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Chicago Tribune: Chicago Tribune Staff: Morning Spin: Lipinski facing challenge from progressive Democrat in Southwest Side congressional district


Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski is headed for a primary challenge next year in the Southwest Side and southwest suburban 3rd Congressional District.

Marie Newman, a marketing consultant from La Grange, is looking to push a more progressive agenda

In an email to supporters scheduled to go out Monday, Newman declares: “I’m in.”  (more…)

Crain’s: Greg Hinz: Rep. Lipinski likely to draw primary foe


Southwest Side Congressman Dan Lipinski never has been a favorite of Democratic progressives, frequently having to fend off potential party foes. But with Washington now more polarized than ever in the era of Donald Trump, a looming challenge to his renomination is worth watching.

The challenge comes from Marie Newman, a La Grange marketing consultant who tells me she has decided to form a 3rd District exploratory committee, the last formal step before actually announcing, something Newman says she is very likely to do this spring.  (more…)

Windy City Times: David Thill: Marie Newman: Lipinski’s 3rd District challenger


Daniel Lipinski has represented Illinois’ 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005. But in 2018, the Democrat will have a challenger—from his own party. Her name is Marie Newman, and she plans to bring change.Newman, a 3rd District native and resident of La Grange, said she feels “compelled” to run for the seat. Although she has long considered running, it was the 2016 election cycle that finally propelled Newman—a former J. Walter Thompson partner, small business owner and founder of the national non-profit coalition Team Up to Stop Bullying—to announce her candidacy April 10.

She feels not only at odds with the policies proposed by the Trump administration, but also with a general negativity that she sensed emerging in the country during the presidential campaign. “We cannot move forward as a nation as we are right now,” she said.  (more…)

Roll Call: Eric Garcia: Lipinski Faces possible Primary Challenge


Illinois Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski is facing a potential primary challenge from the left in next year’s election.

Marie Newman, a marketing consultant from La Grange, told Crain’s Chicago that she formed an exploratory committee to look into running in the 3rd Congressional District against Lipinski.

Newman’s challenge would come on Lipinski’s left flank.  (more…)

The Hill: Lisa Hagen: Dems struggle with abortion litmus test


Democrats are grappling over whether support for abortion rights should be a litmus test for candidates as the party seeks to rebuild from its devastating 2016 defeat.

The internal debate spilled out into the open last week when the Democratic National Committee (DNC) faced a firestorm of criticism from women’s rights groups for inviting a Nebraska mayoral candidate who supported an anti-abortion measure in the past to a Democratic unity tour event.

“If Democrats think the path forward following the 2016 election is to support candidates who substitute their own judgment and ideology for that of their female constituents, they have learned all the wrong lessons and are bound to lose,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue.  (more…)

Capitol Fax: Rich Miller: Lipinski facing primary challenger


Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski is headed for a primary challenge next year in the Southwest Side and southwest suburban 3rd Congressional District.

Marie Newman, a marketing consultant from La Grange, is looking to push a more progressive agenda.

Lipinski, who succeeded his father, Bill, holds a more social conservative ideology than most Chicago Democrats — specifically on issues involving abortion and women’s health care.

Newman was born in Beverly and raised in Palos Park. After years of working in advertising, she started her own consulting business. (more…)

Daily Kos: Jeff Singer: Conservative Illinois Democrat Dan Lipinski likely to face a primary, but victory won’t be easy


Chicago-area Rep. Dan Lipinski has long been one of the more socially conservative members of the House Democratic caucus. As recently as 2014, Lipinski responded to a candidate questionnaire and said he would support an amendment in the constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Lipinski hasn’t gotten any better in the age of Trump: This year alone, Lipinski was one of just three Democrats who voted in favor of a GOP bill to ban federal funding of abortions. Lipinski has also voted to overturn an Obama-era Health and Human Services rule that prevented states from withholding funds to Planned Parenthood and other healthcare groups that also provide abortions. Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District backed Barack Obama 56-43 and supported Hillary Clinton 55-40, so Lipinski isn’t voting with Team Red because he’s worried about a GOP opponent.  (more…)

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IL-03: Marketing consultant Marie Newman said last month that she’d formed an exploratory committee to examine a primary challenge against conservative Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski, and now she’s taken a step further and filed paperwork (a so-called “statement of candidacy”) with the FEC. For progressives eager to take another shot at the recalcitrant Lipinski, a bid by Newman would be welcome indeed. Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, located in the Chicago suburbs, voted for Hillary Clinton 55-40, so it could easily host a much better Democrat than the current incumbent.

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