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Chris Redfern, Dipsomaniac

July 20th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From Ohio Democrat Party Chairman Chris Redfern’s brilliant Twitter commentary:

Is Chris Redfern so depressed about the 2010 elections that he has become a heavy drinker? And if you’re a Democrat, do you want your Chairman posting such updates?

But Redfern loves the booze…. After all, thanks to Kim’s wealthy husband dying in a drunk driving accident, Chris is exceedingly wealthy.

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The Word “Mosque” & And Chris Redfern is a Bigot

July 8th, 2010 Matt View Comments

The Ohio Democrat Party communication office has been shopping around this story for months… Apparently, since Treasurer Kevin Boyce, who has made corrupt deals with banks and investment brokers in exchange for campaign contribution, the solution is to scream racism!:

Race and religion are creeping into an increasingly contentious treasurer’s race between Democrat state Treasurer Kevin L. Boyce and his Republican challenger, state Rep. Josh Mandel.

The latest charges came from Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern, who called Mandel “a chameleon” who has developed questionable relationships with ultra-conservative politicians, talk-show hosts, bloggers and “birthers,” some of whom have made comments with racist and anti-Islamic overtones.

“Josh is using religion to weaken his political opponent instead of talking about his beliefs,” Redfern told The Dispatch. “At his very core he wants to divide us.”[...]

Mandel, 32, a second-term legislator from Lyndhurst, is white and Jewish. Boyce, 38, a former Columbus city councilman, is African-American and Christian. Amer Ahmad, his right-hand man in the treasurer’s office, is Muslim. (Boyce’s campaign deferred to Redfern to comment.)

The issue came to a head recently when Mandel’s campaign accused Boyce of “cronyism and corruption” because he awarded a $32 million, low-bid state investment contract to a Boston firm whose new lobbyist, Noure Alo, is friends with Ahmad, Boyce’s deputy treasurer and chief financial officer. Boyce also hired Alo’s wife, Walaa Waeda, as a receptionist.

Mandel then upped the ante, using the resulting news stories as a fundraising tool on his campaign website. In a short note to supporters on his blog, Mandel used the word mosque three times in talking about Boyce’s office.

The sad thing here is that the one screaming racist is the real racist… Redfern is playing into potential concerns about Josh Mandel’s conservative Jewish faith and promoting wild stereotypes of all Jews hating blacks and Muhammadists.

The truth is that the job opening for Boyce’s friend was ONLY announced at a mosque… not a church, a synagogue, an evening poker game but at a mosque. Just because this happens means that Mandel is prohibited from uttering the one word?

Redfern, who is a real scumbag and married a slutty Republican lobbyist after her wealthy husband was killed in a car crash, really knows no ethical limitations when it comes to political attacks. His comments are cheap and show that the Ohio Democrat Party is willing to mistreat religious groups in order to score political points.

And just when I thought this story was finished yesterday, the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a group who has defended radical groups like Hezbollah and Hamas and has organized war protests with communist organizations, gave the story new life in the pages of the Dayton Daily News:

Charges of religious bigotry are surfacing in the state treasurer’s race after Republican Josh Mandel sent out a fund-raising e-mail that used the word “mosque” three times when talking about his opponent’s deputy treasurer, Amer Ahmad.

“This is just the latest example of the Republican party’s gross exploitation of Islamophobia to advance their own campaigns,” said Edina Lekovic, spokeswoman for the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

What is meant by “Islamophobia” isn’t a critique of how horrible women are treated in Islamic-countries or an intense theological debate. Mandel’s crime was simply mentioning the details about where Boyce pretended to announce unnecessary, new jobs he created for his friends. “Mosque” is not a dirty word, but Kevin Boyce’s actions as Ohio Treasurer are dirty.

This is the worst type of racial politics imaginable, and the Ohio Democrat Party owes Josh Mandel a sincere apology.

Gun Bans Don’t Work

June 17th, 2010 Matt View Comments

As it is an election year where both major Ohio political parties are claiming to support the 2nd Amendment and Article I; Section 1.04 of the Ohio Constitution, I thought this video from the Heartland Institute would be useful for Ohio Democrats who are new to the language of guns rights and liberty. Chris Redfern, you’re welcome:

Chris Redfern and Nipples on MSNBC

May 13th, 2010 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:

Maybe Chris Redfern Should Outsource Spell Checking Work?

April 12th, 2010 Matt View Comments

From a Google ad in Gmail:

The Many Hats of Chris Redfern

March 12th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Ohio Democrat Party Chairman, MTR Lobbyist, and member of the Ottawa County Board of Health?:

After a lengthy and sometimes contentious annual meeting of the District Advisory Council Thursday night, Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, was appointed the newest member of the Ottawa County Board of Health.

