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  • EXCLUSIVE: Obama raised cash after leaving Senate - Bailout beneficiary gave maximum

    03/27/2009 9:25:39 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 22 replies · 1,915+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2009 | Jim McElhatton
    President Obama continued collecting money for his 2010 Senate re-election campaign even after he resigned his seat from Illinois, including a maximum $2,300 donation the day after Christmas from a top executive of a Wall Street firm that had received a government bailout. Four contributions - $4,800 in all - were donated to the Obama 2010 fund on Dec. 26, according to Federal Election Commission reports. The money came from some of Mr. Obama's top presidential fundraisers: Bruce A. Heyman, managing director at Goldman Sachs, which received a $10 billion bailout last year; Steven Koch, vice chairman at Credit Suisse...
  • Early Voting Begins For Emanuel's Old Seat(IL 5th Congressional District Race)

    03/17/2009 1:24:05 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 783+ views
    CBS2 ^ | March 16, 2009
    Voters May Go In Early Through April 2 For 5th Congressional District Race CHICAGO (CBS) ― Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley topped a field of a dozen Democrats in the 5th Congressional District primary on March 3. He faces Illinois Minuteman Project founder Rosanna Pulido, who won the Republican nomination, and peace activist Matthew Reichel, who won for the Green Party. Early voting runs through April 2, and the special election is on April 7. The district includes much of the north lakefront and Northwest Side, as well as a handful of western suburbs – among them all or parts...
  • Why did Roland Burris lie?

    02/16/2009 8:17:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 1,501+ views
    Powerline ^ | Feb 16, 2009
    On February 5 Roland Burris quietly filed an affidavit to correct the testimony he had provided to the Illinois House impeachment panel on January 8. Rep. James Durkin closely questioned Burris regarding his awareness of a quid pro quo for his Senate seat. His answer was that he was not. Burris's affidavit reveals that he was solicited for campaign cash (up to $10,000, according to the Sun-Times) by Governor Blagojevich's brother Robert in connection with Burris's interest in the seat. What prompted Burris's correction of his testimony? The Sun-Times notes that one of Burris's three conversations with the governor's brother...
  • Blago: Emanuel a 'co-conspirator'

    01/30/2009 7:18:33 AM PST · by LBSTx · 58 replies · 1,817+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 1/29/08 | William Tate
    Rod Blagojevich placed responsibility for one key impeachment charge just a door away from the Oval Office. Blagojevich said before the Senate vote that, if he's impeached, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel should be a "co-conspirator."... Don't expect to hear or see much of Blagojevich's potentially explosive assertions in the legacy media, though. At Thursday afternoon's White House briefing, reporters took note of Blagojevich's live, nationally-televised speech by asking Press Secretary Robert Gibbs exactly zero--zip, nada, nothing--questions about the role the Chief of Staff, potentially the second most powerful person in the White House, may or may not...
  • 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...
  • Senate Democrats expected to seat Burris

    01/12/2009 1:33:24 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 64 replies · 2,495+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/12/09 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON It looks like Roland Burris will take President-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat later this week. Senate Democratic leaders said they expect to swear in the former Illinois attorney general in the coming days, barring objections from Republicans. Senators Harry Reid and Dick Durbin made that statement after Burris' lawyer met with Senate officials, who said his formal paperwork was in order.
  • **SAT. NIGHT LIVE - covering Blago, Burris NOW!

    01/10/2009 8:31:51 PM PST · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 1,005+ views
    NBC | 1-10-09
    Rachel Maddow character interviewing Burris.
  • 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...
  • Burris gets OK from Illinois sec. of state

    01/09/2009 7:26:43 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 705+ views ^ | January 9, 2009 | JOHN BRESNAHAN & MANU RAJU
    Roland Burris smiles at Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Photo: AP Following a decision by the Illinois Supreme Court, Jesse White, the Illinois secretary of state, has certified Roland Burris' appointment to the Senate, removing a major roadblock blocking Burris' ascension to the body. According to his office, White has signed a certificate saying that Roland Burris' appointment document is "true and accurate." The move came just hours after Illinois' top state court ruled that White's approval was not necessary for a valid appointment to the Senate for Burris by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The Illinois House earlier in the day had...
  • Durbin: Senate won't seat Burris without signature

