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The ISRA is the "Illinois State Rifle Association", the state-level affiliate of the National Rifle Association (NRA). This is their 2012 endorsement list (full original doc here).

2012 endorsement list from the Illinois State Rifle Association including Toi Hutchison.
Goal ThermometerThis is a Chicago-based district. There's no need for us to elect anyone who would be on any list with Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Joe Walsh, or any of the other Republicans on this list. Yet there is Toi Hutchison, proudly wearing the "E" for "endorsed", scooping up their cash, and ignoring the 500 gun-related deaths in her backyard in 2012 alone.

We'll never get sensible gun regulations until we purge Congress of the NRA, and this is where we start. This is where we stop being afraid of the NRA, and begin making its endorsement toxic. This is where we finally stop ceding ground to the NRA, and finally go on the offensive.

We're almost at 3,000 contributors and over $60,000 for Orange to Blue endorsee Robin Kelly. Your dollars specifically allowed Kelly to be the first (and only) candidate in the race to go on the air. You made this happen:

Now let's finish the week strong. We've only got two more weeks before the special election. Let's make them count. Contribute to Kelly today.

Originally posted to kos on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:11 AM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA, Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA), and Daily Kos.

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  •  This is not just a Chicago based District! (2+ / 0-)
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    Williston Barrett, Bon Temps

    Markos...this is no longer a Chicago based district.  It encompasses 3 counties.  Please do your homework.

    •  77% of the population (9+ / 0-)

      Of IL-02 is based in Cook County, so yes, it is based in the Chicago area. It also happens to include one other county (Kankakee) and part of a third (Will).

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      by David Nir on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:48:21 AM PST

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      •  Kos stated it was CHICAGO based (1+ / 0-)
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        Bon Temps

        It covers 3 counties which are all very different. It is not Chicago based.

        •  it is a wacko-shaped DIVERSE district (2+ / 0-)
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          oceanview, Miggles

          it has only a tiny tip that is chicago. where you see the dense population under chicago are the r south suburbs of chicago. most of these are cook county, with just a tiny portion below the line where it says "steger" on the right above the pink line and "crete" below in will county.

          the bulk of these chicago suburbs have significant black/hispanic populations...the white population trends toward being older, though the majority of both tends to vote democratic,though low turn-out can easily bring a gop win in these districts. This is a blue collar area that lost most of its good union jobs, but there are still strong teacher's unions here.

          Will and kankakee counties have a  rural white conservative populations that tend to trend gop, except for the old downtown population of kankakee, which is minority-dominated.  Not many people here even work in chicago. If they do, they have to drive  nearly and hour to reach the very end of the commuter line which ends at at University Park.

          so the top part of the district very much associates itself with chicago and considers itself chicago based. those below that dense cluster at the top do not tend to consider themself to be chicago based.

          Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. -- Adlai E. Stevenson (GOTV)

          by marzook on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:44:01 AM PST

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

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          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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          ... 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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    •  The bulk of this district's population (4+ / 0-)
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      Glen The Plumber, pgm 01, oceanview, Smoh

      is, yes, in Chicago.

  •  One trick pony (2+ / 0-)
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    I've been a long time fan.  I've been reading Daily Kos since near the beginning.  I have to say I'm really sick of these attacks on Debbie Halvorson.  I'm a friend...we grew up near each other and she has known my family for years.  We both grew up in the new 2nd District. She does not deserve this and neither does this district.

    I am personally against guns so I probably have very similar ideas to the people here.

    First, you can't cheer the Bloomberg PAC on one hand for trashing Debbie and then be against Citizen's United on the other.  These PACs are terrible for our democracy.  We should not support any of them.

    Please keep in mind that Debbie is a mother and grandmother. She is the mother of a veteran who was terribly wounded in Afghanistan and spent a lot of time at Walter Reed. She is the former IL Dem Senate Majority Leader.  She VOTED for Obamacare and lost her seat over it. She is pro choice and she VOTED for the Lilly Ledbetter Act.  She is a huge veteran's advocate and helped to get a mega clinic in Joliet, IL. She VOTED for the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes act.  She supports gay marriage.  She VOTED for banking reform.  Shall I go on?  She is a proud mainstream, pragmatic Democrat.  She is not some conservative, southern Democrat.

