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The bipartisan committee just voted unanimously to recommend that the full house vote to send articles of impeachment on Gov. Blagojevich to the Illinois Senate.

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Testimony before the committee just prior to the vote included the currently appointed (by Blago) prior state Attorney General, Burris, who brought little to the table.

The committee suggested that the appointment is under a taint, or less than optimal circumstances, but in no way suggested that Roland Burris would be a poor choice for Senator - beyond the fact that Blago appointed him.

Another report read into the committee report was about non-African Americans given answers to interview or test questions to ensure African American would NOT be hired... and that the woman who looked into this matter (a long time state's employee, on verge of retirement) was fired.

The vote by the House is expected tomorrow.

It was interesting to listen to the vote, but here's the Trib's report.

Originally posted to sheddhead on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:01 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (25+ / 0-)

    as we look forward to tomorrow.

    If you want to try to listen tomorrow, WBBM broadcast today's vote.

    "2009" The end of an error

    by sheddhead on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:02:55 PM PST

  •  I hate to jump in (4+ / 0-)

    but would you consider putting up a tip jar? (I write this from western Illinois just before I go home to eastern Iowa.)

    ...it is unfortunate that the opposition to the Democrats in this country now consists entirely of crazy people. - NNadir

    by RunawayRose on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:04:09 PM PST

  •  The Illinois Leg should have done this (7+ / 0-)
    YEARS AGO!!!

    Blago has always been corrupt.

    "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear, that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States..."

    by dlh77489 on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:09:25 PM PST

  •  Those charges sound pretty flimsy. (2+ / 0-)
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    Randall Sherman, Mother Shipper

    The committee based its vote on a lengthy report detailing a litany of alleged abuses of the governor's power. The list includes Blagojevich expanding health care without legislative approval, spending state money on useless flu vaccines, refusing to release federal subpoenas and other government information to the public, widespread hiring abuses and pay-to-play activities in which big contributors often wound up with hefty state contracts.

    It also restates the federal charges against Blagojevich, including the allegation that he sought to peddle the U.S. Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama in exchange for a Cabinet post, an ambassadorship or a high-paying private job for himself or his wife.

    The state charges sound like pretty minor stuff, and the federal charges haven't really been proven.

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:16:14 PM PST

    •  wha (4+ / 0-)

      You mean the highly politicized and purposefully released affidavit of an FBI wiretapper isn't equivalent to a conviction in this country? Could have fooled me.

      Law is a light which in different countries attracts to it different species of blind insects. Nietzsche

      by Marcion on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:24:26 PM PST

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    •  Correct me if I'm wrong (5+ / 0-)

      ... but aren't there similar charges against him stretching back years?

      Impeachment doesn't have to pass a "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard to lead to conviction.  The charges just have to convince the senate.  It's not a matter of due process, but of politics.

      Our long national nightmare is almost over. Congratulations and blessings to all.

      by Dallasdoc on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:43:30 PM PST

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      •  Pull the bar for impeachment WAY down! (4+ / 0-)

        A governor who's indicted by a DA with significant credibility, who then seems to stonewall rather than trying to get the facts out quickly, and who refuses to act as a 'caretaker' until his name is cleared but defiantly appoints someone to a vacant seat in the Senate...
        I don't know what the Illinois State Constitution says about reasons to impeach, but if it's anything like the Federal "high Crimes and Misdemeanors" I think the Illinois legislature has all it needs without asking Patrick Fitzgerald to put any more of his cards on the table.

        We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

        by david78209 on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 05:06:44 PM PST

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    •  LMAO (3+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, marykk, rb137

      I do love the drama trolls around here who keep playing this shit.

      Funny how actual lawyers and legislators have enough brains to disagree.

      "2009" The end of an error

      by sheddhead on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:44:09 PM PST

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    •  The Illinois Supreme Court begs to differ w/you (4+ / 0-)

      They already struck down his attempt to administratively fund his pet health insurance project as an unconstitutional overreach. His "widespread hiring abuses and pay-to-play activities" would all most likely be in violation of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, which Blagojevich himself signed into law not long after taking office. That alone should be enough to get him kicked--as it would any other state employee caught doing what he is alleged to have done.

