From the daily archives: Thursday, January 11, 2007

William Todd is rumored to be planning a run against Mayor Michael B. Coleman.
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It’s guys like this that make people hate all lawyers.

For example: Todd is/was the lawyer for Common Sense Ohio? the shady non-profit that ran attack ads against Ted Strickland during the recent Governor’s race but ?refused to release contributor names.
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At the same time- he was volunteering for the Blackwell campaign.
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Keep your eye on this one, kids, he’s one slimy motherfucker and he’s coming to?YOUR town.?

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On. A. Roll.

Lawmakers voted 253 to 174 to expand federal funding for stem-cell research using discarded human embryos.

It’s not veto-proof, but at least it’s the legislature forcing Bush into politically untenable positions. Thomas.LOC.gov does not have the roll call posted yet, so I can’t report how Ohio’s representatives voted.

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Drums of War

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Glenn Greenwald (and many others) point out that it appears to be more than a missed opportunity for diplomacy – it looks as if Bush has started to beat the drums of war.

He accused the Iranian government of ?providing material support for attacks on American troops? and vowed to ?seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies.? But those networks are located in Iran, which means that search and destroy missions on such networks would necessarily include some incursion into Iranian territory, whether by air or ground.

Hours before the speech, […]

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The minimum wage bill passed yesterday by an even wider margin than the national security bill, 315-116, with 80 Republicans voting with the Democrats.

The House of Representatives voted yesterday to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.25 by 2009, giving millions of poor Americans their best prospects in a decade to earn higher standards of living.

The legislation, which passed 315-116 with support from more than 80 Republicans, doesn?t include tax relief for small businesses, which President Bush says must be a part of any increase he signs.

The bill would raise the wage […]

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George Bush’s missed opportunity

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In last night’s speech, President Bush escalated his threats towards Iran.

Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity and stabilizing the region in the face of extremist challenges. This begins with addressing Iran and Syria.

These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We’ll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our […]

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Ohio State vs. Politics

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First it was the recount in Ohio’s 15th?
“The Franklin County Board of Elections could have certified the results earlier, but chose instead to wait until after the Big Ten championship football game between Ohio State and the University of Michigan.”

Ok- fine.? It might be hard to get a bunch of election workers to show up on game day.

Then it was Strickland’s inauguration?
“Strickland postponed the public celebration a week to avoid competing with Ohio State University’s bid for a national football championship that day.”

This is pushing […]

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