Last month, Redfern sent a letter to the Ottawa County Commissioners and the board of health calling for Ottawa County Health Commissioner Nancy Osborn to resign.

When DAC President Dave Hirt began proceedings Thursday to begin the voting process, trustees motioned to delay the voting until after the annual reports were read and information about the audit discussed.[...]

[Board of Health President Bill] Van Der Giessen said Osborn is a workaholic and puts in about 3,100 hours yearly, but is only compensated for 2,080. Osborn made $94,182.40 in 2009.

In reading a management letter from State Auditor Mary Taylor, Van Der Giessen read information from only the first two of five pages.

The latter three pages contained information about missing and altered payroll records, improper use of executive session by the board and failure of the department to pay Osborn’s Medicare taxes after she retired in 2003 and was subsequently rehired the next day.[...]

When Hirt said Redfern was the only candidate he knew of, Mortus said Arnold Milefchik, the board member whose term expires this month, had contacted he and other Catawba trustees and sought reappointment.

After two members objected to Redfern’s nomination, a full vote was held and Redfern was approved as a candidate by the margin of eight to seven.

“You have to be crazy to want to be on here with this political frenzy right now,” laughed Milefchik, who received applause for his service — and sense of humor. Milefchik has been on the board since 1992.

“I think the meeting went well,” said Osborn afterward.

The meeting went well???? Wow Nancy- You are certainly in a chipper mood right after having Auditor Taylor crawling up your ass for being corrupt.

Maybe Redfern is setting himself up for making an income after a disastrous November election and he is replaced at the ODP?

Does Chris Redfern Support Terrorism?

February 17th, 2010 Matt View Comments

After seeing how much unnecessary environmental damage Ohio’s Democrat Chairman Chris Redfern causes, I found this…

From the official Democratic Party platform (2008):

We must end the tyranny of oil in our time. This immediate danger is eclipsed only by the longer-term threat from climate change, which will lead to devastating weather patterns, terrible storms, drought, conflict, and famine. That means people competing for food and water in the next fifty years in the very places that have known horrific violence in the last fifty: Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. That could also mean destructive storms on our shores, and the disappearance of our coastline.

We understand that climate change is not just an economic issue or an environmental concern– this is a national security crisis.

Establish Energy Security
Not since the 1970s has America’s national security been so threatened by its energy insecurity, and, as we have learned the hard way over the past eight years, achieving energy security in the 21st century requires far more than simply expending our economic and political resources to keep oil flowing steadily out of unstable and even hostile countries and regions. Rather, energy security requires stemming the flow of money to oil rich regimes that are hostile to America and its allies…

Chris Redfern, why do you support America’s enemies?

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Ohio Democrat Chairman Chris Redfern: Polluter & Law Breaker

February 16th, 2010 Matt View Comments

If you saw this sign at the Ohio State House in Columbus which says “Passenger Drop Off”… would you do anything else other than drop or pick someone up, and take maybe up to 5 minutes to do so?

Of course you wouldn’t! Because you are a law abiding citizen.

But apparently, Ohio Democrat Party Chairman Chris Redfern, a powerful man who married into a life of privilege, thinks he is above the law.

Just about everything else was canceled today at the State House due to snow. However, Ohio Attorney General Rich Cordray had a 3pm. And Redfern was there with his lobbyist wife Kim to talk to reporters.

The event lasted approximately an hour. And as I exited a rather boring press conference full of populist platitudes about Wall Street, a few State House employees tipped me off that Chris Redfern’s giant black Chevy SUV (pictured above) was in the loading zone…

with the engine running…

for more than a hour!


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That is a very large, gas-powered car, idling and emitting pollution into the air. As you can see from this picture (below), taken almost 20 minutes prior to the one above, there is clearly exhaust fumes being spewed out. Mother Earth is weeping:


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And Mayor Mike Coleman might be interested to see this, as it is clear that PLENTY of parking meters were available across the street. If Redfern was a responsible citizen, his driver could have parked there legally, turned off the engine, and pay for a parking meter as a token gesture that he is willing to sacrifice money that can be “reinvested” by the city.


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Finally, after more than 67 minutes, Kim and Chris get in the car, probably to dash off to Lindey’s to have dinner and a conversation that has nothing… absolutely nothing… to do with whatever company Kim just shook down in exchange for access to her husband.


