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  • How Mark Kirk Re-Segregates the Senate

    11/29/2010 12:23:12 PM PST · by Dengar01 · 79 replies · 1+ views
    NBC 5 Chicago ^ | 11/29/10 | Edward McClelland
    When Mark Kirk is sworn in this afternoon, the U.S. Senate will once again have no African-Americans. Since Reconstruction, there have only been four black senators. Three of them -- Carol Moseley Braun, Barack Obama and Roland Burris -- have held the seat that Kirk is about to occupy. For reasons that go back more than a century, all the way to the First Great Migration from the South, Illinois has led the nation in black political empowerment. We’ve elected more black statewide officials than anyone else. We produced the first black president. And it was a matter of pride...
  • In farewell, Burris laments lack of blacks in Senate

    11/18/2010 10:46:10 AM PST · by lado · 35 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/18/10 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON--As his controversial tenure nears its end, Sen. Roland Burris gave a farewell address Thursday lamenting there will be no blacks at all in the next Senate. "This is simply unacceptable," he said. "We can and we will and we must - do better." Today, highlighting a long list of his accomplishments in the Senate, including among them the passage of health care reform, Burris joked that he may return to the Senate to vote to let gays and lesbians serve openly in the military. "I'm from Chicago," he quipped. "I'll vote twice."
  • For One Senate Seat in Illinois, Two Elections on the Same Day (Hussein screws us one more time?)

    07/31/2010 8:58:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/31/10 | MONICA DAVEY
    For One Senate Seat in Illinois, Two Elections on the Same DayBy MONICA DAVEY Published: July 31, 2010 CHICAGO — In all the fuss over the Senate seat that President Obama left behind here, and whether it was offered up in a nefarious trade, some people demanded a clean start. Let the voters of Illinois elect someone to fill the vacancy. The simple idea has been granted. But as only Illinois, and its topsy-turvy politics, might execute such things, the new election has been set for Nov. 2 — almost two years after Mr. Obama left the seat and on...
  • Judge: Those running for U.S. Senate in Illinois qualify for run in special election

    07/29/2010 8:12:17 PM PDT · by Southside_Chicago_Republican · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 29, 2010 | Abdon M. Pallasch
    Whoever qualifies to run for the U.S. Senate in Illinois also qualifies to run for the special election. That's the final decision U.S. District Judge John Grady made today. He had toyed with letting party leaders pick the candidates but he opted for the less confusing route. That means Rep. Mark Kirk with be the Republican candidate. State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias will be Democrat. LeAlan Jones will be the Green Party candidate. (Snip) Grady said the state Board of Elections must certify a winner in the race by Nov. 24, though they could do it even earlier, giving the winner...
  • The (Alvin) Greene Party

    06/18/2010 4:58:28 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies · 708+ views
    Investors.com ^ | June 18, 2010 | Investor's Business Daily staff
    Politics: The Democratic Senate candidate from South Carolina is not a GOP dirty trick but an appropriate representative of a party detached from reality. An incoherent and off-the-wall empty suit, he is a perfect fit. Late Thursday night, the South Carolina Democratic Party's Executive Committee rejected a protest of the June 8 primary for U.S. Senate, in which Alvin Greene, who has a felony arrest for showing porn to college girls, defeated Vic Rawl, a former state representative and judge. Greene has been declared the party's legitimate nominee, much to the chagrin of MSNBC's Chris Matthews, whose leg no longer...
  • Harry Reid's opposition to Jackson, Davis, Jones and Burris - was race a factor?

    01/15/2010 3:32:21 AM PST · by Frankusa · 252+ views
    Harry Reid's now-famous statement [from 2007] that America was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate the likes of Barack Obama -- a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect", has touched off a firestorm of controversy as to whether Reid may or may not be harboring racial bias. In January of 2009, a similar, but lesser-known controversy arose with regards to Harry Reid's candidate[s] of choice to fill Barack Obama's vacant senate seat: Days before Gov. Rod Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid...
  • The Democrats' Sinking Ship

