Illinois Poll Shows Strong Opposition to Fracking

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WillinoisNearly half of Illinois voters oppose fracking, according to a new poll by the Simon Institute. The statewide poll reveals 48.6% oppose fracking while only 31.8% believe it should be encouraged, even if there are economic benefits. Opponents outnumber supporters an all regions of the state, including downstate where fracking is promoted as a jobs plan.

The numbers reinforce that fracking is one of the issues which cost Governor Pat Quinn support among Democrats and independents in his losing re-election campaign. Illinois Democratic voters overwhelmingly oppose fracking with 61.9% against and 19.7% in favor. Independents oppose it as well, with 48.3% against and 30.6% in support.

Any Illinois candidate looking for support from young voters should stand against fracking. A whopping 74% of 18-24 year-olds don’t want it.

A solid 54% majority of Chicago residents are opposed. That’s a bad sign for Rahm Emanuel who claims his aggregation deal is a clean energy victory, even though it powers Chicago with natural gas from the Marcellus shale fracking fields.

An election analysis released in January by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute identified low turnout among Democrats, and downstate opposition as reasons for Governor Pat Quinn losing re-election. During the campaign Quinn faced protests against his support for fracking, and as this poll shows, his position is unpopular among the Democratic base. With neither candidate for Governor taking a position against fracking, it left little reason for concerned voters to show up on election day.

There’s no issue for which politicians and lobbyists in the statehouse bubble are more out of touch with Illinois voters than on fracking.

After a bill to regulate and launch fracking passed the Illinois legislature, industry lobbyists launched a campaign to portray opponents as a tiny fringe. Overwhelming public outcry against fracking at public hearings provided a reality check. A few accommodating statehouse green groups helped reinforced the false impression that regulation is a consensus middle ground. The Simon poll shows industry claims that fracking opposition is limited to a small group are outrageously false. Continue reading Illinois Poll Shows Strong Opposition to Fracking

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Stormy Monday, 2/23/15

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StormyMondayIs it that time already? Sadly, yes. CPAC’s 2015 edition gets underway Wednesday at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center just outside DC. This year’s roster of speakers looks remarkably similar to that of previous years, a cavalcade of crabbed conservative know-nothings preaching ignorance to the ignorant and hate to the hateful. Among them will be Rand Paul, John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, Sarah Palin, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Sean Hannity, Bobby Jindal, and of course the Rick twins, Perry and Santorum.

In a clear sign that the world has slipped its moorings, debate continues to heat up over Bill O’Reilly’s credibility, which implies, fallaciously, that he ever had any to begin with. If nothing else, this all might provide a nice diversion for fellow liar Brian Williams as his suspension continues. In O’Reilly’s case, the issue is apparently him claiming to have single-handedly won the Falklands War with a falafel. Or something; I really can’t bring myself to care.

Speaking of liars, Chris Christie presents his sixth budget address to the New Jersey Legislature on Tuesday, with a court decision still pending as to whether he violated a 2011 deal on the public pensions he’ll apparently spend a lot of his address bleating about. Christie is still considering, apparently, whether he wants to try moving up to lying to people in all 50 states or whether he’ll content himself with just lying to New Jerseyans.

Chicago voters go to the polls Tuesday, with incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel campaigning hard to avoid a possible April 7 runoff. The strongest of Emanuel’s four challengers, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, said over the weekend that he expects “a major upset.” If Emanuel does end up with a runoff on his hands, or loses outright, “major upset” won’t even begin to describe the tantrum he’ll throw.

The Department of Homeland Security faces having to furlough 30,000 employees and shut down many of its operations on Friday, because House Republicans – well, “because House Republicans” pretty much sums it up. Despite their own questionable maturity, efforts continue by some Republican Senators to mollify their crybaby colleagues in the lower house but avoid a shutdown. Continue reading Stormy Monday, 2/23/15

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Sunday Talks, 11/4/12

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ABC’s “This Week” will feature White House senior adviser David Plouffe and Romney campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie in a discussion of the final days of the race, as well as the latest ABC poll numbers. The roundtable has . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 11/4/12

Sunday Talks, 10/28/12

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On ABC’s “This Week,” Stephanie Cutter and Newt Gingrich will discuss the current state of the race as well as ABC’s newest polling numbers. The roundtable will include ABC News’ George Will, PBS’ “Washington Week” moderator and managing editor . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 10/28/12

Sunday Talks, 10/21/12

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On “Meet the Press” on NBC, Marco Rubio (R-FL) will discuss the final days of the campaign. David Axelrod and Rob Portman (R-OH) will discuss preparations for the third and final Presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Mitt . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 10/21/12

Sunday Talks, 9/2/12

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Democrats take center stage on this Sunday’s television talk shows leading up to the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte, N.C.

The convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, has a full slate of appearances, stopping by ” . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 9/2/12

Sunday Talks, 7/15/12

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a potential Romney vice presidential choice, is on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” along with Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and senior Romney campaign adviser Kevin Madden.

On ABC, “This Week” has . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 7/15/12

Visiting Occupy Chicago

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I decided to check out Occupy Chicago on October 21 while I was in town. They didn’t have an encampment site yet but around 200 were lined up along the sidewalk in the financial district. I heard the drumming from . . . → Read More: Visiting Occupy Chicago

Sunday Talks, 10/9/11

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Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel highlights this Sunday’s television talk shows in his new role as mayor of Chicago.

He’ll appear – live from Chicago – on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to discuss his early tenure . . . → Read More: Sunday Talks, 10/9/11