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News-Gazette Endorses Rodney Davis

October 22nd, 2018

The News-Gazette on Sunday endorsed Rodney Davis for re-election. The newspaper’s editorial noted Davis’ work representing the diverse needs of the district, support for tax reform, record of bipartisanship, and his opponent’s support for impeaching the president. Davis was endorsed earlier this month by the Herald & ReviewPantagraph, and Chicago Tribune.

Diligent representative of the 13th District

“He’s been a diligent representative of the district’s interests, particularly on the agricultural front. Although he’s the target of regular vilification by his political opponents in Champaign-Urbana, Davis is more in tune ideologically with his massive rural and small-town constituents than Londrigan.”

Bipartisan record

“Reserved and pleasant, Davis doesn’t come across as personally alienating. He’s been ranked near the top of the list of the most bipartisan members of the U.S. House. (That finding is based by measuring the frequency with which each member’s bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party, as well as how frequently they co-sponsor bills by members of the opposite party).”

Support for tax reform

“Davis has focused on the nation’s strong economy, which he says was boosted by the tax-cut legislation Congress passed and Trump signed. Although it lowered tax rates across the board and increased the standard deduction for all, Londrigan calls it a giveaway to the rich.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But with the unemployment rate down to 3.7 percent — the lowest since 1969 — and economic growth up substantially over the Obama years, it’s hard to argue that the tax-cut legislation is the disaster Londrigan claims.

“Despite cutting taxes, the legislation hasn’t even resulted in a reduction of revenues, thanks to the growing economy. The U.S. Treasury Department reports the federal government collected record individual income-tax revenues through the first 10 months of fiscal 2018 (October 2017 through July 2018).

“So when Londrigan suggests the economy is still in the doldrums, as she did in a recent debate with Davis, it’s just not credible. If the economy was doing as poorly as she suggests, would former President Barack Obama be complaining publicly that he, not Trump, deserves the credit for the current boom?”

Impeachment

“Londrigan would be a likely bet to join House Democrats in their goal to impeach Trump should they win back the majority. But absent any high crime or misdemeanor, as the U.S. Constitution requires, disappointment over losing a presidential election is no reason to plunge the nation into the chaos of a partisan impeachment probe. If Democrats want to strip Trump of his office, they should organize for 2020.”

Click here to read the entire endorsement editorial in The News-Gazette.

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