    Toi Hutchinson does not deserve to be trashed either.  She has been a great leader too.  She, too, has represented a lot of Will and Kankakee Counties.

    This race is turning into a one issue race.  It is ridiculous.  This is a poor district.  The discussion should be about jobs, jobs, and more jobs.  It should be about mass transit and the extension of the Chicago Red Line.  It should be about the the Iliana Expressway and the Abraham Lincoln Airport. Instead, Michael Bloomberg and Daily Kos has tried to make it all about guns.  The constituents deserve a lot more.

    I doubt that you have ever been in this district.  In the last remap, a large portion of Will and Kankakee Counties were added to the district.  Why?  So Jesse Jackson Jr. and Cook County officials could get his/their hands on the potential Abraham Lincoln Airport site and Iliana Expressway expansion. I suspect they wanted to dilute the power of emerging powerhouse Will County officials too. These portions of the new district are the edge of the suburbs, exurban, and rural.  These Democrats are hunters and gun owners.  They make up a large portion of the district now.  This new district is no longer a Chicago District.  It encompasses Chicago from the lakefront in Hyde Park all the way to the farm fields of Kankakee.

    So why do the Chicago and Cook County Democrats want to say that Debbie is too conservative?  She is from Will County near the airport site.  They don't want to lose this seat so they want to try anything to trash her.

    So just remember...while you cheer Michael Bloomberg and his PAC because they are siding with you today...tomorrow it could be the Koch Brothers or some other billionaire buying Democracy for their pet cause.

    Also remember, she has been a loyal Democrats voting for all the issues that readers here hold dear and making sure the Obamacare passed the House.  Don't trash a good woman.

    Toi does not deserve to be trashed either!

    •  "Everything but the war" (20+ / 0-)

      I remember back when ol' Joe was around that Democrats would urge the base to support him because he was with us on everything but the war.

      I'm sure Halvorson and Hutchinson are very good people on a personal level. But running for Congress means opening up your record to everyone in your prospective district. If gun violence is a top issue for so many in the district (and it seems to be, given polls that indiciate that NRA-endorsed candidates bleed support), then it's absolutely legitimate to publicize the candidates' positions on that issue.

      The fact is, gun violence feels like war to so many families. Halvorson and Hutchinson may be excellent on other issues, but when it comes to matters of life and death (and it's indisputable that gun control is such a matter), being with us on everything but that key issue isn't enough.

      •  what georgia10 said (7+ / 0-)

        Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
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        by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:58:22 AM PST

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      •  Halvorson and Hutchinson are good on all issues (1+ / 0-)
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        Have you ever been in our district?  It is urban, suburban, exurban, and rural.  It encompasses 3 counties.  Cook and Chicago are trying to impose their will on the 2 other counties over an airport among other issues.  It is very complicated.

        They have both been great on progressive issues for a very long time.

        Daily Kos is turning into a bunch of people with a litmus test.  Why is this any different from Tea Partiers against any taxes/revenues?

        •  On all issues except guns. (3+ / 0-)
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          TRPChicago, Miggles, Smoh

          There is a primary - why are you so scared of it?  If your district is as you claim than they should be able to win the primary or are Halverson and Toi splitting the NRA vote? Then maybe the NRA should call them up and have one or the other drop out.  

          Cook/Chicago imposing their will by voting in a primary and supporting a candidate that doesn't have an A-rating from the NRA that is now standing up and arguing against common sense changes that could go a long way in getting the guns off the streets of Chicago?

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          by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:25:22 AM PST

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        •  I own property there. (4+ / 0-)
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          TRPChicago, oceanview, Miggles, Smoh

          And any candidate with an "A" rating from the NRA is wrong on that issue and wrong for the district.  At best, they should STFU and represent the needs of the district.

