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  • Is Dick Durbin a Racist?

    02/26/2009 4:57:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 607+ views
    Let's take Attorney General Holder up on his advice. No cowards needed in discussing race. Got it. So. The Democrats' Illinois Senator Dick Durbin refused to vote to oust a white president from office when, as the whole world knew, said president had lied about his role in the federal crime of sexual harassment. Yet when a black U.S. Senator, Durbin's Illinois colleague Roland Burris, is accused -- with as yet unproven allegations -- of lying to the Illinois House of Representatives, Durbin wants said black Senator's resignation post-haste. Well now. Isn't that white of him. And where, pray tell,...
  • No Stimulus Without Burris

    02/15/2009 11:07:38 PM PST · by malkee · 16 replies · 1,740+ views
    Associated Content ^ | 2/14/09 | Michael Thompson
    A twist of this story is that while Senate Democrats initially tried to fight Rod Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Burris, they needed Burris' vote to pass the $789 billion economic stimulus package with a filibuster-proof minimum threshhold of 60 votes. As it was, the Democrats needed to call Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown back to Washington from Brown's home state, where he was attending his mother's wake, of all things. The next option would have been to try to pull Teddy Kennedy from his sick bed. In other words, Rod Blagojevich apparently was one of the key actors for passage of...
  • Obama says Illinois 'ready to move forward' after Blagojevich

    02/12/2009 11:27:01 PM PST · by malkee · 13 replies · 1,191+ views
    THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER ^ | Feb. 13, 2009 | Bernard Schoenburg
    Illinois is “ready to move forward” after the removal from office of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, President Barack Obama said in an interview with The State Journal-Register Thursday. Obama, talking with a reporter by phone after an appearance in Peoria, said he was distressed by the nature of the allegations made against Blagojevich. “But I think Illinois at this point’s ready to move forward,” the president said. ~snip~ Obama also defended Illinois against allegations that the state has a track record for corruption. “You can paint with too broad a brush,” the president said. “This is a state that’s produced unbelievable...
  • NBC: Patrick Fitzgerald Stays!

    02/11/2009 2:32:45 AM PST · by malkee · 42 replies · 1,199+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Feb. 10, 2009 | Pete Williams
    From NBC's Pete Williams Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney in Chicago who brought criminal fraud charges against Rod Blagojevich, will be staying in his job in the Obama administration, even though he was appointed to the position by President George W. Bush. U.S. attorneys are political appointees. The normal practice, when there's a change of political parties in the White House, is for the incoming administration to replace all 93 U.S. attorneys with appointees from the new president's party. For now, the Obama administration has asked the current Republican-appointed U.S. attorneys to remain in their posts while it considers how...
  • Blagojevich on FOX's Hannity show Wednesday

    02/11/2009 1:59:33 AM PST · by malkee · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Feb. 10 2009 | Lynn Sweet
    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has done interviews with Diane Sawyer, Meredith Vieira, Barbara Walters and even David Letterman. But one of the more lively exchanges may come Wednesday evening when Gov. Blagojevich takes questions from conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, Blagojevich's publicist Glenn Selig of the publicity/PR firm The Publicity Agency ( said today. Gov. Blagojevich is in the midst of an aggressive media campaign to assert his innocence in light of allegations that he tried to sell the senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after he was elected president. Blagojevich was removed from office less than two weeks...
  • My Best Friend Blago

    02/07/2009 11:49:39 PM PST · by malkee · 10 replies · 1,551+ views
    Men' Journal ^ | Feb 5 2009 | By Bill Powell
    used to go yo-hoing with the most disgraced politician in America.
  • Crazy Like A Fox--The Method Behind Blago's PR Madness

