Friday, February 27, 2009

Burris headlines

Time to Hold Roland Burris Accountable - Arlene Jones

Democrats reject quick action on bill aimed at Burris - AP
Legislation that could force Sen. Roland Burris out of office is stirring up controversy at the Illinois Capitol.

The measure would change the law under which Burris was appointed to the Senate. It would end his temporary term and require a special election to fill the seat.
Critics say a move to cut short Burris' term might be unconstitutional. But Attorney General Lisa Madigan has issued an opinion saying the change would be legal.
A Modest Proposal to Solve the Burris Problem - The New Republic

How to get rid of Roland Burris in the U.S. Senate

Quinn: 'time is fast approaching' for Burris to step down - Clout St.

Burris gets support from Chicago's black caucus - AP
Sixth Ward Alderman Freddrenna (fred-REHN'-uh) Lyle says calls for Burris' resignation are unfair because white politicians have not been similarly targeted after accusations of wrongdoing.
Council's black caucus on Burris: Back off - Sun-Times
Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th), city chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, said the “anti-Blagojevich hatred” has unfairly been transferred onto Burris.
“I would just suggest to those people who seek to run in the wards of the city of Chicago where there are people of color living that they should tone it down because some of us are taking notes. They will run at their peril,” Lyle said.
She added, “I can't go to the residents of my ward and ask them to vote for someone who, they feel, has disrespected them. And they won't. Remember, we just don't vote for people. It is in our history in modern times when we voted against people. In fact, it's usually easier to get people to do that.”
Check out this line from Ald. Leslie Hairston:
Blagojevich's administration hired Roland W. Burris II as a senior counsel for the state's housing authority Sept. 10 — about six weeks after the Internal Revenue Service slapped a $34,163 tax lien on Burris II and three weeks after a mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit on his South Side house.
For the aldermen, the story was over the top.
“You all are attacking people's children. That is crossing the line,” said Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th).
Gov. Quinn looks into Roland Burris II's employment - Sun-Times
“I don’t think I’m going to pre-judge things, but I think the matter deserves serious review and it [should] be done very quickly,” Quinn said.
Quinn said his chief of staff, Jerry Stermer, and his general counsel, Ted Chung, will look into Burris II’s situation, but no timeline has been set. Quinn said they would make a recommendation to the IHDA board and executive director.
“I want to make sure everything is right and proper,” Quinn said.
Rush: Burris Should Stay - RealClearPolitics
Today, members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with President Obama at the White House. Members spoke to the press after, and were asked about the absence of Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.). The members indicated that the CBC was invited as a group, not individually, and that as a member of the CBC Burris was entitled to attend. They did not respond to questions about whether his status in the Senate came up in discussions with the White House.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), one of Burris' most vocal supporters, said after that Burris should have been present as any others were. Asked by RCP about a new push for a special election that would result in Burris being removed, Rush insisted that it would be too expensive for the state, and was not necessary.
"I think Sen. Burris should not resign," Rush said. "He did not do anything inappropriate, he did not do anything arrestable, he did not do anything indictable."
Parties Ponder Burris’ Future - CQ Politics

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ore trouble for Roland Burris? - First Read

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