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June 20, 2006

36th District stuff ...

The long discussion on Phil Hare's Game has morphed into a 36th Senate District thing. It's seriously off-topic there; worth it's own string though.

Here's the discussion to date:

Anonymous: What is with the two top Republican candidates for the Congress and the State Senate seat both are unemployed. Is this standerd practice for the Republican party around here.

James Beals: Mr. Beydler,

I would like to inform one of your anonymous followers who made a post on June 16th at 1:18PM that I am gainfully employed and enjoy my work. I have never received unemployment benefits. Sincerely, James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District.

Dogboy Where do you work Mr. Beals?

Anonymous: Mr. Beals where is it that you are employed. The Secret Service I suppose. It seems as if there is conflicting info of you working or not. For you not to name your employer while a candidate for Senate is troubling. Please respond. We deserve to know

Dogboy: ... tell us what you actually do for a living? Simply, where do you work? Are you ashamed? Are you an exotic dancer or something? This is reedickulous.

Dogboy James Beals,

Why won't you tell us where you work? Are you a professional dancer or something? Do you work for the CIA? Come on James the public deserves to know what you do for a living? And while you are at it Mr. Beals, tell us why you lost your job at GE, Deere and the Arsenal. Please do tell!

James Beals: Mr. Beydler,

I had a good meeting today with the local Editorial Board. I provided information on my current employer, work history, and position on various political issues. I look forward to their publication.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

P.S. DOGboy, you have quite a sense of humor.

Dogboy: Beals, or no Beals?

Telling media elite what you do for a living is one thing, but don't the voters deserve to know what our next state Senator does for a living? Well? Don't we?

Do tell James!

jcb Dogboy -- down a little; Beals emailed me the stuff he gave the edit board. Don't ask me why he didn't just post it along with the above. Maybe he doesn't know how to cut and paste.

Anyway, haven't had a chance to deal with that, but will find time later tonite, (unless Beals figures out how to cut and paste in the meantime, and takes care of it.)

Off to play chess now ...

James Beals:

Mr. Beydler, I look forward to playing you in a game of chess. I would like to see Mike Jacobs posting on your website. I look forward to Judy Barr Topinka being our next Governor.

All, FYI - I work for Kress Corporation and have enjoyed all of my previous work experiences.

DOGboy - The only job you could say I "lost" was when the GE union plant closed I was working for and all of the jobs went to Mexico. By the way, I am pro-labor. I transferred to the GE Corporate Headquarters in Fairfield, CT.

Below are some Q/A items I provided to the D/A.

Why are you running for the Senate?
My job at the Rock Island Arsenal fell under the BRAC realignment and was destined to relocate to Detroit, Michigan in the next few years. In addition, I did not feel that our district received our fair share of state funding and could have better representation. I left my job and collected over 1,000 signatures to be placed on the ballot in the Primary Election. I offer the voters a viable option as their voice in Springfield.

What are your qualifications?
I am an Eagle Scout, West Point Graduate, and Army Veteran with over 14 years of business experience. I have been involved in politics as a precinct committeeman and committee treasurer. My education, values, and work experiences translate into an effective leader who also happens to be, one of us.

What do you consider the critical issues of the 36th District?
Our district is job starved, lacks economic development, and is not receiving our fair share in State funding as proven by funds not received to pay for the expansion of Western Illinois University and operating costs of Black Hawk College. The level of constituent service also does not even come close to that offered by Congressman Evans office on a daily basis.

Republican do not often win in Rock Island County, what will you do differently?
I look at myself as a candidate who is to willing listen and work with both sides of the aisle. I was raised by a conservative Democratic family and am running as a Republican. There are good ideas brought forward by both parties and I would proudly co-sponsor a good idea, regardless of the source.

What are your views on education funding?
Funding education, at all levels, is the best investment our state can make. Our children will be the future leaders of our society and they must be well educated. We must also ensure that we recruit and retain the best teachers in the country that are held accountable to high standards and well compensated.

Would you vote for the Governors plan to sell the lottery to get money for education?
No, this is a very bad plan brought forward by the Governors inability to be fiscally responsible with our taxpayers dollars. The plan is short sighted and will result in a long term economic loss for the State of Illinois. There are better ways to fund our education programs.

What would you do to bring more jobs into the area?
I would work with city councils, county boards, and various agencies that promote economic development and plan for the best long term investments in our area. I would help facilitate the process to construct new buildings while giving credit to everyone involved. Our current administration has run jobs out of Illinois and limited business growth by increasing annual operating expenses.

How would you compare the business climate between Illinois and Iowa?
You can look across the river and see the rapid growth of the Iowa Quad Cities due to the beneficial business climate, lower property taxes, and the government�s leadership in working with the business community. If we diverted some financial benefits from Chicago to the Illinois Quad Cities and worked together as a team, there would be a tremendous growth spurt.

The Governor has borrowed a lot of money. What is you view on the state financial condition?
The General Assembly passed a $59 billion dollar state budget without the support of a single Republican. If he had a good plan, then there would have been unanimous support. We are going down a path of borrowing funds without a plan to immediately repay them. In laymans terms, I certainly would not want my parents to take out a VERY long term loan that held me and my future children accountable to pay off.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District.

Posted by jcb at June 20, 2006 10:16 PM

Comments

I'd really like to know how a 1993 West Point graduate can have 14 years of business experience.

Last time I checked, service academy grads cannot be older than 21 on entry and are obligated to serve for five years on active duty followed by at least three years of inactive reserve time. I'd really like to hear more about the details of his military service.

The math just doesn't add up.

Posted by: Huck Finn at June 20, 2006 11:31 PM


I hate to sound like a broken record, but I have had it up to here with candidates -- particularly Republicans -- who rail about deficits but don't take their own president to task. To take Governor Blagojevich to task for deficit spending, after he inherited a $5 billion deficit from Ryan, and not take President Bush to serious task is a serious mistake.

I also want to make clear for your readers that Sen. Mike Jacobs, along with Rep. Pat Verschoore, has poured lots of energy into the WIU-QC issue. Not only did they secure the first $2.4 million, but were able to get $14 million into the Governor's capital budget for possible action this fall. If Mr. Beals cares about WIU, and I have no reason to think otherwise from his comments, he should call Senator Todd Sieben and Senator Dale Risinger and ask them to support the Governor's Capital Budget in the fall veto session. That will fund the vital Phase 2 of the WIU-QC Riverfront project.

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at June 20, 2006 11:37 PM


I support Mr. Beals' call for more funding for quality teachers and schools.

I also support his call to work with both sides of the aise. That is in the tradition of both Denny and Mike Jacobs, and regardless of party that is a worthy goal.

Posted by: values matter at June 20, 2006 11:41 PM

GDII at 11:37 p.m. -- personally, I'd be pretty bored with a state senate candidate who ran against the federal deficit. I'd be much more interested in Phil Hare's views and ideas on that topic.


Posted by: jcb at June 21, 2006 12:06 AM

Why did you lose your job at Deere? Please explain.

Posted by: KateNelson at June 21, 2006 10:51 AM


On the deficit, I was referring to candidate Beals strong criticisms about Illinois' fiscal condition under Governor Blagojevich. First of all, Blagojevich inherited up to a $5 billion structural deficit from Governor George Ryan.
The Governor and the General Assembly have made progress at shrinking that deficit.

What I get tired of, however, are Republicans who use selective indigation about deficits.
They rail about deficits in Springfield, but rarely do we hear a peep about the largest deficits and debt in U.S. history currently plaguing our economy and government in Wasington, D.C.