    02/04/2009 11:20:45 PM PST · by malkee · 36 replies · 2,164+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Feb. 5, 2009 | Jacob Gershman
    "New York is fantastic," a pumped-up Rod Blagojevich said after strolling his way back to the luxurious Jumeirah Essex House on Central Park South just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday, hours after appearing on David Letterman. "Walking down the street here in Manhattan, cab drivers are honking, guys in cars are shouting support, 'Keep it up! Keep fighting!'" You have to hand to it Rod Blagojevich. For someone who's supposedly the most cuckoo and crooked man in politics, he's assembled quite a fan club. "I must say the guy is growing on me," said Dennis Miller on Fox News. "I...
  • Blagojevich to visit David Letterman's 'Late Show'

    02/02/2009 11:21:19 PM PST · by malkee · 16 replies · 906+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Feb.2 2009 | Phil Rosenthal
    Rod Blagojevich, less than a week removed from his removal as governor of Illinois, is booked to visit CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman" on Tuesday night. The Illinois senate on Thursday voted 59-0 to remove Blagojevich from office. Arrested in December by federal agents, Blagojevich has been accused by U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald of trying to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Preseident Barack Obama, among other crimes. Blagojevich's "Late Show" appearance, set for 10:35 p.m. Tuesday on WBBM-Ch. 2, is being promoted by CBS as the former governor's first late-night talk-show visit since his...
  • These running shoes were made for talking

    01/29/2009 10:32:43 PM PST · by malkee · 12 replies · 867+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-29-09 | John Kass
    On his first day as a private citizen, now unemployed and with a federal indictment bearing down on him, Rod Blagojevich should stick to his routine, put on his track suit and go for a run. He usually runs 5 miles at a brisk pace, but the new route I'm proposing would take about 8 miles. He's in shape for it, and he's got the time. From his Northwest Side home he should run south on Ashland, to Lincoln Avenue, and head southeast on his way downtown. His wife, Patti, can drive the car and meet him there with a...
  • Rod Blagojevich defends himself at his impeachment trial

    01/29/2009 11:10:55 AM PST · by malkee · 11 replies · 806+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan 29, 2009 | Ray Long and Rick Pearson
    Alternately praising and upbraiding those who will decide his political fate, Gov. Rod Blagojevich today urged the Illinois Senate not to remove him from office, saying he has "done absolutely nothing wrong" and "never, ever intended to violate the law." "There hasn't been a single piece of information that proves any wrongdoing," Blagojevich said to senators who were mostly stoic. "How can you throw a governor out of office with insufficient and incomplete evidence?" The governor's dramatic, 47-minute closing argument unfolded as the Senate prepares to take a historic vote on whether to make Blagojevich the first Illinois governor dumped...
  • Defusing the Rahm Bomb

    01/29/2009 12:37:21 AM PST · by malkee · 31 replies · 1,633+ views ^ | Jan. 29 2009 | Fran Coombs
    So maybe the time Rodney King was hoping for has arrived at last. Maybe now we all can just get along. Witness The New Rahm in action. Obama at a meeting earlier in January with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others complained to Emanuel about his tendency to loudly crack his knuckles. “At which point,” The Times reported, “Mr. Emanuel held the offending knuckle up to Mr. Obama’s left ear and, like an annoying little brother, snapped off a few special cracks.” Now all questions aside about the propriety of doing that to anyone, much less the President of the...
  • What should Blagojevich tell his daughters?

    01/28/2009 11:24:52 PM PST · by malkee · 19 replies · 621+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan.28, 2009 | Mary Schmich
    A man's children are his highest court. Even Rod Blagojevich, the strange and tragicomic governor of Illinois, seems to know this. Being condemned by your children, failing in their eyes, is the greatest fall from power. "I'll fight to the very end, first and foremost, and most importantly," Blagojevich said on "Larry King Live" the other night, "because my children need to know that their father is not the person that some of these people are trying to say that I am." "These people" is almost everybody in Illinois these days. Blagojevich, these people say, is a criminal. A clown....
  • Hair makes a statement, but Blago's mop might be lying

