Guilty 1 count- False Statements; Unleash the Blago ~ Verdict coming in

Blago GUILTY on ONLY 1 count (False Statements), deadlocked on 23 other counts, Shep Smith saying guilty on corruption in office…, ahh clarification, only 1 count which breaks into 2 acts, still only guilty on 1 count

Ace has the flaming Blago skull up as we await the verdict on the 2-3 counts the jury agreed on…Frankly I want Blago to walk, he didn’t do anything Obama didn’t do IMO, he just didn’t have ‘friends’ in high places snd he ran his mouth too much…shxt it’s practically a requirement in Chicago Politics the ole’ quid pro quo…

here’s hopin’ Blago gets off, it would be worth it just to see O and Shep Smith get pixxed….

August 17, 2010. Tags: , , , . Celebrities, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

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.

Go Back Jack, Do it Again…Another 350B…PEBO asks for TARP Tranche Two

(courtesy of Melegorm)

Finally the frakin letter itself!

To be ABSOLUTELY CLEAR HERE, LOL, this is Team PEBO, which is largely comprised of UofC (Fuhrman, Goolsbee both in the meeting with DEM Senate leadership yesterday-the bill in question is coming from the House) and moderate Capitalists (Summers et al) , certainly not economic lefties, snark..

anywho, this is an attempt to head off the legislation Barney Frank has a hearing scheduled on tomorrow. The LETTER is a loose framework of nice words and means nada, I hope Barney passes this legislation before he hands over ANOTHER 350B of the taxpayer dollars with nary a string and a handshake and a letter. He should have learned from the first tranche.

Different players, same story. They are not really that different are they? It is Geithner incoming Treasury Secretary who ran the AIG and CITI bailouts after all….

PASS THAT LEGISLATION BARNEY! Don’t give them the dough without protecting taxpayers this time!!

Update 5: The letter via WGNtv :

President-elect Barack Obama’s top economic adviser tells Congress that the need for the remaining $350 billion of the financial bailout package is “imminent and urgent.”

Larry Summers has written a letter to the bipartisan leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate to assure lawmakers that the money will be used to help community banks, small businesses, consumers and homeowners as well as large financial institutions.

And more interesting background from KTTC Rochester (via Politico):

Emerging from a two-hour meeting in the Capitol with Obama advisers Lawrence Summers and Jason Furman, Senate Democrats praised the President-elect’s team for agreeing to make changes to its stimulus proposal based off of concerns senators raised last week at a meeting with the president-elect’s senior aides.

The Obama team told about 35 Senate Democrats gathered at Sunday’s meeting that it would grow the size of an energy-tax incentive package and modify proposed tax credits for individuals and for businesses that hire new employees, according to meeting attendees. Also, with lawmakers raising concerns that the first half of the $700 billion of the financial rescue law was badly mismanaged, Obama’s team signaled it would lay out precisely how it would spend the second half of that package, which Congress is expected to consider as soon as this week.

“It’s very clear they’ve listened, they’ve heard and that they’re moving to respond,” said Sen. Kent Conrad, chairman of the Budget Committee, who questioned previously whether the tax credits in the stimulus package were enough to encourage new jobs. “It was very, very healthy. They’re not defensive, not arguing back, they’re listening, they’re attempting to hear and they’re responding.”

Update 4: 12:48pm EST: Update on the ‘letter of understanding’ via FoxBusiness:

The letter includes provisions that would loosely commit the Obama administration to use TARP funds to help troubled homeowners avoid foreclosure; to adopt tougher executive compensation limits and corporate governance standards for firms that participate in TARP, and increase reporting, oversight and disclosure requirements in the program.

The letter would allow the president-elect and Congressional Democrats to avoid a potentially embarrassing veto fight in Mr. Obama’s first weeks in office. The Treasury has spent or committed all of the $350 billion funding in the first half of the $700 billion TARP. To get authorization for the last $350 billion, the president — Bush now, or Obama after he takes office — must submit a report to Congress outlining how the Treasury would spend the money. The funding will be authorized automatically unless Congress votes to approve a “resolution of disapproval” within 15 days of receiving the report.

But the president could veto the resolution. Then to stop the funding, Congress — controlled by the president-elect’s own party — would have to override the veto with a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate.

While sources believe the next $350 billion will come regardless of how the process unfolds, a veto and effort to override it “would set up quite a mess the first weeks in office” for Mr. Obama, a financial industry source said. “That would be a disaster politically.”

Update 3: Larry Summers sending a ‘letter’ FOX reporting -vaguely – that letter indicates they (PEBO Team?) want to get more funds to Main St…

For a GREAT piece on how liberals are viewing the recent PEBO Team activity, read Jimmy Pethokoukis’ column here:

…But it’s Obama’s $800 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that will be ground zero in this coming liberal internecine battle. “Way too much Reagan, not nearly enough FDR,” griped some key liberals about a plan that would, in addition to the tax cuts, still provide a whopping half-trillion dollars over two years in government spending for infrastructure, healthcare, education, clean energy, grants to states, and aid to lower-income and unemployed folks.

