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.

Update: Burris atty letter to Senate…Sun-Times reports Reid called Blago to put kaibosh on Jones, Jesse Jr or Davis for PEBO seat…

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Update 2: Sunday, 9:00pm : BTD reports that Reid on MTP called Blago a liar and said he never made these calls and naysayed these three candidates. Well we know we have tapes. Knowing Reid’s complete tone deafness I think he said it, I don’t think he is a racist I think he is a classist, and a fool. I can’t wait to hear the tapes, the Senate trial for Blago in IL should be hillyarious!

UPDATE: Saturday, 1:00pm EST: Ben Smith has the .pdf of the letter sent by Burris’ counsel informing Reid, Durbin and Feinstein (as head of Rules Cmte) of his appointment and intention to join the Congress next week:

“I write to ensure his smooth transition,” writes Timothy Wright III, the lawyer, citing Marbury v. Madison as precedent, a case in President Thomas Jefferson tried to stop appointments made by his predecessor, John Adams.

“Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Marbury v. Madison over 200 years ago, the law of the land has been that an appointment is complete and irrevocable once the last act required by the person vested with the appointment power is performed,” Wright argues.

Attached are the acknowledgment by the IL SoS office that Blago’s appointment of Burris HAS BEEN ENTERED INTO THE REGISTER BY THE SoS OFFICE..despite the refusal of White to countersign the appointment letter itself. The firm cites Marbury v Madison and the 17th Amendment as controlling.

I still think Burris is entitled to be seated. The IL state legislature FAILED MISERABLY in its duty to act. They failed to enact a special election, they failed to strip the Governor of the ability to appoint, they failed to impeach him for years now, THEY FAILED.

Done, they had their chance. This is a legally binding appointment that was made by a sitting Governor, who has NOT been indicted or impeached at the time of appointment and nothing in the appointment is suspect.

Once again we say it is FOOLHARDY, RASH, RECKLESS and frankly DANGEROUS to set a precedent under which the Senate takes upon itself the right to block or delay the seating of a duly appointed or elected Senator.

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January 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics. 2 comments.

UPDATE: NYS Budget gap..88 new taxes/fees unveiled…education, Medicaid cuts..nursing home and Prison closures…

A shout-out to NYC, courtesy of HellHammer2008 ‘The Warriors’ mix to Joe Walsh, “In the City”

Update Dec 16:  Drudge picking up NY Daily news on Gov Paterson’s release of the proposed 121 billion dollar budget complete with 88 new taxes/fees:

…The budget will cost the city an estimated $650 million in aid.

But it’s the $4 billion in new fees and taxes that are sure to aggravate everyday New Yorkers, who would be paying more for a host of services:

  • An “iPod tax” that charges state and local sales tax for “digitally delivered entertainment services” – in other words, that new Beyonce song you download.
  • State sales tax at movie theaters, sporting events, taxis, buses, limousines and cable and satellite TV and radio.
  • Costlier driving with the repeal of the 8-cents-per-gallon sales tax cap on motor and diesel motor fuel, plus and increase in the auto rental tax.
  • Tuition increases at SUNY and CUNY, $620 and $600 a year respectively.
  • A 50 cent tax on cigars. The current tax is equal to 37% of the wholesale price, or 34 cents a cigar.
  • No more sales tax break on clothes and shoes worth $110 or less, except during two weeks a year.
  • Higher taxes on wine, beer and flavored malt beverages. He would also impose an 18% tax on non-nutritional drinks like soda.
  • The rich would pay more for luxury items through an additional 5% tax imposed on cars costing more than $60,000, aircraft costing more than $500,000, yachts costing at least $200,000 and jewelry and furs costing in excess of $20,000.
  • In addition, a host of a fees, including those related to motor vehicle licensing and registration, parks and auto insurance, would go up, as would various state-imposed fines.

Even with the cuts, the 2009-10 budget would increase a little more than 1%, the smallest hike since 1996-97.

Paterson said the state is facing a $51 billion shortfall over the next four years at a time when tax revenues are expected to drop 6.6% next year….

December 9th, 2008: Budget cuts hit the city: NYC Comptroller, William C. Thompson, Jr., appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning to announce budget cuts, as they estimate 165,000 jobs leave NYC, including over 30,000 high paying salary and bonus jobs that used to generate income…

Video here.

  • City funds to the Department of Education: Cutting 181 Million this year, 285 million next year;

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December 9, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Entertainment, Film, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Labor Department, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

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