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On today’s show, we interviewed Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. Londrigan is one of the Democrats running for the 13th Congressional seat. The seat is currently occupied by Rodney Davis, a Republican.

Londrigan is a progressive with a strong focus on healthcare. She shared the story of her son who fell critically ill, and how that served as a wakeup call about the need for universal healthcare. She also talked about how the group “Sangamon County Women For Hillary” became “Women Rising” after the election of Donald Trump.

Beyond the mainstream issues of healthcare and climate change, Londrigan also brought up the importance of the Science Advisory board for the EPA, and the changes the President Trump has made to it. She strongly objects to the move which prevents individuals with government grants from serving on the board, and laid out why that prohibition could cause serious issues for the EPA.

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

You can also learn more about Londrigan and the other candidates for the 13th on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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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.

2018 Election

Davis picks up trio of endorsements from business groups

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The big news on Friday was that Mike Pence was coming to endorse Rodney Davis (R-13) in his reelection bid. But before the Vice President spoke in the afternoon, Davis picked up another trio of endorsements. The Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), and the US Chamber of Commerce all endorsed Davis for reelection. These endorsements mirror the ten labor union endorsements Davis received earlier in the year.

Davis’s voting record was the main reason the groups decided to endorse him. Davis has a 100 percent voting record with the NFIB, and a 91 percent record with the US Chamber of Commerce. One of the key votes they highlighted was the 2017 tax reform bill which lowered taxes on both large and small businesses. They also applauded his continuing efforts to make the tax cuts permanent.

However, there was an additional reason they decided to endorse Davis over his Democratic opponent Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. They said she, “has not shown any daylight between her positions and that of Nancy Pelosi,” and that businesses are terrified of what a Pelosi speakership would mean for the business community. Specifically, they are afraid of a more expansive role of the government in healthcare, and a repeal of the 2017 tax reform.

During his remarks, Davis spoke about the booming economy and its implications for the business community. With high growth and record low unemployment, many employers are having difficulty finding employees. While it may be a good problem to have, it is still needs to be addressed. Davis stressed the need to continue with workforce development so that local employers can fill the new, higher paying jobs, that are being created.

You can watch their full remarks in the player.

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2018 Election

Vice President Pence endorses Rodney Davis

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Vice President Mike Pence was in Springfield yesterday to endorse local Congressman Rodney Davis (R-13). Speaking at the Panther Creek County Club, Pence highlighted Davis’ record on the economy and veterans’ issues. Davis was the author of the “Hire More Heroes Act,” which made it easier for veterans and their families to get private sector employment.

Most of Pence’s speech was about the accomplishments of the Trump administration and the Republican legislature as a whole. The booming economy was discussed from a number of angles. Unemployment is the lowest it has been since 1969. Tax reforms passed in 2017 are starting to put more money in the pockets of middle class families. And new trade deals with China, Canada, Mexico, and other have lead to a revitalization of industries like steel. Pence said repealing regulations helped make these improvements possible.

In addition to the positive moves the Republicans have made in the last two years, Pence also offered a vision of what might happen if Davis is not reelected. He warned that a Democratic majority would mean Pelosi would be Speaker of the House again, and the “resist” movement would obstruct the work Trump is trying to accomplish. The 13th Congressional District is one of the more competitive districts in the nation, and so it is particularly important for the Republicans to reelect Davis.

Pence closed with an appeal for voters to go to the polls and vote, saying “friends don’t let friends vote alone.” Early voting has already started. Election Day is Tuesday November 6th.

Pence is not the first member of the Trump administration to support Davis’ reelection bid. President Trump praised Davis during a Granite City event in July, and Ivanka Trump visited Godfrey with Davis in August. You can watch Pence’s full speech in the player.

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2018 Election

Springfield Daily interviews with the candidates

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Candidate Interviews

We sat down with many of the candidates for the 2018 Election to hear their views on the important issues. Find out which candidates you align with as they showcase their ideas. Hosted by Thomas Clatterbuck.

Congressional Races

13th District

18th District

Rodriguez is running against Republican incumbent Darin LaHood. To learn more about the candidates check out our Campaign Headquarters page.

State Senate

48th District

State House

95th District

Dillon Clark

Clark is running against Republican incumbent Avery Bourne. To learn more about the candidates in this race, check out our Campaign Headquarters page.

99th District

Murphy is running against Democratic candidate Marc Bell. To learn more about the candidates in this race, check out our Campaign Headquarters page.

Sangamon County Sheriff

All candidates were given the opportunity both during the primary and general election to appear on our program.

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