From the daily archives: Thursday, January 21, 2010

The first denial anyone has ever heard regarding the rampant rumors that Bill Mason is about to resign comes from one of his former prosecutors, Lakewood Mayor Ed Fitzgerald, currently running for County Executive.

I ran into Fitzgerald at a taping for Bob Conklin’s show on Time Warner local access, In The Spotlight, where I appear as a panelist with the PD’s Henry Gomez (!!!). ?Fitzgerald was Conklin’s first interview, and on his way out of the studio, I asked him if he planned to run for prosecutor when Bill Mason resigns. Fitzgerald laughed, hard, then paused, then said […]

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I know this is not really local, and not really national either, but I think it’s important to understand the nuances of local/regional elections, and how they effect national politics, and even what they “mean” to other local/regional elections.

So, I mentioned yesterday that Evan Bayh is a fucking idiot, and showed why the Mass Senate election wasn’t a referendum on national health care – at least not in the way Bayh thought it was. I have more evidence, and it’s in the campaign message Scott Brown delivered during the race:

While many are describing the election to […]

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Game Over. Corporations Win.

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Stunning development in campaign finance laws. We are now of, by, and for the corporations folks. Simple as that:

Sweeping aside a century-old understanding and overruling two important precedents, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.

5-4 along expected partisan ideological lines.

I understand this also applies to labor unions and other groups, but you don’t have to be a day trader to know that corporations will clean the clocks of labor unions in tossing money at races.

Game. Set. Match. You got […]

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Ohio’s two Democratic U.S. Senate candidates – Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner – shared the stage at a forum here Wednesday night, but the 90-minute session had the feel of separate events.

And of course, Lee’s campaign arm….er….I mean the Hamilton County Women’s Democratic Caucus, parroted Lee’s own talking points verbatim.

“I want to remind you – this is not a debate,” Quinlivan said. “Repeat after me – this is not a debate.”

On the internets, we call that a ROFLMAO. ?Lee’s first priority was to keep Jennifer Brunner from filing, that happened […]

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One example stands out in stark relief. County Prosecutor Bill Mason wrote his own office into the new charter as the sole remaining elected county office. It?s a rare post-soviet dictator who is so shameless as to write his own office into perpetuity. That the PD uttered not one peep of protest at this blatantly undemocratic power grab is simply stunning.

Mason, perhaps the single most driving force behind Issue 6 other than the PD, is so compromised he is now widely rumored to be resigning in laughable flight from a government he claimed he had just ?reformed? […]

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