    01/09/2009 2:07:12 PM PST · by STARWISE · 113 replies · 5,461+ views
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said the Senate won't seat Roland Burris without the signature of Ill. Secretary of State Jesse White, the Associated Press reports.
  • AP: Senate Democrats to Accept Burris for U.S. Senate Seat

    01/07/2009 7:51:14 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 19 replies · 828+ views
    Fox ^ | 1/7/2009 | Fox
    Senate Democrats plan to accept Roland Burris for President-elect Barack Obama's vacant seat, the Associated Press reports. After being rejected Tuesday when he tried to join the class of incoming senators, Burris is expected to meet with the Senate's top two Democrats -- Majority Leader Harry Reid and assistant leader Dick Durbin -- on Wednesday in the hopes of securing their support. The likelihood that Burris, a Democrat, will become the Senate's only black member after Obama's resignation from the seat, increased Tuesday when a key chairwoman got behind him, cracking what had been united public front by Senate Democrats...
  • 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. Burriss appointment as long as he meets a series of conditions.
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein breaks with Democratic colleagues, says Senate should seat Burris

    01/06/2009 3:06:14 PM PST · by STARWISE · 44 replies · 1,588+ views
    The chairman of the Senate Rules Committee has parted with many of her Democratic colleagues and says that the Senate should seat former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Tuesday that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, however tainted by corruption charges, has the right to appoint someone to President-elect Barack Obama's former seat. The Rules Committee decides whether Burris is qualified to serve.
  • Blagorahma: Does Judicial Watch have the goods on Obamas denials?

    01/06/2009 10:24:02 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 1,025+ views ^ | January 6, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Judicial Watch claims today that they have documented proof that Barack Obama lied when he said he had no contacts with Rod Blagojevich. The letter they gained from a Freedom of Information query certainly does show that Obama acknowledged meeting with Blagojevich, but it falls far short of indicating any sort of discussion on replacing Obama in the Senate: Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the office of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich through the Freedom of Information Act related to Blagojevichs contacts with President-elect Obama and...
  • Bennett: Send Moseley Braun to Senate, Not Burris

    01/06/2009 2:25:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies · 1,087+ views
    Bennett: Send Moseley Braun to Senate, Not Burris @ 5:02 pm by Hill Staff Sen. Robert Bennett (Utah), the top Republican on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, suggested Tuesday that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) should instead appoint former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun (D) to the upper chamber instead of Roland Burris. "She's non-controversial, she has been here, she's an African-American, she clearly has not been picked by the governor, and she would be appointed by virtue of her past history," said Bennett, whose committee may soon consider Burris's Senate appointment. "Everyone would accept her," Bennett said. "If she...
  • Burris arrives at Senate, seeks to take seat

    01/06/2009 7:44:48 AM PST · by NonValueAdded · 43 replies · 1,186+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Jan 6, 2009 | LAURIE KELLMAN, AP
    WASHINGTON Roland Burris has arrived on Capitol Hill in a steady rainfall and a swarm of television cameras to claim his Senate seat. [snip] It still wasn't clear whether 71-year-old former Illinois attorney general would be allowed to take the oath of office for the seat ... [snip] Earlier Tuesday, Burris had been in tense negotiations with Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer. Once inside the Capitol, he was taken to the secretary of the Senate's office for further discussions.
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Documents of Blago with Obama and Transition Team

    01/05/2009 3:38:01 PM PST · by TheBigJ · 41 replies · 1,497+ views
    Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Re: Blagojevich Contacts with Obama and Transition Team Contact: Press Office 202-646-5188 Washington, DC -- January 5, 2009 Includes December 3, 2008, Letter to "Rod" Signed by Obama Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the office of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich through the Freedom of Information Act related to Blagojevich's contacts with President-elect Obama and his transition team. The documents include a December 3, 2008, letter from Barack Obama following his December 2, 2008, meeting with Blagojevich as well as a November...
  • Life Underground: Since Blago scandal broke, Rahm Emanuel has disappeared