          -7.75 -4.67

          "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

          There are no Christians in foxholes.

          by Odysseus on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:27:32 AM PST

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        •  "Imposte their will"? (2+ / 0-)
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          Miggles, Smoh

          Yeah, democracy is horrible!

          Not to mention, your argument seems to be that Will County should be able to "impose" it's gun views on the bulk of this Chicago-based district. That's patently ludicrous.

          •  Okay Markos, let me get this straight. (0+ / 0-)

            The right to keep and bear arms, something over 30% of democrats support, should be the left's red-line litmus test issue for all Democrats.

            I'm sorry, but in my humble opinion, that's just plain fucking evil.

            Let's see here. Out of all the myriad of social, criminal-justice and economic issues with broad public support that matter to the lives of everyday people, you and the Orangemen pick the Second Fucking Amendment as the one issue worthy of party purges.

            Great! You're finally rolling with the Big Boys, where there's no shortage of party bosses hand wringing over the statistically insignificant chance some crazy will shoot up a bunch of white banker spawn or bravely fighting for the rights of gays and women to shoot brown people for Halliburton, Exxon and Goldman Sachs.

            Meanwhile this same class of New York working, Connecticut camping, dot-com and derivatives pimping Bloomberg Dems insist that middle-class non-government and non-FIRE workers who make less than six figures deserve only lip-service, gutted laws and legislative kabuki to address the myriad of financial sector fraud, a nascent police state, reproductive choice being limited to a one-sided political football match, drone wars on more brown people and repeated assaults from large public and private entities on working-class pocketbooks.

            "More and Better." Heh, so-far it's "More and Better Bullshit if you ask the dwindling middle-class who has to tolerate two-classes of police protection and civil rights enforcement.

            I'm sure many here would happily take Mike Bloomberg's, Chris Dodd's, Mitt Romney's and Rupert Murodch's idea world as long as some child adopted by two investment-banker daddies is provided a mere illusion of protection from getting their face blasted off by some other bankster's woowoo son.

            I'm sorry but reads like nothing more than the upper-class liberal's more roundabout and Politically Correct version of 'Fuck you, I got mine.'

            Well fuck y'all too (no pun intended). For one, in the face of a government, that at every level, would leave everyone making less than six figures to rot, many are more demanding than to simply give up their right to self-defense in exchange for measures addressed exclusively at soothing the nerves of the privileged classes.

            It should be abundantly clear after a half-century of brown-citizen disarmament in so-called Democratic strongholds, that keeping non-gang members in poor communities from purchasing their own protection emphatically does not protect them from gang violence.

            It's so funny it hurts, keeping Ms. Jones up the block from having some protection when her son is not home is going to keep firepower out of the hands of dealers that move tens of thousands of dollars of junk into some Uptown bankster's orifices in a fucking month.

            It's so sad that it's funny. Nowhere in your over-privileged, well-guarded non-police-harassed liberal's mind can you imagine these enterprising street criminals getting their weapons, illegal hi-cap mags and 'assault ammunition' the same way they get their drugs to self-medicate some asshole bankster or technology executives' pathological narcissism.

            Meanwhile, Ms. Jones - who is simply trying to get to her job and not get robbed or raped - is simply fucked. But that's okay as long as little Skyler's two daddies feel all warm and safe inside.

            Either way, the illusion of safety will last only until the next economic and/or global-warming induced tidal-wave rolls in. If and when the Shit Hits The Fan, I don't expect protection from the pigs, er, I mean police, who will be paid well to guard Bill Maher while he's fucking Ann Coulter and leave the rest of us poor little people to to our own devices.  

            I'll take care of myself because at the end of the day no one else will do that for me, and I hope you do the same. So, to complete the circle, Fuck You and all you sheltered, self-serving, political assholes. I finally have mine, and with full capacity magazines. Peace.

