Davis formally announces re-election bid

Davis formally announces re-election bid

URBANA — Accompanied by a number of Champaign County Republican supporters, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, formally announced his campaign for re-election Monday morning at the University of Illinois College of ACES Library.

Davis, 43, will be opposed in the March 2014 GOP primary by Urbana attorney Erika Harold, who already has announced her candidacy in the 13th Congressional District.

As a sign of his backing in Champaign County — the largest county in the congressional district but also the home of Harold — Davis was introduced by Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman, County Auditor John Farney and state Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign.

"I'm always looking forward to any challenges, either those that I pick or those that I don't choose," he said of the primary contest,

Asked if he thought he could win in Champaign County, Davis said "that's not up to me, that's up to the voters to decide. We aim to try to send our message of success, of hitting the ground running in Washington out to every voter throughout this great district."

Davis also said he was "pretty confident" there would not be a government shutdown before federal government funding runs out on Sept. 30.

"I think that common sense will prevail on both sides of the aisle and with the administration," he said. "The days of brinksmanship and fiscal cliffs and artificial deadlines, they need to end. We've got to get back to a constitutional appropriations process to make sure that we don't hold the American people hostage like they're being hostage now."

But he said he was prepared to spend next weekend in Washington, D.C., to resolve the funding impasse.

"We shouldn't wait until Sept. 30 at 11:59 to resolve it. We ought to be able to sit down and come up with a good common sense solution," he said. "I've been a voice of trying to avoid all these impasses when it comes to government funding. I've talked about getting back to the regular appropriations process, moving bills in a constitutional manner through the House, through the Senate and have the president sign them into law.

"That's what we should do. Unfortunately, Washington has made continuing resolutions the norm rather than the exception."

Davis again criticized President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, calling it "a train wreck." He voted last week to defund it.

"We are doing the will of the American people by making sure that we put in a provision in to defund Obamacare," he said. "The president himself has already delayed the employer mandate provision and countless other provisions. He's allowed government to pick winners and losers, and who's going to have to follow the law that he wrote, and who's not. That is wrong, that's unfair and that's why we need to make sure that it's stopped."

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Political Observer wrote on September 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Hmmm...Back when Charlie Smyth gave a news conference in the Urbana City Building during the 2012 elections, the story that the News-Gazette ran about his news conference was immediately accompanied (and somewhat overshadowed, especially online) by a second, "joke of a story" titled, "Bambenek: Smyth violated Urbana ordinance with news conference."  In this second, pathetic story, John Bambenek was allowed to waste valuable News-Gazette page space making laughable claims about the supposedly-inappropriate location for Smyth's announcement. (The irony, of course, is that Charlie Smyth had permission to hold his news conference in the Urbana City Building, while Bambi apparently failed to ask permission for the cheap-stunt of a news conference that he held immediately afterwards!)


http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2012-10-27/bambenek-smyth-violate...


But now we see that Rodney Davis has chosen a library, of all places, on the University of Illinois Campus to make his partisan announcement of running for re-election...and, Gasp!!...There's even a political campaign sign right on the podium! 

Everyone knows, of course, that the UI is much more strict about forbidding partisan activity on its campus than Urbana City Government has been about forbidding free speech in its City Building  (especially when Smyth's press conference was held in a room that's long been used for Urbana community participation and political announcements, like Tim Johnson's resignation press conference, for example).


So my question is, "Will Tom Kacich now write an accompanying story, 'Rodney Davis violated University of Illinois Policies with News Conference Held in Library!'???!"

Political Observer wrote on September 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm

At least when Erika Harold gave her announcement press conference, it was in a public area OUTSIDE her alma mater, Urbana High School, and it was widely-announced to the public in advance.

This event for Rodney Davis wasn't even listed on the UI's online events calendar.  The article and photos that accompany the event almost make it appear as though it's a private party that's rented a room for a closed meeting...

Was the Rodney Davis campaign trying to project an image that the unnamed UI employees and/or students who set up this location for his announcement have endorsed him over Erika Harold...and that this indicates some kind of UI endorsement of his candidacy?

