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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

QUINCY Herald Whig Say Zinga's The Right Choice

Here is a very weighty endorsement for Andrea. Read and compare to the others.

Agenda, views and knowledge of the region make her the right choice for Congress

AFTER 24 years in Congress, U.S. Rep. Lane Evans is retiring and
voters will select someone new to represent West-Central Illinois.
Andrea Zinga's conservative philosophy and economic development
agenda match up well with the sprawling congressional district that
stretches through much of Western and Central Illinois. We commend
her to voters.

Zinga, the Republican nominee, has correctly observed that the 17th
District has not kept up with neighboring districts in federal
funding for needed projects. On other issues, Zinga identifies the need to create and retain jobs as the top priority in the district. She wants to see training
programs developed that provide workers with upgraded skills tailored
specifically to the current and future needs of this region.

She sees the need for cooperation between government officials and
business owners, and for a balanced approach in addressing the
interests of workers and employers. In that regard, she supports
eliminating the inheritance tax, which imposes a significant burden
on family farms and small businesses, while remaining open to an
increase in the federal minimum wage.

She is a strong proponent of expanding agricultural research and
advancing the production and use of alternative fuels, including
ethanol, biodiesel and wind power. She recognizes the importance of transportation infrastructure as an engine for economic growth. She supports the extension of Ill. 336 east from Macomb to Peoria and efforts to upgrade locks and dams on
the Upper Mississippi River. Zinga has traveled extensively throughout the 17th District and has come to know its needs and priorities well. It is essential that this large and diverse district be represented by someone with the energy
and interest to serve all segments of its population.

Zinga has shown that commitment. She has been a frequent visitor to
the Quincy area while her Democrat opponent, Phil Hare, has been
notably absent.

This is the second campaign in two years for Zinga, a former
broadcast journalist, and she has consistently expressed her view
that the role of government - and the tax burden it imposes -- should
be limited. Hare, who has been Evans' district director for 24 years, has said it
is the job of government, "to make average people's lives better . .
. I'm here to help." He would accomplish that by expanding the role
of government. For example, he supports universal health care and calls for the
repeal of trade agreements, showing no confidence in free markets. He
also would impose heavy taxes on oil companies in the wake of rising
gas prices.

Furthermore, interest group ratings show that Hare shares many of
Evans' views on social issues, differing sharply from those expressed
by Zinga. The National Rifle Association has given Zinga an "A"
rating, as it did in her last campaign. Hare receives an "F" - a
grade reserved for those considered a "true enemy of gun owners'

Zinga has been endorsed by the Illinois Federation for Right to Life
and has said she "will advocate for the rights of the unborn." Hare
has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Hare has said Evans, who received identical ratings from those
groups, will serve as his model for service as a congressman.
Zinga has a clear advantage on the issues, espousing a conservative
philosophy on fiscal and social matters that is more compatible with
17th District residents.

Zinga will be the best advocate for meeting the needs of this region,
and the most effective spokesman for its interests. Zinga is endorsed
for election Nov. 7.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Galesburg Register-Mail Article

Zinga, wearing a teal blazer, wool dress pants and flat, rubber-soled loafers made her way through a Coal Valley neighborhood with Marilyn Kieffer, the precinct committeewoman, on a Friday afternoon.

Before the two could decide if they should approach a house with a yard sign advertising a Democratic sheriff candidate, the home owner spotted her.

"I already voted for you, Andrea, and I'm a registered Democrat," said the man in a red flannel shirt, smoking a cigarette and drinking coffee out of a travel mug. "You got at least one vote."

She walked up his driveway and thanked him, but a few sentences into the conversation, a neighbor turned off his leaf blower and said, "She doesn't want to talk to you. She wants to talk to me because I'm going to vote for her."

Click here for the entire article.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Taking Our Mesasge To: You Tube

We have taken You Tube by storm and launched our grassroots message machine that will carry us to Victory on election day.

Click here to see the first two clips from the October 18th debate at Augustana College. The debate will not be rebroadcast and WVIK public radio had audio problems that prevented them from re-airing the debate on radio. So here and only here is where you will get the contrast between the two candidates.

Stay tuned we will be adding lots of clips thru election day.

