April 30, 2006

Sen. Mike Jacobs discussion

I've invited Senator Jacobs to provide a statement pointing up his accomplishments in office, current issues and/or legislation he's working on, and his views on issues of importance in the future as well as any other topics he'd like to address.
I will post it here if and when I receive it.

This will be a permanent home for discussion of Senator Jacobs. Please keep comments civil and responsible. I will provide a link to this discussion as well as discussion threads for State Congressmen Boland and Verschoore and Congressman Lane Evans, and others in the sidebar for future reference.

NOTE: A few of the comment threads with discussion related to Sen. Jacobs can be found:

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121 Comments:

At 10/20/2005 11:47 AM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

I think State Sen. Mike Jacobs is off to a fine start, and thanks for giving us this opportunity, Ms. Dope.

He has voted with labor, I think, 98% of the time. He was worked well with Representatives Mike Boland and Pat Verschoore. He has been a strong supporter of the QC arts community.
He has been a strong voice for kids. He is pushing economic development and he also supported a massive increase in funding for education.

Obviously, his years of assisting his father are paying off for his district because he knows how to introduce and pass a bill in Springfield.

 
At 10/20/2005 1:00 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

You better check the labor record Young Dem... I doubt seriously it is anywhere near 98% for labor. Check with the locals and see for yourself.

Perhaps the senator will mention his record fully if he writes an article. If he it is a record he is proud of let him show it to us.

I await with interest.

 
At 10/20/2005 10:35 PM, Blogger shamalamadingdong21 said...

Don't get hung up on voting records. Our legislators job is to balance the overall good of the State of Illinois, the District they represent and the needs of individuals. The laws proposed which are brought to a vote are often imperfect and a vote must be cast against one bill and in favor of another which accomplishes the intended goal. Often amendments are added which poison the bill which was supported by labor or the Chamber of Commerce or the Sierra Club, whatever and then we add up a score like a batting average.

I want a Senator who listens to all sides and votes his conscience and doesn't cast a vote because he is trying to increase his average with a particular special interest group. I also want to hear his explanation as to how he weighed the options and reached his decision. I can agree to disagree with someone and build a relationship that will provide benefits in the future.

I don't understand why maybesomeday is always so quick to criticize and so slow to offer provocative insight or solutions. Let me hear your ideas and your solutions, not your pessimism and complaints.


Now do I think that organized labor is right on most issues? Yes. But I also know that we need health care reform and workers who live healthier lifestyles and take responsibility for their personal actions and employers who make the right choices in managing costs.

We can be right all of the time, but as my wise father told me many times "I'd rather be wrong occasionally than dead right once."

 
At 10/21/2005 12:12 AM, Blogger indy said...

I just want a Senator that has enough guts to run for office without his Daddy giving it to him!

 
At 10/21/2005 1:18 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

They said the same about Robert Kennedy and he went on to become one of the most active and effective attorney generals in American history.

 
At 10/21/2005 11:49 AM, Blogger diehard said...

In your dreams Jacobs!

 
At 10/21/2005 4:48 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Please try to keep the comments a bit more civil, eh? Don't make me resort to yanking them.

 
At 10/21/2005 4:49 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And Youngridemocrat,

I hope to receive something from Jacobs which will provide us all with something more specific than "voted with" "worked well with" "strong supporter of" "strong voice", "pushing" for something, or "supporting" something.

What were the votes? Examples of "strong support" for the arts. How has he been a "strong voice" for kids? How has he "pushed" for economic development, and how did he support a increase in education funding?

Also, I'd note that working well with other members of the local legislative contingent should kind of be a given, shouldn't it? But perhaps it is an accomplishment given the situation.

And is it really notable for a politician to push for economic development, stand up for kids, or support funding for education?
Considering the alternatives, being against economic development, kids, and education funding, is that really noble?

I'm sure Jacobs has supported and worked for many worthy efforts and issues and I hope we might get some specifics at some point.

 
At 10/22/2005 8:58 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I hardly think asking for a definitive record on the voting for an issue -- say labor is being negative...especially when someone claims it is a certain percentage as youngdem says. Is he/she sure??? Or just spouting what they have heard or rumored? I have heard the contraray - lots less than 98% in favor of labor issues.

All I am doing is asking the question Shama and youngdem and Dope.

Hey, if you know so much Shamaa, tell us what the labor record is for young Sen Jacobs? You act like you know it all.

I am waiting for a straight answer from someone.

 
At 10/23/2005 9:37 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

The AFL-CIO has yet to release it's 2005 ratings. But since you raised the question maybesomeday, in your mind what kind of score does Young Senator Jacobs need to be considered "pro-labor?" 100%, 90%, 80%, 70%, 60%, 50%, which?

 
At 10/24/2005 8:17 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Now boys and girls, stop fighting, you're both good looking.
Don't make me pull over this blog!

The only way to clear things up, HeadUsher, is to submit a piece for the blog showing Sen. Mike's accomplishments, goals, etc.
They don't have to be earth-shattering. Just honest.

As Obama said about being a freshman Senator, he expects to be sharpening pencils for his first year or two.

When the AFL-CIO numbers come out, please share them with us.

What MaybeSomeday thinks is the threshold for good or bad is only one person's opinion.

Let the numbers speak for themselves, and if you feel they need a little explanation, then by all means provide some.
This ain't rocket science. (thankfully)

 
At 10/24/2005 12:37 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

To ... Inside Dope, Maybesomeday and all else

Here is Senator Mike Jacobs' specific record of voting for labor bills during his first year in office.

Organized labor asked Senator Jacobs to support the following bills, and he did!

HB 1308, HB 500, HB 188, HB 1370, HB 43, HB 1480, HB 3470, HB 1313, HB1368, HB 1568, HB 2460, HB 915, HB 1100, HB 1480, HB 2528, HB 3471, SB 1791, SB 1792, HB 3485, HB 399, HB 872, HB 3752, SB 1699, SB 500, SB 760, SB293, HB 43, HB 324, HB 1313, HB 1402, SB 239, SRJ 13, HB 4074, HB 2564, HB 2577.

On top of all those bills Jacobs supported to help labor, he co-sponsored their worker's compentation re=write which passed (SB 9).

Those are facts, indisputable facts.

 
At 10/24/2005 2:36 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

"indisputable facts"???

Looks like a bunch of otherwise meaningless numbers and letters to me and to anyone who doesn't happen to work in Springfield at the capitol.

Without any bill titles or a clue as to what these bills were, that means nothing to people at all.

If you're going to be the courier between the Jacobs office and the blog, please do a more thorough job and submit something to me via e-mail.

