Breaking: State Rep. Allan Sayre Resigns- DemocRATS Jumping Ship?

May 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm Matt View Comments

Another sign that Democrats are on their way out of the majority in the Ohio House of Representatives:

Ohio Rep. Allan Sayre announced Wednesday that he will resign from office this month to take a job in Tuscarawas County government.

Sayre, D-Dover, said in a news release that he will accept a new position as chief deputy auditor in the Tuscarawas County Auditor’s Office and will begin the job June 1. His resignation from the Ohio House will become effective May 31.

Sayre did not immediately return phone messages left at his office and home late Wednesday seeking comment.

House Democrats will form a committee to interview possible replacements. After the interview process, a recommendation is typically made by the committee and a vote of the entire caucus will follow. This replacement will fill the vacant seat for the remainder of the term, which ends Dec. 31.

Sayre had sought re-election this year and ran unopposed on May 4 for the Democratic nomination to the 96th District Ohio House seat. A committee comprised of county chairmen in the district will meet to select a person to fill the vacancy on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

Al Landis, also of Dover, won the Republican nomination to the seat in the May 4 primary election. He also did not immediately return calls seeking comment Wednesday.

Ohio Right to Life Supports Proposed Opt-Out of Abortion Coverage Mandate

May 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm Matt View Comments

From Ohio Right to Life:

(Columbus, Ohio) – Ohio Right to Life applauds the bill submitted for introduction in the Ohio House today by Representatives Danny Bubp (R-West Union) and Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) which bans the inclusion of elective abortions as a benefit within the health exchange required by the new federal health care law.

“Ohio Right to Life strongly supports this legislation that maintains the longstanding Ohio policy that our state tax dollars will not pay for or promote elective abortions,” said Mike Gonidakis, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life. “Since state funds would be used to establish and operate the state insurance exchange, Ohio needs to pass this bill in order to stay out of the abortion-promotion business. Statewide polling demonstrates that over 70% of Ohioans oppose taxpayer funding of abortions.” Gonidakis said.

The new federal health care law requires each state to establish an “American Health Benefit Exchange” to facilitate the purchase of qualified health plans. These new plans may cover elective abortions; however, the new law also provides that a state may elect to prohibit abortion coverage in plans offered through the state’s exchange if the state enacts a law to do so.

Tennessee and Arizona have already enacted such laws and several other state legislatures are working on similar legislation.

“Since the 1990’s Ohio has prohibited state funds to be used for elective abortions,” stated Representative Bubp. “This legislation continues that practice by making sure that Ohioans’ hard earned tax dollars whether federal or state will not be used to provide elective abortion services.”

Of course, such legislation is unlikely to make it through committee, as the Ohio House is controlled by Democrats… And as Bart Stupak of Michigan proved, there is no such thing as a pro-life Democrat.

The FOP, Run by Cathy Collins-Taylor’s Husband, Defends Cathy Collins Taylor

May 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm Matt View Comments

Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio’s chief is Mike Taylor, who is also the husband of Ohio Public Safety Director Cathy Collins-Taylor.

And it is journalist malpractice that no media coverage of today’s story (see here and here) mentioned the close family relationship involved here.

I used to have a lot of respect for the FOP, but as we saw with the casino ballot issue or the 2009 Columbus city income tax increase issue, they are not above playing politics.

And no matter what her hubby’s organization thinks, she LIED under oath and should face serious consequences:

Strickland Isn’t Even Good at Begging the Federal Government for Money

May 13, 2010 at 9:57 am Matt View Comments

From Catherine Candisky in The Dispatch:

State officials are lobbying hard to get more school districts to back Ohio’s plan to win $400million in federal Race to the Top education funds.

But with the deadline for submitting signed agreements to the state just days away, only about a quarter of Ohio’s 613 school districts and a third of 322 charter schools have agreed to participate. They include three Franklin County districts – Grandview Heights, Upper Arlington and Whitehall – and 21 charter schools.

The meager response comes despite strong encouragement from Gov. Ted Strickland, state Superintendent Deborah Delisle and two teachers unions, along with a guarantee that all districts will get at least a $100,000 share of the state’s winnings.

chool districts and charter schools have until Friday to submit memorandums of understanding signed by their superintendent, board president and union representative.

When first-round awards were made last month, only Delaware and Tennessee were successful, and both had 100 percent of their schools participating. Ohio finished 10th with 266 school districts and 215 charter schools supporting its plan.

