WBEZ | Brad Schneider http://www.wbez.org/tags/brad-schneider Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en GOP's Dold wins 10th Congressional District race http://www.wbez.org/news/gops-dold-wins-10th-congressional-district-race-111049 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/10th congressional.jpg" alt="" /><p><p> <style type="text/css"> <!-- .audio { color: #000000; font: 11px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .body { color: #000000; font: 13px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .byline { color: #003366; font: 12px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .bytitle { color: #003366; font: 10px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .byttl { color: #003366; font: bold 10px/12px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .headline { color: #000000; font: bold 20px Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .newlinkcolor { color: white } .photo { color: #696969; font: 9px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .storylink { color: #003366; font: bold 12px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .tabletitle { color: #663333; font: bold 11px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .textlabel { color: #663333; font: bold 11px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } .video { color: #000000; font: 11px Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif } p { color: #000000; font: 13px Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif }--> .eln-subhed-table { background-color: #fff; color:#333; font-family: "Raleway",Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-weight: bold; } .eln-state { display:none; } .eln-bodyregular, .eln-bodyreg-bar { color:#333; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; } .eln-bodyreg-bar { background-color: #f8f8f8; } .eln-office-name { font-family: "Raleway",Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; color:#444444; } .eln-date { color:#999; font-family: "Raleway",Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; } span.eln-bodyregular { font-size: 12px; }</style> Former Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold has won a rematch over Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider in Illinois&#39; 10th District.</p><p>Dold, of Kenilworth, narrowly lost a 2012 re-election bid to Schneider of Deerfield. Republicans, including current U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, have represented the district in Chicago&#39;s northern suburbs since the 1970s. Republicans felt they had a good chance to reclaim the seat in a non-presidential year, when Democratic voters tend to drop off.</p><p>Schneider conceded Tuesday evening noting the campaign &quot;fell short of our goal&quot; but &quot;came incredibly close.&quot;</p><p>Both candidates tilted toward the center during the campaign to attract independent voters. Dold supports abortion rights, gun control and raising the minimum wage.</p><p>While Schneider&#39;s campaign had the help of big-name Democrats, Dold touted support of local officials and Kirk.</p><p><strong style="font-size: 18.3999996185303px; text-align: center;">Election results</strong><script language="JavaScript" src="http://hosted.ap.org/elections/2014/general/by_race/IL_15999.js?SITE=WBEZFMELN&SECTION=POLITICS"></script></p></p> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 11:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/gops-dold-wins-10th-congressional-district-race-111049 Polling: How campaigns get the message http://www.wbez.org/news/polling-how-campaigns-get-message-110746 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/darkarts (1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If political campaigns are horse races, then consider public opinion polls one way to set the odds.</p><p>But campaigns create and use polls for much more than the neck-and-neck numbers you hear on the news.</p><p>Maybe you&rsquo;ve already gotten one of these calls this election season: asking you to &ldquo;press one&rdquo; if you&rsquo;d like to vote for such-and-such a candidate, or &ldquo;press two&rdquo; for another.</p><p>Public polling is a voter&rsquo;s chance to weigh in. But what happens with this information - and exactly who is behind all this polling?</p><p>Gregg Durham heads up the suburban Oak Brook-based We Ask America polling, which has done work for politicians, news outlets and interest groups in Illinois and around the country.</p><p>It&rsquo;s his job to call up registered voters - some 12 million in 2012, Durham says - and take their temp on the candidates and issues of the day.</p><p>Good audio, believe or not, is important, lest people hang up. And asking questions in a specific order, as not to taint the polling pool, is key.</p><p>Getting people to stay on the phone has become a pretty big part of our democratic process. Public opinion polling isn&rsquo;t just used to predict who will win an election. It oils the modern campaign machine, helping it test different talking points, and form the messages most likely to influence voters on election day.</p><p>But all of that depends on the accuracy of the poll.</p><p>Durham points to Illinois&rsquo; super-tight 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary, where State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard were neck-and-neck near the end.