    01/28/2009 11:06:49 PM PST · by malkee · 484+ views
    Chicago Daily Herald ^ | Jan. 28, 2009 | By Burt Constable
    Coy Rod Blagojevich is all shucks and grins about doing his Richard Nixon "I am not a crook" impression on TV when "The View" co-host Joy Behar playfully reaches out and tousles the guv's hair. Uh-oh. I expect Blago's smile to vanish, his hair to start swirling and Behar's face to melt as if she were a Nazi in that first Indiana Jones movie. But Behar is still there. She doesn't even appear to have a hangover from satisfying that thirst to run her fingers through a little hair of the Rod. With all the seriousness of Blagojevich's impeachment hearing...
  • Blago wants to speak at trial

    01/28/2009 1:20:19 PM PST · by malkee · 32 replies · 1,409+ views ^ | Jan 28, 2009 | AP
    (AP) — The president of the Illinois Senate says Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to make a statement at his impeachment trial. President John Cullerton told Senators Wednesday that the governor has asked to offer a closing statement at the trial on Thursday. Cullerton says Blagojevich is not asking to testify, which would involve answering questions from senators. Cullerton recommended that the Senate allow Blagojevich to speak. That view was supported by the Senate's top Republican, Christine Radogno. Blagojevich has refused to take part in the trial so far. He has said its rules are unfair and he's done nothing wrong.
  • Who should play Blago in the movie?

    01/27/2009 6:27:08 PM PST · by malkee · 111 replies · 1,911+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | JAN. 28, 2008
    I'm not sure if this is exactly funny. I guess you could call it interesting. Maybe we could take votes on who should play Blago. I'm still feeling sorry for him after watching more of today's video interviews. That's a bad sign. Who Should Play Blago?
  • The Unjust and Unconstitutional Trial of Rod Blagojevich

    01/25/2009 7:06:21 PM PST · by STARWISE · 24 replies · 1,113+ views
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1-25-09 | William A. Jacobson
    On Monday, January 26, 2009, the impeachment trial of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich begins. Nominally, the trial will be held by the Illinois Senate with the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding. In reality, this case is, and always has been, under the control of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. The impeachment process started just days after Fitzgerald held his now famous press conference on December 9, 2008, in which Fitzgerald announced that Blagojevich was guilty of various crimes while in office, most spectacularly the attempt to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. The charge was made in a...
  • Blago on "The View"

    01/26/2009 10:44:05 PM PST · by malkee · 42 replies · 2,219+ views
    The View via You Tube ^ | 01-27-09 | malkee(vanity)
    Perhaps it's just the female in me, but am I the only one who is beginning to feel sorry for Rod Blagojevich. Check him out on the View Monday. Apparently McCain isn't the only one Joy Behar wants to "have fun" with. I think he has totally lost any grip on reality, and needs medical attention.
  • Ill. gov's atty to resign from criminal case

    01/23/2009 3:10:39 PM PST · by bigbob · 33 replies · 1,902+ views
    AP via WLS the Big 89 ^ | 1/23/2009 | MIKE ROBINSON
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Rod Blagojevich's lead attorney said Friday that he plans to resign from the impeached governor's criminal case. "I have practiced law for 44 years. I never require a client to do what I say, but I do require clients to listen to what I say," Genson told reporters. "I intend to withdraw as counsel in this case."
  • Jarrett to attend World Economic Forum

    01/25/2009 5:48:10 PM PST · by milwguy · 13 replies · 1,508+ views
    upi ^ | 1/24/2009 | upi
    Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on behalf of the Obama administration, officials said. The Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) reported Saturday that the five-day, invitation-only forum draws leading business leaders from around the world. White House National Security Adviser James Jones and economic adviser Lawrence Summers had been planning to attend, but will remain in Washington to attend to domestic issues. "Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president who is in touch each day with elected officials, business and community leaders across the nation about the economic challenges they face, will...
  • Despite defense in court of public opinion, Gov. Rod Blagojevich likely to be ousted

