Election 2016

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Mike Halpin

A second democrat has entered the race for state representative from the Illinois Quad Cities. Today Rock Island attorney Mike Halpin announced he's a candidate in the 72nd district.

It's now represented by Milan democrat Pat Verschoore who announced last month he will retire at the end of his current term next year (2016). Already in the race is Verschoore's nephew, Jeff Jacobs, an attorney in Moline.  Originally from New York state, Halpin was hired by Quad Cities congressman Lane Evans in 2002 to work as his district scheduler and aide. After earning a law degree, he went to work in 2010 for the Rock Island law firm of McCarthy, Callas, and Feeney, where he focuses on labor and municipal law.He also serves on the board of Bridging the Gap: Stand Down for Homeless Veterans. 

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A day after the Democratic candidates debated, Bobby Jindal says the only choice voters have is between "honest socialists and lying conservatives." The Louisiana Governor and GOP presidential candidate campaigned in Bettendorf today.

Jindal says he's "angrier with Republicans" than with Democrats, and criticized the party's inability to de-fund Planned Parenthood.

Jindal also says his tax-reform plan would eliminate the corporate income tax and require all working Americans to pay at least a two-percent income tax. 

And, Jindal would reform immigration by getting rid of sanctuary cities, and finishing the wall on the Mexican border, which he says can be done in six months.

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Veteran's benefits, electronic documentation, and property fraud alerts. That's all on Kelly Fisher's agenda for another term as Rock Island County Recorder, if she wins re-election.

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"The collapse of the separation of powers is one of our biggest challenges." That's what GOP presidential candidate, Rand Paul, told a small crowd at St. Ambrose University this morning, at a campaign stop in Davenport. Michelle O'Neill reports the Kentucky U.S. Senator blames both parties.

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Five presidential candidates are set to court voters in eastern Iowa over the next week. Michelle O'Neill has the rundown.

Rand Paul is focusing on higher education, and this afternoon visited students at Coe and Cornell colleges. Tonight at 6:00, he'll hold a "Rand Rally" at the University of Iowa's Pentacrest. Then tomorrow morning at 8:45, Paul will hold another "Rand Rally" at the Rogalski Center at Saint Ambrose in Davenport. 

Tomorrow night at 6:00, Rick Santorum & Mike Huckabee are set to speak at an event entitled, "the Jerusalem Call," at Grace Fellowship Church in Iowa City. At 9 p.m., Santorum will hold a town hall meeting at "The Airliner," an Iowa City sports bar.  The former governor of Arkansas will hold "Huckabee Huddles" this week in Ottumwa, Mount Pleasant, and in the Scott County town of Donahue. That'll be at Cinnamon Ridge Farms on Thursday afternoon at 1:45 p.m.  On Wednesday over the lunch hour, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will talk with customers at Ross Restaurant's new location in Bettendorf (11:30 a.m.). Then on Thursday night at 6:00, Jindal will speak at to members of the Davenport Elks Lodge. And the public's welcome at that meeting. 

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If elected president, Jeb Bush says he would "disrupt every aspect" of Washington DC. The Republican presidential candidate campaigned at the annual Scott County Ronald Reagan Dinner in Bettendorf tonight, and proposed a six-year ban on lobbying for former members of Congress. 

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Health care was the focus for Hillary Clinton today during a campaign stop in Davenport. But questions for the democratic presidential candidate during a community forum ranged from guns and education, to job creation and how to fight ISIS in the Middle East.

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Touting his accomplishments as governor of Ohio, John Kasich believes in "showing, not telling." During his first trip to Davenport today, the Republican presidential candidate says he's written 18 budgets in his lifetime, and they've all been balanced. 

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A Republican presidential candidate will make his first appearance in the Quad Cities this week. Tomorrow, John Kasich will be the next candidate to participate in a Quad Cities New Ideas Forum at Saint Ambrose University.

Kasich is the governor of Ohio, and has yet to visit the Quad Cities this campaign cycle. The Davenport stop is one of several Iowa visits by Kasich this week, including one in Cedar Rapids tomorrow evening.

Kasich will speak about national security, at 11 am tomorrow, at the Rogalski Center on St. Ambrose's campus.

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Hundreds of people showed up for Carly Fiorina's campaign stop in the Quad Cities. This morning, the republican presidential candidate spoke to a crowd of 625 at another New Ideas Forum at St. Ambrose University in Davenport.  The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard says small businesses are being crushed by appointed officials who govern by regulation.In her first 100 days as president, Fiorina says she'd first roll back harmful executive orders signed by President Obama.

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