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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

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5 = 4 year term, no term limits

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

Source: Beyle Ratings

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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

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5 = item veto, supermajority needed to override

2 = no item veto, supermajority needed to override

Source: Beyle Ratings

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

Source: Beyle Ratings

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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