    01/05/2009 3:36:25 PM PST · by obamaisandrogynous · 27 replies · 1,696+ views
    Republican Liberty Caucus ^ | 1/5/209 | Historicus and Publicola
    Rahm Emanuel is now on the political equivalent of the missing persons list. Since his name emerged as one of the players in the pay to play corruption allegations against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) last month, Emanuel has rarely been seen, and hasnt been heard from at all, except to perfunctorily submit a letter to Speaker Pelosi, and resign his House seat, so he can take the position of White House chief of staff in the forthcoming Obama administration. But, its really no wonder why Emanuel has chosen to live his life underground. According to published reports, Emanuel is...
  • Combative Burris Set for Senate Showdown Tomorrow - Video 1/5/09

    01/05/2009 3:18:42 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 4 replies · 282+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 5, 2009 | BrianinMO
    We are headed for a showdown in the U.S. Senate tomorrow! Roland Burris - appointed by accused Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill Barack Obama's former senate seat - is planning to show up tomorrow to take the oath of office in the new Senate, but the Senate says he will not be seated because his paperwork has not been signed by the Illinois Secretary of State. Burris was combative in a press conference this afternoon about the situation, as you will see in the video above. It ought to be fun to watch the Democrats cut each other up...
  • A show that Springer couldn't even conceive

    01/04/2009 1:27:20 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies · 919+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 4, 2009 | John Kass
    A show that Springer couldn't even conceive John Kass January 4, 2009 Roland "Tombstone" Burris goes to Washington this week as part of the Illinois political freak show, and many of us back home will watch it and feel like cringing, at least at the beginning. Who among us could not wince at the prospect of Tombstone standing before news cameras, his head bobbing, smiling amiably, chattering nonsensically as is his way, insisting he feels no shame. All he wants is to become a United States senator, and he kissed a tainted hand to get there. His fellow Democrats may...
  • Report: Reid, Menendez called Blagojevich

    01/03/2009 10:31:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 784+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/3/09 | Reid Wilson
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) to urge him to pick his chosen candidates for President-elect Obamas Senate seat, according to a new report. Reid called Blagojevichs office on Dec. 3, less than a week before the governor was arrested for allegedly trying to sell the seat for financial or professional gain, according to a Chicago Sun-Times story published Saturday. The paper also reported that incoming Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) head Bob Menendez (N.J.) reached out to the governor separately to discuss the selection. The majority leader reportedly urged Blagojevich to limit his...
  • Activists support Burris' appointment to Senate

    01/02/2009 4:07:46 PM PST · by BillyBoy · 40 replies · 1,321+ views
    Tri-City Herald ^ | Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 | The Associated Press
    Friday, Jan. 02, 2009 Activists support Burris' appointment to Senate The Associated Press Illinois Governor AP Photo Former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris takes questions after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announces Burris as his choice to fill President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago. CHICAGO Activists in Illinois are urging state lawmakers to accept Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate. Blagojevich's action has draw criticism because he faces corruption charges that accuse him of trying to profit from the appointment. He denies that. About a dozen...
  • Blockade Expected For Burris In Washington (Illinois senior RAT Dick Durbin leads the pack)

    01/02/2009 3:15:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 64 replies · 1,598+ views
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | 1/02/09
    Blockade Expected For Burris In WashingtonSenate Sergeant At Arms Says He Doesn't Expect Trouble Jan 2, 2009 1:55 pm US/Central CHICAGO (CBS) - Top Senate Democrats still say they intend to block Burris' appointment, and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has already refused to certify it, because of the criminal charges against Blagojevich. Even so, Burris says it is correct to address him as "Senator," because the governor has signed a letter of appointment, making his selection valid. **SNIP** William Walls of the Committee for a Better Chicago warns that, if Secretary of State Jesse White does not certify...
  • Democrat Leaders Promise That Burris Will Be Met With Armed Guards If He Tries To Take His Seat