I'll try to provide more info on the jumble of bills as I have time.

 
At 10/24/2005 6:23 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

All I have to say is the labor unions are not happy with the new Senator's voting record thus far. Mike needs to make a better effort to hear their issues.

Methinks that young Mike is bending too far towards the business community and not anywhere near leaning towards the average workers' issues and that is why labor leaders who care about their memberships are grumbling about the labor record or lack thereof. If Mike thinks the labor split with the Fed etc gives him latitude to ignore labor because of that little civil war - then he is sadly mistaken. There will always be many important leaders who feel that the issues of working men and women take priority.

The Dope is correct in that bill numbers mean nothing without more detail such as the title of the bill and how the vote went down - pass or fail and how the Senator voted.

For youngdem to claim 98% positive labor record for Mike without any material to back it up is just irresponsible and reckless and serves no purpose except to puff up your chest and make claims with no substance.

I could say I was a millionaire too but without the money in the bank that statement is meaningless. You get my drift I hope youngdem....

 
At 10/24/2005 8:39 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

The following are bills the Illinois AFL-CIO and the QC labor leaders concluded were their top priorities for the 2005 legislative session. To repeat myself, State Sen. Mike Jacobs voted with labor 98% of the time and with business 2% of the time.
Again, 98% with labor, 2% with business.

There is no doubt that business leaders must be irate with the new Senator, but they don't realize that Mike Jacobs' grandfather and father were both chairmen of the labor committees in the General Assembly. They don't know that Mike Jacobs has been a member of three local unions, and that he picketed for months with one of his unions. They don't know his labor roots run very deep.

HB 1308 - state services accountability

HB 500 two-tier health insurance

HB 188 prevailing wage payroll

HB 1370 prevailing wage penalties

SB 6 parental leave extension

SB 1699 steel industry development

HB 43 construction restroom facility

HB 1480 employee picketing rights

HB 3470 paid family medical leave

HB 1368 separe fire-police duties

HB 1568 employment termination

HB 2460 child labor

HB 1100 payday loan reform

HB 1480 picketing

HB 2528 state facilities closure

HB 3471 day and temp labor services

SB 1750 employee benefits

SB 500 minority film support

HB 1313 public labor fire act

HB 872 plumbing contractors rights

These represent just HALF of the bills State Sen. Mike Jacobs voted with labor on this year. These are labor's top priority bills.

Jacobs' 98% voting record may disturb business, but Democrats can be very proud of his record.

 
At 10/24/2005 8:51 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

Misses Dope, you asked earlier about Sen. Jacobs support of the arts, and I assume you are also a strong supporter of the arts like Mike.

The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Jacobs just pulled more than $189,000 worth of grants from the State of Illinois for LOCAL QC ARTS ORGANIZATIONS. That's a huge victory for QC arts. They had the reception at Augustana College last week.

Instead of tooting his horn, Sen. Mike Jacobs quietly goes about his work for the arts. He loves the arts.

I also think he has worked out a good working relationship with the Chair of the Illinois Arts Council, Shirley Madigan, wife of House Speaker Michael Madigan. That will help the QC arts as well.

 
At 10/25/2005 12:08 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Maybesomeday,

You are so quite! Are you okay?

 
At 10/25/2005 6:13 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Usher are you ok? Your guy has been making a fool of himself these days and you know it.

I hope that the record above has not sidetracked other important issues for labor. It's dam near impossible unless you live in Springfeld to look up the stuff yourself and our media doesn't report any voting for us in Springfield like they do DC. Drat. I still don't believe it's 98%. I think someone is fudging a bit here.

Dope, please give us an unbiased report to clear the air.

Usher you can eat your own pudding and choke on it.... Pretty hard to eat and talk about yourself 24/7 isn't it. See ya at Blue Ribbon.

 
At 10/25/2005 8:00 PM, Blogger indy said...

Pat Verschoore was picked by the Jacobs to replace their buddy, fellow Republican Joel Brunsvold.
John Gianulis and Lane Evans were for Mike Darrow.
The main reason they picked Verschoore is that Mike Jacobs is scared shitless of Mike Darrow.
In an even race Darrow would beat Jacobs. I hope you pull papers and run Darrow!
Senator Mike Darrow!!

 
At 10/26/2005 12:33 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Youngridem,

Thank you for at least providing some bill titles and further background to the bills you've mentioned. It's appreciated and illuminating.

But you then coo thusly: "Instead of tooting his horn, Sen. Mike Jacobs quietly goes about his work for the arts. He loves the arts."

heh heh. Those "arts", gotta love 'em.

Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer ends up as Mayor Quimby's body guard and they attend a dinner theatre production of "Guys and Dolls" staring Ned Flanders and Marge Simpson. The mobster Fat Tony is out to kill Quimby.

Homer spots Mr. Burns, Fat Tony, and the Lovejoys, and does a double- take after seeing the gangster, who lifts his glass in greetings to Homer.

Homer: All right, Fat Tony, if it's trouble with Quimby you're after ...

Fat Tony: Please. I am only here as a devotee of the lively arts.

I'm sure that will be Sen. Mike's epitaph, "He was a devotee of the lively arts."

And the day Mike goes about his business quietly is the day I'll send a fat check to the George W. Bush Presidential Library Fund.

 
At 10/27/2005 10:50 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Maybesomeday,

Did you see where the Illinois Farm Bureau named Senator Mike Jacobs the single most supportive member of the 2005 General Assembly on issues important to agriculture?

That's right, Senator Mike Jacobs earned the highest agriculture rating in the State of Illinois (87.5%)!

Congrats Mike!

Next time you see Sen. Jacobs at the Blue Ribon, feel free to by him a drink!

 
At 10/27/2005 6:02 PM, Blogger Slack-jawed Yokel said...

Sen. Jacobs deserves credit for making the Farm Bureau happy, though that fact means nothing as far as support for family farms or rural families, and is more an indicator of support for ethanol programs and continued huge farm subsidies for the increasing number of corporate farms.

And why should I be the first non-lobbyist to buy Sen. Mike a drink? With that open-ended account down there and his campaign fund into some comfortable numbers, it's Sen. Mike that should be springing for his lowly constituents refreshments, the vast majority of whom couldn't afford to walk through the door of the Blue Ribbon, let alone buy their beloved Senator a $9 cocktail.

And as an aside Dope, don't let the bastards get you down. They always attack the messenger. Screw 'em.

Like all bullies, if they push too far, just bop 'em in the nose. They'll go away. They don't like it when the little guy fights back.

