Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Memo to Jon Stewart: You're Welcome!!!

From The Columbus Dispatch:

"Is it because Ohio's values mirror America's values? Or perhaps were Ohioans sent here by the future? "

"The 2004 election was decided here," Stewart continued, "and, oh, by the way -- thanks."

Just wait until you see us pull yet another win over the Democrat Party's machine!

I Heart Dewey Stokes

NOTE: Originally published on Right Angle Blog.

From The Columbus Dispatch:

In the last meeting of Franklin County commissioners before next week's election, Republican Dewey Stokes called for an immediate repeal this morning of a half-cent sales-tax increase enacted in 2005.

Better-than-expected investment returns and higher-than-projected retail sales have swelled county cash reserves to more than $100 million, he said.

That figure is higher than commissioners expected to set aside before the end of 2007, when a quarter-cent of the tax was set to expire.

“The figures show we overtaxed our citizens,” said Stokes...

I realize that Deborah Pryce is not as conservative as some would like, but she is much better than her opponent: Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy. Kilroy and her Democrat partner rushed to raise the sales tax almost immediately after Taft made permanent most of his "temporary" increase.

Pryce is an idealistic leader and she deserves your support.

'The Kerry Kerfuffle'

From ABC News:

For weeks, Republicans on the campaign trail have been looking for something -- anything -- to talk about other than the record of the Republican Congress and the way the Bush administration has conducted the war in Iraq.

Monday, they got their wish. While stumping for local Democrats in California, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., addressed students at Pasadena City College and made a comment about education and the war in Iraq that lent itself to much controversy.

"You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq," he said.

And:

"I believe Sen. Kerry owes an apology to many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country's call," said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., campaigning in Indiana.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said, "It tells us what John Kerry himself and the Democratic Party think about the troops and the U.S. military."

By the time Kerry got to a microphone in Seattle this afternoon to explain what he called a botched joke about the president, hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Americans, had already heard about this new issue and Republican candidates were talking about it.

What's unclear is if Kerry's comments will help rally Republican voters or help their party portray Democrats as against the troops to score victories next Tuesday. A Democratic congressman told ABC News, Tuesday, "I guess Kerry wasn't content blowing 2004, now he wants to blow 2006, too."

I expect every Ohio Republican to stand up for the brave (and quite intelligent thank you very much) men and women who defend our freedom and do not question the intelligence of certain politicians of a certain political party with a habit of saying nasty things about them.

Thanks John! You just can’t help lying about those brave souls, can you?

Blackwell Within Striking Distance

From the Blackwell Campaign:

Gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell has closed within single digits of his opponent in the last week of the campaign. The Wall Street Journal Zogby Interactive Poll today shows the race has narrowed to 7.5 points with Blackwell receiving 43.3 percent and Congressman Ted Strickland receiving 50.8 percent. The poll was conducted from Oct. 23 - 27 and has a 3.7 percent margin of error. Previous surveys have shown Strickland with a double-digit lead.

The Blackwell campaign attributed the gap-closing poll to increased voter awareness and an emerging re-energized Republican base. Over the past several weeks, Republican grassroots voter contact efforts have reached several hundred thousand Republican and Independent voters. In addition, the campaign yesterday launched a major television advertising effort featuring national hero and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"We are campaigning door-to-door and neighbor-to-neighbor in the last weeks of the campaign and seeing great results," Blackwell campaign chair Lara Mastin said. "The polls are closing because Ken Blackwell's solutions to our state's education, health care and economic challenges offer a positive change of direction for Ohio families."

"We have the ground forces, resources and message necessary to take Ken Blackwell to victory on Nov. 7," Mastin added.

Zogby International, one of the nation's most historically accurate polling firms, touts its interactive poll as the "wave of the future in survey research." In the 2004 presidential election, the survey accurately predicted the winner in 85 percent of the states that it polled within 4 points on average. In 2005, the poll accurately predicted the results of both the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial contests, with poll results within 2.5 points on average.

Following is a link to the poll: Wall Street Journal Zogby Interactive Oct. 31 poll .

Twenty-Three Brown Publishing Newspapers Endorse Blackwell

Twenty-three Brown Publishing newspapers today endorsed gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell. The newspaper chain serves 1.8 million Ohioans and 750,000 households in 31 counties.

The newspapers believe “the candidate with the right ideas to reverse Ohio’s course is Ken Blackwell, and it’s highly ironic he has fought against his own party to promote them.”

They applauded Blackwell’s specific solutions to Ohio’s economic challenges.

“Blackwell’s proposal to simplify the income tax to a 3.25 percent flat rate would make Ohio highly competitive in the state-v-state competition to attract and retain jobs. His suggestions to privatize the Ohio Turnpike and address Ohio’s estate, capital gains, and commercial activity taxes are also job friendly.”

“Ohio has great people and great businesses. It sorely misses good government. Both candidates understand that Ohio’s economy is sick. The real difference between them is that Blackwell understands the cure.”

Pointing to Ohio’s poor national rankings of 47 in job creation and third in overall tax burden, the newspapers criticized Ted Strickland’s unwillingness to offer specific reforms and fear he will expand the size of government and increase taxes.

“Ted Strickland knows these numbers because many come directly from his own campaign materials. He deftly recites them when defining the problems the state has seen under Republican leadership. And defining the problem may be enough for him to ride the prevailing political wind into office. But merely defining a problem, without more, is not solving it. The ‘more’ that Strickland offers is ‘more’ of the same. His ‘Turnaround Ohio’ plan offers ‘more’ government that will cost taxpayers ‘more’ money.”

The endorsement will run throughout the week in the following Brown Publishing newspapers:

Daily Newspapers

Circleville Herald, Delaware Gazette, Fairborn Daily Herald, Galion Inquirer, Greenville Advocate, Hillsboro Times-Gazette, Madison Press, Piqua Daily Call, Sidney Daily News, Troy Daily News, Urbana Daily Citizen, Van Wert Times Bulletin, Washington Court House Record-Herald, Wilmington News Journal and Xenia Gazette.

Weekly Newspapers

Ada Herald, Beavercreek News-Current, Eaton Register Herald, Morrow County Sentinel, Perry County Tribune, Putnam County Sentinel, Times Community Newspapers of Dayton and West Union People’s Defender.