      But all of that is moot anyway, since the Illinois Constitution does not require that any actual crime have been committed or even alleged to have been committed to impeach a sitting governor.

    •  The Illinois Constitution does not require any (2+ / 0-)
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      sheddhead, Randall Sherman

      There isn't even a "high crimes and misdemeanors" clause in the impeachment section of the Illinois Constitution.

      A sitting executive or judge can be impeached for any reason at all -- sneezing, crossing the street with the light, donating to a charity... even "pretty minor stuff".

      Then again, not many Illinoisans think allegedly breaking the law and generally abusing the privileges of the office is "pretty minor stuff".

  •  Good Riddance (5+ / 0-)

    to a very bad governor.  I know, it ain't over yet, but the nails are being pounded in.

    I just wish that Madigan had followed through on his threat to impeach months ago.  

    We could have avoided this whole Burris affair.

    And Roland Burris, once again, played them all for fools.

    Jim Durkin, a republican, was the stooge this time.  Durkin thought he was going to make Burris look corrupt and bolster the Republican's case for a special election, and instead he looked the fool.

    Burris is making all the kids look like fools.  Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Diane Feinstein, the entire Impeachment Committee.

    It sucks, because he stands no chance of winning the seat in 2010.  He wins now, we lose later when Mark Kirk waltzes into a Senate seat (unless someone can knock Burris off in a primary, which may be difficult now).

    "Yes we can." - President-elect Barack Obama

    by Jerry 101 on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:31:47 PM PST

  •  Yes!!!!!!!!! (4+ / 0-)

    About time that ass gets impeached. I'm so happy to hear they voted for articles against him.
    He's such an embarrassment to the state and dragging us all down.

  •  Was there an investigation into mitigating (1+ / 0-)
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    lysias

    circumstances?

    This is not a fair proceeding.  Whether or not this guy is guilty or not, these politicians are making a judgement on half baked evidence.

    This is wrong, and if it can happen to the governor it can happen to anyone.

    •  There doesn't have to be (4+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, sheddhead, rb137, kerflooey

      The Illinois Constitution sets a very low bar for impeachment. No actual wrongdoing has to be proven, or even in evidence. This was not a trial, nor was it in any sense a legal proceeding. "Mitigating circumstances" (if, indeed, there are any such, which I personally doubt) will be addressed, assuming, arguendo, that the House does in fact impeach him, when he goes on trial in the Senate.

    •  Hi, Rod. (1+ / 0-)
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      rb137

      What would one of my diaries about you be without your lies and deceptions in the comments?

      "2009" The end of an error

      by sheddhead on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 07:08:33 PM PST

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    •  You can't be impeached for being a citizen (2+ / 0-)
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      sheddhead, Randall Sherman

      Really. Apologies up front for being rude, but please read the Illinois Constitution before discussing a topic on which you are clearly very ill-informed.

      This is not a criminal proceeding. It is not a court of law.

      Blagojevich has no right (Federal or state) to remain on as governor. After he was elected, he was sworn in and agreed to uphold the Federal and state Constitutions. As such he agreed to the very same impeachment clauses which are now being put in action.

      This legislative investigation is about the state legislature deciding whether or not our governor, the leader of our state, is fit for office.

      The legislature does not need to have a reason to impeach a sitting executive or judge. There isn't even a "high crimes and misdemeanors" clause in the state Constitution.

      All that is required is for the State House to approve Articles of Impeachment. The State Senate, by a two-thirds majority, can then decide to convict the subject for impeachment (or not).

      The only penalty is removal from office (ie, getting fired).

      The vast majority of Illinoisans (75+% in every poll I've seen) want Blagojevich fired and are demanding their duly elected State Reps and State Senators do so post-haste.

      And I absolutely agree given how poorly he has led our state and how dastardly his abuse of power and privilege has been.

  •  Thank god. (2+ / 0-)
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    sheddhead, Randall Sherman

    He has been not just corrupt but completely ineffective, particularly in the last two years.  His approval rating was about 8 before the tapes about the senate seat were released. He has been holed up with a handful of henchmen for a long time and has no sense of reality. Yeah, he needs to go.

    Bush = lame turducken

    by kerflooey on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 06:26:16 PM PST

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