Was the Champaign County Republican Office already reserved for something else?

bluegrass wrote on September 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm

For the sake of consistency, wouldn't the headline read something like, "Extremely long worded News Gazette poster and Eric Bussell/Gordy Hulten obsessed 'Political Observer' claims Davis violates ordinance with news conference!"?!!?!!!

Political Observer wrote on September 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Mr. Bluegrass here sounds just like Gordy Hulten's hapless official spokesman, Eric Bussell...but perhaps with a seriously out-of-tune banjo serving as his musical accompaniment, as well. 

Just as is the case with Mr. Bussell, it is not possible for one to successfully explain a situation to Mr. Bluegrass (or Mr. Dreamy) that questions the particular assumptions which they happen to bring to the table in the first place.


If readers would  like to see for themselves the presently unfolding story of a dishonest Champaign County Clerk by the name of Gordy Hulten, who pretends to have sold off a political consulting business (Results Plus Consulting) that, in fact, he still is very much currently engaged in, you need only follow the link below to the story:


http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-09-13/hulten-considers-machi...

 

bluegrass wrote on September 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

Thank you for making my point.  That is all.

bambenek wrote on September 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I'm sorry, I can't respond to your comment right now.  I'm too busy working on my new website, BambenekForCongress.com being hosted by Results Plus.  My campaign office will be in the same building with BPC and Eric Bussell will be my press secretary.

Political Observer wrote on September 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Hmmm...

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 Save 66%  when you get all three:


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Might be worth it for the joke value, alone...no?

Political Observer wrote on September 23, 2013 at 9:09 pm

As for hiring Mr. Eric Bussell as your press secretary, that actually makes a certain amount of sense if you're pressed for funds, Mr. Bambenek...That is, in terms of going for the package deal, since Bluegrass and Mr. Dreamy tag along for free, you get 3 times the amount of "Baghdad Bob" commentary for the price of only one...

(Or perhaps we should say the price of "one-half" rather than "one," depending on how half-way interesting and half-way logical one finds Bussell's "arguments.")

chambana visionary wrote on September 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

This is a charming little picture of Rodney with his doting wife but the reality is Rodney missed a real chance to show leadership by not engaging in a senseless and wasteful primary on Erika that has already decended into bullying and racism. 

This is just another chapter in the old white men wing of the GOP telling better candidates, especially women and minorities, to get to the back of the bus. 

bluegrass wrote on September 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Usually, when attempting to classify (even falsely) another as sexist, it makes more of an impact if you don't actually make sexist remarks yourself in the process, like calling his wife "doting."  Good try though.  

alabaster jones 71 wrote on September 27, 2013 at 12:09 am
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A sitting congressman without significant baggage (the serious kind of baggage that voters care about, that is, not the drivel Political Observer posts) isn't going to step aside for a primary challenger with no political experience.  That's not sexism or racism, just ego.  By the way, Harold's going to lose to Davis.

Mr Dreamy wrote on September 23, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Davis the incumbent, meaning Harold is engaging in a senseless primary fight? Or maybe incumbents should all decline to run when someone announces a Quixotic run for office?

johnny wrote on September 26, 2013 at 4:09 am

We have a winner!  Harold has every right to run, but to expect the incumbent to run away and retire is nuts.

Political Observer wrote on September 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Just wait until it's time to schedule the debates between Ginger and Gilligan!  Gilligan will wish he'd already run away, retired, and climbed up and hid in the most secluded tree on the most remote part of the island! 

It should also be funny to watch what enfolds as Gilligan's handlers try to schedule the absolute minimum number of joint debate appearances he can possibly have with Ginger, to minimize the number of times he'll make a complete fool of himself, as he seems to do every time he speaks.

In endorsing Harold over Gilligan, Jerry Clarke and Kathy Wassink on the day before the Illinois Republican County Chairmen met to select their candidate, the News-Gazette editorialized:


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Our choice is the 32-year-old Harold.

