Update: Quinn sworn-in…Blago impeached…Rod ‘Byron’ Blagojevich Speaks at Impeachment….

Update: Senate impeaches 59-0. Quinn has been sworn-in. May he serve the people of Illinois well.

Update 4: 12:45 pm EST: Blago just choked up talking about a woman who takes the train to work and the hours she works and her hard life…ah okay he is linking it to his policies and AllCare and how the actions he is charged with helped her life and her family’s life…and how he went around legislative gridlock and he confessed maybe he was frustrated and he pushed too hard and maybe he fights too much but it aint about him..charge it to my heart a desire to help families like I came from…

he says this sets a dangerous precedent for America, and how no wrong doing has been proven and his right to bring in certain witnesses was denied and what future Governors will face if he is thrown out of office under these circumstances..

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January 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics. 2 comments.

Blago Presser at 3:00pm EST…

Yes the Byronic Blago is Back!!

FOX will cover it LIVE

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This morning in a 45 minute radio interview Governor Blagojevich indicated that ultimately at some point, he wants to call witnesses in his defense including Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett as well as JJ Jr…since he plans to boycott the Senate Impeachment perhaps that will ultimately happen in a criminal trial, should he be impeached…

You KNOW they are gritting their teeth in the WH…

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The governor’s radio appearance kicked off what’s expected to be a media blitz that could include appearances on national news networks within the next several days. Blagojevich signaled he has no plans to show up in Springfield on Monday for the start of his impeachment trial if the rules don’t change.

The wide-ranging interview touched on everything from his profanity-laced tirades that were secretly recorded by the FBI (“I apologize for some of the profanity, but had I known they were listening I wouldn’t have used those words,” he said.) to his mental state (“I feel my mental state’s where it’s always been. You can judge whether or not that’s a good place or a bad place.”) to whether he feels betrayed by his friends and other Democratic politicians (“This experience is an experience in the human condition in a highly pressurized environment with big stakes involved. . . . There are several elements in an experience like this that’s painful and very unfortunate.”)…

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Blagojevich reiterated statements he made yesterday that rules governing his trial are unfair and that he would like to call several witnesses to defend him, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and President Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. He also said he’d like to call U.S. Rep Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) and even U.S. senators Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Arizona), who he says had worked closely with him.

“Just let me bring my witnesses in to show people, and to have them under oath testify before the Senate, that I have not done anything wrong, and I’ve done most things right,” the governor said. “If they just give me a chance to bring witnesses, I’ll be there first thing Monday morning.”…

…”I think the fix is in,” he said “They’ve even put in a date where the trial is going to end. How can you do that if you’re going to be fair?…He also said, “I can be soldier in the fight for constitutional rights.”

the presser should be fascinating, Blago always is, I look forward to more poetry from the ‘soldier in the fight for constitutional rights’…Blago is taking no prisoners in interviews if this is any indication:

…On Mayor Daley, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago): The governor said raising cash for his campaign fund “was important because I knew from the beginning . . . that if I was going to be in a position to take them all on . . . then I needed to be in a position politically where I could afford . . . afford to say to Mayor Daley and Mike Madigan No, I’m not Todd Stroger. I’m not going to raise the sales tax because you guys have a bunch of precinct captains in county government. No, sorry, I’m not going to raise the income tax because the city of Chicago gets a portion of that and that would be unfair and burdening working people.”More on Stroger: “I’ll tell you why there’s a lot of business leaving Cook County. It’s because of Todd Stroger’s sales tax increase.”…

January 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

BREAKING: IL SC Rules on Burris Petition…NO SoS Signature Required! heh…

Update 3: 3:00pm EST: H/T to jbindc at TL, who notes this piece of the ruling, which to us at MiM says it all:

“We note…that nothing in the published rules of the Senate, including Rule II, appears to require that Senate appointments made by state executives pursuant to the 17th amendment must be signed and sealed by the state’s secretary of state. Moreover, no explanation has been given as to how any rule of the Senate, whether it be formal or merely a matter of tradition, could supersede the authority to fill vacancies conferred on the states by the federal constitution. Under these circumstances, the Senate’s actions cannot serve as the predicate for a mandamus action against the Secretary of State. The only issue before us is whether the Secretary of State, an official of this state, failed to perform an act required of him by the law of Illinois. He did not.”

