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End of an Era : Frankie Z's RIP

Wow, Frankie we hardly knew ya. Thanks to all the staff for so many years of good times.

It started as our gathering place for Wesley Clark, then Kerry. We had meet-ups and Drinking Liberally and later Saloon Democrats.

It was a place where you could just go and relax. It will always be a favorite.

Scare Tactics from Amazon

I don't know if I ever want to shop from Amazon again. Here's what they're sending by email to all their Associates:

"We regret to inform you that the Illinois state legislature has passed an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that, if signed by Governor Quinn, would leave Amazon.com little choice but to end its relationships with Illinois-based Associates."

In other words, if passed, we'll dump you. Unbelievable.

See complete email after the jump...

'We March for Hope Not Hate'

Inspiring message from the One Nation rally in DC. More here...

Citizen Action/IL Annual Dinner

The good people at Citizen Action/IL had their Annual Dinner at the Chicago Hilton yesterday. Congressman Phil Hare received the Lerner-Egan Award.

On the dais, from left to right: IL. Senate President John Cullerton, CFL President Jorge Ramirez, Citizen Action-IL Co-Director Lynda DeLaforgue, IL Governor Pat Quinn, Congressman Phil Hare, Citizen Action-IL Co-Director William McNary and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (partially hidden).

GOPers: Our Involvement in Iraq Began in 2007

I don't understand all the chest-thumping by the GOPers concerning the Iraqi surge. They're acting like this was some brilliant victory -- and maybe it would have been if we hadn't been told almost four years earlier that the mission was already accomplished or that even earlier, that this whole thing would be a cakewalk. So sure the Iraqi surge was a brilliant victory -- but only if we ignore all the events leading up to it.

It's a little like driving in a ditch and then patting yourself on the back for the great job you did getting out of it.

Dem Day at the Illinois State Fair

Photos from the County Chair Breakfast and then the Rally at the State Fair later on.

Get Well Soon, Senator Durbin!

Get well soon, Senator Durbin! We all rely on you.

Billboard Somewhere with Senate Filibuster Count?

David Waldman over at the Orange Satan nicely defines the frustration House members must feel living in an era:

... during which the Senate routinely sees over 100 cloture motions during a two-year Congress, plus countless holds and other related delays, not to mention being handed back the toothless and disemboweled hulks of once-ambitious legislation along with a demand that it be swallowed whole by the House, because it was the "best they could hope to get" given the 60 vote "requirement."

My only question is, Is there some sort of billboard somewhere in America keeping tally of all these cloture moves, holds and related delays? Or do we only see that when it's about the deficit?

DEMOCRATS Know How to Win Legislative Seats - Now Must Prove They Know How to Hold on to Them During an Election Year

The Hardschell Report, Sunday, July 17, 2010, Evanston, IL

Word is out that if in November, the GOP can reclaim the House and/or Senate, GOP leader Boehner wants to repeal the new Wall Street reform laws . I was aghast when I first read this. I'm sorry, but I think it sounds a bit wild, if not irrational. Despite Wall Street plunging us into the worst recession since the Great Depression and unemployment over 10%, how is it that Boehner can have the arogance to think that the public doesn't like the new Wall Street Legislation. I, for one, really am very pleased with the law because it provides some regulatory safeguards to investors. Once again, Boehner has proven himself to be only concerned with protecting the Investment Houses and Banks, and not private investors,like you and me. The Bill, which Boehner is wanting to repeal, just days after its passage, is actually, the first new regulatory law to effect Wall Street since World War II. You see, not having enough regulations guiding our financial institutions, in part, is what led to the near collapse of our financial system. I'm sorry, but this whole experience has been, and remains, just too painful to let go of. How can we forget so quickly the Lehman Brothers demise. Or AIG's near collapse?

You can bet that I am going to begin to let everyone I know my political views on Boehner and the GOP because this kind of nonsense is the last thing America needs. I am urging everyone to make sure the REPUBS do not win back those House and/or Senate seats this Nov. I am planning to be as active as it will take to insure that we WIN every open seat. Also, I urge all of you , to get involved and stay involved in these races around our country because every single seat is important.

Because DEMS have proven that we do know how to win seats in Congress..., now, all we have to do is prove we know how to hold on to them.

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