November 1, 2006

Boland Discussion

If you have something to say about Rep. Mike Boland, this is the place.

Please think about what you write and try not to appear stupid. Try to remain somewhat credible in what you write.



At 11/27/2006 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dope, do you think Boland will hang up his political boots after this term?

At 11/27/2006 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the race was so close, I wonder if Boland will run again or retire?

At 11/29/2006 8:02 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

I've heard, second hand, that Rep. Boland is talking statewide again.
If that scenario is true, then he will stay in his House seat until 2010 and then run statewide. He may have his eye on the Illinois Comptroller's office, knowing that Dan Hynes will be moving up to Secretary of State or Governor.

At 12/01/2006 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boland beat a unemployeed guy from Savanna by 3 points and spent more than $600,000 of Madigan's special interest money to do it. If McNeil, Ahern, or Rumler want to be state representative they are going to have to take him out in the primary. Waiting for Boland to run statewide is a joke!

At 12/02/2006 10:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel that Jerry Lack would be a much better candidate than Ahearn and Rumler if he doesn't decide to run against Hare.

At 12/03/2006 6:23 AM, Anonymous TrueDemocrat said...

I was at Phil Hare's big event last night and noticed that Mike Boland didn't join all the rest of the Demcrats honoring Congressman Hare.

No matter what you say Dope, I think someone should run against Boland in the upcoming primary and beat him. He is truely the weak link in an otherwise solid Democrat team.

Perhaps Boland's push to get rid of the Democrat Party and go to "open primaries" will be the straw that breaks Boland's back. For if the Democrats (Gianulis, Ahern, Jacobs, Malvik, Armstrong, etc.) hadn't banded together last time and supported Boland in the General election, Haring would have won.

At 12/03/2006 10:44 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Try to stick to reality here anon... I don't know why you feel the need to make stuff up. Please point to where I've ever said no one should run against Boland. For that matter, point to any time I've said anything about what Boland should or should not do in the future.

Otherwise, stop imagining things. That would be nice.

At 12/04/2006 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Lack?

Phil would LOVE to see the man who was actually qualified to be our next Congressman run for another job, but isn't Phil going to be a bit busy fending off Schweibert's challenge to divide the party by putting his guy up against a sitting state rep. And without Phil's open support Lack's got nothing!

Interesting . . .

At 12/04/2006 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Denny Jacob's never met a beer he didn't like. . . and Mike Boland's never seen a state wide office he didn't want for himself?

Can someone tell me something new?

At 12/04/2006 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry is a lot better candidate than an unemployed Republican Whats his name. In a democratic district in a democratic year Boland did not even get the natural democratic number which shows him to be very vulnerable. You sell Lack short. He worked for the best Congressman in the country for years getting his feet wet. He has the people and the party behind him as well as Lane Evans. Lane Evans is still the driving force for Democrats in the area. Lack does not need Phil to get tarnished when he runs against the Republican "eddie Haskel" Schwiebert he can have Lane Evans do it. Lane has more juice than Phil and you saw that in the great win that Phil enjoyed. That election was Lanes win not Phils. Lane will beat Boland with Lack.

At 12/04/2006 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more I thunk about Lack's candidacy for state represetnative, the more it makes since. We can not keep bailing out Boland. In the last election labor and the local Demcrats had to do serious lifting to get people to vote for this clod.

Boland ran so poorly in the election that it singlianed the need for change. If McNeil can't make up his mind, and Ahern is waiting for Boland to drop, then Lack Makes a great deal of senses.

I don't understand why Boland wants to get rid of the Democrat Party and supports "OPEN PRIMARIES" when Democrats just elected him. And this was the important election as Boland now qualifes for three state pensiuons, and his wife two.

No woder he took that pay raise!

At 12/04/2006 8:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the next State Rep in the 71st should be and will be Dennis Ahern. He ran a positive, issues oriented campaign last time, albeit, with little money, but was talking about issues such as WIU, and the Case Plant, years before it became sexy to do so. He has a solid foundation to run from, and has shown he is articulate on the stump. It certainly has not hurt him in the parties eyes to be such a team player either, thru out the years, and in this last election cycle. I like Dennis, and when his times come, I will support him again. For now, I wish Mike Boland the best of luck, and hope to see the WIU campus pushed thru with our state contingents legislative prowess (Boland, Jacobs, Vershoore) For now, go WIU, and go QC area, here's to a smooth Democratic transition in the 71st in the future.
71st Leg. Democrat

At 12/04/2006 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem is Ahearn will miss out on his turn. Lack has Lane on his side and while Ahearn and McNeil wait on the sideline Lack will make his move. I thought that Rumler would have been a good candidate but he and the chambers decision to oppose the minimum wage increase put him out of the running. If Evans being the great stratagist that he is decides that the time is right Lack will be hard to beat. I would like to see Lack run for Congress but Lane will forbid it.