 
At 10/27/2005 10:50 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

I hate to break it to you slacker, but half the households in the Illnois Quad Cities earn more than $37,000 a year. In fact, 19.7 percent of them make more than $50,000 a year. So in the scheme of thing Slacker --- a "$4.25 whiskey" seems within the grasp of most people.

Now I realize that you are having finacial trouble Slacker, but one generally gets out of life what one puts in it. So, if continue to sit around and smoke meth all day, your life will continue to suck! Although it's likely too late for you, I am more than willing to help your child find a more suitable home in which to grow and prosper!

If your interested in my offer slacker, please let the dope know, as he knows best how to contact me!

 
At 10/28/2005 6:31 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Exactly what did Mike Jacobs put into anything except his birthname?? How did that blue ribbon cocktail go from $9 to $4.25? What math is that?

Mike Jacobs has never worked, he is arrogant and beyond belief? He does nothing but embarrass the community when he is at events and he's over the top in his crazy behaviour.

This response by headusher is further proof that our new appointed senator is not worthy to represent us!!

The farm bureau?? They are a bunch of Republicans who regularly beat up on the front line Dems in their publications. Read their "activator" magazine and see that they consistently endores only republicans for every single office - except they always kissed Joel Brunsvold every year. This is further proof to me that Mike Jacobs is a Republican in Democrat clothing - faker!!! He is a farce as a Dem... what a joke. When I see his endorsement by the Farm bureau activator - then I will know - he's another Joel B....

Exactly what we don't need in RI County again!

 
At 10/28/2005 1:13 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Usher, look who is talking about jobs and work? You are not too good on the work ethic yourself...

I have a great job and even if I didn't you would be the last person I would go to for help or advice.

I hardly need anything from you. You need my vote (among others you won't ever get) to stay in the Senate and it's not gonna happen......

Take your own advice from your earlier post - first and foremost - Get a job yourself you big slacker.

 
At 10/28/2005 2:21 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

If you really do have a job maybesomeday, please go to the Blue Ribbon and buy yourself a drink! Iif you have a job why should Mike Jacobs pay your way?

For the record, Senator Mike Jacobs represents 213,593 people in the 36th District. I really doubt that he's going to miss your crummy vote!

By the way, I heard that Illinois Senator Mike Jacobs is shopping around for a handpicked primary opponent to silence his critics once and for all!

 
At 10/29/2005 7:56 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

UPDATE

Senator Mike Jacobs has apperantly found "a stalking horse" to oppose himm in the upcoming Democrat primary. Watch for an announcement regarding this matter sometime soon!

 
At 10/29/2005 6:05 PM, Blogger Slack-jawed Yokel said...

I'm sure the thousands of readers of this blog will be pleased to know that Sen. Jacobs won't miss any of their "crummy" votes.

Thanks for that.

 
At 10/29/2005 6:23 PM, Blogger illinoisone said...

Don't worry Yokel I wasn't going to vote for Appointee Jacobs anyway!
But after reading some of the negative stuff he has written to other bloggers and said about people I am really repulsed!
I can tell he is not a man that either likes or respects women!

 
At 10/29/2005 6:24 PM, Blogger Slack-jawed Yokel said...

A typical message from bizzaroworld from the always creative HeadUsher:

--but half the households in the Illnois Quad Cities earn more than $37,000 a year. In fact, 19.7 percent of them make more than $50,000 a year. So in the scheme of thing Slacker --- a "$4.25 whiskey" seems within the grasp of most people.--

What an out-of-touch bozo! I can't believe what I read here sometimes. Such callousness, such stupidity, such BALLS.

First of all, I have no idea if you graduated from anything but I suggest you ask for your money back.

Less than 20% of anything does NOT constitute "most" of anything, at least not on this planet.

As a 9 year old could tell you, "most" usually means... well, most. As in over half.

Clearly you're only interested in representing a fraction of your constituents.. those with average or above incomes.

Accounting for the fact that there are likely a handful of extremely wealthy people in the area, which skews the average higher, that means that you are only interested in about a third of the people you represent.

It's proof positive of the fact that you're like Bush... utterly out of touch and living in a cocoon of affluence and hundreds of thousands of dollars while a family of four earning your average income has to scrimp and budget to get by, and could be ruined by health problems at any moment.

They're not going to be tipping the $9 drinks you feel they should afford anytime soon. And if they do, it won't be almost every night of the week, I can assure you that, and they won't be buying it for you, who, as you stated above, don't give a damn about their "crummy" vote anyway.

 
At 10/30/2005 12:32 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

"I really doubt that he's going to miss YOUR crummy vote."

-TheHeadUsher

Slacker,

When you smear someone, you have to be carefull that the backsplash doesn't hit you in the face!

 
At 10/30/2005 9:13 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

If you see Mike Jacobs at the local tavern, feel free to by him a drink. Afterall, Senator Mike Jacobs earned it last week when he pushed the All Kids program through the Illinois Senate. As a result, 4391 kids in the 36th District now have affordable, comprehensive health care.

Not a bad accomlishment for 7 months in office!

 
At 10/30/2005 9:16 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Usher as you have been told numerous times - take your own advice you big moron!

I agree with Slackjaw and ILone about Mike Jacobs - he's so sickening it is not funny. Now he is proud he found a lapdog boy to run a fake campaign against him to try to legitimize his ascent to office courtesy of his bozo like appointment?

What kind of democracy is he involved with anyway? Yes, he seems quite Bushite in his actions as a young senator and may never be able to remove the paper hat he never earned in the first place....

I believe Mike Jacobs is really a republican anyway and the posts above further show it in his descriptions of average family incomes. He is clueless - but then when you never have to work or worry about any money issues and never have to really do anything and everything is given to you - you tend to see the world in a Bushite type of lens -- and it's very unrealistic for those folks. People like Bush and Mike Jacobs are just out of touch with any of the voters!!!

 
At 10/30/2005 1:13 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

I hear Sen. Mike Jacobs was a big hit last night at the Carroll County Democratic dinner. He joined State Rep. Mike Boland and both talked about the positive effects of having a unified Democratic legislative team. To further his commitment to party building, apparently Jacobs made a major donation to the Carroll County Democrats to help them recruit new young talent in the region.

Kudos to Sen. Jacobs.

 
At 10/31/2005 9:47 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Yes, this is something Illinois Senator Mike Jacobs has been quietly doing for some time now.

A couple of weeks ago I watched him present a thousand dollar check to the Henry County Democrats. I heard that Jacobs presented the same amout to the Democrat Chairman in Whiteside, Henry and Carroll.

I also understand Senator Jacobs has been very generous to Congressman Lane Evans giving him more than $2,000 in donations.