On the bright side, with Ohio’s chances of receiving this education funding is so low, no boring meetings in Washington will get in the way of Deborah Delisle’s future vacations.

Chris Redfern and Nipples on MSNBC

May 13, 2010 at 9:39 am Matt View Comments

What a dweeb. Maybe Chairman Redfern should keep going on cable news shows to tell people to check out an ad which explains that Hand-Jobs Czar Lee Fisher pleasured himself while unemployment doubled on his watch:

Ted Strickland’s Plan for the Next Budget: Beg the Feds for More $$$

May 11, 2010 at 11:01 am Matt View Comments

Bold leadership from our unhealthy,

Trade is Good

May 11, 2010 at 10:26 am Matt View Comments

Even liberal reporter Mark Naymik gets it on trade:

The Democratic National Senatorial Committee also released an Internet ad last week. But it is totally boring by comparison. It pushes the tired message that Portman is a Wall Street cheerleader, and there’s no nudity — just a shot of Portman and George W. Bush.

The shirtless-ad controversy spilled into this week, with the Ohio Democratic Party launching on Monday a Web site and Internet ad titled, “Rob Portman took the shirt off my back.”

In it, bare-chested men (and one woman in strappy top) blame Republican trade policies for Ohio job losses.

Such anti-trade arguments are oversimplified, of course.

Ohio has more jobs linked to manufacturing exports than most states. Goods made here go mostly to Canada, Mexico and China. Exports grew for 10 straight years until 2009, when they dropped by 25 percent, an obvious result of global recession.

Democrats say they understand the bigger picture but want to ensure that Ohio ships goods — not jobs — overseas.

Democrats, especially Gov. Ted Strickland, are still hammering the issue of NAFTA, which passed overwhelmingly with support from crazy right-wingers like Al Gore and President Clinton. Prior to the recession, Ohio’s exports to Canada and Mexico were 35%, far above the national average… and such trade agreements boost exports in textiles, glass, rubber, et cetera.

But trade is a two-way street. Ohioans can produce where they have competitive advantages- which is quite limited due to the 7th highest state tax rates and the 3rd worst business climate in the country, and we import elsewhere. Anyone who took a basic economics class would know this increases consumer surplus and overall wealth… It’s just the “general interest” doesn’t have an organized, powerful lobby like union goons do.

Democrats do not really “understand the bigger picture”… So they are reduced to producing youtube ads with overweight men making intellectually dishonest arguments. It’s cheap, tired, and I think is transparent enough for voters to disregard.

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More T&A You Never wanted to see

May 11, 2010 at 10:10 am Matt View Comments

Good Lord:

Such modesty!

I would think Ohioans would love to return to the so-called Bush economy, where unemployment was roughly at the full rate of 5%. It was a time when taxes were cut, investment grew after a cut in capital gains, and it was an era when “swelling national debt” by billions of dollars actually sounded like a lot of money.

This tired, old mercantilist argument has to exhaust Ohio voters, and is certainly not a winning message… when it was Gov. Strickland and Job Czar Lee Fisher who saw unemployment DOUBLE on their watch, while income taxes and fees were raised on struggling Ohio families.

Plus, OLDER WOMEN AND MAN BOOBIES! YUCK! YUCK! YUCK!

The far-left Wonkette blog properly mocks:

Hey, people taking off their shirts …. old people, chunky people … to make, uh, a typically dumb/strained Democrat political point, that actually makes no real sense, and is just gross. Go to a website and the Democratic Party will send, uh, a shirt to Rob Portman, because he’s some Bush slimeball who is to blame for the Global Financial Collapse, we guess?

And if you have no job, in Ohio, what you really want is for the f*cking Democratic Party to spend money on f*cking T-shirts to send to Rob Portman’s campaign office, where they’ll sit in boxes until somebody takes them to the Goodwill with all the other shirts donated by broken-up bands and failed campaigns. And then, poor people of Ohio, maybe then you can have a $4 t-shirt again. Jesus f*Fcking christ.

What has been fun to watched is a supposedly outraged Ohio media spend a week covering an ad which was never put on TV… It truly shows you the power that a viral internet video has.

Here is the Dayton Daily News’ cartoon:

And a morally OUTRAGED, “purportedly” unbiased political reporter Joe Hallett, questions Senator Cornyn’s “purportedly” religious convictions:

Politics is the new porn. And Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is a purveyor of it.

