Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Millionaires Over Medicare

The choice between President Obama and Mitt Romney became even more stark today with the selection of Paul Ryan as Romney’s Vice President.  From Mitt Romney, the message is clear:  Millionaires over Medicare.

In choosing Ryan, Mitt Romney has now doubled down in support of an extreme economic plan, clearly spelled out in the controversial Republican budget that Paul Ryan authored, that takes from the poor and middle class and further enriches the wealthiest Americans.  President Obama has called this “Robinhood in Reverse…Romneyhood.”

Jan's Story

We wanted to share with you some excerpts from a recent article by Rick Perlstein, author of the book Nixonland.  Perlstein's article is titled, "Why Occupy Needs to Start Making Demands," and tells the story of how Jan started on her path of activism, and how the Occupy movement can learn lessons from past Progressive victories.

…stories like the one Schakowsky told me next, sitting on her Michigan City porch, about how she became a warrior for justice in the first place, and how in the process she built an army.
It was 1969. Schakowsky was a housewife with two young children, and she was in a grocery store studying a package of rancid pepper steak. "I had to ask the butcher how old this thing they called 'pepper steak' was." He wouldn’t answer. "He told me I could go somewhere else." She left.
A week later, she heard a commotion around that same meat counter, the same butcher yelling the same thing at another young housewife. But that housewife, whose name was Jackie Kendall, did not budge. Schakowsky, impressed, joined forces with Kendall and together they started a new organization – they called it "National Consumers United" – and soon figured out what no one else had: that every packaged item in a supermarket had something called an "expiration date." Problem was, the expiration date was stamped on packages in code. Kendall and Schakowsky cracked the codes and published them all in a book; and then they moved out to the stores. "We would take the old stuff off the shelf. Oscar Meyer, the packaged meats – big offenders. And once we got the codes for baby food and infant formula – days, weeks, months, years behind the date." They would put the offending items in carts and wheel them up to the store manager, having stuck them with pencil holes so they couldn’t go back on the shelves.

2012 Ultimate Women's Power Lunch with Lilly Ledbetter and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

I'm thrilled to announce the 11th Annual Ultimate Women's Power Lunch will be held at the Hilton Chicago on May 4th 2012. We will be featuring keynote speaker US Senator Amy Klobuchar and special guest Lilly Ledbetter. Lilly's work for equal pay led to The Obama Administration's first accomplishment in office, signing the act that bears her name, the Lilly Ledbetter act, into law. Amy Klobuchar, the first woman Senator from Minnesota, is one of brightest (and funniest) of all.  We are excited to have them both for our luncheon.
The GOP Presidential race has brought a profoundly disturbing return of anti-woman rhetoric, and now more than ever we need to stand up and remind the GOP what a room full of powerful women can do. Join Amy, Lilly, myself, and several hundred powerful women (and some very secure men) at this year's Ultimate Women's Power Lunch.

Friday, May 4, 2012
Hilton Chicago
International Ballroom

720 S. Michigan Avenue 
Chicago, IL

Power Lunch Guest: $150
Featured Guest Speakers: 
Lilly Ledbetter 
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
11:30 AM - registration opens
12PM - 2PM - Lunch and Program (International Ballroom)
2PM - Book signing with Lilly Ledbetter, Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond

(Click here to purchase tickets.)

2012 Primary Endorsements


Every election cycle I endorse candidates that share my vision of Progressive Democratic politics, I hope you consider joining me in supporting these wonderful candidates.

Endorsements in Primary Elections

President of the United States: Barack Obama

U.S. Congress, 9th District: Janice D. Schakowsky

State Senator, 15th District: Donna Miller
State Senator, 29th District: Julie Morrison

State Representative, 14th District: Kelly Cassidy

Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) vote for three
Stella B. Black
Debra Shore
Kari K. Steele

Clerk of the Circuit Court: Ricardo Munoz

Supreme Court: Mary Jane Theis

9th Subcircuit (Bender vacancy): Lionel Jean-Baptise
9th Subcircuit (Epstein vacancy): Abbey Fishman Romanek

Appellate (Cahill vacancy): Mat Delort
Appellate (Coleman vacancy): Nathaniel Howse
Appellate (Gallagher vacancy): Marguerite Anne Quinn
Appellate (O'Brien vacancy): Jesse Reyes

Circuit (Kinnaird vacancy): Erica Reddick
Circuit (Frossard vacancy): Diann Marsalek
Circuit (Pucinski vacancy): Lorna Propes
Circuit (Stewart vacancy): Pamela Leeming
Circuit (Ward vacancy): Al Swanson

