Again, from Former Quigley Supporter:
(Note: Much of today’s update might be good discussion with James Marter in Huntley tomorrow night.)
6th and 14th Congressional Districts Updates 6/26/19
All the media’s eyes are on the Democratic presidential candidates’ debates tonight and tomorrow night. Additionally for members of Congress and both congressional and presidential candidates, eyes are on Sunday’s FEC deadline to report fundraising progress by July 15 for the calendar quarter April 1-June 30. The issues facing our nation in the 2020 6th & 14th congressional districts may take a back seat to fundraising through Sunday. But discerning voters want to know how the Republicans running next year stand on major issues.
Taxes: SALT Deduction Cap, Underwood’s Legislation on SALT, and SALT Limits Impacts
Yesterday, the state and local taxes (SALT) deduction cap was the topic of the House Ways & Means Committee’s Select Revenues Measures Subcommittee. Witnesses included local officials from across the county, including a fire department lieutenant from Wisconsin, a mayor from Virginia, a local school superintendent, and others, testifying before the subcommittee on the negative impact of the SALT deduction cap which was critical to paying for President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts of 2017 (TCJA). Members of the subcommittee questioned the witnesses, too.
Currently, H.R. 1757, sponsored by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and vigorously supported by Congressman Sean Casten, is one of many bills before Congress to change components of the TCJA. The Underwood Bill would make increases of SALT deduction cap retroactive to January 1, 2019. Underwood’s legislation does not outline how to pay for increasing the SALT deduction cap. Underwood legislation link is below. Republicans are usually known as the champions for taxpayers and the TCJA is under attack. It’s time for the Republican candidates for the 6th and 14th districts to fight for TCJA, especially when objective analytics backs the TCJA and Republicans.
Put another way, if the Republicans cannot stand firm on TCJA and let Underwood and Casten win the public opinion battle in their respective districts on the basic Republican issue of taxes, then there is no way Republicans will flip these two seats next year. While it is too early to expect full-blown position papers on taxes (but the candidates should have them written and published by Labor Day), the Republican congressional candidates need to be responding when Republican positions are challenged. If Republicans do not agree with TCJA, and specifically the SALT deduction cap, then they need to explain this to primary voters, as well as their alternative and how to pay for modifying the SALT deduction cap.
The C-SPAN video (link below) from yesterday’s subcommittee meeting is nearly 2 1/2 hours long. Some highlights can be found at:
— 1:04:09 Congressman Tom Rice (R, SC) points out any adjustment to SALT deduction cap benefits the wealthy.
— 1:14:15 Congressman Darin LaHood (R, IL) points to the success of TCJA
Democrats, and some of the witnesses, use the term “double taxation”, during the subcommittee meeting. Double taxation is illegal, and the courts would have struck down the TCJA components if there was any real double taxation. Republicans need to defend the TCJA here, too, and not let Underwood, Casten and the Democrats set the agenda on taxes.
Finally, the declared Republican candidates’ positions on the federal tax issue are either vague or nonexistent going by their campaign web sites:
–Sanguinetti: No position on her campaign’s website
–Oberweis: No specific on Taxes
–Marter: No specifics on taxes and TCJA
–Gradel: Wants to make the TCJA permanent. He needs to defend TCJA including SALT Deduction cap.
–Malouf: Takes a civil libertarian view on taxes with all broad strokes but no specifics
–Catella: Very little, except reference to the founding fathers
Bloomberg article referenced by LaHood: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-24/salt-cap-repeal-would-be-40-billion-windfall-for-millionaires
Bloomberg article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-25/salt-cap-spurs-squabbles-over-which-party-cares-for-middle-class
James Marter Takes Veiled Jabs at Jim Oberweis and Sue Rezin
In a Facebook post yesterday, James Marter took veiled shots at opponent Jim Oberweis and prospective opponent Sue Rezin, for their state senate votes on the Capital Bill:
“DEMOCRATS hitting Working Class People the HARDEST taxing them again & again ! ++ a few bad Republicans voting yes or lacking courage and voting ‘present’”.
Jim Oberweis was the only Republican to vote “present”, so little doubt whom Marter references.
Sue Rezin was one of the 9 Republicans to vote “yes” on the Capital Bill.
Both Oberweis and Rezin are being held accountable, and from Marter’s perspective, Oberweis’ explanation of a perceived conflict of interest is not valid to him.
What will Republican primary voters discern between now and March 17 is anybody’s guess.
Sue Rezin Named Legislator of the Year by VFW Illinois, Hosting Medicare Information Seminar, Recreational Marijuana “Present” Vote Reason Still Unknown
State Senator Sue Rezin was recognized earlier this month by the Illinois Command of the VFW as the Legislator of the Year:
This morning on her Facebook page, Rezin posted she is hosting a Medicare Informational Seminar in Newark on July 9. Whether this is coupled with her possible congressional candidacy or simply for information is unknown. The fact it is in Kendall County in the 14th district and is targeting senior citizens reduces the “coincidence” of the timing of the event:
In an interview with WCSJ radio in late February, Rezin said she was against legalization of recreational marijuana, but when the bill was voted on late last month, she voted “present”.
To date, she has not explained the “present” vote.
Rezin owns a real estate business with her husband, so unless some of their clients are prospective pot growers, I cannot figure out any other reason why she would have to vote “present”.
Hopefully, when she does announce for Congress, her present vote will be explained.
Danny Malouf Goes Libertarian and Supports Recreational Marijuana
Danny Malouf posted on Facebook that from a civil libertarian, he cannot support restriction on recreational marijuana.
This is the well known Libertarian view which likely drove prospective candidate Allen Skillicorn to support the recently passed Cannabis bill in the House.
Jim Oberweis Goes After Underwood’s Health Care Bill
In a Facebook post this morning, Jim Oberweis challenges Underwood’s legislation on health care, and citing the Kane County Chronicle article from last week with the Minooka pumpkin farmer’s wife where Underwood appeared:
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Lauren Underwood has introduced a bill on health care that completely misses the point.
She wants to expand government interference in the health insurance marketplace.
This is not how to create a robust healthcare market. Jim supports increased portability and more access to Health Savings Accounts to help lower prices for health insurance and health care through the #freemarket.
We agree that we need more health care options, but NOT Underwood’s big-government prescription.#IL14 #BigGovSucks
Underwood Endorsed by Progressive Group
The Democracy for America (DFA) progressive group endorsed Lauren Underwood’s 2020 re-election yesterday. While this group’s endorsement might seem to prevent any potential primary challenge to Underwood from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, it is more about opening up fundraising opportunities among progressive campaign donors, given it was made within a week of the June 30 2nd quarter fundraising deadline.
The other Democrats endorsed by DFA include: Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Mike Levin (D-Calif.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar(D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley(D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib(D-Mich.). Talk about a progressive “rogue’s gallery”. One wonders if, outside of fundraising, Underwood is going to advertise this endorsement among 14th district voters.
The Hill link: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/450269-progressive-group-endorses-three-house-freshmen