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at June 21, 2006 12:42 PM

I don't understand why Beals, who was appointed to West Point by Congressman Evans, would work so hard against him. Isn't that like biting the had that feeds you? I would also be interested in when he was with the CIA as that's what he told me he did for a living.

Posted by: JS at June 21, 2006 02:14 PM

Grillmaster -

As a Republican, I agree. I think that Blago is a joke as it relates to the budget, but I think the same about President Bush (who, in many ways, I like - in others I do not) and the Congressional Republican's.

We need to be consistent, I agree.

Posted by: havinfun at June 21, 2006 03:10 PM


Candidate Beals,

You mention you support "better ways to fund" our schools in the QC area. Can you be more specific? For instance, would you support the Illinois Farm Bureau's plan to cut property taxes and boost income taxes to fund schools?

Posted by: Values Matter at June 21, 2006 03:23 PM

Here are some more specific questions for JAmes Beals relating to my earlier comment:

1. When did James Beals graduate from the U.S. Military Academy?
2. Upon graduation, what units did he serve in, what positions did he hold, and what qualifications did he earn while on active duty?
3. Did Beals ever receive a "Below Center of Mass" officer evaluation report?
4. When did Beals complete active duty service?
5. If the answer to question 3 above is earlier than 1 July 1998, what circumstances led to a separation earlier than the five-year minimum active duty commitment contract?
6. What type of discharge was Beals given from the Army ("Honorable", "General", "Other than Honorable", or "Bad Conduct")?
7. How does Beals account for 14 years of business experience?
8. Is James Beals willing to provide the D/A editorial staff a copy of his DD-214 or at least allow them to read it?

Posted by: Huck Finn at June 21, 2006 03:56 PM

My question #5 above should read:

5. If the answer to question 4 above is earlier than 1 July 1998, what circumstances led to a separation earlier than the five-year minimum active duty commitment contract?

Posted by: Huck Finn at June 21, 2006 05:21 PM

Where are the Democrats so we can question them? Mike? Phil?

Are we to assume that they will faithfully execute the policies of their daddy/master, so no further discussion is needed?

Posted by: paladin at June 21, 2006 05:40 PM

Wow, Huck, did you ever ask the Vietnam-veteran Lane Evans these questions? If you had, the loyal fllowing might have discovered that he never actually served in Vietnam, but was, in all reality, a 'Vietnam-ERA veteran.'

God bless him for his service to our country, however, shame on Lane Evans for allowing such a lie to live on for all these years.

Posted by: havinfun at June 21, 2006 08:26 PM

Mr. Beydler, please post the following responses.

Huck Finn, thank you for your questions, answers are below:
1. When did James Beals graduate from the U.S. Military Academy? 1993.

2. Upon graduation, what units did he serve in, what positions did he hold, and what qualifications did he earn while on active duty? I was mostly stationed at Fort Hood Texas in the 1st Cavalry Division. I was a combat engineer platoon leader, executive officer, and facilities engineer for the Division Commanding General. I earned my airborne wings at Fort Benning and had an additional jump at Fort Bragg. As far as awards, I received the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon. I also completed the Master Fitness Trainer Course, Engineer Officer Basic Course, and Joint Deployment Officer Course.

3. Did Beals ever receive a "Below Center of Mass" officer evaluation report? No.

4. When did Beals complete active duty service? 1997.

5. If the answer to question 3 above is earlier than 1 July 1998, what circumstances led to a separation earlier than the five-year minimum active duty commitment contract? The Army downsized from 12 active divisions to 10 after Desert Storm and offered an early out program that fulfilled my active duty service obligation while still retaining my 8 year military obligation which I completed in 2001.

6. What type of discharge was Beals given from the Army ("Honorable", "General", "Other than Honorable", or "Bad Conduct")? Honorable

7. How does Beals account for 14 years of business experience? My work experiences upon graduation from college and while attending high school at United Township in East Moline.

8. Is James Beals willing to provide the D/A editorial staff a copy of his DD-214 or at least allow them to read it? Yes.

Kate Nelson, I never lost my job at John Deere.

JS, I have never told anyone that I worked for the CIA. I did interview with them. In my initial post, I complimented Congressman Evans on the high level of constituent service performed by his office.

Values Matter, let me get back to you after finishing my review of the budget and reading a few other lengthy documents. I believe our local colleges should receive more state funding.

Grillmaster, I look forward to working with Senator Sieben and Senator Risinger during my campaign. I also believe Representative Verschoore is a very nice man.

Paladin, thank you for asking about the other candidates.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at June 21, 2006 09:16 PM

Havinfun -- You're havin' too much fun. I've been around for the entirely of Lane Evans' career -- I wrote the Dispatch editorial opposing his election in 1982, the first time he ran. I have never, in any forum or in any manner seen or heard of Mr. Evans presenting himself as anything other than a Vietnam-era vet.


Posted by: jcb at June 21, 2006 09:17 PM

John,

I did not say that he represented himself as such, what I said is that he never did anything to dispute this representation - and you certainly cannot argue the fact that this has been the representation of Lane Evans.

Posted by: havinfun at June 21, 2006 09:26 PM

Jim Beals -- Thank you for your civility.

Perhaps now it will be possible to move on to a discussion of the issues with which our next state senator will grappling. The Illinois Q-C has to some considerable degree a non-partisan agenda.

How to best go about putting a check mark next to each item on that agenda is the question.

Envitably, the budget, deficit and public debt are central to the discussion about what to do. That's the state budget, the state deficit and the state debt.

We can all agree, I believe, that the federal deficit is appalling, and that it has incurred on the watch of the national Republicans. Again, fit fodder for a Zinga-Hare discussion.

But it is the state numbers that are of import in a state senate race.

Posted by: jcb at June 21, 2006 09:37 PM

Havinfun -- Actually, I can and do dispute that there's been any representation of Mr. Evans as a Vietnam vet.

I would think that including the "era" in official bio material and in many speeches does "dispute" the representation you claim existed.

That Mr. Evans misrepresented his military service is one of those ancient canards the disappointed have repeated and repeated, without ever making it true.

Posted by: jcb at June 21, 2006 09:47 PM

James, this is good to see. The blog posts I've seen to date had been very fuzzy about your past, to say the least. Whenever someone leaves service early, especially an academy grad, big red flags go up; and I have to admit I jumped to the wrong conclusions about why. I do remember the reduction in force post Gulf War, so I do understand and I'm glad you're willing to share your DD-214 with the D/A staff.

This clears up your military background considerably. Looks like your short career in the Army was tracking normally, probably would have had company command if you had stayed another couple years? I'm glad that you took the time to answer these questions.

14 years of business experience may be a stretch, I don't know, but I'm very satisfied with your answers. Hooah. Again, thanks.

Havinfun, the reason I asked those very pointed questions is that military service is often a plus an most vets are very willing to discuss their service. James is better off with these details on the table than as a mystery. I asked Rob Mellon some of the very same questions, plus he already had a good bio on his website. And if Lane Evans was running for his first election in 2006, I'd ask the same questions of him because they're asking us for a job and we'll all get to choose whether we should hire them.....at least in the general elections around here.

I takes a big man to admit when he's wrong...I'm not a big man. - Fletch

Posted by: Huck Finn at June 21, 2006 09:55 PM

Mr. Beydler, I could not agree with you more.

I think a good first step is to elect Judy Baar Topinka as our next Governor. She certainly has the ability and the experience by serving 3 terms as our State Treasurer. I was encouraged when I learned she received more than 50% of the vote in the 36th District while running for Treasurer.

Respectfully, after reviewing a few lengthy documents and conducting a more detailed analysis, I would like to post specific recommendations on the Passing Parade site.

