From the daily archives: Monday, December 28, 2009

Also, see this Plain Dealer write-up.

I think most of you would agree that we’ve been pleasantly surprised Sherrod Brown’s leadership in the fight for health care reform and how the bill has raised Brown’s national profile.  He’s been a regular guest on Rachel Maddow and Olbermann and been profiled in national stories about health care reform negotiations.

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Looks to me like the Cuyahoga County federal investigation may be reaching it’s denouement.

Inside sources also reveal that metro editor Chris Quinn, who the Independent identified as a friend of Mason?s top lieutenant (and the chief roadblock to any negative article on Mason), has been barred from any editorial meetings involving Mason for the time being….Set your watches. Big names are expected in cuffs on a Friday morning not too far in the future!

I’ve been saying to people, and now will blog it, that I can’t believe Bill Mason hasn’t been arrested yet. ?I’ve seen the gold […]

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Add this to the things John Kasich and the GOP has yet to explain with their statewide push to abolish the Ohio personal income tax besides their complete inability to pay for it.

The repeal, in every reporting of it I’ve seen, is sold as being necessary to bring good-paying jobs like manufacturing jobs back into Ohio.

Except, also in every reporting of it I’ve seen, John Kasich, Recharge Ohio (his PAC), and the legislative leaders in the GOP are talking about repealing only the personal income tax, not any corporate taxes.? In other words, they’re waging a war on […]

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Word is either the owner, boxing promoter and all around insane person, Don King, or George Forbes, Mr. I Am All Black Power In Cleveland himself, had to dip into their own pockets to pay the staff. ?Major advertisers have pulled their money in protest of the cartoon portraying Nina Turner as Aunt Jemima for her support of Issue 6 in Cuyahoga County.

I smell an apology coming.

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John Kasich’s pledge to repeal the income tax, whether he intended it or not, is now the CENTRAL issue in the 2010 elections.  And it may just cost the GOP their shot to recapture the Ohio House of Representatives next year.

Shortly before the Do-Nothing House GOP left town for Christmas, thirty-one House Republicans co-sponsored House Bill 400 which would repeal Ohio’s income tax in ten years.

That’s thirty-three members out of forty-six, and it includes the entire current House GOP leadership.  So not only is this a debate for the gubernatorial race, but the entire legislative race as it […]

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Ben Smith over at Politico lays out the case:

South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint has a hold on the appointment of a TSA chief, over his concern that the new administration could allow security screeners to unionize.

Republicans have cast votes against the key TSA funding measure that the 2010 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security contained, which included funding for the TSA, including for explosives detection systems and other aviation security measures. In the June 24 vote in the House, leading Republicans including John Boehner, Pete Hoekstra, Mike Pence and Paul Ryan […]

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Writing about sports on this blog is frought with peril, given the conflicting loyalties among us. ?However, given that the Cavs are the only NBA team in Ohio, Pittsburgh doesn’t have one, and neither does Kentucky, I think I’m on safe ground here. ?Plus, the Cavs look to have turned a corner. ?They jumped to the top spot in ESPN’s Power Rankings, thus.

Sometimes we get it wrong and this is one of those times. Ever since we saw the Cavs lose to the Dirk-less Mavs in person and suggested they wouldn’t go higher than No. 4 in the […]

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Every time you hear a conservative blogger, token Republican, reporter, or Kasich supporter say: “Ted Strickland raised taxes during the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.” Smack them across the head with this figure:


That’s how much Ted Strickland has cut the state’s income taxes during his term, even after you factor in the state income tax cut freeze passed a few weeks ago.

There is no honest debate about Ted Strickland and taxes as it relates to the recent budget resolution.  No matter how you spin the facts, you cannot claim that Ted […]

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Today, there’s a recced diary at Kos lamenting the departure of blackwaterdog, which I documented when it happened. ?The purge at Kos is ongoing, and it’s really a sad commentary on the state of the Democratic Party netroots, in one particular manner. ?When I returned to DailyKos after numerous bannings, I wrote about the value of what Markos Moulitsas has created in DailyKos.

If you want to change our country, DailyKos is a required arena of engagement. ?And for that, Markos Moulitsas deserves all the credit in the world. I’d love to someday debate Markos, have a […]

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I’m going to echo Eric’s thoughts on the Christmas Day testicle roast that now has America again looking at airport security, with Republicans already using the issue to attack our country’s president.

Back in the day before such calm leadership graced the White House this would be an opportunity to exploit the fears of the American people….Mouth breathing Obama bashing Palin sycophants only understand monosyllabic grunts that talk about Muslims, terr-rists, and war.? They don?t even recognize competent leadership when they see it.

I’m actually quite happy that Republicans came out the gate bashing Obama, even interrupting their Christmas […]

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