    01/02/2009 6:55:30 AM PST · by Turret Gunner A20 · 62 replies · 1,709+ views
    Say Anything Blog ^ | January 01, 2009 | Rob
    The Blagojevich scandal just keeps getting better and better. Its not just about Blago, Obama and the Chicago political machine any more. By the way Democrats in general are handling this mess, its shining a light about liberal attitudes toward the law in general. Should Roland Burris show up for duty in the Senate on Tuesday, armed police officers stand ready to bar him from the floor. This cinematic showdown is among an elaborate set of contingencies that Democratic leaders are planning if, as expected, the former Illinois attorney general appointed by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich shows up with newly...
  • Aides: Democrats have plan if Burris shows up (they will physically stop him)

    01/01/2009 8:34:01 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies · 1,736+ views ^ | January 1, 2009 | Brianna Keilar
    (CNN) Senate Democratic leaders think Roland Burris, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's pick to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat, will likely show up on Capitol Hill Tuesday for the opening day of Congress, according to a Democratic aide familiar with Senate Democratic leaders' plans. They have prepared a contingency plan in case he does, the aide added. Burris will not be allowed on the Senate floor, according to this aide and a Senate Democratic leadership aide. The aide familiar with Senate Democratic leaders' plans said if Burris tries to enter the Senate chamber, the Senate doorkeeper will stop...
  • Lightweight Burris Just Part of the Spectacle

    01/01/2009 10:00:49 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies · 916+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 01, 2009 | David Broder
    And then Tuesday, we learned that Roland Burris, a guy who has been hanging around in Illinois politics for decades, saw in all of this an opportunity to vault himself into the Senate -- no matter what Obama and every other Democrat from Springfield to Washington thought. Everyone, including Obama, has been exceedingly polite in their public comments about Burris. I have known him for years and I like him. But I have never been confused about the level of his talent. He was elected as far back as 1978 as state comptroller and stayed in that low-visibility office for...
  • The Friends of Roland Burris

    01/01/2009 4:54:02 AM PST · by Man50D · 3 replies · 632+ views ^ | December 31, 2008 | Thomas Lifson
    Blogo's appointee to the United States Senate has been hailed as an honest man, but he has served as a character witness for a couple of guys with Mob ties. Steve Gilbert has unearthed a report from over 5 years ago from the National Legal and Policy Center that includes some interesting information: Roland Burris having been a character witness for a Teamster expelled from office for associating with organized crime.... Last January, the "in-house judge" of the Laborers' Intl. Union of N. Amer. permanently barred three relatives from holding office in Local 1001. Based on the testimony of law...
  • Burris battles road blocks to Senate

    01/01/2009 4:39:43 AM PST · by malkee · 60 replies · 1,976+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON -- As U.S. Senate leadership developed an elaborate set of contingency plans today to keep Roland Burris from taking over President-elect Barack Obama's seat, the disputed appointee promised not to "create a scene" when the Senate convenes next week.</p>
  • Burris has long history of brazenness

    12/31/2008 5:13:38 PM PST · by BillyBoy · 13 replies · 1,028+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 30, 2008 | Andrew Herrmann
    Burris has long history of brazenness 'I AM A VISIONARY' | First African American elected to statewide office cites 'divine providence' December 30, 2008 BY ANDREW HERRMANN Staff Reporter The choice of Roland Burris for Illinois' open U.S. Senate seat may surprise some but not likely Burris himself, a man who has brimmed with confidence -- even when he was losing elections -- throughout his more than 30 years in the public eye. The 71-year-old Burris -- who often refers to himself in the third person -- has never been shy about broadcasting his ambitions and loudly celebrating his...
  • Earlier Blagojevich Pick for Senate Says He Turned It Down - ( Davis chosen prior to Burris )