</p><p>&ldquo;I was Mr. Dillard&rsquo;s pollster, and I had to make that call and say, &lsquo;You&rsquo;ve got a problem here. This guy&rsquo;s catching you,&rsquo;&rdquo; Durham said. Durham predicted then that the election would be within 200 or 250 votes. Brady ended up <a href="http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/VoteTotalsList.aspx?ElectionType=GP&amp;ElectionID=28&amp;SearchType=OfficeSearch&amp;OfficeID=5064&amp;QueryType=Office&amp;">winning by 193</a>, only to narrowly lose the general election.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>So how do pollsters get so dead-on?</strong></span></p><p>Tom Bowen, a Democratic campaign strategist, says the absolute most important thing for accuracy is that the sample in the poll mirrors the make-up of the larger electorate - ideally, of the people who will actually vote on election day.</p><p>&ldquo;Think about how a pond would look with a bunch of fish in it,&rdquo; Bowen said. &ldquo;If you grabbed a whole bunch of fish out of the pond, you&rsquo;d have a pretty good idea of what the fish look like.&rdquo;</p><p>But, Bowen explains, that would not be a statistically accurate sample, &ldquo;because some fish are on the bottom. Maybe they&rsquo;ve just eaten and are resting, and some fish are hiding.&rdquo;</p><p>So before they blast out any phone calls, pollsters spend big money on demographic data to learn as much as they can about voters, based on where they live: whether they rent or own, whether they have health insurance or enjoy going to the movies.</p><p>After the poll, they run their results through a complex math equation to account for the inevitable imperfections in the sample. This process, called weighting, accounts for the over- or underrepresentation of certain folks who happened to answer the phone.</p><p>But the trophy for campaigns is not the horse-race number they may release to the public. It&rsquo;s the drilled-down data the rest of us usually don&rsquo;t get to see - the stuff that&rsquo;s used to craft the all-important campaign message.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not about telling a voter something you want them to know. It&rsquo;s about reminding them about something they already know,&rdquo; Bowen said.</p><p>For example: In 2009, Bowen was running the congressional campaign for County Commissioner Mike Quigley, when he saw some surprising poll numbers.</p><p>They showed voters didn&rsquo;t really recognize Quigley by name, but they did recognize County Board President Todd Stroger - and they didn&rsquo;t like him.</p><p>So Bowen <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYDJ_z7TKk8">put together an ad</a> that touts Quigley as someone who had been &ldquo;taking on&rdquo; Stroger and his unpopular penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tYDJ_z7TKk8?rel=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p>&ldquo;One thing you&rsquo;ll notice about that ad, besides the fact that Todd Stroger was right in the front of it, was that Mike Quigley&rsquo;s name was used six times,&rdquo; Bowen said. &ldquo;So in order to stand out, this was sort of what the poll told us to run.&rdquo;</p><p>Quigley won handily. But sometimes, winning means knowing what not to talk about.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>&lsquo;Explaining is losing&rsquo;</strong></span></p><p>Democratic Campaign strategist Terrie Pickerill recalls a race where her candidate (she declined to name them) was late in paying property taxes, but the opponent had some ethical problems of his own. So she polled to see which would hurt more.</p><p>&ldquo;People just didn&rsquo;t care as much about just paying property taxes on time, but they really cared that this guy had ethical issues,&rdquo; Pickerill recalled.</p><p>So when her client was attacked over the property tax thing - and wanted to explain it by holding a press conference - she told them to stay quiet.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s like, &lsquo;Look at the poll!&rsquo; This is much worse for him than it is for us,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;Explaining is losing, so what we wanna do is say, the real issue is his ethics.&rdquo;</p><p>But there are also ethical issues for the pollsters, says Jason McGrath, a Democratic pollster who&rsquo;s worked for Chicago Mayors Rahm Emanuel and Richard M. Daley, among others.</p><p>&ldquo;Good pollsters don&rsquo;t tell a candidate what to say,&rdquo; McGrath said. &ldquo;The political graveyard is scattered with failed candidates who try to be something they weren&rsquo;t. And it&rsquo;s not in our interest to use a poll to tell somebody to be something they&rsquo;re not.&rdquo;</p><p>McGrath says voters can sense when candidates are faking it. And dishonesty &nbsp;doesn&rsquo;t poll very well.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/akeefe"><em>Alex Keefe</em></a><em> is political reporter at WBEZ. You can follow him on </em><a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZpolitics"><em>Twitter</em></a><em> and </em><a href="https://plus.google.com/102759794640397640028"><em>Google+</em></a><em>.