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  •  IL - Quinn (0+ / 0-)

    Got to completely disagree on this one:

    Quinn's suffered both thanks to legislation he has pushed through (most prominently an income tax hike) as well as legislation he's failed to advance (namely, public pension reform), leading to "Quinn fatigue" in a state not known for loving its governors.
    One-term Quinn (1TQ) barely won election because labor turned out the vote for him. Then he turned around and stabbed them in the back repeatedly, most notably in his announcing his "calling" to dismantle public employee pensions after public employees never missed a payment.

    He's a Democratic governor in a Democratically controlled state, yet he's talking like a Republican in his attacks on labor.

    In short he's turned his back on the very people who put him in office and make up both his base and his boots on the ground.

    He's hosed. And so is Illinois as the Democratically controlled legislature is hell bent on enacting Republican reforms to public pensions that affect over 800,000 Illinois families, that will kill Illinois' economy and violate the Illinois and US constitution.

    Republicans sense an opportunity in this...
    That's an understatement. Illinois leans Republican thanks to Quinn and Madigan's "leadership".

    Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

    by michael in chicago on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 03:57:45 PM PDT

    •  he barely won in 2010 (1+ / 0-)
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      largely because it was 2010. While he may do worse on account of some things, like less enthusiastic labor support, he'll do somewhat better on account of others, like that we should have better Dem turnout than in 2010 and we'll likely do better among swing voters.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 04:06:42 PM PDT

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      •  Yes and no (0+ / 0-)

        It was 2010, but he was a terrible candidate. He should have destroyed Brady, who was also a terrible candidate. But Quinn can't message worth beans. That's the only reason raising one of the lowest income tax rates in the country is giving him trouble as he can't articulate this in any way other than cowering in fear of the Republican charge of "Quinn raised taxes by two-thirds."

        For crying out loud, when your tax rate is one of the lowest in the nation at 3% and significantly lower than all neighboring states any increase is can be made into a major percentage. Instead of standing up and fighting against this messaging, he never even questioned it or articulated how it was misleading

        The Republicans won that messaging strategy to the point I hear Democrats use it as a reason why they have to cut constitutionally protected pension benefits.

        Not one mention of Illinois flat tax or the need for a graduated income tax. Not one mention of Illinois' low tax rates in comparison to surrounding states.

        He's toast.

        Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

        by michael in chicago on Sun Oct 06, 2013 at 05:32:17 PM PDT

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