Wednesday Schedule for Blackwell

This just in...
Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell will greet supporters at campaign events in Dayton, Cedarville, Urbana, Bucyrus, Wooster and Fairlawn on Wednesday, November 1.

Following is a listing of events, times and locations.

EVENT: Christian Business Network Meeting
TIME: 8-8:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Mandalay Banquet Center, 2700 E. David Road, Dayton

EVENT: Cedarville University Rally with local officials
TIME: 9:25-10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Apple Technology Resource Center, 251 N. Main St., Cedarville

EVENT: Urbana Rally with Congressional Candidate and State Senator Jim Jordan
TIME: 11:45-1 p.m.
LOCATION: Champaign Residential Services Inc., Community Room, 1150 Scioto St., Urbana

EVENT: Bucyrus Rally with State Rep. Steve Reinhard
TIME: 3-3:45 p.m.
LOCATION: The Pelican Coffee Shop, 108 S. Sandusky Ave., Bucyrus

EVENT: Wooster Rally with State Rep. Jim Carmichael
TIME: 5-5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: J.R. Smale Parking Lot, 2285 Eagle Pass Blvd., Wooster

EVENT: Summit County Oktoberfest
TIME: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Presentation of Our Lord Romanian Orthodox Church Hall, 3365 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Unbearable Hypocrisy of The Dispatch's Joe Hallett

NOTE: First published on the Right Angle Blog

I have attempted to ignore The Columbus Dispatch's senior political scribe Joe Hallett, but there comes a time when the forces of evil can no longer be ignored and the hypocrisy of limp-wristed liberals must be challenged and called to the mat -- now is such a time.

Even after Mr. Hallett has been proven a true hypocrite and an underground Democrat operative (Hallett wrote a story just last week that claimed that Blackwell did the exact same thing that Ted Strickland did and therefore the attacks against Strickland and his handling of the sex pervert on his staff should end), he comes out with yet another attack on the right and while not naming us, the RAB bloggers, most who have made absolutely no charges against Strickland and his sexual preferences (in fact, many like myself have written on this page against such charges and demanded that they stop.)

Hell, even some Republicans have gone off the deep end!

From Hallett scummy hit piece in The Columbus Dispatch:

In sports, a play that doesn’t work eventually is purged from the playbook.

Not so in politics. Three times in the last 20 years, Republicans have used an unholy Hail Mary pass in desperate attempts to pull out last-minute victories. So far, voters twice have batted down the passes, and now they’re in position to do it again.

The play always links sex with politics, and if that doesn’t rev up voters, children are thrown in.

And what did the Democrats do in this same period, act like angels?

Now comes GOP gubernatorial nominee J. Kenneth Blackwell, trailing badly in the polls, with an October surprise against Democrat Ted Strickland. With homophobic bloggers serving as campaign adjuncts to spread rumors that Strickland, married for 18 years, is gay, Blackwell accused Strickland of harboring a pedophile on his payroll.

Moreover, Blackwell twisted a vote Strickland cast in Congress to suggest that Strickland supports sex between adults and children.

Voters won’t believe the unbelievable. It defies logic — particularly when the only evidence is innuendo — that a married, ordained Methodist minister and psychologist with an ethically spotless 12-year record in Congress is a pedophilia-supporting homosexual.

The "Strickland is gay" garbage disgust me and as you can see from the link above, I spoke against it at the very beginning, but the other two charges deserve some discussion. The Ohio electorate would be ignoring the truth if they were to react as Hallett demands of them. Strickland DID vote "present" when almost the entire congress condemned a report that stated that sex between adults and children can be OK. Strickland DID treat a convicted sex offender in his employ to a vacation to Italy instead of sacking him (though Hallett wanted Blackwell to use his powers of looking into the future and fire an employee for his sexual crimes.)

The stench of hypocrisy and Democrat partisanship on Hallett's part is overwhelming!

Blackwell’s attack is rendered even more incredible by the disclosure that he lives in a glass house. As state treasurer, he hired a felon and then kept him on board after learning of his long arrest record.

Against overwhelming condemnation by editorial pages across the state, Blackwell narrowed his attack against Strickland, saying he should have conducted a background investigation once he was anonymously tipped off that his 1998 campaign manager had been arrested four years earlier on a misdemeanor public-indecency charge.

There is merit to that claim, but it has been lost amid the shameful gay-baiting tactics. The 2006 campaign, more than any in recent memory, has disintegrated into a vicious smear. Nothing is out of bounds, including the exploitation of ethnic and racial stereotypes.

Neither Blackwell nor any respectable Ohioan blogger has accused Strickland of being gay (something Hallett no doubt sees nothing wrong with in the first place!) Since the Democrats just a week before this story erupted were all high and mightily demanding that the Speaker of the House resign over his supposedly poor leadership in the Foley matter, demanding that Strickland answer for his worse actions seems only fair, Mr. Hallett -- I charge it is your limp-wristed liberalism and your Democrat partisanship that blinds you to this simple truth.

And while I am at it, let me challenge Hallett on some of his other judgments in the column:

But the scummiest attack so far, in my opinion, is a TV ad aired by Republican Bill Hayes, who is running against Democrat Dan Dodd in the 91st Ohio House District, including all of Perry and Hocking counties and parts of Licking and Pickaway counties.

In a district that is 97 percent white, this is the "Willie Horton" ad of 2006, showing a big photo of a black deathrow inmate next to a photo of Dodd. "Dan Dodd does not want this man to be executed," a narrator says. "He kidnapped, raped and murdered a 14-year-old girl. Dodd’s liberal plan would spare his life."

This is no more racist than the original "Willie Horton" ad (which, by the way, had no image of Horton). I am sorry that the murder was black, but he was a murder after all. I see no problem with showing this truthful ad -- why exactly does Hallett fear truth? I am sorry that Hallett see a black man who is also a murder and connects the two, but I do not automatically think criminal when I see a black man, Hallett apparently does. I leave him to work through his problems, but I must move on to more important things, like helping a black man become governor, something Hallett opposes for reasons I leave you to ponder.

Democrats like Hallett are pretty good at dishing it out, but squeal like schoolgirls when they have to take it.