Update 2: Now Fox reporting that Senate Dem aide on Capitol Hill is STILL saying Burris will NOT be seated without that signature, despite the state SC ruling…

Oh come on already!! The SoS DID ENTER the appointment into the register as the Burris papers note in our original report on this topic, linky below..therefore the signature is not necessary, it IS RECORDED..this is what IL SC is saying as well…now Capitol Hill Senate Dem ‘aides’ are saying this makes it MORE difficult to seat Burris? and yet at the same time Reid WANTS to seat Franken? oh come on!

Stop digging a hole and seat the guy! I mean it is a HARDSHIP for this guy to have to keep paying legal fees to get seated at this point…

Update: Dick Durbin to hold news conference in 2 hours….

COURT RULING here

DEVELOPING: FOX reports…

IL SC rules that the signature of the SoS of IL, Jesse White, is NOT required for Burris to be seated.

No further action is required by the Illinois SoS or any other official to make the appointment of Roland Burris to the IL Seat in the Senate valid….

USA Today has it up, finally:

Because the Secretary of State had no duty under section 5(1) of the Secretary of State Act to sign and affix the state seal to the document issued by the Governor appointing Roland Burris to the United States Senate, Petitioners are not entitled to an order from this court requiring the Secretary to perform those Acts. Under the Secretary of State Act, the Secretary’s sole responsibility was to register the appointment, which he did. No further action is required by the Secretary of State or any other official to make the Governor’s appointment of Roland Burris to the United States Senate valid under Illinois law. Moreover, to the extent that additional proof of the validity of the appointment is necessary, Illinois law provides a mechanism for obtaining it without the need for judicial intervention. For the foregoing reasons, petitioners’ request for issuance of a writ of mandamus is denied. Mandate to issue forthwith.

B/C SoS has NO DUTY under SoS Acts, no signature is required

IL Constitution 305.5, Ministerial Duty states SoS is required to certify, thus it is not White’s call…and his signature is NOT required, which is IIRC what White and AG Madigan’s briefs both said…..

developing….

A-HA!! That was MiM’s legal opinion as well, heh…

yes the ACT took place when Blago signed and the SoS is not necessary…

See our previous posts here and here and here and here and here

Background here from AP

and FOX is reporting that Reid is trying to seat Franken without the legal wrangling being completed in MIN which DOES have a law REQUIRING that the SoS NOT certify until ALL legal actions are done..Reid is on the wrong side of BOTH of these calls…

one more time..WHADDA MAROON!!!

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January 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Politics. 2 comments.

ALERT: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) calls for Burris to be seated…and she is Chair of ROOLZ CMTE!

AWESOME. Apparently, other folks do see the legal reasoning we at MiM followed in our opinion that Burris is a valid appointee.

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Sen. Feinstein states that she finds his appointment valid and is concerned about the precedent that would be set by refusing to seat him.

And guess what? Sen. Feinstein is the incoming Chair of the all powerful all knowing OZ, oops ROOLZ Committee that Reid keeps threatening to send Burris’ appointment matter to for delay…

From AP:

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.

Feinstein said that blocking Burris would have ramifications for other governors’ appointments.

SCORE FOR BURRIS

SWISH goes the net…

Yep yep yep. Welcome Senator Burris.

see our other posts on the Burris seating fiasco and our prediction Reid would lose, again here and here and here..

did we mention that today Reid proclaimed, “Coleman will NEVER be seated!!” We at MiM have a cool $50 that says Coleman will be seated…Reid is as good a contraindicator as any we’ve ever seen….

Update: here is Reid’s exact, assinine, quote from Politico:

“Norm Coleman will never ever serve [again] in the Senate,” Reid told Politico’s Manu Raju. “He lost the election. He can stall things, but he’ll never serve in the Senate.”

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January 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics. 2 comments.

Update: Video Added: Burris at airport: “I AM the Jr Senator from Illinois”

Burris just had an on the spot presser at the airport. He said 5 times, “I AM the Junior Senator of Illinois”. He is on his way to present himself to the Congress tomorrow.

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January 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics. 4 comments.

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