs. Everything in their has already been covered by us. Do I think that its a bad thing, hell I don't even know if Ingram comes here, but if he does I think its a good thing. I think we could all work together for the greater good. We break things, go out on a limb to get them there, and if they fail, its nothing big. With the print world, well just look at "Rathergate".

Anywho, on to the Vendetta part. The Herald & Review editorial board should really disclose that its trying to keep Mayor Garman's job. I'm hard pressed to believe that Mayor Garman cares about the city of Decatur. I think he cares about the Downtown first people, and trying to expand the cities offerings to them, and thats it. And now, with three votes against him on the council, he's fighting for his job. Mayor Garman if you are reading this, which you likely aren't I would just like to ask you this simple question, in your tenure what have you done to make the lives of ALL decatur residents better? Anyone else feel free to try and answer that question as well. TDD signing off.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Cutback and Cumulative

I want your folks thoughts as to the Cutback amendment and Cumulative voting before it. Are we better served now than we were with cumulative voting? Does the way the system works now work better for the majority and minority parties? And if you had a choice would you be in support of bringing back cumulative voting?

Friday, January 28, 2005

The Farm Team

In a comment down the page one reader wrote in about the need for a farm team for the Macon County Democrats. Well who's our farm team boys? The guys at the county building aren't getting any younger these days. In fact I'd be willing to say in the next 8 years we'll see many changes up there. Who are we putting forth in training to take their place? Shouldn't that be something we pursue? We weren't left with too many options when Rep. Curry left us. I'm quite happy with how Flider has turned out, but I can't help but think what would have happened if we had that one great Democrat that we had lined up waiting. The same with the sheriff's office, and the numerous county board members that have been nominated. We don't have a good farm team right now to recruit. I like the idea of staying in our party and not appointing republicans to our offices. So how do we develop this farm team? Should the county party get involved in non-partisan elections to develop candidates at the very grass roots level? For some reason thats condisered taboo in these parts it seems. Anyways I've left you with a lot of questions, discuss amongst yourselves. Oh and while we're at it, The captain of the farm team, ladies and gentleman, Dan Lightner.

City Council Controversy

Well as you all know a certain controversy has erupted around the Decatur City Council in the last two days. I'll start with the Herald & Review Editorial and move my way forward.
The editorial
Decatur City Council member Michael Carrigan has vowed to vote no to any proposed Starbucks outlet at the Target retail center.

His reason?

He and other council members found out the city was in "serious negotiations" with the retail coffee giant by reading it in the Herald & Review.

According to a transcript of a closed meeting held by the council, Carrigan believes the council should have been told first that the city's talks with Starbucks were "serious."

At the end of a contentious - and clearly illegal - closed meeting Dec. 20, there's this exchange:

A good question at this point would be, why was an illegal closed meeting allowed to proceed? It should be the duty of the mayor to make sure that the laws of the state are not violated. In this case, a violation was made, the mayor should be responsible, but the Herald and Review wouldn't want to criticize Mayor Garman......er I mean Mayor Osborne now would they?


It doesn't take much reading between the lines to understand what the council really wants is to conduct this business in the dark, outside of the public eye. They want advance notice of which retail outlets are considering locating at the Target center, and they want to decide if these options are appropriate for Decatur before the public knows about them.

Forget the fact that there are millions of taxpayer dollars wrapped up in this project. Forget the fact that what the council is proposing is clearly against the state's Open Meetings Act. Forget the fact that the council itself leaks public and private information like a sieve, usually when it serves a particular political purpose.

Those facts don't matter. What apparently does matter is council members weren't given inside information, but instead had to read it in - gasp!! - the newspaper like the rest of us ordinary folks.

The Herald and Review is at this point being absurd. To state that the City Council members shouldn't have advance notice on things related to the massive amount of tax dollars they have sunk into a development is ridiculous. Have you ever asked someone a question that they clearly didn't already know about, such as So how is your daughter having a boy or a girl? Yeah that look on there face, City Council members shouldn't have to have that same look. They are elected by the citizens of our fair city to be given the responsibility of managing the city for the greater good. They should have knowledge about upcoming situations.


At one point in the meeting, Carrigan tells City Manager Steve Garman, "I'm the employer. I'm not the employee. I'm the owner. You're the subordinate."