I was pleased to hear the D/A editorial board members say they would consider publishing a Q/A series on the 36th District State Senate race. This would be similar to the 5 debate topics offered to Andrea Zinga and Phil Hare, but with less questions and focused on State issues.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District


Posted by: James Beals at June 21, 2006 10:13 PM


Thanks, Mr. Beals, for your commitment to work with regional legislators to push for passage of the Governor's capital budget bill this fall.
In case you didn't know, Sen. Jacobs and Rep. Verschoore were extremely successful in getting the vital $14 million into the capital budget for WIU-QC. Republicans played hardball politics and wouldn't give one vote for the capital budget.

That kind of partisanship hurts WIU-QC and hurts our region. Senators Sieben and Risinger played right along with their party leadership to the detriment of WIU-QC.

I will be watching your follow through on this capital budget issue.

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at June 21, 2006 11:34 PM


Now, now, Mr. Beals, Treasurer Topinka has presided over the state's finances for three terms and you support her for election to the state's top spot? I can't quite put those numbers together.

As the state's top financial officer during the George Ryan years, when Illinois state government went nearly $5 billion in debt, Ms. Topinka didn't utter a word. Her leadership is in serious question, and her campaign for Governor (to date) has offered very little in the way of new ideas or intitiatives.

Governor Blagojevich, along with the help of the General Assembly and Comptroller Dan Hynes, have begun to shrink the deficit. Why should we now turn back to the bad old fiscal days of Ryan by electing Topinka? Please explain that one and thanks.

Posted by: Values Matter at June 21, 2006 11:39 PM

Mr. Beals you should be commended for your military service not maligned. This idea that if a person has lost a job or if he/she has received one bad evaluation that somehow disqualifies him/her for public service is utterly ridiculous. If we don't watch it we will get into a situation where only a very select few will brave the waters and run for office - wait, we are already there. We are left with a group of candidates, irrespective of the office, acting like they are perfect and it seems disingenuous to the average person. Embrace your mistakes as part of who you are. Maybe persevering through troubling times in your life makes you even stronger - what a novel idea. Only political hacks would bring up false charges and then expect you to prove them wrong they think that the mere mention of your name and an outlandish charge will make you guilty be association. They underestimate the intellect of the average voter. Mr. Beals stay focused on your message. Most people are more concerned about what you will do as an elected official and not on an evaluation you had 10 years ago. I respect your lengthy response, but simply state you will not dignify those allegations with a response and then get right back on message. Dont let hacks get you off track that is their goal.

Posted by: Rob Mellon at June 21, 2006 11:41 PM

GDII at 11:34 p.m. -- Made a little leap, didn't you?

Beals said "Grillmaster, I look forward to working with Senator Sieben and Senator Risinger during my campaign."

You said "Thanks, Mr. Beals, for your commitment to work with regional legislators to push for passage of the Governor's capital budget bill this fall."

You read quite a lot into his words.


Posted by: jcb at June 22, 2006 12:02 AM

Rob, with a couple months worh of the trash talk in cyberspace about Beals' past, and since 2006 minus 1993 is less than 14, I don't regret asking any of those questions and I'm glad he answered them.

My only personal regret is that I drew the wrong conclusions (never voiced them) based on the math and other comments. He cleared all of it up nicely. Now we can put that trash aside and listen to why we should vote for his ideas.

I'm not looking for "zero defect", but if someone has a track record of success (in whatever career), it predicts continued success. A proven track record of success, along with a good message are a big part of the package.

I'm looking to hire this guy as my state senator, so his resume does matter. Now let's give him an interview.

Posted by: Huck Finn at June 22, 2006 08:41 AM

Whew! That was close. I was afraid the Democrat Smear Machine was going to hijack the conversation and flow of information with their anonymous innuendos. So----

My thanks to James Beals for timely and complete answers to all questions asked.

My thanks to Huck for the expertise needed to ask the appropriate questions of Beals regarding his military service, and

My thanks to jcb for providing the forum.

Now let's see what the Democrats have to say.

Totally OT: just saw where Scott Reeder got the Mollenhoff Award and $10,000.00 for his teacher tenure series. Bravo!

Posted by: paladin at June 22, 2006 01:23 PM


John Beydler,

You're probably right, I got a little bit ahead of myself on Mr. Beals' commitment regarding WIU-QC.

I just know that the real test of commitment from folks of all political stripes is whether we can unite behind the central goal of passing a capital budget that includes the funds for WIU-QC. That is the test. That is the question. That is the real challenge that may come this fall during veto session. Governor Blagojevich, after persistent efforts by Rep. Pat Verschoore and Sen. Mike Jacobs, included funding for WIU-QC in the capital budget for FY07. The question now is whether Republicans will help out area Democrats in getting this passed.

That is a question for James Beals and Steve Haring, to be more specific.

Thanks for providing this important forum.

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at June 22, 2006 02:52 PM


Has candidate Beals taken a firm position on the Triumph Foods contract and the hog plant yet?
Apologies if I missed his comments on that but I don't recall any public position.

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at June 22, 2006 03:03 PM

GDII at 2:52 p.m. -- If this string rises above the usual name-calling, hooting and hollaring seen on blogs, it's substantially due to Mr. Beals' willingness to engage (even in the face of some, ah, inelegantly phrased questions).

The discussion would be further use to voters if Sen. Jacobs would join the discussion.

Posted by: jcb at June 22, 2006 03:35 PM

Yawwwnnnnnnn!

Posted by: KateNelson at June 22, 2006 07:10 PM

JCB,

You zealously supported Paul Rumbler in the Democrat Primary. Now you want Illinois Sen. Mike Jacobs to join the discussion on your anti-Jacobs web site? Are you kidding me?

Like that, is ever going to happen!

JCB,

Posted by: SteveWayneGauge at June 22, 2006 09:40 PM

Why should Senator Jacobs help you and the D/A website. I know where he stands on the hog plant the capital budget and the asain carp. Sen Jacobs is busey getting the district on the right tract with his hard work. I am not sure that he would have the time to chat all day on the computer. I only wish that I had a job that I could chat on the internet in the middle of the morning on a work day like Mr. Beals and paladine. It must be nice to be a Republican and not have to work.

Posted by: I have to work at June 22, 2006 10:05 PM

I met Beals at a democratic fundraiser years ago. I think it was for Senator Denny Jacobs. Interesting isn't it?

Posted by: Anonymous at June 23, 2006 09:41 AM

Mr. Beydler, I applaud you for running a fair website. Please post the following responses.

I have to work-
I work a full time job. I typically leave around 6:30AM and return home around 6:30PM. My ability to campaign is limited to evenings and weekends.

Anonymous-
I have never attended a fundraiser for Denny Jacobs. However, I do think he is a very nice person.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: Anonymous at June 23, 2006 07:36 PM

Anything on the Boland - Haring race? I haven't heard much...

Posted by: Anonymous at June 26, 2006 10:06 AM


Boland is the House Republicans number one target. Look for them to dump a ton of $ into this race.

Polling shows Jacobs with huge lead, but polls show Boland is in serious political trouble. Capitolfax reported that nobody in Springfield likes or trusts Boland. They also talked about how poorly he ran in the Congressional race finishing fourth just 300 votes ahead of total unkown Rob Mellon.

Boland also has to worry about the Machine taking a pass on his race.

Harring may well beat career politican Mike Boland.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 26, 2006 05:51 PM


Pretty quiet on the 71st District front. Haring seems to be running an invisible campaign up until now.