</em></p></p> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 07:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/polling-how-campaigns-get-message-110746 Changing political history, in a closet near you http://www.wbez.org/news/changing-political-history-closet-near-you-110738 <p><p>Think of radio and TV campaign ads as the soundtrack of an election season: Deep and ominous voices sound the attack, while sugary and optimistic tones signal support for a candidate. &nbsp;</p><p>As part of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/digging-political-dirt-thats-their-job-110731">WBEZ&rsquo;s series on the &ldquo;dark arts&rdquo; of the campaign business</a>, we&rsquo;ll meet the people behind the voices trained to influence our democratic process.</p><p>As it turns out, some of the most famous political ads in recent American history may have been voiced in a closet near you.</p><p>&ldquo;When I do voices for CBS Morning News or CBS Evening News or for Subway or for political campaigns or for anybody, I do them out of my closet here in the house,&rdquo; Norm Woodel, a veteran Chicago-based voice-over artist, told me during a recent visit to his Lakeview home.</p><p>The closet is lined with heavy, velvet drapes to soak up any echos - and a high-end super-sensitive microphone. Woodel is 64 and portly, wearing a gray polo, camo shorts and sandals.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>This is where the magic happens</strong></span></p><p>In 2008, Woodel used this closet to voice <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kddX7LqgCvc">the famous &ldquo;3 a.m.&rdquo; ad</a> during Hillary Clinton&rsquo;s Democratic primary run against then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama. Clinton&rsquo;s campaign ran it to underscore this idea that she was seasoned, reliable - and to suggest Obama was not.</p><p>Just hours after the ad ran - 1.6 miles away from Woodel&rsquo;s closet - another Chicago voice-over artist got a phone call of his own in his home studio, and the voice on the other end of the line was frantic.</p><p>Bill Price was getting an earful from his client - Barack Obama&rsquo;s presidential campaign - saying they had to respond to the Clinton ad immediately.</p><p>&ldquo;So we literally had 20 minutes for me to do a commercial, right here,&rdquo; Price told me recently as we sat in a small bedroom he&rsquo;s converted to a home studio. &ldquo;And they wanted it on the air for the evening news cycle.&rdquo;</p><p>These dueling ads epitomized the experience versus change narrative in the Democratic primaries. Pundits gobbled this up; &ldquo;Saturday Night Live&rdquo; even <a href="https://screen.yahoo.com/amy-poehler-snl-skits/3am-phone-call-000000995.html">did a parody</a> of the ad.</p><p>Such are the big political discussions ignited, in part, by the power of a human voice. The men and women behind those voices aren&rsquo;t just people who read stuff into a microphone.</p><p>They think of themselves as actors - artists - who use their voices like instruments to manipulate your emotions - which, in turn, can influence your vote.</p><p>And during election years, they don&rsquo;t sleep much.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Norm-Woodel---WBEZ-Alex-Keefe-crop.jpg" style="height: 406px; width: 290px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;" title="Voice-over artist Norm Woodel poses inside the closet-turned-home studio in Lakeview where he has read political ads for politicians such as Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. (WBEZ/Alex Keefe)" /><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>&lsquo;You have no life&rsquo;</strong></span></p><p>&ldquo;When you&rsquo;re doing voice-over work, it&rsquo;s almost as though you have no life, when you&rsquo;re doing political campaigns,&rdquo; said Wanda Christine Hudson, who has been doing voice-over work for more than four decades.</p><p>Wanda Christine - as she&rsquo;s known professionally - says working campaigns is a lot different than her usual commercial or video game voice-over gigs: Political season means abruptly cancelled lunch plans, sleeping by your phone and voicing ads in the dead of night.</p><p>But she says she likes the fast pace, the fickle campaign staffers, the challenge of using her full palette.</p><p>&ldquo;Because maybe the candidate didn&rsquo;t like that word, or maybe their campaign manager thought, maybe we want more smile in her voice, or maybe we want it to sound a little bit more serious, or maybe we want her to sound younger, or maybe we just want her to sound natural,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Those vocal acrobatics may sound easy to perform. But imagine having to talk like this on demand, with short notice - on a tight deadline.</p><p>Woodel, the 3.a.m. phone call guy, will say a little phrase to himself to get the right tone - he calls it a &ldquo;ramp.&rdquo;</p><p>To psych himself for tracking NFL commercials, he says to himself: &ldquo;To the men on the field it&rsquo;s a battle,&rdquo; then edits out those words.</p><p>When he had a hard time finding the right tough tone for a Chevy Silverado commercial, he used a ramp at the end: &ldquo;&lsquo;The most dependable, longest-lasting trucks on the road, asswipe.&rsquo; Just thinking that half-cuss word we put on the end, as a &lsquo;guy talk&rsquo; kinda thing, would get you to the toughness you need,&rdquo; he explained.</p><p>But sometimes finding your voice takes more than just a little ramp. When Bill Price was voicing political ads for Obama&rsquo;s 2008 campaign, he invented this whole character.