Well, Mr. Carrigan, the taxpayers are your employer. You are their subordinate. Taxpayers are the owners, and they deserve information every bit as much as you do. You were elected to serve the best interests of those taxpayers, not act childish because you didn't receive special treatment.
The tax payers are indeed Mr. Carrigan's employer, and Mr Carrigan is indeed Mr. Garman's employer. I will admit to not knowing how the corporate structure of the Herald & Review is set up, but generally the way it works is that informatoin is passed up the line, Steve Garman is the man on the bottom, he passes information onto the middle manager, the council, who then report the facts to the CEO's all 80 some thousand of us. The Herald & Review is outlandish in trying to portray this reformer good government image, it's not, and it hasn't been. You can't change your stripes Linda and Gary. This editorial would have been better titled, Help Keep Steve's Job.

Mike Jacobs

Well I guess it's official.

Friends of Mike Jacobs
Purpose: To support the candidacy of Mike
Jacobs for the office of State Senator of the State of IL.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

To the new readers

Don't speculate, rather appreciate, commentate.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Herald and Review does its job

I was pleasantly surprised today to see that Mike Frazier with the Herald & Review was doing the job a reporter is supposed to be doing. My general ill will towards the Herald & Review is the lack of local reporting, and the vast amouts of AP wire reports it runs, and the fact that it always seems lacking in content. Oh, and all of the local columnists are horrible, even you Tupper. But anyways, today Frazier came to the rescue big time by doing some good old fashioned reporting. Thumbs up to you Mike!
The Decatur City Council met last month in closed session to discuss the city's "very serious" negotiations with Starbucks Coffee. But the conversation quickly erupted beyond the topic at hand, according to a tape of the session released to the Herald & Review after the newspaper filed a Freedom of Information Act request. City Manager Steve Garman informed council members in December that the city was talking with Starbucks about bringing a coffee shop to flank the Target store at Mound Road and U.S. 51. An article soon after appeared in the Herald & Review detailing the negotiations.
I will say this though, the ideas that Garman are proposing as economic development are laughable. If we're looking at Starbucks as real economic development then we are screwed. The way to rebuild the economic foundation of this town should not be to further divide the pie, rather we should be working to build a bigger base with hi-tech and manufacturing jobs. We can have all the Starbucks, Olive Gardens, and Krispy Kremes we want, but what good are they if no one can eat there?

Dr. Andrea Barthwell

Dr. Andrea Barthwell will be coming to Decatur tommorow to give a presentation to the local GOP machine.....a.k.a. Stocks and Davis are having breakfast with Dr. Barthwell. I thought we would never hear from her again after she was deemed so unworthy of attention that the Republicans put Alan Keyes ahead of her. Any ideas of why she is still associating with the Republicans, a future office maybe, and if so what?

$80 billion more dollars

$80 billion dollars more for Iraq and the Herald and Review buries it on page 7(I think). Just compare that to how other papers covered it, oh what $80 billion, you're damn right thats front page news. As usual the Herald and Review blows it in a big time way, or maybe they're getting some of that sweet GOP payola. Just kidding, I stand by Ingram needing a blog still though.

Monday, January 24, 2005

No!

Sen. Denny Jacobs is leaving us. This in and of itself is a crime. I love Denny Jacobs, he is one of my favorite Senators in that old school pol I'm going to do what I damn well please style.
"It's time for new blood," Jacobs said. "It's a new system out there and it's time for young minds to come to bear."
This in and of itself is terrible, but it appears he wants to foist his son upon us. As much as I love Denny I haven't heard good things about his son. Also missing from this article is anything about Mike Boland, the state rep from that area and Denny's arch enemy. Interestingly enough Mike Boland is one of my favorite reps, because he is the exact opposit of the I'm going to do what I damn well please style. Well Denny when you decide to hang it up, this is one guy that will be missing you.

Moving on, does anyone think that soon there will be a great game of musical chairs going on in the 17th district? With Denny Jacobs hanging it up, and the always there possibility that Lane Evans, MY CONGRESSMAN!, will retire, expect a lot of movement. Do we have any possibilities from the Decatur area to move up? Can any of ours compete with the likes of Paul Mangieri, John Sullivan, or whoever would come out of the QC?

