WOW!! Republican Rauner Wins in Illinois, Obama’s Home State

Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner became the first Republican elected governor of Illinois since 1998 as voters expressed frustration with the state’s cratering finances.

Rauner, 58, won 50.4 percent to 46.2 percent, with 91 percent of precincts reporting, according to preliminary results from the Associated Press.

The fiscal problems in Illinois served as a backdrop for the contest in President Barack Obama’s home state, which has the country’s most underfunded pension system and faces a deeper financial hole at the end of the year as a temporary income tax increase is set to expire.

The contest between Rauner, a first-time candidate, and Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who has spent nearly his entire adult life in politics, gave voters a stark choice between two visions for the fifth-largest state. Rauner advocated for lower taxes to stimulate the economy, while Quinn, 65, pushed for making permanent the elevated income levy. Even with his victory, Rauner faces a daunting task in fixing the state’s looming budget crisis and worst credit rating in the nation.

Class warfare and allegations of corruption dominated the campaign. The Quinn camp mimicked the strategy that Democrats used against Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race and portrayed Rauner, who owns nine homes and reported a 2013 income of about $61 million, as out of touch. Rauner’s camp linked Quinn to his predecessor Governor Rod Blagojevich who was sentenced to prison in 2011 for 14 years on corruption charges.

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Way to Go Bruce Rauner!!




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Gohmert: Dems Will Drag Out Impeachment — Try To Get ‘Best Socialist’ Nominated For President

During an appearance on Huntsville, AL radio’s WVNN on Thursday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) offered his best assessment of what House Democrats were trying to accomplish with their impeachment efforts.

Gohmert told WVNN’s “The Jeff Poor Show” impeachment could tie up the Democratic Party’s presidential campaign efforts but predicted Democrats would use the occasion to nominate “the best socialist” they can.

“They would lose in the Senate,” Gohmert said on impeachment. “And besides that, the entire time it was on trial in the Senate, the Democrats who are running for president wouldn’t be allowed to campaign. That’s in the Constitution. They wouldn’t be able to campaign. I just can’t imagine them wanting to do that because if they send it to the Senate, they have now perfectly set up the scenario of 1996, where they will reassure Donald Trump is reelected as president. They don’t want to do that. They’re probably going to drag this thing out as long as they possibly can … through Iowa, through primaries — try to get the best socialist they can to be nominated.”

“Then just end up and say, ‘Now we’re close enough to the general election. We’ve thrown mud at the president through the House,’” he continued. “What they’re really doing — they’re using taxpayer funds to campaign against Trump. That’s all this is — a campaign fund that taxpayers are paying for in order to try to throw mud at the president. I’ll be surprised if they have that vote, but I can’t imagine they want to set up this president for reelection by having a trial in the Senate where they lose.”

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