IL-14 (Sorta, Kinda) Roundups

You know, it's very kind of bored now to keep us all in the loop by providing Roundup diaries.  Of particular interest to me is the race in IL-14, so of course when I came back for a pit stop between trips today and saw that he had posted an IL-14 Roundup #3 diary, I took the time to scan it.

Hmmm.  There seems to be very little going on in the Laesch campaign, to hear bored tell it.  Could have sworn I heard about more endorsements recently than those bored now mentions in his coverage of the Laesch campaign, which amounts to this:

john laesch woke up to good news this morning: state senator mike noland has endorsed him.

and this:

booman tribune has an old interview of john laesch that now comes up on google search. his campaign continues its periodic campaign updates here and here. laesch's former blogger also talks about Podunk,IL vs. the New Chicago Machine, the laesch youtube page covers his simmons appearance (broken into multiple videos and quentin young's endorsement.


no, I guess that's about it - all the news bored could find the space or time to bring us about Laesch...

compared to this kind of coverage of Foster:

support for bill foster has been growing on the blogs. this post notes that foster is being called the front runner in the race. i also overlooked the bill foster interview epluribus media conducted at yearlykos. another post looks at foster's energy proposals


foster has benefitted both from his status as a scientist and the recent cutbacks at fermilab (a major employer in the district). his science credentials are finding posts on political and non-political blogs, including Physics and Physicists: Politics & Science, and Open Science Thread: Politics & Science and another Open Science Thread. finally, Nuclear Mangos covered foster. one blogger wants you to know that he contributed to foster because of this. the cutbacks at fermilab have gotten foster mentions in the local press, Fermilab under threat due to federal budget and Federal budge so far not good for Fermilab


the foster campaign reports:

Bill Foster has been picking up the endorsements of local leaders in the district, including former Newark Mayor Roger Ness, DeKalb County Board member Robert Rosemier, Kane County Board members Gerald Jones, Bonnie Lee Kunkel, and Rudy Neuberger, and Aldermen Chuck Brown (Geneva), Mike Saville (Aurora), and Jim Volk (Batavia). His message that, as a scientist and businessman, he's an experienced problem solver ready to address the issues facing our community and our nation and ready to change the ways things are done in Washington, is gaining traction and resonating with voters.

they have numerous events coming up in the next week including activities in winfield township, west dundee and elgin.

Followed by a curt:

the other campaigns did not report anything new for the next week or so.

Hmmm.  Guess that means there's nothing new to report, eh?  Well, either that or bored is using that line (in reference to upcoming events on calendars) in an attempt to imply that the Foster campaign is where all the action is.

But really, bored seems to be missing a few details.

Let's see, right there on the Laesch website I find news of several recent endorsements of Laesch that I can find no direct mention of in any (because I went back and checked them all) of bored now's IL-14 Round Up diaries, including:

    Barbara Ehrenreich, best-selling author of "Nickel & Dimed"
    Studs Terkel (yeah, that Studs Terkel)
    nationally-syndicated radio host Mike Malloy
    Valerie Burd, Mayor, Yorkville
    Robin Sutcliff, 3rd Ward Alderman, Yorkville
    Jim Feeley, Vice-Chairman, Kendall County Democratic Party
    Ruth Anne Tobias, Chairperson, DeKalb County Board
    Lynn Schmitz, Executive Committee member, DeKalb County Democratic Party
    Jerry Sheridan, Chairman, Lee County Democratic Party
    Pat Jones, Jr., Treasurer, Lee County Democratic Party
    Karen Nelson, Whiteside County Board
    Tom Nicholson, Chair, Henry County Board
    Tim Wise, Chief of Police, Annawan

Oh, and lots and lots and lots of PCP endorsements.

Then there are some organizational endorsements that seem to have slipped by bored now in his "Roundup," like, for instance:

    Independent Voters of Illinois - Independent Precinct Organizations
    IL-14 Progressive Democrats of America
    and the Chicago Progressive Democrats of America
    and the national Progressive Democrats of America
    Democratic Action Political Action Committee
    VET PAC
    Northwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council
    International Union of Operating Engineers - Illinois State Branch
    Western Regional Council of the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America
    and, of course, John's own union, Carpenter's Local 195

At least bored now mentioned John's AFL-CIO endorsement, in passing.

My personal favorite?  Would have to hands-down be the part where bored now tells us about favorable coverage of Foster (written by, not surprisingly, bored now) by providing text links that read like this

"this post notes that foster is being called the front runner in the race,"

while, in the same Roundup, giving us wildly descriptive text-links, like this about Laesch:

his campaign continues its periodic campaign updates here and here

to Laesch campaign blogs, where if you follow the links there you will find coverage in the Chicago Sun-Times, of Dick Simpson (head of the University of Illinois at Chicago's Political Science Department, former Chicago alderman, author, progressive leader and columnist for the Sun-Times, who won his aldermanic race running against a much better financed candidate) predicting Laesch

is now headed to victory in the primary (and the March 14 special election to replace retired Hastert) over Bill Foster, a more conservative political newcomer, scientist and wealthy businessman.