Furthermore, Denny and Mike funded Jeff Terronez's Campaign for States Attorney and Pat OBrien's campaign for mayor.

It's rare to see a freshamn politcan give so much money to other politcans without being asked to do so!

I heard that Jacobs has also given a tens of thousands of dollars to schools, the boy scouts, law enforcemnt organizations and other worthy local charities. If possible, please infrom me of any other area politcan that has given his campaign money so freely?

Well, go ahead!

 
At 10/31/2005 12:35 PM, Blogger Slack-jawed Yokel said...

Inform us of any other local politician that has remotely as much campaign cash laying around as Jacobs. Then we'll talk.

The fact is HeadUsher, that you're an utter jerk, and you're not doing your boss any favors. If you're the "unofficial blog spokesman", I suggest that Sen. Mike take your keyboard away before your stupidity costs him a lot of votes and creates even more ill-will towards him.

You're a disgrace to anyone's campaign, Republican, Democrat, or other, and that's a fact no one could dispute.

As a matter of fact, you need your own "spokesman", seeing as you make an ass out of yourself every time your fingers touch the keys.

Give it some thought.

Oh wait, I forgot. Never mind...

 
At 10/31/2005 5:20 PM, Blogger stilltheheadusher said...

Lane Evans raises a million dollars a year in PAC money. So please slacker, feel free to check his finaical records and tell us all about all the money he gives to others! As long as you are at it, feel free to check Boland and Verschoore's financial reports as well. I think this exercise is going to open a lot of eyes, even the DOPES if he isn't too drunk!hat is possible.

I fully realize that some people are unable to see the truth even when it's in balck and white!

 
At 11/01/2005 12:20 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

One thing is for sure, the local Democrat ticket of Lane Evans, Mike Jacobs, Mike Boland, and Pat Verschoore is going to be very strong this year. Regardless of who runs against who, look for all four politcans to pull in the same direction towards victory against the Republicans! Go Democrats!

 
At 11/01/2005 8:29 PM, Blogger Slack-jawed Yokel said...

You seem conflicted young Headcase.

Which is it? First you're trying hard to put down other Dems as cheapos who don't donate to other Dems, then you turn around and post rah-rah cheerleading drivel for them.

What happened? Second thoughts?
Maybe there's hope for you yet.

 
At 11/02/2005 12:45 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

All I know is that Sen Mike Jacobs doesn't "quietly" do anything based on my observations. Whomever says that needs their head examined..

Oh yeah, it's usher - he is a headcase.....

 
At 11/28/2005 1:46 PM, Anonymous observer said...

I'm not some political guy, but I read this blog and find myself wondering just why Jacobs supporters seems obsessed with putting lipstick on a pig.

Why do they insult our intelligence by trying to make it seem like Jacobs has actually done anything?

It's not a shame for a rookie in the job to not have much accomplished. But it sounds really bad when they try to make essentially showing up to work sound like it's a great accomplishment.

And I read someone else saying that maybe if he didn't come off as trying to ACT like a senator and having a news conference every time he sneezes, then maybe it wouldn't be so bad.

As it stands, he looks like a panicked guy who knows he really isn't that good and is trying like hell to pull the wool over voters eyes.

 
At 12/07/2005 10:15 AM, Anonymous Jacobs supporter said...

Why doesn't Mike just follow his dad into the lobbyist business? He'd be great at that. He's personable, loves to drink, loves fine food and hanging out with very wealthy and powerful people.

He's born and bred to be a lobbyist and no doubt would be a good one.

But as a politician, he's bad, because he's just a lobbyist in politician's clothing.

Mike has no problem supporting whoever pays the highest price, and for a lobbyist, that's pretty much the name of the game. But it's not good in a politician at all.

C'mon Mike. Heed your calling, give it up and become a lobbyist. You'll make more money, have more fun, and you won't have to deal with the press reporting your every blunder.

 
At 12/08/2005 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not a big political person, but I vote and I read (a lot). My mother called me the other day, 85 years old, lives in East Moline, and said Mike Jacobs has stopped by her house while out getting petitions to run for office. She said he came in and talked for about 10 minutes with her. She told me he was one of the "nicest young men" she had ever met.

Mike, I was not a big fan of yours when you were appointed this job, but you won my mom over, and for making my moms day (our dad died last year)you have in turned won me over. Thanks again for taking the time and talking to my mother.

 
At 12/09/2005 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am pleased to see Sen. Mike Jacobs and Rep. Mike Boland working closely together to solve issues important to our area! Way to go guys!

 
At 12/09/2005 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for checking in from beyond the grave, Mr. Rodgers.

 
At 12/10/2005 5:33 PM, Anonymous Glenview Jr High class of 89 said...

Mike Jacobs inspired me from a very young age to be active in local politics. He taught me that hard work and dedication pays off I applaud his efforts in the senate in Illinois and look forward to seeing him seek higher office. It is true democrats like Mike and his father Denny, who taught me about political loyalty unlike his colleauge in the house boland, who people should know is as dishonest and unloyal as they come.

 
At 12/10/2005 5:47 PM, Anonymous George Washington University, class of '75 said...

Ahhhhh. You have learned well, Grasshopper. Jacobs good, Boland bad. You pass the Jacobs school of political thought. But since that's really the only lesson they teach, don't get too cocky.

And Mike and "higher office"? Maybe vice-president of something where he can't do too much damage.

You've GOT to be kidding me! Did they get you a job or something?

 
At 12/11/2005 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Glenview Jr Highclass of 89 mentored with Senator Mike Jacobs, he understands the concept of loyalty, but he or she also understands that politics is a game of addition, not subtraction. That's why Senator Mike Jacobs worked hard to end the fued that had existed between his father (former Senator Denny Jacobs) and Rep. Mike Boland. Now that the Rep. Mike Boland and Sen. Mike Jacobs are politcal allies, look for Boland to endorse Jacobs in the Democrat Primary and Jacobs to endorse Boland in the General election.

Upon departue from public life, Jesse White is said to favor Senator Mike Jacobs as his replacement in the Office of Secretary of State!

 
At 12/11/2005 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Mike was better suited for the well-paid do-nothing job White arranged for him to keep him off the streets before Denny handed the office to him.

 
At 12/11/2005 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Mike Jacobs has a job. His Washington DC opponent doesn't even work. It makes me wonder who is paying Rumler's bills? Is Rumler on public assistance?

 
At 12/11/2005 5:54 PM, Anonymous popinjay said...

It can be assumed that Rumler is most definitely NOT on public assistance... unlike Mike Jacobs, who's been wallowing at the public trough his entire adult life and continues to draw "public assistance" to this very day.