Posted by: values matter at June 26, 2006 08:17 PM

What kind of person is running around getting themselves in bar room brawls. Mr Beals announced he was in a fight and got his jaw busted. I can't believe that he is running for State Senate. He needs to grow up and gain some maturuity. Maybe he could become an ultimate fighter.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 27, 2006 07:45 AM

Haring won't have to do much. He is the anti-Boland candidate. We are out there. I know older people won't cross party lines and I never understood why.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 27, 2006 12:03 PM

Isn't Boland a retired teacher? How can he be a career politician?

It looks like Jacobs has choosen the blogs as his weapon against Boland since Johnny G. won't let him outwardly support his opponent.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 27, 2006 12:30 PM

I commented on Boland and I am not a Jacobs. Nice try.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 27, 2006 02:25 PM


Yes, keep an eye on Jacobs finding quiet but significant ways to support Republican Haring against Boland. Don't be so sure that Haring isn't counting on that to get him elected.

Posted by: Hampton Independent at June 27, 2006 02:46 PM

Boland did support Jacobs' opponent in the primary after telling Madigan he would stay out of it. Boland worked the entire length of the campaign "quietly" for Rumler then did it publicly at the end. I would work against the man if I was Jacobs too. What goes around comes around.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 27, 2006 03:59 PM

How many years does one have to be an elected politician to be considered a career politician? 10 years? 20? I believe Boland has served 6 or 7 terms. That's quite a few years since teaching.

Posted by: Jean at June 27, 2006 04:36 PM

anonymous 3:59

The difference is that if boland backed rumler, which I never saw any evidence of, both are Democrats. Supporting a Republican like Haring is a totally different situation -- and it's entirely unacceptable.

Posted by: hampton independent at June 27, 2006 07:51 PM

Boland made an announcement in the paper the day before the election. Guess you missed that Hampton. And who says that Jacobs is supporting Haring? Where did you read that?

Posted by: Anonymous at June 28, 2006 10:41 AM

hampton independent,

What a terrible thing to say for an independent, 'supporting someone from a different party is unacceptable.'

I can see that coming from an ultra-liberal or ultra-conservative, but from someone that signs their comments as an Independent?

I am a Conservative (Republican, unfortunately at times), but I will vote for Jacobs because the same way that a Republican US Congressman can bring home $$ from a Republican Congress, Jacobs will be able to bring $$ home from Springfield - plus he is development minded.

Posted by: havinfun at June 28, 2006 11:36 AM

Wrong, Boland didn't support Rumler, check the financials. No money from Boland, nor any of Boland's top donor's (which would be the easy way to "quietly" funnel support).

Boland never offered an endorsement in the race, and only commented publicly after he saw his picture on a Jacobs campaign piece, which by the way had an endorsement from Lane Evans as well. The author of Evan's quote is open for discussion.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 28, 2006 12:14 PM

I am sick and tired of republicans trying to get Jacobs and Boland in some sort of a quarrel. Sen. Jacobs got out of the appointment process for Congress to try and form unity and stability within the Democratic Party. Senator Jacobs and Rep. Boland buried the hatchet. I know that Jacobs is supporting Hare, Verschoore, and Boland. I know is the time for unity and for the democrats to take charge of this election cycle to make sure that the Democrats get a clean sweep from Governor on down. Unite for the common good and don't believe the negatives coming from the republican camp.

Posted by: True Democrat at June 28, 2006 01:36 PM

Anonymous at June 27, 2006 07:45 AM stated: "What kind of person is running around getting themselves in bar room brawls. Mr Beals announced he was in a fight and got his jaw busted."

How do you know that's what happened? Being rather conclusionary aren't you? I have no idea how Beals got punched, but from what little I know of him, he doesn't start fights in bars. Guess you've never seen someone try to break up a fight somewhere and get nailed in the process (and I'm only giving an example).

I guess Anon is a typical RI Democrat... always take the negative side and stir up mud.

Posted by: Watcher at June 28, 2006 02:45 PM

so hampton independent, it is entirely unacceptable to support a Republican if your a Democrat? did you feel that way in 1986 when your man Boland, endorsed Bud Ford?

Posted by: springfield-democrat at June 28, 2006 05:40 PM

Predictions: some fairly close races ahead.

Gov Blagojevich 51.50
Topinka 48.50

Phil Hare 53.00
Andrea Zinga 47.00

Mike Jacobs 53.99
Jim Beals 46.01

Mike Boland 53.00
Steve Harring 47.00

Posted by: Hampton Independent at June 28, 2006 11:53 PM

Watcher, if you knew James Beals, it wouldn't surprise you he got punched, whether it was in a bar or not.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 29, 2006 10:08 AM

To Hampton Independent: Please tell us how you arrived at your "predictions".

To anon@10:18am: After decades of Democrat fecklessness that put RICO 8th on the state poverty list, I'd say a streetfighter is what is needed here and not the Democrat "Stay The Course" candidate.

Posted by: paladin at June 29, 2006 03:56 PM


Paladin ...

Well, my "predictions" are purely based on gut, based on a few years of campaigns, based on some general observation of the voting trends in these districts. Far from being an expert, I can only say these are hunches of mine. I have no insight into anyone's polling and that would, obviously, be helpful. These are my gut's best predictions at this point in time.

Now, factors may change this. If Mr. Beals can raise $50,000, for instance, he could become more competitive. But these are democratic districts that favor the Democrats.

Posted by: Hampton Independent at June 29, 2006 05:17 PM

More likely election results...

Blagojevich 51.00
Topinka 49.00

Phil Hare 57.00
Andrea Zinga 43.00

Mike Jacobs 61.00
Jim Beals 39.00

Mike Boland 49.75
Steve Haring 50.25 *

* House Republicans have designated Boland as tier one target.

Posted by: SteveWayneGauge at June 30, 2006 09:47 AM

SWG, I think that your predictions seem more realistic. However, what do you think keeps Topinka so close?

Posted by: havinfun at June 30, 2006 11:12 AM


Hey, Steve Wayne Guage, any relation to Stevie Ray Vaughn or Kenny Wayne Shepperd?

I think your predictions sound pretty accurate.

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at June 30, 2006 02:19 PM

These are my numbers.

Topinka 53
Gov Blagojevich 47


Andrea Zinga 51.5
Phil Hare 48.5


Jim Beals 52
Mike Jacobs 48

Steve Harring 51
Mike Boland 49

The Republicans SWEEP because of a HARE.

The entire key to this race is BEALS.

He is the only candidate with a job. He is the only person who can rally the Republican Party. He also has the background and willingness to work with elected Democrats like Pat Verschoore.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 30, 2006 08:18 PM

I took a moment to read through many comments associated with this web string.

I think we have the wrong candidates running for Congress. The best candididates are Mike Jacobs and James Beals, by a long shot...besides supporting Judy.

I realize that with Lane's retirement there are a lot of people without good direction.

Posted by: Anynmous at July 1, 2006 12:06 AM

I read the D/A article on Beals which stated he works at or for steel mills. Maybe we should call him the man of steel. Superman, we need you. Help us.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 1, 2006 01:31 PM

I do not like the fact that Mike Jacobs was appointed and his daddy got him the job. I am also tired of seeing his cheesy smile in the paper. How many times is this goofball going to stick his size 12 shoe in his mouth anyways. I have read articles on a comparison to Rosa Parks, size 12 shoe on the Thompson prison, high speed rail, pork money for the hog plant, giving Illinois taxpayers dollars overseas to fund projects, promising money for education and not getting it. The appointed Senator needs to ask his daddy to get him a job somewhere else.

Posted by: Just-The-Facts at July 1, 2006 04:36 PM

Mr. Beydler,

I am glad to see that the passing parade has a lot of activity. I think you have one of the better websites in the area. I hope you are enjoying your vacation.

