Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Chicago Ald. and 4th CD candidate Manny Flores [D], cable and soon streaming

Links added on Wednesday at 12:05 am
Jeff Berkowitz: Best technology. The best innovation in drugs. The best innovation in healthcare services [is in the U.S.]. It’s expensive for those things, but you are saying you don’t want to lose that superior rating.

Ald. Manny Flores: That’s correct. But, we want to make the superior rating available and accessible to Americans, people who live here; people who are paying taxes, people who are hardworking citizens, not just simply for the rich
This week’s suburban edition of Public Affairs features Manny Flores, Chicago Ald. and 4th Cong. Dist. Democratic Primary Candidate .The airing schedule for the suburban edition of “Public Affairs,” is included, below.
The show with Ald. Flores also airs through-out the City of Chicago this coming Monday night [July 23] at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV] and on Monday, July 23, 2007 at 7:30 pm on Aurora Community Television, on Comcast Cable Ch. 10 in Aurora and some surrounding areas.
You may also soon watch the show with Ald. Flores on your computer at PublicAffairsTV.com. In addition to the Flores show soon to be posted, recent shows currently posted on our video podcast site include a show with Frank Avila, Jr., containing predictions and assessments of the 4th CD race, shows featuring Republican Campaign Consultants and media personalities Dan Proft and Dan Curry, Roberto Maldonado, a Cook County Commissioner who is also running in the 4th CD Democratic Primary in 2008, State Reps. Julie Hamos, Paul Froehlich and John Fritchey, Senators Sandoval, Syverson and Lauzen, Presidential candidates Obama, Giuliani, McCain and Cox, and many other pols and opinion makers.
Ald. Flores- Background info

Chicago 5th Year Ald. Manny Flores, who was born in El Paso, Texas, arrived at the age of eleven in North Lake, Illinois- unincorporated Melrose Park. He was first elected to the City Council [1st Ward] in 2003 [beating Daley-HDO backed, 10 year incumbent Jesse Granato] and then re-elected earlier this year. He graduated from Rosary Collage (now Dominican University) majoring in Political Science and got his law degree from George Washington University, after interning for Cong. Gutierrez. Ald. Flores lives in Wicker Park with his wife and young son.

Ald. Flores, as does any pol, has his critics and his supporters. [See here for an overview]. However, currently, the latter seem much more numerous than the former.

The 4th CD likely players:

Rounding out the circle, Cong. Gutierrez has said he would not seek re-election in 2008 and Ald. Flores now seeks to take his place. Cook County Commissioner Roberto Maldonado [D-Chicago] and fourteen year Ald. Ricardo Munoz [22nd Ward] have also joined the 4th CD race, and it is expected that Ald. Danny Solis [25th Ward] and possibly Ald. George Cardenas [12th Ward] will throw their hats in the ring, as well.

State Rep. Susana Mendoza [D-Chicago] may also be tempted to get in the race, but probably not. Unlike the alderman and Cook County Board Member Maldonado, Mendoza would have to give up her current statehouse seat to run, something which pols are loath to do—unless they have a sure thing. Never give up your base, as they say.

The 4th CD: a geograhpic and ethnic description.

The 4th CD, an Hispanic majority district created in 1992 and altered a bit by the 2001 Redistricting, includes Little Village, Pilsen, Cicero and Back of the Yards on the south side of Chicago and Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square and Humboldt Park on the north side-- and portions of 23 Chicago Wards.

The population of the 4th CD is about 75% Latino, 20% white and 5% African-American. However, in terms of likely voters, it is about 50% Latino, 40% white and 10% black. 75% of the Hispanics are Mexican, 10 % Puerto Rican and 15% other. The whites are substantially yuppie and their preferences will be heard in this race, with Ald. Flores expected to get a good chunk of those votes.

Late breaking news:

The good news for Ald. Flores this morning was that his campaign fundraising efforts for the last quarter easily bested his current Primary rivals [beating Comm. Maldonado by almost 300K and beating Ald. Munoz by more than 350K]. However, the bad news for all the 4th CD wannabees was that the rumor of the last month, or so, that Cong. Gutierrez might reneg on his promise to step down made its way into this morning's paper, with the article referring to a source close to Cong. Gutierrez [See here].
Topics discussed/debated with Ald. and 4th CD candidate Manny Flores

Healthcare and immigration
Chicago Ald. and 4th Cong. Dist. Democratic Primary Candidate Manny Flores discusses and debates domestic and foreign policy issues with show host and executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz. Topics include health care, the No. 1 issue in the 4th CD; how to pay for universal healthcare and the need for a safety net; are not-for-profit hospitals doing their share to care for low income patients; Should the U. S. try to fix the pockets of the health care system that are not working or should we go to a single payer system? Can the healthcare system be fixed in a way that maintains its superior rating for quality while extending its reach to those not currently served.

Other topics discussed include comprehensive immigration reform and why the McCain-Kennedy-Gutierrez (“MKG”) bill failed in Congress. Were the border control provisions in that bill credible? Was the public and congressional debate characterized by divisive or simply spirited rhetoric? Were the majority of Americans disappointed or pleased the MKG bill failed? Is there a way to move forward with immigration reform? Piecemeal instead of comprehensive? Is improved border control necessary simply to protect national security, as well as to provide for a more orderly and legal immigration process?

