Tag Archives: Rod Blagojevich

SCOTUS Rejects Appeal Of Former Illinois Governor Imprisoned For Trying To Sell Obama’s Senate Seat

The Chicago Tribune reports: The U.S. Supreme Court has for the second time rejected an appeal by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his convictions on corruption charges. The justices did not comment Monday in letting stand the convictions and 14-year prison term that Blagojevich is serving. He’s scheduled to be released in 2024. His convictions included trying to extort …

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ILLINOIS: GOP Rep. Mark Kirk Wins Barack Obama’s Former Senate Seat

Rep. Mark Kirk used to have an OK record on LGBT rights for a Republican, having voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and for ENDA in 2007. But then he voted against the repeal of DADT. And since under Illinois law he will be seated in the Senate tomorrow, that means one more vote against repealing DADT should …

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Burris Won’t Run In 2010

Blagojevich appointee Sen. Roland Burris says he won’t run for his seat in 2010. Burris decision appears to have been based at least in part on the fact that he has not been able to raise money for an election campaign. As of March 31st, reports CBS News Political Director Steve Chaggaris, Burris had raised only $845 and had $111,031 …

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Calls For Burris To Resign Grow Louder

Ever since Blago appointee Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) admitted this week that he tried to raise money for the disgraced former governor in a quid pro quo for his seat, there have been calls for him to resign. Today both the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune posted editorials demanding his resignation over having perjured himself when asked about Blago. …

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Blago Does Letterman

Blago: I’ve been wanting to be on your show in the worst way!Letterman: Well, you are on in the worst way. I love that the band played Blago in with My Way.

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Blago Booted

Rod Blagojevich and his hair brush were unanimously booted out of office yesterday by the Illinois senate in a 59-0 vote. Gov. Rod Blagojevich was thrown out of office Thursday without a single lawmaker coming to his defense, brought down by a government-for-sale scandal that stretched from Chicago to Capitol Hill and turned the foul-mouthed politician into a national punchline. …

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Burris To Be Seated In Senate

After the spectacle of being turned away at the Capitol Building last week, Roland Burris will be granted his seat as the junior Senator from Illinois. “The Secretary of the Senate has determined that the new credentials presented today on behalf of Mr. Burris now satisfy Senate rules and validate his appointment to the vacant Illinois Senate seat,” read a …

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Blago Slays Child With Finger Gun,
Swears He Thought It Wasn’t Loaded

Other captions welcome. Tipped by JMG reader Ned.

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Blago Impeached

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was impeached by the state legislature today by a vote of 141-1. The measure only needed 60 votes to pass. Legislators accused the second-term Democratic governor of letting down the people of Illinois by letting ego and ambition drive his decisions. “It’s our duty to clean up the mess and stop the freak show that’s become …

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Burris Turned Away At Senate Swearing In

Roland Burris, former Attorney General for Illinois and disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s pick to replace Barack Obama in the Senate, was turned away today from his Senate swearing in ceremony. Senate officials this morning rejected Roland Burris’s effort to be seated as the successor to President-elect Barack Obama, telling the former Illinois attorney general that he lacked the requisite approval …

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Blago Makes His Senate Pick

Disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is somehow barreling forward and will today name Attorney General Roland Burris to fill the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama. But the pick may not stick. 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 …

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Blago’s Terrible Hair Declares Itself Innocent Of Everything

Via HuffPo: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich defiantly proclaimed his innocence Friday and said that he will not let a “political lynch mob” force him to resign. “I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath,” Blagojevich said in his first official statement since being arrested last week on federal corruption charges. “And I’m not …

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Dickipedia Does Blagojevich

More fun from Dickipedia: Milorad “Rod” R. Blagojevich (born December 10, 1956) is a politician, currently clinging to one last toehold as chief executive of Illinois, and a dick. The subject of no fewer than a dozen separate federal investigations, Blagojevich is a disgrace to all Serbian-American governors everywhere —that means you, George Voinovich of Ohio. He is also just …

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Illinois Tradition

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Tainted Gov

The most accidentally funny headline of the day comes from TIME Magazine. (Via – Wonkette)

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Obama Says Blago Should Resign

Barack Obama says disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich should resign. President-elect Barack Obama is calling for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs says the president-elect agrees with other prominent politicians that “under the current circumstances, it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois.” In response to questions …

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Senate Seat For Sale, Barely Used

Best bit: “Seller History: Blagojevich has been a scumbag for a long time.” Also: “End Time Of Sale: Better be quick, I may be going to prison.” The sale was quickly pulled from eBay, of course.

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BREAKING: Illinois Governor Arrested In Scandal Over Barack Obama’s Senate Seat

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested by the FBI today, accused of “brazenly” trying to sell Barack Obama’s soon-to-be vacated Senate seat to the highest bidder, among other serious charges. Federal authorities arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Tuesday on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama to the …

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