    01/06/2010 4:41:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 2,691+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 6, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Election 2010: The back-to-back Senate retirements of Byron Dorgan and Chris Dodd may be just the beginning. The people have seen the future of health care reform and found it doesn't work. Apres moi, le deluge. We don't know what the Mayan calendar says about 2010, but it's starting to look like the end of the world for Democratic electoral prospects. Americans who watched in shock as government tried to step between them and their doctors, may have the last laugh. The tea party isn't over until the angry mob votes. As rage grew over the attempt to nationalize one-sixth...
  • Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2009

    12/28/2009 11:50:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 3,114+ views
    judicialwatch.org ^ | December 28, 2009 | Judicial Watch
    Washington, DCJudicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.”  The list, in alphabetical order, includes: 1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT):  This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 “Ten Most Corrupt” list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him.  In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat.  In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against...
  • Obama's 60-Vote Health Care Majority is Result of Fraud, Manipulation, Bribery (Democrat corruption)

    12/22/2009 1:31:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies · 746+ views
    NLPC ^ | December 22, 2009 | Peter Flaherty
    Without sixty votes in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) would not be able to invoke cloture, or cut off debate. Anything short of sixty would allow a filibuster and doom Obama’s health care plan. The present 60-vote majority is artificial, the result of undemocratic means. Consider how three of these votes came to be: Roland Burris- Appointed by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich just prior to his removal, Democratic leaders including Harry Reid pledged that he would never be seated. Barack Obama, along with other Democratic officials in Illinois, called for a special election to fill the seat. When...
  • Roland Burris May Put Kink in Obama-Democrats' Plan for 60 Votes on Health Care

    12/15/2009 5:16:08 PM PST · by malkee · 25 replies · 2,344+ views
    lifenews.com ^ | 12/15/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- On a day when Democrats emerged triumphantly from a meeting with President Barack Obama appearing to have won the vote of Joe Lieberman for their pro-abortion health care bill, they may not be ready to celebrate yet. The Lieberman vote appeared to allow Democrats and Obama to secure 59 votes. The only holdout left appeared to be pro-life Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska who says he won't vote for the bill because it funds abortions. Political observers need to hang on to their hats because pro-abortion Sen. Rolland Burris of Illinois, ironically the lawmakers appointed to...
  • Burris Pushes Back

    12/15/2009 12:17:38 PM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 12 replies · 793+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 15, 2009 | David M. Herszenhorn
    The backlash has begun. Senator Roland W. Burris, Democrat of Illinois, has vowed that he will not vote for a health care bill that does not include a government-run insurance plan, or public option. And on Monday, after Democrats indicated that they were prepared to meet the demands of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, and strip the last vestige of a public option from their bill, Mr. Burris went to the Senate floor to warn that he had not committed to vote for the legislation. Mr. Burris, however, did calibrate his language: “I am committed to voting for...
  • Roland Burris On Healthcare [email]

    12/01/2009 5:25:43 PM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 3 replies · 355+ views
    Roland Burris Email Senator_RolandBurris@burris.senate.gov> | 12/1/09 | Roland Burris
    Dear [Forgiven Sinner]: Thank you for contacting me about healthcare reform. I appreciate the benefit of your views. As your United States Senator, one of my top priorities is to ensure that my constituents have access to affordable, quality healthcare. Today, nearly 3.5 million Illinois residents, 30.8% of the under 65 population, lack health insurance. Those who remain covered face rapidly rising premiums. A Kaiser Family Foundation report found that average insurance premiums have more than doubled in the past nine years, and the New America Foundation projects that, by 2016, coverage costs for an average Illinois family could top...
  • Ill. Democrats: Keeping Obama Senate seat not easy

    11/24/2009 4:22:23 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 543+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 24, 2009 | DEANNA BELLANDI
    CHICAGO (AP) - The White House and Illinois Democrats said Tuesday that their bid to hold on to President Barack Obama's old Senate seat won't be easy and their difficulties aren't just because of the scandal that engulfed ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Next year is the first major election for Democrats since Blagojevich was arrested last year on federal corruption charges and removed from office. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to sell or trade Obama's Senate seat. "No one ever said it was going to be easy. There's a dark cloud over everyone's head," said...
  • Roland Burris is a lying snake (Senate Ethics Committee Clears Sen. Burris)