    01/24/2009 11:28:56 PM PST · by malkee · 27 replies · 1,512+ views
    Chicago Tribu ne ^ | Jan. 24, 2009 | Rick Pearson and Stacy St. Clair
    Blagojevich's office on Friday also released copies of dozens of federal subpoenas that underscored the sweeping nature of the prosecution's longtime criminal investigation of an administration built on a pledge of reform. One subpoena issued a day before Blagojevich's Dec. 9 arrest seeks records of any correspondence with top Obama advisers David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, while others seek documents involving state hiring, bidding and contracts as well as information about the real estate business run by the governor's wife, Patricia. On Monday at noon, the ornate chandelier-framed chambers of the Illinois Senate will provide the setting for the impeachment...
  • Blagojevich to talk to 'Good Morning America' and 'The View'

    01/23/2009 11:42:42 PM PST · by malkee · 26 replies · 417+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan.23,2009
    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will give his first national interviews to ABC's "Good Morning America" and "The View" on Monday, according to a Friday press release from the network. He will be a guest Monday on "Good Morning America," which begins at 7 a.m. on WLS-Ch. 7, as his impeachment trial gets underway in Illinois. He and his wife Patricia will then appear on "The View," which airs in Chicago at 10 a.m. on WLS-Ch. 7. Blagojevich said Friday he would not participate in the trial, which he called a "hanging" at a Friday press conference.
  • Gov's lawyers expect removal from office

    01/22/2009 8:43:33 PM PST · by BAW · 4 replies · 417+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 22, 2009
    Less than two weeks after Gov. Rod Blagojevich vowed to fight "every step of the way," his legal team announced today that it won't try to block the start of next week's impeachment trial and expects the Senate will vote to kick him out of office. "As far as I know, the people in the Senate are more likely than not to convict him, and he will be removed from office," Blagojevich attorney Edward Genson told the Tribune. "I don't welcome it, but I expect it." Genson also said Blagojevich won't mount a defense during the impeachment trial. He said...
  • Gov. Blagojevich Compares His Arrest to Attack on Pearl Harbor

    01/22/2009 11:03:07 PM PST · by malkee · 28 replies · 927+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 22,2009 | AP
    CHICAGO -- Illinois' embattled but defiant governor, so fond of reciting poetry as he defends himself against federal corruption allegations, has turned instead to the history books to describe the emotional strain his arrest put on him and his family. In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Gov. Rod Blagojevich compared his early morning December arrest by FBI agents to Japan's 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. He says it was a "complete surprise" but he'll prevail, just like America in World War II. Blagojevich says there's no chance he will resign before the start of the state Senate's impeachment...
  • Patricia Blagojevich fired by homeless agency

    01/21/2009 5:00:43 PM PST · by VideoPaul · 23 replies · 1,326+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/21/2009 | John Chase
    A Chicago homeless agency has fired Illinois First Lady Patricia Blagojevich from her job as its chief fundraiser.
  • Who Is Roland Burris?

    01/13/2009 7:51:54 AM PST · by · 14 replies · 562+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Mark Tapscott
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has climbed down from his initial refusal to allow the seating of Roland Burris to succeed President-elect Barack Obama as the junior senator from Illionis. Burris was appointed by embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich despite warnings and pleas from Democrats in that state and in Washington, D.C. that he not name anybody, pending resolution of charges by U.S. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald that he sought to sell the appointment for personal gain. Burris was the first African-American to win statewide office in Illinois, gaining the Comptroller office in 1978. He also served as Illinois Attorney General...
  • Democrats Rush Holder Confirmation

    01/13/2009 6:56:10 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 71 replies · 2,101+ views ^ | 1/13/2009 | Connie Hair
    In two days, Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) will begin the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Eric Holder, former Clinton deputy attorney general who is President-elect Barack Obama’s highly controversial nominee to the office of Attorney General. Holder, best known for playing a major role in the Clinton pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, will face skeptical Republicans, including ranking Republican Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Specter has run into a Leahy roadblock in his attempts to get some of the background documents on the nomination. Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has refused to sign off on document requests by Republicans...
  • Emanuel says talks with Blagojevich appropriate