Despite her relative youth, Harold combines poise and personality with solid political skills, a philosophical perspective to guide her policy positions and a solid grasp of the issues.
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As for Davis, Clarke and Wassink, they wrote:

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None of them, however, demonstrates the kind of potential political appeal of Harold, who can attract and win over an audience made up of all kinds of people.

Many Democrats, of course, will sneer at Harold's candidacy. The farther away they are from East Central Illinois, the more they will ridicule the choice of a former Miss America as a Republican congressional candidate.

But Harold, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois and Harvard Law School, will knock the stereotype of a vacuous Miss America out cold. That's what she been doing during the candidate forums throughout the district. During last weekend's joint appearance in Champaign, Harold was easily the most impressive speaker.

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The next step in these arguments is that someone always says, "Oh, but Gilligan has so much more experience on the Island than Ginger does!"


What they seem to keep forgetting about is that Gilligan's experience isn't really something that should be counted in his favor: The 4 years of working for the felon George Ryan, the 16 years of working for the buffoon John Shimkus, the money laundering with the Griffins, the stonewalling of the FEC investigation on the over-the-limit contributions, you name it!  It's all still right here, just as soon as you're done closing your eyes, covering your ears, and trying to plead ignorance:

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-08-04/tom-kacich-shimkus-cof...

Just stop repeating your stock phrase, "I see nothing!" and click on the link!...

Political Observer wrote on September 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm

“You know, it’s been a whirlwind over the last 16 months," Davis told supporters on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus. "If you had told me two years ago today that I’d be a member of Congress gearing up for my first re-election bid, I would have said you were crazy."

http://will.illinois.edu/news/story/congressman-rodney-davis-running-for...

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Heh-heh-heh!...Sometimes there's just nothing else you have to add!...

ericbussell wrote on September 24, 2013 at 4:09 am

"Mr. Bluegrass here sounds just like Gordy Hulten's hapless official spokesman, Eric Bussell"

Sorry, while I get a kick out of PO's obsession with Gordy "the boogeyman"  Hulten, I only post under my real name.

The Charlie Smyth mistake was one that a good County Clerk wouldn't make.  As PO waits impatiently for Gordy to slip up, you'd think that sooner or later this person might actually connect with one of his/her swings.  

So, what law did Rodney Davis violate?  

 

Political Observer wrote on September 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Bussell:  "The Charlie Smyth mistake was one that a good County Clerk wouldn't make."


Reply:  Wow!  After numerous intelligent readers patiently tried to explain things to you, and spent great amounts of time debunking your fake legalese and your misinterpretations of Urbana codes in the News-Gazette's reader forum (at the link given earlier, in the first post in this discussion thread), here you are all these months later, still persisting in giving an appearance of believing your false claims about Charlie Smyth's supposed "mistake!"  Unbelievable!  It's one thing to be wrong about something, it's quite another to persist in your erroneous charges when shown in some detail how what you're saying makes no sense at all...


In the case we're talking about, Smyth asked for, and received, permission to use the Urbana City Building for his press conference.  He was doing a considerable public service by holding that press conference, bringing to widespread community attention the obstacle course that Gordy Hulten had placed in the way of a citizen trying to cast a vote, during Grace Period Voting.  What you and Bambenek orchestrated, with help from Tom Kacich of the News-Gazette, was a cheap stunt and  dirty trick, to try to:


(1)  Smear Smyth with fake charges of illegal behavior, and


(2)  Distract attention from Smyth's documentation of Hulten's obstacle course.


That's why if someone asks for 3 reasons why we don't have good government in Champaign County, one good quick answer to the question is: John Bembanek, Eric Bussell and Tom Kacich! 

Political Observer wrote on September 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Bussell:  "As PO waits impatiently for Gordy to slip up, you'd think that sooner or later this person might actually connect with one of his/her swings."


Reply:  No way!...Not on Planet Busselloonia, anyway, where up is down, in is out, and all the Laws of Physics seem to work exactly in reverse.


