Pollsters at the Rothenburg Political Report have moved the dial on their prediction for the 17th District from "lean Democrat" to "tossup/tilt Democrat."
The change is good news for U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, who has a battle to hold onto his seat against Democrat Cheri Bustos in a district widely viewed as favoring Democrats.
In changing its rating on the 17th District, the Rothenburg Political Report said, "This Quad-Cities seat may be Republicans' best chance of saving their trio of surprise freshmen in the Land of Lincoln, and both parties are already spending heavily and will continue to do so. The district looks like a Democratic bastion on paper, but Schilling is a terrific campaigner."
State Rep. Rich Morthland, R-Cordova, is holding a fundraiser at Prime Steak House, 323 Main St., Hillsdale, on Sept. 27. Rep. Morthland recently had a run-in with an unruly cow that left him hospitalized with a banged-up knee.
But he'll get some revenge on his bovine friends at this fundraiser, which starts at 5:30 p.m. and features a top sirloin dinner. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 for couples. RSVP by emailing email@example.com or call Bethany at (309) 781-1021.
Rep. Schilling has been picked, along with 13 other House Republicans, to join a new fundraising intiative by GOP House Speaker John Boehner. The joint fundraising committee called "Wire to Wire" will feature new digital tools to raise money online and will use digital data to target possible donors, according to a story in The Hill, which covers Congress.
Speak Out, a self-advocacy group made up of people with intellectual, developmental and
other disabilities, is hosting a candidate forum from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at the i wireless Center, Moline.
Jim Mertens, of WQAD-TV, will moderate the "2012 Legislative Forum on Illinois Disability Issues." The ARC of the Quad Cities, which serves local people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities, is helping to promote the event.
Ms. Bustos will be in attendance, and Christie Schilling, Rep. Schilling's wife, will represent her husband. Candidates for state senate and state representative also will be present. Candidates will be asked how they plan to address the needs of people with developmental disabilities at the forum.
Loebsack's day of action
U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Mount Vernon, will host a "day of action" for Democrats today in Davenport. As part of the event, Rep. Loebsack will be joined by Iowa Sen. Joe Seng, Iowa Rep. Cindy Winckler and Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz for a rally at 12:30 p.m. at Scott County Democratic Headquarters, 1706 Brady St., Suite 205 Davenport.
After the rally, Rep. Loebsack and elected officials will go door knocking in Iowa House District 90, a statement said.
Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, a Republican, will attend an early voting rally at 5 p.m. Thursday at Scott County Republican Headquarters, 311 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport.
Sec. Schultz is scheduled to speak at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. Early voting by mail or in-person starts Sept. 27 in Iowa.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.