From the monthly archives: July 2007

This guy is unreal.

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EOG magazine has done some grading of Congressmen For and Against Online Gambling. “The higher the letter grade, such as an A+, the more favorable the candidate is towards online gambling.”

Here’s how some of Ohio’s Representatives did:

Tim Ryan [D]: A
Dennis Kucinich [D] and Pat Tiberi [R]: A-
Stephanie Tubbs Jones [D]: B
Steven Chabot [R], David Hobson [R] and Ralph Regula [R]: F*
John Boehner [R] and Paul Gillmor [R]: F

And here’s what I don’t understand: how can someone like John Boehner, with a strong pro-business reputation, take such a […]

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If you thought David Brennan was only trying to influence Ohio politicians, think again.

Brennan’s White Hat Management group, an Akron-based, for-profit charter school company, “currently operates schools in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania” and is building schools in “Texas, New Mexico, Indiana, New York and other states across the US.”

And it looks like he’s trying to use campaign contributions to influence politicians in those states just like he’s been doing in Ohio.

According to an article in today’s Denver Post:

A liberal activist group on Monday accused Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob […]

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There’s been a lot of talking about Strickland being a possible running mate for one of the Democratic candidates and an article in yesterday’s Washington Post does a good job explaining why:

Among Democrats, Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio is starting to generate some buzz. Hardly a surprise, since Ohio will be a hugely important swing state in 2008. But check out these other vital statistics about Strickland. He’s the son of a steelworker. He’s a former Methodist minister. He has cut taxes. As a House member, he earned an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. But he […]

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The Plain Dealer ran a ridiculous editorial piece on Sunday accusing the Strickland administration of “siphoning … millions for pet projects” because they are using Third Frontier money for the broadband initiative Strickland promised to voters during the campaign.

I was just getting up the energy to write about it when I read Bill Callahan’s post on the topic. He covers everything I was going to say and more…

Third Frontier Broadband Money: What We Voted For

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PBS provides evidence of the GOP fixing the election here in Ohio. Of course, this will be ignored because of “media bias”.

Was there a White House plot to illegally suppress votes in 2004? Is there a similar plan for the upcoming elections? This week NOW examines documents and evidence that points to a Republican Party plan designed to keep Democrats from voting, allegedly by targeting people based on their race and ethnicity with key battleground states like Ohio and Florida of particular interest. “It was a partisan, discriminatory attempt to challenge voters of color,” Eddie Hailes, a senior […]

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So it turns out that Rudy and Mitt are pulling out of the planned YouTube/CNN Republican Debate.

So much for the questions that I was planning to submit.

For example:

Mr. Giuliani: Which of the current democratic candidates do you believe hates america most?

and…

Mr. Romney: Given than you want to make abortion illegal, how long do you think a woman having an abortion should spend in prison?

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I was never a big John Mayer fan in the past, but I absolutely love this song. And if it offends you, you suck.

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I saw this on CNN the other day. Watch it a couple of times- it gets more funny each time…

So what do YOU think… Is the reporter squatting down for some reason? Is he sitting on a sinking chair? Did the camera guy just get lazy?

Not sure. But it’s still pretty funny.

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Give it up for Governor Strickland, folks. More internet access means more blog readers…

Governor Establishes Broadband Ohio Network To Expand High Speed Internet Access in Ohio

In order to coordinate and expand access to the state?s broadband data network, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has signed an executive order establishing the Ohio Broadband Council and the Broadband Ohio Network.

The order directs the Ohio Broadband Council to coordinate efforts to extend access to the Broadband Ohio Network to every county in Ohio. And the order allows public and private entities to tap into the Broadband Ohio Network ? […]

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When I finally got close to the front of the line at my polling place in 2004, a pollworker told me to cover my T-shirt. It had the words “Vote Explosion” on it.

Seeing as I had nothing to cover it with and had just spent 3 hours in line, I politely pointed out that there was no partisanship expressed by the shirt. Vote Explosion was just a loose group of friends registering folks to vote at rock shows. She replied that they were trying to avoid even the slightest possible implication of impropriety.

OK, fair enough. Polling places are supposed to be inner sanctums of nonpartisanhip. Neither voters nor pollworkers may wear political shirts, stickers, or buttons within a 100 foot radius. Although the words “Vote Explosion” aren’t explicitly partisan, neither are the words “Eagle Forum” or “MoveOn.” I think it was a wise move to err on the side of overzealousness, and simply prohibit T-shirts bearing all of the above.

The guy behind me in line loaned me his sweatshirt, and I was able to step forth to express my partisanship in the privacy of the voting booth. As an ongoing tribute of thanks to sweatshirt guy, ever since that day I’ve stowed an extra large, plain T-shirt in my purse whenever I go to vote – just in case a fellow voter is asked to cover up.

Until I read Monday’s Columbus Dispatch, it had never occurred to me that I might someday want to offer my spare shirt to a pollworker.

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