Thursday, October 23, 2008

Better than Matthews or Brokaw: Berkowitz w/Hamos and Rutherford on Obama, McCain, Taxes, Spending and much more, Cable in Rockford and Streaming

“Public Affairs,” interviews with State Rep. Julie Hamos(D-Evanston, 18th Dist.) and State Senator Dan Rutherford (R-Pontiac, 53rd Dist.) air this evening in Rockford and other nearby communities, listed below, on Comcast Cable Ch. 17. The program with Rep. Hamos airs at 8:00 pm and that is followed at 8:30 pm by the program with Sen. Rutherford.

Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs, and executive legal recruiter, debates and discusses McCain v. Obama and various state legislative and political issues with Rep. Hamos (taped on September 28, 2008) and assessments of Obama's performance while in the State Senate, state legislative issues and the future status of the State GOP with Sen. Rutherford (taped on October 12, 2008). More detailed lists of the topics for tonight's shows are included, below.

You may watch the Hamos program on your computer and you may watch the Rutherford program on your computer.

In addition to Rockford, the Public Affairs programs, referenced above, featuring Rep. Hamos and Sen. Rutherford, air tonight in the following communities: Byron, Cedarville, Cherry Valley, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Mount Morris, New Milford, Portions of Ogle County, Oregon, Polo, Stillman Valley, Winnebago, Portions of Boone County and Poplar Grove.
Topics discussed on tonight’s show with State Rep. Hamos, chair of the Mass Transit committee, include why she thinks Senator Obama should be President of the United States, e.g., his skills and strength in handling and bringing people together, his smarts, his style, his judgment, his political courage; what has Senator McCain accomplished in the Senate; the McCain-Obama roles in the Bailout legislation; the Madigan-Blagojevich stalemate; the state deficit and potential cures; should there be an increase in the income tax, and if yes, how should the revenue be used? Will there be an increase in 2009 in the state income tax? Free rides for seniors and the impact of that program on RTA finances; the role of Republicans in passing key legislation; will the Governor be indicted? Likely gubernatorial candidates in 2010?
Topics discussed on tonight’s show with Senator Rutherford include the future of the State GOP, potential for improvement of the State GOP’s fortunes in 2008 and 2010, likely gubernatorial candidates in 2010, including Rutherford? assessment of Obama as a State Senator, including his 130"Present" votes as a State Senator; is Obama indecisive? Does he speak out on the issues? should the state lottery be leased, should there be a state capital plan, and if yes, how should it be financed; should there be an increase in the income tax in 2009, and if yes, how should the revenue be used? should there be universal health care? Likely candidates for Senate President.
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at *************************************************************
"Public Affairs," is a weekly political interview show airing in Chicago on CANTV, in the Chicago metro area and in Aurora and Rockford on Comcast and also often on the Illinois Channel. You can watch the shows, including archived shows going back to 2005, here.
Recently posted shows on the Public Affairs YouTube page now include shows taped on October 12 with Senator Rutherford and former Republican Primary candidate for Governor Ron Gidwitz, a show taped Sep. 30 with Cong. Don Manzullo (R-Egan, 16th CD) about his no vote on the bailout, jobs, trade and other issues related to his election contest with Democrat Robert Abboud, a show taped Sunday, Sep. 28, 2008 with State Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Evanston) and a show taped on Sunday, Sep. 21,2008 with 16th Cong. Dist. Democatic Nominee Robert Abboud (D-Barrington Hills), two shows featuring clips and interviews, primarily from the Democratic and Republican National Party conventions, go here to watch 2nd Convention clip show and shows with Cook County Cmsr. and Obama Media Team Member Forrest Claypool and much more.