 
At 12/13/2005 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

popinjay,

Where does Paul Rumler stand on the proposed pork plant in East Moline? Do you think he is UNABLE or UNWILLING to tell us where he stands?

Don't you think voters have a right to know where Rumler stand on this key issue?

What is Rumler hiding? What is the big secret? Why won't Rumler tell us where he stands?

Rumler should follow the lead of Illinois Senator Mike Jacobs and be honest with voters.

You might not like Sen. Mike Jacobs, but you always know where he stands --- on his convictions!
Where are Rumler's convictions? Has Riverstone got his tongue?

 
At 12/13/2005 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like more of the "misery loves company" whining from the Jacobs camp.

Why not let Jacobs take the heat for this? Sure, Mike would pop off and hurt himself on this if he was a challenger, but that doesn't mean it's a smart idea.

When your opponent is busy harming himself, the best strategy is to just get out of the way.

 
At 12/13/2005 10:25 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

So Rumler supports building the pork plant! Thank goodness, I was starting to think this kid was a moron.

As Rumler is unemployeed, it would have been very hard to be against building a $160 million the pork plant in East Moline!

 
At 12/13/2005 10:31 PM, Anonymous John McCain said...

The above is quite possibly the most confused, ridiculous, tortured logic I've ever read in my life, and I'm not that young.

Jacobs hasn't had a job that he had to apply for and compete for in his entire adult life. If it wasn't for cushy patronage jobs that a trained chimp could perform, Mike would NEVER have had a job in his life. Now he gets APPOINTED to office and starts spouting jibberish and trying to slur his opponent for not currently having a job??!!!

What kind of freaking moron would even attempt that sort of stupidity? Oh yeah, I forgot.

And you're saying... let me get this straight... that anyone that is unemployed can't be against a filthy enormous polluting hog slaughtering operation???!!!

The reasoning behind that is astounding in it's idiocy.

There's only two possible conclusions from these sorts of comments by you...

A. You're a moron, or

B. You think everyone who votes is a moron.

There's no other conclusion.

 
At 12/14/2005 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A) Jacobs worked as a laborer at Local 309.

B) Jacobs worked as a garbage man at AFSCME.

C) Jacobs worked at Case IH as an asembler and participated in the longest strike in UAW Farm implement history.

That hardley sounds like a trough to me!

By the way McCain, why won't your unemployeed friend from Washington DC get a job like the rest of us? I hear Toys' R Us is looking for sales associates right now!

Is Rumler so self important that he won't take a job as a labroer, garbage man, assembler, retailer or pork plant worker?

Does Rumler think voters are total morons? Trust me, they are highly interested in the fact that Rumler doesn't work!

After Rumler loses the election, the unemployeed kid from DC should open a breakfast nook near to the proposed pork plant and call it, "Rumler's Waffle House!"

Rumler must think the people here are morons? We are not!

 
At 12/14/2005 10:12 AM, Anonymous John McCain said...

I take that back, THAT was the most idiotic post I've ever read.

You have the nerve to point out that Mikie was GIVEN a job as a:

1. Laborer (unskilled job given to him as a bribe or in appreciation to Denny.)

2. Garbage man (most definitely the public trough. Again, you think people are morons who wouldn't notice!)

3. Case IH (same as #1 above, and you actually try to make it seem like sitting on his ass during the longest strike in history (During which Mikie felt no pain as his co-workers and their families faced ruin) as a big asset!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!)

Again, you truly are either absolutely stupid, or you certainly think the people who read this and vote are.

And careful, your petty meanness is showing again.

Either way, it's pretty pathetic.

 
At 12/14/2005 12:06 PM, Blogger Local Dem said...

I really don't understand why Jacobs (Headusher) is going to such painstaking lengths to say that Rumler doesn't have a job, and then comment that the voters care about this.

Is it so hard to believe that Rumler planned running for this office and saved his money so he wouldn't have to work a full-time job during the 5 months of campaigning?? It sounds pretty logical to me. Although logic is often lost with Mike and his trolls.

It seems like the Jacobs camp is the only faction of our community that is obsessed with Rumler's bank account.

 
At 12/14/2005 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It must be nice to have so much money that you don't have to work for a living? It makes one wonder where Rumler got all this cash? So what was Rumler doing in Washington DC to get this kind of cash?

 
At 12/14/2005 9:45 PM, Anonymous Out with the old, in with the new said...

Kinda makes ya wonder what little Jacobs did around here to get so huge a pile of campaign cash.Hmmmm I wonder. What sort of deals and favors and giveaways were involved? After all, Jacobs prides himself at being a "backroom" sort of player... behind the scenes... I think he calls it. More like under the table.

 
At 12/15/2005 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Rmuler has no visible means of support, do you think he's taking cash under the table? Or do you think some rich Washington DC Republicans has set up a special bank account for him to draw upon? ? Or is the unemployeed kid from Washington DC simply sponging off some unsuspecting lady?

What a loser!

 
At 12/15/2005 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is everyone so concerned with the fact that Mr. Rumler is currently not working? It is not like he got fired and decided to run for state senate. I think it is admirable for a person to believe in something so much that they are willing to put their whole life into it. It is called passion and I think Mr. Jacobs could take a couple of tips from Rumler on this one.

Referring to him as a "loser" really shows why there is a need for change around here. You can say he might lose and you can say a lot of other things about him, but calling him a "loser" is unjustified. Before running your mouth you need to look in the mirror.

 
At 12/15/2005 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on anonymous.

Dope, how does this last post not qualify as smearing? Mike's trolls need to get a life.

Do you think Mike took cash under the table from the Casinos? What about the hog plant, or the carp farm? Seems like a lot of big business. I also notice that Mikey has multiple casinos and gambling based organizations that have donated to his campaign. Hmm. I also heard that Mike has personal holdings in the Casinos. Do elected officials have to disclose their portfolio the way federal employees do? It might be interesting to see what Mikey is hiding.

Rumler has run a grass roots campaign, and wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Mikey has been sponging off daddy since day one, and has done nothing but pad the wallets of big business since he's been in office. If anyone in this race is a closet Republican it is the Never Been Elected Senator Mike Jcaobs!

"What a loser!"

Dope, I won't be offended if you delete this post...as long as you delete the post above. If you publish this, that's fine too! The people should hear about this.

 
At 12/16/2005 7:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With one comment on the Thomson prison, Mike Jacobs has done more to raise awareness of this issue, then four years of Sergio Molina's wishy-washy explanations of why the prison is not open. Keep charging hard Mike, we appreciate your style!!