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Gidwitz to announce

Saw this somewhere can't remember. I'll post more when I find an AP article on it. My initial reaction to a Gidwitz candidacy......a very unethusiastic meh. Seriously thats great you're a millionare, go buy a yacht or a mansion, not a public office. I wonder how the king of make up will play across the state? Does anyone know where he stands on the liberal to conservative spectrum?

Welcome to the blogosphere

I see new faces tuning into today, special welcome to Decatur Township Supervisor Candidate Mike Wakeland! I think the one thing everyone should agree on in the aftermath of the Decatur Township Caucus is that Wakeland enjoyed broad support from everyone from both sides of the party, be they black, white, young, old, men, women, and yes even the lesbians supported him.

Correct address for Bryan Smith's blog is www.bryansmithcobd7.blogspot.com today's On Politic column had a misprint. Oh and I'm 1,000 hits old today, happy birthday me!

The power of blogs

In the comments on the City Council cattle call our District 7 County Board Member Bryan Smith said:
"I really have trouble with this one. In the past couple of years I've had a couple of "neighborhood issues" and have written letters to the Mayor and the entire city council. The first issue I got NO RESPONSE from ANYONE and the second issue ONLY Councilwoman Stockard called and responded as to the course of action to take. Is kind of disapointing when the elected council members don't even respond."
I agree we have a breakdown in communiations between our city council members and ourselves. But, this isn't the only level of government that we have breakdowns in communications. We have them on the county level, the state level, and the federal level. The answer should be cheap, fast, efficent ways to offer two way communications. And, as you might have realized Bryan left this message with me a few hours ago, and I'm already proposing a solution. I believe blogs are one way to provide cheap, fast, and efficent ways of two way communications. I think Mayor Lightner will be able to go further on this, and possibly experiment with it, so I say lets have fun with this Mayor, let's see if it can work. Blogs for candidates can be remarkably unbelievable and furthering both the candidate and his supporters e.g. Governor Dean's blog in his recent run for the presidency, but they can also be clearing houses for press releases e.g. Senator Obama's blog post DNC Speech. However, I don't know what they could do for office holders as a ways of maintaing effective communications, anyone care to find out? Leave your thoughts.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

City Council Cattle Call

Who's up who's down, you've got your ear to the ground let me know, here's my thought.
1. Shad Edwards - Incumbent, getting a good ground game going.
2. Mike Shampine and Besty Stockard - Incumbents usually have the advantage, but Stockard has no ground organization thus far, edge goes to Shampine.
3. Dan Caulkins - Well known with the Downtown First voters, vulnerable on race issues, expect those to be exploited at some point. P.S. Dan - Don't put your signs on right of ways, AFSCME does not like you.
4. Pat McDaniels - Not doing much, turning into a perenial candidate.
5. Kim Keck - Saw a few signs, big question still remains, who are you? Don't let your opponents define you before you define yourself.
6. That other guy - what's his name?

Let's hear your thoughts!

Friday, January 21, 2005

A name to remember

Dominic Longo
Looks like Dick Mell was just the start. People seemed to be pissed off, and in a huge way. A week of disasters for the Blago Administration. Any idea where the next hit is going to come from?

I make a motion to amend

Gresham shows us where the money went. And, after reviewing his expenses all I can think is: you spent 41,000 dollars on what?

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Requirements for a county chairman

I was going to post this in Marucco's blog under his post asking about who we thought would be the next county chairman. But, I figured it deserved its own post.
1. Fundraising - our party fundraising base is anemic at best compared to other counties of this size. We look to a few big time donors to fund us, and neglect building a fundraising base, much like the national party used to do.
2. Consensus Building - Input taken from all sides and decisions made based on that.
3. Respect - Both for people and from people.
4. Uniting - Actively willing to engage all people in building a party base.
5. Organizing - Willing to line up people and get them on the streets to spread our message.
6. Networking - Both inside Macon county and outside Macon county, electing democrats goes beyond the county line.
7. Willingness to do the work - Enough said.
And to further on Bryan's (obviously biased comments). R.C. Smith - Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, and Check.