</p><p>&ldquo;[It was] like being the doctor who walks in the room, and there&rsquo;s parents there, and they&rsquo;re distraught &lsquo;cause their kid&rsquo;s really sick and think he&rsquo;s maybe gonna die,&rdquo; Price recalls. &ldquo;And then you&rsquo;re the doctor that gets to say, &lsquo;There&rsquo;s one last hope.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>For Wanda Christine - a black woman in a business where she says there aren&rsquo;t many - there&rsquo;s also personal history in her political voiceovers.</p><p>&ldquo;My great-grandmother was not allowed to vote,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;My grandmother was not allowed to vote. Um, so I think about the things that they had to do to try to make a difference so that I could vote. That means something to me. And because it means something to me...I want it to mean something to whoever is making that decision based upon my voice.&rdquo;</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>Words as power</strong></span></p><p>The messages in these political ads - individual words, even - have been poll-tested and focus-grouped to find out which will hit you - the voter - in the most personal way possible.</p><p>Wanda Christine says it&rsquo;s also personal for many voice-over artists. She says she&rsquo;ll only do voice-over work for one party, though she wouldn&rsquo;t disclose which one. But the folks behind the other two voices we&rsquo;ve heard in this story made a personal political choice only to read for Democrats.</p><p>Bill Price thinks he just sounds more Democratic.</p><p>&ldquo;I think within my voice is more [about] second chances and hope and...even small miracles...than it is about justice,&rdquo; Price said. &ldquo;Maybe that&rsquo;s more of a Republican thing. I&rsquo;m more sentimental.&rdquo;</p><p>And for Norm Woodel, there is a bit of a gee-whiz factor.</p><p>&ldquo;After the President of the United States of America says, &lsquo;I&rsquo;m Barack Obama and I approve this message,&rsquo; I come on,&rdquo; Woodel said. &ldquo;Isn&rsquo;t that wonderful?&rdquo;</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/akeefe"><em>Alex Keefe</em></a><em> is political reporter at WBEZ. You can follow him on </em><a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZpolitics"><em>Twitter</em></a><em> and </em><a href="https://plus.google.com/102759794640397640028"><em>Google+</em></a><em>.</em></p></p> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/changing-political-history-closet-near-you-110738 Kirk holds first public appearance since stroke http://www.wbez.org/news/kirk-holds-first-public-appearance-stroke-107016 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS5453_Sen. Kirk_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In his first public appearance since suffering from a stroke last year, Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R) attested to the progress he has made through rehabilitation, and chimed in on a number of political issues that have been simmering in Washington and Chicago.</p><p dir="ltr">The junior Senator sat in a wheelchair as he spoke with media outlets at the LEARN Public Charter School near North Chicago in Lake County on Friday. Next to him were Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) and Illinois Congressman Brad Schneider (D-10th).</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;My standard walk for rehab was from my house to the Fort Sheridan (water) tower, which is about a block, and it always took 18 minutes,&rdquo; Kirk said on Friday, &ldquo;and yesterday, it took eight (minutes). So it&rsquo;s much, much faster.&rdquo; The stroke impaired movements particularly on the left side of Kirk&rsquo;s body, and kept him off Capitol Hill for a year.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Part of my mission is to tell everybody in Illinois, &lsquo;If you have a mom or a dad who goes through a stroke, that if they get depressed one day to call me and I&rsquo;ll get them up and turn them around,&rsquo;&rdquo; he said.</p><p dir="ltr">Kirk also chimed in on the immigration overhaul that Durbin and others in the so-called &ldquo;Gang of Eight&rdquo; senators have introduced in Washington. He said he has spoken to one of the Republican leaders on that bill, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) about introducing an amendment to award citizenship to military veterans who have earned Combat Infantry or Combat Action badges.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;My feeling is if you have fought with us, you are one of us,&rdquo; said Kirk. &ldquo;That is something that I&rsquo;ll seek to add to the bill.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">He also said that he is withholding judgment on President Barack Obama&rsquo;s nomination of Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker to the Secretary of Commerce cabinet position until he has had a chance to speak with her. Kirk said he wants to hear about Pritzker&rsquo;s &ldquo;pro-business&rdquo; agenda.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is WBEZ&rsquo;s North Side Bureau reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 17:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/kirk-holds-first-public-appearance-stroke-107016 Election Analysis: Romney's delegates, Jackson's blowout, Manzullo's bow out http://www.wbez.org/story/election-analysis-romneys-delegates-jacksons-blowout-manzullos-bow-out-97491 <p><p>Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney grabbed an easy victory in Illinois&rsquo; primary. The former Massachusetts governor took 47 percent of the vote and at least 41 of Illinois&rsquo; 54 elected delegate spots.