TAKING NAMES – Rod Blogojevich


Blagojevich accused of ‘moral turpitude’ at hearing on his law license: “In a 90-minute hearing, attorneys for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission took a three-member panel that will decide the status of Blagojevich’s license through his worst hits as governor, including his convictions for attempting to sell a U.S. Senate seat, shaking down the CEO of a children’s hospital for campaign cash and lying to the FBI,” by Tribune’s Jason Meisner.

INSIDE BLAGO’S CLEMENCY CAMPAIGN, by WSJ’s Jess Bravin: “Rod Blagojevich’s release from federal prison last week culminated a nearly two-year campaign to put the once-prominent Democrat’s case on President Trump’s agenda, orchestrated by a volunteer adviser who once worked for the former Illinois governor’s political opponents. …

“[Mark] Vargas helped get Mr. Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, onto Fox News Channel shows likely to be seen by Mr. Trump. He enlisted the aid of a former National Rifle Association president, David Keene, the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and one of his legal advisers, Alan Dershowitz. He wrote newspaper columns accusing federal prosecutors of excess and sent them to people in the president’s circle.

“But people close to the president say it was Mr. Vargas’s successful effort to enlist support from African-American leaders — notably the Rev. Jesse Jackson — that made the difference.”

Adding my own notes/thoughts:

Black Illinois Dems cheer Blagojevich’s freedom, still shun Trump

“Everyone knows 14 years was way beyond the sentencing norms,” said Delmarie Cobb, a longtime political operative who served as Hillary Clinton’s Illinois press secretary in 2016 and worked on Jackson’s 1988 presidential campaign.

Jackson’s team declined to comment Tuesday, but Democratic state Rep. Kam Buckner was among those to praise Blagojevich’s release while slamming Trump.

Blagojevich, a Democrat, was convicted in 2011 by a federal jury on more than a dozen counts, including an attempt to sell the Senate seat vacated when Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, and was often used to lampoon the machine politics the state has long been known for. But Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has internally championed pardons and commutations, reportedly suggested pardoning Blagojevich would appeal to Democrats.

Biden looks beyond Super Tuesday with Illinois endorsements

Biden looks beyond Super Tuesday with Illinois endorsements


FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: On the heels of a good debate showing, former Vice President JOE BIDEN has announced a big slate of political endorsements from Illinois. 

Among them are former Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin, Tusk Philanthropies President Sheila Nix (who was chief of staff to Dr. Jill Biden), state Sen. and Assistant Majority Leader Iris Martinez,Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering (a previous Kamala Harris backer), and dozens of aldermen, state lawmakers, mayors and other political leaders. Full list here

Just a bragging bundler for now, but something to keep in mind

Wisconsin Now Conducting Tests for COVID-19 Virus

The test being performed at the State Lab and the City of Milwaukee Health Department lab is the redesigned CDC test that has FDA Emergency Use Authorization. Test performance has been verified in both labs. — Read on www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/030220.htm

Video Link: COVID-19 Briefing 3/2/2020

From left to right on the screen, you’ll see: • Jeanne Ayers, State Health Officer • Dr. Allen Bateman, Assistant Director of the Communicable Disease Division at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene at the University of Wisconsin- Madison • Tom Haupt, Respiratory Disease Epidemiologist / Influenza Surveillance Coordinator

Florida man in China describes life under coronavirus quarantine

“I had a student in Wuhan at the moment and her topic was about the virus. It was very chilling and sad,” Carver said. “She was telling me about the families that were affected. There would be a family member with a cough and they wouldn’t be able to see them anymore. Instead, they would get a letter saying that if the relative was going to (die), they would be able to get the ashes later. There was no final goodbye,” he said.

“I thought about how hard that would be, to be sick and go through that experience alone, dying alone. I was almost in tears,” he said.
— Read on www.palmbeachpost.com/zz/news/20200228/florida-man-in-china-describes-life-under-coronavirus-quarantine

True or added in as sob story?! I just can’t imagine this in a country that values family and it’s in their constitution!?

Chris Matthews retires from MSNBC, cites comments to women

In her first-person story, journalist Laura Bassett said Matthews behaved inappropriately toward her when she was guest on his show.

“In 2016, right before I had to go on his show and talk about sexual-assault allegations against Donald Trump, Matthews looked over at me in the makeup chair next to him and said, ‘Why haven’t I fallen in love with you yet?’ When I laughed nervously and said nothing, he followed up to the makeup artist. ‘Keep putting makeup on her, I’ll fall in love with her,’” Bassett wrote. “Another time, he stood between me and the mirror and complimented the red dress I was wearing for the segment. ‘You going out tonight?’ he asked.”

Bassett said she written about the encounter in a 2017 essay but didn’t name Matthews because she was afraid of network retaliation, adding, “I’m not anymore.”
— Read on abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/chris-matthews-retires-msnbc-cites-comments-women-69346599

He Sued Chevron and Won. Now He’s Under House Arrest.

Activist groups condemn Chevron’s long-term strategy to “demonize Donziger” (as phrased in a 2009 company memo) but say Kaplan’s treatment of Donziger is more alarming. Kaplan’s rulings appear by design to send a chilling message to human rights lawyers: You could be disbarred, bankrupted—even thrown into jail—for challenging powerful corporate interests.
— Read on inthesetimes.com/article/22307/held-political-prisoner-by-chevron-stevendonziger-humanrights-housearrest