From the monthly archives: July 2006

(ht BSB) via Canton Rep:

Maybe this all is irrelevant. I don?t usually make political predictions this early, but I’ve been watching this race, and I think it is over. Unless he commits some enormous political blunder, Strickland wins with about 54 percent of the vote this November.

I’ve got about the same assessment. This Blackwell campaign has to be one of the biggest displays of junior varsity politics seen in the state in some time. We are looking at a B or even C side club. In fact, most Republican campaigns that matter are looking that way. […]

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Great session at B’palooza with George Nemeth. It’s fun to see these as I was busy with the Shiners. He makes some good points about the concept of MTB and the first year of it. Plus as a bonus, Anthony gets George to show off the kilt!

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Ohio: Senator Mike DeWine (R) joins a growing list of GOP incumbents who have fallen behind in their bid for re-election. Sherrod Brown (D) leads DeWine 44% to 42%. While that’s well within the margin of sampling error, it’s the second time in three polls that the Democrat has held the edge. It’s troubling for any incumbent to be at 42% in a summer poll. Data and Article Coming Later. Ted Strickland (D) continues to hold a double digit lead in the race for Governor.

Continues to be bad news for Rs. Wish the lead would widen in Senate race. […]

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This could be it. I might be going worldwide with this one. Via email earlier:


For Immediate Release


Who : Eric Vessels of

What : Video of Vessels dancing like a mad man at bloggapalooza 2006 on the barstools and along the back wall to the sounds of Ghetto Wisdom. This video is one of 21 video clips – 20 interviews and one shuffle – to be aired over the next week at blueohioan.

Where : Exclusively on

When : Video debuts at 9:30am, Monday, July 31st at

Go […]

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Late Night PlunderTV (video)

On July 30, 2006 By

A Perfect Circle – Imagine

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File this firmly under “WTF?”. Best example yet of Plunderdumb(tm) comes in this am via The Dispatch:

House speaker considers political blogs dangerous

Sunday, July 30, 2006 — Ohio House Speaker Jon A. Husted is no fan of political blogs.

“I believe they?re overrated in some respects,” the Kettering Republican said during a taping Friday of ONN?s Capitol Square. “In high-profile campaigns, this is a way for people to use third parties to get bad information out about your opponent.”

The fact that people are paying attention to the blogs, Husted said, “is undermining the campaign process in terms […]

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via email:

Democracy demands that we do all we can to avoid this “coming ballot meltdown.” So Blue 88 is helping to spearhead a voter protection effort with the Ohio Democratic Party. In the coming days, we will work hard to ensure that every qualified voter is able to cast a ballot that is counted properly. Please sign-up here to help with this critical work.

The most important thing we can do is prevent problems before they occur. And one of the most effective ways to do so is to help recruit new poll workers and help ensure that […]

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It appears so:

(Dispatch) Since Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell kicked his Republican gubernatorial campaign into high gear five months ago, his top lieutenant has assumed some of the key duties of the elected office.

Assistant Secretary of State Monty Lobb, not Blackwell, has signed all of the directives and advisories to county boards of elections sent from Blackwell?s office since March.

Ah, so here’s the strategy, er um, spin…(cough) bullshit (cough) on this one:

Blackwell also deemed the move prudent because, as the head of the Republican ticket this year, he wanted “a level of insulation” […]

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Remember that Matt Naugle video that was pulled? Well, I think Russell may have uncovered some footage from it. While it is not the entire thing, I think it is representative.

Take a look

– brought to you by the now famous plundercrew.

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Ohio GOP Collapse? Ruh Roh

On July 30, 2006 By

Ohio shaping up as a disaster area for the GOP, or so says Robert Novak:

Republican senators at last week’s Tuesday luncheon meeting were stunned by news from Ohio of the Columbus Dispatch poll showing Sen. Mike DeWine behind his Democratic challenger, Rep. Sherrod Brown, by 8 percentage points.

The GOP senators had taken for granted that Sens. Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania and Conrad Burns in Montana are in trouble for re-election. However, it was widely assumed in Washington that DeWine was in relatively good shape because Brown is too liberal for Ohio.

Ohio, long regarded as the national […]

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The first interview by Anthony is live and features Gloria Ferris. Look for more. I’m still absolutely blown away by the effort here and the professionalism. The setup was amazing and the use of hipcast is outstanding. Great job!

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