</p><p>Elsewhere, veteran U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., had a great day, veteran U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo had bad one and appointed Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis is one step closer to winning a full term on the bench.</p><p>WBEZ&rsquo;s political reporter Sam Hudzik joined host Lisa Labuz to chat about these and other hot primary races in the state.</p></p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/election-analysis-romneys-delegates-jacksons-blowout-manzullos-bow-out-97491 Resumes, partisanship get spotlight as Dems fight over 10th Congressional District http://www.wbez.org/story/resumes-partisanship-get-spotlight-dems-fight-over-10th-congressional-district-97112 <p><p>The Democrats running for Congress in Chicago's Northern suburbs are making their case about who's more qualified for the job and who's more of a Democrat.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><strong>MORE ON THIS RACE: </strong>Discussion on Friday's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eight-forty-eight"><em>Eight Forty-Eight with Tony Sarabia</em></a><br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332748081-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-march/2012-03-09/120309-sam-hudzik.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br> <strong>WATCH THE DEBATE: </strong>Posted at WTTW's <a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2012/03/08/10th-district-democratic-primary-forum"><em>Chicago Tonight</em></a></p></div></div><p>At a 10th District debate Thursday night on WTTW public television, 50-year-old <a href="http://www.cadence-strategy.com/Bradley-S--Schneider.html">business consultant</a> Brad Schneider compared his resume to that of a 25-year-old competitor, Ilya Sheyman.</p><p>"Ilya was the online organizer for MoveOn, which is sending out 5 million emails. And that's good work, but it's not the experience of running a business, hiring people," Schneider said.</p><p>Sheyman wouldn't let that comment sit.</p><p>"I appreciate Brad pulling a Sarah Palin and insulting community organizers for their experience," Schneider said. "My job was to figure out: How do you channel the voices of 5-million ordinary Americans into the political process?"</p><p>Sheyman's <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ilyasheyman">online resume</a> also lists an internship in then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's office. That four-month gig gets played up on Sheyman's <a href="http://www.ilyasheyman.com/about/">campaign website</a>.</p><p>"Ilya’s passion for public service led him to work for then Senator Barack Obama," the site reads. "In his role in Constituent Services he helped Illinoisans with questions about Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Military Affairs navigate the bureaucracy of the federal government."</p><p>(The 2010 Republican nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor, Jason Plummer, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/gop-lt-gov-candidate-gets-clever-listing-government-experience">took heat</a> over a <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-02-12/news/ct-met-lt-gov-jason-plummer-20100212_1_lieutenant-governor-gop-office-touts">similarly vague</a> description of internships.)</p><p>John Tree, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, said after the debate he hopes to be an alternative to that back-and-forth.</p><p>"They sit there and beat each other up all day long and then I can sit there and come in and win the vote on March 20th," Tree said.</p><p>Along with attorney Vivek Bavda, who stresses his work for the federal reserve and as a teacher, these candidates are running for the chance to face freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold in November.</p><p>The primary has grown increasingly negative recently, as Sheyman and groups that support him went after Schneider for political donations he made to Republican candidates, including now-U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, the North Shore's former congressman.</p><p>Two websites, <a href="http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50385/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=6366&amp;tag=truthaboutbrad">one funded by Sheyman's campaign</a>, <a href="http://www.schneidertherepublican.com/">another by MoveOn.org</a>, question Schneider's party affiliation.</p><p>"When we talk about you, Brad, you supported and helped elect people like [U.S. Sen.] Mike Johanns, from Nebraska, who just last week led the fight against women's contraception coverage in the U.S. Senate," Sheyman said.</p><p>For his part, Schneider said most of his contributions went to Democrats.</p><p>"A handful of them were to Republicans, all of them in the context of their support of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship," Schneider said.</p><p>Bavda declined to enter the fray, instead focusing on his own qualifications and a jobs plan he said could win bipartisan support.</p></p> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 03:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/resumes-partisanship-get-spotlight-dems-fight-over-10th-congressional-district-97112