At 12/06/2006 11:39 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

All this talk about 2008 is, shall we say, premature. Why don't we wait until the Spring legislative session is over at least before yakking up a storm about the next election. Voters are sick and tired of endless campaigns.

No candidate in his or her right mind -- Ahern, Moreno, Boland, McNeil, Clinton, Gore, Harding, Hare, Truman ... whoever -- would do anything this early. Give it a rest! At least until the new year.

At 12/12/2006 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I shure hope that Lack and Evans decide for Lack to take the Rep seat from Mike Boland. This would be a huge win for Lane. Now that Lane has more time it is obvious that he has his eye on running the area.

At 12/13/2006 12:39 PM, Anonymous Dr Who said...

I heard that Jerry Lack was going to work for Dick Durbin and that Seantor Durbin is going to open an office in the Illinois Quad Cities.

If this story is true, the individuals cheerinig for Jerry Lack will probably be disappointed. Durbin isn't the type to pick a fight with a sitting Democratic Rep. Durbin knows Boland pretty well, they served together in Springfield at one time, and they are friendly.

At 12/15/2006 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boland's "scholarship fiasco" turned him into a weak general election candidate.

If Madgian hadn't funneled $700,000 in special interest money into Boland's "hot" pocket, the former reformer would have got beat by an unknow, unemployeed guy from somewhere up North.

Democrats would be wise to clean-up this mess before a strong Republican opponent knocks-off the weakened Boland. Who will take on Boland and defeat him in the upcoming Democrat primary?

At 12/18/2006 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see . . .

Leibo tried but couldn't get Boland.

So did Dennis Ahern.

Dennis got what, 30% of the vote? And that poor performance was despite the fact that he had Mike Jacobs as his de facto campaign manager.

Election before Ahern it was Cary Mirocha, and he garnered something like 20% of the vote.

Boland's seat is safe for today, and likely for tomorrow.

At 12/18/2006 12:07 PM, Anonymous HardcoreDem said...

Boland getting caught by the D/A giving a taxpayer financed scholarships to "that woman in Fulton" in exchange for campaign dough and that is not going to go away at this time or anytime soon.

In the past Madagan always bailed out Boland, but not next time. Madagan, labor and local Dems are sick of bailing out Boland time and time and time and time again.

Lane is spending a great deal of time greasing the skids for Lack!
If Lane didn't think Boland hurts our local Democrat ticket he wouldn't move Jerry Lack to a postion where he could properly launch his campaign for state Rep against Bolond, he would have had him stay on with Congressman Hare. It is no secret thatCongressman Hare dispises Bolond!!

If I am not mistaken, didn't Boland lose a primary to Jacobs and alsmost lose to Wayne "ponytail" Neels? I think that is what I remeber. Please advise.

At 12/18/2006 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jerry lack's first job if he wants to run against boland, is to stay as far away from mike jacobs as possible. that man is poison. the illinois senate dems have a pool at Norb Andys for 5 bucks, predict when during the upcoming session mike jacobs does or says something stupid. the smart money is going for january 8th between 12:55 and 2:30 PM... get your bets in for the first dousie of the year from the appointed one....

At 12/18/2006 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget that Boland only recieved three votes against Phil Hare and one of those was his and the other was his wifes.

With Madigan's purse strings tied up Boland will be without the money that it takes to win a tough primary battle. Lane Evans with the help of Phil Hare and Stenny Hoyer will keep Maigan out of this race leaving Lack in a goodd position.

At 12/19/2006 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's a big difference between rigging an appointment among party faithful and winning a primary election against a sitting representative

if Hare could have won against Boland in a primary Lane wouldn't have had to retire the way he did and rig an appointment

At 12/19/2006 3:15 PM, Anonymous Boland for Congress said...

Anon 19/12/06 08:48, or I mean Dope. You say that Boland could beat Hare. Are you crazy. Mike Boland could not beat Phil Hare with his wife running the thing. Lane decided who would win and that is the way it happened and the way it should have happened. Are you saying that Lane is faking parkinsons disease? Who are you CRAPPIN!!!

