With President Obama set to address the nation tonight about the BP oil spill, U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias outlined his environmental platform and drew a sharp contrast with his Republican counterpart.
In his capacity as state treasurer, U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias will issue an executive order modifying the office's human resources policies to recognize same-sex domestic partnerships as equivalent to marriages.
The National Stonewall Democrats, an organization dedicated to
electing pro-LGBT candidates to office, has a new website up highlighting 30 federal candidates from across the country who stand out on issues of equality. Among them is Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias, who has vocally opposed the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and expressed support for gay marriage in Illinois.
The group is now asking for help in narrowing the list to ten candidates. Once the final group is chosen, the Stonewall Democrats will place an organizer with each of the corresponding local chapters to work on organizing around those races. Head on over to place a vote.
Today, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias corrected a claim on his campaign website that he serves on the board of directors of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois. In fact, Giannoulias served on the association's Committee on Legislation and Regulation.
In response to Moody's downgrade of Illinois' bond rating yesterday, GOP U.S. Senate nominee Mark Kirk blasted Democratic rival Alexi Giannoulias this morning for his purported silence on Illinois' fiscal crisis. In fact, in his capacity as state treasurer, Giannoulias has been consistent and vocal in his support of an income tax increase (which he would like to see coupled with some form of property tax relief). It's hard to imagine that Kirk could have forgotten this, considering that, back in March, his campaign posted video to their YouTube channel of Giannoulias expressing that very opinion:
Considering that the Moody's news triggered Kirk's latest broadside, it should be noted that they believe new revenue -- such as that generated by an income tax increase -- would bring the bond rating back up:
[I]n its analysis of Illinois’ financial problems,
Moody’s suggested that the state could improve its bond rating with
some kind of revenue increase that would bring stability and money
to the cash-strapped state.