Let's rock!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Cincinnati Weekend Congressional Endorsements

The Enquirer:
OH 1st District -- Cranley (you read that right)
OH 2nd District -- Schmidt ("very close call" - argh)
OH 3rd District -- Turner
OH 8th District -- Boehner
KY 4th District -- Davis

The Post:
OH 1st District -- Chabot (surprisingly strong endorsement over Cranley)
OH 2nd District -- Wulsin
KY 4th District -- Lucas (very weak editorial job)

Also, the Post surprised no one and endorsed Strickland for gov. The editorial shamelessly repeats the 527 Media meme that the late-1990s hiring story is "discredited." Zheesh

Friday, October 27, 2006

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Four More Newspapers Endorse Montgomery

This just in...
Yesterday, Republican nominee for Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery added four more newspapers to her long list of endorsements. The Akron Beacon Journal, Zanesville Times Recorder, Coshocton Tribune and Chillicothe Gazette have all chosen Montgomery as the better candidate for Ohio Attorney General.
The Chillicothe Gazette pointed to Montgomery's record as making her the better choice in this race. "It's Montgomery's steadiness and competence in her prior stint as attorney general that tips the scales in her favor," editors noted.

Both the Coshocton Tribune and the Zanesville Times Recorder also noted Montgomery's record, calling her the "clear choice" for Attorney General. "When it comes to the state's top law enforcement officer, voters should look for experience and temperament to weigh their choice. Given those guidelines, it's clear that voters should return Betty Montgomery to the job she held for eight years," editors determined.

While commending Montgomery for her experience, editors from these two publications expressed concerns about Marc Dann's past, saying it "makes him a less than desirable candidate."

"He can dance around the reasons all he wants, but a lawyer who was censured by the Ohio Supreme Court two years ago for mishandling a spousal support case is a poor choice for attorney general," Tribune and Times Recorder editors stated. "Montgomery, on the other hand, has a 32- year record of service to the Buckeye State. Unlike Dann, she has experience prosecuting criminals."

The Akron Beacon Journal noted Montgomery's plans for the future in its endorsement stating, "Montgomery sounds genuinely energized about returning to the attorney general's post. She talks about focusing on Medicaid fraud and Internet predators, two worthy priorities."

Montgomery was honored to receive her latest endorsements. "With just two weeks remaining until Election Day, it is encouraging to have opinion makers from across the state support my candidacy," she said.

Montgomery's extensive list of endorsements now includes:



Ohio Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association (CPPA)
Toledo Police Patrolman's Association (TPPA)
Ohio State Troopers
Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA)
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
Ohio Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
The Columbus Dispatch
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Akron Beacon Journal
The Dayton Daily News
The Canton Repository
The Sun News
The Newark Advocate
The New Philadelphia Times Reporter
The Coshocton Tribune
The Chillicothe Gazette
The Zanesville Times Recorder

Blackwell's Weekend Schedule (UPDATED)

This just updated:
SATURDAY, OCT. 28

EVENT: Delaware County Pancake Breakfast and Rally
TIME: 8-8:45 a.m.
LOCATION: Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Road, Delaware

EVENT: Disabled American Veterans Conference
TIME: 9:15-9:45 a.m.
LOCATION: Midwest Hotel and Conference Center, 4900 Sinclair Road, Columbus

EVENT: Ohio State Mason’s Convention
TIME: 10-10:45 a.m.
LOCATION: Courtyard by Marriott, 35 W. Spring St., Columbus

EVENT: WLRY Gun Shoot
TIME: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 4244 Logan Thornville Road, Rushville

EVENT: Wilmington Rally
TIME: 3-4 p.m.
LOCATION: Roberts Centre, 123 Gano Road, Wilmington

SUNDAY, OCT. 29

EVENT: Dayton church visit
TIME: 10:15-11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Dayton First Church of the Nazarene, 7031 N. Main St., Dayton

EVENT: Dayton church visit
TIME: Noon-1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Revival Center Ministries International, 3011 Oakridge Drive, Dayton

EVENT: Mr. Hyman’s Fine Dining
TIME: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Antioch Shrines Temple, 107 E. First St., Dayton

EVENT: Wyandot County Pork Chop BBQ
TIME: 5:30-6:10 p.m.
LOCATION: Wyandot County Fairgrounds Dining Hall, 10171 State Highway 53 N., Upper Sandusky

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Play Tic Tac Ted Today!


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How do you play? Well, it’s simple! Just check off the appropriate box when Ted Strickland tells the truth.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Media Provides Spin Control for Tax ... er ... Ted Strickland

After it had been revealed that Mr. Strickland had knowingly ignored the fact that one of his staff had a habit of showing his wee wee to little children, you'd think that the Ohio media would rush in to defend the children of Ohio and press Mr. Strickland for answers. If you thought thus you'd be wrong -- they have rushed in to defend Ted Strickland!!!!

From The Columbus Dispatch:

FELON ON PAYROLL
Blackwell also had problem worker

GOP gubernatorial nominee J. Kenneth Blackwell, who has questioned the judgment of Democrat Ted Strickland for employing an aide who committed a misdemeanor, once had a felon on his payroll.

It is the hope of THE DISPATCH that you read the title, believe that Blackwell did exactly what he has accused Mr. Strickland of, and then move on, believing that the issue has been resolved and Mr. Blackwell was just practicing "politics as usual" -- WRONG!

Read on:

As state treasurer, Blackwell unknowingly hired a man with a long record of arrests and kept him on the payroll even after his office discovered the man's record and brought it to Blackwell's attention.

Records obtained from the treasurer's office show that Toomer was hired Nov. 17, 1997, as a $10.32-per-hour mail clerk/ messenger. On his application, Toomer indicated no felony offenses, and a State Highway Patrol record check at that time turned up none.

But when the treasurer's office sought clearance for Toomer to have access to the Ohio Computer Center, a second check turned up numerous arrests. On Jan. 26, 1998, the Department of Public Safety denied access to Toomer, alias Glenn K. Williams.

On Feb. 3, 1998, a week after learning of Toomer's criminal record, Beth Gilger, then the treasurer's director of human resources, wrote on office stationery that "we have enough to terminate" Toomer. At the time, and for the following six weeks, Toomer could have been fired without cause because he wasn't yet a member of the state employees union.

Blackwell said he decided not to fire the man on the recommendation of Gilger and the treasurer's office legal counsel. Blackwell said the man was an admitted drug addict who, after completing a Florida treatment program and passing treasurer's office drug tests, showed no signs of drug usage.

"He had met the drug screening, he was willing to undergo a pattern of drug-screening tests and he had a local church community that vouched for his turning his life around," Blackwell said.

