Thursday, June 6, 2013

Q the Eye/06.06.13

Dear LakeCountyEye,

If you're supposed to be psychic, then who sponsored that Lake County Election Board Bill?

Laws Are Like Link Sausages
Dear It Wasn't Your LakeCountyEye,

Ὥρος HōrosBeing an all-seeing psychic these days ain't what it used to be. Who would've foreseen the News-Sun -- Lake County's newspaper of record -- declaring that the time has come for a bi-partisan Election Commission?
It was time for non-partisanship in elections
Not your LakeCountyEye.

As readers of this blog are eerily aware, your LakeCountyEye did predict, way back in November, that Lake County would be getting an independent election commission:
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(A tip'o the green eyeshade goes to the spin-averse bloggers at CountyLeaks, for alerting your LakeCountyEye to this spookily accurate coincidence forecast. Who knew?)

Of course 20 gets you 20 for anything, in hindsight. Your LakeCountyEye does foresee that the aforementioned Election Commission is a done deal -- and the reason why is hidden in the Lake County briar patch.

Absolutely, the Lake County Republican establishment has been protesting mightily -- but they betrayed their hand by protesting too much. The spirits have informed your LakeCountyEye that the GOP secretly welcomes a new Election Commission because they have a problem: there is an election in November, 2014 and they they don't have a platform to run on. But a new election board in Lake County quite neatly solves their problem.

A Primary election will be held in March, 2014.  Just suppose the Primary happens to be botched by an inexperienced and partisan-mandated election board.  The Lake County Republican Party then would have the platform they need to drive their voters to the polls: an incompetent election commission that was imposed upon the county by partisan interests.

By your LakeCountyEye's reckoning there are at least 50 ways to botch any election. And for certain parties, it would be in their interest to use everything at their disposal to help that along -- although in all likelihood it's going to be botched even if they sit back and do nothing.

The next time someone pounds the table to protest a Lake County Election Commission -- think of Br'er Rabbit:
Please don't throw me in the briar patch!
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CountyLeaks said...


HB 2418's 11th-hour amendment forcing an election commission onto you has a familiar odor.

Who has something to gain from it?


DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin has been big on consolidation except for one entity -- the DuPage County Election Commission. It seems he wants that entity to remain as is, giving him exclusive appointing power. Yet he's been hard-pressed to justify it because no other county in Illinois has this structure...

Until...Lake County, thanks to HB 2418! Problem solved! And have you noticed how DuPage County is used as the model for this legislation, as if that's something to brag about?

Barney Baxter said...

hi CountyLeaks,

An excellent conspiracy theory.

However, I'm still betting the 2014 Primary will be a total debacle here -- and an abrupt end to the Lake County Election Commission.