From the daily archives: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Back in December I slammed Green Party Candidate Dennis Spisak for using his diary over at Progress Ohio as a campaign blog and for using campaign staffers to write strange, barely relevant, often-ranting and more-often-untrue blog posts about Governor Strickland.

I now know that I was completely wrong. And I am very sorry about my mistake.

Yes, the diary still exists. Sure, the crazy posting still continues. But I now know for sure that this crap wasn’t written by campaign staffers.

The sad but true fact is that Dennis Spisak wrote it all himself and I whole-heartedly apologize […]

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Sure, the very week that Plunderbund becomes the #1 Most Influential blog in Ohio BlogNetNews breaks. I figure we either broke it or they are hurriedly trying to reconfigure the algorithm to ensure something like this is not allowed to ever happen again. 🙂

Maybe I’ll give Dave Mastio a holler and see what’s up.

Update: Upon further digging it looks like we didn’t break it, it died. Founder Dave Mastio’s FB status: “I think blognetnews is gone for good, or at least until the economy picks back up again.”

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With defenders like these, Congressman John Kasich doesn’t need detractors.

State Representative Bill Coley (R-West Chester) today wrote a “guest column” that attempted to refute the Dayton Daily News editorial that discussed Kasich’s “dirty little secret” that he had virtually little to do with any budget surpluses in the 1990s but being in the right place at the right time.

However, in trying to refute the editorial’s point that Clinton’s tax increases on corporations and top earners didn’t harm the economy as Kasich and the GOP boldly predicted, but instead started the increase in revenues that […]

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Before he had even filed the FEC report due tomorrow, in March, Rob Portman had received more money from D.C. lobbyist than any other Republican running for federal office this year. 

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rob Portman has done what no other non-incumbent has done—been one of the top recipients of  lobbyist donations running for Congress. 

Let me repeat that.

Rob Portman has accepted more lobbyist money than Speaker Pelosi or John Boehner.

No wonder they call him “Mr. Washington.”

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Yesterday, the Buckeye Firearms Association announced that they were endorsing Jon Husted for Secretary of State and announced today an endorsement for Josh Mandel for State Treasurer.  Amazingly, not a single conservative blog in Ohio, let alone a media outlet, has reported this yet.

Mandel’s campaign hasn’t even mentioned the endorsement on its website or Twitter, but Husted has it listed on his campaign website and Twitter.

In its endorsement, the Buckeye Firearms Association compared former House Speaker Husted’s quick vote (within three hours) to override then-Governor Bob Taft’s veto of bill that ultimately created the […]

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Yesterday, Jon Keeling (R-VA) and all around Kasich shill, attempted to claim that the agreement between the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Humane Society of the United States was a clear and present threat to Obie, the Massillon Tiger mascot, a high school football tradition for over forty years.

The folks at the Humane Society have stood up and said — and I paraphrase here — “It belongs in a museum, or, if available, a well-regulated exotic animal preserve.” Gov. Strickland has sided with them and will sign an executive order in the fall that will “stop the […]

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DNC Gives ODP Lots of Threes

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That’s lots of threes:

The next FEC report will show the following transfers in June: $666,666 to the DSCC, $666,666 to the DCCC, $333,333 to the Ohio Democratic Party, and $333,333 to the Florida Democratic Party. These sort of numbers could potentially drive Sarah Palin and Iron Maiden fans mad.

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The Columbus Dispatch’s Daily Briefing blog shows just how twisted the NRCC has to get to attack Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy’s role in passing comprehensive Wall Street reform passed:

The committee, which backs Republican challenger Steve Stivers, said provisions in the bill will benefit trial lawyers and unions, which happen to be among Kilroy’s most stalwart financial supporters.

Lawyers will benefit from lawsuits that result from disputes over “ambiguous language” in the bill as well as provisions that allow whistleblowers to be anonymous and hire lawyers to represent them, the GOP committee said.

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And lives up to his show’s self-billing by taking on Fox News’ crown jewel, Sarah Palin:

Bill O’Reilly gets her to admit that the 12 million undocumented immigrants are going to have to be given some process to obtain legal status to live and work in the United States.  Palin, though, opposes amnesty.

Jesus, there’s so much unbelievable stuff going on in this clip that I don’t have the breadcrumbs to find my way back.

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After Tim read  my post yesterday about Keeling’s rushed eagerness to push a poll in the Auditor’s race that was clearly questionable on its face, let alone when you did a cursory review of the pollster’s “credentials,”  Tim said something I hinted at the beginning of my post.  Yesterday’s post by Keeling was even hackish even for the Carpetblogger (I’d note that Matt Naugle and other conservative bloggers didn’t rush to tout this poll.)  So, Tim asked, why did Keeling?

I’ll tell you why.  Keeling, and by extension, Camp Kasich have been very nervous about the Auditor’s race.  […]

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