From the daily archives: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I absolutely love the story that has been unfolding about the battle between Governor Strickland and the Indian commerce secretary. It not only serves as a glaring example of the differences between the Governor and John Kasich, but it also provides a real opportunity for hardworking Ohioans to understand how the November ballot will impact their everyday lives.

In case you haven’t been following the drama, it goes something like this:

The Ohio Department of Development signs a contract with a Texas company to manage the rebate program for buying new energy-efficient appliances Governor Strickland, furious after finding out that […]

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Remember how three weeks ago Gallup showed the GOP up at a historical ten-point lead in the generic Congressional ballot?  Remember all the conservatives and the media touting it as our party’s obituary.

Well, today, Gallup showed us at a statistically insignificant—but political significant—one-point lead on the generic Congressional ballot.

And as Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo (TPM) notes, it’s not just Gallup showing a Democratic resurgence.  Four other polls in the last week have shown a Democratic lead on the generic Congressional ballot.

It’s showing both a Democratic uptick and a Republican downtick.

Nate […]

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When Richard Cordray released his first ad, DeWine attacked Cordray for going “negative” by… mentioning DeWine’s decades in Congress:

“It is telling that Richard Cordray decided to go negative in his first television advertisement,” DeWine said.

DeWine is up with his first television ad… Guess what he did?  Yep, attacked Cordray.

But at least Mike DeWine got his first law enforcement endorsement.

Too bad it’s his own daughter.

DeWine’s ad also falsely creates the impression that he’s been endorsed by law enforcement and the Columbus Dispatch.  DeWine’s campaign against corruption?  Nonexistent.  Where was Mike DeWine during Coingate? Jack […]

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All year, John Kasich and the RGA has teamed up in what was—of course—a completely non-coordinated ad strategy.  Kasich could run positive ads as the RGA did his dirty work running one negative ad after another.  John Kasich has routinely claimed that he is not running against Ted Strickland.  Too bad John Kasich’s ad suggests otherwise now.

If the Kasich campaign believed this ad strategy truly worked so well that they were now sitting on a ten to seventeen point lead, as the Carpetblogger believes, then it makes absolutely little sense for the Kasich campaign to suddenly change gears and […]

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Hilarious.  (h/t Scene.)

The 2,600-word literary adventure goes on to say that Neiheiser is not concerned about proclaiming his guilt or innocence (though innocence is a recurring theme), but in venting a few things that have been bothering him of late — most notably how federal investigators are prying eggheads who are making the county’s problems worse.

And how do they achieve this, you might ask? By tearing down the very system of commerce our great nation was built upon, says Neiheiser.

Imagine, a teabagger in bed with Ed Fitzgerald….rock on.

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If I didn’t actually see video, I’d swear that John Kasich was a fictional character I created in my head to lampoon and satirize the modern Republican.

I’ve already written one example of Kasich’s buffoonery this morning.  Unfortunately, the Kasich interview in today’s Cincinnati Enquirer is filled with other examples.

John Kasich is the first candidate for Governor (except for Ken Blackwell) who has refused to release his tax forms.  He’s proposed privatizing the State of Ohio’s Development Department and replacing it with a corporation he could appoint and pay his corporate cronies secret undisclosed bonuses.

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Scene is reporting that sources tell them Mason is about to resign over involvement in the federal corruption investigation.

according to sources with close ties to county politics. Mason is expected to resign by the second week of October, the sources say. Federal charges against him are expected within the next two months.

“There’s a reason why they’re not included [in the federal indictments] at this point,” says one of the sources, who spoke with Scene on condition of anonymity. “They’re collecting more information.”

ResignationPalooza is back on!  You’ll recall that we at Plunderbund reported an imminent Mason resignation […]

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I got an email in my inbox this morning from the Buckeye Firearms Association with the rather blunt subject “Obama reveals anti-gun U.N. intent”. Why the alarmism? Because Obama announced his intent to appoint Greg Nickels as an alternate representative to the United Nations.

Why is that a problem? Apparently because Nickels was a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. (The largest firearms retailer in the nation, Wal-Mart, has voluntarily undertaken some of the suggestions of MAIG to try and “help ensure that guns do not fall into the wrong hands”, and many of the MAIG recommendations are […]

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From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

"You know all that nice space we have in the rest areas on the interstates?,” Kasich said. "Why aren’t we leasing them to Bob Evans?" But a 1956 federal law bars restaurants from rest areas built after 1960, a law designed to protect restaurants at exits.

John Kasich is going to hold a fire sale of State property to pay for his sacred cow of tax tax repeals.

I’ll give Kasich credit.  Throughout the debate, he said he’d get the “special interests’ snouts out of the public trough,” and it looks like he plans […]

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