When Rick Neal saw the Ebola crisis unfolding in Liberia in late 2014, he knew what he had to do. After several difficult conversations with family and friends, Neal got on a flight to Africa. He spent a month volunteering with his former employer, the International Rescue Committee, to set up a 100-bed clinic in the capital city of Monrovia.
As Neal explains it, “When a crisis strikes, you ask yourself ‘what can I do?’”
The same thought process has now led Neal – a married father of 2 girls from Columbus – to run for Congress.
Neal is running […]Full Story... →
Over the next few day, hundreds of Ohioans will be mobilizing outside the offices of key members of Congress to encourage them to reach a solution to the fiscal cliff that preserves the tax cuts on the middle class, defends against draconian cuts to important programs and does so by asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more.
The more people that can participate the better. Members of Congress tend to wet their pants when they are confronted by more than six pissed off constituents at a time, so a healthy turnout at these events will help demonstrate that […]Full Story... →
I wish Nate Silver would do seminars teaching journalists how to report polls beyond just cutting and pasting the results.
Today, the Columbus Dispatch reported on a poll reported in the D.C. political paper, The Hill, which reportedly shows bank lobbyist Steve Stivers sitting on a nine-point lead over freshman Democratic Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy. Incidentially, the poll was funded by the American Natural Gas Alliance. No, I don’t what to make of that, either.
But I know that the poll has a fundamental flaw. Like most of the polling we’ve seen in Ohio this year, […]Full Story... →
Remember back in May when Republican candidate Steve Stivers attempted to walk back his response on a 9/12 Tea Party group’s questionnaire that asked if Steve Stivers would support repealing the 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that allows for the direct election of the Senate by the people? (If not, click on the link.)
Well, what about the rest of that questionnaire?Full Story... →
Steve Stivers is having a little problem… Steve Stivers’ record.
Last week, Steve Stivers claimed he was FOR embryonic stem cell research despite his vote in the State Senate to ban funding for it.
“Liberal special interest groups are at it again. Rahm Emanuel’s little brother and his Hollywood friends think they know what is best for the voters of Ohio’s 15th District. They had the audacity to run an ad in the Columbus Dispatch that leads people to believe that Cap and Trade is good for […]Full Story... →
Much has been made of Steve Stivers recent FEC report, but not much has been written about where Stivers is getting his money. According to Stivers’ report 40% of his donations were from business PACs. In fairness, though, Kilroy accepted a similar ratio from mostly union PACs.
Stivers accepted so much special interest money, though, he likely violated federal campaign finance laws. My understanding is that a PAC can only donate $10,000 and individuals can only donate up to $4,800 to a congressional campaign in a single cycle. Another federal political candidate’s campaign may only donate up to $4,000 a […]Full Story... →
I swear to God, I couldn’t make up something this outrageous if I tried. The Columbus Dispatch notes that while Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy was at the White House to witness the President’s signing the historic Wall Street reform bill into law that she helped to shape, her opponent, Steve Stivers, former bank lobbyist, was in D.C. hosting a fundraiser with the reform bill’s opponents:
Stivers, who has been critical of the bill, held a fundraiser in Washington this afternoon with lobbyists for the financial industry, which has opposed many of the reform measures. Suggested contributions ranged […]Full Story... →
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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So, in order to deflect from John Boehner crying over the evil Democrats’ plan to regulate the helpless ant in Washington that is the major Wall Street financial industries, bank lobbyist Steve Stivers attacked Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy over comments that Speaker Pelosi made about GOP efforts to filibuster unemployment extension.
The Columbus Dispatch’s Daily Briefing covers the Stivers attack, the Kilroy counter-attack, followed by the Stivers surrender.
Here’s the Stivers attack:
The Stivers campaign called on Kilroy, D-Columbus, to defend or disavow comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that unemployment checks are the […]Full Story... →
So, remember just a few days ago we were talking about how bank lobbyist Steve Stivers told a 9/12/Tea Party group that he supported repealing the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that calls for the direct election of U.S. Senators?
Well, Stivers is now claiming to the Columbus Dispatch, he apparently is just too incompetent to check the right box, even with a campaign office of seasoned hired Republican campaign operatives helping him in what is supposed to be one of the most important races for the Republicans nationally this year.? This, of course, makes him a […]Full Story... →
That’s what Steve Stivers checked on a recent candidate questionnaire by the the Tea Party.
Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy’s campaign has a petition defending the right of Ohioans to directly elect their U.S. Senators.
Stivers also proposes getting rid of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Housing, Agriculture, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Veterans Affairs, and Energy.
Stivers also indicated that he would support replacing the income tax with a sales tax, support the elimination of automatic withholding of taxes, eliminate the ability of family members to petition the government to allow the legal […]Full Story... →