    11/20/2009 1:17:53 PM PST · by maggief · 13 replies · 598+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 20, 2009 | Steve Chapman
    The Senate Select Committee on Ethics has completed its investigation of Sen. Roland Burris, and his office is trumpeting its finding that he committed no "actionable violations of the law." What his press release didn't mention is that the committee also found he had provided "incorrect, inconsistent, misleading or incomplete information" about his appointment to the Senate. Which is senatorese for, "Pants on fire!"
  • Dems at risk of losing Obama's old Senate seat

    11/15/2009 9:57:37 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 22 replies · 1,253+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 11/15/09 | Lynn Sweet
    About a year ago, thousands jammed Grant Park in Chicago to celebrate Barack Obama's election to the White House, a communal civic defining moment. But those giddy days are long gone as Democrats in Illinois face the potential of losing the Senate seat President Obama once held next November. * * * Democratic Party leaders in Washington -- and the Obama White House -- failed to recruit a candidate strong enough to scare Rep. Mark Kirk -- the Republicans' best bet -- from the race. The only luck they had was the decision by Sen. Roland Burris -- appointed by...
  • Your Concerns [Leahy Hate Crimes Legislation]

    10/20/2009 4:29:52 PM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 2 replies · 236+ views
    Roland Burris email | 10/20/2009 | Roland W. Burris
    Your Concerns From: Senator Roland Burris Dear [Forgiven Sinner]: Thank you for contacting me regarding the Senator Leahy Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1390) regarding hate crime legislation. Current law defines hate crime as any crime against either person or property in which the offender intentionally selects the victim because of the victim's actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, or disability. Currently, hate crimes are not distinct offenses under federal law; rather, they are crimes that are committed by individuals who are motivated by one or more biases that are considered to be...
  • Burris: No Complaints But Not Going To Vote for Health Care Reform Without a Public Option

    10/20/2009 1:51:28 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 1 replies · 292+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/20/2009 | Laurie Kellman
    For Democrats determined to get a health care bill, Sen. Roland Burris is like the house guest who couldn't be refused, won't soon be leaving and poses a plausible threat of ruining holiday dinner. Suddenly, he can no longer be ignored.
  • Shunned Illinois senator suddenly relevant

    10/19/2009 11:49:38 AM PDT · by kingattax · 10 replies · 789+ views
    AP/wandtv.com ^ | October 19, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP) - For Democrats determined to get a health care bill, U.S. Sen. Roland Burris can no longer be ignored. The Illinois Democrat says he'll only vote for a bill to provide health care to millions more Americans as long as it allows the government to sell insurance in competition with private insurers. And he says he won't compromise. That's caught the attention of the very Democratic leaders who tried to keep Burris out of the Senate after he was appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana, however, says he feels strongly...
  • Burris Speaks

    10/19/2009 12:06:12 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 3 replies · 319+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 10/19/2009 | Mike Volpe
    In politics, it's impossible to know just how serious such a statement is. For Democrats determined to get a health care bill, Sen. Roland Burris is like the house guest who couldn't be refused, won't soon be leaving and poses a plausible threat of ruining holiday dinner. Suddenly, he can no longer be ignored. The Illinois Democrat, appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, says he'll only vote for a bill to provide health care to millions more Americans as long as it allows the government to sell insurance in competition with private insurers.
  • Chicago Out For 2016 Olympics -- Senator Rowland Burris Blames Bush [this is NOT Scrappleface!]

    Senator Rowland Burris of Illinois, the Senator who was appointed to fill President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat, blames George Bush for Chicago not getting the Olympics in 2016. Burris stated in an interview, shortly after the announcement, that the image of the U. S. has been so tarnished in the last 8 years that, even Barack Obama making an unprecedented pitch for the games could not overcome the hatred the world has for us as a result of George Bush.
  • Powerline: HOUSE VOTES TO DEFUND ACORN (but it's just a figleaf)

