Monday, December 5th, 2016

Well, it’s over. Senate Democrats are officially caving in and seating Roland Burris as the junior Senator from Illinois. In a statement issued after a 45-minute meeting between Senate officials and Burris’ lawyers, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Burris is now the senator-designate from Illinois after […]

The Illinois House of Representatives voted 114-1 to impeach Governor Blagojevich. Blagojevich was arrested Dec. 9 on federal charges that include allegations he schemed to profit from his power to appoint Obama’s replacement in the U. S. Senate. The criminal complaint included an FBI agent’s sworn affidavit describing wiretaps that caught Blagojevich allegedly talking about […]

If you’re wondering how it is possible Roland Burris could possibly agree to be Blagojevich’s appointment to the Senate, Burr Deming would like to introduce you Roland Burris, law-and-order candidate for governor. Prosecutors said they might have participated in the murders, while some unknown third person actually committed the rape. The lead investigator became convinced […]

What was that principle again? Anyone appointed by Blagojevich would be too “tainted” to serve in the Senate. Unless, of course, they’re the right Democrats,and they don’t happen to be African Americans. Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat […]

Thomas Foley looks at all of the announcements surrounding the appointment of Roland Burris to the senate by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, and asks, What gets me is Barack Obama paying apparent lip service to the said vacant pronouncements. Didn’t he used to be a senior lecturer in constitutional law at the top rankin’ University […]

Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant-at-arms will be called if Roland Burris attempts to take his Senate seat on Tuesday. Burris will not be allowed on the Senate floor, according to this aide and a Senate Democratic leadership aide. Watch: What if Burris shows up? The aide familiar with Senate Democratic leaders’ plans said if […]

Illinois Governor Blagojevich picked a member of a Wisconsin law firm for the open Illinois senate seat. Roland Burris, the man appointed today by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat, is employed as an attorney for a Milwaukee law firm. Burris is of senior counsel at Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan […]

Uh oh. Max Planck in National Review Online believes the Senate Democrats may be powerless to stop the Blagojevich appointment of Burris to the senate. If state law does not (or cannot) stand in the way, can Harry Reid and the Democratic caucus make good on the promise not to seat a Blagojevich appointee? Article […]

Blagojevich had previously said he was not going to appoint anyone to replace Barack Obama, but the Illinois legislature failed to act on a bill to require a special election to fill the vacant senate seat. It was an abrupt about-face for Blagojevich, who had said after his Dec. 9 corruption arrest that he favored […]

Give Senator Harry Reid credit. Even he sees that seating Blagojevich’s pick for Senate is a bad idea. We’ll see if Democratic resolve holds. 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 […]