From the daily archives: Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Mitt Romney tends to avoid talking about his Mormon faith- but he knows he can always count on it to help raise some much-needed campaign cash.

And so Mitt Roney visited Boise, Idaho today- not because of the state’s small number of electoral votes (4)- but because of Idaho’s large (14%) Mormon population, Boise’s large (4.8 acre, 35,325 square foot) Mormon temple and, more than anything else, because of the buckets of cash-money his campaign will receive from other LDS members on this, his third visit to Idaho since June.

Stay tuned for more visits by Romney to other […]

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Kenny is everywhere lately!

Just today he joined the homophobic, ultra-conservative Family Research Council as a “Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment” – because what an ’empowered family’ needs is not love or access to health care or help paying for education. No, what an ’empowered family’ needs some twit like Ken Blackwell to “stand and fight for preserving marriage and defending the unborn” with an “unwavering commitment to tax relief and conservative fiscal policies”.

It’s almost like he is running for office again…

Ken Blackwell Joins FRC as Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment

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After Strickland’s State of the State speech, ONN’s crack political reporters were on the scene at the State House to find out what people like State Senator Kevin Coughlin thought of the speech.

Not suprisingly, Mr. Coughlin hated the school voucher cut and the proposal to eliminate for-profit schools- what he calls the ‘proposal to eliminate school choice’.

He claims to be puzzled by the choice since most of the people who benefit from the vouchers are “inner city … african american families” aka: Strickland’s “own constituencies”. (what is he saying? Blacks only vote for Democrats?) Which, […]

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Strickland’s SotS address

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I have to be honest, I had tempered my expectations going in… and Strickland blew me out of the water. Belt-tightening in excess of Blackwell’s ridiculous spending cap nonsense, a freeze on college tuition, and a real focus on improving the lot of Ohioans living in the bottom half. In addition to killing the voucher program, he’s increasing the state’s funding of schools while cutting property taxes, targeting increases to troubled districts, and dramatically increasing accountability. Lots of excellent stuff about education.

Then there is health care. I wish I took notes, or fisked the speech live, but bottom line […]

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Ted Strickland was getting a bunch of standing ovations from the entire audience.

The Republicans seemed to love the talk about cutting the budget- until he announced he was cutting the EdChoice Program (school vouchers) from his budget.

That got a bunch of woo-hoos from the Democrats in the room- and sad looks from the Republicans.

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This is Ted Strickland’s week. It started with a huge, front-page article in the dispatch on Sunday- and it’s only going to get better with today’s State of the State speech and tomorrow’s budget release.

Given the previous administration’s support for the status quo- I’m sure Strickland’s budget is going to seem like a breath of fresh air to some- and hurricane force winds to the entrenched bozos on the right.

You can watch today’s 12:00pm speech live on ONN or at http://www.ohiochannel.org/.

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