April 1, 2005

Barack makes stop in Moline

Senator Barack Obama made an appearance at Black Hawk College to promote his bill to increase Pell Grant payments from $4,050 a year to $5,100. In keeping with the booming field of creative bill naming, this one is called the Higher Education Opportunity through Pell Grant Expansion, or Hope Act.
Whew! Someone earned their money coming up with that one. Not bad.

The rest of the article is devoted to Obama again meeting Cpl. Seamus Ahern of Silvis. Obama had met Cpl. Ahern previously at a campaign stop in East Moline. At the time Ahern was about to ship out for Iraq. A short time later, Obama imortalized him by mentioning Ahern in his now-famous speech at the Democratic National Convention. Cpl. Ahern is younger brother of Dennis Ahern, who is mentioned as a potential candidate for the 71st representitive district should Mike Boland step down to run for another office.

(I had earlier speculated that the Corporal was Dennis Ahern's nephew, though I wasn't sure and asked for correction if I was in error. Thanks to an alert commenter for getting it straight.)


At 4/01/2005 8:38 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Cpl. Shamus Ahern is Dennis Ahern's younger brother.

A group of political activist driven by their disapointment with Mike Boland are encouraging Cpl. Ahern's close friend, United State Marine Cpl. Tim Wright of Fulton, to enter the primary against Boland.

The group is dismayed by Boland's constant misuse of state tax dollars. The group complain that Boland is running around the state holding a series of endless press conferences, instead of finding a new tenant for the closed Case I.H. Plant, or scuring the money he promised to open the shuttered Thompson Prision.

In addition the group charged Boland with abusing tax dollars by sending news clippings to residents who reside outside the 71st District.

I for one, agree with the Cpl. Wright and encourage him to enter the race, as Boland now appears highly vunerable to a credible primary challeng. For it's getting harder and harder to defend Mike Boland's frivilous use of our tax dollars.

If only Mike Boland would do the job, we elected him to do in the first place!

At 4/01/2005 10:32 AM, Blogger latinv said...

WOW. Someone is stirring the pot today. In campaign literature sent out by Dennis Ahern, his brother Seamus, a recent Pol Sci grad, will be serving as his Campaign Manager. The young Crpl. Wright, a student in college himself, is not a candidate, and in fact has offered his full time support to his military pals brother, Dennis Ahern. The question remains, when will the Democratic leadership make Boland make a decision, because his indecision hurts all good candidates in forming a solid campaign with the spectre of will he or won't he Boland still waffling in the wind...

At 4/01/2005 1:20 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

LV, thanks for that informative comment. Always good to see you.

At 4/04/2005 10:12 AM, Blogger anonymight said...

good error dope

At 4/04/2005 5:14 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You know, fuck off, you're a waste of time. But then you surely are aware of that already.
I didn't make any error. I posted that I "thought" that he was a nephew and asked readers to correct me if I was wrong. Someone did. That's an "error" in your book?
You're a jerk, pure and simple. Your many petty and childish comments prove it. Why are you so jealous? If you have a problem with me or the blog, which apparently you do, please contact me in e-mail and we'll talk it over. Otherwise, from now on anything you post will be deleted as soon as I see it.


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