My campaign financial report is due on July 31st. At this time, I am not sure if I will file it before or after my upcoming business trip to Korea and Malaysia to work at a few steel mills.

ANON: 1:31, thank you for the compliment.

I will share that so far, I have raised enough money to send out a brochure during the Primary and campaign effective through fair and parade season.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at July 1, 2006 05:11 PM

Beals, why did you send out a brochure during the primary? Did you have opposition? Would it be more prudent to send one out before the general election? What did you say to the guy that he broke your jaw? You weren't sucker punched.

Posted by: Jojo at July 5, 2006 11:42 AM

The legislative team of Verschoore, Boland and Jacobs has been working fairly well the past few years. Given the enormity of our challenges in this region, it makes sense to give them support to continue making progress. Turning over the reigns to folks who have hardly ever set foot in Springfield, at a time like this, is not smart.
Let's keep the momentum, and let's look for new ideas and opportunities to build on the current momentum.

Posted by: values matter at July 7, 2006 03:34 PM

To JoJo: If your jaw is broken, its kinda hard to say much of anything! Mr. Beals was not sucker punched in a drunken bar room brawl as some political mud slingers would have you believe. Someone used a pool stick as a weapon to strike him without warning. The alleged perpetrator was subsequently arrested.

To Anonymous: Being a victim of violence is NOT being immature. Posting information about people and situations you know little about, and jumping to conclusions, IS being immature.

Posted by: Common Sense at July 7, 2006 06:27 PM

The fact of the matter is no one strikes someone for no reason. It didn't happen in church either I presume. Beals putting himself in this position is nothing that I would be proud of. My children had to read about this in the paper.

Posted by: Commoner sense at July 9, 2006 11:19 AM

You know, Commoner sense, you really frost my cookies.

If you have information about how Beals got his jaw broken, that can be verified, please share it with us. If not, please stop with the Democrat smear Machine tactics.

Think about it. Your boy, Mike Jacobs has his daddy's name, his daddy's money and the backing of the Politburo. If he can't win with that, do you really think smearing his opponent will win the day for Mike?

No, it makes Mike Jacobs look weak and feckless. Do you really think independents and swing voters are impressed by your smear tactics?

why do Democrats choose to smear their opponents when they have everything in their favor? I assume they smear because, like Bill Clinton said, they can.

Really makes you proud, doesn't it, commoner sense?

Posted by: paladin at July 10, 2006 04:26 PM

Look, the fact of the Matter is that Beals got his jow broke in a drunken bar room brawl. It is out of his moth in the D\A, he seemed rather happy about it from the article. It was not from the Dem's. It was from the mouth of Beals to the D/A. It is up to Bealsto tell the tale not Jacobs or anyone else. Beals being in this kind of situation speaks volumes about his charicter

Posted by: common sence at July 11, 2006 10:40 PM

Common sence -- in addition to being unable to spell, you're apparently unable to read. The D/A story says nothing about drunkeness.

And what exactly in the story leads you to assert that "he seemed rather happy about it."

Perhaps you could consult one of your alter-egos -- commoner sense, cry babby, the machinist, the supporter, the bar fighter, etc. -- when composing an answer. Or you could just use you real name -- as Beals does when he posts -- and share what you know that's more pertinent than your heavily embroidered interpretation of a news story.

Posted by: jcb at July 12, 2006 12:51 AM

People that I have spoken with that have worked with James Beals have had little good to say about the man. This has nothing to do with "smear tactics" or the Republican spin cycle.

Posted by: fmc at July 12, 2006 11:56 AM

[[People that I have spoken with that have worked with James Beals have had little good to say about the man.]]

Good for him! It is often a good thing to make fellow employees angry. Usually it is because you refuse to roll over and accept status quo in the working place. I have known several companies that design company policies to create conflict in the workplace. It builds competition and often increases production. In the cases where it has the opposite effect it brings out weaknesses and problems needing to be addressed.

Posted by: NMP at July 14, 2006 03:53 AM

Good thing to make fellow employees angry ... good one. In Mr. Beals' case it wasn't not accepting status quo, but showing up late, having an enormous ego with little to back said ego up which seemed to be the cause of conflict.

Posted by: fmc at July 17, 2006 12:02 PM

Mr. Beydler,

I am currently on the 3rd segment of my international business trip and had a chance to catch up on the message traffic.

I am disappointed that people are talking about the circumstances surrounding my broken jaw. I have yet to see an accurate statement. I was the innocent victim of a violent crime during the Christmas holidays. The suspect was arrested and convicted. I currently have a wire holding my jawbone together and there is a pending civil lawsuit so I will not get into more detail.

I am also disappointed that people are attempting to smear my good employment record and business credentials. I have a solid resume and enjoyed my previous work experiences.

Why do people not want to discuss the issues?

I return to the United States this weekend and will have more time to spend on the campaign.

Perhaps in future topics, we can focus on the issues and my opponent will join the debate.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at July 19, 2006 12:38 AM

Unfortunately for you Mr. Beals, a person's character and integrity are the two biggest issues when deciding who to vote for. These are important issues. When a person has a record of bouncing from employer to employer, there's often a good reason. I, for one don't want to give you a more important job as a State Senator.

Posted by: fmc at July 19, 2006 06:54 AM

Fortunately for me, character and integrity are two of the biggest issues when deciding who to vote for.

1. Eagle Scout
2. West Point Graduate
3. Army Veteran

Regarding my employment history, I have had the opportunity to work at a Corporate headquarters, Union plant, marketing department, purchasing department, and product support department. I also have international business experience.

This range of work experience adds value to my resume. It also allows me to understand how to attract businesses and venture capitalist to invest in our district.

This is what we need in order to create jobs.

Is there some reason you support my opponent who was appointed and lacks this experience?

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: Anonymous at July 19, 2006 07:37 PM

Mr. Beals, I commend you on being an Eagle Scout, West Point Graduate and Army Veteran. However, the facts are that you have a checkered employment history. When you "leave" jobs before you get fired there is a problem. You will deny this and that's okay, but there are too many people who know what the truth is. Bottom line, if you had displayed the values you were supposed to have learned as a Eagle Scout, West Point Grad, Army vet in your work experience, perhaps at your age you wouldn't have worked at a Corporate headquarters, Union plant, marketing department, purchasing department and product support department.
I know Sen. Jacobs was appointed and that bothers me. However, he isn't denying he was appointed and at this point, he has more experience as a politician that you have.

Posted by: fmc at July 21, 2006 08:57 AM

With such a great career going on, why would you want to be state senator Beals? Do you know what it pays? Probably not as much as the private sector with your resume. I personally wouldn't want the headaches that come with a political job.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 21, 2006 11:42 AM

Anon 8:57 a.m. -- You say that "When you 'leave' jobs before you get fired there is a problem."

Most everybody leaves jobs without getting fired, generally because we've decided to do something more interesting, lucrative and/or personally satisfying.

Over the years I've interviewed scores of job candidates. Someone with a resume as full as the one Mr. Beals has put together in relatively few years would trigger an extra bit of caution.

In many cases, it was pretty easy to see there was no negative side to the moves -- each made perfect sense for someone attempting to advance in the news biz. (Plus, there were always story clips to look at, to measure skills.)

So, yes, it is a curiosity-inducing resume, but that doesn't automatically equate to "checkered".



Posted by: jcb at July 21, 2006 01:40 PM

Mr. Beydler,

It is very apparent that FMC is bent on smearing my good record. FMC hides behind an anonymous name with anonymous references and no specific events...this is called the rumor mill which I will rightfully squash. FMC please reveal your legal name and address.