What did Mr. Strickland do once he found out that he had a guy CONVICTED of exposing his sexual organs to little children? He rewarded him with a trip for two to Italy (the other of the "two" who went on the trip was none other than Ted Strickland himself!)

While I question Mr. Blackwell's decision, there is absolutely no comparison between what he did: give a guy who messed around with drugs a second chance, and what Ted Strickland did: seemingly reward a lying sexual pervert with a paid vacation for two!

One of the criticisms of Ken Blackwell is that he is a hater who is judgmental and self-righteous. Well, this incident pretty much blows that lie out of the water. Mr. Blackwell has not lied about the incident nor did he reward bad behavior.

It is the Democrat Party you will remember who have taken up the defense of the criminal over the victim more often than not and it is the Democrat Party which endlessly decries the treatment of ex-cons (voting rights, hiring, etc...) Here we have a ultra-conservative Republican helping out a guy with some prior problems and the liberal media use his compassion to try and crucify him.

Typical.

The rest:

In May 2002, about three months after leaving the treasurer's office, Toomer was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a girl, beginning in September 1994 when she was 7 and continuing until 2001.

Blackwell said he did not know Toomer was a child molester until yesterday. If he had had any indication that Toomer was abusing a child while an employee of the treasurer's office, Blackwell said, "He would have been history."

There is obviously no way that we can test Mr. Blackwell on his claim of what he'd do, but Ted Strickland has already failed the test. He has already chosen his political career over the safety of Ohio's children. Add this with Mr. Strickland's stated belief that us poor commoners shalt not question scientists and that sex between adults and children just might be cool and we have a pattern of poor judgment and beliefs that are far out of the mainstream of Ohio (and maybe even California!!!!)

The Ohio media has made it quite clear that they will protect their chosen candidate, even to the determent of your children. I suggest that subscribers let them know just how much that angers the good people of Ohio.

UPDATE 1: Dave over at NixGuy.com makes a couple of great points on this story. Joe Hallett's skirts were all ruffeled when the Strickland story was first explored and now he turns to this? I also suspect that black voters will notice that Mr. Hallett had no problem defending the white sex pervert but pilloring the black one!

UPDATE 2: Speaking of how elected officials have handled drug abuse in their offices, Democrat Sherrod Brown doesn't exactly have a stellar record himself (check out Weapons of Mass Discussion & BizzyBlog).

Re: Kirsten Powers

Hear, hear! I'll be voting in favor.



I must admit, though, that Bethany at realVerse is hotter.

Re: Kirsten Powers

I hereby second the motion.

A "Sense of the Alliance" Resolution Proposed

SOB Member BizzyBlog proposes:
My "sense of the Alliance" is that there should be a subsection (c) added to Article III, Section B, Paragraph 2 of the State of Ohio Blogger's Alliance Supersecret Charter that reads: "Any post containing a reference to Kirsten Powers shall be required to have a suitable and current photograph of Ms. Powers on display."


I aim to please... I am quite sure that the discussion on this amendment to the Supersecret Charter will be heartily debated with much enthusiasm at the Blogger Symposium next month...

Kirsten Powers

Monday, October 23, 2006

Lawsuit against SOB Alliance?

[Cross-posted at Brain Shavings]

MLM Liberal (profile here) appears to be threatening legal action against any of us in the State of Ohio Blogger Alliance who don't quit the Alliance, starting with Nathan R.C. Warden:

As the campaign nastiness gets more personal, MLM Liberal is fulfilling his promise to "Swift Boat the Swift Boaters."


Interesting. There's more:

Such comments are indicative of Ken Blackwell's base. Those of us who really do care about the future of this state, as well as our nation, are not about to cave in to people like Nathan R.C. Warden. And, as is stated in the Miranda rights, anything he says can be used against him in a court of law. Granted, we are talking civil as opposed to criminal proceedings. Nonetheless, every one of his blog entries, like mine, would be subject to court scrutiny.

Of course, I'm no lawyer. I just work with law enforcement on a daily basis.

A note to other members of the SOB Alliance who have not been a part of the continued smearing of Ted Strickland, much less getting on Scott Pullins' bandwagon: If you oppose what Scott Pullins is doing, leave the Alliance now before you get caught in the crossfire.


Oooooo, I'm terrified.

I have visited every blog in the Alliance, and a number of them haven't participated in the smear tactics or even discussed the matter at all. You should not have to suffer for the actions of others. Because once more bloggers on the left get wind of the situation, they will be speaking out in force.

It's only about to get nastier.


I wonder if MLM Liberal cares to be more specific? Since I've been covering Ted Strickland's Foley problem, am I also a target for this guy's not-so-veiled threat? On what grounds? Defamation? Intentional infliction of emotional distress? Being a mean old conservative poopy-head?

I suppose that beyond his hatred for Scott Pullins, MLM Liberal's also got a craving for revenge against my colleagues Dave at NixGuy and Tom Blumer. Who else will he sue, Sean Hannity, Bill Cunningham, Bob Frantz, and Jerome Corsi?

I wonder whos' covering MLM Liberal's legal expenses? Is he seriously hoping that some lefty lawyer's going to take his case on a contingency fee basis? Maybe he knows a lib attorney looking to do some pro bono work.

This just goes to show that the typical leftist can't win policy arguments on the merits, and can't hope to have anything useful to contribute to a discussion about moral behavior. Their motto seems to be "If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em."

I await MLM Liberal's response, but I'm not holding my breath.

Sherrod Brown: Special Interest Globe-Trotter

I have the story over at Weapons of Mass Discussion. Be sure to check it out. I have at least one more story on Sherrod Brown in the works for this week, so stay tuned...

Sunday, October 22, 2006

DeWine Bats Four for Five on Sunday

On the plus side:

- The Plain Dealer turned its back on area congressman Sherrod Brown to endorse DeWine. Key point: "When DeWine votes against his party, he leaves it to move to the center; when Brown does so, he moves to the Democrats' left." Sherrod Brown is too radical for the PD.

- The Cincy Enquirer endorsement is, of course, no surprise.

- The Canton Repository also endorsed DeWine -- I don't have any sense of where that paper would have been expected to come down.