 If you have an "Exact Opposite Day" some time in  the foreseeable future, be sure to let me know in advance:  Perhaps we could have a decent conversation. In the meantime, I find that reading your posts is like being forced to listen to Rush Limbaugh or watch Fox News...What's the point?

Political Observer wrote on September 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Bussell:  "So, what law did Rodney Davis violate?"


Reply:  That depends.  FIrst of all, answer this question for me: "Who sponsored this event?"  One might think that a real news organization would actually report the sponsor of the event.  (Actually, it was nice of the News-Gazette to provide a link to what's supposed to be an audio segment from the event...even if the link they give just goes right back to the same webpage that the reader was just reading.  Maybe it's the thought that counts, right?...No real audio, no real reporting of crucial issues like who sponsored the event, but at least one gets the surface-level appearance of journalism, if not quite the real thing!)


The second question that we'd need an answer to is: "Who at the UI did the sponsor find, to get this event officially approved?"  Now, that would be an interesting thing for the public to know about, wouldn't it?


(Maybe even more than halfway-interesting for a change...Wouldn't you say, Mr. Bussell?)

ericbussell wrote on September 25, 2013 at 7:09 am

So you don't have any argument that Rodney Davis violated any laws in making his announcement where he did.  The issue here is the lack of reporting?  Is there any law that anyone might have violated in this whole deal?  When Bambenek made his argument, he was able to point to an actual city ordinance that says,  "No elected official, employee, citizen appointee shall intentionally misappropriate any City property or resources by engaging in any prohibited political activity for the benefit of any campaign for elective office or any political organization."  You can make an argument that Smyth may not have been in violation of the law, however, it is very hard to argue that wasn't an epic campaign blunder.  

I admire how you use this story to creatively bring up your obsession with Gordy "the Boogeyman" Hulten.  I almost wish Gordy would intentionlly slip up and throw you a bone.  

Political Observer wrote on September 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm

In replying to your post, let me start with your last paragraph first.


Bussell:  "I admire how you use this story to creatively bring up your obsession with Gordy "the Boogeyman" Hulten."

 
Reply:  Actually, I didn't bring Gordy Hulten up.  Your friend, "Bluegrass" did, remember? (You're two separate people, remember?!)  I was just replying to "Bluegrass."


But actually, since this story is about the Funk Library, you'd have to imagine the topic of "the Boogeyman" would come up sooner or later.  (Someday, maybe we'll be able to see if the Boogeyman can really do the Funky Chicken.!)


(Sorry!)


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Bussell:   "I almost wish Gordy would intentionlly slip up and throw you a bone."


Reply:  Remember that old saying, "Be almost careful about what you almost wish for!"


Yeah, if Gordy were indicted, the Republican Party might have to appoint either you or Bambenek as Acting County Clerk to fill out the remainder of his term!  (Where else could they find any other Republican County Clerk candidate who had anywhere near Hulten's background in the dirty tricks department?)


On another note altogether, the thing you may not have noticed here is that Hulten has spent years throwing out bones to the public...probably a heck of a lot more bones than the number of bones in the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Field Museum in Chicago!


Fortunately for the two of you, though, there have always been lots of lap dogs in the media to help bury those bones where voters might not be able to find them...

Political Observer wrote on September 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Bussell: "So you don't have any argument that Rodney Davis violated any laws in making his announcement where he did."


Reply:  You don't seem to be able to read too well (and comprehend what you read), do you, Mr. Bussell?  I originally wrote, "Everyone knows, of course, that the UI is much more strict about forbidding partisan activity on its campus than Urbana City Government has been about forbidding free speech in its City Building."   In reference to your most recent inquiry, I explained that the key issues in the present case have to do with the questions,  "Who sponsored this event?" and  "Who at the UI did the sponsor find, to get this event officially approved?"  I then included a "halfway interesting" quip, as if to say, "Hey, Mr. Bussell, you like to play a reporter from time to time and you sure seem to want to imitate the "success" of your hero, "Mr. IlliniPundit.com," why don't you try your hand at actually doing a bit of reporting, and take a stab at answering these 2 quesions for us?"


