Posted by JP on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 09:07
Hillary Clinton will visit Chicago next month to fundraiser for presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama, a former Clinton White House official said.
Clinton is scheduled to tour Chicago in mid-September, said Kevin O’Keefe, the former Clinton aide. O’Keefe did not know the exact date.
“She’s already raised $3 million for his campaign, she’s totally committed to campaigning for him, to raising funds for him, to get him elected president of the United States ,” he said.
Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 03:21
Gov. Rod Blagojevich chatted with House Speaker Michael Madigan for about 20 minutes at Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's reception in Denver Tuesday.
Yes... The two rivals really talked.
We caught the governor at the delegation's hotel late Tuesday night, and he said the conversation was light.
“We had a good conversation about the Cubs and the Sox,” Blagojevich said between photo-ops with bystanders in the hotel lobby.
Blagojevich is generally a Cubs fan and of course Madigan, whose district is on the South Side, supports the Sox.
Blagojevich said he talked a lot about Madigan's son and that he likes to talk about family with the speaker.
Posted by dlb on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 02:20
It was your basic Chicago cocktail party except for the ballroom 's gorgeous, panoramic view of the Rockies. Chicago's well-connected Democrats were trading small talk and big plans over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. No big deal. Until reception host Richard M. Daley introduced Michelle Obama, at which time the crowd all but stampeded to Obama's side of the room.
Obama told the hometown crowd "We're going to make a little history here in a couple of days with this guy I married."
And, with November's Illinois outcome pretty much a foregone conclusion, she urged her husband's backers to fan out and campaign in adjoining states. Plenty of opportunities, she said, to follow her lead: go next door to campaign and be home in time to help with homework.
Posted by JP on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 15:57
Shoot the messenger
Dave Beery got in on this exchange at the delegation breakfast:
Tired of being pressed by reporters about his dust-up with Clinton delegate Delmarie Cobb, state Senate President and Obama backer Emil Jones struck back at reporters Tuesday morning, saying that we will "twist" whatever he tells us.
Refusing then to answer CBS 2 Mike Flannery's question about his plans once he leaves the Senate, Jones said, "I might decide I want to be the lead reporter for Channel 2 so I can go around hounding people."
Flannery responded: "Can you blow something out of proportion and take it out of context? You're in!"
And all this leaves me wondering: Is Jones' oft-threatened media tax now dead?
Having a banner time
Posted by JP on Tue, 08/26/2008 - 12:10
Tuesday morning ...
The second day of political conventions begins with a breakfast in which bleary-eyed reporters and delegates realize they're not nearly as young as they once were and staying up until 2 a.m. and then getting to an 8:30 a.m. breakfast isn't as easy as it was in college.
Steve Rauschenberger sighting
An Animal Farm operative spotted Steve Rauschenberger, former Elgin Republican state senator, on a flight to Denver this weekend. I got in touch with him this morning. Turns out he came in for a screening of an Obama documentary: Hype – The Obama Effect.
Find out more about the documentary here
Posted by JP on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 21:29
Gov. Rod Blagojevich did not show up at the convention Monday, instead choosing to stay in Chicago and rewrite ethics legislation that lawmakers negotiated for months and then sat on his desk without action until the last minute. Needless to say, those involved in crafting the deal are not pleased. State Sen. Debbie Halvorson, a Crete Democrat, is running for Congress and took a high-profile role in working the deal in the Senate and has faced criticism from her Republican opponent whenever there was a hint of it sinking.
The governor is giving her rival plenty of ammunition for the campaign.
Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 20:07
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. kicked off the prime time speaking line-up at the convention today by declaring Barack Obama's nomination as "within sight" of Dr. Martin Luther King's "mountaintop."
"Forty-five years to the day after a young preacher called out, “Let freedom ring,” let history show in this fourth week of August in this Mile-High City, freedom in America has never rung from a higher mountaintop than it does here today," Jackson said.
Of course, this comes after much friction between Jr's father and the Obama campaign.
To the cynical, this speech line could be taken as a dig:
"What a remarkable thing it is that the man who came to this convention four years ago as the keynote speaker is returning this year as our party’s nominee."
Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 19:40
Here is the text of the speeches given tonight by Lisa Madigan and Alexi Giannoulias at the Democratic convention in Denver. Stay tuned for speeches by Dan Hynes and Senate President Emil Jones Jr...
Lisa Madigan, Attorney General
Good evening, Democrats. It’s a great night to be from Illinois. When I became an Illinois state senator, I was one of only five Democratic women. So I didn’t expect to find many strong allies in the fight for women and children. But, as it turned out, I found a passionate ally sitting at the desk right next to me, Barack Obama.
Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 16:40
Of course, keep your eye on www.DailyHerald.com and Animal Farm for the latest on Illinois delegation happenings and exploits.
But if you are looking to watch the convention, here are the TV listings:
4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Ch. 11 WTTW
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fox News Channel
8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Ch. 2, 5 and 7
9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Michelle Obama will be the prime-time speaker, so she will be on every channel after 9 p.m., but Illinois speakers are likely to take the podium between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., so you may need to turn to C-SPAN to catch them.
Posted by JP on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 15:17
I caught up with Delmarie Cobb this morning to ask her about her claims that Senate President Emil Jones Jr., a Chicago Democrat and Obama supporter, called her an “Uncle Tom” because she's a loyal Hillary Clinton delegate. Both Cobb and Jones are African American.
Jones denies he used the racially charged comment. Cobb is sticking by her story. Here's her version of how things happened. -- John Patterson
Q: My understanding is President Jones said today the term was “doubting Thomas” I wanted to ask you what occurred and what do you think of the president’s explanation?