    09/19/2009 7:19:17 AM PDT · by FreeKeys · 13 replies · 679+ views
    Powerline ^ | September 17, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    The House of Representatives voted today, 345-75, to cut off all funding to ACORN. All Republicans voted for the measure. That doesn't mean it will happen, of course; the measure, which is attached to a student aid bill, goes beyond the scope of the Senate's action earlier this week. Don't assume that ACORN can't ride out the storm and have its funding quietly restored by the Democrats, now that those in swing districts have had an opportunity to tell their constituents they voted to stop funding the voter fraud/tax fraud/prostitution organization. For now, at least, supporting ACORN is hard to...
  • Acorn's Cash For Hookers

    09/15/2009 5:52:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,615+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 15, 2009
    Oversight: As the Senate votes to de-fund Acorn, add pimping, tax evasion and human trafficking to voter fraud paid for with taxpayer dollars and you have an organized criminal enterprise. It's time to investigate.After Acorn workers were caught on tape in three cities allegedly abetting what they believed was a fraudulent-mortgage and sex-trafficking scheme, the Senate has voted overwhelmingly to strip the group of funding in the Transportation/Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill. The amendment, offered by Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns, passed by an 83-to-7 margin and marked the third time this year that Republicans have tried to block...
  • When Harry Met Blago

    01/05/2009 6:50:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 647+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 5, 2009
    Politics: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich may have played the race card in a cynical attempt to save his political skin, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others are no less cynical or offensive in their actions.The controversy over Blago's appointment of renowned empty suit and former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat could have been avoided had Illinois Democrats obeyed their initial impulse and passed legislation calling for a special election. Illinois' senior senator, Dick Durbin, among others, was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the idea, but now is among those...
  • Kennedy Rules (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    08/21/2009 5:56:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,439+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 21, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: Should the election law in Massachusetts be changed to keep Ted Kennedy's seat filled and get ObamaCare passed? As in Minnesota and Illinois, the voters might lose again.Recognizing his own mortality and waging a valiant battle against brain cancer, Kennedy has written a letter to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, state Senate President Theresa Murray and state House Speaker Robert DeLeo asking them to change the law so his seat might be filled immediately until a special election could be held. His letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Boston Globe, does not specially mention his illness or...
  • Can Republicans Take Obama's Senate Seat In 2010? (With Cap-and-Trator Mark Kirk?)

    08/10/2009 5:50:32 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 9 replies · 591+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 19, 2010 | Sean Trende
    The waiting game is finally over. On July 9, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that she would run for re-election as Attorney General, and would not run for the Senate seat previously held by Barack Obama and being vacated by his placeholder successor, Roland Burris. Businessman and RFK son Chris Kennedy has chosen not to run for Senate, though he may seek the Governor’s mansion.
  • Meet the Next Senator from Illinois

    07/13/2009 12:53:13 PM PDT · by aic4ever · 26 replies · 913+ views
    Organized Exploitations ^ | 07-13-2009 | Paul Kroenke
    Politico reports today that Mark Kirk will have the GOP nomination for the controversial Senate seat to be vacated by Roland Burris, and he'll have it uncontested. Politically speaking, I can't imagine a scenario in Illinois where Mark Kirk doesn't pick up this seat in a cakewalk.
  • Burris Will Step Aside With Tarnished Legacy

    07/12/2009 7:02:20 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 7 replies · 700+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 12, 2009 | Staff
    At last, Roland Burris has made a decision as senator that we can endorse wholeheartedly.He will not run next year for his Senate seat.Thank goodness.At least one chapter in the sad show that is Illinois politics can soon come to an end.You'll remember, of course, that Burris began shredding his own credibility and the legacy of his decades of state service when he accepted the Senate appointment from our radioactive governor, Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich anointed Burris, just as the governor was getting tossed from office for allegedly trying to sell that very Senate appointment. Recall, too, that we have state...
  • Bye-Bye Burris

    07/10/2009 6:21:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,510+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 10, 2009
    Politics: The career of Roland Burris, a political cipher from Illinois who became a U.S. senator and the lamest of ducks, is over. He can now retire into the obscurity he so richly deserves.Having obtained the seat under a cloud of typical Illinois corruption, Burris announced Friday he won't run for a full term in 2010. He was appointed by the former and recently impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich who, among his other accomplishments, tried to auction off the seat formerly held by Barack Obama. Blagojevich was forced out of office and may soon join other Illinois governors who went on...
  • Kirk Opts Out of Senate Race (RINO drops out in IL)