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As a typical elitist liberal, Chris Redfern is all about having the state subsidize green projects. In fact, his SUV is E-85, which has the capacity to use a highly-inefficient, subsidized corn-based fuel… even though he was probably burning good old-fashioned gasoline. Redfern is happy to tell you how to live your life, as long as those rules don’t apply to him.

Why wasn’t Redfern issued a citation? Why does Redfern think it is OK to harm the environment in such a careless fashion? And considering his choice of cars and his many trips on lobbyist-funded private jets, how big is Chris’ “carbon footprint?” These are questions worth asking.

Ever Wanted to Listen the Leaders of Ohio’s Two Parties Square Off at the Liberal City Club of Cleveland with a Liberal Reporter Moderator?

February 5th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Yeah, me neither.

But here is the audio from Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine and MTR Lobbyist Chris Redfern from today anyway.

Both Chris and reporter Mark Naymik are fairly insulting to TEA party activists. And anyone paying attention to the debates over Gov. Bob Taft’s tax increase and how then-Chairman Bob Bennett insulted Republicans for standing in opposition, will be shocked to hear DeWine’s defense of phasing out the income tax. I think it is an admission that conservatism wins elections.

During the debate, Redfern also lies about Ken Blackwell’s proposed Tax Expenditure Limitation Amendment from 2005, which was later implemented only in statute, saying that it would have eliminated the state income tax. The TEL was only a cap on increases in state spending and didn’t even touch creative spending like bond issues and Federal stimulus Obamabucks. But its not like Chris has ever let the facts get in the way of a lame insult.

To give you an idea of how liberal the audience is, here are their first 5 questions:

1) How do we go about creating more “green jobs” and sustainability blah blah blah?

2) I’m an annoying social worker who is proud to be a social worker. Will you (Kevin DeWine) apologize for calling Ted Strickland’s running mate a “social worker?”

3) Kevin DeWine, why does your party oppose the murder of unborn babies, and what are you doing, if anything, to change that?

4) What should the legislature do about the Supreme Court deciding in favor of the freedom of speech in the Citizens United case?

5) What do you do to make sure the extremes (ie, TEA party activists) don’t run parties, and make sure you represent all of Ohio?

And this is why on every election morning, I turn towards Cleveland and pray that it sinks into Lake Erie.

Sarah Palin Loves Ohio

February 3rd, 2010 Matt View Comments

From The Politico:

Sarah Palin’s political action committee has been selective and strategic in its donations to candidates over the past six months, but if money is any indication of where her heart lies, her political loyalties can be traced to Ohio.

While SarahPAC has devoted just 5 percent of its total expenditures over that period to fellow GOP colleagues, four of the 17 candidates Palin contributed to hail from Ohio — the state where she held by far the most presidential campaign events in 2008, according to The Washington Post’s candidate tracker.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee gave $5,000 to former GOP Rep. John Kasich, who’s running for Ohio governor; $3,500 to former Rep. Rob Portman, who’s running for the state’s open Senate seat; $1,000 to Rep. Jean Schmidt; and $1,000 to state auditor Mary Taylor, whom Kasich recently tapped to be his running mate.

A GOP source familiar with Palin’s thinking said most of these candidates solicited Palin’s support. “She feels there is a real chance to turn the tide in Ohio,” said the source.

“It makes sense to me that she may be looking to a future where Ohio matters to her, and if she’s building support, I think it’s great,” said Alex Triantafilou, the GOP chairman in Cincinnati’s Hamilton County.

“We’ve got an incumbent governor in Ted Strickland who is very vulnerable, so perhaps she sees where her dollars can make a difference,” he added.

Palin’s largest monetary donation went to Kasich, the former House Budget Committee chairman and Fox News talk show host, who has edged ahead of Strickland in recent polls.

The article also mentions that she will be speaking March 5th at an Ohio Right to Life event. Tickets can be purchased here. She is tough to book and won’t even be speaking at CPAC, so this is a huge deal for the pro-life movement in Ohio. Conservative friends at the Strategy Group helped make the event possible.

Sarah’s book was fun from a gossipy perspective.  I wanted to read more about accomplishments and policy debates in Alaska, but instead found myself slogging through a bunch of stories about how the media and the McCain campaign mistreated her. Almost any book by a politician is ghostwritten, but  this one came no where close to, for example, what L. Brent Bozell Jr. did for Barry Goldwater. And I couldn’t imagine Ronald Reagan writing a book to bitch about the press or pesky Ford operatives.

Regardless, Sarah is right on the issues, knows how to give a good speech, and is the only conservative rockstar who might run for President. She is more qualified for the job than President Barry, and is our worst potential candidate… except for all the others.