The best thing is the easy way you can go to You Tube and forward these videos to you family and friends. Make sure you do that and be apart of sending Andrea to Congress on November 7th. Thanks for watching!!!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Can-do attitude to get job done.....

From the Sunday Dispatch......

Why send me to congress? Zinga: Can-do attitude to get job done
By Andrea Zinga

I know, love, and want to work for the 17th District. Macomb is my hometown; Galesburg is my husband's. Our parents started life together desperately poor, but believed the answer was to work hard and save a little every step of the way. Mine taught me to respect all life, to love ideas and new information -- to dream big, work hard, and never give up. My mother traced her roots to the Revolution -- my father, to Ellis Island. We were and are melting-pot Americans! And they worked hard to build a better life.

We as a nation and as a district still have that opportunity and that "can-do" attitude today -- and it beats nursing a policy of resentment about everything that goes wrong. That, more than anything else, is the fundamental difference between me and my opponent. For 23 years he has been quick to tell people who they should blame as jobs leached away from our district. Consolation of sorts, and tempting; but it didn't solve a thing -- didn't save or create a single job.

This district has fallen behind under Republican presidents and under Democratic presidents. It has fallen behind under Republican Congresses and under Democratic Congresses. The problem cannot be that we're in a depressed region. Just take a look across the river. Iowa's growth is evident. When my opponent started his job, Peoria was the national archetype of a failing rust belt city. Yet instead of playing the blame game, local, city, state and FEDERAL leaders worked to develop a plan -- to find solutions. And they did. Now Peoria is used by many city planners in how to overcome big economic problems.

We could not have saved all the manufacturing jobs we have lost, but we could have saved some of them -- and we could have spent more time working on the infrastructure improvements that make an area attractive to companies: good highways and bridges, expanded locks on the Mississippi, high-tech communications.

I differ dramatically on economic policy. I support cutting taxes, eliminating the death tax and supporting free, but fair trade policies. My opponent promises to raise taxes, keep the death tax, and has opposed every significant free trade agreement of the last 20 years. The reason I support the policies I do is pretty simple – they work. Every time a president has cut taxes in my lifetime it has resulted in an economic boom. Jobs appear, activity begins perking, the deficit goes down, and tax receipts to the government increase – because the economy's growing. My opponent talks about more taxes on big business. Sounds good if you don't think about it too hard. But businessmen and women use their profits to expand -- to create more jobs in the process of making more profits. Money paid in taxes can’t go to salaries.

My opponent loves to blame free trade agreements for job losses. The evidence says something different. First, we are running some of the lowest unemployment rates in our history right now. If NAFTA (signed by President Clinton) and CAFTA were part of a conspiracy to kill jobs, the conspiracy has utterly failed. Now take a look at the countries of Western Europe: those with the most heavily protectionist trade policies and the most confiscatory tax policies have the highest unemployment.

And so, that difference between my opponent and me is very stark. He wants to take the policies that have made the 17th fall behind economically and establish them nationally: I want to take the policies that have given us a booming national economy and establish them in the 17th District.

We differ on the war on terror. He believes we should adopt a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. I believe that would simply tell the terrorists when they can quit playing defense and start playing offense.

Iraq is a front in a larger war with a transnational group of jihadists who repeatedly say they want to dominate the world. If we could soothe them by withdrawing, 9-11 would have never happened in the first place. The fundamental question is: How do we persuade the terrorists they can't win, so they abandon their aggressive aims? We need allies in the Middle East -- perhaps not mirroring our exact form of government, but stable and friendly.

It's all very hard and I mourn every life, but our fighting men and women understand: stand strong now to save more sorrow later.

Finally -- I'm as sick of dirty politics as you are. I'd like to be a clean breeze blowing through the House.

Working together, we can get started and get busy. If you elect me your Congresswoman, you'll seldom hear me blaming someone else for a problem. I'll be too busy finding solutions. That’s how my parents raised me.

Zinga vs. Hare ... on the issues

Check out the latest piece ... see where Andrea and Hare compare on the issues.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

FEC Report Available Online

For those of you who have read that we had a software problem in getting our FEC filed we wanted you to have a direct link to our FEC report.

