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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Has Been Removed from Office

January 29, 2009

Voting has  just started to remove Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) from office and the Senate has just achieved enough votes to officially remove him from office (40 votes).  So far, no one has voted Nay.

UPDATE (5:43 P.M. EST): He has been unanimously removed from office.  All 59 Senators voted to remove him from office.

UPDATE (10:48 P.M. EST): He has also been barred from ever holding public office in the state of Illinois.  That vote was unanimous, again 59-0.

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Illinois House Votes to Impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich

January 9, 2009

The Illinois House of Representatives, just in the past hour, voted to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich (D), 114-1.  The only representative voting against impeachment was Milton Patterson (D-South Chicago).  Representative Elga Jefferies (D-Chicago) voted “present.”  Typical Cook County politics, if you ask me.  I commend the other 114 representatives who voted in the affirmative to impeach Governor Blagojevich.  This will no go to the Senate, who will decide whether or not to remove Blagojevich from office.

Let’s get some quotes:

  • House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), chair of the House panel that held the impeachment hearings, said, “Due to his conduct, the governor has failed to uphold the oath of office.  He is no longer capable of defending our liberties.  He should be impeached.”
  • Representative Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) characterized the situation as a “plague” on the state.  He later said, “Our duty is to clean up the mess and stop the freak show that has become our government.”
  • Representative John Fritchey (D-Chicago) said, “My Illinois is not the Illinois of George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. Our Illinois is the Illinois of Abraham Lincoln and Paul Simon and Barack Obama.”

This vote comes after the House investigation committee voted on Thursday, 21-0 to proceed with impeachment for Blagojevich’s abuse of power.  The committee issued a report, saying, “The citizens of this state must have confidence that their governor will faithfully serve the people and put their interests before his own.  It is with profound regret that the committee finds that our current governor has not done so.”

Blagojevich has remained mostly silent for the day, but is expected to release a statement at 2:00 P.M. (I’m assuming that will be in Central time).  Personally, I think for the sake of his dignity (or what’s left of it), and for the sake of Illinois, Blagojevich should resign.  He still maintains his innocence, but I don’t see how he can avoid embarrassment if he goes through with it.  I think Blagojevich will step down this afternoon (or at least announce his resignation – who knows when it’ll go into effect).

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Dennis Kucinich: To Impeach, or Not to Impeach? That Is the Question

July 30, 2008

Alright – here’s another one of my stories that I’m posting as a catch-up from vacation.

Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) testified before the House Judiciary Committee (chaired by John Conyers [D-MI]), saying, “The decision before us is whether to demand accountability for one of the gravest injustices imaginable.”

Conyers reminded everybody that House rules specifically prohibit “personal abuse, innuendo or ridicule of the president,” so no direct accusations at the president were really supposed to be made, but that was largely ignored.  In fact, the hearing wasn’t an impeachment hearing, but actually was entitled, “Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations.”

I’ll briefly sum up the witnesses:

  • Former Los Angeles County Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi (he tried Charles Manson), author of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, was obviously in favor of impeachment.
  • Bruce Fein, a Deputy Attorney General in the Reagan administration – one of the smartest men I’ve ever seen.  He’s a Constitutional Law attorney and was just BRILLIANT about anything legal or historic.  The man was like an encyclopedia.  He was also in favor of impeachment, but didn’t let that bias his testimony.  He seemed to be the fairest and the most unbiased of them all.
  • Former Representative Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY) – she was strongly for impeachment, but didn’t testify much.
  • Former Representative Bob Barr (R-GA), turned Libertarian.  Now their party’s Presidential nominee – for impeachment, but he had to leave early, and didn’t testify much.
  • Ross “Rocky” Anderson, founder of High Roads for Human Rights and former mayor of Salt Lake City – he, didn’t testify much, and had to leave early, also for impeachment.
  • Stephen Presser, from the the Northwestern University School of Law – very smart.  He said that if the allegations are true (that Bush lied to get us deliberately into a war), he should be impeached, but he says he doesn’t interpret the evidence the way that the pro-impeachment people do.  A VERY smart man, but I think his bias stood in the way some.  Overall, I probably agreed with him the most (a cross between him and Fein).
  • Jeremy Rabkin, from the George Mason University School of Law – you could tell he was VERY biased, but he shared the argument that Presser had, regarding the evidence.
  • Elliot Adams, President of Veterans for Peace – pro-impeachment.  I think he left early as well – I didn’t hear much from him. from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law – He also sat on the Church Committee, and was pro-impeachment, but not the the bias of Bugliosi.
  • Frederick A. O. Schwarz Jr.,

Kucinich’s articles of impeachment have yet to reach the full House, but the impeachment is not expected to go anywhere, and would probably fail in the House.  I’m not sure if the Committee voted on it at all, or not.