At 12/20/2006 3:02 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Sorry there my little lying coniving friend. It's not me. I don't have a dog in this fight and the comment you cite was not made by me.

I do find it interesting that you're trying to spread all sorts of crap here both supporting Boland and tearing him down as the situation strikes you.

Normally I dump crap like this, but I thought I'd give it an airing so readers could get a taste and might know what I'm talking about when I refer to the constant ridiculous pro-Jacobs anti-Boland comments I get daily, none of them straightforward or decent, but attempts to be cute and pretend to be who they're not.

At 12/20/2006 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dope you say that my remarks are crap but how about Anon 19/12/06 08:48 (Whom I do believe is you due to similarities in writting styles). Mine was a response to his silly statement.

Lets talk about that silly comment.

At 12/20/2006 9:04 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Think what you want, it wasn't me.

You're welcome to talk about the comment if you wish. I have nothing to say about it.

And this is yet another example of why people around here don't have the slightest clue about how to participate on a blog.

They insist on constantly commenting as "anonymous" which only leads to confusion and chaos, even though it would only take two seconds to at least fill in a screen name.

Maybe this area just can't handle a political blog. The smart people remain silent and the idiots come out in force.

At 12/20/2006 9:12 AM, Anonymous Skippy said...

Norb Andy's has been closed down for sometime so I hardly believe the story about bets on Jacobs. Good try though.

At 12/21/2006 6:48 PM, Anonymous Dr Who said...

The independent poll numbers I saw actually indicated that Mayor Mark would have beaten Hare and/or Jacob's and/or Boland by a more than slim margin in a 4 way Primary race. The numbers indicated that Phil would have finished 4th out of 4 among likely Democratic Primary voters.

If Lane announces his retirement 6 months earlier and the vote is by all democratic voters instead of just committeemen, it would have turned out very differently and Rock Island would be looking for a new mayor right now.

At 12/21/2006 11:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 12/29/2006 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Who. You are making this stuff up. No One would pay for a poll that makes no difference. Schwiebert didn't have a chance from the beginning because he is a Republican and an election would bear that out.

Bottom line is that Hare was and is Lane Evans guy and that is the story.

Lane decided who would follow his footsteps and he chose Hare. That is all there is to it.

At 1/05/2007 6:34 PM, Anonymous hairy reasoner said...

Your bottom line may be that Hare was and is Lane Evans guy and that is the whole story, but I AM allowed my own opinion am I not?

Personally I think our congressman is a fat **** who's lucky if he can see his own shoes let alone bend over to tie them. I'm not a Republican, in fact there was a day when I said I was proud to have Lane Evans as my Congressman.

I ain't so proud now!

At 1/15/2007 12:03 PM, Anonymous OUCH said...

Have you seen QCONLINE today? 1.35 MILLION dollars on the local rep race between Rep. Boland and Haring. Ouch. A lot of good could be done with that money. Instead all we saw were slanderous ads and thousands of trees cut down for daily mailers. This is a huge sum of money by any local standards.

At 1/15/2007 3:10 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The increasingly obscene amounts spent on all campaigns from local races to presidential is out of control.
It's a multi-billion dollar industry with many people making such big money on it that they seek to perpetuate it.

TV gets an enormous windfall for it all, printers, and most of all, the army of consultants and staffers are dependent on the continuing belief (with some truth to it) that the more you spend, the better your chances of winning.

They pound that into candidates heads because it means more dough in their pockets. It's been out of control for decades and efforts to control it have met stiff resistence from those who want to preserve the imbalance of access and influence which big donors enjoy and the lucrative campaign industry.

Perhaps someday a solution will be seriously attempted, perhaps public financing or a combination.

But every time a "fix" is applied, an army of lawyers and consultants find ways around it and it's back as bad as ever.

And with the Supreme Court equating money with speech, the effort to eliminate the cancer of money in politics is bound to be very tough.

At 1/16/2007 9:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pepsi and Coke spend five times as much money on advertising than do all the candidates in the US combined. The problem isn't the money, it's the voters.

At 1/17/2007 1:16 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Absolutely the MOST stupid and ridiculous analogy/excuse ever. You take the prize there Bubba.

That is so stupid it makes my head hurt.

Don't blame the people buying off politicians with boatloads of cash and dicating legislation to benefit only themselves... no.

