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Archive for May 14th, 2010

Senate must not let Wall Street “Tie our hands”: Atty. General Madigan

Posted by Admin On May - 14 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

This week the U.S. Senate is debating a bill that will impact our future financial security, and all of us have a stake in the outcome.

I’ve been shouting about the need for reform for years. Luckily, in Illinois I’ve been able to hold some of the largest lenders accountable and pass laws putting in place standards and protections long before Congress even recognized our financial system had run amok. But now Wall Street interests are trying to prevent state attorneys general from passing and enforcing consumer protection laws. That’s crazy! And it’s the kind of arrogance that got us into this mess.

If the Senate heeds the siren song the financial firms are singing, it’s only a matter of time until we’re hit with another economic catastrophe. We can’t let that happen!

Call our U.S. Senators, Dick Durbin and Roland Burris, at (866)544-7573 and thank them for standing with Main Street, not Wall Street, and urge them not to let Wall Street lobbyists weaken state powers to enforce consumer protection laws. For more information, click here.

If you don’t live in Illinois, call your own Senator and urge them to stand with Main Street and not to let Wall Street lobbyists weaken state powers to enforce consumer protection laws.

Please call (866)544-7573 Office of Senate Toll Free.  Please call between 9am & 5pm. 

Kirk stays in Washington to vote like Palin

Posted by Admin On May - 14 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS


Republican Congressman didn’t need to share a stage with Sarah Palin to reflect her agenda, contempt for the President (Press Release from Alexi for Illinois campaign)


CHICAGO, IL – Taking Republican Congressman Mark Kirk at his word that the reason he did not attend his party’s Sarah Palin fundraiser last night was because he had votes to cast, the Alexi for Illinois campaign today is expressing its deep regret that Congressman Kirk didn’t change his plans.  His votes on the House floor, as it happens, are far more damaging to the country than any rubber-chicken pow-wow with his party’s former vice presidential nominee would have been.

“In retrospect, it would have been far better for the country had Mark Kirk left Washington to hang out with Sarah Palin in Chicago last night,” Alexi for Illinois spokesman Matt McGrath said.  “Instead, he cast votes to obstruct President Obama’s agenda and against meaningful legislation to promote green jobs and put people back to work. Kirk may not have shared the stage with Palin, but while in Washington, he voted her way. ”

Below are some of the votes Mark Kirk cast yesterday, instead of being seen with Sarah Palin:

Kirk voted against major legislation that invests in modernizing the American manufacturing sector.  The bill would spur American innovation through  clean energy research and development, and strengthen math and science education to prepare students for the good jobs of the 21st century.  [America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, Vote 259; 5/12/10, 2:31pm]

Kirk voted with the Republican minority when they attempted to kill a loan guarantee program for small businesses.  The guarantees are aimed at helping manufacturers invest in innovative technologies and local economic development around innovation clusters.  [Vote 263; 5/12/10, 6:04pm]

Kirk voted against a proposal to develop a consortium of universities, national labs, and the private sector to develop clean energy technologies. [Vote 264; 5/12/10, 6:17pm]

Kirk voted against an amendment to ensure that universities are complying with their agreements with labor unions.  [Vote 265; 5/12/10, 6:23pm]


Kirk Campaign Asks Giannoulias to Clarify Afghanistan Position

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 After Giannoulias blames America ’s budget deficit on Afghan war, spokesperson says Giannoulias meant U.S. hasn’t spent enough on the war


Kirk spokesperson: “Voters should be extremely concerned that a candidate for the United States Senate has offered two completely contradictory views in less than 24 hours on the most important national security issue facing our country.”



Northbrook , IL. – The Kirk for Senate campaign today (May 13) called on Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias to set the record straight on his position regarding Operation Enduring Freedom after he and his campaign spokesperson offered two different realities on his views.

During an appearance on Fox Chicago yesterday morning, Giannoulias said, “We went from record budget surpluses to doubling the national debt by going into two wars we didn’t need.”  

But this morning, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Giannoulias spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said Giannoulias “meant to criticize Kirk for not supporting adequate funding for the war in Afghanistan .”  Strand’s remark fundamentally contradicts Giannoulias’ previous statement and levies a false accusation against Congressman Mark Kirk, a Navy Reserve officer who served in Afghanistan .

“Yesterday Alexi Giannoulias suggested our country wasted money on the war in Afghanistan and today his campaign spokesperson says Alexi really meant we should be spending more money on the war,” Kirk campaign spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski said.  “Voters should be extremely concerned that a candidate for the United States Senate has offered two completely contradictory views in less than 24 hours on the most important national security issue facing our country.  Alexi Giannoulias owes the people of Illinois an explanation for his competing points of view — one that actually demonstrates a grasp of fundamental public policy.”

Congressman Kirk, a Commander in the Navy Reserve, served in Kandahar , Afghanistan from December 2008 to January 2009 and again from December 2009 to January 2010.  The congressman was a vocal supporter of President Obama’s Afghan surge.

Today’s Quote

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 14 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS


“The good in all men is defined by the goodness in their hearts and in their deeds.

 Therefore, judge a man, not by how much he knows or how he looks

 appearance wise, but by his commitments, respect for others,

 and what he gives back to his community,  his country, and the world”

                                                                                                                    – Juanita Bratcher

                                                                                                                   In the book, “Straight-Up True blue:

                                                                                                                   My Two-Cents  Worth”

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