8th Subcircuit (Chiola vacancy): Celia Gamrath
8th Subcircuit (Cole vacancy): Lainie Berger
8th Subcircuit (Roy vacancy): Deborah Gubin
8th Subcircuit (A Vacancy vacancy): Laura Liu

12th Subcircuit (Rochford): Andrea Schleifer

Committeeman, 49th Ward: David Fagus

Evanston Referenda:
YES on Electricity Referendum
YES on District 65 - Issue Bonds Referendum


Republicans: Beware of Angry Women

This is a warning to Republicans politicians:  Women are watching you!   Whether you are running for President, Congress or for the state legislature, you may be feeling very self righteous and comfortable, kind of like the old days when men were men and free to say things out loud about women that for years now have been relegated to locker rooms.   Like that funny Rush Limbaugh who said, “If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something.  We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”   Ha!

 And even though the dispensing of contraceptives has been legal since 1966, you may think the time is just right to make it controversial once again.  But I have news for you.  The women are paying attention, and we are not laughing.

 We don’t appreciate that 48 of you, including every single Republican except for Olympia Snowe, (who is fed up enough with you to quit the Senate), voted for Senator Roy Blunt’s ridiculous amendment that would allow any employer and any insurance company to refuse to cover any health care service for his employees for “moral” reasons – his moral reasons.   The boss could refuse to cover not only birth control, but care for AIDS or the health of a child born out of wedlock, or whatever violated his religious or moral beliefs. 

The New 9th Congressional District

The New 9th Congressional District
Check out the map to see Illinois' redrawn 9th Congressional District.  The 9th includes all of the areas in the previous district, with the exception of Norridge, Harwood Heights, and the northern sections of Des Plaines and Niles.  The new areas include Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights, Mt. Prospect, Glenview, Northbrook, Norhtfield, Winnetka and Kennilworth.

You can type in your address using this link provided by the Illinois Board of Elections.

Support the Jobs Agenda

 I will be introducing a bill, The Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act, to put over 2 million people to work. Economists estimate a 1.3 percent reduction in unemployment. It costs $227 billion dollars for 2 years and can be paid for by requiring millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share as in my Fairness in Taxation Act.  

Every penny of this plan must go to a job -- not to a tax incentive in the hopes that somebody creates a job.  This two-year jobs program will help get the economy up and running again while investing in critical areas of our nation’s infrastructure.  The New York Times said in an Editorial this week that this plan is an idea worth fighting for.

The Debt Ceiling Vote

Although I’ve voted in the past to raise the debt ceiling, I could not vote for this deal that asks for #1 trillion dollars worth of sacrifice from students, seniors and the poor while millionaires and billionaires are asked to sacrifice nothing.
The Republicans in Congress and the radical Tea Party members held hostage the full faith and credit of the United States.  They wanted to create a crisis to claim their ransom, cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security to the clean Water and Clean Air Acts.  
Even the bi-partisan deficit reduction committee, whose final recommendations I did not agree with warned against deep cuts during a lagging economy. This bill could increase unemployment, slow economic growth and deepen already historic income inequality. 
We need to stop wasting time on ideological crusades and address the real crises in America: the jobs crisis, the foreclosure crisis, an income inequality crisis, and the disappearing middle class.  
I’m going to keep fighting in Washington, to make sure were doing what we can in Congress to make job creation a top priority, to protect our seniors from cuts, and to make sure that all Americans pay their fair share.

The Fairness in Taxation Act

We have a growing crisis of income inequality in this country.  We are at levels of income disparity that we have not seen since right before the Great Depression, in 1928.  Over the last 30 years, the failed GOP policies of Reaganomics and weakening regulation has led to a situation where the middle class has shrunk and the richest 1% own 34% of our nation’s wealth - - that’s more than the bottom 90% of American who own 29 percent.
Now the Republicans -- the same ones who squandered the surplus by giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and engineered the policies that allowed Wall Street to drive our economy off the cliff, -- are demanding sacrifice from the middle and low-income earners.
The Republicans want to slash the bedrock safety net programs by promoting deep cuts to Social Security, Medicare and, Medicaid, and other vital domestic spending programs.  Not only would these cuts punish those who have suffered the worst under the failed GOP policies, they would put an additional 600,000 to 800,000 people out of work.  Despite GOP cries for austerity and fiscal restraint, they continue to defend corporate subsidies like tax breaks for oil companies and more tax breaks for the wealthiest.

A Decade of Powerful Women!

10th Annual Ultimate Women's Power Lunch

Monday, April 11th
Chicago Hilton 
720 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Featured Guest Speaker
Eve Ensler