- A mild surprise to me is the Cincy Post endorsement of DeWine -- the remains of what was a pretty decent paper many years ago has leaned left, but Sherrod Brown was a bridge too far. Key sentences: "But the strongest argument for DeWine is DeWine. His isn't a flashy personality. He doesn't light up the room when he walks in, and he's seldom one of the faces you'll see on the Sunday morning news shows. He is, however, a decent, principled, hard-working legislator who has devoted his energies to solid, and often humanitarian, causes."

- The lone dissenter was totally expected: The Blade.

That's eight of nine in the DeWine column that I have posted on in the past two weeks. I don't think Team Brown expected that.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Bill Cunningham on Hannity and Colmes

Below is the transcript of WLW Cincinnati's Bill Cunningham on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhJfa1z5-K8

HANNITY: Meanwhile sexual scandal spreading out to the Ohio gubernatorial race where democrat Ted Strickland mishandling the case of a former employee exposing himself to children. Republican candidate Ken Blackwell went as far as suggesting that strike land actually supported pedophilia by declining to vote yes on house legislation concerning adult child sex back in 1999. Joining us from the big one WLW Bill Cunningham back to talk with us. How are you?

BILL CUNNINGHAM: Sean Hannity, it's always great to be with you.

HANNITY: I will see you in Cincinnati tomorrow. Big question why don't you bring us to what's happening inside the state of Ohio because this issue is exploding.

CUNNINGHAM: As Alan Colmes may know several weeks ago information was given to me relative to the conduct of democratic congressman Ted Strickland, a few years back when he hired campaign manager gentleman who participated in behavior before school children in a school yard four to five times those were the times he was caught. When Ted Strickland was finally notified of this instead of firing the guy, what Alan Colmes good friend Ted Strickland said.

COLMES: I have never met him.

CUNNINGHAM: Keep him on the job. Alan and Sean after the election Ted Strickland flies off to the shores of Naples, Italy in order to enjoy a little fun with this 26-year-old boy toy. When this is going on, Ted Strickland and all democrats are claiming that if you knew mark Foley's situation might have known mark Foley, might have played tennis with him, resigned, Hastert, Boehner get out of office. I'm saying to Ted Strickland as is ken Blackwell as is Sean Hannity, if the same standard applies to Ted Strickland resign your democratic house seat. Quit the effort against ken Blackwell for governor and let the people have a real choice in this election.

HANNITY: Listen, Bill Cunningham, this is what's stunning about this, for 14 days in this country all we heard about was instant messages with mark
Foley, mark Foley, mark Foley, and all the indignation, shock, horror, outraged expressed by the democrat we go back and do history, jerry had sex not internet he can changes had sex with a page, he had got a standing ovation highly cold fronted committee position and loved why the democrats. We had the scandal with Bill Clinton, is he loved by the democrats. Barney Frank, loved by the Democrats. Now you are tell me here is an example far worse than what's being accused of Mark Foley, sounds to me this is the height of hypocrisy. How big an issue is this in Ohio in this important midterm election year?

CUNNINGHAM: In the Cincinnati enquirer this morning three inch headlines about Ted Strickland possibly being gay and showing bad judgment. If Ted Strickland can't run a three member office in his congressional delegation how does he run a state, the red state, Ohio, the buckeye state, the heart that beats America with 50,000 employees?

COLMES: Bill, this is really pathetic. You have a guy who is behind by double digits and out of desperation is he grasping at straws here, suggesting his opponent is gay, suggesting his opponent is a pedophile, there is absolutely no evidence of that be, and this is really sad what you and republicans in Ohio are doing out of desperation because you are going to lose a seat. It's really that they thick.

CUNNINGHAM: My friend, Alan Colmes the truth will set you free, what's good for the democrats is good for the republicans. What's good for the donkeys is good for the elephants. I would say to you Alan Colmes, if there was a republican congressman that had a campaign manager and an aid being paid for by your tax dollars performing masturbation acts in front of school kids and the congressman was notified, kept him on, promoted him and then flew off to Italy to enjoy a weekend, what would you do?

COLMES: It happened supposedly in 1994, if it happened. The person denied it happened. Compare this with the republican leadership in congress. Let me finish my point and i will give you a chance to respond. Compare this to the republican leadership in congress covering up, in fact urging mark Foley to run until he actually got caught with Ted Strickland a minister and psychologist.

CUNNINGHAM: Minister?

COLMES: Convince people he is a pedophile is beneath the dignity of somebody like you.

CUNNINGHAM: Alan comments I'm a very dignified man. Is he not a pedophile but he has a sensitive blind spot when it comes to pedophilia because he voted with barney frank in a vote that was 335 to 0 to condemn pedophilia and not to support am in blah. Ted strict la and Barney Franks said absentia present not vote.

COLMES: Because that's because there was a line that said if you were a victim of child abuse you couldn't grow up to be a normal adult. He knew that wasn't true and couldn't be his name on t you have got to put -- some of which are objectionable.

CUNNINGHAM: Alan Colmes, you may not understand sitting there in your expensive studios in New York, but Ohio.

COLMES: very expensive.

CUNNINGHAM: Ohio is not New York. Kentucky is not San Francisco. Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana is the red heart that beat America. We don't put up with this stuff in the buckeye state. Ohio State is number one in football. Sean Hannity is number one in this market. I'll telling you right now.

COLMES: I thought you were, bill.

CUNNINGHAM: Ted Strickland has a hook out of his mouth and his eye we are going to bag him in three weeks because is he a hypocrite and democrat cannot do to mark Foley without the same thing being done to Ted Strickland.

HANNITY: The truth be told, the number one guy on the radio in Cincinnati is Bill Cunningham by far.

COLMES: You are great. You are better. No, you are better.

HANNITY: I will tell you tomorrow bill Cunningham is a great day in Sean Hannity's life because I'm going to be in Cincinnati and standings side by side with you and i can't wait to see you.

COLMES: What a great love fest this is.

CUNNINGHAM: God bless you Sean Hannity and god bless America.

HANNITY: God bless America and God bless this country my friend. You don't understand what it means, Mr. Colmes, you are supporting Mr. Strickland.

Mark Dann Makes Another Mistake

SOB Alliance member The Redhwawk Review has the details.