Rob Portman, Ohio Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, tacitly embraces political porn.

Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, Portman’s Democratic opponent, plays the innocent victim – and then cynically tries to profit from political porn.

There is no gutter deep enough for where this column is headed. If you’re already sick of the 2010 campaign in Ohio, read no further. This might make you barf.

Last week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee created an attack ad against Fisher and ensured that it went viral. The ad was stunningly crass, its sexual explicitness alarmingly vile. The NRSC took footage from Swing State, an otherwise charming documentary by Fisher’s son, Jason, and Jason’s college buddy, John Intrater, about the 2006 race for governor.

Late one night, Jason snuck into his father’s study, John following with camera, and they found Fisher shirtless and hunched over his laptop. “Out, out, out,” Fisher protested, but the filmmakers insisted on interviewing him. After he was elected lieutenant governor, Fisher asked that the bare-chested scene be edited out, but Jason persisted.

Fisher’s instincts told him the footage could end up being used to embarrass him but never fathomed that Republicans would make him the star of their porn movie. Under the guise of criticizing Fisher as “job czar” while 350,000 jobs fled Ohio during a recession, the Republicans created an ad that would make a triple-X starlet blush.

Political scientist John Green, an expert on Ohio politics, showed it to students and faculty members at the University of Akron and to a person – Democrat, Republican and Independent – they cringed, adjudging it “uncalled-for,” Green said.

Using provocative music and sexual double-entendres, the NRSC froze an image of Fisher with one hand on his bare chest and the other out of sight below his belt. NRSC applied an undulating effect to make it appear that Fisher was masturbating. Unsubtle messages flash on the screen, saying “He didn’t get the job done,” and, “He was more concerned about his job than yours.”

Mind you, this video was not the basement handiwork of a beer-bellied blogger. This was done by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the official campaign arm of Senate Republicans headed by the purportedly religious Cornyn. The eyes of Texas and the scorn of voters should be on Cornyn and every other member of the Senate GOP caucus for finding a new way to obliterate the boundaries of good taste.

Joe Hallett is an ass, who rotates between 2 column ideas: mud slinging in politics is bad and tax increases are good.

And no matter what a bunch of half-wit kids at Akron University think, negative ads work… The ad had a serious message and it certainly grabbed attention. Team Portman, which totally wussed out by denouncing an ad that they certainly had a hand in, could spend millions of dollars on television in today’s era of DVR and not get nearly as much attention.

I think the exposed nipple stuff is weird enough for it to last into November. The NRSC, which has a rather stiff and formal image, should be congratulated for taking the gloves off and getting serious about winning back the majority.

“Hello. My name is Nickie Antonio and I like to Have Sex With Women.”

May 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm Matt View Comments

I’ll never stop cringing when a big deal is made about any candidate’s unusual sexual proclivities:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nickie Antonio has been a special-ed teacher and a “soccer mom.” She has chaired the Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus and is in her second term on the Lakewood City Council.

She is also openly gay.

It’s that last fact that is getting the attention in light of Antonio’s narrow victory in the 13th House District Democratic primary over fellow Lakewood council member Tom Bullock. With Tuesday’s win, the 54-year-old now stands on the verge of becoming the first openly gay person ever elected to the Ohio legislature.

Antonio knows she would be a gay pioneer at the Statehouse if elected this November, but she hopes that she won’t be defined by what would make her unique in Ohio elected politics.

Yeah she won’t be defined by it… It will just be the centerpiece of her campaign’s fundraising efforts and the only reason why liberal reporters such as Aaron Marshall write about her.

She has lived with her gay partner for 25 years, but isn’t the bigger question there is who are the children’s parents? Aaron is so excited to tell us in great detail about the historical nature of her candidacy that he forgot to tell us anything about the children who are certainly not being raised in a healthy environment.

Frount Pourch Stratages & Matt Parker

May 10, 2010 at 10:36 am Matt View Comments

Not only does Matt Parker and Front Porch Strategies lose a lot of elections, overcharge clients, and work for competitive congressional candidates… only to dump them and endorse their opponents once the money dries up, they also they also can’t spell the names of 3 VERY prominent names in American politics.

This is from their latest promotional email:

Kaysick-Tailor 2010!

