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Springfield Women’s March 2018 – the fruit of anger

Thomas Clatterbuck

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Hundreds of people descended on the state capitol this afternoon to attend the 2018 women’s march. This even commemorates the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump becoming president, and the protests that accompanied his election. Progressives from around Central Illinois and down into the Metro area came to keep their movement going.

Getting more women into office was a common theme. Since 2016, the number of female candidates nationwide has expanded dramatically. However, despite its name, the Women’s March focused on a large number issues. Other progressive causes, including DACA, a living wage, and the LGBTQQIP2SAA community were discussed at length. The rally was strongly supportive of the illegal immigrant community and the need for amnesty.

Numerous progressive and Democratic candidates came to the rally to show their support for the cause. Candidates for governor, comptroller, the 13th, 15th, and 18th Congressional districts, the 99th Illinois House, 48th Illinois Senate, and various Sangamon County offices all made an appearance. Below are just some of the candidates who attended the march.

The keynote speaker was Comptroller Susana Mendoza. She spoke about her involvement in the Resist movement, and the importance of keeping the movement going through the election season. You can watch her full remarks below.

After Mendoza’s speech, the crowd marched to the Old State Capitol.

Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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Springfield Daily Radio – Dr. Robert Marshall interview

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On this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interviewed Dr. Robert Marshall. Marshall is one of the Democrats running for governor.

Marshall discussed two main parts of his campaign with us. The first was his opposition to a graduated income tax. He argued that the rich, who would officially pay a higher rate under such a plan, would simply move their money out of state. Marshall is the only Democrat running for governor to oppose the graduated income tax.

His other big issue is splitting Illinois into three states. Marshall shared how the separation would be done, and the legal challenges it would need to overcome. We also got the first look at Marshall’s new map for the state.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Marshall and the other candidates for governor on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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Drury will appear on primary ballot

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He’s back. Rep. Scott Drury won an important appeal today, ensuring he will appear on the March 20 ballot. Drury is one of the Democrats running for Attorney General in Illinois, but had been temporarily removed from the ballot. According to the challenge, Drury had failed to properly file his statement of economic interest, because he had only filed for his current General Assembly position, not for Attorney General.

Initially, the Electoral Board had ruled that Drury only needed to file one statement. But the a Circuit Court overruled this decision, stating that he needed to file a statement with every unit of government he was running for. According to the Circuit Court, because the General Assembly is part of the Legislature, but the Attorney General is in the Executive Branch, Drury had not filed for the “unit of government” he was running in.

However, the Court of Appeals disagreed. They found that while the Legislative and Executive branches are separate from each other, they are both part of the same unit of government. Therefore, it was incorrect to strike Drury’s name from the ballot.

Drury’s name will appear on the March 20th Democratic Primary ballot. To learn more about the candidates in that race, check out our Campaign Headquarters page.

You can read the full decision here.

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Springfield Daily Radio – Bob Daiber Interview

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On this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interviewed Bob Daiber. Daiber is one of the Democratic candidates for governor.

Daiber is a lifelong educator, and has been both a classroom teacher and an administrator. We discussed several of the new education bills that have passed in the last year, including the new funding formula. I also get his opinion on special programs for gifted students.

Daiber is unique because he is the first downstate Democrat to run for governor in nearly 20 years. He shares the importance of having downstate voices in both the state government and the Democratic Party.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Daiber and the other candidates for governor on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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