            The whole decade needs an asterisk.

            by James Kresnik on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:58:24 PM PST

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        •  I've Backed Halvorson (2+ / 0-)
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          When she ran for IL-11 and when the social conservatives attacked her as a slut because she has, and has publicly said she has, HPV.

          I could understand an A rating with the NRA in the old 11--not in the current 2.   All this hand waving about IL-2 not being a liberal district is nonsense.  No district is conservative with nearly 80 % Democratic performance.  

          This is a District for a progressive and there's a great one running--Robyn Kelly.  If the people in Will don't want a progressive, they are free to vote for Debbie, but that's not the majority of that District.  

          Oh, and I have been there. In fact, I was born there.  

    •  I am not a one issue voter. (13+ / 0-)

      But in this instance, for these times and so as to break the back of the NRA, the only question that matters is:

      Which candidate is most likely to vote against the NRA and its interests?
      I am prepared to sacrifice everything else for this one issue this time.
      Robin Kelly is the only choice.

      Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

      by JoanMar on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:47:57 AM PST

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    •  As someone from the southern, rural part (7+ / 0-)

      of the district, I can tell you that Halvorson is extremely unpopular here.

      She went from a 70% victory in 2006 to a 58% victory in 2008 to a whopping 58% to 42% defeat to Kinsinger in 2010.

      In effect, she went from 70% of the vote to 42% of the vote in just four years (this was before there was any redistricting). The more people here saw of her, the less they liked her.

      When even the people of Kankakee County turn on you, it's time to give it up.

      •  I don't disagree with you (2+ / 0-)
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        But I'd just point out that 2006 was her last election for state Senate; the other two races were for Congress.

        And let's not forget her disastrous attempt to primary Jesse Jackson, Jr. last year. She lost 71-29.

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        by David Nir on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:10:56 AM PST

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    •  The Koch brothers will spend millions on ads... (6+ / 0-)

      whether we like it or not.  So either we fight with both hands tied behind our backs or we play by the current rules all the while trying to change the rules.

      You know what won't ever change the rules - if the GOP has a huge advantage from it.  The best chance to change the CU ruling is to make it a net neutral so the GOP sees no gain from it.  Or even make it where they're put at a disadvantage because of it.

      But this is a digression.

      If the district is as conservative as you claim it is than Halverson should have no problem winning the primary.  

      The NRA has the power it has because Democrats are willing to sell out for their endorsement, so scared to stand up to them.  Well Kelly has an F-rating.   Chicago is a friggin warzone, and Halverson and Toi want to push the NRA agenda?  

      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 10:14:14 AM PST

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    •  Races turn (9+ / 0-)

      on what moves votes. This race is turning on guns because that's what's moving the votes. It's that simple. If the district is truly that pro-gun, then Halvorson and Hutchison have nothing to worry about, right? Of course, that's not what the polling shows.

      Halvorson is objectively a conservadem. That's why the Blue Dogs donated to her. You won't see them cut a check for Kelly.

      So she's good on some issues? Great! Robin Kelly is good on all issues, and in this case, that's what this district deserves.

      I appreciate that you're looking out for a friend, but she and Hutchison made decisions that are very much relevant to (literally) the lives of the city's residents. The fact that their NRA love is now a liability obviously frustrates you, but it is they who made their bed. Now they must live with the repercussions.

  •  PvtJarheed & Zwoof (1+ / 0-)
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    got Robin's $$$

  •  I got a fundraising thing from Toi Hutchinson 2day (4+ / 0-)
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    i unsubscribed from her mailing list immediately

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:57:14 AM PST

  •  But Chicago already HAS (2+ / 0-)
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    strict gun regulations.

    •  And look how low the crime is in Chicago! (0+ / 0-)

      And "tiny dancer" aims to keep it that way!

    •  That (4+ / 0-)
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      only helps if Chicago builds a moat around itself. Local regulations are meaningless when you can traffic weaponry from next door.