A Lesson in Media Relations with Jimmy Dimora

May 7, 2010 at 10:22 am Matt View Comments

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Marc Dann is Ready to Plead Guilty, Won’t Face Jail Time

May 7, 2010 at 9:30 am Matt View Comments

He is in the courtroom as I post this, and it’s truly a shame that someone who ran the Attorney General’s office in the way he did isn’t facing serious jail time.:

Former Attorney General Marc Dann is expected to plead guilty this morning to two misdemeanor counts of illegally padding the income of two aides and failing to report some of his own income on financial-disclosure forms.

Dann would be the first former attorney general in Ohio history to face criminal charges stemming from his conduct in office.

Dann has maintained that while he failed in his management of the state’s top legal office, he committed no crimes. The scrappy lawyer was poised to fight the charges but decided during a series of negotiations yesterday to reach a plea agreement that might spare him prison time. Prosecutors were prepared to convene a grand jury to consider more-serious charges against him.

Dann, a Democrat who resigned after a scandal in his office two years ago, could face as much as a year in prison and $2,000 in fines. He also would be barred from state office for seven years.

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Lee Fisher Videos

May 6, 2010 at 10:31 am Matt View Comments

Update: Lefty Ohio bloggers don’t understand what “fair use” is and had the video illegally pulled from Youtube. You can watch the NRSC ad here.

Since the NRSC made what will be perhaps the best web ad of the election cycle with this, I thought I would post the uncut Fisher video again from Jason’s (his son) documentary, Swing State:

And here Lee is, at his home, where he has apparently never met the family dog:

I’m the guy in the black coat shooting the WWI water-cooled machine gun with my eyes blurred out as if I’m a criminal. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the reactions of those two liberal brats: Peggy Zone Fisher and the pinhead daughter.

This was filmed by Jason’s producer who shamelessly pretended to be an Iraq war vet and dressed in a military uniform that was not his:

I like how Lee, the founder of Handgun Control, Inc., is such a politician that he is contemplating a machine gun party. I think Lee has a clumsy, Joe Biden quality about him and deserves to be mocked endlessly.

And there is more to this story too, as Jason was calling up maxed-out Fisher donors asking for contributions for his latest documentaries, which is a convenient way for donors to give directly to the family. This is highly unethical and worth investigating.

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Lee Fisher is NOT Masturbating, I Repeat… Lee Fisher IS NOT Masturbating

May 5, 2010 at 8:27 pm Matt View Comments

Mark Naymik gets silly with his reporting:

The National Republican Senatorial Committee succeeded in winning attention for its candidate Rob Portman today by busting through the clutter of Internet ads that rarely deserve notice.

It did so by blaming Portman’s Democratic opponent, Ohio Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, for the state’s job losses and high unemployment rate.

Like Portman, the ad mocks Fisher, who headed the state’s development department before entering the U.S. Senate race, as Ohio’s “job czar.”

But that message is totally secondary to the visuals.

The ad manipulates an image of a sleepy and shirtless Fisher – seated in his home office with one arm on his chest and one below his waist – giving the impression that the former attorney general is giving himself a … well … you decide.

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Primary Election Results Fallout- Maybe TEA Parties Should Not Endorse?

May 5, 2010 at 11:41 am Matt View Comments

Dave Yost checks election results with Ohio GOP’s Political Director Jonathan Gormley and Victory Field Staffer Richael Williams

The headlines I was worried about seeing today were printed.

From the Dayton Daily News:

Tea Party’s influence ‘overrated’ in Husted, Morgan primary races

Landslide Republican primary victories by state Sen. Jon Husted, R-Kettering, and Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost on Tuesday, May 4, indicated that expectations about the Tea Party’s influence were overrated, political scientist John Green said Tuesday, May 4.

“Activism doesn’t necessarily turn into votes,” said Green, director of the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron.

Husted was crushing former Ashtabula County Auditor Sandra O’Brien, 68 percent to 32 percent, to win the GOP’s secretary of state nomination, while Yost was thumping state Rep. Seth Morgan, R-Huber Heights, 64 percent to 36 percent, to win the auditor’s nomination with 84 percent of precincts reporting.

And from the Plain Dealer:

Lee Fisher, Third Frontier win big in Ohio; Tea Party effect minimal and voters deny many local school taxes

And from elderly Joe Hallett in the Dispatch:

In a battle of Democratic titans for the party’s Senate nomination, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher defeated Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner but emerged relatively empty-pocketed for the fall campaign against a well-heeled Republican nominee, former U.S. Rep. Rob Portman.