So, perhaps you could tells us which situation applies in the present case...Is it that you "Just can't take a hint?" about digging for some facts on this news story...Or is it that real reporting of news is  something that's just too hard for you and the other supposed media entities in town to do, on this particular story?  (It's worthy to note here that you sure seemed like a vicious media watchdog when you were trying to pin a fake charge on Charlie Smyth!)


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Bussell:  "The issue here is the lack of reporting?"


Reply:  Absolutely...It's been terrible! What ever happened to the "who, what, when, where and why" (and "how") in journalism?  Aren't journalists supposed to cover that any more, if it might be embarrassing to a Republican official, like Rodney Davis?  In the old days of real journalism, reporters would not only report who sponsored the event, they might even interview the sponsor (instead of covering up who it was). 

And, since this event took place on the UI campus, was the Daily Ilini and the UI student television station invited?  (It sure doesn't look like it from the photos of the event, does it?) Who else from the media was invited, besides Tom Kacich and Sean Powers?  ("Halfway Interesting" didn't even get an invitation?)  What kind of fake news conference was this?

Political Observer wrote on September 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Bussell:  When Bambenek made his argument, he was able to point to an actual city ordinance that says,  "No elected official, employee, citizen appointee shall intentionally misappropriate any City property or resources by engaging in any prohibited political activity for the benefit of any campaign for elective office or any political organization."


Reply:  Yes, Bambi pointed to that ordinance, but the News-Gazette in the same story you commented on pointed out that:


 "Urbana Assistant City Attorney Curt Borman said he didn't think Smyth violated the city ordinance by using the council chambers."


 In fact, reporter Tom Kacich went on to quote Attorney Borman as saying,


"That kind of ordinance is for things like misusing the city's email or fax machine or stamps for political purposes," Borman said. "That's how I read the statute."


Now, that should have put an end to the issue right there, but perhaps you didn't read the News-Gazette story that you were commenting on?  Or did you think that your amateur legalese somehow outweighed the opinion of the Urbana Assistant City Attorney?!


Perhaps you've forgotten how badly you and Bambi were humiliated in your arguments at the time, by a wide variety of contributors to the News-Gazette discussion forum.  If you'd like to revisit how complete the degradation was that you suffered at the time, here's the link... (And, I might add, it's actually quite fun to read, for the benefit of any other readers out there who could enjoy seeing a couple of political dirty tricksters like Bambenek and Bussell get hoist on their own petards!):


http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2012-10-27/bambenek-smyth-violate...


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In the comments on this Bambenek-Smyth article, you seemed quite proud of the smear campaign that you and Bambenek were perpetrating against Charlie Smyth.  In what follows, I've taken a few of your comments from the comments section, and then added a few of my own...


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ericbussell wrote on October 27, 2012 at 11:10 am


Ineffectual? This story is on the front of the newspaper and you are obviously riled up.  The definition of ineffectual is something not producing any or the desired effect.  I'd say that his efforts are absolutely having the desired effect....and it is quite amusing.


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Comment:  So it's on the front page of the newspaper, and you're amused that the smear of Smyth by you and Bambenek  is working so well, that your combined efforts are having the "desired effect?"


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ericbussell wrote on October 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm


Keep in mind it is the little things that can swing a contested race.   I suspect that people appreciate this, given the use of so many capital letters and puctuation marks.   Otherwise, people would just ignore it and move on.


This was also a hot topic at the tailgate today.  Listening to the many reactions leads me to believe this news report (or hatchet job by Bambenek if we want to call it that) is very unfavorable for the Smyth campaign.


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Comment:  Congratulations on helping to spread the Bambenek-Bussell "Smear of Smyth Campaign" to the tailgate you attended.  You seem quite pleased with all that you believe you've accomplished.  I hope your friend and role model, long-time dirty-trickster Gordy Hulten, compensated you generously for your role in the many little things that helped to swing the contested race in his favor.


