December 27, 2005

Top Stories of 2005

The Quad City Times is running an online poll asking readers what they think was the top story of 2005 from among a list of 15.

Want to make a choice? Go here.

In a similar (well, identical) vein, what do you think was the most important or biggest story covered here on The Inside Dope since it's launch in mid February?

Some possibilities are:

-- Boland running, not running, running, not running, maybe running, not running, maybe running, maybe not, not running for trasurer/state senator, and the ripple effects on those eyeing his seat.

-- House speaker Mike Madigan coming to town to sit all Dem candidates down and issue an edict telling them who was going to do what, and essentially commanding that they all stay put, make nice, and make sure they win.

-- Senator Mike Jacobs. His frenetic effort to inject himself into every possible story or public event. The hundreds of bizzare comments here and on other blogs from either the senator himself or someone amazingly like him (and IF it wasn't, not a peep from Sen. Jacobs to disavow any of it.) His several unfortunate comments in the press, from his "Rosa Parks" moment to callously suggesting that property owners in the Barstow area should have expected a huge and noxious business to locate near them. And his proposal to fight Asian Carp by giving nearly a million dollars to a business in his district.

-- Essentially unknown Paul Rumler emerging to challenge Jacobs.

-- The Triumph hog slaughtering mega-plant proposal. The secrecy and lies by East Moline Mayor John Thodos and often conflicting public statements by both Thodos and Jacobs regarding the project.

Their keeping the entire plan secret for almost a year, the blatant attempt to box out opposition by rushing through approval after finally springing it on the public.

How the entire process highlighted in a stark way how politicians and business interests make decisions to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to benefit these same business interests behind the backs of the very people who's money they're taking.

And how blatantly these same politicians were active and willing participants in the effort to side-step caution, research, and public scrutiny, and rush the process, showing clearly that they put the interests of large companies and big money ahead of the people they represent. And though they supported the plant from the beginning, they've been unable to show any evidence at all that they'd done any research or investigation into the many serious issues involved.

-- any other issue, event, or story you feel was the "Story of the Year".


What's your pick for "Story of the Year"?

13 Comments:

At 12/27/2005 8:24 PM, Blogger Rawk Eyelund said...

Why not wait a week? The biggest story of 2004 happened after everyone had already publihed or aired their lists of "Top Stories." None of the "Top Stories" matched a natural disaster that killed 200,000 people.

 
At 12/27/2005 8:32 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

Mike Boland not running for statewide office -- it's simply amazing. After six years of traveling around the state in preparation, he doesn't run. Never seen anything like it. Now he's telling folks he's going to settle in for another ten years in the Illinois House.

 
At 12/28/2005 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Madigan sitting everyone down to tell em what to do and then Gianulas just doing whatever he wants in RI County...... try that one out.

Or did Gianlas miss the meeting and notes or something??

 
At 12/28/2005 6:43 PM, Blogger Dennis Ahern said...

The Chicago White Sox winning the World Series. After winning it in 1917, and throwing it in 1919, the Sox buried the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the rest of the the Black Sox. Charles O Comiskey, who actually as an intern for the Chicago Cubs brought the idea of the ivy on the walls at Wrigley, would have been proud of this team; built on speed, pitching and defense. Without a doubt the story of the year, well OK at least in sports, were the World Champion Chicago White Sox. Unfortunatley, I think the story of the year was the Kolb trial.

 
At 12/29/2005 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your infatuation with Sen. Mike Jacobs. Seems to be some sort of man love, like the boy who pulls the little girl in front of his desks hair at school because he likes her. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

 
At 12/29/2005 4:43 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Come up with a better attack. That one's getting stale. Also, you might go accuse Rich Miller, John Beydler, and other's who've had the sheer gall to notice what a buffoon Jacobs often is that they too, must have some sort of homo-erotic thing about Sen. Jacobs.

Frankly, the fact that all you've got is to try to accuse someone of being gay speaks volumes.

As is typical for your ilk, it's the sort of thinking displayed by those whose mental and emotional development stopped dead sometime in their high-school years.

It's called arrested development, and no, it's not just a TV show. Look into it.

 
At 12/29/2005 9:44 PM, Blogger Tom Benson said...