My resume "triggered" an offer from my current employer. I enjoy this company and the work involved. They are fully aware that I am running for office and support my candidacy.

Anonymous - I am not running for the State Senate because of a paycheck. I am aware of what a Senator makes and it is not even close to what a Congressman makes. We need a State Senator who can economically develop the district and make sure we are getting our fair share of state funding while representing the values of the district.

Does anyone want to talk about issues?

Does Mike Jacobs want to debate why he is a better choice on November 7th?

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at July 21, 2006 11:21 PM

Mr. Beals, I didn't see the rule that said I had to post my name, I chose to post my initials. You want my legal address? What are you trying to be the jaw-breaker instead of the break-ee this time?
You have given two different reasons (in this thread and in the Dispatch article) for leaving your position with the government. In one instance, you said you left your job because of the BRAC (which will take several years for those jobs to move); in the other instance, you said you left so you could run for State Senator. Which story is true? Did you start at your present job right after leaving the government?
Finally, it doesn't seem like your resume has a hard time getting you a job. The hard part for you seems to be keeping a job. Normally, that would be just your business. But, when you are touting your experiences to represent me, then it is my business.

Posted by: FMC at July 24, 2006 08:25 AM

FMC,

First I would like to applaud you for taking an active interest in politics. It is certainly your legal right in the United States to support your favorite candidate and vote. I respect you for going to the polls, even if you are voting for my opponent. I wish more citizens would register and exercise their right to vote.

However, it is not your legal right to defame my character and spread rumors about me.

The following information has been provided to the D/A and posted to the passing parade regarding why I am running for the State Senate.

"My job at the Rock Island Arsenal fell under the BRAC realignment and was destined to relocate to Detroit, Michigan in the next few years. In addition, I did not feel that our district received our fair share of state funding and could have better representation. I left my job and collected over 1,000 signatures to be placed on the ballot in the Primary Election."

There is a Federal regulation called the "Hatch Act" which prohibits federal employees from running for a partisan office. Thus it was an immediate requirement to quit my job in order to be placed on the ballot to run for the State Senate.

From me you will get only the facts. I certainly have no difficulty in keeping a job and I do not regret any business decisions I have made.

I look forward to running a clean campaign focused on the issues and offering the voters a viable choice on November 7th.

Now FMC, I simply ask your legal name and address or perhaps you would like to retract some of your previous remarks.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at July 24, 2006 08:50 PM

Mr. Beals, I don't see anything defaming in FMC's comments. Voters will choose to see your employment history as a positive or as a negative. As a politician, you open yourself up for this criticism whether you're in the room or not. The way you choose to respond will also speak positively or negatively to your suitability as a candidate. For whatever reason, you have willingly chosen to participate in this forum. If you wish to continue to participate, you must be prepared to face continued criticism. The eyes are on you and your words, not FMC's.

Posted by: David Louis Farmington at July 24, 2006 10:59 PM

Mr. Beals, I have nothing to retract. If you would simply state that you have had some work experiences that "didn't work out" so you went and did something else, I would let it drop. I have not defamed you, your past is your past, you are simply posturing to make it seem I don't know what I'm talking about. I'm not intimidated by your implied threats.
You didn't answer my question about if there was a time gap between when you left your job at John Deere and started at the Arsenal. Also, you did not answer the question if there was a time gap between when you left the Arsenal and your current employer. One final question ... and understand, I know the answer to this question ... why did you leave John Deere? Remember, I expect to get the facts from you.


Posted by: FMC at July 25, 2006 07:00 AM

Mr. Beydler, I have no problems sharing my employment history and good work record with the great American public. I also respect freedom of speech and a persons ability to share their opinion on various topics / people.

I do have a problem with people starting defaming rumors and making untrue statements about me, especially when published.

FMC, You have done nothing other than post lies and spread rumors about my character. Third and last time asking, what is your legal name and address.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at July 25, 2006 12:33 PM

Are you threatening an anoymous blogger Mr. Beals? What do you plan to do? Go to their home, shoot your mouth off and have them punch you so you can sue them? No one here is required to give their name or address. Get over it.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 25, 2006 01:47 PM

Nice to see how you react under stress Beals. I thought you looked like a pretty good candidate up to this point. Why are you demanding the commenters legal name and address? Take a nice deep breath and let it go.

Posted by: jojo at July 25, 2006 01:51 PM

Mr. Beals, I have done nothing of the sort. I have posted the truth. I've asked you to answer questions and you haven't, instead trying to intimidate me or running to the moderator asking for help.
You can bluster and deny all you want, but there are people who know the truth. If you have no problem sharing your employment record, then do so, with start and end dates. The spaces will tell the story.
It's easy to act indignant when faced with unpleasant truths. It may even fool some people. However, if you are going to present yourself as a candidate with character and integrity as your strong points and someone who we will only get facts from, then answer the questions.

Posted by: FMC at July 25, 2006 02:24 PM

Anonymous 1:47, no threats from me. I am simply asking a rather outspoken blogger some personal information and he/she refuses to answer because he/she is posting inaccurate information.

FMC, I am not trying to intimidate you and I am certainly not running to Mr. Beydler for help. I will answer your questions. There is nothing unpleasant about answering them.

I left John Deere in November of 2002. I started a small business focused on home improvement. In April of 2005, I started at the Arsenal and closed the small business shortly thereafter. I left the Arsenal in December of 2005 and started with my current employer in May of 2006 after recovering from my broken jaw.

Jojo, no stress here and good advice. To answer one of your previous questions, I spent money on a primary mailer to inform and solidify my base regarding my candidacy. I was unable to hold press conferences with a broken jaw. I have sufficient funds to effectively campaign through parade / fair season and will continue to raise funds for the remainder of the campaign. I have a very good political coach.

Mr. Beydler, are you free Friday afternoon? I am taking a half day off work and would like to provide you a detailed campaign update.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at July 25, 2006 06:53 PM


Mr. Beals,

Glad to see that your broken jaw is not keeping you from blogging at a rather healthy pace in this campaign. Have a question: are you and Steve Haring (who's running against Mike Boland) running a coordinated campaign with Treasurer Topinka, or are you all kind of doing your own thing out there in campaign land?

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at July 25, 2006 11:34 PM

Wow, this is getting to be a tough read.

Beals commented: "I left John Deere in November of 2002. I started a small business focused on home improvement. In April of 2005, I started at the Arsenal and closed the small business shortly thereafter. I left the Arsenal in December of 2005 and started with my current employer in May of 2006 after recovering from my broken jaw."

FMC, is this a good enough explanation for 11/2002 to present? What's left? Looks like it's just that half decade between Beals' early out from the Army in 1997 to leaving Deere in 11/2002.

Imagine how much easier this would be with a candidate website. There could be a nicely crafted bio with a list of accomplishments, some positions on a few key issues, a link to contribute to the campaign, and maybe even some kind words from USMA '93 classmates or maybe even a retired former battalion commander. There's probably a few '93 grads in the West Point Society of the Praries.

Posted by: Huck Finn at July 26, 2006 01:08 AM

As I said, the spaces tell the story. If you were a stellar employee, why would you leave a job without having another job lined up? Nothing I have posted is inaccurate and you are well aware of that. You've done a very nice job of blustering and being indignant, but it's clear what the story is.

"Regarding my employment history, I have had the opportunity to work at a Corporate headquarters, Union plant, marketing department, purchasing department, and product support department. I also have international business experience."

When you posted earlier, why didn't you list you had experience as a small business owner?
Don't worry Mr. Beals, I will stop pursuing this angle as I think I have made my point and I'm not going to beat the horse to death.