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ericbussell wrote on October 28, 2012 at 8:10 am


At the end of the day, this is not a big deal.  The only reason why this is interesting and entertaining is because Smyth is attacking Hulten for being part of a voter suppression conspiracy instead having a constructive discussion about his ideas for what he feels will improve the voting process.


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Comment:  Interesting, how after partnering with Bambenek to try to make your joint dirty trick against Charlie Smyth as big a deal and as dirty a smear as you could make it (and giving it all the fake legalese the two of you could throw at it), you'd confess that, "At the end of the day, this is not a big deal..."  


It's also interesting that your post appears to indicate that you have a complete lack of understanding of what Charlie Smyth's press conference was about that day. (You know, the one you were spending so much effort smearing.)  

As a matter of fact, it was indeed a discussion about his ideas for "improving the voting process," namely about giving Champaign County the same type of Grace Period Voting that nearly every other county in the State of Illinois has.

(Or perhaps you just hadn't noticed that your hero, Hulten, had found a loophole in Illinois Election Code that had enabled him to construct a unique Hulten-designed obstacle course that voters, Republican and Democratic alike, had to go through in order to actually vote during Grace Period Voting.)


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ericbussell wrote on October 28, 2012 at 8:10 am


“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
 
I'll admit that John Bambenek is an interesting dude, but all the comments on here trying to discredit him reminded me of this little quote.


If nothing else, he earns credit for being a damn effective hatchetman and deserves an award for being a master in earned media.


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Comment:  Don't be so modest.  You're also a very effective hatchetman and a master in generating unearned media.


But if you've both gained the world, and lost your soul in the process, what does it get you in the end?  Bambenek may finish up his mail-order ministry degree and continue supporting Ron Paul and whatever other right-wing oddballs he chooses to support, but the notoriety he's gained for his many dirty tricks stands squarely in the way of him ever getting elected to any political office. 

You don't seem to have done your reputation any favors, either, except perhaps among the people in Rodney Davis (or Gordy Hulten) Country...

 

Political Observer wrote on September 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Bussell:  "You can make an argument that Smyth may not have been in violation of the law, however, it is very hard to argue that wasn't an epic campaign blunder."


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You certainly seem to have tried very hard to make it appear that it was an "epic campaign blunder."  But that raises the question, "If you think that Charlie Smyth made an epic campaign blunder by using the Urbana City Building last October, then don't you also think that Rodney Davis made an even much-much-larger-than-epic campaign blunder by having a partisan political press conference on state-owned property, in a UI library?  Wasn't Rodney Davis using state-owned property at the UI for private, political gain, something that's explicitly ruled-out by Illinois state ethics laws?

ericbussell wrote on September 26, 2013 at 7:09 am

I have written a check to Anne Callis for $1000.  I will mail it to her to her if "Political Observer" can make a rational case that Rodney Davis violated laws with his announcement.  

Political Observer wrote on September 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Well, get your stamp and envelope out.  I've replied below.

Mr Dreamy wrote on September 26, 2013 at 7:09 am

Don't feed the troll.

Political Observer wrote on September 30, 2013 at 12:09 am

Actually, since I officially started the discussion, you're the one who officially qualifies for "Troll" status in this discussion, Mr. Dreamy.

Although, be sure to share the framed "Troll" certificate that Mr. Bussell will award you with our friend, Mr. Bluegrass, because he's done as good a job as you have in pretending not to understand the impropriety of a partisan political candidate for office holding a campaign rally compete with campaign t-shirts and campaign signs in a University of Illinois library!

Political Observer wrote on September 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Eric Bussell:  "I have written a check to Anne Callis for $1000.  I will mail it to her to her if "Political Observer" can make a rational case that Rodney Davis violated laws with his announcement."

Reply:  Man, I'm glad that you're making it so easy for me!  In particular, you didn't even say that anybody had to be specifically sanctioned, in order for you to have to mail out the check!  Thanks!