Some of their greatest hysterical hits: 1) “The economic plan he’s offering isn’t as strong as his language about the economic threat,” wrote NY Times columnist Paul Krugman. “In fact, it falls well short of what’s needed”; 2) the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank founded by Obama transition co-chair John Podesta, said the Obama plan was chock-full of “special interest favorites” and “long-discredited conservative proposals”; 3) Sen. Tom Harkin said Obamanomics “still looks a little more to me like trickle-down,” invoking a Reagan-era economic invective that liberals love to hurl; and 4) Nancy Pelosi, who seems to actually believe the Obama campaign spin that the Bush tax cuts somehow caused the recession, blurted out this gem: “Put me down as clearly as you possibly can as one who wants to have those tax cuts for the wealthiest in America repealed.” Duly noted, Madam Speaker.

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January 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP, Wall St. 1 comment.

Jesse White saves Reid’s bacon…gives Harry yet another way out…

The IL SoS has gone ahead and signed ‘a certification’ . Not ‘the cert’, the one Blago signed that Harry has been whining about,  but ‘a’  certification that he, AG Madigan and the IL SC said did not need to be signed.

It has been sent to Reid, who is claiming the Senate legal experts are reviewing it…

(This is L’amours in Brooklyn, one of MiM’s old stomping grounds, ahhh those were the days, lol…courtesy of MaxBonesBlack)

From Politico:

“The Senate Parliamentarian, the Secretary of the Senate and Senate Legal Counsel are advising Senate Leadership as we consider a way forward,” said Jim Manley, Reid’s spokesman, on Friday evening.

This latest development gives Democrats a way out of a sticky situation. The Illinois Supreme Court said White does not need to sign the appointment papers even though the Senate requires him to get White’s signature before he can assume office. White has refused to sign the document, but signed the Jan. 9 certificate and plans to send it to the Senate along with Burris’ appointment papers.

Immediately after the court ruling, Burris declared victory and said it would lead to his appointment to the Senate.

“I am very happy that the Supreme Court ruled supporting our argument that everything surrounding this appointment was legal and complete,” Burris said in a statement. “This appointment meets the qualifications required by the U.S. Senate of all gubernatorial appointees to fill vacated seats.”

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White responded by declaring that he was not going to sign anything and claimed vindicated that the Illinois Supreme Court doesn’t think he has to do so.

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Yet White later decided to sign a separate declaration affirming Burris’ appointment. (MiM here, think he got a ‘call’ from Senate ? uhm yeah )

Word to Harry, take this last best chance at saving face and get over yourself already…

Irrespective of whether it is signed, MiM and many legal opinionators of note theorize that SCOTUS would easily knock down Reid’s paltry claims of tradition and their ROOL. As IL SC noted in their ruling yesterday, the Senate ROOL II says nada about a signature and even if it did, the Senate has ZERO power to enforce arbitrary roolz on the states which have the protection of the Constitution on appointing/electing their representatives to the Congress..

And no, appoint/elect makes no difference….if we weren’t in such trying times I would LURB for Reid to stick his neck out just a wee a bit farther and give us the smack-down from SCOTUS that would end this BS once and for all so they NEVER EVER try to exceed their authority this way again..but alas times are exceedingly tough and as MiM has said from the get-go the people of Illinois DESERVE FULL REPRESENTATION….

Suck it up and walk it off Harry, you have bungled once again, and White has given you ANOTHER out, take it.

One more time, Harry Reid cannot fight his way out of a wet paper bag. We need a new leader, preferably one with cojones, I would suggest Hillary as I have in the past, but she has other work to do…

January 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Hillary Clinton, Politics, TARP. 4 comments.

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.

LIVE on CSPAN: Witch-Hunt, alternatively titled, the Illinois State Legislature Impeachment Panel questioning Burris…

Update: Aww it just ended! Well God Bless Burris man, he did a yeoman’s job of it…go to CSPAN library for archived footage later….

WATCH ON CSPAN LIVE (have an airsickness bag ready)

Listen, I am the last person to scream witch -hunt, but after watching this for over an hour, it’s a G-D witchhunt and I feel for Burris.

He has said a hundred times there was no discussion of any exchange personal, legal, political, financial, material in quid pro quo or not for accepting this appointment.

The IL GOP has decided to go to town and are asking Burris what Harry Reid and Dick Durbin or ANY state or National Democratic operative said to him about 2010..they are SO SO SO far afield it is ridiculous.

THIS is why political impeachment without rules of law applied is a joke, a frakin disgrace. This has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with impeaching Blago, this is an attack on Burris by some Dems as well. Frak them, it is HIS SEAT dammit.

And YES I get the difference b/w political and legal,. but when a political with-hunt prevents the PEOPLE from having representation while taxation is flying thru Congress, it violates the people’s RIGHT, LEGAL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to representation, so there!

See I am a pretty good indicator of the general public and I am ready to march on Springfield to wave a banner for Burris myself, HA! LOL, yeah they aren’t making any friends and this IS looking WRONG IMO…just WRONG….

they often break into yelling at each other across the panel while Burris sits calmly waiting for the dust to settle…they are asking ridiculous questions over and over and over again, no matter how many times he answers, the Chairwoman the Dem is not helping at all, is she under orders from Reid to let Burris be scuttled or just a failure as a leader? I dunno….

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January 8, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics. Comments off.

Reid Flip Flop Video Added: Senate Dems to seat Burris….

Via AP:

Changing course, Senate Democrats emerged from a meeting with Senate appointee Roland Burris on Wednesday and set forth the legal steps under which they’re willing to welcome him into the Senate in President-elect Barack Obama’s vacated spot. (Jan. 7)

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January 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics. 1 comment.

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