Let's talk campaign issues: How do you propose to bring more funding to the area without plans that will raise taxes?

Posted by: FMC at July 26, 2006 08:47 AM

Jim Beals -- Friday afternoon should be OK. Be glad to talk to you about an update and share it with all. 786-6441, x325.

Huck Finn -- Campaign websites are good. I'd like to see one from both Beals and Sen. Jacobs. Detailed bios from both candidates would be great.

Posted by: jcb at July 26, 2006 10:33 AM

Why would a candidate for any office run a blog site. As you can see here there are three people speaking over and over again. This is a virtual ghost town.

Posted by: Ghost town at July 26, 2006 02:32 PM

Mr. Beals,

I had some free time and thought I would help you out a bit.

FMC stated that the letters were representative of his/her initials so I looked up all registered voters with the initials FMC. The total was 6 and none of them voted in the 2005 municipal election.

Frances is a die-hard Republican, sweet Fern is an 87 year old independent, and Feryl does not vote which left three independents.

Just to be safe I called them all and none were involved in internet blogging.

It is pretty obvious that FMC is either part of the Democrat smear machine or some liberal nut out to ruin your good name. FMC, you have been exposed for the fraud that you are.

Mr. Beals, Good Luck with the campaign and election. I look forward to working with our next State Senator.

Posted by: Lois Lane at July 26, 2006 07:08 PM

So, "Lois Lane", back to cub reporting school for you.

Your assumption that FMC is a registered voter is not particularly sound; in acting on it you've bothered six people there is absolutely no reason in the world to bother.

Did you identify youself as Lois Lane -- fake name -- in quizzing people about whether they're anonymously exercising their right to free speech? I hope they all told you straight out that it's none of your business.

The employment history of both Mr. Beals and Sen. Jacobs are legitimate concern to voters.
That FMC is so exceedingly excited about the details of one while expressing no curiousity about the other indicates he's probably a Jacobs supporter, and you surely didn't need to intrude on people's lives to figure that out.

Posted by: jcb at July 26, 2006 10:01 PM

Ghost town -- having trouble with the basics, are we?

Huck Finn suggested campaign websites, not blogs. You know, a website, where candidates provide biographical information, discuss their positions and offer links to make it easy to contribute or sign up to volunteer, etc.

Some of the candidates do have a blog as an element in their website. You should go check them out, rather than being lonely here in this virtual ghost town.

Posted by: jcb at July 26, 2006 10:17 PM


Apologies, John, for being off topic here for a second. But the biggest news in presidential politics tonight comes from the East Coast, where infamous conservative blogger Patrick Hynes has just announced he's been hired by John McCain's presidential PAC. This, on the heels of the news that Hillary Clinton's PAC has hired a well-known progressive blog host. McCain's new hire, Hynes, wrote a book called CRUSH KERRY or something like that. He's far to the right, so anyone who has the delusions that McCain is some sort of independent better wake up and smell the coffee.

My question is, have you been approached by a presidential candidate from the right or the left yet? Seems to be the rage these days.

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at July 26, 2006 11:26 PM

Nope, no presidential candidates sniffing around this virtual ghost town.

And don't you think it's kind of sad that "the biggest news in presidential politics" is who's hired what word-slinger? 'course, with the next presidential election two years away, it doesn't take much to qualify as big news, I guess.

Posted by: jcb at July 26, 2006 11:39 PM


I guess these new presidential campaigns hiring blog hosts is confirmation that blogs are a new and recognized communication vehicle in the competitive world of political communication. For better or worse, campaigns are moving in the direction of employing some blog host experts to shape up their campaign's blog presence, as it were.

My message to you is don't be surprised if candidates start knocking on your door or on other QC blog doors. I guess the real question is whether you want to spend time getting your resume polished up for that interview or not.

Cheers.

Posted by: grillmaster deluxe II at July 26, 2006 11:58 PM

JCB, it's simple why I bring up Mr. Beals employment and not Mr. Jacobs. I personally know Mr. Beals facts and don't know Mr. Jacobs, other than the fact he was appointed by his father, which, as I stated earlier, I did not like. There are many people I would vote for against Mr. Jacobs in this race ... Mr. Beals is not even close to being on the list.
Lois, so you know, I am an independent and do not involve myself in partisan politics. I'm not smearing anyone, just annoying hard core Republicans who would stoop to something as silly as calling and bothering people to ask them if they were on the internet with the truth. However, if it is easier for you to be content by labeling either a Jacobs supporter or a liberal nut, knock yourself out.

Posted by: FMC at July 27, 2006 06:59 AM

Lois Lane - you must be kidding me! You searched out who a blog commenter was? Shame on you! You have crossed the line by actually calling people to ask them if they participate on this site.

Posted by: please don't look me up! at July 27, 2006 08:30 AM

Don't they realize that some of us are just anti-Beals, not pro-Jacobs. I am still amazed that he was demanding your legal name and legal adddress.

You would be shocked by the number of people I know that are very interested in politics yet never voted.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 27, 2006 09:03 AM

According to Lois Lane's research, FMC is not representative of the initials of the anonymous blogger or FMC is not a registered voter. Few unregistered voters get this invovled in politics.

It was posted that FMC does not get involved in partisan politics, yet FMC is posting rather serious information about a partisan candidate.

The only way to have the facts is to have 1st hand experience, otherwise it is 2nd / 3rd hand which typically is known as the rumor mill. Therefore, FMC must have worked directly with Mr. Beals at one point, assuming FMC is posting truthful information.

If FMC is posting information regarding employment history, then FMC is probably violating company policy and is subject to disciplinary action if he/she is still working for the same company.

FMC also posts usually first thing in the morning, before 7AM, and also in mid-afternoon. I believe I can assume that FMC is employed and is also probably violating company internet policy since this anti-Beals information is not work related.

In my opinion, FMC is either part of the liberal media conducting unprofessional research and attempting to smear a political candidate or FMC is part of a political campaign smear strategy.

In either case, I think Mr. Beals has presented himself in a very professional manner and his logic / explanations have prevailed despite numerous attempts of a very mean person the defame his character.

I will take a West Point graduate over an appointed State Senator who worked as a BlackJack dealer and was a college party boy any day of the week.

Posted by: Deductive Reasoning at July 27, 2006 12:21 PM

Senator Jacobs worked as a Blackjack dealer? When and where? Talk about making stuff up.

Posted by: Anonymous at July 27, 2006 12:39 PM

Deductive Reasoning - you sound just like Jim Beals! Even your writing style is the same.

BlackJack Dealer?

College Party Boy?

Whatever.

I've know Mike Jacobs for many years. Glad to get some NEW information about him that slipped past me.

haha!

Posted by: Anonymous at July 27, 2006 12:50 PM

Irregardless of what appears to be a spat between Mr. Beals and FMC there are a lot of holes to Mr. Beals' work history in the comments here without any complete and substantive answer. FMC may not like Beals but the content in Mr. Beals' response or lack thereof will speak for itself.

Posted by: David Louis Farmington at July 27, 2006 03:46 PM

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Posted by: Deductive Reasoning at July 27, 2006 04:44 PM

Mr. Beydler, curious why you did not post my comments from last night? Perhaps it would have addressed Mr. Farmington's concerns.

FMP, you have already proven that you do not know the facts and hide behind an anonymous post. Everyone knows that an anonymous post spreading lies will never stick.

Ms. Lane, thank you for helping. That was good research to expose a fraud, but not necessary. I have to agree with Mr. Beydler that you should have not called registered voters.

I do not know who "Deductive Reasoning" is, but I will say one thing I have learned and my political coach has taught me well. Never make anyone upset who buys ink by the barrel.

