March 3, 2005

Something's afoot

***UPDATE***

This "big political news" ended up being a "big political snooze", as nothing of any remote interest was announced. But the comments somehow mutated into speculation on the future of the Illinois 71st representative distict seat to the point it had to be continued in it's own thread above.

An alert commenter to a thread below suggests that all Dopesters tune in to KWQC channel 6 tonight for some "big political news."


Hmmmmmmm. We wait with baited breath. (Or is that breath that smells like bait?)

The Dope has many affairs to attend to this evening, but will be all over this like a cheap suit upon return.

25 Comments:

At 3/03/2005 4:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I have alerted the DOPE on several occasions, steak chef Mike Whalen is sizzling up some big news about a run for Congress. I don't know, but that COULD be the announcement. Does Whalen have a website? Has the DOPE tried to track him down today. Get on it, man.

 
At 3/03/2005 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a perfect opportunity for Boland to announce his candacy for 36th district senate (during Jacobs' retirement party)

 
At 3/03/2005 4:10 PM, Blogger bygump said...

Will they be servin' shrimp?

 
At 3/03/2005 4:15 PM, Blogger Dissenter said...

If Boland runs for Senate, who will likely run in the dem primary for his seat?

 
At 3/03/2005 4:22 PM, Anonymous superdemo said...

If you would quit eating those fish cat-man, your breath would not be smellin' like bait.

 
At 3/03/2005 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahern would run for the vacancy, he never stopped running from last time. The Dems could use person who knows how to work hard, and hasn't had the luxury of a cushy political job, or an appoointment...

 
At 3/03/2005 4:43 PM, Blogger bygump said...

Anyway, like I was saying, I had a lot of company. My Momma always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. And I think that's what my running was all about. I had run for three years, two months, fourteen days, and sixteen hours.

 
At 3/03/2005 5:08 PM, Anonymous nanny said...

i've got a feeling it's a hoax dope

 
At 3/03/2005 6:33 PM, Anonymous Blue State said...

Hey anonymous,

It's a waste of time and energy to talk about the Boland House seat because he's never going to leave. Why would he? He's got seniority in the House, and why would he run for a Senate seat that will cost him $300,000 in a campaign -- and he may lose.

But if he did leave, McNeil and Ahern are my top choices at this point.

 
At 3/03/2005 8:35 PM, Blogger latinv said...

It would be sad to see an Ahern/McNeil race... They both bring positives to the table for Western Illinois Democrats. I hope they come to their sense before they run into one another.

 
At 3/03/2005 8:59 PM, Blogger Dissenter said...

Outside of Ahern/McNeil, I understand the other possible candidates are Porter McNeil of the Quad City area, some guy named Stockton? out of the Carroll County area, and Mertes in the Sterling/Rock Falls area.

 
At 3/03/2005 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, outside of Porter McNeil and Ahern I really don't know of anyone. Both seem credible. But I hear there is some realtor up in Savannah who may be testing the political waters. I think she's the president of the realtors association or something like that.

 
At 3/03/2005 11:12 PM, Anonymous Peter Frampton said...

We can't leave out another rising star in the Democratic Party from Rock Island -- Tom Benson. He's from a family of Democrats and he's reportedly in a position to move up the ladder. Keep an eye on Benson ... at lest thats what my sources have told me and I live in Rock Island.

 
At 3/04/2005 4:10 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

YES! This is what it's all about boys and girls!

The Dope is absolutely. positively poluted with alchohol at the moment and will refrain from commenting until they can get a little more blood in their alcohol system.

 
At 3/04/2005 4:15 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And Nanny.... your instincts are right... this suppposed "big political news" just wasn't.

Sorry for the false alarm.

 
At 3/04/2005 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boland running for re-election seems to be getting more and more difficult as more and more horses are enter the field.

The young filly some of you are talking about today is Tony McCombie of Savanna.

McCombie just may have the right horsest to clip Mike "Squish" Boland by a nose.

McCombie is everything Boland isn't --- clean, bright, effective, personable, attractive, and gets along with others.

McCombie may well be the best horse to run the track yet!

 
At 3/04/2005 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isnt she running for Mayor in Savannah..?

 
At 3/04/2005 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The demo's in s'field are leery of losing this post if Boland bolts. I am not sure how worried they should be. Both Ahern and McNeil have worked for good Dems for quite awhile, and they are the strongest horses in the field. Ahern acts like a serious candidate, and looks it too. McNeil may be too nice to run. But either way, those are the people who make sure this seat stays Blue.

 
At 3/04/2005 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look how good that Republican ran against Boland in the last election. He may be the next rep in Boland's district - even if Mike decides he wants to stay put. People are looking for new blood in the area. Out with the old, in with the new.

 
At 3/04/2005 1:58 PM, Blogger Dissenter said...

I had heard a different name out of Savannah. But McCombie may be a decent fit. Boland should not be too comfortable. He may face a real challenge in the primary. McNeil may be an outstanding candidate if the seat opens up, but it unlikely that he will run in a primary against Boland if he stays. Mertes in the Sterling area is making some strides into the political arena. He has lots of political connections, and he's incredibly dynamic, but he has no prior experience in elected office. I don't know how that would play in a contested primary race.

 
At 3/04/2005 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Mertes and what town does he come from? Never heard of him.

And what about the Boland family?
Won't they try to appoint a family member to his House seat, since the Jacobs just proved how to do it?

 
At 3/04/2005 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the real question is how is dope related to mertes

 
At 3/04/2005 3:52 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yes. that is the real question here.
How someone can be related to a person they've never heard of before in their lives.

 
At 3/06/2005 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dope, you seem to be related to everyone in this town and you seem to know a little bit about nearly every political group.

 
At 3/07/2005 9:26 AM, Anonymous cornhusker said...

The Dope is related to me! He is my sister's brother's half cousin's wife. Yahoo!

 

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