Overall, it was a VERY interesting hearing (I saw most of it [about the last 4 hours] the first time, and then the beginning 2 hours when I watched the re-run).  Of course, my sister mocked me for watching C-SPAN on our vacation, but I loved it.  I even had my father watching it.

Here’s my opinion: I don’t think that Bush intentionally lied to get us into Iraq.  On that note, I can’t see us impeaching him.

One of the things that Fein brought up a lot was his refusal to obey Congress and send people to testify (which I think they SHOULD do, as I indicated about Karl Rove).  He brought up some of the wiretapping and surveillance stuff.  And honestly, those are the areas that I could see a real impeachment case come up, NOT over Iraq.

But here’s the problem – we’ve only got 6 more months of Bush in office.  The amount of time and money that would go into an investigation would not make it worth it, because the Republicans in Congress would never vote to impeach Bush.  The Democrats don’t have enough support (just like the Republicans didn’t with Clinton), and I don’t see this to be a wise decision.

If Congress wants to investigate Bush after he leaves office, I say, sure, go ahead!  But I just cannot justify an investigation when we know the outcome of the impeachment.  I’m not taking a side on the impeachment.  I think a LOT of what Bush has done has gone WAY over the limits of the Constitution, but many war-time Presidents have done the same.  I would not be opposed to an investigation into this Administration, but I see an impeachment more of a way to make the Republicans look bad in an election year, than an actual attempt to remove Bush from office.

I know I’m going to take some heat from Republicans for saying this stuff, but I’m tired of partisan wars.  If Bush has done nothing wrong, an investigation will show that, but I think that, considering the severity of the accusations, for the good of the country, we do need an investigation.

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New York Republicans Threaten Spitzer with Impeachment

March 11, 2008

Four (it started with two when I tried to get this posted before my class) New York State Assembly members, all Republicans, have threatened New York Governor (and former Attorney General) Eliot Spitzer with articles of impeachment if he does not resign within 48 hours.  This is all stemming from Spitzer’s telephone calls and involvement with the illegal prostitution ring known as Emporers Club VIP in Washington, D.C.

Assembly Republican Minority Leader James Tedisco said, “If he does not resign within the next 24 to 48 hours, we will prepare articles of impeachment to remove him.  We need a leader in place that has the support of people on both sides of the aisle.”

I can’t find names for the other 3 who are backing the impeachment movement.

Governor Spitzer said in a press conference yesterday, “I have acted in a way that violated the obligations to my family and that violates my — or any — sense of right and wrong.  I apologize first, and most importantly, to my family.  I apologize to the public whom I promised better.  I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals.  It is about ideas, the public good and doing what is best for the State of New York.  But I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard that I expect of myself.”

If he does get impeached or resign (it’s expected that he WILL resign), David Patterson (Democrat), Lt. Governor, would take over.

Here’s what U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY) had to say about Patterson yesterday: “He’s smart. He’s a great person. Pretty much the opposite of Eliot Spitzer.”  I love that quote.

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Dennis Kucinich Surprisingly Drops Out of the Presidential Race

January 25, 2008

In a surprise move Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has decided to drop out of the Democratic nomination race.  The move came as he is facing a tough primary for the Democratic nomination for his House seat.  The former mayor of Cleveland and 6-term Congressman has 4 opponents going into the March 4th primary.  Joe Cimperman, one of his opponents and a Cleveland City Council member, has accused Kucinich of being a “part-time Congressman” who has been more concerned about pursuing the Presidency than being a Congressman.

This is all coming right after Kucinich posted “An Urgent Personal Appeal” on his Congressional election website.

Kucinich now plan on introducing a movement to impeach President Bush, similar to the movement that he made to impeach Vice President Cheney last year.

Is Kucinich a “part-time Congressman”?  Perhaps.  But I think the Congress accomplishes more when he’s gone than when he’ introducing motions to impeach people who we KNOW won’t get impeached.  Stop wasting the Congress’s time, Mr. Kucinich and introduce a real bill.

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Dennis Kucinich – the New Ralph Nader: Introduces Motion to Impeach Cheney

November 6, 2007

Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) made a procedural maneuver to bring up his resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney in the next two days, despite opposition from both the Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.  Many Republicans, initially against the motion have now sided with Kucinich.

Depending on how many Presidential hopeful Dems. side with this motion will have a direct impact on the 2008 election.

My prediction is that Kucinich’s following will increase, due to his already low support – he can really only go up.  On the other hand, if major Democrats (Obama, Edwards, Clinton) side with it, I think it will lower their chances of winning the general election, because they supported something that didn’t work (even Pelosi isn’t for this – he WON’T be impeached).  They’ll be seen as just wasting more time after passing how many non-binding resolutions.

Dennis Kucinich could be the “Ralph Nader” – the liberal who stole Democrat’s much needed ’08 votes.

If the Democrats are smart, they’ll drop this now and just give our little UFO-seeing friend from Ohio his 15 minutes of fame.

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