But, of course, we wouldn't want to go so far as to accuse bored now of spinning his roundup diaries to favor a particular candidate.  He does, after all, provide links to things, that link to other things, which in turn cover some of these not-directly-mentioned things.

On the other hand, if I were someone whose foremost intent was comprehensive coverage of the race in IL-14, or for that matter if I were Jotham Stein's former blogger, I think I'd be taking the time to think through the "fair and balanced" nature of bored now's "reporting" and "analysis" in his "Roundups" and taking the time to post a few of my own updates.  But I'm not, I'm just "Laesch's former blogger" and current supporter so I'll stick to Laesch news.

As far as IL-14 goes, my prediction stands: Anyone who is relying on bored now for news and an evenhanded analysis of the race in IL-14 is going to be very, very surprised on February 5.

Tags: Bill Foster, House, IL-14, John Laesch, jotham stein, Special Election (all tags)



Re: IL-14 (Sorta, Kinda) Roundups

Wow! There are an awful lot of Democratic elected officials in IL-14. That's where my sister and many of my realitves on my mom's side of our family. I always thought that part of Illnois was ruby red.

Yorkville has a Dem mayor? (that's Hastert's home town).

Dem Board chairs in DeKalb and Henry counties?


by spirowasright 2008-01-12 07:01PM | 0 recs
the reason, of course...

is that either i've already mentioned those things (it is about what's new) OR the laesch campaign choose not to answer the questions sent out for this roundup OR doesn't come up in the google searches i do.  when i type in, as i do every time, the search terms "john laesch" illinois, i find what i find.

i emailed each campaign this message:

this is the third in the roundup series that is getting posted at prairie state blue, dailykos, mydd and the swing state project friday at 5 o'clock.  i need a response by 3 on friday.  if you provide brief responses to the questions i will insert them (when appropriate) in total.

the questions i'd like you to respond to are:

* are you ready to release your fund-raising numbers from the 4th qtr yet?  (if so, what are they?)

* anything new that you think it's important that people know about your candidate?

* what grassroots activities do you have planned for the next couple of weeks?  (date, time, location)

* anything else (new) to report?

* copies of mailers will be posted, if you want to send them to me



of course, most of what dt writes above the laesch campaign has already been reported in an earlier roundup.

it is really up to the laesch campaign whether or not they want to participate.  i can't make them.  i have already explained to them where the idea for this came from, and i was told, "if the national committees want to talk to us, tell them to give us a call."  now understand, i did not suggest that the national democratic committees wanted to talk to anyone -- and i assume they are talking to everyone they think is viable.  

dt's complaint is not with me, because i take out a segment of time to write these.  her complaint should be directed at the place she dare not criticize.  i don't care one way or another if the campaigns participate.  i am giving them a forum to get their views across.  those who don't want to take advantage of that opportunity have missed one, but that's not my concern...

by bored now 2008-01-13 05:44AM | 0 recs
Let's review, shall we?

bored now has told us "this series [of campaign "roundups" he compiles and posts at Daily Kos, MyDD, Swing State Project, Prairie State Blue, his own personal blog, and God only knows where else] comes at the request of the democratic committees. they are trying to keep up with developments (without spending time on it themselves). i've actually been asked for more analysis, but we do that enough on the conference calls..."

When it is demonstrated that his coverage of the campaign is unquestionably misrepresenting what's really happening, all he has to say for himself is that the Laesch campaign didn't respond to his e-mail query this time and he didn't find anything else on Google.

So, in spite of the fact that he's doing these as a service, first and foremost, for the DNC and DCCC, so they'll have an easy way to keep up, bored now hasn't even bothered to sign up for the Laesch campaign's e-mail mailing list. He doesn't even bother to look at the Laesch campaign website when he's preparing his roundups.

This, from somebody who teaches people how to do candidate research.

But don't worry, he tells us, "of course, most of what dt writes above the laesch campaign has already been reported in an earlier roundup." Now that sentence is badly enough written that it's unclear whether he means to say that most of what dt writes above has already been reported in an earlier roundup by bored now, or that most of what dt writes above has already been reported by the laesch campaign in one of their own updates. If he is trying to say the former, I invite any and all to read downtowner's diary one more time, then read bored now's three IL-14 roundups, and come to your own conclusions regarding whether or not most of what dt writes above has been reported by bored now.

But if he is trying to say the latter, that he didn't need to incorporate Laesch developments into his own roundup because they had already been reported elsewhere, that begs the question of what the DNC and the DCCC learns about what's going on on the ground in IL-14 from bored now. And remember, bored writes these for IL-03 and IL-10, as well, and in the latter case he is clearly hostile to one of the candidates in that primary, too.

What they learn from bored now, clearly, is only what bored now wants them to learn. He's not telling them the whole story. He is not even trying to tell them the whole story. And this latest roundup of his, when examined critically, is the proof.

by n0madic 2008-01-13 07:35AM | 0 recs


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