New Member Announcement

Please welcome FYI News to the State of Ohio Blogger Alliance.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Upcoming Blackwell Bus Tour

THis just in from the Blackwell campaign:
Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell will kick off a 13-city bus tour on Thursday, Oct. 19. Blackwell will share his anti-tax, job-creating message with supporters throughout the state. He will attend rallies in Brown, Clermont, Hamilton, Clark, Pickaway, Greene, Montgomery, Logan, Marion, Hancock, Auglaize and Mercer counties.

FOX News’ Sean Hannity will join Secretary Blackwell on Thursday evening to greet supporters at a rally in Cincinnati. On Friday, Blackwell will tour a Honda supplier in Fayette County and attend the Circleville Pumpkin Show.

Following is a listing of events, times and locations.

Thursday, October 19

EVENT: Brown County Rally
TIME: 3-3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hawkline Industries, 200 Front St., Mt. Orab

EVENT: Clermont County Rally
TIME: 4-4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: GOP Headquarters, 197 E. Main St., Batavia

EVENT: Blackwell Rally with Sean Hannity
TIME: 6-7 p.m.
LOCATION: Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park, 4937 Hunt Road, Cincinnati

Friday, OCTOBER 20

EVENT: Clark County Rally
TIME: 12-1 p.m.
LOCATION: Bushnell Banquet Center, 14 E. Main St., Springfield

EVENT: Fayette County Campaign Event
TIME: 2-2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ranchers Roast Beef, 501 Elm St., Washington Court House

EVENT: Fayette County Business Tour
TIME: 2:30-3:40 p.m.
LOCATION: YUSA Corporation, 151 Jamison Road, Washington Court House

EVENT: Circleville Pumpkin Show
TIME: 5-6 p.m.
LOCATION: 119 S. Court St., Circleville

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21

EVENT: Greene County Rally
TIME: 10-10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Victory Center, 3253 Seajay Dr., Beavercreek

EVENT: Dayton Rally
TIME: 11-11:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Blackwell/McLaurin Headquarters, 4815 Salem Ave., Dayton

EVENT: Logan County Rally
TIME: 12:45-1:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Logan Co. GOP Headquarters, 102 S. Main St., Bellefontaine

EVENT: Marion Rally
TIME: 2:15-2:50 p.m.
LOCATION: Harding High School East Parking Lot, 1500 Harding Hwy. E., Marion

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22

EVENT: Findlay Rally
TIME: 3-3:45 p.m.
LOCATION: Lighthouse Banquet Facility, 10055 W. U.S. Route 224, Findlay

EVENT: Auglaize County Rally
TIME: 4:45-5:15 p.m.
LOCATION: Memorial Park, South Street, St. Marys

EVENT: Mercer County Hog Roast
TIME: 6-7 p.m.
LOCATION: American Legion, 601 N. Second St., Coldwater
Mark and I will be going to the Thursday night event with Sean Hannity and Bill Cunningham.

Hewitt, Prager, and Blackwell together in NE Ohio tonight

I'll be attending tonight's town hall meeting featuring Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, and Ken Blackwell. If I get a chance to ask a question, what would you folks like me to bring up?

Monday, October 16, 2006

Housekeeping: new liveblogging graphic

Fellow SOB-ers, if you're planning on liveblogging the election like we did for the primaries, you'll remember the first graphic below. Feel free to steal the second one.


   

Jean Schmidt Must be Shivering -- NOT!

Former Marine and noted coward John Murtha is stumping for her Democratic congressional opponent Victoria Wulsin.

RNC Is NOT Surrendering Ohio

This just in:
Ken Mehlman Conference Call On Ohio Senate Race

10/16/2006

10:30 AM



Aaron McLear: Thank you Michelle, good morning everybody and thank you for coming on with such short notice. We appreciate that. We have Chairman Ken Mehlman on the line to discuss the NY Times piece that ran this morning, and with that, I’ll turn it over to Ken.



Ken Mehlman: Thanks Aaron and thanks everyone for taking time. I enjoyed visiting with a number of you last week when I was in town with Senator DeWine. We did a press conference and had a chance to meet with a lot of the county chairs and grassroots activists. What I said then, I still strongly believe which is that Mike DeWine can and will win. I believe that for a lot of different reasons. One of them is the incredible grass roots energy. In the last week, last week, in four days of last week we saw the same level of grassroots energy in terms of volunteer contacts that we saw in the final five days leading up to the 2004 election.



What I’m about to do though is something I don’t do, and that is I don’t believe in giving away your game plan before the game, but because there is a very inaccurate story in the NY Times I am going to provide some info rmation. Let me walk through some facts and then open it up to questions. I don’t intend to get more specific than on this call, again, because I don’t believe in giving away the game plan but I do believe in correcting the record.



Ohio is and remains an incredibly top priority for us. It’s one I’m very confident Mike DeWine can and will win. The evidence of our commitment is that we’re putting our money where our mouth is. We will…No state will receive more resources from the Republican National Committee than Ohio . From this point forward, we will spend millions more on turnout and millions more on message. We have a huge staff. And intend and have right now a very aggressive program.



While all of this is important, why do I think Mike DeWine wins at the end of the day? First, it’s a race that polls indicate, most recently the University of Akron poll, is an even race. He has a huge cash advantage and if you look at the issues, which is what people focus on the last three weeks of the election, leading up to any election. I don’t believe the people of Ohio are going to elect a Senator who is to the left of Dennis Kucinich, who is against the Patriot Act, who voted against $87 billion for our trips, who voted to cut intel after 9-11, who favors higher taxes and who on issue after issue after issue, is way out of the mainstream in a state that likes to elect mainstream Senators. People know senator DeWine, they like senator DeWine and they respect senator DeWine and that’s generating tremendous energy.



This is an enormously important state for a number of other reasons too. It’s enormously important because of the Blackwell campaign. It’s enormously important because of a number of a number of the congressional races which are obviously, excuse me, highly competitive.



So I wanted to correct the record, make clear that Ohio remains a top priority. And as I said, no state will receive more resources out of the RNC anywhere in the country than the state of Ohio this year. And there is millions more to spend in the coming three weeks, both on turnout and on message. Happy to answer your questions and appreciate you doing this on short notice.
The NYT is full of it...again...still...whatever....

Sunday, October 15, 2006

DDN, Dispatch and ABJ Endorse DeWine

He announced it in a e-mail.

Links are here:
DDN (May require registration)
Dispatch
ABJ

Though DeWine is from Metro Dayton, I expected the DDN to support Brown. If the far-left DDN can't get there, the average Ohioan probably won't either.