    12/31/2008 1:04:37 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 719+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 31, 2008 | MONICA DAVEY and SHARON OTTERMAN
    CHICAGO A day after Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois appointed Roland W. Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obamas former Senate seat, new details emerged about how the governor worked behind closed doors to make the appointment, and the United States attorney prosecuting Mr. Blagojevich on corruption charges sought a 90-day extension to bring an indictment against him. At a Tuesday news conference here, Mr. Blagojevich breezily introduced Mr. Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, as the next United States senator from Illinois. But United States Representative Danny Davis, who like Mr. Burris is a longtime fixture of the...
  • Race-baiting hypocrite: Blocking Burris would put Reid in same position as George Wallace

    12/31/2008 11:00:30 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 683+ views ^ | December 31, 2008 | Allahpundit
    Its Bobby Rush, back for a bottom-feeding encore after yesterdays bravura performance at the presser. Only a neo-segregationist would oppose the Senates only black member, says a guy who himself endorsed a white Democrat in the Senate primary four years ago over his old nemesis, Barack Obama. He called Blagos actions heinous earlier this month, too, and agreed with Democratic consensus that he shouldnt make the appointment before instantly reversing himself yesterday in the interests of racial solidarity. Obama has political capital to spare and multiple reasons here to spend it tactically, to give Senate Democrats cover and burnish...
  • Will Dems Spike Burris to Spite Blagojevich

    12/31/2008 7:33:34 AM PST · by maggief · 29 replies · 708+ views
    Chicago Daily Observer ^ | December 31, 2008 | Thomas F. Roeser
    Roland Burris appointment to the U.S. senate by Gov. Blagojevich seriously complicates an already jumbled political atmosphere for Illinois Democratic leaders. The best description of Burris is that hes a black Alan Dixon. Listen, thats not a bad referral. I very much liked Dixon and like Burris. Dixon was a thoroughly honorable moderate senatora friend of minewho was the only senator who had served the state in all three branches: judicial, legislative and executive. He was far from aloof. Like Burris, Dixon, an inveterate glad-hander and non-confrontational regular Democrat who served as senator from 198093 and was known as Al...
  • Obama Sides with Reid: Don't Seat Blago's Pick

    12/30/2008 5:09:10 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 83 replies · 2,696+ views
    Obama Sides with Reid: Don't Seat Blago's Pick @ 5:45 pm by Chris Good President-elect Barack Obama said today that Senate Democrats should not seat former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's (D) pick to fill Obama's vacant Senate seat, if Blagojevich moves forward and formally appoints him. "Roland Burris is a good man and a fine public servant, but the Senate Democrats made it clear weeks ago that they cannot accept an appointment made by a governor who is accused of selling this very Senate seat. I agree with their decision, and it is extremely disappointing...
  • Does Obamas successor have to be black? [yes, says Ill Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Rush]

    12/30/2008 3:29:19 PM PST · by ETL · 30 replies · 1,030+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 30, 2008
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago said today during Gov. Rod Blagojevichs press conference that one of the reasons former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris should be appointed to fill President-elect Barack Obamas U. S. Senate seat is because Burris is black. ... Rush went on to say that it was a matter of national importance that an African-American replace Obama in the Senate. Press conference video at: Also see:
  • Breaking per Fox News - Obama supports Senate Democrats not to seat Blao Aappointee

    12/30/2008 3:10:43 PM PST · by utahson · 52 replies · 1,978+ views
    Fox News | 12-30-08 | me
    Breaking per Fox News - Obama supports Senate Democrats not to seat Blao Aappointee
  • Reid Balks at Blagojevich Senate Choice

    12/30/2008 2:08:30 PM PST · by AJKauf · 21 replies · 829+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 30 | Rick Moran
    In what is shaping up to be an unprecedented political row, disgraced Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois has named former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate. The problem is that the chances of Mr. Burris a well respected, squeaky clean, more than qualified African-American of ever taking his seat in the Senate chamber are not very good. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released a statement regarding the Burris appointment where he flatly rejects the idea of seating anyone chosen by the current Illinois governor who is accused of trying to...
  • The BO replacement and race

