[I’ve pulled the password protection off because it’s now available elsewhere.]
- Posted by Rich Miller
- Louis G. Atsaves - Tuesday, Jun 10, 08 @ 6:17 pm:
The Springfield chaos is the result of only Rod Blagojevich and no one else? The other two Democratic leaders have had nothing to do with the chaos? The Democrats in each chamber who remain silent while the chaos persists had nothing to do with it?
===So, neither Madigan nor his staff has had any involvement with you or preparing you to make this announcement?
I am calling for the House to begin impeachment proceedings because I believe that it’s the right thing to do. I’ve researched the issue on my own and after careful consideration believed that now is the right time to do it. ===
I think Madigan should think about supporting the Green for Governor during the next election, if Blagojevich is the Democratic candidate again. Heck, why wait? The Speaker could appoint several Greens to those boards and commissions on which no more than 3 out of 5 may be members of the same political party.
Interesting..You’d think Madigan hurt his members enough by killing the capital bill. Now, he wants to pretend candidates came up with this stuff themselves.
What a farce..It just shows that he shouldn’t be the Speaker and the head of the Democratic Party. There are too many conflicts by holding both posts. Just ask Emil how much money he’s been given to donate to senate candiates over the years..Ask Alexi what kind of support he got or..how about Obama???
I read the memo, and Madigan is safe from a charge of slander: truth is always a defense.
Reading the short list of offensive items in the first addendum, I found 18 of them serious enough to bring before at least an exploratory committee.
Who was the mole, um, “forthright upstanding citizen” that leaked this memo?
Big Q for tomorrow: do the Rodians go with “Those levees broke because Madigan won’t allow a capital bill” or “Mike is a big secret meanie who wants us thrown out”.
What AM I thinking, of course they’ll go with both.
“Tumor”? Well, cancer can be defined as normal cells multiplying and growing out of all control, even to the detriment of the host organism. I believe they are right; Rod and his policies and the shady crew he brought on with him, are a cancer on the body politic, choking it’s vitals thru excessive graft and corruption and malfeasance.
At this point, amputation is coming one way or another.
Give it to us straight, doc, we can take it.
- Arthur Andersen (one IP) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 08 @ 9:01 pm:
Gregor wrote at 8:48:
“Big Q for tomorrow: do the Rodians go with “Those levees broke because Madigan won’t allow a capital bill” or “Mike is a big secret meanie who wants us thrown out”.”
AA postulated at 7:05 pm:
“Harris: Governor, as you may have heard, there has been some serious flooding in Southeastern Illinois. In Lawrence County, the situation is severe.
Rod: If we had passed a capital bill, this wouldn’t be a problem. Tell Abby to put out a release and blame it on Madigan. Bye.”
The point on the Senate being constitutionqally required to hold a trial fails to mention how they’d get the votes to convict if they don’t have the votes in that chamber to clear a recall measure. Also, the form, length, and list of evidence and aitnesses, etc. would all be up to the senate — remember CLinton’s “trial” was a recitation of previously reported info.
Well the timing is perfect. The Rezko trial is over, I have rested up, and resupplied the liquor and snacks cave. I was worried I was going to get bored and go into withdrawal. Thank goodness and MM, I will engage once again in dynamic current events. All in all, I think this is an up day for the State of Illinois!
While I agree with nearly everything written in the memo, was I the only one who was amused by Madigan (or his minions) accusing Blago of “hiding from the public and refusing to
answer the media’s questions.”???
Sorry, I am of the cloth that thinks that legislators having to actually work is not grounds for impeachment.
And not to defend him too much, but you will need some kind of proof that any of the things you listed were illegal.
An impeachment committee won’t get you that. They don’t have the investigative power. They will just review what is on the table - which is currently just allegations and innuendo - not even charges. If those charges are what you are concerned about - it looks like the Feds will be doing that due diligence.
This impeachment talk is about Madigan reclaiming Madigan’s power. If you think otherwise, you have been in Springfield way too long.
More seriously, it’s a very good memo. I think the long list of particulars has some problems in it, but there are enough to stick. More importantly, it’s not just a rant about a political opponent, it’s based on the Illinois Constitution and impeachment customs in the United States.
The problem is the Speaker needs to pull the trigger.
- Mind Your P's and Q's - Wednesday, Jun 11, 08 @ 4:00 am:
Does the Speaker’s staff know how to use the “spell check” function?
Talk about embarrassing? Do they want everyone to think that the Democratic candidates are illiterate?
This spills over on Obama. There is no way this doesn’t add to the clouds over him. To have Democrats turn on each other like this…I’m thinking Madigan here on Blagojevich, and Jackson on Halverson is curious. It’s not the think to do in what’s supposed to be a Democrat’s year.
Emil Jones is really the stand up guy for the party here.