      •  Sort of (0+ / 0-)

        Where there is a demand there will be a supply. But the majority of the guns that come from adjoining districts (and most all do come from Cook County) would not necessarily be affected by new regulations:

        a South Side gang member admitted he and his crew almost exclusively arm themselves with stolen guns because they can’t afford to buy new ones.
        Plus, if there are lots more legal guns outside of Chicago why is gun crime so low there and yet so high in the city. Calls for more regulations after a tragedy are emotionally satisfying. Tighter regulations might help at the margins, but it isn't an answer. And nothing proposed that I've seen would address the handgun gang related crime that is so devastating in Chicago.
        •  So... (2+ / 0-)
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          if there were no guns in Chicago for gang members to steal, then they wouldn't have the guns they need to wreak havoc in the city? That's your argument?

          •  No (0+ / 0-)

            Precisely because there are already severe restrictions in Chicago, they get them by other means. They (or others) will continue steal them (or to a lesser degree use straw purchases) and "rent them" as they do now because there are already severe restrictions on gun sales and ownership in Chicago. So they get them by other means. More regulations on semi automatic rifles will not stop hand gun theft near Chicago or illegal use in Chicago.

            As with the "war on drugs" a demand solution is necessary before (or at least in concert with) a supply solution will work.


          •  What would your plan be? (0+ / 0-)

            I mean a meaningful and constitutional approach to curbing lethal acts committed by criminals using guns? It is a knotty issue.  

    •  regulations that end at city limits. (0+ / 0-)

      bulk of this district is outside the municiple  chicago city limilts

      Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. -- Adlai E. Stevenson (GOTV)

      by marzook on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:53:30 AM PST

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  •  Wondering (1+ / 0-)
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    Why we're not seeing NRA commercials if any of these candidates are NRA endorsed. Is the NRA short of money? Do they not really like any of the candidates? Is the Chicago area not worth their time (in their opinion)? Are these commercials currently in production? I think Kelly is fine. I'm just wondering. Was hoping we'd be done with political commercials for a while, but Bloomberg's commercial is all over the place. I haven't seen another commercial re this race.

    Using my free speech while I still have it.

    by ebgill on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:04:02 AM PST

  •  the gun issue is getting some traction (1+ / 0-)
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    toi's latest mailer came yesterday. it had a huge picture of obama, a smaller one of her, and an image of an assult rifle with a circle/strike through symbol. so she is on the defensive.  they all had a big debate last night at gsu which i didn't get to -- so hoping for some coverage. when robin posted here she did a thank you but did not answer any questions, which kind of a bummer. she has still not said her position on the third airport.

    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. -- Adlai E. Stevenson (GOTV)

    by marzook on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 10:24:12 AM PST

  •  The pendulum swings on social issues (3+ / 0-)
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    JGibson, crankypatriot, pdx kirk

    It used to be that being for the criminalization of womens health care was an easy way to win votes but starting in the 2010 election in Colorado when Michael Bennet hung the extremist label on Ken Buck things have started to change on that issue.  In 2012 a number of anti-choice candidates got beat on that issue.  Candidates are no longer afraid to say that they are pro-choice because the majority of the population backs them.

    The same thing is happening with gun murders.  The NRA is losing the narrative and influence.  This race could be a turning point.

  •  Robin Kelly (7+ / 0-)

    It is important for our community for Robin not to be labeled as just an anti-NRA candidate. Robin's priorities on education and infrastructure will work to build a better America for all of us. I have known Robin for several years and she has worked tirelessly for the people she represents.
    One indication of the character of this candidate is that Robin is one of 3 out of 16 candidates who filed the proper financial disclosure reports on time. Robin is just the type of hard working Representative we need. I donated directly through her website. However you support Robin - just do it. We need her in Congress.

  •  I replied quickly to a progressive email (1+ / 0-)
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    touting Toi Hutchison over Blue Dog Halvorsen, before I found out about this difference over the NRA.

    I've since sent a twice-as-large contribution to Robin Kelly.

    "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

    by bartcopfan on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:58:28 AM PST

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