You see, often times there are laws that are on the books that aren't really enforced, for one reason or other.  (Although they certainly could be enforced, if one imagined an appropriate set of extenuating circumstances).


For a somewhat facetious example, suppose Rodney Davis had jay-walked enroute to his event; then if that fact were in evidence, all I'd have to do is state the appropriate law about jay-walking, and you'd have to pay out (even if we both agreed that it was rather unlikely that he'd actually be ticketed for jay-walking, given how infrequently jay-walking is actually enforced)! So that's a piece of cake!...(Unless you welsh on the deal, of course...)


That said, what this ultimately gets back to is exactly the point I originally made in the very first post of this discussion thread.  In fact, it's even the same legal argument that you and Bambenek made (or, in your case, pretended to make as a dirty trick in order to Smear Smyth, as you more or less admitted, in your comments in the original discussion thread).  The main difference, of course, is that the law in the Urbana case was Urbana law, and the law in the Rodney Davis case is state law.


So what's the relevant state law in this case?  Well, a number of years back the State of Illinois passed some very strict ethics legislation, which you can find here: 

   
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=2529&ChapterID=2


 (5 ILCS 430/5-15)
    Sec. 5-15. Prohibited political activities.
    (a)...State employees shall not intentionally misappropriate any State property or resources by engaging in any prohibited political activity for the benefit of any campaign for elective office or any political organization.


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Earlier, in the section of the law where terms are defined, the law specifies that


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"Prohibited political activity" means:


        (1) Preparing for, organizing, or participating in any political meeting, political rally, political demonstration, or other political event.

 
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Naturally, a big brouhaha arose back in 2008 when the UI's Ethics Office sent out a campus email, telling recipients their interpretation of the law. Then-President Joe White had to follow up shortly thereafter with an email clarifying things, and explaining the parts of the law that he didn't intend to enforce.


But that's the law that was on the books then, and that's the law that's still on the books now.  And I guess all that you wanted was to know the law, not whether it would actually be enforced, so there you go...

Political Observer wrote on September 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

So where did Eric Bussell disappear to?  It's been 3 days now!  He challenged me to state the case law applicable in the present situation, I gave him what he was asking for, and SWOOOSH!...He was gone so fast, he left skid marks!

Maybe, we should give him a little bit more time, though.  He probably wants to make sure he's got all his piggy banks emptied out and all his spare change jars counted up, so he can get his $1000 check off to Ann Callis before the September 30th fund-raising period has ended!  Yeah, I'll bet that's the ticket!  Heh-heh-heh! Time's running out!

alabaster jones 71 wrote on September 27, 2013 at 12:09 am
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This comment thread is Exhibit A of why, in a perfect world, political parties would be eliminated immediately.  Starting at the local level.

Political Observer wrote on September 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Thine Alabaster'ed whining weeps

Unheard by human ears!

alabaster jones 71 wrote on October 01, 2013 at 5:10 am
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Sounds better than ten paragraph rants seen by no eyes.  Thank you for continuing to make my point about the utter stupidity of partisan politics.

By the way, do you think Democrats don't do the same exact same sort of stuff that you bash Davis for?  If not, let me give you a pat on the head.  You're adorable.

Political Observer wrote on October 02, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Sometimes there's a URL that just says it all:


 (No, I really didn't make up any of the quotes below...They're really right from the link!)
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http://kingofthehill.wikia.com/wiki/Alabaster


"Alabaster Jones is a pimp who lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma."   [Snip]


"He drives a highly ornamented Duesenberg and wears expensive and stylish clothing."   [Snip]


"Alabaster had a small cameo as a pimp being beaten by Virtual Hank of the video game in the episode "Grand Theft Arlen".  "
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Sorry, I didn't recognize you earlier, Mr. Jones.  My advice is that it probably would be a good idea to stay away from Virtual Hank, as those repeated concussions might cause permanent damage, and we sure wouldn't want the fine quality of your posts here to deteriorate any further. Have a nice day!