Download here.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Zinga Earns Peoria Journal Star Endorsement

From today's Peoria Journal Star

U.S. Congress, 17th District: Zinga

The 17th Congressional District may represent the most egregious bit of gerrymandering in all of America. Carved out to protect incumbent Democratic Congressman Lane Evans, it follows a tortured path from the Quad Cities, down the state's west edge along the Mississippi to the outskirts of St. Louis, and finally to Decatur. Along the way the map-makers took great pains to toss Republican voters Ray LaHood's way in the 18th, while sweeping up every Democrat they could find. If you want to know why voters have so little trust in government and stay home on Election Day, if you want to know why it's so difficult to find quality candidates to mount competitive races and give voters real choices, this district helps explain it.

Suffice it to say, Republican Andrea Zinga has her work cut out as she squares off against Evans' handpicked successor, Phil Hare. After 24 years in Washington, Evans is stepping down due to the debilitating effects of Parkinson's disease.

Zinga, 56, of Coal Valley, is a former TV journalist making her second run. Health care and jobs are her priorities. She'd close the "donut hole" in the Medicare drug benefit and means test for participation. She favors federally subsidized community health clinics so the uninsured can get preventive care. She wants investments in agriculture and alternative fuel programs to address the lagging economy in the district, which has lost 14,000 jobs since 1982. Rebuilding Galesburg's economy, crippled by the loss of jobs at Maytag and Butler, around its impressive rail infrastructure would get her attention.

On Iraq, Zinga says she's with her constituents who "deplore the war but believe we must finish the job." She says Uncle Sam should provide better equipment to soldiers with help from the Rock Island Arsenal. On the budget, she says the problem is not tax cuts, but "too much spending." Yet she can't identify one spending reduction she'd favor. If Democrats are the party of tax and spend, Republicans have become the party of borrow and spend. That has to change.

Hare, 57, was Evans' district director for the last 23 years. He is nothing if not earnest, sharing Evans' passion for veterans' issues. He wants a timetable for withdrawal in Iraq. He advocates universal health care. He'd roll back tax cuts for the wealthy. Economically, he favors expansion of lock-and-dam systems and investments in rail and coal technology. His only real disagreement with Evans is on welfare reform, saying that "paying people not to work, not to grow, makes no sense to me."

He describes himself as "pro-labor, pro-choice, pro-stem-cell research, pro-average working man and woman." He sees little limitation on the role of government in people's lives, saying Uncle Sam's job is "to make average people's lives better . . . I'm here to help."

We think a date certain for leaving Iraq is neither realistic nor productive, and do not view reliance on government to solve personal problems as healthy. Beyond that, those in the 17th who wish to cast a protest vote over their resentment at being manipulated, over allowing congressmen to pick their constituents rather than vice versa, should feel free to mark the box next to Andrea Zinga's name. She is preferred.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