 
At 12/16/2005 5:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice quote about sticking your size 12 up somebody's rear end. Really classy. I don't want Mike representing our area any longer. He's already made us the butt (no pun intended) of too many jokes.

 
At 12/17/2005 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Jacobs' unemployeed opponent was asked to comment on this story, he could't muster a single qoute. Given Rumler inability to make up his mind on this issue and many others, how in the world could he lead our community.

Rumler is starting to look like Bumbler!

 
At 12/17/2005 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What article did you read??? Rumler was quoted as saying that he supported all efforts to open the Thompson prison. He refused to comment on your inappropriate quote about sticking your foot up someone's *ss. Rumler is taking the high road...something that you are incapable of doing.

And to address you comment about leading the community, I'd much rather have a representative that takes the high road when offered a cheap shot at an opponent, than someone who can't keep his foot out of his mouth (or his *ss). How many times do you have to embarrass our area until you learn your lesson?

One positive is that you are getting better at rhyming. Rumler does almost rhyme with Bumbler (not quite, but you're getting better).

 
At 12/17/2005 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THOMSON prison morons, THOMSON...
not P idiot. Unless it means P for Paul...

 
At 12/18/2005 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumbler seems incapable of making a decision. First he measure the wind before comes down firmly in the middle on the hog plant. Now he doesn't know where he stands on Thom(P)son Prision. What gives?

 
At 12/18/2005 3:09 PM, Anonymous Calvin Klein said...

You. ... give everyone a headache with your witless and silly pot-shots. Give it a rest.

 
At 12/18/2005 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest is over rated!

 
At 12/19/2005 12:46 AM, Anonymous Calvin Klein said...

...and so is Jacobs.

 
At 12/20/2005 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

...Rumler isn't know well enough to even be rated!

 
At 12/20/2005 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We already know what we are going to get with you Mike and that is nothing good. "An all-state defensive end as well as a nose tackle at Iowa that wears size 12 shoes."

At least with Rumler, there is some hope.

 
At 12/20/2005 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only hope Rumler would bring is lost hope.

 
At 12/20/2005 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That post doesn't make sense???

Excellent attempt at a comeback though.

 
At 12/21/2005 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're waiting for sense from Mike, you'll be waiting a looooooooonnng time.

 
At 1/06/2006 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good see Senator Jacobs fighting for us to get the seed money for WIU. Good to see him working with Reps. Boland and Vershoore on this. Good job Mike, keep plugging away.

 
At 1/06/2006 7:47 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks for the empty hype, anon. But no one's "seen" any of the things you say you've seen.

Please tell us where were you when you "saw" all this?

 
At 1/06/2006 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Mike was "a nose tackle at Iowa", why does his bio say his degree is from U.I.S.? Did he have trouble graduating from Iowa?

 
At 1/06/2006 3:00 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Noticed a piece in the Dispatch today which quoted Jacobs along with all the other local pols regarding a certain plan to try to get funding for the WIU campus.

It's a shame, but I had to leave his comments out of the post because he and/or his supporters have whined and complained several times suggesting that I only post about Sen. Jacobs to "get more people to go to the site".

I don't want to be accused of that, now, do I?

 
At 1/06/2006 3:02 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Noticed a piece in the Dispatch today which quoted Jacobs along with all the other local pols regarding a certain plan to try to get funding for the WIU campus.

It's a shame, but I had to leave his comments out of the post because he and/or his supporters have whined and complained several times suggesting that I only post about Sen. Jacobs to "get more people to go to the site".

Even though that's simply untrue, I wouldn't want to be accused of that, now, would I?

 
At 1/07/2006 2:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You keep mentioning his name however, over and over again. And if you look at your threads it is apparent that you get much more traffic when you do. I have seen you write this 3 times in different places on your site. Keep up the good work.

 
At 1/07/2006 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don’t know anything about his years as a Hawk but I can tell you we did think Sen. Mike Jacobs scored a touchdown with his 98% voting record with the unions. That is why he received the building trades endorsement in the upcoming election.

 
At 1/07/2006 2:36 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Now I see where you're all messed up. You consider the number of comments "traffic." No wonder you're mistaken.

Traffic is the number of individual readers who visit the site. It has nothing to do with the number of comments whatsoever.

Obviously not everyone who visits the site leaves comments.

Glad I could straighten you out.

The fact that stories which mention Jacobs draw more comments is largely due to the comments left by Jacobs or his supporters which are so inflamatory and reckless that they attract angry responses.

I'll try to do better at never mentioning his name. Sorry.

 
At 1/08/2006 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUN WITH DOPE!

Heal.

Roll-over.

Play dead.

That's a good DOPER!

DOPER good boy.

DOPER, want a treat?

DOPER love his master?

Ya, you a good DOPE! Ya.

Where's your bone? Where's your bone?

Get that bone! Get that bone!

DOPER want to go outside?

Ya, good boy!

 
At 1/09/2006 5:08 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Reallly clever there, anon. (yawn)
But just who do you think is my "master"?? This I gotta hear.

What a faxinating insight into the paranoid mindset.

 
At 1/09/2006 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There you go again. You can’t leave your fingers off Sen. Mike Jacobs. You aren’t going to bring Sen. Mike Jacobs up again one day and the next you run a cheese online chat poll. This shows your desperate attempt to get people to read and PARTICIPATE in your newsman propaganda machine. It is so apparent when you only include Sen. Mike Jacobs in your made up geek poll and not the sheriff race or the Governors race. This is getting so transparent that you are writing what you can’t print in the newspaper because it would be considered reckless. The only poll that counts is Election Day results and not this silly little chat poll.

I’m sure you will get what you want and deny at the same time, a lot more traffic and participation and for that I congratulate you.

 
At 1/09/2006 9:38 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Gee thanks. It's a pity you're so consumed with ridiculous theories. Your paranoid world must be a scary place to live.

And last I checked, we have a little time here before the elections, plenty of time for polls.

But don't get all twisted. You bitch when I mention Jacobs, you bitch when I don't, your comments are goofy and unhinged, and frankly, I'm exhausted trying to take you seriously.

Sorry, but when you've demonstrated over and over and over again that you are incapable of taking ANYTHING seriously, other than pitching hissy fits when someone says something unflattering about Jacobs, no one is going to take you seriously either.

Your ego makes Rush Limbaugh look like someone with an inferiority complex. You think the entire freaking world revolves around Mike Jacobs. The fact that you think that Jacobs is the only thing that gets people to read this blog is proof enough that you're pretty out there.

It's astounding. I just hope that it's not too crushing when you finally realize that Mike Jacobs is just an amusing sideshow who's on the road to becoming a joke if he doesn't start realizing that he works for all the people, not just himself and the few who can pay to keep him in office.