Mr. Farmington, what questions do you have of me?

All, my campaign website, www.bealsforsenate, is purchased and under development.

Mr. Beydler, I look forward to our meeting tomorrow afternoon.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District


Posted by: James Beals at July 27, 2006 06:32 PM

James -- didn't get any comment from you last night. Send again.

Posted by: jcb at July 27, 2006 07:34 PM

Deductive Reasoning, you are way out of line.

I know Mike Jacobs and his family. They are good people like my family. Mike may be my opponent in this race, but he is a good person and deserves respect.

We have an agreement to run a clean race and I will honor that agreement starting with putting you in your place. Your comments and FMC's should have never been posted to this web-blog.

For those interested, I attended highschool with Mike's sister and we never dated. I also attended highschool with other politically related people such as Jeff Terronez and Mr. Leibovitz's son Nick.

Mr. Beydler, could you please put a stop to this anonymous posting nonsense. People should learn about the issues and not anonymous smear.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at July 27, 2006 07:49 PM

Mr Beydler,

There must be some delay in this process.

I recently sent a post regarding the very inppropriate comments by "deductive reasoning" and did not see your post time-stamped 7:34 PM.

I can catch up with you tomorrow, no big deal. That will give Mr. Farmington a chance to reply.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at July 27, 2006 08:13 PM

Deductive Reasoning/James/whatever name you're using today, the only thing Lois Lane "proved" was I didn't vote in the 2005 municipal election. Also, you caught me ... I'm on vacation. Starting next week, no posts during the day.
Finally, Mr. Farmington is correct. The spaces speak for themselves. I will not attack Mr. Beals on the sleaze level Mr. Jacobs has been attacked on. If you want to attack Mike Jacobs for being appointed and his work history, feel free.
Mr. Beals, I have not posted anything incorrect about your job history and have not even revealed all the information I know ... nor will I. Not once did I state the reasons why you left your jobs, just pointed out they weren't normal reasons people leave jobs.

Posted by: FMC at July 28, 2006 06:47 AM

Mr. Beals, I'm confused as to why you'd need me to respond so I can ask you for your work history, but if I can give you a structure to answer, maybe it would help:

Dates Employer Job Title Remarks
1989-1993 West Point Cadet Graduated
1993-1997 Army Army Officer First Lt., early out
XXXX-XXXX XXX XXX
XXXX-XXXX GE XXX Why didn't you relocate?
XXXX-2002 Deere XXX Left why?
2002-2005 Home Impr. Owner Success?
2005-2006 Command? XXX GS? contractor?
2006-pres Kress XXX
etc. etc.

Whats here is whats in the comments: West Point, Army, GE, Deere, a home improvement business, something I assume was a government civilian position somewhere on RIA, and now Kress.

But there are gaps and questions and it would only help you to put it together. Maybe you'd like to use the remarks or a line below each entry to mention your accomplishments and/or explain a short employment period?

Posted by: David Louis Farmington at July 28, 2006 09:07 AM

Mr. Beals received a trust fund at 30 that allows him some freedom in his employment. The trust fund is a result of a suit against RI county when he was a very young man. I wouldn't work at all if I didn't have to!

Posted by: Anonymous at July 28, 2006 09:32 AM

Mr. Beals, I am currently on your side, but do not smack off to me like that again.

FMC, you keep down this road of I am right and you are wrong without facts. You have been exposed from a rat hole like Saddam Hussein. For someone who does not get involved in partisan politics, to attempt to smear a good partisan candidate while on vacation. FMC, you take the cake as the ultimate poindexter loser.

On the other hand, I will wage right in as I do get involved. Mike Jacobs favorite alcoholic drink is a cc and coke. He has many of them while munching down on fat steaks and paying for them out of his campaign fund. Look at his payroll and the number of people paid less than $500 to keep from paying employment taxes. Financial reports are due July 31st.

Yes I am internet savy, know something about financial reports, the election process, the candidates, and am ready to sling some truth for the next few months.

Posted by: Deductive Reasoning at July 28, 2006 12:21 PM

Deductive Reasoning:

For someone who knows so much information about Mike Jacobs, you sure are not batting a thousand.

You have claimed to know about his favorite food and adult beverage preferences.

You claim his sister has dated his current opponent.

You have implied that he cheats on his wife.

You claim that Senator Jacobs was employed as a blackjack dealer.

There is not truth to all the information you are posting here.

As someone who actually knows Mike Jacobs I think that maybe you need to do your homework a little better Deduct.

The thing about commenting on a blog is that people can (and do) say anything they want. Nothing has to be true. There is no liability or responsibility.

Your "reasoning" leaves a lot to be desired.


Posted by: Anonymous at July 28, 2006 01:52 PM


Rather than a discussion about who knew whom in high school and what the favorite refreshment of our candidates for public office may or may not be, let me challenge this site to something truly refreshing. Let's try to find out where the candidates stand on issues that matter to taxpayers and families and kids, like how are we going to compete in the global economy, like how are we going to keep young people in this region.
Those are the key issues, not whether Mike Jacobs' sister went to high school with James Beals or whether there is a two-month gap in someone's resume.

Give me a break, folks.

Posted by: values matter at July 28, 2006 02:11 PM

Amen to that!
I can't take Deductive Reasoning slinging his version of the truth until election day in November.
I can't believe that "Lois Lane" called people to ask if they commented on this site.
It was refreshing to hear that Jacobs and Beals agreed to run a clean campaign.
Can't the blog commenters do the same with their postings?

Posted by: Anonymous at July 28, 2006 02:38 PM

Talk is cheap. What have these candidates accomplished in their adult lives? Having some grand plan on issues is great and all, but show me a demonstrated ability to make good on a commitment and reach a goal. What good is it to elect a candidate without a proven ability get the job done?

Posted by: Huck Finn at July 28, 2006 03:06 PM

So everyone should go read 36th District Stuff, Part Two...

Posted by: jcb at July 29, 2006 01:25 AM

Deductive Reasoning, you are a complete fool. I speak of things I know of. I know why James Beals left his jobs. This is not smear and it is not a partisan attack. No spider holes here. However, you make a nice attempt ... again ... to attack the messenger instead of the message.
While I point out things that are work history related to Beals and his work history you go after Mike Jacobs with complete sleaze ... yet, you call me the ultimate loser.

Posted by: FMC at July 30, 2006 05:30 PM

FMC,

I do not appreciate your lies.

I do not appreciate your lies being posted on the internet.

I do not appreciate the moderator allowing your recent post after he made a committment to clean up this web blog.

Your opinions are welcome.

Your libel is not.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at July 30, 2006 08:42 PM

James -- FMC's most recent post contains his opinion that Deductive Reasoning is a fool, that he attacked the messenger rather than dealing with the message, and that he changed the subject by attacking Mike Jacobs.

Nothing to clean up there.

Posted by: jcb at July 30, 2006 10:14 PM

Mr. Beydler,

FMC attempted to reiterate points previously made on this string that defamed my character.

In my opinion, a lot to clean up.

Sincerely,
James M. Beals, State Senate Candidate, 36th District

Posted by: James Beals at July 30, 2006 10:48 PM

And people ask why I went to registered users only. I submit the above thread.

Posted by: TID at July 31, 2006 03:24 PM

Mr. Beal,

I work at The Arc and I am attempting to gather all of the republican candidates as possible on one night to get them to talk to our individuals with disabilities. Would you be willing to participate. If so how do I contact you or perhaps you could yourself or a staff member contact me at 786-6474.

Your time and attention is greatly appreciated.


Pamela Turner

Posted by: Pamela Turner at September 25, 2006 09:11 AM