Obama will not run in 2008

Eric Zorn stepped up to the plate and whiffed today with his '08 reasons why Obama will run for president. I'm with Dan Johnson-Weinberger on this one. I think there are numerous reasons. First off, Sen. Obama has repeatedly stated that he will not be running for President, I'm willing to take his word on this. Second, he learned his lesson in 2000 against Bobby Rush to wait your turn. Third, he has children to consider, while you can get by on a U.S. Senate campaign with seeing your kids all the time its much harder to do running for president, also they'll be 7 and 10. I don't think Michelle will let him yet. Expect to see him build up a national base in the next few years, but not run. Zorn got this one wrong.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Come out Come out where ever you are

I'm hard pressed to believe our local macon county blogs are being read by just myself, Ryan Marucco, Dan Lightner, Bryan Smith, and Bob Sampson. But, the only way you can tell if someone is reading your blog is if they leave a comment. I've tried to start conversation in the comments by asking for your input, but not to much avail. Guys maybe we need to start a PR campaign letting other blogs outside the area know about us. Let me know what you think. And, anyone else out there, if you are out there, just leave a comment even an anoymous comment, so I can find out how much time this is worth.

Ha!

Best use of words I've seen in a while in today's Chicago tribune:
Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against the driver of a Dave Matthews Band tour bus accused of dumping 800 pounds of human waste onto a sightseeing boat on the Chicago River last summer.
All of us hopefully have just a hint of juvenile humor, even deep down inside.

Roger Eddy wants you!

Rep. Roger Eddy came out today in the Herald and Review (no article to link) in support of a bill introduced by himself that would make it mandatory for students to take drug tests to get licenses. I really hate the Republican's idea that the government can only intrude on private life when it doesn't effect me. "Let's see gay marriage, I'm not gay, lets tell them what they can and cant do! Drug testing to get a driver's license, I'm not a student driver, lets do it! Drug tests to get a FOID card or to buy a gun, you get the hell away from me and my gun, this government has no right to intrude on my private life!" Can't have it both ways guys. So quit grandstanding and grow some principles.

Notice is served

To anoymous in the Gresham for Auditor comments, and any others thinking about it: There will be no so-called vs.real democrat sniping on this blog. Take it somewhere else. If you're going to comment stay on topic. I'll use my discretion to delete further comments. The first comment stays so people will know what I"m talking about. Keep it clean boys.

Monday, January 17, 2005

The Joy of D-2's

I guess former Senator Duane Noland has been doing a lot of driving lately for Friends of Duane Noland:
Noland,, N. Duane
9242 S. Meridian Ave.
Blue Mound, IL 62513
Purpose: 2004 mileage Beneficiary: Committee Expenditure
$4,990.88 on 12/14/2004

He has to do something with the $23,000 he has lying around.

Gresham for Auditor

Can someone explain to me how the Gresham for Auditor Pre-Election Report showed $40,113.27 dollars raised, and the final D-2 report starting the day after the Pre-Election report was filed showed just over $12,047.39 with no expenditures reported showing the difference between the two. TDD was under the impressino that D-2's ran for six month perious which this one obviously doesn't. If you know the answer leave a comment. Also, Kudos to Gresham for Auditor for dispensing with the last of its campaign funds to Baby Talk and CASA.

Congratulations to Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is now a mom. Madigan and her husband, Pat Byrnes, on Sunday announced the birth of their first child, Rebecca Grace Byrnes. Born around 8 p.m. Saturday -- a few days later than expected -- Rebecca weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 20 inches long.


Our newest State Senator

Ladies and Gentlemen meet, Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi, our newest State Senator from Joliet.
Democratic Party officials chose a 36-year-old attorney from Joliet to replace state Sen. Larry Walsh, who resigned his Senate seat last week to become Will County executive.
Illinois Leader actually has the best info on this. But, I figured I'd start with an objective news source. If anyone out there has any more info on Sen. Wilhelmi or Sen. Kwame Raoul, who replaced U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, I'd appreciate it if you let me know.

