Yesterday was a train wreck. Speaker Batchelder held a press gaggle in which he declared, definitively, that the CAT tax on gross receipts amendment that the House Finance Committee added on Thursday would be struck today:
Reporter: What about the CAT tax? There seems to be concerns on both sides.
It will be part of the changes, it’s out of the bill. We have a memo from LSC that language we put in is in the law. There have been meetings between the Governor and the industry. We are seeing a lot more action now. The budget will not say […]Full Story... →
Moe, you may recall, testified against the nomination of Justice Kagan to the United States Supreme Court based on the fact that while Dean of the Harvard Law School banned military recruiters on campus due to the military’s anti-GLBT discriminatory policies such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”—a policy so repugnant that the Pentagon has signaled its desire to see Congress repeal it. He also chaired Ohio Veterans for McCain in support of the man Moe got to know while being a P.O.W. for five years in Hanoi.
Moe is also the honorary chair and founding member of Ohio […]Full Story... →
When I worked for then-Congressman Ted Strickland in the late 1990s, I did constituent casework. It was an important component of the office because its dedicated constituent casework that helps incumbents in swing districts hold onto their seats a little easier.
It’s NOT often you see that used in an attack ad, though. Then again, not helping a Korean veteran get his Purple Heart medal he earned is a pretty crappy thing to do.
Thank you, Dr. Tyree and your father, for your service to our country.Full Story... →
We’re getting some pushback from local folks within the “Freedom Alliance” about questions as to whether its a legitimate charity. However, a recap of the story reveals that this isn’t some liberal plot to “smear” Sean Hannity.
Schlussel never said that the organization didn’t help any veterans. But she indicated that the notion that 100% of the proceeds of the ticket sales goes to scholarships to the children […]Full Story... →
A little something else for Veteran’s Day:
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), released findings from their analysis of three surveys related to veterans and volunteering. Their report shows that volunteering helps bolster ties to the community and eases the transition back to civilian life.
Fifty-five percent of volunteering veterans say the transition is going well, a full 9 points higher than non-volunteering veterans. Forty-eight percent of volunteering veterans also report that the needs of their family are being met, compared with 38 percent of non-volunteering veterans.
Check out the report here.
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Just got a call from 330-752-1253. Caller ID was “Ohio Call”. Answered and nobody was there. Hung up. Odd. Googled it. Found out they do this alot. Apparently the organization is “The American Veterans Relief Foundation” and they’re not one of the better ones:
One of the larger charities mentioned by the American Institute of Philantrophy report was The American Veterans Relief Foundation. According to a Fox news report, for every $100 contributed, only $16 ended up going to veterans and $84 was spent on operations expenses, such as salaries and marketing.
If you want to support the […]Full Story... →
I’ve been remiss in posting a note about Memorial Day – mostly due to a newborn and having to plan and pack for a week-long trip to Germany. But hey, no excuses. I was reminded of it in an odd way. I get an IM from fellow PB blogger and good friend Joseph who pointed me to this post at WMD. Joe said WMD pisses him off, which is understandable.
I’d normally go the across the aisle kumbaya routine on this one as I think Memorial Day is something that should be spared our normal partisan antics. Mark, […]Full Story... →
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