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Roland Burris Tag

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...

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 that Blagojevich attempted to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Harry Reid and Dick Durbin have been adamant that they will not seat Roland Burris unless Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White signs a certificate in the form recommended in Senate Rule 2. Durbin was particularly emphatic that no appointee, ever, has been seated...

Note: See Related Posts Harry Reid Is Wrong -- There Has Been A Senate Appointment Without A Secretary Of State Certification and The Burris-Murkowski Double Standard.------------------------------------------Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, needlessly has created a potential constitutional crisis over the seating of Roland Burris,...

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...

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 and certify the Certificate of Appointment issued by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. White has responded to Burris' lawsuit,...

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...

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...

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 Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to sign the certification...

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...

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...

According to news reports, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is prepared to have armed guards bar Roland Burris from the Senate floor, despite the fact that Burris has been legally appointed to Barack Obama's open Senate seat by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. At the...