UIUC College Dems

This blog is published by the UIUC College Democrats. We focus on state and local politics, but are willing to discuss pretty much anything.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Bush Chooses "Scalito"

Dubya put and end to the Harriet Miers debacle this morning, nominating U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court. Alito has been on that court since 1990, when he was appointed by Dubya's Daddy. A well known conservative, Alito has been nicknamed "Scalito" by some lawyers because his judicial philosophy mirrors that of Antonin Scalia (or "Anthony Scalia" as Dubs used to call him), the most conservative member of the current court. Dubya seems to have gone in the opposite direction with this pick, replacing Miers (woman, backwater law school, no judicial experience, moderate) with Alito (male, ivy league, extensive judicial experience, very conservative). I'm predicting an intense fight over this nomination, possibly even a fillibuster. Alito was the lone dissenter on the 3rd Circuit in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the landmark case that upheld Roe v. Wade (although Alito later voted to strike down a state partial birth abortion ban because it made no exception for the life of the mother). Thoughts?

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Myers to Announce Candidacy

Former State Senator Judy Myers (R-Danville), will make it official on Tuesday, becoming the first Republican to enter the race for the open 52nd District Illinois State Senate seat. The Democratic candidate, Champaign County Auditor Mike Frerichs, has been actively campaigning since August.

Update: Myers announced her candidacy this morning. News-gazette story here.

Downtown White Sox Rally

The most beautiful thing I've ever seen (damn you classes, I could have gone to this).

General Assembly Celebrates SOX

Yes, those are socks covering all the microphones in the Illinois House of Representatives chamber (courtesy of Rep. Patricia Bellock of Hinsdale, a Republican who knows what's up).

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Miers Withdraws Nomination

The White House announced today that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court, citing a desire to protect documents dealing with her work as White House Counsel (yeah right). The withdrawl follows weeks of uproar from the president's right flank, who were dissapointed that Miers is not a reactionary. Bush is expected to quickly name a replacement, possibly tommorow to draw attention away from the expected indictments of high level White House officials (Libby, Rove, etc). I have a mixed reaction to this development. I'm enjoying the dissarray in the White House, but I'm worried that the next nominee will be a hard line conservative. Who will Bush nominate? Right now names drawing speculation include Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen, and Michael McConnell.

SOX SWEEP ASTROS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11 and 1 record in the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a victory for hard working, blue-collar, Democratic, Southside White Sox fans :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Shelden Passes on Senate Bid

Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden (R-Urbana) announced via e-mail to Illini Pundit (hmmmm, coincidence?) that he will not run for the open 52nd District State Senate seat, deferring to former State Senator Judy Myers (R-Danville), who is expected to enter the race later this week. Shelden will instead stick with his expertise, running failed local campaigns out of his county clerks office and interfering with student voting on campus. I for one am dissapointed that we won't get the double opportunity to kick Marky Mark's ass in a legislative race AND replace him in the county clerk's office. Why is Shelden not running? Is Myers a stronger candidate? Shelden certainly would have worked harder that Myers. The Republican minions in Springfield must have concluded that Marky Mark's negatives are too high (ironic since he used to be one of them).

Monday, October 24, 2005

White Sox Bandwagon

It may be a cliche, but a picture really does speak a thousand words :)

GOP State Senate Candidate?

Illini Pundit has a post speculating that former State Senator Judy Myers (R-Danville) will soon announce her candidacy for the open 52nd District State Senate seat. Myers, age 67, was a State Senator from 1997 until 2002, when she lost a primary to now retiring State Senator Rick Winkel (R-Urbana). Myers appears to have been pushed into this race by nervous Senate Republican staffers in Springfield, who were less than enthusiastic about Champaign County Clerk Mark Shelden, another potential GOP candidate. So far the only announced candidate is Democratic Champaign County Auditor Mike Frerichs, who has been endorsed by the UIUC College Democrats. Thoughts on this development?

Thousands Rally for All Kids

On Sunday nearly ten thousand people from all around the state (including a group from Champaign-Urbana) participated in a rally to support Governor Blagojevich's All Kids plan to provide health care coverage for every child in Illinois. The trib story is here. What will happen with All Kids in veto session this week? With Speaker Madigan and Senate President Jones as co-sponsors, I predict fairly easy passage next week, with gubernatorial wannabees Rauschy and Billy Brady voting NO (which will cost one of them dearly in the general election). Thoughts?

Sunday, October 16, 2005

WHITE SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enough said.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Blago Proposes to Insure All Kids

This is why I'm still convinced that the Guv will be re-elected. Last Week Blago announced a plan, called All Kids, to cover the estimated 250,000 children in Illinois that do not have health insurance. The plan, which is the first of its kind in the nation, would provide extend health care coverage to middle income families that do not qualify for Kid Care. The plan, which is expected to cost $45 million in the first year, is supported by both Speaker Madigan and Senate President Jones, and is expected to come up for a vote during veto session in November. As DJW notes on his blog, this is what you get from Democratic controlled government: compassionate, innovative public policy. I can't wait to see Rauschy and Billy Brady vote NO on this. I love the smell of anti-Republican negative TV ads in the morning :)