Morning Spin: Emanuel: Trump’s NFL comments ‘ploy’ to distract from health care, North Korea

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel turned to two of his favorite targets Tuesday while discussing Chicago police officers who took a knee in apparent solidarity with NFL players who have been kneeling during the national anthem.

The mayor was asked about President Donald Trump’s criticism of NFL players for kneeling during the anthem and about Gov. Bruce Rauner saying he disagreed strongly with the players’ decision to kneel.

Emanuel, who was measured in his response to the officers’ action, pulled no punches while discussing the two Republican officeholders’ comments.

“It was divisive,” the mayor said of Trump taking on the NFL protesters. “There’s a part of me that also thinks it was a cynical ploy to distract people from what was happening on health care, what was not happening in Puerto Rico, and what they were attempting to do on health care but also North Korea.”

As for Rauner, Emanuel wondered why the governor is willing to join Trump in speaking out against the players while declining to weigh in on other topics.

“I think it’s, I suppose you have three subjects,” Emanuel said. “(Rauner) hasn’t told you where he’s going to be on an abortion bill as governor, but he told you where he’s going to be on it as a candidate. He hasn’t taken a position on the Republican health care plan that would leave thousands, hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans with less health care. But he has taken a position now on what Donald Trump said over the weekend.” 

Asked on Monday about the protests, Rauner said the players have freedom of speech, and that “I strongly disagree with those who would disrespect, who frankly would insult our flag, our national anthem, our nation as a whole, our values, and as a result insult our veterans, many whom have died defending our nation and our flag and our values.” (John Byrne)

 

What’s on tap

*Mayor Emanuel will appear at Malcolm X College for the One Summer Chicago Closing Breakfast. In the afternoon, he will tour the Old Main Post Office.

*Gov. Rauner will appear at the Project H.O.O.D Leadership and Economic Opportunity Center with Corey Brooks, pastor of New Beginnings Church.

*Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will talk about the national health care debate at a morning news conference at Stroger Hospital.

*The City Council Aviation and Public Safety committees meet.

*Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs will host a Hispanic Heritage Month at noon at the Thompson Center.

*The City Club of Chicago will host a panel discussion titled: “Illinois State Finances: What’s Next?”

 

From the notebook

*Federal appeals court strikes down 3rd-party full-slate rule: A trio of judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down a law requiring third parties that haven’t had significant support in the past to field a full slate of candidates to gain access to the ballot.

Under Illinois law, a third party must field candidates for all offices on the ballot in the political division in which it wishes to compete. Parties whose candidates have received at least 5 percent of the vote in a previous election are exempt.

In upholding a lower federal court ruling, the appellate panel found the full-slate requirement — the only one of its kind in the country — imposed “a burdensome condition on the party’s exercise of its right of political association.”

The “party” the court talked about was the Libertarian Party, which challenged the law. Its 2012 candidate for Kane County auditor wasn’t allowed on the ballot because the Libertarians didn’t slate a field of candidates for other county offices.

“As a condition for ballot access, the requirement forces minor parties to find and recruit candidates for races they want nothing to do with. In many instances the minor party must locate candidates for relatively obscure offices like county recorder or coroner,” the appellate court said in a ruling dated Friday.

“The full-slate requirement does not ensure that only parties with a modicum of support reach the ballot. Instead it ensures that the only minor parties on the ballot are those that have strong public support or are willing and able to find enough frivolous ‘candidates’ to comply with the law,” the ruling said.

“To be sure, the full-slate requirement — like any regulation that increases the cost of ballot access — reduces the likelihood that a feeble party will secure a ballot position. But Illinois’ interest in reserving the ballot for strong parties is directly served by the (higher) signature requirement. That regulation — which at 5 percent of votes cast in the preceding election is restrictive in its own right — suffices to winnow out weak parties,” the appellate panel wrote.

The effect of the court’s ruling might be felt largely at the county level or in municipal elections where third-party candidates are no longer compelled to have to find candidates for other offices to join them. (Rick Pearson)

*Roskam on tax reform: U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, will be front and center on Wednesday when Republican House members spend hours reviewing the tax reform proposals unveiled by the White House.

House Republicans plan to meet starting early Wednesday morning at National Defense University, with Roskam and Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, sharing details of the framework with their GOP colleagues, said David Mork, Roskam’s spokesman. The two lawmakers will meet with reporters afterward, Mork said.

“Tomorrow is an important day and I think it’s going to be a good opportunity to share with the members the framework that’s been outlined between the administration and the Senate and the House,” Mork said. “And the goal of this is really to get members informed on the broad contours that these three institutions have agreed upon.”

Roskam is chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee, part of the Ways and Means Committee. He was one of 17 committee members from both sides of the aisle to meet with President Donald Trump and top administration officials Tuesday at the White House. Roskam was reluctant after the meeting to spell out specifics, which were made public later in the day.

“The nature of the meeting was obviously a bipartisan discussion,” Roskam said. “The president laid out four goals of tax simplification, lowering rates for the middle class, lowering business tax rates and repatriating the money overseas that’s been locked out.”

“And there was a discussion on both sides about trying to sort out how it is that you bring the most middle-class tax relief as possible,” he said. “And there an expression by the president and Democrats on the committee to try and work together. So it was very much a top-line discussion.” (Katherine Skiba)

*Another state lawmaker won’t run: State Rep. Al Riley, an Olympia Fields Democrat, won’t run for re-election in 2018, he announced Tuesday.

Riley started in the Illinois House in 2007. He is the latest in the flood of state lawmakers who have either declined to run again next year, resigned or lost in the last few years.

“Many of the things I set out to accomplish in 2007, I have done so,” Riley said in a statement. “If a few did not fully come to fruition, I am proud that I raised the issue and in many cases, got laws on the books.”

*Quick spin: The liquor license hearing for River North bar Bottled Blonde has been extended again. A status hearing is set for Oct. 17 and a trial for Oct. 24. The case had to be continued again after Bottled Blonde’s attorney was arrested on drug charges. 

 

What we’re writing

*Emanuel offers few specifics on naming new leader of police oversight agency.

*Illinois lawmakers seek DCFS data about the caseloads of child welfare investigators.

*Duckworth wants Trump infrastructure plan; won’t endorse in Democratic governor primary.

*Emanuel declines to criticize police officers facing reprimand for kneeling.

*Trump administration to appeal Emanuel immigration lawsuit win.

*Mel Reynolds makes allegations of large-scale international bribery at his trial.

*Appeals court upholds Chicago puppy mill ban.

 

What we’re reading

*Whitney Young cancels its football season. Niles North suspends its season over “possible hazing.” And legal experts doubt Wheaton College hazing case will end in felony convictions.

*Prepare to pay handsomely for season tickets to Cubs’ new premier clubs.

*This beverage pro seeks out rare booze for country’s best bars.

 

Follow the money

*The third-quarter deadline for campaign fundraising is Saturday. You can expect to see a lot of appeals in your inbox. Republican attorney general hopeful Erika Harold sent one out Tuesday.

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here. 

 

Beyond Chicago

*Republicans won’t vote on latest health care plan.

*GOP Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker is retiring.

*Sessions says Senate shouldn’t have punished Warren over reading letter.

*Saudi Arabia to allow women to drive.

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