    01/18/2009 1:00:39 PM PST · by malkee · 18 replies · 1,016+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 18 2009 | Associated Press
    Barack Obama's chief of staff says Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich did not ask for anything improper in their discussions about Obama's Senate successor. Aide Rahm Emanuel says he talked with Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich) and the governor's ex-chief of staff about the type of person who should replace Obama. But Emanuel says he never got the impression that Blagojevich wanted anything improper in return for naming a replacement. The Illinois House impeached Blagojevich last week. Federal authorities have accused Blagojevich of scheming to benefit by selling Obama's old Senate seat to the highest bidder. Blagojevich did appoint former Illinois Attorney Genera; Roland...
  • Blago Pick Roland Burris Sworn-In as U.S. Senator from Illinois - Video 1/15/09

    01/15/2009 12:57:35 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 3 replies · 343+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 15, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat - Roland Burris - was sworn-in today by Vice-President Dick Cheney as a United States Senator from Illinois. Democrats at first said Burris would "never" be seated in the Senate, but they quickly changed their minds last week as the Obama Team seemed to decide it was best to seat Burris and get this story off the front pages of the media prior to the Inauguration on January 20, 2009. . . . . . (watch video)
  • Roland Burris sworn in as senator to replace Obama

    01/15/2009 11:39:47 AM PST · by malkee · 15 replies · 712+ views
    AP ^ | 1-15-09 | AP
    Roland Burris is now officially a U.S. senator. The Illinois Democrat was sworn-in by Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday at a Capitol Hill ceremony. His new colleagues in the Senate chamber responded with applause. He takes his Senate seat alongside fellow Democrats who initially turned him away, and who had vowed not to seat anyone appointed by embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The governor, who's been impeached by state lawmakers, is accused of trying to sell the Senate seat that had been held by President-elect Barack Obama. Burris is now being given a polite welcome by Democrats, who say they never...
  • Awkwardness to prevail when Rod Blagojevich swears in members of Senate

    01/13/2009 11:51:47 PM PST · by malkee · 11 replies · 716+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan 14 09 | Rick Pearson and Ray Long
    The bright hopes for a new political beginning that often accompany the inauguration of an Illinois legislature will be overshadowed by awkwardness Wednesday when Gov. Rod Blagojevich oversees the swearing-in of a Senate that will sit in judgment at his pending impeachment trial. "I think it's going to be eerie," Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) said Tuesday. "It's like being a part of a family where you're in a position to try to convict a family member—because we worked with him. Whether we liked him or didn't like him, we've been with him for six years." On Wednesday, Blagojevich is...
  • Late word: Burris is in, Reid's gone quiet and Blago's still there

    01/12/2009 10:27:59 PM PST · by malkee · 22 replies · 1,197+ views
    L A Times ^ | Jan 12, 2009 | Top of the Ticket
    Catching up: Seeking to end an embarrassing episode, Democratic leaders of the U.S. Senate sent word to the world today that Roland Burris, a 71-year-old African American, would be sworn in late this week to replace the 47-year-old president-elect, Barack Obama. (See video below.) The move, done with no cameras present to provide lasting video evidence of the political debacle for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Illinois' other senator, Dick Durbin, should get the political mess out of the way in time for Obama's inauguration next Tuesday, as his aides had suggested. Even in another time zone, the...
  • Blagojevich Nothing Special In Chicago Machine: Why Should He Leave?

