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Blog, Featured: This Sunday: Meet Sheila Simon

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Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is running for Comptroller. Meet her in Riverwoods this Sunday.

The Tenth Congressional District Democrats’ Meet the Candidate series continues Sunday, August 17, from 4:00-6:00 pm, with Sheila Simon, candidate for Illinois State Comptroller. Like all the candidate forums sponsored by our Tenth Dems University (TDU), it will be held at the Flame Charhouse (formerly Jimmy’s Charhouse), 1111 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Riverwoods, at the intersection of Deerfield Road. Admission is free. During the program, light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.

RSVP now for a great chance to get to know a candidate we think you’ll really like.

In addition to the normal TDU event, there is a unique opportunity: Sheila is planning to stay at the Flame for dinner after the forum. If you can join us, you will have even more time to get to know her.

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, our candidate for State Comptroller, offers a lifetime and legacy of public service. She is a lawyer, teacher and mother of two college-age daughters. Her record includes four years as a Jackson County prosecutor, a decade as a Southern Illinois University law professor and participation in the Illinois Reform Commission, which helped pass the state’s first campaign contribution law. Many people may also remember Sheila’s parents, the late U.S. Senator Paul Simon and former State Representative Jeanne Hurley Simon.

For more information about this event and other upcoming Meet the Candidate forums or to RSVP, go to http://tenthdems.org/tdu, email events@tenthdems.org, or call (847) 266-VOTE (8683).

Blog, Featured: Who is the REAL Robert Dold?

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One of the closest and most closely watched races in the country is unfolding between Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and ex-Congressman Republican Robert Dold, so it behooves us to learn as much as we can about Dold.

Where does ex-Congressman Robert Dold live?

You won’t find the answer anywhere on his website, but he lives in Kenilworth, five miles outside the 10th District.

Is Dold a Republican?

You won’t find the answer anywhere on his website, but yes, he is a Republican.

Is Dold a Tea Party Republican?

You won’t find the answer anywhere on his website (naturally), but that’s a harder question to answer, partly because the Tea Party agenda has morphed into the mainstream Republican agenda so seamlessly that it’s hard to tell the difference, and partly because Dold talks like a Tea Party Republican when it suits him, and distances himself from the Tea Party when he suspects his audience is not fond of the Tea Party.

Dold’s Tea Party connections are a matter of record.

Dold’s “problems with Internet tomfoolery and appearing to hide his perhaps ‘true’ conservative side from 10th District voters” were discussed in detail by Rich Miller in a post entitled Who really is this guy and where does he live?  when Dold initially ran for Congress.

The New York Times identified Dold as a Tea Party candidate in 2010, and The Washington Post listed Dold as one of 111 Tea Party-endorsed candidates in 2012. If Dold does not have Tea Party ties, he sure fooled a lot of people into thinking that he does.

Dold votes the Republican party line.

Dold voted Republican 82% of the time–more than four out of every five times. Does the fact that some members of Congress vote with their party even more than Dold make Dold independent? If you think it does, let’s bet on some randomly chosen Dold votes. I’ll give you 4-1 odds and I’ll still come out ahead. Consider the votes discussed in this newsletter; they all matter, and Dold was with the Republicans instead of us every time. No wonder that at the end of his term in Congress The Hill listed Dold as one of “Boehner’s 100 loyal soldiers.”

Bipartisan organizations that share our values have already endorsed Brad for re-election.

These organizations put their reputations on the line when they make endorsements. Dold and Brad each served one term in Congress. It’s easy to compare records. Brad wins every time. Thus far, Brad’s endorsements for the 2014 election include the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Planned Parenthood, the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, the Human Rights CampaignJACPAC, and NARAL Pro-Choice America. Click on the links to read why these groups endorsed Brad over Dold.

All but possibly NARAL previously endorsed Mark Kirk in this district, so Brad is not getting these endorsements simply because he’s a Democrat. He’s getting these endorsements because his record is better than Dold’s on gun control, women’s issues, the environment, LGBT issues and marriage equality, choice, separation of religion and state, and Israel.

Dold is not pro-choice.

Says who? Says NARAL and JACPAC. Dold voted for the “Let Women Die Act.” No pro-choice member of Congress would do that. Dold also twice voted for the Ryan Budget, which would defund Planned Parenthood. Dold raised no objections to the recent Supreme Court decisions restricting women’s rights, including the Court’s invalidation of buffer zones around abortion clinics and the Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby that the government can’t require certain employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. Is it because Dold agrees with the rulings or is it because he’d just rather not say? Silence is not leadership.

