A stark difference in fundraising in adjacent U.S. House districts suggests Republicans don’t think they have a chance in the 9th District that includes Evanston.

Campaign finance reports filed as of Thursday’s deadline show Republicans outspending Democrats in the 10th Distict, but giving hardly any money at all to their candidate in the 9h District.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky has raised  $1.28 million for her race for an eighth term in Congress as of Oct. 15. Her Republican opponent, Tim Wolfe, had raised just  $32,000 as of the Sept. 30 filing deadline and his report for the latest period wasn’t yet available this morning.

By contrast, in the 10th District race just to the North, Republican first-term incumbent Robert Dold had raised $3.9 million as of Sept. 30 compared to $2.4 million raised by his Democratic challenger, Brad Schneider.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Wolfe for Congress

    I met Tim Wolfe at the Civic Center today, while on my way to vote for President Obama.  He seemed reasonable, but I knew that he would just be another vote for Boehner, Cantor, King, and Bachman.. so I voted for Jan.

    Out of curiosity, I checked his website.  Here is what he says about Federal judges:

    "Federal judges, including Supreme Court justices, do not have unconditional life time appointments. The Constitution states under Article 3 Section 1 that judges “shall hold their office during good behavior”. Good behavior includes how their rulings are formulated. Specifically, judicial rulings are to be based upon the Constitution and the laws of our country. The use of third party law such as international law, Sharia law or arbitrary rulings are not acceptable behavior. As a member of Congress, I would vote to impeach judges for such action."

    OK…so he wants to impeach judges who don't rule the way he likes.  I've heard that from both sides – usually the right wingers who wanted to impeach Earl Warren, William O Douglas, Harry Blackmun, etc.   I think that Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia deserve impeachment for their unprofessional behavior and conflicts of interest….but I'm not sure we want to start going down the path of phoney impeachments (see Clinton, Bill) .

    But wait….Justices Scalia, Thomas, and the late Chief Justice Rehnquist cited foreign law in Eastern Enterprises v. Apfel, 524 U.S. 498 (1998).  See this article.   And of course,  when it comes to 'arbitrary rulings', the most notorious arbitrary ruling  was by Rehnquist, O'Connor, Scalia, Thomas and Kennedy in Bush v. Gore.

    I wonder if Wolfe thinks that Scalia and Thomas should be impeached!

    But I'm more concerned about this statement:

    "The use of third party law such as international law, Sharia law or arbitrary rulings are not acceptable behavior."

    Sharia?  Can Wolfe cite an example of a single Federal judge EVER  using Sharia while deciding a case?  

    And would he also be in favor of impeaching judges who use Halakha, the New Testament,  or the Book of Mormon in their decisions?   

    Why is he bringing up this fake issue of 'Sharia'?   Is he pandering to religious bigots?

    And why does he always have a cellphone next to his ear  in every photo?

  2. Yes

    You read a lot into Wolfe's statement concerning ousting judges that would consider using sheria law in deciding the outcome of a trial. Your opinion is way out of line with the majority of American. Judges should be required to base all rulings on this country's Constitution. 

    Yes, there was at least one case, this year, of a judge ruling a  Muslim man to be innocent based on Sheria law.


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