I’ve been consistent on this issue and have always supported a fix to the funding formula. Changing the formula is what I was referring to in my tweet. Andy Manar continues to run from the fact that he supported cuts to education in the form of prorated general state aid payments, another point that I made on Twitter.I appreciate the honesty coming from McMillan, which brings me to my last remarks: Can’t we have one [expletive] election where mudslinging isn’t involved? Is it too much to ask for there to be a clean election without verbal attacks? I know McMillan has tried his hardest to campaign without dealing with this crap or resort to negative campaigning, and it only makes sense for him to fight back. For anyone wishing for this political circus to go away for the 2018 cycle, we’ve still got 197 days to go — unfortunately. Meaning we’ve got many more attack emails, press releases and in the near future, radio and television ads, to come. Commentary Note: Prior to my commentary, I wasn’t favoring anybody in this race. It’s still too early for me, a registered non-affiliated independent, to make such an informed decision as to who to vote for in the state senate race in District 48. But I wanted to note how much disinformation campaigns aggravate me, whether they arrive via email, snail mail or fax, because that is not the way political candidates should reach out to voters. You deal with that crap long enough and registered voters won’t show up like they used to. An equally aggravating statistic: the 2014 gubernatorial race was only determined by a statewide average of 46 percent voter turnout. With automatic voter registration set to begin this summer, the big question still remains: will these people bother to vote or will they continue as being non-voters? I’m highly skeptical of the assumption that voter turnout will increase, especially in local legislative districts/
Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network, wrestling editor and contributing writer for Ambush Sports, a contributing writer for My Sports Vote and Midwest Sports Network, and a former contributor to Bleacher Report and Overtime Heroics. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dog Buster.