    01/10/2009 1:02:34 PM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 3 replies · 407+ views ^ | January 10, 2009 | Daniel Zanoza
    As a social conservative, I never thought in the space of one calendar year I would have been defending soon-to-be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and beleaguered Illinois Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich. But sometimes fate can lead us to strange places. I supported Hillary Clinton's doomed Democratic presidential primary bid against Barack Obama though I didn't have a vote in the matter. At the time, I felt that even the Clintons would be better for America than President-elect B. Hussein Obama and, for the record, there has been nothing to change my mind. Indeed, my opinion on the subject is...
  • Burris To Ramp Up the Pressure on Senator's Dumb-Dumb and Dumberer

    01/10/2009 5:05:19 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 417+ views
    Politico/Yidwithlid ^ | 1/10/09 | Yidwithlid
    Harry Reid and Dick Durban are going out of their way to prove that they are a little short in the political brains department. Well, either that or they are want to give political observers some more entertainment. Just when everyone thought that the controversy over the appointment of Roland Burris was over, Dumb-Dumb Durban and his "Dumberer" Senate Majority leader have decided to stir the pot some more. Yesterday the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the Secretary of State's signature is not needed for Governor Blago's choice to be seated. Beyond that, the Secretary of State announced that he...
  • Blagojevich Contacs with Obama and Transition Team: Update

    01/10/2009 1:17:38 PM PST · by malkee · 17 replies · 635+ views ^ | Jan 10,2009 | Tom Fitton
    The documents include a December 3, 2008, letter from Barack Obama following his well-publicized December 2, 2008, meeting with Blagojevich as well as a November 17, 2008, letter signed by Presidential Transition Team co-chairs Valerie Jarrett and John Podesta providing Blagojevich with a list of transition team contacts. Here are a few excerpts from the letter signed by President-elect Obama less than one week before the Blagojevich arrest: "Thank you for meeting with me on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Vice President-elect Joe Biden and I were pleased with the open discussion." "As we discussed, I would appreciate any advice you can...
  • In the Age of Obama, Still Playing the Race Card

    01/09/2009 11:46:27 PM PST · by malkee · 22 replies · 1,007+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Jan. 11, 2009 | William Jelani Cobb
    Here's what hasn't changed in America. In the past week or so, we've seen a threatened Senate stand-off, hyperbolic historical references, an alleged case of stonewalling by the Illinois secretary of state, lawsuits and rumors of lawsuits, a wild-card nominee for the Senate first turned away from that body and then perhaps accepted by it, and that same nominee called upon to testify in the impeachment hearings of the man who nominated him -- all tied together by the complicating factor of race. Former Illinois attorney general Roland W. Burris may well be qualified to serve as the junior senator...
  • Linda Chavez: Dems get taste of own medicine (Blago appointing Burris to Obama's seat)

    01/09/2009 11:13:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies · 1,340+ views
    The Trentonian ^ | January 10, 2009 | Linda Chavez
    Rod Blagojevich may look like one of the dim bulbs from Tony Soprano’s Bada Bing, but the guy’s a political genius. Who could imagine that a month after U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald signaled that the Illinois governor was about to be indicted for trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat, the man would not only remain un-indicted and un-impeached (well, until yesterday), but he’d manage to make the entire Democratic congressional leadership look like chumps? In naming former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the vacant seat, Blagojevich has hoist the Dems on their own petard. Blagojevich knew exactly...
  • WQAD offers Blagojevich a haircut

    01/09/2009 9:50:03 PM PST · by malkee · 9 replies · 514+ views ^ | Jan 10, 2009 | Pam Cunningham
    DAVENPORT, Iowa-- Impeachment is no laughing matter, but Illinois politics through the years has been rooted in the absurd. So, we take a closer look at the governor's appearance. And what he can do as he prepares to stand trial. As a public service we would like to offer the governor a free haircut on us at one of our favorite places, The Spa at Five Star Salon in the Village of East Davenport. Justice may be blind, but the state senators aren't, so we asked should Rod Blagojevich get his haircut? At a press conference Friday afternoon Governor Rod...
  • Illinois House Impeaches Blagojevich

    01/09/2009 8:40:51 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 118 replies · 3,996+ views
    Fox ^ | 1/9/2008 | Fox
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Driven by anger and politics, the Illinois House has voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The unprecedented action sets the stage for a Senate trial on whether he should be thrown out of office for corruption and abuse of power. The governor seemed to acknowledge the inevitable when he issued a statement Thursday night that looked past the House vote and predicted a different outcome in the subsequent Senate trial. His statement criticized the hearings leading up to the House vote as unfair and biased. A House committee has been studying the possibility of impeachment since shortly...
  • LET BLAGO BE BLAGO!! (Vanity)

