American Politics 101

Re: American Politics 101

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Dec 04, 2008 5:33 pm

Time for comments from the political cartoonist, Fitzsimmons:
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby yukon on Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:30 pm

Ciel:

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Missing ballots stall Minnesota Senate recount

A missing envelope containing about 130 ballots has stalled the recount in Minnesota's U.S. Senate
race between incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken.

The state canvassing board appeared likely to postpone its unofficial Friday deadline to finish the
recount because of the missing ballots from the city of Minneapolis.

Because of the "extraordinary circumstances," said Deputy Secretary of State Jim Gelbmann, the city
has until December 16 to locate the votes. The canvassing board is set to meet that day and take
further action in the recount process.

"We won't meet our goal to have all ballots hand-counted by the end of the day [Friday] unless the
envelope returns in the next 24 hours," Gelbmann said.

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Re: American Politics 101

Postby dreamon on Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:15 am

Ill. governor arrested on corruption charges
Feds: Blagojevich sought to profit from choosing Obama's Senate successor

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested by FBI agents Tuesday morning on federal corruption
charges, officials said.

His chief of staff John Harris was also charged, the U.S. Department of Justice confirmed in a statement.

Blagojevich, 51, and Harris, 46, both of Chicago, were each charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire
fraud and solicitation of bribery.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28139155/


I think this is the tip of the iceberg. I wonder what else these two may have done during the election and on voting day.



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Obama, Gore set for discussions on energy
Former vice-president to weigh in on next administration's stimulus plan

Former Vice President Al Gore planned to visit with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden
on Tuesday, but those briefed on the meeting insisted the topic would be the planet rather than Gore's formal return
to Washington.

Gore sought the presidency in 2000 but lost to then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in a disputed election that was settled
in the Supreme Court. He then became a leader in the movement to draw attention to the issue of climate change and
global warming. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, and his documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" won an Academy
Award the same year.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28128903/

He lends Obama instant credibility among environmental activists.

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Re: American Politics 101

Postby deja vu on Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:18 pm

Ill. governor arrested on corruption charges
Feds: Blagojevich sought to profit from choosing Obama's Senate successor



http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28139155/


This runs a lot deeper according to the news. The Chicago Tribune owns Wrigley Field and when they wanted
to sell it Blagojevich said he would agree if they fired their editorial board. Apparently they wrote things about
him he didnt like and would only approve if they agreed to the firings.

First he replaced a Republican Governor who is doing time in jail and now he may join him for many years.

Ohio needs a complete overhaul of the system. Its not working the way it is now. Too many politicians ending
up in state jails.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby yukon on Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:44 pm

It seems to run in the family.


Illinois First Lady Prominent in FBI Affidavit Charging Governor

Illinois first lady Patricia Blagojevich's official Web site says she's "committed to spreading
the governor's message."

That's putting it mildly, according to the 76-page FBI affidavit released Tuesday accusing her
husband, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and his chief of staff of corruption.

The first lady was not arrested Tuesday, but federal prosecutors nevertheless allege that she
was engaged in the governor's attempts to sell Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat to the highest
bidder and to intimidate The Chicago Tribune. The court document mentions the first lady,
though not by name, 19 times in six graphic sections.

Much of the information authorities collected came from bugs in the governor's campaign
office and his home phone, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said at a press conference Tuesday.
The prosecutor said Mrs. Blagojevich was referenced in the complaint, but he would not describe
her involvement further.

"I'm not going to comment on anyone not charged," Fitzgerald said.


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Re: American Politics 101

Postby deja vu on Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:53 am

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Re: American Politics 101

Postby yukon on Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:51 pm

Blagojevich's arrest puts spotlight on his wife
Dealings of Illinois' first lady, a businesswoman, have raised questions

Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some close company in his misery.

His arrest this week on corruption charges also shone a spotlight on Patti Blagojevich, his wife and a mother of two. The first lady
may have been introduced to the public by profanity-laced tirades as outlined by federal prosecutors, but she already was being
investigated for her real-estate dealings.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday laid out their allegations of a brazen money grab by Blagojevich, saying he plotted to sell President-elect
Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. And in the 78-page criminal complaint against him, his 43-year-old wife emerged as a woman who
schemed to cash in on her husband's job and punish those who got in her way.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28165485/


I dont think she had blinders on at all. She fully participated in some of his illegal activities as the tap shows. I think she was fully
aware of what he was doing.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby deja vu on Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:26 pm

Ill. A.G. asks gov. be declared 'unable to serve'
Aide says state Supreme Court asked to make declaration

The Illinois attorney general has filed a motion with the state's highest court asking justices to remove
scandal-plagued Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY'-uh-vich) from office.

Lisa Madigan took the action Friday as pressure on the governor intensified to step down. The motion
challenges his fitness to serve and asks that the Supreme Court oust him.

Madigan scheduled a news conference in Chicago Friday morning to discuss the motion


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28195524/


Looks like they will have to drag him out of office. Is he that desperate that it will take a court order
declaring him unfit to get him to take the hint?
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:48 am

Vendors cashing in on Obama products
Dec 13, 2008 04:30 AM
Brett Zongker
Associated Press

WASHINGTON–At the gift shops in Union Station, shelves once stocked with ubiquitous FBI T-shirts and mugs now display all things Barack Obama – apparel, action figures and a jack-in-the-box with the U.S. president-elect popping out with a big smile. Even a cigar shop at the busy train station has got into the high-demand business with an Obama stogie.

"Everybody's just Obama crazy. It's madness right now," said Johndell McLean, 30, who works at Life on Capitol Hill, a store now full of Obama products, including hot sauce, mints and an Obama bobble-head doll. One T-shirt features a U.S. map stamped with the words, "Under New Management."

Even more popular is anything with Obama's face on it.

"Whatever it is that has Obama on it, they like it," McLean said. "Everything is selling."

Well, almost everything. A sign on one small shelf at the store reads: "All McCain/Palin T-shirts now $3.75, while they last!" Mugs from the Republican campaign go for less than $2. Nearby, Obama mugs and T-shirts are selling for more than twice those amounts. http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/553277
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby dreamon on Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:19 pm

Ill. House speaker launches impeachment panel
Special committee to review case, recommend on Blagojevich future

The speaker of the Illinois House is taking the first step toward possibly impeaching embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Speaker Michael Madigan announced Monday that he's appointing a special committee to review the case and recommend
whether Blagojevich should be impeached.

Madigan says the committee will work every day except holidays.

"We're going to proceed with all due speed, but we're going to make sure that what we do is done correctly," the Chicago Democrat said.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28236008/


He truly has trouble taking the hint. Time to leave office and take your lumps in the court system.

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