Don't blame the politicians who have no sense of priciples or values and will do whatever it takes to gain and keep office including doing almost exclusively the bidding of the highest bidder among the donor elite.

Blame the poor voter who watches all this in mute horror unable to compete with the corrupt money game, being both unable to get the politician to address their concerns, and unable to compete against entrenched old style pols in elections.

Yeah, that's the ticket. It's the VOTERS FAULT..... yeah.....

At 1/17/2007 3:41 PM, Anonymous voter said...

What are you talking about? You don't even think voters are smart enough to seperate the wheat from the chaff. You won't even stand for elction. Why are you so afraid of the voters?

are you an entrenched blog master with no oversight from the people? What are you afraid of? If you are doping a good job, you will win. Right?

At 1/19/2007 10:22 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Folks, this idiot above thinks it's very clever to sent about 50 comments demanding that I run for election to run my own blog. That's like demanding a person who built a business to let their customers decide who runs it. Real bright.

This is the kind of genius I have to deal with.

The asshole, and I'm all but certain who it is, truly thinks they should control this blog, and thinks that they somehow have a right to it.

So after threats, bribes, and on and on, this is there latest monotonous ploy. Send dozens of comments acting as if this blog is some public property and I should let these chumps decide who runs it.

Well, to this bunghole, all I can say is, kiss my ass and deal with it.

It's not your blog, I don't have to run for anything, and frankly, the fact that it makes you nuts is proof to me that I'm doing things right. Thanks.

I shudder to think what a festering sinkhole you'd turn this into anyway. Despite hundreds of vapid meaningless comments, you haven't had a thing to say that made sense.

I think you better just stick to politics. As I've had the displeasure to find out, evidently the standards there are much, much lower. (if there are standards at all.)

At 1/25/2007 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is Mary Boland's role at South Moline Township and what are her hours? Is this a "no-show" job?

At 1/26/2007 10:09 AM, Anonymous Indy Know said...

Mary Boland is a SM Township Trustee, it's not an appointed position, nor is it a "job". Trustee is a position that's elected to office by the voters.

Trustees attend scheduled Township meetings and vote on the business before them, much the same as a member of a City Council. Trustee's compensation is relatively modest, it's nothing approaching that of the Supervisor or Road Comissioner, in the range of a couple thousand dollars per annum. Trustees don't directly "dole out" jobs like the Supervisor or Road Comissioner either.

At 1/31/2007 12:58 PM, Anonymous mango said...

If Mary Boland as an elected South Moline Trustee has "no control" over the township, why do we pay her at all?

Should get rid of her job!

At 1/31/2007 2:22 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The person above has sent in about a dozen comments dripping with hate for Mary Boland and blaming her single-handedly for every problem with township government, except when he tries to blame her husband for it as well.

Why the intense hatred? Any reason for your obsessive focus on one trustee when there's so many others who share responsibility and have more power than Mary Boland?

At 2/01/2007 8:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is going on in SOuth Moline? Why are my taxes going up 109%?

At 2/02/2007 9:01 AM, Anonymous smvoter said...

Don't dare ask Mary Boland about the tax increase, or the Dope will come down on you. After all, Boland gets the money, summer jobs and pension, but according to the Dope it's "unfair" to hold Boland responsible for what is going on at the Township as Mary is only an elected, voting member of the board.

At 2/09/2007 9:55 AM, Anonymous madhatter said...

Not only is Mary Boland an elected Township Trustee, but she is the longest serving trustee in South Moline. As a senior member, Boland enjoys perks of leadership and uses her clout to facilitate board discussions and acts. To suggest Boland isn't responsible for raising taxes 109% on the taxpayers of South Moline is wrong!

At 2/10/2007 10:20 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dear Boland basher,

What you conveniently ignore is the fact that no one is suggesting Boland bears NO responsibility at all for anything. As a township trustee, of course she is involved.

In repeatedly (and boringly) repeating the false notion that she and she alone is responsible for everything you don't like, (and neither do I) you're lying and distorting things as usual.

It's just that she doesn't bear ALL the responsibility, as you're trying so hard to suggest.

Hope that clears things up.

At 2/13/2007 12:43 PM, Anonymous taxman said...

As one of three elected South Moline Trustees, Boland voted for a 109% tax increase.

If Boland can't take the heat, she should stop raising taxes.

Boland gets the pay, pension and perks, and we get the shaft!


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