Sunday, August 24, 2008

Denver Nuggets - UPDATED

Instead of putting up new posts for the convention, I'll just keep updating this one for the next couple of days.

I just arrived in Denver a few hours ago and can tell you that for this week at least, downtown Denver is Obamaville. The Illinois contingent is already here in full force, although I thought that it was odd that on the way in from the airport, the taxi driver told me that he is in the running to become Illinois Senate President. (Guess he didn't want to feel left out.)

I'll try to post some updates and photos throughout the week to give everybody a feel for what's going on out here, but I'll tell you now that the energy level already blows away the last couple of conventions that I've attended. That's all for now.

MONDAY - The Illinois delegation breakfast was hosted by the Chicago Federation of Labor. It was very well attended and everybody was in a positive and upbeat mood. Pretty much the only damper was the Governor's unfortunate decision to announce his AV of the pay-to-play bill, (a story for another day), on a day when Illinois Democrats were set to shine. His proposal, besides being unconstitutional, simply took attention away from where it really should be today. No real surprise there. Below is a photo of Dan Hynes, who did a nice job, as well as one of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who was also well received. Other speakers included the Speaker, Mayor Daley, Jan Schakowsky and Dennis Gannon. Bobby Rush also received a standing ovation when he showed up this morning.


At August 25, 2008 at 11:32 AM, Anonymous lake county democrat said...

Time permitting, take a side trip to Estes Park -- quite possibly the prettiest place I know on Earth (Pacific Coast Highway would give it a run for its money, and I've never been to the Swiss Alps).

Biden was a great pick -- Obama's first chance to act presidential, and he acted presidential.

Have fun!

At August 25, 2008 at 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like your missing the news back here in Ill.

Blagojevich Implements Ethics Rules Unilaterally;
Challenges lawmakers to do more

At August 25, 2008 at 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kathleen Sebelius is the governor of Kansas, not Kentucky.

At August 25, 2008 at 3:03 PM, Blogger Rep. John Fritchey said...

Of course she is, just a disconnect on my part from my brain to the keyboard. Thanks.

At August 25, 2008 at 3:04 PM, Blogger Rep. John Fritchey said...

Anon 2:14, did you read my post? Trust me, the Illinois press and electeds are well aware of what the Governor did today.

At August 25, 2008 at 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do realize he put the ethics rules in place via executive order, right?

So even if the bill dies, the new restrictions will still become law on Jan 1.

At August 26, 2008 at 12:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like he did exactly what you asked him to do and more with his executive order...

"-By executive order:

Effective Jan. 1, 2009, people or businesses with state contracts of more than $50,000 are prohibited from donating to the campaigns of all constitutional officers, members of the General Assembly, candidates for office and state parties. House Bill 824, passed by both the House and the Senate, would have prohibited such donations only to the state constitutional officer responsible for awarding the contracts or any candidate for those offices."


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