Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Better than Basketball: Berkowitz & Murphy on TV/Streaming

Matt Murphy: …from an education standpoint, that tax swap idea [raising the income tax and lowering the property tax to partially offset that increase] and making the state the primary funding source…for education in our schools would be truly catastrophic in our area.
State Senate Republican nominee in the 27th District Matt Murphy [R- Palatine] answers a few questions on the various editions of the "Public Affairs," program- from show host and executive legal recruiter Jeff Berkowitz about illegal immigration, the message that Illinois should send to potential immigrants and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants; tax swaps, raising the income tax, funding education, school choice and school vouchers; Guns, Gays and Abortion and much, much more.

"Public Affairs," is featuring Senate Candidate Murphy [R-Palatine] this week in 35 Chicago Metro suburbs [See, below, for a detailed suburban airing schedule] on Comcast Cable; this coming Monday night [May 8] through-out the City of Chicago on CANTV, Cable Ch. 21 at 8:30 pm; And, right now, on the "Public Affairs," podcast page on your computer [See here].

The "Public Affairs," podcast page gives you a choice of more than 20 episodes of “Public Affairs," from the last half year including, in addition to the show with Senate candidate Matt Murphy [R], shows featuring a recent joint press conference with Senator Obama [D-Illinois] and Congresswoman Bean [D-Barrington] dealing with, among other issues, Iran, Iraq, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and tax cuts, Senator and Republican nominee for State Treasurer Christine Radogno, the Republican nominee and Democratic incumbent in the 8th CD, David McSweeney and Congresswoman Bean, respectively; Tony Peraica, Republican nominee for Cook County Board President; Forrest Claypool, who came close to beating John Stroger in the 2006 Democratic Primary for Cook County Board President; and Cong. Jan Schakowsky [D-Evanston, 9th CD] [See here].
Matt Murphy: …from an education standpoint, that tax swap idea [raising the income tax and lowering the property tax to partially offset that increase] and making the state the primary funding source…for education in our schools would be truly catastrophic in our area.
Matt Murphy: But, the point for me is—I am on the Harper College Board now. What I have seen since the Democrats took over total control of state government is that they have cut our state funding by 21%. That’s being replicated in our high school districts, in our grade school districts in our area…meanwhile, while they are cutting our funding, City Colleges of Chicago funding goes up by tens of millions of dollars. And, there is no sense in crying over it, we have no power right now.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you are saying districts that are thought to be more Republican are getting less spending, in this case on higher education. Districts that are thought to be more Democratic-- [for example those in] the City of Chicago are getting more spending or assistance from the State. Is that your assertion?

Matt Murphy: That’s my assertion.

Jeff Berkowitz: And, you are saying that is just the way it is. The power between Democrats and Republicans.

Matt Murphy: Right, there are three people who decide where the money gets spent in the State of Illinois, right now—

Jeff Berkowitz: Who would those three people be?

Matt Murphy: And, those three would be Governor Blagojevich [D-Chicago], Speaker Madigan [D-Chicago] and Senate President Jones [D- Chicago]-

Jeff Berkowitz: So, what is the point of you running? You are not going to have any say in this, are you?

Matt Murphy: Well, in the near term, no.

Jeff Berkowitz: Until you get to be a majority.

Matt Murphy: We’ve got to get a majority.

Jeff Berkowitz: You’ve got to pick up how many seats to be a majority?

Matt Murphy: We need to pick up three.

Jeff Berkowitz: Your seat, you are just trying to keep it. That’s not a pick-up. If you win, you just keep it Republican [Republican Wendell Jones is not seeking re-election to that seat]. You have to find three somewhere else.

Matt Murphy: But, we also need leadership as a party. And, I’d like to serve in that capacity. Not just in a formal sense, but leading by speaking to people where they live their lives—giving people a compelling vision for a Republican Party.
Public Affairs, with State Senate candidate Matt Murphy [R-Palatine], was recorded on April 23, 2006 and is airing on the Suburban edition of Public Affairs this week [week of May 1] and on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs on Monday night, May 8 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21. See, below, for a detailed, regular suburban airing schedule for Public Affairs . The show with State Senate candidate Murphy is available, right now, as a video podcast at the Public Affairs Cinema Complex, along with nineteen other shows, which are also airing there. [See here].
In 25 North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs, the show airs tonight in its regular Tuesday night time slot: 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or 35, as indicated, below.

In 10 North Shore suburbs, the show is airing in its regular airing slot at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 this week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as indicated, below.

The episode of Public Affairs, featuring Republican Senate Candidate Matt Murphy [Palatine] airs tonight:

at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette

And at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.

and this Wednesday and Friday night at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at JBCG@aol.com