Have illegal immigrants been “crowding out,” government services for legal immigrants and other U. S. Citizens? Or, do illegal immigrants contribute more in taxes paid than they receive in government services, e.g., education, healthcare, food assistance, etc received?

Should “chain immigration,” be permitted, i.e., an illegal immigrant spouse of a legal immigrant is granted permanent non-resident status and then a path to earned citizenship? Same for children [born outside the U. S.] of a legal immigrant? Grandparents of a legal immigrant? Where should the line be drawn?

What is the best way to improve educational options in low income areas? More tax dollars spent on education? More charter school choice? More school voucher choice? Raise teacher salaries? What does it mean for politicians to be responsible stewards of educational tax dollars?

Other topics discussed include how would Ald. Flores have voted in 2002 regarding authorizing the President to take military action in Iraq? Does Ald. Flores think that the Bush Administration lied about WMD in Iraq or was it just mistaken due to faulty, worldwide intelligence?

What action does Ald. Flores favor with respect to Iraq at this point? Would a U. S. precipitous withdrawal be a de-stabilizing force in the Region? Does Ald. Flores agree with Presidential candidate Edwards that the Global War on Terrorism is simply a bumper sticker? A bumper slogan?

Would Iraq become a safe haven for Al Qaeda if the U. S. were to withdraw most or all of its troops now? Would the Iranian troops in Iraq become much more a problem if the U. S. were to withdraw from Iraq now?

Are environmental and energy self sufficiency issues important in the 4th Cong. Dist. Race? How to wean the country off of foreign oil and how to transform the current economy into a green economy? Should we turn blue collar jobs into green collar jobs?

Will Cong. Gutierrez change his position and seek re-election?

Will people have to drive smaller cars and fewer SUVs in a Cong. Flores world? If China and India are not involved in the energy/environmental changes, is it futile for the U. S. to embark on such a program? Does Cong. Flores favor carbon emission caps?
A partial transcript of this week's suburban show is included directly, below.

Healthcare services: No.1 issue in the 2008 4th CD race.

Jeff Berkowitz: Let’s go right to the issues. No.1 issue, 4th Cong. Dist. Democratic Primary?

Ald. and 4th CD Dem. Primary Candidate Manny Flores: Well, you have a number of issues—

Jeff Berkowitz: I know you have a number of issues, but give me the No. 1 and then we’ll go to the rest.

Ald. Manny Flores: You are looking at Healthcare as a very important issue.

Jeff Berkowitz: Tops, above everything else?

Ald. Manny Flores: Absolutely, because if you are sick and you don’t have a way to take care of your healthcare costs, where do you go? What happens to you? What happen to your family….
Single Payer Healthcare System?

Jeff Berkowitz: …Should we change the whole system? Should we move toward a government system because there is a pocket of problems. In other words, should we try to fix that pocket as opposed to saying to 300 million people, the government will be the single payer.

Ald. Manny Flores: I didn’t—

Jeff Berkowitz: You haven’t made a decision yet [on that].

Ald. Manny Flores: That’s why I indicated to you it may not necessarily be the best choice to go with a single payer system.

Jeff Berkowitz: You haven’t decided, yet.

Ald. Manny Flores: I haven’t decided that yet but I do believe that we need some basic safety net. One of the things I am very concerned about is creating a system where you undermine the quality of healthcare in the United States. No doubt about it—there is no doubt that the United States has the best quality of health care available.

Jeff Berkowitz: People come here from all over the world. If they need a specific skill, if they need a sophisticated heart surgery, they need cancer treatment, they don’t go to Cuba—much as people say about it, they come to the United States.

Ald. Manny Flores: That’s right and we want—

Jeff Berkowitz: Best technology. The best innovation in drugs. The best innovation in healthcare services. It’s expensive for those things, but you are saying you don’t want to lose that superior rating.

Ald. Manny Flores: That’s correct. But, we want to make the superior rating available and accessible to Americans, people who live here; people who are paying taxes, people who are hardworking citizens, not just simply for the rich

Jeff Berkowitz: Well, when you say make it available for Americans, that’s perhaps a good segue—immigration, would that be the No. 2 issue in the 4th CD?
Ald. and 4th CD Dem. Primary Candidate Manny Flores, as he is airing this week on Public Affairs in 35 Chicago Metro suburbs. [See below for the suburban airing schedule] and as will be airing on Monday, July 23, 2007, 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21, CANTV on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs and on Monday, July 23, 2007 at 7:30 pm on Aurora Community Television, on Comcast Cable Ch. 10 in Aurora and some surrounding areas. The show was recorded on July 8, 2007.[You may also go here to watch, soon, Chicago Ald. Manny Flores [D] on PublicAffairsTV.com].
In twenty-five North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs, the "Public Affairs," show airs every Tuesday night in the regular weekly Public Affairs slot, 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 or 35, as indicated, below.

In ten North Shore suburbs, the Public Affairs show airs three times each week in its regular slots at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as indicated, below. ********************************************************
The suburban episode of Public Affairs with guest Chicago Ald. Manny Flores 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 week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday night at 8:30 pm, airing 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. You may watch "Public Affairs," shows with Presidential Candidates Obama, McCain, Giuliani and Cox and many other pols at www.PublicAffairsTv.com