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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.

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

The big money in the 13th

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The end of the primary season is almost upon us. The fundraising totals for the March 20th primary are coming in. While the races for governor and attorney general have attracted a lot of the attention regarding campaign financing; for example JB Pritzker alone is spending $171,000 per day, according to Bloomberg. Other races around the state have drawn in a lot of money as well.  The Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District is no exception.

According to data provided by the Betsy Dirksen Londrigan Campaign, the Democrats have collectively raised more than $1.3 million for their primary contest. In the press release provided by the campaign, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan leads the pack with $544,000; while Erik Jones comes in second with just over $441,000. In the report provided to us, Dirksen Londrigan out-raised the next closest candidate by nearly $100,000 so far in 2018. (View full press release here)

Although campaign fundraising does not directly translate into votes, financial support outside of a candidate’s own personal wealth is a good metric of a campaign’s effectiveness. Campaigns need money to operate, buy advertising, pay their staff, and many other things. But while money helps spread a campaign message, money by itself is not a message. So ultimately, campaign success falls back on the candidate and the message.

To learn more about all the Democratic candidates in the 13th district, check out Springfield Daily’s in-depth interviews on the Thomas Clatterbuck Show.

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Springfield Daily Radio – Angel Sides Interview

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In this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interview Angel Sides. Sides is a Democrat running in the local 13th Congressional District.

Sides’ number one issue is global warming, and the environment in general. She discussed the threat posed by a changing climate, and explored ways that the US could become less dependent on fossil fuels. Despite the threat of climate change, Sides opposes nuclear power because it would be trading one risk for another.

Sides also talked about the importance of an independent media. She blames the media for promoting the war in Iraq, and misinforming the public about other important issues like healthcare. In her mind, there should be stronger rules about preventing the consolidation of media under just a few corporations. Sides also opposed the repeal of the Net Neutrality regulations.

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

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

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2018 Election

Springfield Daily Radio – Darrel Miller Interview

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In this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interview Darrel Miller. Miller is a Democrat running in the nearby 18th Congressional seat.

Miller’s number one issue was the tax reform that passed last year. While he supported tax reform in general, he had several issues with the bill. One key problem is that the plan is not revenue neutral. Miller also explained why the rules for “pass through” entities are both complicated and unfair for small business owners.

We also discussed the fate of the Internet. Miller opposed the repeal of Net Neutrality. He also opposed the US giving up power over ICANN.

Miller is running as a Democrat, but has also run for the 18th as a Republican. He shares why he first got involved in politics and why he now runs as a Democrat. Miller spoke very highly of his two primary opponents, saying that even in a Republican stronghold, he was pleased his party could field so many qualified candidates. Miller differentiated himself from the pack as the only business owner in the race.

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

You can also learn more about Miller and the other candidates in the 18th on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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