    01/07/2009 4:45:17 PM PST · by VideoPaul · 12 replies · 446+ views
    1/9/2008 | Paul Phillips
    Fellow Freepers, I am starting a new movement and I'd like to ask for your thoughts and participation. I am starting a campaign to keep Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich in office. "Let Blago be Blago" will make the case that until Fitzgerald actually tries and convicts him, Illinois should suffer what it asked for. Democrats are anxious to get rid of this fraud to save them further embarrassment through shame by association, so I say LET BLAGO BE BLAGO!! He already made Obama, Jesse Jackson Junior, Emmanuel, Reid, Durbin and a big old corrupt labor union look like complete...
  • Ex-advisor to panel: Order Blago to get psych evaluation

    01/08/2009 3:38:16 PM PST · by VideoPaul · 13 replies · 597+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/8/2009 | Dave McKinney
    SPRINGFIELD — When former Chicago television broadcaster Bob Arya joined Gov. Blagojevich's staff as a senior advisor in November 2006, the governor described him as “a real asset to my administration.” But when Arya's run with Blagojevich came to an end, he had a story to tell — one of intense jealousies by the governor toward President-elect Barack Obama, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and others, a terrorized staff, and emotional instabilities that Arya said demonstrate the need for a psychological evaluation by the legislative panel weighing the governor's impeachment.
  • Dem Leaders Beaten By Hurricane Burris

    01/08/2009 10:14:46 AM PST · by lewisglad · 16 replies · 792+ views
    The Politico ^ | 1/7/09 8:51 PM EST | John Bresnahan
    Harry Reid is poised to let Roland Burris take a seat in the Senate — an embarrassing about-face for a Democratic leader at the pinnacle of his power. Just a week ago, Reid said unequivocally that anyone appointed by scandal-tarred Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich “will not be seated by the Democratic Caucus.” But after a 45-minute meeting with Burris on Wednesday, Reid and Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin said they had come up with a three-part plan to get Burris into the Senate — and that the hurdles in his way would be “pretty easy” to clear. Sources say Reid...
  • Blagojevich lawyers want US attorney off case

    01/08/2009 1:56:14 PM PST · by malkee · 53 replies · 1,821+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 8 2009
    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Rod Blagojevich's defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to throw U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and all his assistants off the fraud and bribery case against him. Chief defense counsel Edward Genson said in a motion Thursday that the news conference Fitzgerald held in announcing the charges was so filled with prejudicial publicity that the prosecutor should bow out. The full text of the motion wasn't immediately available because it had been filed under seal. But it was described by U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Holderman, who ordered it unsealed, and by Blagojevich attorney Sheldon...
  • You Write The Caption: Roland Burris' Tombstone

    01/08/2009 11:55:23 AM PST · by steve-b · 21 replies · 1,533+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/31/08 | 12/31/08
    Roland Burris, Gov. Rod Blagojevich's controversial choice to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the US Senate, has already begun work on his memorial in Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago's South Side. His tombstone boldly proclaims, "Trail Blazer" and includes a list of his accomplishments. See the memorial for yourself and tell us what you think it should say in light of recent Blago-related events.
  • Obama Serves Reid Some Chicago Way

    01/08/2009 5:31:01 AM PST · by fiscon1 · 24 replies · 1,057+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01/08/2009 | John Kass
    Roland "Tombstone" Burris, the amiable Illinois Democratic political hack who is being called eminently qualified by the national Democrats—perhaps because he's from Illinois and he hasn't been indicted—has almost reached his goal of being addressed as "Yes, sir, Senator." Now Tombstone has President-elect Barack Obama behind him, muscling Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid in a phone call earlier in the week. So much for transcending the old politics.
  • Roland Burris: Not a Virgin in A Chicago Whorehouse

