By Ben Yount, Illinois Watchdog
Friday, Oct 31, 2014
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Stupid_Dems - Votes for Republicans switched to Democrats in Moline - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
If the Dems contaminate the ballot box the only recourse is exactly the same as was give n the Crown!
qfingers - Mid-America Port Authority pledged $1.3 million from Illinois - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
What we need is a better voting system...like the Borda method. Then the 3rd party candidate most assuredly would have a chance....but for just that reason you'll never see it....the controlling parties not wanting a 3rd party to have any chance. Plus it's a bit difficult to count unless you are computerized. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borda_count
ONCEMORE1 - Votes for Republicans switched to Democrats in Moline - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
This goes well beyond the "hanging chad" debacle, this is a deliberate effort to weight the results in favor of the Democrats. The size of the target on a touchscreen is easily manipulated so that if the D spot is half or most of the screen and the R spot is a tiny area of the actual "sweet spot", the results are controlled by the administrator and not the voter-------who just "happens" to be…
ONCEMORE1 - Mid-America Port Authority pledged $1.3 million from Illinois - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
If there was a chance in Hell your Third-Party candidate might actually win, I'd be right there with you, but you have to face the fact there ISN"T. Why is it that the typical Third Party frontrunner, usually Libertarian, shares many ideals with the Republican Party, siphons votes away from the Republicans and even receives support from the DNC and Unions to do so? The folly in…
qfingers - Business owners split over minimum wage votes - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Jarosch above inadvertently elucidated the reason why minimum wage is BAD. He says people would leave his store to work somewhere with higher wage....but when everybody pays minimum wage there are no other high-paying jobs. If you get rid of minimum wage businesses would pay what people are willing to work for and wages would vary...some up...some down...and overall employment would increase.

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Poll shows Illinois voters overwhelmingly favor term limits

6 months, 3 weeks ago By Ben Yount, Illinois Watchdog

Voters have managed to rotate elected leaders in Springfield with some regularity

There are nearly 80 news faces in the Illinois statehouse since voters chose a governor four years ago, but even that’s not enough turnover to satisfy most voters in the state.

A new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows that 79 percent of voters support term limits of some kind.

“People are so unhappy with Illinois’ gerrymandered redistricting and politics that the only tool they feel they have for rotating the crops in Springfield is a term limits measure,” said director David Yepsen.

Voters have managed to rotate elected leaders in Springfield with some regularity.

Illinois Watchdog compared the current roster, for the 98th General Assembly, with a roster for the 96th General Assembly, which served from 2008 to 2010.

In the Illinois House, 52 lawmakers (44 percent) are no longer serving. In the Illinois Senate, 23 lawmakers (38 percent) have moved on or moved away.

House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, remains. He’s been speaker for nearly 30 years, and term limit supporters have targeted him and other “career politicians.”

“One thing that’s important to note, term limits will not give us a citizen legislature,” said University of Illinois political science professor Chris Mooney.

He said if the Legislature is weakened by term limits, the governor’s powers would grow. But still, Mooney said, Americans by-and-large like the idea of term limits.

“It goes back to Thomas Jefferson,” Mooney said. “Harvest the crops, put down the plow and head down to the state capitol for a couple of months and bring some common sense to government.”

The Simon poll may indicate if term limit supporters can get a term limit question on the ballot, voters may overwhelmingly support it.


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