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Governors in the Industrial Heartland. Formal and Informal Powers & The Case of Ron Blagojevich. Source: Beyle Ratings. 5 = 4 year term, no term limits 4 = 4 year term, only 2 terms (8 years total). Source: Beyle Ratings.

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Governors in the industrial heartland

Governors in the Industrial Heartland

Formal and Informal Powers & The Case of Ron Blagojevich


Governors in the industrial heartland

Source: Beyle Ratings


Governors in the industrial heartland

5 = 4 year term, no term limits

4 = 4 year term, only 2 terms (8 years total)

Source: Beyle Ratings


Governors in the industrial heartland

5 = gov. appoints, no approval 2 = appointed, gov+ approves

4 = gov. appoints, approval needed 1 = appointed, no gov approves

3 = appointed, gov approves

Source: Beyle Ratings


Governors in the industrial heartland

5 = item veto, supermajority needed to override

2 = no item veto, supermajority needed to override

Source: Beyle Ratings


Governors in the industrial heartland

3 = governor has full responsibility, legislature has unlimited power to change

Source: Beyle Ratings


Governors in the industrial heartland

  • Governor since 2005

  • Director, OMB: 2001 - 2003

  • Governor since 2003

  • US House of Representatives (IL-5): 1997 - 2003

Daniels (IN)

Blagojevich (IL)

  • Governor since 2003

  • Mayor of Philadelphia: 1992 - 2000

  • Governor since 2007

  • US House of Representatives (OH-6): 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 2007

Strickland (OH)

Rendell (PA)


Governors in the industrial heartland

House: 57% Dem

Senate: 63% Dem

House: 49% GOP

Senate: 66% GOP

Daniels (IN)

Blagojevich (IL)

House: 54% Dem

Senate: 36% Dem

House: 50% Dem

Senate: 36% Dem

Strickland (OH)

Rendell (PA)


Governors in the industrial heartland

  • 2004 Election

  • Daniels (R) 53%

  • Kernan (D) 46%

  • 2006 Election

  • Blagojevich (D) 50%

  • Baar Topinka (R) 40%

  • Whitney (G) 10%

Daniels (IN)

Blagojevich (IL)

  • 2006 Election

  • Strickland (D) 60%

  • Blackwell (R) 39%

  • 2006 Election

  • Rendell (D) 60%

  • Swann (R) 40%

Strickland (OH)

Rendell (PA)


Governors in the industrial heartland

Daniels (IN)

Blagojevich (IL)

Strickland (OH)

Rendell (PA)

Source: SurveyUSA (Nov 2006)


Ron blagojevich priorities

Ron Blagojevich - Priorities

  • Veterans Care program for health care for low-income veterans & other health care plans

  • Capital Construction Plan to create 230,000 jobs

  • College tuition tax credit ($1000 per student)

  • Other smaller programs

Source: 2006 State of State Address


Blagojevich s powers

Blagojevich’s Powers

  • Formal powers may exist, but very self-inflicted limited informal powers

  • Corruption

    • Jobs for contributions

      • $1500 birthday check

      • $25,000 club

    • Rezko

  • Alienated self from legislators, few friends

  • Impeachment, recall movements

  • Appointment of new Senator


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