    12/30/2008 1:08:37 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 8 replies · 727+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 44th Estate ^ | December 30, 2008 | Salena Zito
    Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich named former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to a replacement to fill President-elect Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat today, even as Senate Democrats assured the governor they will block the appointment. Blagojevich is accused of trying to sell Obamas seat which is why he is facing impeachment and federal charges. U.S. Senate Democrats released a statement earlier this afternoon asking Blagojevich not to follow through, saying they would not seat the candidate that he names. They are part of large chorus of Democrats and elected officials that have been urging Blagojevich to step down since...
  • Senate Dems refuse to seat Blagojevichs pick

    12/30/2008 12:32:54 PM PST · by radar101 · 88 replies · 2,043+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/30/08 | Kevin Bogardus and J. Taylor Rushing
    Senate Democratic leaders are refusing to seat Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevichs choice for President-elect Obamas former seat. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) issued a joint statement blasting Blagojevich for naming Roland Burris to the seat and said they will block his appointment. It is truly regrettable that despite requests from all 50 Democratic senators and public officials throughout Illinois, Gov. Blagojevich would take the imprudent step of appointing someone to the United States Senate who would serve under a shadow and be plagued by questions of impropriety, Reid and Durbin said. Under these circumstances,...
  • Reid: Senate won't seat Blagojevich pick

    12/30/2008 11:49:22 AM PST · by BAW · 168 replies · 9,252+ views
    CLTV ^ | Dec 30, 2008 | Ray Long and Rick Pearson
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said in a statement this afternoon that the Senate will not seat anyone Gov. Rod Blagojevich chooses to fill Illinois' vacant Senate post, amid word that the governor is set to name former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris. The statement also is signed by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who has repeatedly urged Blagojevich not to name a replacement for the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. The statement specifically names Burris, but applies to any choice the governor might make. "This is not about Mr. Burris; it is about the integrity...
  • Senate Leadership: Burris 'unacceptable'

    12/30/2008 10:48:36 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 60 replies · 1,839+ views ^ | December 30, 2008 | Ben Smith
    The Senate will not seat Roland Burris if Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich attempts to appoint him, a Democratic leadership aide said. Majority Leader Harry Reid views Burris as "unacceptable," the aide said.
  • Rod Blagojevich expected to name Roland Burris to Obama senate seat

    12/30/2008 10:23:27 AM PST · by Enchante · 20 replies · 1,107+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/30/08 | Ray Long and Rick Pearson
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected today to name former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate. The action comes despite warnings by Democratic Senate leaders that they would not seat anyone appointed by the disgraced governor who faces criminal charges of trying to sell the post, sources familiar with the decision said.
  • Blagojevich to name Roland Burris to Obama's Senate seat

    12/30/2008 10:01:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies · 980+ views
    The Sun Times ^ | 12/30/2008 | DAVE McKINNEY Springfield Bureau Chief
    Gov. Blagojevich today is expected to name former state Comptroller and Attorney General Roland Burris to Illinois' vacant U.S. Senate seat, a knowledgeable source said this morning. A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sweet: Burris to be named to Obama's Senate seat Former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris, 71, had lobbied the governor for the position in recent weeks. Burris made a previous attempt at the Senate seat in the past -- unsuccessfully. In 1984, he was beat out for the Democratic nomination by Paul Simon.
  • WGN BREAKING-Blagojevich to name (Roland) Burris to Senate

    12/30/2008 9:25:41 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 34 replies · 1,538+ views
    WGN ^ | 12-30-08 | WGN
    Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected today to name former Illinois Atty. Gen. Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate. The action comes despite warnings by Democratic Senate leaders that they would not seat anyone appointed by the disgraced governor who faces criminal charges of trying to sell the post, sources familiar with the decision said. Shortly after Obama's Nov. 4 victory, Burris made known his interest in an appointment to the Senate but was never seriously considered, according to Blagojevich insiders. But in the days following Blagojevich's arrest, and despite questions over the taint of a...
  • Ill. governor names Burris to replace Obama

