October 18, 2006

Hare/Zinga forum tonight at Augie's Centennial Hall

Anyone interested can catch what will likely be the last joint appearance of 17th District congressional candidates Phil Hare and Andrea Zinga tonight.
The "forum" will be held at Augustana College's Centennial Hall, northwest corner of 37th Street and 7th Avenue in Rock Island with doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the fun slated to begin a half hour later.

The whole shebang is free and open to the public.


At 10/18/2006 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was not the only debate of the night. I went to the forum on education at the Moline library tonight. What a show. Boland and Haring did not disappoint. Haring's major theme being that he will work with his fellow legislators and that he will lead the area. He also said that he would not be involved in the pay for play political game that is a theme for his opponent. Boland snapped back with his work for education. He stated that he was a teacher and that he knows the issues. Boland went on to say all that he has done to keep utility rates low.
The highlight of the evening was James Beals showing up an hour and a half late to the event looking out of place. He went on to say that he was a working man and didn't have time to run for politics. He then went on to say that he is really a democrat but for the fact that he lost a child that was aborted by one of his lady friends. This was a little bit more information than we in the audiance needed to know. He said that he didn't have a say in the matter and that now he is a republican and favors abortions for anyone under 18 but is against them under any circumstances for those over 18. He then went on to say that he understands Boland's plight with the scholarship issue as he was awarded his scholarship to West Point from Lane Evans. Jacobs was quick to point out that Beals turned his back on Lane Evans with an editorial speaking out against the then young congresman Evans after recieving this scholarship. Jacobs was solid on the he and Boland starting the early childhood education and had some good points about alternative financing of a riverfront campus if traditional financing is not passed in the capital budget. It was a fantastic night for we the people to see these candidates face of in their final appearance together in public.

At 10/18/2006 10:15 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Thanks for that round-up of the event.

Good to see the candidates squaring off though. But I'd certainly not call these things "debates".

True debates rarely occur in local politics it seems, having been thrown out in favor of goofy little joint appearances they call forums which amount to both candidates giving their stump speeches without being challenged too hard about anything or being able to ask questions of each other.

Sorry that no one thought to let the blog know in advance of this event. Guess they didn't want too many people to know about it.

Was there a musical interlude on the grand piano by any chance?

At 10/18/2006 11:49 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

I'd like to follow up on the previous and anonymous post about the forum/debate at the Moline Public Library tonight. The forum was publicized in an article in today's ARGUS and DISPATCH but obviously got drowned out by the bigger Hare-Zinga match-up (which I hear Hare won).

Anyway, I'll sum up the Early Childhood education forum with Boland-Haring-Jacobs-Beals this way: I hope our legislative team of Jacobs and Boland wins on November 7.

Haring and Beals were unimpressive. Beals sounded sincere, but didn't have a new idea to present other than to say he's a businessman who believes in fiscal integrity. Haring sounded like a right-wing evangelical preacher at times, and even wandered into the audience (ala Phil Donahue).

Boland and Jacobs sounded more informed and responsive to the questions about child poverty, education, early childhood education, etc. And Boland kept his cool despite the Illinois GOP mudslinging campaign that's been going on for several weeks.

At 10/19/2006 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could not believe my ears when I heard Beals talk about responsability of parents and then go on to say that he got a girl preagnant and she aborted the baby that is why he is a republican. First off the fact that he got a girl pregnant while not married is not something to brag about when you are telling parents that they should be more responsable with their children. I agree with accountability of parents, but If you live in a glass house you should not throw stones. Beals stabbing Lane Evans a personal friend of mine is unacceptable. Beals would have done better if he had not showed up at all.

At 10/19/2006 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I asked Lane if he was personal friends with anonymous, and he said he wasn't sure.

Secondly, saying that Beals can't give parents advise about accountibility is like saying that a former drug addict can't tell their kids not to do drugs.

I prefer politicians (and people in general) who will tell the truth rather than try to lie or cover up the truth.

Beals gets points for that, though I think his positions are not winners and that he's looking increasingly marginal.

Once again Mike Jacobs has no opposition to speak of, but of course they'll still spend tons of money and his supporters will bash and smear with reckless abandon.

What else can they do? Like the Republicans, there's not much positive to run on.

At 10/19/2006 9:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about some talk about the Hare/ Zinga debate? Some of us were working then, and couldn't make it.

At 10/19/2006 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think they are spending much money in the Senate race from what I've seen. I heard Beals has a few billboards and I've seen that Jacobs has a handful of yard signs up. I haven't had a mailer from either candidate. No phone calls canvasing me like I've had for Boland. Plus I've had at least one or two mailers from Boland every week. That's where the money is being spent. In the 72st rep race.

At 10/19/2006 11:06 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

True. Not much besides yard signs in the senate race, but lots of mailers for Boland and of course, the negative ads from the state party on behalf of Haring

At 10/19/2006 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of TV commercials on boths sides for representative. That has to be expensive. They are showing both sides during the 10 o'clock news on 8. Phone calls and people going door to door can't be free either. I would assume that mailers are very expensive. I've received them from Rep. Boland and from Haring both. Boland's people have been at my door twice. I had people calling me wanting to know which one of these guys I was gonna vote for and what was the most important issue to me.

All the other races seem quiet in comparison. The senate race seems to be the quietest of all.

At 10/19/2006 12:17 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I saw the bit on the news last night and it looked like Hare outshined Zinga at every move and on every question. Today's paper was much the same.

Hare seems well informed and poised to be a great Congressman for us. He gets my vote!!

At 10/19/2006 3:38 PM, Anonymous zinged again said...


Do you think that you might be dealing from a somewhat slanted position? (You saw a short clip on the news and you think that 20-seconds showed..."Hare outshined Zinga at EVERY move and EVERY question").

You are amazing to get all of that out of such a short clip!

He's an office manager and he will be a terrible congressman - likely better than Zinga, but terrible nonetheless.

At 10/19/2006 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ask Lane about James Beals and you will get an earfull. Beals stabbed Lane in the back over his West Point deal. He is a real loose cannon that the Republicans are even afraid of.

At 10/28/2006 9:38 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Zinged -- stop drinking the kool aide and wake up.

Hare is well informed and I have seen him speak in depth to all the issues I care about at many other meetings. The only reason I missed the debate was my class schedule. However, I saw the news reports and read the paper which is much more than you have done based on your brash uninformed statement here today.

Do your homework and find out the facts before you go off the deep end. Phil Hare had been a district rep for over 2 decades and has worked with 100 thousand individuals in our district.

Zinga - has not done much but read the news and get fired for not doing an adequate job at that. She has no idea what is important to me - only what rich people care about. She is a wealthy woman of big old money and farm income who doesn't need a job but since she is unemployed, she wants something to do.....

Send her packing and vote for Phil Hare for Congress!


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