With 98 percent of the statewide vote counted, Fisher was 10 points ahead of Brunner on a night that rendered the budding Tea Party’s bark louder than its bite in targeted Republican races for state auditor and secretary of state.

In the contest for auditor, the Ohio GOP-endorsed candidate, Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost, handily defeated Dayton-area state Rep. Seth Morgan, who relied on Tea Party rallies and Internet outreach to appeal to Republican voters. Yost, who benefited from state party-sponsored mailings and television ads in the campaign’s stretch run, held a 30-point lead en route to victory.

His nomination reaffirmed the power of the Ohio GOP to deliver victory for its endorsed candidates and exposed the Tea Party as a weak player. Although Morgan was endorsed by the Tea Party, Yost said he received “substantial support” from its members.

The TEA Party movement was born out of a general distrust of big government, and has grown organically through individuals organizing rallies and protests. It is a true exercise in the libertarian concept of spontaneous order, as there are truly no leaders of the TEA Party movement… and yet they collectively make things a nightmare for Congressional Democrats… With successes in rallying support to take former Senator Ted Kennedy’s Seat in Massachusetts and making such a convincing argument on healthcare that President Obama, a long-time advocate of single payer socialized healthcare, was forced to limp away from the debate only with Mitt Romney-inspired insurance mandates.

However, we see problems when supposed TEA Party groups start endorsing candidates… These 501c3s, 501c4s, and PACs are frequently run by Republican operatives who open the sails trying to elect imperfect candidates with that momentum, while making money in the process.

So the problem here is that the “TEA Party” wasn’t really in the race yesterday. Instead, Ohio had imperfect people- a wacky, unserious lady from Ashtabula and and a true movement conservative from Huber Heights- attempt to win elections based on their support for the TEA Party’s general frustrations with government. On top of that, just anyone who wasn’t an incumbent Republican county or state central committee member got to claim they truly represented the “TEA Party” and use that movement to settle personal scores and inner-party battles which existed long before Rick Santelli was a pundit on CNBC.

In politics, perception is reality. And just like plenty of candidates unsuccessfully tried to present themselves as the living embodiment of all-things-TEA, political reporters are only going to report on which candidates are screaming “TEA” the loudest. Never mind that Dave Yost, a candidate for a state-wide office which majority of Ohioans don’t know exists, has spoken at numerous tea party rallies and is true Buckley-style conservative. Never mind that plenty of new conservatives unexpected won central committee races. Never mind that a young conservative named Nathan Larger pulled up an upset for the 24th House District. And never mind that more than 100,000 additional votes were cast for a relatively unknown gubernatorial candidate named John Kasich than the incumbent Governor of Ohio. Never mind was a former tax-raising political named Jon Husted forced to run the most conservative-sounding state-wide TV ads imaginable. Never mind Mike Wilson, the founder of the Cincinatti Tea Party won the primary for the 28th House District. Never mind that candidates who publicly declared themselves sympathetic to the active TEA Party movement won 21 of 66 Republican State Central Committee races. The TEA Party is dead, because the liberal MSM says so!

The truth is, the anti-tax smaller-government movement is far bigger than any individual personalities. Our candidates since the days of Barry Goldwater in 1964 have lost a lot of elections and government has grown exponentially. But that doesn’t mean it is time to give up. And I pity the politician who, in the era of Obama, doesn’t fear the growing distrust of central planning and obtrusive policies.

And as for the Ohio Republican Party staff, they should be congratulated. With such low turn out, they understood that absentee voting in Ohio is becoming quite common as Election Day in Ohio is quickly becoming “Election Month.” They worked hard to for their endorsed candidates and for incumbent State Central Committees and had a hell of a motivation to do so: THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL, AND IF JOHN KASICH WINS, KEVIN DEWINE WON’T BE OHIO GOP CHAIRMAN BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR. Having a strong showing was a way for the Ohio GOP staff to maintain the established order and keep their jobs.

Last night, the TEA Party didn’t win or lose- but individual candidates did. Dave Yost won, yet opponent David Pepper has more than $700k to spend. And the Ohio GOP lost, as they failed to understand the perception game of the TEA Party movement and found every conceivable way imaginable to endlessly annoy TEA party organizations. And the Ohio GOP, with a heavy emphasis on “coalition building”, is so sloppy in its messaging and strategy that they couldn’t win favor with a movement born out of opposition to liberalism and in support of the fiscal platform of the Republican Party.