    07/10/2009 1:38:47 PM PDT · by heiss · 51 replies · 1,852+ views
    WaPo ^ | July 10, 2009 | Chris Cillizza
    Update, 4:17 p.m.: Although Kirk has already told several national Republicans today that he will not run for the Senate, there is an ongoing effort now to convince him to re-think that decision, according to several sources close to the discussions. Pressure is now being brought to bear on Andy McKenna, who, according to knowledgeable sources, had told Republicans insiders that he would not run if Kirk got into the race. Once Kirk signaled he was indeed running, however, McKenna reconsidered and made clear he would in fact stay in.
  • Sources: U.S. Sen. Roland Burris Won't Seek Election

    07/10/2009 5:50:06 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 7 replies · 716+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 10, 2009 | John Chase and Rick Pearson
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, his political prospects and personal legacy weakened by controversy, is expected to announce Friday he will not seek election to the seat he was appointed to by Rod Blagojevich after the then-governor's arrest, sources close to Burris said. The decision by Burris, 71, is an acknowledgment that prospects of mounting a multimillion-dollar fundraising effort for a high-profile statewide race are low in the face of widespread public criticism over how he got the job.
  • Roland Burris Won't Run For Senate Seat in 2010

    07/10/2009 5:00:33 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 17 replies · 1,114+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 10, 2010 | Michael Sneed
    Sneed has learned that U.S. Sen. Roland Burris has decided not to seek election to a seat he fought the government to keep...To wit: Burris, whose decision to vie for Barack Obama's seat landed him in the midst of a federal pay-to-play corruption probe of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, decided to end his 20-year political career at the end of his term... "because he was primarily concerned about his legacy," a source close to Burris told Sneed.
  • Burris Opts Against Running for Senate Seat Next Year

    07/09/2009 3:06:29 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 27 replies · 646+ views
    Fox ^ | July 9, 2009
    Sen. Roland Burris has decided not to run for President Obama's former seat that he was appointed to under a cloud of controversy, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday. Burris plans to announce his decision Friday by issuing a statement to the press, the newspaper said. Burris reached his decision after struggling to raise campaign funds. He reportedly only raised about $20,000, but campaign disclosures with the Federal Election Commission are expected to be filed next week. A source told the newspaper that Burris has been very concerned about his legacy. "After 20 years in government service, Burris didn't want the...
  • Burris Won't Run in 2010

    07/09/2009 4:43:05 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 17 replies · 1,619+ views
    Burris Won't Run in 2010 By Emily Pierce Roll Call Staff July 9, 2009, 6:14 p.m. Burris Won't Run in 2010 House Chairmen Thumb Noses at White House Health Care Deal Updated: 6:48 p.m. Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) will announce Friday that he will not seek election to a full term in 2010, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Burris’ office issued a press release Thursday evening saying the Senator would make a “major announcement” Friday during a scheduled speech at the Chicago South Loop Hotel. However, his spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. Burris’ decision is likely based on...
  • Burris Won't Run for Senate Seat in 2010

    07/09/2009 4:38:52 PM PDT · by WashingtonSource · 10 replies · 373+ views
    AP ^ | July 9, 2009 | Henry C. Jackson
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic official says Roland Burris will not run for a full Senate term in 2010. The source says Burris has begun informing Democratic officials about his decision. The official spoke anonymously because Burris had yet to announce his decision publicly.
  • Patrick Burris: Are 5 people dead by government?