For someone who purports to speak for a state senator, you really ought to seriously consider trying to at least act like a grown up.

I'm more than willing to watch you kill yourself with a thousand cuts, but it's sure not much fun to watch.

 
At 1/10/2006 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Sen. Mike Jacobs and Rep. Pat Vershoore along with the blue ribbon committee and all the others whom worked so hard for bringing this great opportunity to educate and keep our children in the QC. I am ecstatic about this great accomplishment and look forward to this new and energetic approach to bringing good things to the their district. I never would have believed that a Freshman Sen. Mike Jacobs would be able to navigate the Springfield waters and deliver this great accomplishment for his district. The advent of the blue ribbon committee is a stroke of genius and shows his ability to work with others and delegate the credit and responsibility around. This type of leadership has made me change my perception of Sen. Mike Jacobs and he will now get my vote.

 
At 1/10/2006 8:56 AM, Anonymous Honest Abe said...

Bravo...thanks for reasuring us that bullshit is still a thriving part of politics, as is bald-faced lies and disrespect for the public's intelligence and treating them like stupid sheep.

And do you think you could guild the lily any more? But aside from the hype, don't insult us by saying that Jacobs "will now get my vote."

You're a close supporter if not Jacobs himself... (well, it can't be, it sounds too rational and there's not enough misspellings), but anyway... you're a strong Jacobs supporter, spewing obviously made up hype.

Pretending like your comment is from an actual person who was on the fence but is now voting for Jacobs is ... well... bullshit.

Go ahead, say that Jacobs and the rest did something right. Say they did well... whatever. They did.

But why, oh why, must politicians and those around them ALWAYS feel this burning need to exagerate, fabricate, and act like professional con men? (besides the fact that they often are?)

 
At 1/10/2006 8:48 PM, Blogger CountyDemo said...

Hey, I thought I was Senator Mike Jacobs. What gives? Why does anonymous 8:39 get to be Illinois Senator Mike Jacobs?

 
At 2/05/2006 12:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, why isn't Mike Jacobs going to Missouri to visit Triumph's other pork plant? He didn't wait long to take the credit for the project, and now he's backing away from it?

 
At 2/06/2006 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Mike publicly explained his expenditure to a Massage Therapist in the amount of $2000.00?

 
At 2/07/2006 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

get a train and a Major University. No need to worry your pretty little head!!
Dope, I would like to let you know of the great news. The full state of Illinois board of higher education 2007 budget includes #1 ranked opportunity on returns program request for higher education for $13.8 million to WIU QC campus. WIU officials are ecstatic about the news and have congratulated Governor Rod Blagojevich State Senator Mike Jacobs, and Rep. Pat Vershoore for their hard work and dedication without whom this project could have never been done.

This is a great day for the Illinois QC!
Great new Dope!

 
At 2/08/2006 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard this song and dance before. I'll believe it when I see the earthmovers driving around.

 
At 2/13/2006 5:08 PM, Blogger EMDEMO said...

I recently heard that Mike Jacobs is endorsing incumbent Sheriff Mike Grchan for re-election. I hope this is not true. It is time for Mr. Grchan to retire.

I like Mike Jacobs, but if he supports a candidate like Grchan, I can't vote for him. He definately is not friendly to labor.

 
At 2/17/2006 7:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bottom line voters: Mike Jacobs is all talk, no action.

First we had the train from Geneseo...

"State Sen. Mike Jacobs said Wednesday he expects Gov. Rod Blagojevich's proposed construction budget to include $20 million for a high-speed, passenger train line linking Rock Island and Geneseo."

One week later...

"Gov. Rod Blagojevich has released his proposed construction budget and there is no funding included for a high-speed rail project in the Quad-Cities."

Then there is the money for WIU:

"the 'governor’s office told me not to sweat this -- it’s a done deal.'"

One week later...

"the $13.8 million in funding that Jacobs – and many other community leaders -- had hoped for will not be a reality."

Followed immediately by this from Senator Jacobs...

"I’m not at all disappointed."

2 Causes, 2 press conferences, numerous newpaper articles, zero trains, zero Universities.

 
At 2/17/2006 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

362 days.

The opening of Thomson Prision, $2.4 million dollars to "jump start" construction of Western Illinois University, $330 million new dollars for k-12 edcucation, affordable comprehensive health insurance for every child in Illinois.

Rumler hasn't seen the ball since the kick-off.

Priceless!

 
At 2/17/2006 3:55 PM, Anonymous Ben Franklin said...

Sounds good, but take all the pixie dust out of your puffery and it's not quite as impressive.

First of all, the prison (not "prision") is only going to be operating at about 10% capacity. Sounds like more of a little dab up there to at least give folks like you something to distort and make it sound like the entire thing is up and running. To suggest so is a lie.

Secondly, Jacobs' "jump start" was a jump stop. Money down a rat hole until full funding is achieved, and without turning one shovelful of dirt on the project.

Jacobs accomplished one tiny small baby step in the process. All the rest is pure B.S.

While it's impossible to know, his constantly jumping in front of the story and trying to embarass Blago into supporting it may have actually ensured that the project was taken out of the budget.

The money for education and child health care? Now Jacobs is taking credit for things that happened while he happened to be in office? For stuff that happened by other's initiative and work?

How utterly disingenuous and slimy. I'm sure he supported the programs, but that's hardly something to whomp yourself on the back about. What's the alternative? Come out against education funding and health care coverage for children? I suppose that would have been possible, but at the same time, supporting these measures shouldn't be anywhere near a list of the "accomplishments" of Young Senator Jacobs.

Rumler's not in the game yet. But Jacobs has fumbled every time he's been allowed in on a play.

 
At 2/23/2006 4:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to Mike's website looking for some biographical info and found only press releases but there's nothing there....no surpise. Even the link to "weekly updates" is no good. Most websites have an "about" link. I was looking for something simple like how old he is. Not there. I'm not impressed. Check out Boland's site. Lots of info there. Mike, your website's as empty as your promises.

 
At 2/23/2006 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if big mike jacobs holds off his hard charging opponent, what does that say about the political effectiveness of blogs and the net?

 
At 2/23/2006 2:15 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon,

The way you word your question makes it nearly impossible to answer.

Unless of course, you think that all local blogs are anti-Jacobs and pro-Rumler, which is clearly not the case.

If you change your question to focus specifically on The Inside Dope, then the answer is.... only if you believe that the opinions expressed and what is written on this blog can change the course of an election where one candidate has a 10 to 1 money advantage, the resources of the entire party machine behind them, and the name recognition of the candidate's father who served for decades before him as a respected legislator.