Rambo Rahm steps up

I'm giddy over the fact that Illinois' own Rahm Emmanuel is now the Chairman of the DCCC. I'm very proud of the stellar delegation Republican and Democrat we have representing us in Washington these days. Other state's jealousy should be riveted upon us for a long time to come. But, anyways back to what I was starting with. Rahm Emmanuel hammered the Bush Administration and its 40 million dollar Fete in todays Chicago Tribune
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois Democrat in charge of fundraising for Democratic congressional campaigns in 2006 and a former fundraiser for President Bill Clinton, suggested that the GOP's true stripes are showing in this war-themed inaugural celebration.

"This is just who they are," Emanuel said. "We've got a bunch of working-stiff kids who are going to serve in the Army without a policy, without Kevlar vests, without [heavily armored] Humvees, and corporate America is going to make sure it has a good party. This is their idea of sacrifice. Some will sacrifice, and some will have a Bacchanalia. That's their idea of America at war."
Hopefully the Democrats stay outspoken in their criticism of a spoiled administration for the next four years. We need to be together and be loud, so that the middle realized they are losing when they vote red. What better way to spend 40 million dollars than on russian caviar and champagne brunches. Kevlar, what, shhhhhhhhhh!


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. - Martin Luther King Jr.
Friends, lets take just a moment to stop and remember. Remember friends that we've parted with. Remember times before we hated each other, and try to remember at least one good thing about the ones we each hate or dislike. We are better than this as a party, try and show it.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Because its trendy

I have a new email address for this blog. TheDecaturDemocrat@gmail.com why, because its trendy. I also have Gmail invites if you're interested. First person to answer this question in the comments gets one.
Who was the first governor of Illinois?

two new blogs

Looks like Macon County has the blogging bug, I guess I only have myself to blame.
Bryan Smith, County Board Member, www.bryansmithcbd7.blogspot.com
G. Jean Friend, Decatur Township Clerk, www.democratnews.blogspot.com
Jean what does the G stand for, inquiring minds want to know? I'm glad to see more of our elected officials are starting blogs, I think blogs are a viable way to open up government more to the people, as well as to create two-way communications.

Have the moderates won?

Slowly but surely, with the exception of their remarkable US Senate candidate, it appears the moderate wing of the republican party is starting to reign supreme. With LaHood interested in running for governor, McKenna becoming the new chairman, and the emergence of Leader Cross, you have to ask have the moderates won? The only way to answer this will be in the governor's primary, it's looking to be a blood bath that will settle the future of their party.

The problem

Macon County Democrats we've got a big problem we haven't admitted to, and I think thats dangerous. BUSH WON MACON COUNTY. Instead of sitting down looking at results, and figuring out a way to make sure this doesn't happen again, we're just bitching at each other. Seriously great job, ignore the problem, and find something pathetic to complain about. This two sides is stupid, especially when we have Ms. Joy on Bryan Smith's blog and on Ryan Marucco's blog talking about real democrats and so called democrats. Here is a question for you Joy, and this would go a long way to fixing the problem. When is the last time you walked a precinct? ALl of you ask yourself that question. We have the message to win, we just need to take it to the people. We're not instead we're blasting each other to pieces. If we lose, they win. Let's get our act together people, and come up with a way to make sure this doesn't happen again. Maury, you need to get your people out and doing work, signs will not win votes, neither will letters. Jim, you need to organize your people better. You proved you could do it at the caucus, now do it on the ground. Keep those people involved. We can do it folks!

Saturday, January 15, 2005

When do Rumors become Fact

Looking for some advice from you guys? Do you think rumors and other things TDD here are fit to print, or do i own up to the journalistic intergrity real journalists have and get confirmation before I go with it. Or should I just not post speculation and hear say? Sometimes its the most fun, but I'll follow your wishes for the time being. What do you think Leave a comment.

Blog the County

I had been kicking this idea around for a few days, and when I checked out the guys at JoinCross today, and I just had to suggest it. Ron Ingraham needs to start a political blog. If you want to get an idea of what im checking out check out Rich Miller's Capitol Fax blog. This is all thats not fit to print, but is still damn fun to read.
New media director Ernesto Burden says the blog, called Hall Monitor, features "an inside perspective on statehouse happenings, including scuttlebutt that may never see the pages of the newspaper but will be a great resource and a heck of a lot of fun for political junkies, news lovers, and probably the legislators themselves."

