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Sky Is Falling, Fire The Senate Quick

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 5, 2010 at 4:27pm 2/5/2010 at 4:27pm

Hissy fit alert. The left-wing blogs are screaming in perfect harmony about bad, bad, bad Richard Shelby of Alabama (R-of course), who put a hold on the entire government.

That’s not quite clear at this point, it appears that Shelby used a longstanding Senate mechanism to put a “hold” on numerous Obama...

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First Libby, Now Burris

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 10:17am 5/27/2009 at 10:17am

On December 9, 2008, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald held an emergency press conference to announce a criminal complaint against then Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. While there were many accusations, the most prominent and inflammatory was...

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What’s The Rush To Remove Roland Burris?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 10:53am 2/18/2009 at 10:53am

Roland Burris has offered changing accounts of his communications with emissaries of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the weeks leading up to Blagojevich’s appointment of Burris to Barack Obama’s open Senate seat. These changing accounts, including an updated Affidavit filed by Burris with the Illinois House impeachment committee, have led...

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Blagojevich Is Good At Making Others Look Bad

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 5:59pm 1/17/2009 at 5:59pm

I don’t pretend to know the ins and outs of Illinois politics. I’ve been following the Rod Blagojevich saga as an outsider looking in, from a legal perspective. One things seems clear to me, as we approach the impeachment trial: Rod Blagojevich is very good at making others look bad.

When Illinois...

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Something’s Fishy About The Burris “Paperwork” Fiasco

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 4:47pm 1/13/2009 at 4:47pm

Has anybody actually seen the paperwork Roland Burris submitted to the Secretary of the Senate which caused Harry Reid and Dick Durbin to approve seating Burris?

In her January 12, 2009 Press Release, the Secretary of the Senate stated that “Mr. Burris’s certificate, and accompanying documentation, appear to contain all the essential...

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Senate Lawyers Paper-Over Reid and Durbin’s Burris Problem

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 12, 2009 at 4:13pm 1/12/2009 at 4:13pm

It has just been announced that Senate lawyers have agreed that Roland Burris’ paperwork is in order, and he should be seated. If you followed the commentary on my post The Burris-Murkowski Double Standard, you would have seen this coming. There is no way that Reid and Durbin could maintain the...

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The Burris-Murkowski Double Standard

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 10:43am 1/11/2009 at 10:43am

Harry Reid and Dick Durbin have been adamant that they will not seat Roland Burris unless Illinois Secretary...

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Harry Reid Is Wrong — There Has Been A Senate Appointment Without A Secretary Of State Certification

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 6:17pm 1/10/2009 at 6:17pm

Harry Reid is refusing to seat Roland Burris because Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will not sign a certificate complying with Senate Rule 2. Reid made the following statement justifying his position:

And we have a situation here...

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Will The Fate Of The Constitution Turn On An 8×10″ Framed Certificate?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 9:58am 1/10/2009 at 9:58am

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Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, needlessly has created a potential constitutional crisis over the seating of Roland Burris, the lawful appointee of Illinois Gov....
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Harry Reid’s Ego v. The Junior Senator From Illinois

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 9, 2009 at 2:55pm 1/9/2009 at 2:55pm

Harry Reid refuses to give in to the U.S. Constitution. With each passing day, Reid has been embarrassing himself more and more. The decision of the Illinois Supreme Court ruling that Roland Burris is the lawful appointee of Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes clear that this dispute is about Reid’s ego,...

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Illinois Supreme Court Denies Burris Request – Does Burris Win By Losing?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 9, 2009 at 1:56pm 1/9/2009 at 1:56pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has denied the request of Roland Burris for a writ of mandamus ordering Secretary of State Jesse White to sign and seal the Certificate of Appointment issued by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. While seemingly a loss for Burris, t...

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A Simple Solution To The Burris Certification Lawsuit

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 9, 2009 at 10:30am 1/9/2009 at 10:30am

In a previous post, I discussed the lawsuit filed by Roland Burris in the Illinois Supreme Court seeking to compel Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to sign...

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Hoping For The Wrong Result On The Burris Certification Lawsuit

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 8:46am 1/8/2009 at 8:46am

Legally, the Illinois Supreme Court should rule that Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is required to sign and affix the state seal to the Certificate of Appointment issued by Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointing Roland Burris to Barack Obama’s open Senate seat. But emotionally and politically, I hope the Illinois Supreme...

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Catch 22 — Burris Suit Turns on Meaning of “Commissions”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 4:29pm 1/7/2009 at 4:29pm

On December 31, 2008, Roland Burris filed suit in the Illinois Supreme Court seeking an order compelling Secretary of State Jesse White to sign and affix the state seal to the Certificate of Appointment (see Exhibit A to Burris’ Complaint) signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointing Burris to Barack Obama’s open...

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At Least Harry Reid Didn’t Call Roland Burris “Articulate and Clean”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 11:27am 1/7/2009 at 11:27am

Harry Reid just held a news conference in which he continued to refuse to seat Roland Burris. Reid’s justifications are transparent and unjustifiable. Reid claims he is waiting for the Illinois Supreme Court to force Illino...

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Harry Reid Shoots Harry Reid In The Foot

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 8:47am 1/7/2009 at 8:47am

When Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced the appointment of Roland Burris to Barack Obama’s open Senate seat, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took a principled stance: Burris would not be seated. That principle was wrong, but at least it was a principle.

Initially, Reid had widespread...

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Can Senate Republicans Refuse To Seat Any New Democratic Senators?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 11:35am 1/4/2009 at 11:35am

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated today that the Senate can do “whatever we want” with regard to seating Roland Burris, the appointee of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Reid may want to rethink that position.

Reid apparently is picking up on an argument advanced by Harvard Law School Professor (and potential...

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