    07/08/2009 5:22:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies · 1,770+ views
    Austin Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 July, 2009 | Howard Nemerov
    A serial killer who murdered five people over six days was tracked down by police who were notified by an alert citizen, and then killed after wounding one officer when he opened fire. But as usual, there is a story behind what was published by Old Media. Law enforcement raises warning flag After examining Burris’s criminal history, South Carolina’s State Law Enforcement Division [SLED] Chief Reggie Lloyd said: "Look at this," Lloyd said, waiving [sic] a stapled copy of Burris' criminal record. "This is like 25 pages. At some point the criminal justice system is going to need to explain...
  • 2010 Senate Elections: 8 Democratic Incumbents Approval Below 50%

    07/02/2009 8:20:16 PM PDT · by dangus · 71 replies · 3,086+ views
    various polls ^ | 7/2/09 | Dangus
    Blanche Lincoln, AR 45% Public Policy Polling, March Barbara Boxer, CA 48% Survey USA, June 12-14 Michael Bennet, CO 34% Public Policy Polling, April 24-26 (trails Rep. Beauprez) Christopher Dodd, CO 37% Quinnipiac, April (trails several) Roland Burris, IL 17% Public Policy Polling, April 24-26 (likely to lose primary) Harry Reid, NV 34% Mason-Dixon, June 18-19 Kirsten Gillenbrand, NY 24% Marist (disapproval rating also below 50%) Byron Dorgan, ND (only poll in this red state was commissioned by DailyKOS) Also in possible danger but above 50% approval: Daniel Inouye, HI leads Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, but he'll be 86, and...
  • Prosecutor: Sen. Burris won't face perjury charge

    06/19/2009 10:59:12 AM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 22 replies · 760+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 19, 2009 | John O'Connor
    Illinois Sen. Roland Burris will not be charged with perjury for statements he made before an Illinois House impeachment committee because there isn't enough evidence to support the charge, the state prosecutor investigating the case said Friday. Sangamon County State's Attorney John Schmidt said that while some of Burris' statements were vague, they wouldn't support a perjury charge.
  • Senate call for slavery apology meets unlikely foe

    06/19/2009 4:49:01 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 157 replies · 3,016+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 6/18/09 | WILLIAM DOUGLAS
    WASHINGTON - The Senate passed a resolution on Thursday calling on the United States to apologize officially for the enslavement and segregation of millions of blacks and to acknowledge "the fundamental injustice, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow laws." The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, passed on a voice vote. It now moves to the House, where it may meet an unlikely foe: members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Several caucus members expressed concerns about a disclaimer that states that "nothing in this resolution authorizes or supports any claim against the United States; or serves as...
  • Video: Chris Matthews Rips Roland Burris

    06/15/2009 3:38:03 PM PDT · by careyb · 10 replies · 821+ views
    Lardball ^ | 6/15/09 | Chris Matthews
    0 amendments sponsored.
  • I haven't forgotten this, have you? FR has the removed news stories (Tri State) archived.

    Obama DID talk to Blagojevich about the Senate seat on November 5th Posted by Christophe on Dec 10th, 2008 Barack Obama claims he never spoke to Governor Rod Blagojevich about filling his vacant Senate seat. On November 5th, the state of Illinois issued a press release saying Obama and Blagojevich did indeed talk about filling Obama’s vacant Senate seat. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2008 Governor Blagojevich Congratulates President-elect Obama and Discusses U.S. Senate Seat To fill President-Elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat, Governor will use deliberate process to select suitable replacement CHICAGO – After congratulating President-Elect Barack Obama on his...
  • Political consultant John Ruff dies in auto accident (Key Figure in Burris Perjury Trial)

    06/11/2009 5:54:47 PM PDT · by callisto · 79 replies · 4,215+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | June 9, 2009 | DAVE McKINNEY
    SPRINGFIELD -- A key figure in the perjury investigation of U.S. Sen. Roland Burris died in an automobile accident Monday, authorities in far west-suburban Kendall County confirmed Tuesday. John Ruff, of Sandwich, Ill., was killed shortly before 3 p.m. when his 2001 BMW convertible crossed an oncoming lane of traffic and collided with a tree while he was driving eastbound on Rogers Road near Oak Brook Road in unincorporated Plano, said Kendall County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Pearson. John Ruff, a key figure in the perjury investigation of U.S. Sen. Roland Burris was killed in an automobile accident Monday in Kendall...
  • Video: Judge Andrew Nepalitano On Roland Burris

    05/29/2009 12:25:57 PM PDT · by careyb · 327+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/29/09 | Andrew Nepalitano
    Good synopsis of the situation from a legal perspective.
  • Burris says blame impeachment panel for their questions, not him for his answers