Says Allen: "There are countless things that members of the press talk about informally with lawmakers, lobbyists, and state officials, and it never gets communicated to our readers. With the blog, I am excited by the opportunity to let them in on the conversation."
Let's hear what you all have to say about this idea. And, Ron if you're out there PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do it, you're the reason I wake up early on Sundays.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Hynes to run for third term

Dan Hynes will be returning for his to run for his third term as Comptroller. I like Hyne's and appreciate the hard work he is doing for the state, its not a glamorous job. But, he does it well. I hope one day a position opens up for him further up the line, I think he would be a great servant for the state. I was with him in the primary, but I think all of Illinois is a winner for the way it turned out.

"I feel that it's important for people to know that my commitment to the comptroller's office is certainly going to last beyond the next two years," Hynes said. "I believe there's more work to be done in the office. ... I believe I've been a force in budgetary reform, and I want to play a role in bringing about budgetary stability."

He also stressed that he plans to take on a wider range of issues that affect the state, as evidenced by his recent proposal to promote stem-cell research in Illinois.

His stem cell research proposal is a great idea, with what i would assume would be strong bi-partisan support, especially from the more moderate republicans such as Leader Cross. If you have some time check it out. If I find a link outlining it I'll post it, if you find it before me leave the link in the comments.

Blogs in Macon County

Bob Sampson - County Board Member - http://radicaljacksonian.blogspot.com/
Ryan Marucco - County Party Treasurer - http://marucco.blogspot.com/
Dan Lightner - Mayor of Oreana - http://lightner.blogspot.com/
Know of any others, on either side, let me know in the comments, or drop an email the_Decatur_Democrat@yahoo.com

LaHood for Governor?

With the recent formation of an exploratory committee for Governor by Congressman Ray LaHood the battle for the mansion in 2006 has begun. I generally like Congressman LaHood, he hasn't done too much to anger me, nor done too much to make me appreciate him, he does his job and does it well, in a very vanilla way. What are your opinions of LaHood, and of his chances, Democrats and Republicans insight are both appreciated.

Interest spiking

When I first started this blog a little over a month ago, I didn't think I would have any readers, in fact my first comment was from a kid who spoke english as a second language. But, now I know you're out there. Let me know what you think I should do to improve, and what you want to see a focus put on.

Follow up to the Caucus

Hey guys maybe we should stop airing our dirty laundry for all to see.

Macon County Democratic Chairman Maurice Doyle issued a statement late Tuesday evening saying he was "terribly upset" by how the Decatur Township caucus was handled and the defeat of four-term Clerk G. Jean Friend and Trustee Nora Hunt. "I was in support of our incumbent Democrats," Doyle said. "I sent a letter out supporting them. It's a shame they lost."

Taylor, who is African-American, said Wednesday all major party officers chosen in March were white males and none were from Decatur Township. He said those men were not representative of the Democratic Party. "When it comes to the party, they don't want to be inclusive," Taylor said. "After people came to the caucus last March and supported me, I told them to support Maury. They've been whining ever since I ran against him. No one owns an office.
Alright guys lets look to the future not to the past. My question to Maury is if you knew something was up January 6th, then why didn't you organize to turn your people out, if you thought Jim was? Sometimes it takes more than writing a letter, it takes actual work. My question to Jim is why dont you move on past the county convention? Let's not rehash the past boys. TDD says, the process has happened, we should accept it and start shooting at the republicans, instead of each other.

Lightner for Mayor

A plug to the blog of Mayor Dan Lightner of Oreana's blog supporting his upcoming re-election. Check out Lightner for Mayor Check out his blog for more info. Dan update that thing. Comment below on any other municipal elections outside of Decatur that are of interest.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Caucus last night

My compliments to every single person that showed up last night to the Decatur Township Caucus. You did your service to democracy. To those upset, respect the process, you had your chance to pack the house just like everyone else. To the victors, be gracious and reach out, we can't divide and win, we must unite and conquer. If succesful in your campaigns, and job openings occur, help out our friends who didn't make it out of the caucus. They know the township business, and if they are willing to take a position, I think it would make everyone's lives better.