Others can fisk the editorials as they see fit.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Colin Powell's Smackdown of Sherrod Brown

I had forgotten about this unti it got YouTubed.

Go there.

Sherrod Brown's insolent (and it turns out, hypocritical) peppering of Powell with irrelevant questions about his boss should be required viewing for every Ohio voter.

Friday, October 13, 2006

State of Ohio Blogger Alliance - Blogger Symposium

SOBers should have gotten an email about two proposed locations for this event (The SOB-BS) along with the proposed date and time. At this point, I have five votes in for which location...in about two hours (3:00PM), I'm going to have to make the decision based on the input at hand. If you haven't yet sent in your input, please do so as soon as possible.

Thanks,
MATT

Fourth Newspaper Endorses Montgomery

This just in from the Montgomery campaign:
Yesterday, Republican nominee for Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery was endorsed by the Sun News. This is the fourth consecutive newspaper to endorse Montgomery's candidacy.
"Montgomery has a solid record of achievements," said Sun News editors. "She is the stronger, more qualified - and frankly - the better choice in this race."

Editors went on to note Montgomery many accomplishment in office. "She was largely responsible for major improvements in the office, including modernizing the state's two crime laboratories, introducing a state-of-the-art automated fingerprint identification system, a computerized ballistics comparative database and DNA technology."

The Sun News is a chain of 25 weekly newspapers with circulation of more than 270,000. The chain serves five Ohio counties including Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Geauga and Summit.

Montgomery was honored to receive the endorsement. "With the election just weeks away, it is encouraging to see that opinion makers from across the state trust in my ability to serve Ohioans as their next Attorney General" she said.

Montgomery has also been endorsed by the Columbus Dispatch , the Dayton Daily News and the Newark Advocate – all of the newspapers that have endorsed thus far in the Attorney General's race.

In addition to these noteworthy endorsements, Montgomery enjoys the support of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association (CPPA), the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association (TPPA), the Ohio State Troopers, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA), the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Carnival of Ohio Politics

Get this week's Carnival of Ohio Politics from Newshound by clicking here.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Shameless self-promotion

I don't usually self-promote like this ... all right, I always do when given half a chance.

Anyway, I'll be on Public Radio International's Open Source with Christopher Lydon tonight at 7, discussing Ohio politics along with Joe Hallett of the Columbus Dispatch.

The Ohio stations broadcasting the show look a little, er, thin, so you might want to catch it streamed live or else drive around the block for an hour listening to your XM Satellite Channel 133. Your options can be found here.

BTW - I'll try to pass along a little love to the SOB brothers and sisters.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Blade Struggles to Find Compelling Reasons to Vote for Ted in their Strickland Endorsement

Read this and you'll see:

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Rather than dwell on what Mr. Blackwell does not bring to the job, we’d rather concentrate on what Mr. Strickland does — a broad background that should serve him well in Columbus.

Should he win, he might be the only governor in Ohio’s history with a doctorate degree. His PhD is in counseling psychology, earned at the University of Kentucky. He might also be the only governor to be an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. He has a master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, and his bachelor’s degree in history from Asbury College.

He has served as a prison psychologist and taught psychology at Shawnee State University.

And, of course, he has represented Ohio’s 6th congressional district in Washington, winning his first term in 1992, then returning in 1996 for five more terms. It’s significant that in a district noted for its cultural conservatism, he ran unopposed last time. In addition, Mr. Strickland would be that rarest of statewide officeholders: a governor from poor, rural southeast Ohio. As we have noted and lamented many times over the years, it is nearly impossible for a candidate who is not from the Three C’s — Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati — to win statewide.

He truly would be a governor from the “Other Ohio,” and it’s about time. Moreover, his running mate, Lee Fisher, is extraordinarily qualified to serve as governor if ever needed.

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Let's see:
- He has a doctorate as a shrink and is a minister.
- He was a prison shrink and taught psych classes.
- He's been a legislator for 12 years.
- He's not from the three Cs.

Boy, Ted Strickland is so "obviously" ready to jump in and run a state with 11,000,000 million people, a $25-plus billion annual budget, and over 45,000 employees (excludes universities and probably other areas).

Puh-leeze.

The other papers' inevitable Strickland endorsements promise to be quite entertaining.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Tony Snow appears with Jean Schmidt

Cross-posted at the VikingSpirit blog
Today, Tony Snow appeared at a Jean Schmidt fundraiser at the Millenium Hotel in Cincinnati. Yours truly was in attendance, although I was at one of the back tables.

The fundraiser was supposed to start at noon, but it started late because Snow's flight got delayed in Washington. The show got rolling around 12:45 when Schmidt came to the podium to introduce Snow. Schmidt gave a basic stump speech outlining what she thinks about the issues, and after that she introduced Snow.

Snow gave a great speech. His speech wasn't one of those that spew partisan hate about Democrats; he gave a very positive speech on why it's important for people to be involved and politics and about how America has withstood many tests since 9/11. Snow started his speech by talking about how he's glad to be back home. For those of you who don't know about Snow's background, he grew up in the Cincinnati area and graduated from Princeton High School. Snow then talked about why it's important for people to be involved in politics. After that, Snow discussed how America has stayed strong since 9/11. He cited 9/11, corporate scandals, the recession, and the two wars we're in as things that would've knocked every other country down, but didn't knock us down. Snow also talked about 9/11, but he said he wasn't politicizing it. He talked about how 9/11 bought out the spirit we have as Americans and how that spirit has made us stronger.

All in all, Snow gave a great speech, and I am glad I went to the event. If anyone could send me some pictures from the event, I would be greatful. Please send them to vikingspiritblog AT yahoo DOT com if you wish to.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Strickland and Residency

Get the press release from WMD here, but Matt Dole from Lincoln Logs Blogs has lots more to say here.

Carnival of Ohio Politics

Get this week's Carnival by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Party of Tolerance™ shows its colors

Lincoln Logs hails the Democrats' new positive, issues-based campaign strategy. *cough* *cough*

Mongomery is a Proven Leader

Newark Advocate Endorsement


October 4, 2006

If there's one slam dunk race in Ohio this year, it's clearly the race for attorney general between veteran Republican Betty Montgomery and upstart Democrat Marc Dann.

We heartily endorse Montgomery, a veteran state officeholder who's repeatedly proven to be an outstanding leader and representative of Ohioans.