Political Observer wrote on September 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Here's something that's kind of funny.  Over at Rich Miller's CapitolFax.com, which usually is a bastion of conservatives with a splattering of non-conservatives thrown in (presumably so that they can be fed to the resident conservative lions), there's a post that discusses this Tom Kacich article and the comments that Rodney Davis made in his partisan campaign rally at the UI's ACES Library:
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http://capitolfax.com/2013/09/24/its-a-swing-district/#comment-11364630


- Aspects - Tuesday, Sep 24, 13 @ 1:24 pm:

The News-Gazette had an article from Davis announcing his re-election bid: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-09-23/davis-formally-announc...

His comments are funny, he says he is a voice trying to avoid last minute impasses, yet he votes to defund the Affordable Care Act. “The days of brinksmanship and fiscal cliffs and artificial deadlines, they need to end.” Yet look at which party he belongs to and how he votes. I just do not think he is very representative of the district.

Political Observer wrote on September 30, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Wow!  That was so amazing for me, to actually read a commenter, "Aspects," making a sane observation about how Rodney Davis doesn't make any sense when he talks, because he's constantly contradicting himself!  (Too bad I had to go all the way over to Rich Miller's CapitolFax.com website to find someone sane who could make a comment like that!)


The point "Aspects" makes is exactly the point I've made before about Rodney Davis...namely, how in trying to "cover all the bases," he'll actually do a complete-180-degree flip-flop of what he just finished saying, OFTEN IN THE SAME PARAGRAPH THAT HE'S STILL SPEAKING!


As "Aspects" puts it, Davis thinks of himself as, on the one hand, "a voice trying to avoid last-minute impasses," even as, on the other hand, he says he'll vote with his Republican colleagues to defund the Affordable Care Act, and thus cause exactly the last-minute impasse that he just said he wanted to avoid!  (What can this mean? Is L'il Rodney just a "Cowardly Lion," afraid to go against his colleagues and vote the way he deeply feels?  Could it be the case that he really, really doesn't want to have to cause a last-minute impasse,  yet he's absolutely forced to do so, because of the extreme loyalty he has to his party?!)


Likewise, on the one hand,  Davis says, “The days of brinksmanship and fiscal cliffs and artificial deadlines, they need to end."...Yet on the other hand, he'll again vote with his party to refuse to raise the debt ceiling so  the government can pay the bills it has already run up...and thereby he'll help to send his party's game of brinksmanship baseball, the one that he just said that he hates so much, into yet additional "extra innings!"

alabaster jones 71 wrote on October 01, 2013 at 5:10 am
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All this blather about Davis holding a campaign event in a U of I building sounds very similar to the "controversy" last year over that county clerk candidate using a city building in Urbana for an event.

These "controversies" sound quite similar........especially considering that 99% of voters didn't and don't give a rat's ass about either one.

Political Observer wrote on October 02, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Alabaster Jones writes:  "All this blather about Davis holding a campaign event in a U of I building sounds very similar to the "controversy" last year over that county clerk candidate using a city building in Urbana for an event."


Reply:  Very Good, Mr. Jones!... Very, Very Good!  This is definitely a start, and it's always important to start somewhere!


Yes, it's really very good, Mr. Jones, that after around 30 - 40 posts in this thread, you've  finally gotten to the point where you can begin to understand at least a small portion of the point that I was making in the very first post that started the discussion going.  I guess that's some kind of "progress," isn't it?

"Alabaster Jones" writes:  "These "controversies" sound quite similar........especially considering that 99% of voters didn't and don't give a rat's ass about either one."


Reply:  Oh, dear!  It looks like we're regressing again!  Do you think that your good friend, that nice gentleman, Virtual Hank, could help you understand what the discussion's about here?


I see that you're still having trouble understanding most of the rest of the points that have been made in this discussion thread.  But that's OK.  I hope you have a very nice day!

alabaster jones 71 wrote on October 07, 2013 at 11:10 pm
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So, since by your own admission the Davis and Smyth "scandals" were quite similar, am I safe to assume that you didn't support Smyth's campaign or vote for him?