- The Washington Times - Monday, September 20, 2010

SUPREME COURT

Court denies Burris’ request to stop election

The Supreme Court says it won’t stop a special election for President Obama’s old Senate seat that leaves out current Illinois Sen. Roland Burris.

Mr. Burris earlier this month asked the high court to block plans for a special Senate election that would exclude him.


The election will decide who serves the final two months of the term that began when Mr. Obama entered the Senate in 2005.

Mr. Burris argued that the federal courts overstepped their authority by declaring that the candidates would be the same people running for the new Senate term. It meant that Mr. Burris, who is not seeking another term, couldn’t run. He would leave office soon after Nov. 2 instead of serving until January.

The Supreme Court refused to intervene.

GOP

Groups allied to boost funds

New freedom-from-fundraising restrictions established by the Supreme Court are paying off for at least some Republican-allied groups.

Two affiliated groups led by a blue-chip cast of Washington Republican strategists have raised a combined $32 million, creating a parallel and unofficial Republican campaign to defeat Democrats in November.

American Crossroads and its political sibling, Crossroads GPS, raised about $14.5 million in the 30-day period that ended yesterday. It’s seen as a signal that their aggressive advertising and voter outreach in key Senate battleground states have struck a chord with Republican donors.

The two groups were launched under the direction of two of President George W. Bush’s top political advisers, Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, who still serve as informal advisers.

ILLINOIS

Kirk calls halt to big bailout

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