The current state auditor, Montgomery previously served two terms as Ohio's attorney general, where she worked aggressively to hold Buckeye Egg Farm in Licking County accountable for its environmental transgressions.

Montgomery's qualifications far surpass Dann, and she understands work needs to be done to fix mistakes by Attorney General Jim Petro. For one, she's vowed to keep more legal work in office instead of hiring costly private attorneys, many of whom donated to Petro's campaigns. She also has pledged to review all state contracts to make sure taxpayers are protected.

Dann, a current Democratic state senator and private practice attorney from Youngstown, correctly has made a ton of noise about the various scandals Republicans created for themselves. He's even challenged Gov. Bob Taft in court about opens records access.

But he's done nothing to show he's capable of transforming himself from a critic to a leader and manager of one of Ohio's most complex and important offices.

Even worse, he's been publicly reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court for mishandling a client's case, a distinction that seems improper for Ohio's top attorney.

Montgomery remains one of the few top Ohio Republicans left unscathed by the scandals of recent years, which comes as no surprise. She's well known for being fair, tough and balanced in pursing her work.

She's a proven leader worthy of your vote.
The endorsements keep rolling in for Betty!

Strickland on Child Predators

I'm not in the habit of plugging my own work; but I have a piece up over at WMD that if you haven't read yet, you should. Read it here.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Blackwell to Save Millions of Ohioans Tax Dollars

This just in from the Blackwell campaign:
In his first 100 days as governor, gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell today pledged to reform Ohio’s income tax system and provide $1.2 billion in tax cuts for millions of Ohio families and small business owners. Blackwell proposed moving to a single rate state income system of 3.25 percent over several years and eliminating taxes or freezing increases on Ohioans paying lower rates.

“With the third highest tax burden in the nation, Ohioans pay too much in taxes with little to show,” Blackwell said. “Our high taxes chase away good paying jobs and opportunities. As governor, I will cut taxes and create an environment that will bring jobs and prosperity back to our state.”

The proposed reform provides immediate total tax freedom to filers earning less than $20,000 a year, removing 900,000 working poor from the tax rolls. In addition, the plan would cut taxes for over 300,000 small business owners currently paying primary business taxes through their personal income taxes.

Blackwell’s plan calls for the removal of four of Ohio’s nine tax brackets as a step toward a single rate tax income system. Ohioans currently paying less than 3.25 percent would receive an income tax rate freeze and keep current deductions.

Also, Blackwell called for accelerating the General Assembly’s 21 percent income tax cut from five years to three years. The move will speed up tax cuts for 5.3 million Ohioans.

The reform will result in a $1.2 billion tax cut for Ohioans. The lost revenue will be offset by the Blackwell-inspired 3.5 percent cap on state government spending increases passed into law this summer, Medicaid savings based on the recommendations of the Ohio Commission to Reform Medicaid and economic growth.

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania all have single rate state income tax systems. Each state has varying levels of deductions based on personal income and other factors.

Blackwell to Save Millions of Ohioans Tax Dollars

This just in from the Blackwell campaign:
In his first 100 days as governor, gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell today pledged to reform Ohio’s income tax system and provide $1.2 billion in tax cuts for millions of Ohio families and small business owners. Blackwell proposed moving to a single rate state income system of 3.25 percent over several years and eliminating taxes or freezing increases on Ohioans paying lower rates.

“With the third highest tax burden in the nation, Ohioans pay too much in taxes with little to show,” Blackwell said. “Our high taxes chase away good paying jobs and opportunities. As governor, I will cut taxes and create an environment that will bring jobs and prosperity back to our state.”

The proposed reform provides immediate total tax freedom to filers earning less than $20,000 a year, removing 900,000 working poor from the tax rolls. In addition, the plan would cut taxes for over 300,000 small business owners currently paying primary business taxes through their personal income taxes.

Blackwell’s plan calls for the removal of four of Ohio’s nine tax brackets as a step toward a single rate tax income system. Ohioans currently paying less than 3.25 percent would receive an income tax rate freeze and keep current deductions.

Also, Blackwell called for accelerating the General Assembly’s 21 percent income tax cut from five years to three years. The move will speed up tax cuts for 5.3 million Ohioans.

The reform will result in a $1.2 billion tax cut for Ohioans. The lost revenue will be offset by the Blackwell-inspired 3.5 percent cap on state government spending increases passed into law this summer, Medicaid savings based on the recommendations of the Ohio Commission to Reform Medicaid and economic growth.

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania all have single rate state income tax systems. Each state has varying levels of deductions based on personal income and other factors.

First Newspaper Endorsement Goes to Montgomery

This just in from the Montgomery campaign:
Today, Republican nominee for Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery was endorsed by the Dayton Daily News. This is the first newspaper endorsement that has been given in the race for Attorney General.
Dayton Daily News editors pointed to Montgomery's superior experience and knowledge as making her the better candidate for the position.
"...experience is the decisive factor in this race, and Ms. Montgomery, 58, has more than state Sen. Marc Dann, D-Warren. She has headed two different major public offices, hiring mostly capable people. She is well liked by career public servants, and is especially recognized for her work with law enforcement when she was previously attorney general."

While acknowledging Montgomery's history of public service, Dayton Daily News editors expressed concern that Sen. Dann doesn't have the experience necessary to run this important office.
"What's unclear, though, is whether, without more seasoning, Mr. Dann has the depth of experience that would enable him to manage a legal enterprise as complicated as the state attorney general's office. The leap is just too large."

Montgomery was pleased to receive this significant endorsement. "I am honored that the editors at the Dayton Daily News have responded to my record, my ideas for the future and my ability to once again serve this great state as Attorney General," she said.

In addition to this noteworthy endorsement, Montgomery enjoys the support of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association (CPPA), the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association (TPPA), the Ohio State Troopers, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA), the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

The full text of the Dayton Daily News' endorsement can be read on www.daytondailynews.com.
Marc Dann has to be a HORRIBLE candidate if the Dayton Daily DEMOCRAT is endorsing a Republican...

NixGuy and The Stump

SOB Alliance Member and all around good guy Dave Stacy from NixGuy is also blogging on The Stump, AOL's election blog. Be sure to check it out.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Where is Charlie Wilson?

Find out where Charlie Wilson stands on the issues by clicking here.