The biggest story is George W. Bush being inaugurated to a second term and Americans almost immediately realizing what a HUGE mistake they made getting stuck with him for four more years.

For allowing him to violate his oath to uphold the Constitution by authorizing illegal spying on Americans, by condoning torture and prisoner abuse in violation of International Law and the Geneva Convention, for transforming the American government from the most respected and admired in the world to the least trusted and most reviled. We cannot let this opinion of our leaders be transferred to the American people and the only solution is to change our leadership.

The political disaster of inaugurating George W. Bush allowed his failed response to Hurricane Katrina. The failure of our leaders and government to plan and execute to save lives of hard working, taxpaying Americans in spite of years of warnings and days to prepare was shocking. Americans sat and watched in paralysis, not believing that the greatest country in the world could not do better for our own citizens. We must do better. The 200 Billion spent so far in Iraq has not made us $200 billion safer and if that money had been spent on levees, roads,water supplies, cleaner air, clean coal technology, energy independence, tax relief for small business, health care coverage for kids, education and lower health insurance costs for all Americans, then we would be safer, stronger and we could have done it all with record budget surpluses like we had with President Clinton and not with the record defecits created by George W. Bush. has he done ANYTHING right? Harriet Myers? He probably sold his Enron stock before that Texas company collapsed.

Democrats have to work hard in 2006 to take back the Congress and at least put the brakes on the train wreck that is George W.Bush. Maybe W's impeachment or Cheney's resignation will be the biggest story of 2006.

 
At 12/30/2005 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that you attack John Thodos for taking his time getting all the answers and getting the cities ducks in a row, calling this secretive. Then on the other hand accusing him of hurrying the pig plant through and not finding answers. You news guys are all alike always negative.

 
At 12/30/2005 3:14 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

What "news guys"? Where? Who let them in here?

Please offer your evidence that leads you to believe that Thodos did all this supposed research into the negatives and possible consequences of this plant.

And even if he DID do the instensive study and homework you guess he did, please explain why he didn't see fit to share it with the public until a couple weeks before voting to approve the thing?

You think that's sufficient time to let residents educate themselves on this complicated project?

Point me to where Thodos helped educate his constituents as to why the plant was in their best interests. I don't remember hearing a peep from him other than his lies and obfuscations about whether he even KNEW about the project, let alone sharing all his supposed "research" with those who will have to live with the plant.

 
At 12/31/2005 4:58 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Well Benson we can only hope! I'm positive that Americans were not stupid enough to give 9/11 George a second term.
They had to have cheated! But if you will sacrifice 3,000 American civilian and 2,121 military lives for ones own political expediancy, need I say more?
It is not much of a strech to see the Rove/Cheney/Bushies cheat on an election!
Over some pretend terrorists we have started a quagmire that will never end!

 
At 1/03/2006 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone knows that this is a site owned by the Dispatch. Same negative attacks on Thodos that we see from your employer.

 
At 1/03/2006 4:18 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon, don't assume "everyone" shares your wacky idea.

This site is "owned" by no one other than myself, and I am not affiliated with, employed by, associated with, nor influenced by the Dispatch, or any other media outlet.

These often dim-witted attempts to invent conspiracy fantasies about anyone who prints negative, but true, stories about their "guy" is pretty childish.

It's kind of disappointing that this occurs so often in this area.

I might add that I've yet to see ANY evidence that Thodos either did extensive research into the way the Triumph plant would work, whether it's smell will be a problem, whether it will cause flood hazzards, what it will do to property values, what long term effects all the millions of dollars of hand outs from governments will be, or whether it will end up with a majority of it's workers imported from elsewhere.

I've yet to see a single bit of evidence that, IF Thodos supposedly did what any good mayor would do, that he bothered to share it with anyone in the community.

He hid this project, flat out lied about his knowledge of it, didn't do a thing to share details of what he knew with his consituents, and rubber stamped the program and aided and abetted the developers in springing it on the public and rushing through approval so fast that it was impossible for opposition to organize.

Those, my friend, are solid facts. If you have any evidence to the contrary, by all means, provide it.

 
At 1/04/2006 6:20 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I have not yet seen any negative story about Thodos in the Dispatch other than the charges Moreno made when he lost of "dirty politics".

The dispatch appears enamoured with Thodos from my view.

 

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