IT'S PRIMARY DAY. Illinois allows voters to pick a party ballot on the day of the primary. I want to say "a plague on all your houses." The Republican gubernatorial hopefuls are giving the Democratic governor all sorts of material. There is a particularly nasty Republican race to find an opponent to first-term Democratic Representative Melissa Bean. Fortunately, that is not my district.

What really annoys me, however, is all these promises to "fight" for this benefit or that law. Come off it. We all understand that the purpose of an omnibus appropriations bill is to put all the pet projects into one authorization along with sufficient sweeteners to build a veto-resistant majority. Some fight, that.

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