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  •  Cook County may be Democrat, but a lot of it (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, marzook

    is very conservative Dems - especially outside the city proper.  Why do you think Lipinski keeps getting elected?

    I don't have a feel for the gun issue in IL-02, but I think it is a mistake to make the election about that one issue.

    •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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      Bon Temps

      Thank you!  These readers have no concept of this new district.

    •  If you don't have a feeling about it (4+ / 0-)

      then why not look at the polling from the district? And yes, the gun issue is very much going to decide this election. It has already drastically reshaped the landscape.

      •  Lots of low info voters are being convinced (1+ / 0-)
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        James Kresnik

        new gun laws will curb the kind of violence they are seeing on the south side.  So, it doesn't surprise me the gun issue is big.

        But what I meant was I don't have a feeling for how big the gun issue is comparatively.. Areas of the 2nd District have close to 50% unemployment rates among certain demographics.  That is one of the real reasons for all the violence - young black men without jobs who get into gangs as their only outlet. Yet no one is talking about jobs and economics.

        If one of the other candidates besides Kelly gets smart enough to point out this fact, the gun law frenzy may well fade into a lesser issue.

    •  So then Halvorson should win the primary. (2+ / 0-)
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      David Nir, James Kresnik

      I don't understand the argument here.  If the district is full of conservative Democrats than Halvorson wins the primary.  

      How are Kelly different from Halvorson on other issues?  When you're in a primary and agree on most issues you sort of have to highlight areas where you are different.  

      Keystone XL Pipeline - Canada gets the money, Asia gets the oil, America gets the toxic refinery pollution and potential for a pipeline leak ecological disaster.

      by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:29:07 AM PST

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    •  Guns ARE the No. 1 issue! In any event, Kelly ... (1+ / 0-)
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      oceanview

      ... is well qualified on a number of fronts, including community service, past experience and proven electability.

      2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:25:17 AM PST

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