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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.