    05/28/2009 3:21:24 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies · 1,368+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 28, 2009 | by Ashley Rueff and Rick Pearson
    SPRINGFIELD---U.S. Sen. Roland Burris today said he shouldn’t be blamed for any lack of candor while under oath earlier this year before a special Illinois House panel about his appointment to the seat because his duty was only to answer the questions posed by the committee members and nothing more. Briefly speaking to reporters at the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Burris said it was not his responsibility during his January appearance before the panel weighing then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment to go out of his way to describe how he got Blagojevich’s appointment. “See, you all have got it all...
  • Illinois State Legislators Call for Burris Resignation Over Wiretapped Conversations

    05/28/2009 1:19:04 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 47 replies · 1,495+ views
    Fox News ^ | Thursday, May 28, 2009 | Fox News
    Roland Burris' colleagues in the U.S. Senate have been noticeably silent since the release of a secretly recorded phone conversation with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother. But back home, at least two state lawmakers are calling for Burris' swift resignation. Illinois state lawmakers are calling for swift resignation by U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, whose fighting allegations he worked with former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's brother on a favor for the governor in exchange for an appointment to the Senate seat. State Rep. Jim Durkin -- the ranking Republican on the impeachment panel who questioned Burris during his Jan. 8...
  • Video: Chris Matthews Actually Plays Hardball With Roland Burris

    05/27/2009 5:10:33 PM PDT · by careyb · 10 replies · 621+ views
    Lardball ^ | 5/27/09 | Chris Matthews
    He's pretty hard on the guy.
  • BREAKING: Matthews is Exposing Burris' Pay for Play with taped evidence!

    05/27/2009 2:24:57 PM PDT · by DGHoodini · 59 replies · 2,608+ views
    MSNBC | 5/27/2009 | DGHoodini
    Crap Matthews just had an interview with Burris, and ambushed him with a taped phone recording, that clearly gives evidence that Burris engaged in 'Pay for Play' to get his Senate seat!!!
  • Burris Defends Statements on Wiretap

    05/27/2009 12:35:26 PM PDT · by bigbob · 7 replies · 693+ views
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 5/27/09 | ABC 7 Chicago - WLS TV
    (Select Local Story #4 - video only) All the media is carrying Roland Burris' prepared remarks, denying any "pay to play" allegations. But what this story shows is a frustrated and angry Burris yelling at WLS-TV reporter Jason Knowles when ambushed early in the day outside his home. That segment begins about 1 minute into the video.
  • Burris Pleads for Senate Appointment on Taped Call

    05/26/2009 6:10:42 PM PDT · by Panzerlied · 7 replies · 919+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, May 26, 2009
    CHICAGO -- Transcripts from a call taped by the FBI show Sen. Roland Burris pleaded to be appointed to the U.S. Senate and promised to "personally do something" in response to a fundraising appeal on behalf of then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The promise came in a phone conversation with Blagojevich's brother, Robert Blagojevich, who led the campaign fund. Burris repeatedly says how much he wants to be appointed to President Obama's former Senate seat. In response to an appeal for money from the governor's brother Burris says: "I will personally do something." The transcript was released Tuesday as part of...
  • Burris Promises "He'll Do Something"

    05/26/2009 5:13:33 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 21 replies · 1,468+ views
    MyFoxChicago ^ | 5*26*09
    Transcripts of a tape made from an FBI wiretap shows Sen. Roland Burris promised to "personally do something" in response to an appeal for money for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's campaign fund. The promise came in a phone conversation with Blagojevich's brother, Robert Blagojevich, who is head of the campaign fund. Burris repeatedly says how much he wants to be appointed to President Barack Obama's former Senate seat. In response to an appeal for money from the governor's brother Burris says: "I will personally do something." The transcript was released Tuesday as part of a motion by the U.S. attorney's...
  • ANOTHER DEMOCRAT SCANDAL: BURRIS OFFERED TO PAY BLAGO PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT

    05/26/2009 5:07:31 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 10 replies · 674+ views
    The Freedom Post ^ | May 26, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    Illinois Senator Roland Burris, a democrat, was recorded on an FBI wiretap suggesting that he could write a check to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's political campaign before the ousted governor appointed Burris to the Senate.