If you believe that, then you're willing to attribute much more power and influence to The Inside Dope than I do. And power and influence has most certainly never been a goal or what this blog is about anyway.

But, I likewise feel that this blog most certainly does have some effect which can't be totally dismissed.

I think the influence of what's read here spreads beyond the sheer number of readers.

Traffic logs show decision makers are among the most frequent readers, with visitors from several local corporations with interest in local issues, the arsenal, state univerities, law firms, Springfield, Des Moines, and D.C. as well as Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, Sterling, Savanah, Dixon, Quincy, etc. and an average of over 700 visits per day.

The bottom line? It's anyone's guess as to how much or how little influence the blog may have, as that's really impossible to measure with any precision.

If the election is anything less than a landslide for Jacobs though, I think any reasonable person would have to at least consider the influence of this blog and others in any comprehensive analysis.

But one shouldn't ignore the fact that the election is Jacobs' to lose. He doesn't need our help.

No matter what the election result, there will no doubt be those who underestimate the influence of the blog, and those who will give it too much credit.

All that can be done is to consider the election results and speculate as to what roll the blog played in them, if any at all.

People can argue why they feel the blog had an influence and how much or how little, but it will all just be opinion, informed or otherwise.

 
At 3/06/2006 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to see a debate about the real issues. It would feature this:

Rumler (summa cum laude)
Beals (jaw wired shut)
Jacobs (supporters wish his jaw was wired shut)

 
At 3/08/2006 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jacobs is suma cum laude also for the record. He has other accomplishments since collage to talk about however. Dope you let this slack jaw say this about Beal and Jacobs. This is so your style. Integrity when it is your boy and not the other way around.

 
At 3/08/2006 1:22 PM, Anonymous marlboro man said...

Saw Jacobs on the news last night. Said he's pro-smoking (referring to a bill that limits where people can smoke, including smoking in college dorm rooms). Now, I found this to be a curious thing to say. Mike doesn't smoke, I don't believe. Why on earth would he vote against a bill that banned smoking in college dorms? And prevent fires in crowded buildings? Hmmm?

Thankfully the Dope provided us with a link to the truth (via the campaign financing site):

RJ Reynolds PO Box 2955
Winston-Salem, NC 27102
$500.00
9/22/2005 Individual Contribution to Friends of Mike Jacobs

Mike, are you really "Pro-smoking"? Or did you realize that the bill was going to pass in the senate, with or without your vote? Then figured you better show your contributors that you are fighting for their interests?

Stumping for RJ Reynolds is despicable enough, please don't put our college students into unsafe dorms while you are doing it.

For those that haven't checked out the link, please do so. It's amazing how much questionable corporate money Mike has accepted.

 
At 3/08/2006 1:41 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 13:20,

It is NOT part of the record that Jacobs was summa cum laud. As a matter of fact, a voter would have a tough time finding any bio info about Jacobs' educational record.

His brief bio on the IL Senate page, the only page devoted to him or his campaign anywhere on the planet, states that he got a B.A. from U. of I., Springfield branch, and a M.S. from Western Florida University, which I'm sure is a fine school, but one which unfortunately I've never heard of before.

If Jacobs graduated summa cum laude, there is nothing in the record to suggest it.

I'm afraid I can't simply take your word on that.

 
At 3/10/2006 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What "record" did you look at?

 
At 3/11/2006 1:14 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Did you read this part?

"His brief bio on the IL Senate page, the only page devoted to him or his campaign anywhere on the planet, states that he got a B.A. from U. of I., Springfield branch, and a M.S. from Western Florida University, which I'm sure is a fine school, but one which unfortunately I've never heard of before."

You ought to maybe re-read things to see if you missed anything before you assume it's not there.

I refer to his bio on the official Illinois senate site. The only bio that I've ever seen for him.

Again, as you can read above, it says nothing whatsoever about graduating "summa cum laud"

I did find out however, that the college he graduated from, Western Florida University in the heart of the "Redneck Riviara", is the home of the "Argonauts", though I'm sure everyone knew that but me.

 
At 3/11/2006 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if you can't find it on the internet, it must not be true?

 
At 3/11/2006 9:56 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm sorry, but it seems that a majority of Jacobs supporters find it simply impossible to use normal logic without twisting crap all around.

NO... that's NOT what I said at all. But if I can't find it ANYWHERE that means that I'm sure as hell not going to take some anonymous commenters word for it. After reading the lies and distortions and ridiculous arguments here in support of Jacobs for about 10 long months here, I'm not inclined to take anything I hear from that direction at face value.

 
At 3/12/2006 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the Argus/Dispatch sorta gave Jacobs the nod although it was hard to tell. They had nothing but praise for Rumler so it was a little hard to tell they were endorsing Jacobs. 'Course it really matters that Mike, "knows where the bathrooms are", [at the capital]. I guess that comes in handy when you are "full of it".

 
At 3/13/2006 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That may be the funniest post of the year. I laughed out loud.

 
At 3/16/2006 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Senator Mike Jacobs! And good luck on Tuesday. I'm sure you'll be victorious by plenty.

 
At 3/16/2006 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, a great shot of confidence for Mike. Unfortunately what he needs to be effective is a little humility.

Perhaps everyone else has forgotten, but I haven't, in fact, here's a little forgotten piece from the Rock Island Argus:

Veteran political consultant Mike Jacobs is a $55,000-a-year regional customer services representative who works out of HIS HOME. He got the job with help from his father, Sen. Denny Jacobs, D-East Moline.
"I put in a word for him to get the job," the elder Jacobs said.
Jesse White said, "If I can do something for him, I'll do it."


How much luck can one guy have. He's got mindless zombies supporting him on the blogs, a work from home job making 55,000 given to him by his father, and even a seat in the Illinois Senate handed to him.

If he could spell at higher than a 3rd grade level I'd say he was the luckiest guy around.

 
At 3/16/2006 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucky like a fox in a hen house...

 
At 3/17/2006 3:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox? Mike can't tie his shoes without Denny's help.

 
At 3/19/2006 10:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, Mike has a MASTERS DEGREE in political science. No one seems to remember that.

 
At 3/22/2006 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to you and your family Senator Jacobs!

 
At 3/22/2006 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job Senator! You have been elected! Dope is right that no one can take that away from you!

 
At 3/24/2006 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What?! No comments from the dope since the 11th. Hmmm...is that because your time on this planet has run out? You, are sorry...this blog, is sorry...and MIKE JACOBS is THE Senator of the 36th District. Sorry Paul, Sorry Dope, Sorry Boland...oh wait, you guys already knew you were SORRY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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