This is leadership: On July 9, Brad introduced the Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act, which would prohibit for-profit employers from using religious beliefs to deny employees coverage for contraception or any other vital health service required by federal law. So far, no comment from Dold.

Dold doesn’t even live in the district.

In 2010, Dold whined about Dan Seals living two blocks outside the district, even though Dan’s kids went to school in the district, Dan’s house was within the boundaries of the district under the previous map, and one could throw a football from Dan’s backyard into the 10th District.

In 2013, Dold bought a house in Kenilworth five miles outside the district. Were there no houses for sale in the 10th District? If living in the district was so important in 2010, why would Dold buy a house outside the district in 2013? Dold lives in Jan Schakowsky’s 9th District, so he can’t even vote for himself; his choice is Jan or his Republican colleague. Brad doesn’t need to hire a big tour bus to visit the 10th District because Brad lives in the 10th District.

Dold is pro-Israel, but Dold doesn’t understand that we all lose when Israel becomes a partisan issue.

Dold still has not apologized for spreading misinformation about Brad’s position on Iran sanctions. Brad won a seat on the key House Foreign Affairs Committee from which he advocates for a strong US-Israel relationship. For Brad, Israel is a lifelong and personal commitment. Dold never even visited Israel until after he won the Republican primary in 2010, and four years later he’s only been back once.

Brad visited Israel over a dozen times before running for Congress and is a leader on Israel because his colleagues know that Brad’s background makes him especially qualified on Middle East issues. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said, “Congressman Schneider has an extraordinary understanding of the challenges facing Israel.”

Who do you think other members of Congress are more likely to listen to–a person who speaks the language, has focused on Israel his entire life, and chose to serve on a committee that directly affects the U.S.-Israel relationship, or some guy from Kenilworth who never visited Israel until he ran for Congress, deliberately distorts his opponent’s position on Iran, and chose not to serve on (or could not get himself appointed to) a key committee?

Only a fraction of the pro-Israel community supports Dold. The rest of us support Brad, and with good reason:

  • Brad’s Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act was passed by the House of Representatives.
  • Brad condemned the ASA academic boycott of Israel.
  • Brad’s Israel Qualitative Military Edge Enhancement Act was passed by the House of Representatives.
  • Brad wrote an op-ed in The Times of Israel advocating for sanctions pressure on Iran.
  • Brad helped introduce the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, which passed the House.
  • Brad co-sponsored the United States-Israel Missile Cooperation Act.
  • Brad co-sponsored the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act.
  • Brad authored pro-Israel amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that were approved by the House.
  • Brad sponsored a bill to add Holocaust survivors to a priority list for social services under the Older Americans Act.
  • Brad helped introduce the Visa Waiver Act for Israel.
And Brad still has six months left in his first term.

Blog, Events, TDU: MTC 211: Meet Jason Patt, Candidate for Lake County Sheriff

When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Where: Flame Charhouse (formerly Jimmy’s Charhouse), 1111 N. Milwaukee Ave., (at intersection with Deerfield Rd.), Riverwoods

What: Tenth Dems University (TDU) invites you to meet Jason Patt, candidate for Lake County Sheriff. Hear from him why he believes he should be elected.

Admission is free. During the program, light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.

To RSVP, click here, send us an email, or contact us at 847-266-VOTE (8683).

Blog, Events, TDU: MTC 210: Meet Mike Frerichs, Candidate for State Treasurer

When: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Where: Where: Flame Charhouse (formerly Jimmy’s Charhouse), 1111 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at intersection with Deerfield Rd.), Riverwoods

What: Tenth Dems University (TDU) invites you to meet State Senator Mike Frerichs, candidate for Illinois State Treasurer. Hear directly from him why he believes he should be elected.

Admission is free. During the program, light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.

To RSVP, click here, send us an email, or contact us at 847-266-VOTE (8683).

Blog, Events, TDU: MTC 209: Meet Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, Candidate for State Comptroller

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Where: Flame Charhouse (formerly Jimmy’s Charhouse), 1111 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at intersection with Deerfield Rd.), Riverwoods

What: Tenth Dems University (TDU) invites you to meet Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, candidate for Illinois State Comptroller. She offers a lifetime and legacy of public service; she is a lawyer, teacher and mother of two college-age daughters. Her record includes four years as a Jackson County prosecutor, a decade as a Southern Illinois University law professor and participation in the Illinois Reform Commission, which helped pass the state’s first campaign contribution law.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available. To RSVP, click here, send us an email or contact us at 847-266-VOTE (8683).