    12/30/2008 9:25:49 AM PST · by ConservativeMind · 202 replies · 8,939+ views
    WLS - 890 AM ^ | Dec. 30, 2008 | DEANNA BELLANDI
    <p>WLS just broke in to say Roland Burris, a former Illinois Comptroller, has been named to the Senate by Rod.</p>
  • Emanuel to Resign House Seat on Friday

    12/29/2008 1:10:12 PM PST · by STARWISE · 76 replies · 6,415+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12-29-08
    Congressman Rahm Emanuel will resign his congressional seat on Friday in anticipation of joining President-elect Barack Obama's administration. Emanuel delivered the news in an automated call to constituents on Monday. "This is Congressman Rahm Emanuel. As you may have heard, President-elect Obama has asked me to be his new chief of staff and I have accepted this offer. Therefore, in the near future, I will be resigning from Congress. ... I also want you to know, it has been a privilege and an honor to serve as your representative for the last six years," he says in the taped call.
  • Rahm Emmanuel Faces Pressure to Resign

    12/28/2008 2:05:24 PM PST · by Impeach98 · 69 replies · 3,858+ views
    Our Country PAC ^ | 12/28/2008 | Howard Kaloogian
    It's time for Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, to resign, and you can sign the petition calling for Rahm Emmanuel to resign - HERE.The Obama administration has told lie after lie about their involvement in the corruption scandal concerning Illinois Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich's alleged efforts to sell off the U.S. Senate seat held by Obama.Days after the November election, Obama's campaign manager, David Axelrod, admitted that Obama and Blagojevich had discussions about who Blagojevich should appoint to replace him. You can see the video with this admission here: SEE AXELROD ADMIT OBAMA & BLAGOJEVICH DISCUSSIONS -...
  • Obama Follows a Tradition, Testifying for Prosecutors (How nice.)

    12/27/2008 4:45:54 AM PST · by IbJensen · 7 replies · 489+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 26, 2008 | PETER BAKER
    Every president for more than three decades has had to talk with federal prosecutors at one time or another. President-elect Barack Obama may have set a land speed record by giving his first interview to investigators even before taking the oath of office. Mr. Obama sat down last week with four investigators looking into the alleged attempt to sell his former Senate seat. As a witness, rather than a target, Mr. Obama seems to have had an easier time with the experience than some of his predecessors. But it is certainly not the way he wanted to begin his presidency....
  • Blagojevich's Lawyers Want Obama Aides To Testify (Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett, Jesse Jackson Jr.)

    12/24/2008 3:01:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies · 1,670+ views
    KDKA ^ | 12/24/08
    Blagojevich's Lawyers Want Obama Aides To TestifyIllinois Governor's Lawyers Issue Letter Calling For Subpoenas Dec 24, 2008 3:00 pm US/Eastern CHICAGO (CBS); In a dramatic development in the ongoing impeachment proceedings, lawyers for Gov. Rod Blagojevich want two key aides to President-elect Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to testify before the House impeachment committee. Sources tell CBS station WBBM-TV that a letter sent by Blagojevich's lawyers to committee chairman, State Rep. Barbara Currie, asks that the committee subpoena Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Jackson. On Tuesday, a transition official disclosed that...
  • Blagojevich Scandal Distracts Obama (Predictable MSM Spin)

    12/24/2008 5:05:11 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies · 799+ views
    AP via AOLNews ^ | December 24, 2008 | JENNIFER LOVEN and BRETT J. BLACKLEDG, AP
    WASHINGTON (Dec. 24) - President-elect Barack Obama has said all along that neither he nor his team was involved in any eye-popping dealmaking over filling his vacated Senate seat. Obama's hand-picked investigator agreed. "Everybody behaved appropriately," declared Greg Craig, Obama's incoming White House counsel and the person asked to conduct the internal inquiry into contacts between the transition team and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
  • Rod and Rahm Have a Talk

    12/24/2008 5:36:57 AM PST · by rhema · 9 replies · 840+ views