How to feed a district starving for infrastructure dollars

Print publication date: October 1, 2006
The Dispatch newspaper

How to feed a district starving for infrastructure dollars
By Andrea Zinga

Transportation systems are the arteries of a healthy economy, but we have fallen far behind: it'll take years of sustained effort just to catch up.
I am still driving the same miserable stretch of 136 to Carthage that I was growing up in Macomb.
Compare Quincy, population 40,000, to the Quad-Cities, a metro area of 300,000. Serving the metro Quad-Cities, we have the colorful, often inaccessible Arsenal Bridge. Quincy has the four-lane Route 336 to Carthage and two new beautiful downtown bridges, both put together through local efforts and neighboring officials.
The Quad-Cities' OTHER historic old girl: the Interstate 74 bridge. Now, I know bridges take time. Still, a five-year federal transportation bill just rolled around again. Congressman Jim Nussle brought back $50 million in earmarks for studies and work on the I-74 bridge: Congressman Lane Evans, $4 million.
Though I support legislation that would disclose all earmarks, I don't support eliminating them. The next congressperson is going to need that ability to improve on the 18 cents we get back here on every federal tax dollar. (Illinois, on average, gets 71.)
Galesburg is one of the nation's major rail hubs, eclipsed only by Chicago. But railroads don't like going into and out of Chicago because of the bottlenecks.
In Galesburg, a couple of million dollars has finally been earmarked to study putting overpasses at West and East Main and North Seminary streets. It could make Galesburg the most attractive hub, to the railroads, in the nation.
They've expanded the hump yard. What about a container repair facility? What about Galesburg as warehousing and distribution center, bypassing Chicago and getting the goods to areas nearer to us, more quickly? What about the Quad-Cities becoming one as well, in rail or trucking?
Mercer County has not one foot of rail. As the mayor of Aledo puts it, "I have a river I can't get to."
We have studied interesting efforts by small, private rail lines to buy up unused track, abandoned years ago by the big players, and convert it to short-hauling between farms or elevators and the river.
I support Amtrak. It's vital to the 17th.
Many remember the heartbreak of losing the Avenue of the Saints to Iowa.
The National Association of Railroad Passengers cites existing studies for a Railroad of the Saints, servicing the Quad-Cities, Macomb, and Galesburg.
As for "The River"... the Senate signed off this summer on WRTA, the $10 billion restoration project for seven locks, several of them in the 17th District!
It was only in 2004 after our campaign had gone to Quincy and called not only for expansion of the locks but for halving the designated timetable, that my opponent's office abandoned its two decades of opposing the expansion of the locks and the jobs it would bring to this district.
There are the crying needs of Route 34 ... or Route 51 farther south.
We are about to explode with ethanol and coal gasifaction plants -- that's a LOT of trucks.
Nowhere I go outside Rock Island and Knox counties can anyone remember meeting Phil Hare. I begin to see why the congressman seemed not to always know what was happening in the 17th.
High tech infrastructure -- any company today considering relocating will ask: "Can we access high speed Internet? What about cell phone service?"
Fortunately there are federal grants specifically for small and rural communities, IF they were aware of them, and IF a lot of federal red tape and delay is cut.
We can dream too. Galesburg, served by a high-speed train to Chicago -- it's historic beauty preserved as a mecca for a mix of young working professionals and retirees.
Or, the Quad-Cities ... united by an elevated train -- maybe cable cars over the Mississippi -- and with a railway station again -- a direct train to downtown Chicago.
First though must come the hard work of repairing our sagging, essential infrastructure. I am poised to be able to work with the speaker and all neighboring congressmen. I believe strongly in teamwork and cooperation.
Federal government should be more fiscally responsible in order to have the money to repair our national interstate system, to expand our locks, and to once again invest in public works benefiting many.
Meantime, a hard-working U.S. representative with her finger on the pulse of the 17th can do all she can to bring earmarks home. Not pork: bacon! How about the long-sought Colona Road extension? The possibilities abound.
Spending on infrastructure always more than pays for itself. I'll be working on it from Day 1.
Andrea Zinga of Coal Valley is a former television journalist and the Republican candidate for Congress in the 17th District.

Flight Attendant Supports with Letter to the Editor

This letter appeared in the Saturday Sept 29th edition of the Dispatch newspaper.
Obviously, many of those who are calling Andrea Zinga a racist do not fly for a living! I have been a union flight attendant for over 17 years and I was flying on September 11, 2001, and lost many of my colleagues.
I watch everyday. Terrorist are very patient people. Our national security is the most important thing. We live in a free country and as a woman I have the right to vote. Those who support these terrorist groups do not look kindly to women rights. Andrea Zinga is a strong woman who will keep us safe.
Remember we are blessed to have many of these freedoms. Our armed forces cannot protect us in the air. We need to be vigilant and give the Transportation Safety Administration the tools to do its job. TSA should second screen anyone who has visited a country that aids and abets known terrorists. Passports should be looked at just like all the other countries I traveled to. This is commonplace everywhere but in the United States. We all should have passports in order to travel and they should be viewed. Is this discrimination? Safety should be our No. 1 priority. In my job it is! Andrea will protect the Quad-Cities Citizens. Our district has not been represented well for many years.
Remember we have a military base and arsenal right here in our own backyard. Please read and become more knowledgeable about all our candidates. Second screening should not be viewed as racism. I look at behavior and that does not have a color!

Janice Drain,