In the end, Ohio remains a center-right state and activists will always matter. Candidates, both Republicans and Democrats, will continue to frame the debate in language of tax-cuts and economic growth. And TEA Party, along with wide-spread voter disillusionment, will continue to define the political landscape for the 2010 and 2012 elections.

The NRSC Uses My Lee Fisher Picture in their Ad. WooHoo!

May 5, 2010 at 9:19 am Matt View Comments

I love this!!:

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Shane Ostrowski Will Plead Guilty to Child Porn

May 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm Matt View Comments

I reported these rumors back in January, and finally a media outlet is able to get the official word:

BEXLEY, Ohio — A man is expected to plead guilty to child pornography charges.

Shane Ostrowski, 33, is accused of possessing more than 300 images of child porn, the U.S. Attorney’s office said on Tuesday.

If he goes forward with the guilty plea, Ostrowski faces up to 10 years in prison.

I have no more to say about Shane, other than I hope he finds God. I hope you will join me in praying for his family during this difficult time and for the innocent children who were harmed in this crime.

The Truth Behind the Kent State Shootings

May 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm Matt View Comments

From James Rosen in The Washington Times:

Previously undisclosed FBI documents suggest that the Kent State antiwar protests were more meticulously planned than originally thought and that one or more gunshots may have been fired at embattled Ohio National Guardsmen before their killings of four students and woundings of at least nine others on that searing day in May 1970.

As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the Kent State antiwar protests Tuesday, a review of hundreds of previously unpublished investigative reports sheds a new — and very different — light on the tragic episode.

The upheaval that enveloped the northeastern Ohio campus actually began three days earlier, in downtown Kent. Stirred to action by President Nixon’s expansion of U.S. military operations in Cambodia, a roving mob of earnest antiwar activists, hard-core radicals, curious students and others smashed 50 bank and store windows, looted a jewelry store and hurled bricks and bottles at police.

Four officers suffered injuries, and the mayor declared a civil emergency. Only tear gas dispersed the mob.

An exhaustive review later concluded that this unrest on the streets — the worst in Kent’s history — was “not an organized riot or a planned protest.”

But the FBI’s investigation swiftly uncovered reliable evidence that suggested otherwise. Among the strongest was a pre-dawn conversation — never before reported — between two unnamed men overheard inside a campus lounge later that night. Their discussion was witnessed by the girlfriend of a Kent State student and conveyed up the FBI chain of command 15 days later.

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Gov. Strickland Goes Negative on TV and Borrows from SEIU

May 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm Matt View Comments

Racially tinged and with lots of class warfare, Ted Strickland went with the ad that he HAD to make. And this is only May 4th!:

And that just cost $500,000.

NAFTA has little to do with why Ohio is rarely considered for new business expansion. In addition, apporximately 55% of Ohio’s exports go to Cananda and Mexico (NAFTA TRADING PARTNERS)… which is more than 20% higher than the national average.

Fourteen years bbefore NAFTA, 2.7 million manufacturing jobs were lost… which is a trend that has been going on since 1944. The biggest enemy of manufacturing jobs is technological progress, as output still is high as the number of jobs decrease.

Unemployment has doubled on Ted Strickland’s watch, Ohio’s business climate is 47th in the nation, and Strickland just raised income taxes by 4.2%. But don’t blame Ted… just kick the foreigners!

So while our trading partners buy textiles, glass and products made in Ohio, Ted Strickland is just happy as could be to stir up the same class warfare that Democrats have used for 60 years.

It is right out of the playbook of the unions which own Ted Strickland… in fact, Ted even stole his ad from the SEIU’s anti-John McCain ad from 2008:

Meghan hasn’t found a job in 2 years. I guess she’s really counting on Gov. Strickland to extend those unsustainable unemployment benefits into perpetuity, unless making anti-GOP ads IS her job.

Jennifer Brunner: A Team Player

May 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm Matt View Comments

From The Dayton Daily News:

[I]f she loses Tuesday’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner won’t be telling Democrats to vote for the party nominee in November. Asked by a Dayton Daily News reporter last week how much she would work for Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher if he wins and she loses, Brunner held up her hand and formed a zero.

Such a shame… Not only is she a true progressive ACORN-loving kook, she appears to have a better pitching motion than Mayor Mallory OR President Obama:

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