Mike Madigan pays an enemy back, creates a Democrat: from Illinois Blues Chapter 5

Next stop for Sen. Don Harmon in his 2013 series of pre-election town halls, was on July  23, when he partnered with a Madigan protege in Wood Dale . . .

. . . a middle-class town of not quite 14,000 at the northwestern edge of his district, in DuPage County, 14 miles from Oak Park. Here he partnered with Rep. Kathleen Willis, of nearby Addison, an Elmhurst College librarian recently elected for the 77th house district.

Willis came across as quietly competent, pleasant, comfortable. A married mother of four and local school board member, she appeared a wise choice by Michael Madigan seeking someone to face off against the veteran Republican house member, Angelo “Skip” Saviano, a one-time across-aisle ally for Madigan with whom he’d had a bitter falling-out.

Madigan had seen to his defeat in 2012, convincing the Republican Willis to switch parties and funding a campaign that left veteran politics reporter Rich Miller gasping for its effrontery, misrepresentation of opposition, and fight-to-finish maneuverings. In the middle stood Willis, by all indicators and appearance an unlikely contestant but victorious at the end with 53% of the vote.

“Willis steals 77th House [district] from Saviano,” was the rambunctious Daily Herald headline for a story that reported that had been unavailable for interviews while campaigning entirely door-to-door. The story also noted that she had “pulled Republican ballots in five primary elections between 2002 and 2010.” It didn’t matter. The 77th had a Democrat, and Madigan had the 77th.

From Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Votersavailable in paperbackepub and Amazon Kindle formats.

In the tank for Hillary

Suicide by bias.

Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete

Source: American journalism is collapsing before our eyes | New York Post

Trump up by 2 points, in case you missed the Drudge headline

What. do. you. know?

Essential political coverage from California and the presidential campaign, including in-depth commentary, analysis and election results.

It’s a wild, wild world.

Source: Politics – Los Angeles Times

Trump’s recent speeches hit mark

He touches all bases.

Over the last week, Donald Trump has delivered a series of remarkable speeches that have, in my view, reinvigorated his candidacy.

The most recent was yesterday, in Charlotte. The speech has gotten a lot of attention, much of it directed to Trump’s sort-of-apology for some of the rude things he said during the primary season. No doubt Trump is trying to unify the party and mend fences, but in context, . . . 

Read the rest.

Source: Trump 2.0? | Power Line

Gannett Sweetens Bid for Chicago Tribune Parent Tronc – WSJ

Ferro is a dealer, for sure. Has unwelcome buyer raising the price.

Gannett Co. has privately sweetened its bid for Tronc Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, hoping to overcome resistance to a sale from the parent of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

Still won’t sell, is my bet.

The fire this time

Not a bad lead for an editorial:

Donald J. Trump named as his new campaign chief on Wednesday a conservative media provocateur whose news organization regularly attacks the Republican Party establishment, savages Hillary Clinton and encourages Mr. Trump’s most pugilistic instincts.

Sorry. My bad. A news story. Tsk. I should read the Times more often. I wouldn’t make that mistake.

Clinton crime family foundation again

State (Dept) got an offer on some Nigerian real estate it couldn’t refuse, acted accordingly.