More potential Democratic voters, 17, were barred from the balloting at the Decatur Public Library auditorium because they arrived after the 6 p.m. deadline for admission than appeared for the GOP caucus in the Macon County Office Building, where 16 people voted by acclamation for their slate of candidates.

Edited for the interest of party unity

Will somebody rationally explain how this works?

I still do not understand this, if you do holler at me in the comments.
The state's first-time Hospital Assessment Program " the so-called "hospital tax" " will increase reimbursement rates to health care organizations that provide services to Medicaid clients. Medicaid is the state-federal health insurance for the poor and disabled.

Decatur Memorial Hospital expects to contribute $4 million and receive $8.7 million, said Gary Peacock, DMH senior vice president and chief executive officer. That means the hospital should net $4.7 million.
Maybe this is how social security privatization makes sense too. Seriously though if someone can explain to me how this works I would appreciate it. I have a dim idea of the basics, but that is about it. By the by, with all this talks of medical care leaving the area, I couldn't help but realize everytime I drive by DMH they are building or adding on something.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Decatur Township Caucus

Supervisor - Mike Wakeland
Clerk - Lee Walker
Assessor- Bruce Owen
Highway Commissioner - Gordon Brenner
Trustees - Vickie Sheets, Hilda Walker, Ada Owens, and Gary Brennan

Two incumbents failed to make it out of the Caucus. Any thoughts I'll post more tommorow.

Thats the smell of money being made.......or cancer.

DECATUR - One of Archer Daniels Midland Co.'s local plants released enough cancer causing pollutants into the air in 2002 to rank it 16th in a list of 100 top air polluting facilities in the country, according to a recent study.

Well at least the Herald and Review didn't hide it like the paper in Peoria. Front page loud and proud. Who wants to bet not a single politician comes out and says a word about this. But, at least ADM claims to be doing something. We'll see in oh i dont know a few years.

SB 3186 pases the house

Gay Rights is on the governors desk. A bill adding gay rights to the Human Rights act in Illinois. What will the governor do? Sad, to say this, but I don't know. What do you think?

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Med Mal Redux

I wont link to it, I wont refence it, because Rich Miller nailed it in his blog. www.capitolfax.blogspot.com More than one target. Couldn't put it better. It feeds into the book What's the Matter with Kansas. Before I read it i had a grudging respect for the GOP, they're spinning and winning somehow, i at least have to respect that. Now, it's disgusting. Exploiting people's moral beliefs for the rich's monetary gains. There is nothing more immorral. Party of moral values my ass, they would sell out their mom for .45 cents. End rant.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Flider comes out in favor of med-mal reform

No link to it, but today in the Herald-Review State Rep. Bob Flider came out in favor of med mal reform, specifically a cap on non-economic damages. I can't say I'm in favor of this at all. Rather than capping non-economic damages I would instead be more in favor of a screening board that reviews cases before trial, and says yes or no on whether the plaintiff can go for non-economic damages. I'm never a person in favor of absolutes, if a doctor screws up someones life, they deserve compensation, you can't put a cap on dealing with a loved one crippled for the rest of their life. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Re: Decatur Township Democrat Organization

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a member of the Decatur Township Democrat Organization. This is a handle I have used over the years on Arch Pundit's site. Also, The Township Democrats have not endorsed anyone in the township caucus or city council elections. As well they have taken steps to help build our community as well. For more check out the comments on is there anybody out there.

Ryan Indictment Unveiled

How long will George Ryan continue to haunt the Republican Party in Illinois?


Warner also made $834,000 over a five-year period from Massachusetts company Viisage Technologies for helping it win a contract to produce new digital drivers' licenses, prosecutors said.
Warner told a Viisage official he was influential with Ryan, the new document says.
In return for Ryan's patronage, prosecutors say, Warner provided gifts and other benefits to Ryan and his family.
He allegedly helped Ryan daughter Lynda Fairman in 1995 with flood-related damages of $11,326; fronted $6,000 in expenses for a Ryan roof repair in 1996; invested $6,000 in George Ryan Jr.'s cigar business the following year; and advanced about $145,000 in "loans" to Comguard, a struggling company in which Ryan's brother, Tom, had an interest.

We're in the money, we're in the money doo doo doo. Sing it with me now kids. Kudos to the H and R for burying this on page 5.