    01/08/2009 9:12:31 AM PST · by hoosiermama · 46 replies · 2,853+ views
    Chicago: Crime Kind of Town ^ | Various | Various
    Roland Burris: Not a Virgin in A Chicago Whorehouse From research collected at Chicago: Crime Kind of Town (Many thanks Maggie F);page=251 Connect the dots: Loop Capital Markets — a big donor to Illinois politicians — secretly funneled money to a Philadelphia attorney to gain business with the city of Philadelphia, according to a federal indictment there. FROM: Burris has gone on to receive over $1 million in no-bid, low-effort “consulting” contracts from Illinois State agencies under the Governor’s control as well as a $5000/month “retainer” from Loop Capital, headed by BHO homie Jim Reynolds. FROM: “In...
  • Has Harry Reid Ever Read the Constituition?

    01/07/2009 2:35:38 PM PST · by MosesKnows · 23 replies · 1,280+ views
    January 7, 2009 | MosesKnows
    Has Harry Reid Ever Read the Constitution? I ask in regard to the 17th amendment. The 17th amendment is one of my least favorite amendments but ignoring it is not an improvement nor is it legal to ignore it. First, for clarity I post how the Constitution directed the election of Senators prior to the 17th amendment. Article. 1, Section. 3. The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof , for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote. The state legislature would choose the state’s Senators...
  • Chicago Politics, Down and Dirty

    01/07/2009 1:46:16 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 71 replies · 2,553+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 5 January 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Here’s a transcript of a call to Rahm Emanuel from Rod Blagojevich, released by US Attorney Fitzpatrick. Emanuel is a former Clinton official and Obama’s nominee for Chief of Staff. Blagojevich is Governor of Illinois, under investigation for impeachment and crimes. I didn’t edit this. Do men like this belong in anywhere in government? What about people heavily associated with them? Sorry about the language, but that’s part of who these men are. Emanuel’s comments are boldface FBI File #9536B Wiretap on line 312-XXX-XXXX November 10th, 2008 12:42 PM Eastern Time: This is Rahm. Hey Rahm, yeah it's Rod. Uh-huh....
  • Democrats Playing Hot Potato with Burris Appointment

    01/07/2009 1:05:42 PM PST · by AJKauf · 17 replies · 698+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 7 | Rick Moran
    The Roland Burris circus took a ludicrous turn today as Harry Reid and Senate Democrats threw the fate of the former Illinois attorney general, who was appointed by disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich to fill the unexpired term of President-elect Barack Obama last week, back to Illinois and the office of Secretary of State Jesse White. It was White who refused to sign off on Burris, rejecting the paperwork on the appointment while making it clear he would not certify any candidate appointed by a governor who tried to to sell the Senate seat to the highest bidder. At the same...
  • Senate 'spectacle' goes according to script (John Kass)

    01/07/2009 12:26:20 PM PST · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 1,089+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-7-09 | John Kass
    If the Senate Republicans truly wanted to make Tombstone Burris' march on Washington a spectacle to bedevil the Democrats, here's what they'd do. They'd put on some choir robes, stand outside Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office Wednesday and invite every news organization in the land to hear them sing. They'd sing a cappella, in a mournful baritone, to mark the latest Democratic public relations disaster—the all-white Senate controlled by Democrats denying a seat to a duly appointed African-American. So if they wanted a true spectacle, the Republicans would hold hands and begin to croon: "When Roland was in Harry's...
  • Senate Democrats Now See a Path to Seat for Burris

    01/07/2009 11:54:07 AM PST · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 966+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1-7-09 | Carl Hulse
    Reversing themselves, Senate Democratic leaders on Wednesday morning opened the door to allowing Roland W. Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate. After a private 45-minute meeting with the former Illinois state attorney general, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, and Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said that they were open to recognizing Mr. Burris’s appointment as long as he meets a series of conditions.