From the daily archives: Tuesday, August 21, 2007

From yesterday’s Cinci Enquirer blog:

Two women convicted of falsifying election petitions to meet quotas for bonuses were put on probation and ordered to do 200 hours of community service, but a judge said they were minor players in a much larger ?mean-spirited campaign.?

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman reiterated Monday what he said last month when Lois Mingo and Precilla Ward pleaded guilty to charges of election falsification: that State Rep. Tom Brinkman, who headed up the petition drive for the unsuccessful effort last year to repeal the city?s gay rights ordinance, should be charged.

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Secret Ballots are for Wimps

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Another problem has been discovered with Ohio’s wonderful voting process:

Ohio law permits anyone to walk into a county election office and obtain two crucial documents: a list of voters in the order they voted, and a time-stamped list of the actual votes. “We simply take the two pieces of paper together, merge them, and then we have which voter voted and in which way,” said James Moyer, a longtime privacy activist and poll worker who lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Moyer and fellow activist Jim Cropcho tested this by dropping by the election office of Delaware […]

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punching bag for the Ohio liberal blogosphere, Dennis Kucinich.

No, really. An online poll allows people to support/oppose issues, and weight how important the issues are, and then it tells you how closely each candidate matches your views, and Kucinich is running away with it.

Yes, it’s a self-selecting online poll. No, it’s not scientific. Despite that, it is interesting. I would love to see a similar methodology applied to a scientifically rigorous sampling. My suspicion is that liberal candidates would do quite well.

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I’m not against Concealed Carry laws in principle. I actually kind of like Ohio’s law since it requires applicants to take a firearms safety course and submit to a background check.

But there are just some places guns don’t belong. For example: bars, churches and especially schools.

I know there are SOME people out there who want to carry their guns everywhere- including bars, churches and especially schools.

These same people probably consider homeschooling their children to protect them from school violence. (added bonus: this also helps protect their children from other dangers like learning about evolution and having to […]

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Amongst all the bleating from the right over out “totally radical” economy, the “average” American is treading water.

“Americans earned a smaller average income in 2005 than in 2000, the fifth consecutive year that they had to make ends meet with less money than at the peak of the last economic expansion, new government data shows.

While incomes have been on the rise since 2002, the average income in 2005 was $55,238, still nearly 1 percent less than the $55,714 in 2000, after adjusting for inflation, analysis of new tax statistics show.

The combined income of […]

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