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Wednesday Weirdness III: GOP’s Scott Brown wins Massachusetts Senate seat

Democrats are stunned at the defeat of Martha Coakley in Massachusetts last night, people have a strange and peculiar way of voting against their own best interests once again.

LA Times- Reporting from Los Angeles and Boston – In a stunning blow to Democrats, Republican Scott Brown on Tuesday seized the Massachusetts Senate seat once held by Edward M. Kennedy, handing the GOP the crucial vote that could thwart President Obama’s far-reaching agenda, beginning with healthcare reform.

More broadly, Brown’s epic upset signals the start of what could be an exceedingly tough year nationwide for Democrats, who are fighting to hang on to their majorities in the House and Senate in a political climate that seems to grow more hostile by the day.

“The effort to pass Obama’s legislative agenda has grown more difficult, a flood of new Democratic congressional retirements may follow, and Republicans will certainly feel emboldened to expand their list of Democratic targets for the fall election,” said Rhodes Cook, an independent campaign analyst.

With 99% of the vote counted, Brown, a state senator, was leading Democratic state Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley 52% to 47% — a lopsidedness that only added to the humiliation for Democrats, who held the seat for well over half a century.

The scene Tuesday night at Brown’s victory party in Boston was exultant. Shouts of “Shock the World” and “Yes, We Can” — Obama’s campaign rallying cry — rang through the packed ballroom at the historic Park Plaza Hotel.

“Tonight, the independent voice of Massachusetts has spoken,” Brown told the cheering crowd. “This will be the beginning of an election year filled with many surprises. When there’s trouble in Massachusetts, rest assured there’s trouble everywhere.”

The most immediate problem for Democrats is keeping alive Obama’s attempt at a healthcare overhaul — something Kennedy called “the cause of my life.”

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Blagojevich makes appointment to Obama Senate seat

By Kevin Bogardus
Leading the News- the Hill

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to appoint former state Attorney General Roland Burris to the Senate seat of President-elect Obama, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The announcement could provoke a fight with Senate Democratic leaders, who have warned they would seat no one to the Senate appointed by Blagojevich.

An official announcement is expected at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday. Burris, 71 and African-American, is a former state comptroller and attorney general of Illinois. He also was Blagojevich’s Democratic primary opponent in the 2002 governor’s race.

Burris was not on the list of preferred candidates that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s White House chief of staff, sent over to Blagojevich’s staff. However, Obama endorsed Burris in his primary battle with Blagojevich.

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>Blagojevich makes appointment to Obama Senate seat

>By Kevin Bogardus
Leading the News- the Hill

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich plans to appoint former state Attorney General Roland Burris to the Senate seat of President-elect Obama, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The announcement could provoke a fight with Senate Democratic leaders, who have warned they would seat no one to the Senate appointed by Blagojevich.

An official announcement is expected at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday. Burris, 71 and African-American, is a former state comptroller and attorney general of Illinois. He also was Blagojevich’s Democratic primary opponent in the 2002 governor’s race.

Burris was not on the list of preferred candidates that Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s White House chief of staff, sent over to Blagojevich’s staff. However, Obama endorsed Burris in his primary battle with Blagojevich.

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Is Newark Mayor Cory Booker Corrupt?

Is it a crime to be the Mayor of Newark and if so does that make Cory Booker corrupt? Politicker.com’s Editor, James W. Pindell seems to be eluding to just that. 

In a column posted yesterday by Mr. Pindell titled The most corrupt political office in America: Illinois Governor, he tries to explain the history of corruption that has plagued the governorship of Illinois. If current Gov. Rod Blagojevich goes to jail for trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant senate seat, then he will be the fourth Governor of Illinois to have been convicted of a crime and sent to jail in the past forty years. 
However, in trying to explain the history of corruption in Illinois, Pindell adds this throw-away line: 
“But this is political story that goes beyond just Blagojevich. Along with the position of Newark, New Jersey mayor the seat of Illinois Governor may be the most corrupt office in America.”
In the past, I know that a few of Newark’s mayors have been somewhat ethically challenged ( James, Gibson, Imperiale…), but to add this line just to emphasize or compare Newark’s Mayors to Illinois’s Governors is grossly unfair to Cory Booker, who by all accounts, is doing a fantastic job straightening out the problems in Newark.
I would also like to point out that Mr. Booker, as the current occupant of the Newark Mayor’s office has had no hint of scandal or corruption. 
I think that Mr. Pindell, in the future should be a little more careful with his throw-away lines. one (or two,or three) bad apples don’t spoil the whole bushel.    

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>Is Newark Mayor Cory Booker Corrupt?

>Is it a crime to be the Mayor of Newark and if so does that make Cory Booker corrupt? Politicker.com’s Editor, James W. Pindell seems to be eluding to just that. 

In a column posted yesterday by Mr. Pindell titled The most corrupt political office in America: Illinois Governor, he tries to explain the history of corruption that has plagued the governorship of Illinois. If current Gov. Rod Blagojevich goes to jail for trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant senate seat, then he will be the fourth Governor of Illinois to have been convicted of a crime and sent to jail in the past forty years. 
However, in trying to explain the history of corruption in Illinois, Pindell adds this throw-away line: 
“But this is political story that goes beyond just Blagojevich. Along with the position of Newark, New Jersey mayor the seat of Illinois Governor may be the most corrupt office in America.”
In the past, I know that a few of Newark’s mayors have been somewhat ethically challenged ( James, Gibson, Imperiale…), but to add this line just to emphasize or compare Newark’s Mayors to Illinois’s Governors is grossly unfair to Cory Booker, who by all accounts, is doing a fantastic job straightening out the problems in Newark.
I would also like to point out that Mr. Booker, as the current occupant of the Newark Mayor’s office has had no hint of scandal or corruption. 
I think that Mr. Pindell, in the future should be a little more careful with his throw-away lines. one (or two,or three) bad apples don’t spoil the whole bushel.    

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