It is fantastic news that she is focusing so much on the state. Ohio’s misogynist Democrat Party Chairman has no idea how truly popular she is.

Chris Redfern Needs YOU To Donate $0.00!

January 28th, 2010 Matt View Comments

Here is the Ohio Democrat Party’s latest fundraising email:

Chris and I have been friends for a long time, but our relationship turned rocky last year and he called me out by name during a press conference.

But, being the gracious gentleman that I am, in my mailbox I have an envelop addressed to Chris Redfern. Enclosed is the amount he requested.

Chris Redfern Not that Worried about Independents Running Away from his Far-Left Party

November 18th, 2009 Matt Comments off

From The Politico:

The erosion among independents, however, isn’t simply a regional problem. Democrats are anxious about the prospects of five-term Sen. Chris Dodd in Connecticut, who trails one of his GOP opponents by 28 percentage points among independents in a prospective head-to-head matchup, and Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and Iowa Gov. Chet Culver, two Democratic incumbents with shrinking approval ratings among independent voters. A Des Moines Register poll released this weekend showed the first-term Culver trailing the GOP front-runner among independents by nearly 30 percentage points.

“It’s a challenge,” said Chris Redfern, the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, referring to the current election environment. But, he added, “we don’t need all of them back. We just need a majority.”

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Team Strickland Gets Caught Red Handed Selling Public Policy

November 11th, 2009 Matt Comments off

From the geezer Joe Hallett:

Invitations to two fundraisers for Gov. Ted Strickland’s re-election campaign that advertised special access to state officials appear to perpetuate a pay-to-play political system that the governor promised in 2006 that he would end.

A third fundraising invitation by the Ohio Democratic Party to join Strickland and a high-ranking party official “to discuss Ohio’s current issues” raises questions about whether input on public policy can be bought for a political contribution.

The Strickland campaign and the party say the wording on the invitations slipped through their vetting processes and is regrettable, and it was corrected in all three cases.

“I have not seen this and I think that it does not look good,” a clearly disturbed Strickland said when shown an invitation to a Sept. 4 Cincinnati-area campaign fundraiser for him.

What was the invitation? It was a ticket for special access:

The Sept. 4 fundraiser was sponsored by Rob Smyjunas and Dave Noonan of Vandercar Holdings, owner of Corridor 75 Premier Logistics Park. The event, which Smyjunas said drew about 30 local contributors, was held at the 429-acre industrial park that Vandercar is developing at an I-75 interchange in Monroe.

The invitation promoted “a private lunch reception with Gov. Ted Strickland and special guests, county and state economic development officials.” Smyjunas said Noonan “wrote that and sent it out without ever talking with anybody. He sent it out by e-mail.”

Smyjunas and Pickrell said that when the campaign saw the invitation, it immediately issued a new one after removing the reference to economic-development officials.

Economic-development officials…. as in those who direct state grants and stimulus dollars to various projects. They knew exactly what they were selling, and are only embarrassed that they worded their pay-to-play scheme so poorly.

And Chris Redfern, fresh off of an embarrassing week of stories concerning his party in Athens County paying voters $5 dollars to vote in targeted district, once again shows how touchy he is about Democrats looking corrupt as we enter the 2010 campaign season:

The Ohio Democratic Party fundraising invitation in question was for a brunch Saturday at the Bexley Monk restaurant. Party Chairman Chris Redfern said the original invitation sent to lobbyists and others promoted a meeting with him and Strickland “for an insider’s discussion on what the Ohio Democratic Party is doing to prepare for the 2010 elections.”

But a follow-up reminder e-mail sent Oct. 27 from party Finance Director Joe Rettof told invitees that the event “will be a great opportunity for you to discuss Ohio’s current issues with the governor” and the party’s executive director, Doug Kelly.

“I did not give final clearance on this,” Redfern said. “It was a mistake.”

Redfern acknowledged that the follow-up e-mail implied a chance to discuss public policy with Strickland in exchange for a campaign contribution.

“That’s why I’m troubled by this, because we got to this position, in some measure, by pointing out the weakness of the Republican Party and the former leaders of this state,” Redfern said. “So with that criticism comes a great deal of responsibility going forward to conduct ourselves in an appropriate, ethical and clearly legal way.”

Athens County Democrat Chairwoman to Chris Redfern: RESIGN!

November 5th, 2009 Matt View Comments

The Ohio University Post’s Caitlin McGlade reports that, the Chairman who is already under indictment is no fan of Chris Redfern’s:

Athens’ top Democrat rejected the state chairman’s call for her resignation yesterday, asserting that he should resign instead.

Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, released a statement yesterday asking County Chairwoman Susan Gwinn to leave, after a series of local controversies stirred up statewide interest. Redfern has spoken out against Gwinn for years; for running against incumbent Dave Warren for the county prosecutor seat, for her felony indictment and, most recently, for her involvement with an Ohio University College Democrats ploy to pay students who bring friends to vote.

“I was saddened to hear the latest chapter in what has been a long series of questionable actions on the part of Susan Gwinn during her time as Athens County Democratic Party Chairwoman,” he said in the statement. “For the good of the Party, I ask that she resign from her position effective immediately.”

Gwinn said she’s not moving.

“Frankly, I think he should resign,” she said.

For those of you unfamiliar with her other criminal activity:

The vote-buying conundrum would become her second case within the past few months.

The first left her indicted by a grand jury for laundering more than $27,000 in campaign contributions through personal bank accounts during her race for county prosecutor.

The special prosecutor on the case, Delaware County Prosecutor Dave Yost, who is also running as a Republican for Attorney General, offered Gwinn a deal that would reduce her three felonies and three misdemeanors down to one misdemeanor and a $100 fine. All she had to do was resign. She declined.

And to make matters worse, the Athens County Democrat Party establishment, especially Councilwoman Nancy Bain, are standing up for Gwinn:

Councilwoman Nancy Bain, D-3rd Ward, said she thinks Redfern’s request is inappropriate and political.

“I think running a person out of town for something that may or may not have happened — I think that is premature,” Bain said. “Maybe he should watch his premature moves.”[...]

But despite the controversy, the Democratic Party has largely stood behind Gwinn.

“I hope the party quits shooting itself in the foot,” Bain said.

It is likely that Redfern was not a fan of Gwinn long before she used College Democrats in an ACORNesque scheme to buy votes. But Chris’ willingness to quickly call for her resignation and reject the OU College Democrats argument that they weren’t breaking the law shows how extremely touchy Ohio Democrats are to accusations of corruption, as this is only tip of the iceberg.

An Addition to the Athens Voter Fraud Controversy

November 3rd, 2009 Matt Comments off

To add to the voter fraud committed by Athens Democrat party bosses and pinhead college morons, a press release from the OU College Republicans raises an interesting question about the legitimacy of Democrat State Rep. Debbie Phillips:

The Ohio University College Republicans applaud the statement of Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern regarding the current vote bounty controversy. Chairman Redfern stated: “The Ohio Democratic Party had no role in this stupid idea, and I urge Athens County Chairwoman Susan Gwinn to suspend the program immediately and not issue any payments that may have been planned. I call for a complete investigation and prosecution for any wrongdoing in this case.” The Ohio University College Republicans endorse Redfern’s call for embattled Athens County Chairwoman Susan Gwinn and the Ohio University College Democrats to suspend the program and conduct a full investigation into the matter.

Furthermore, in light of the recent revelations, the College Republicans are concerned about prior instances of this votes-for-cash bounty program. During the 2008 election in the 92nd Ohio House District, Republican candidate and Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson lost to the current representative Democrat Debbie Phillips by less than 600 votes. The College Republicans hope that a full investigation will reveal whether or not the College Democrats implemented a similar program during the 2008 election.

Christine Fahl, the candidate for Athens City Council 4th Ward who was to be the potential benefactor of the fraudulent votes, played a major role in Debbie Phillips’s 2008 campaign.

Issue 3, MTR, Penn National & Competitive Bidding

August 23rd, 2009 Matt View Comments

Issue 3 and this gambling debate is something of a mess, and Brent Larkin calls Gov. Ted out on allowing that to happen:

Ohio’s seven horse racing tracks will pay $65 million each to build slot machine parlors on their properties. The racetrack deal, engineered by Gov. Ted Strickland and his minions in the legislature, represented public policy at its worst.

Jeffrey Hooke, a Maryland-based casino expert and investment banker, said a fair price for each casino license would be in the $300 million to $500 million range. Hooke described the governor’s deal with the racetracks as “the greatest taxpayer ripoff in Ohio history.”

Strickland has made a mess of Ohio’s gambling climate. Any governor with a modicum of vision could have seen this coming and pushed a ballot issue that required a bidding process for casinos and racetrack slot machines.

But Gov. Strickland opposes an open bidding process, because that would make life difficult for MTR lobbyists Chris and Kim Redfern and the Ohio Democrat Party, all of whom will milk this gambling issue for every possible personal and political benefit.

Therefore, I am filing public records requests, as I am yet to read anywhere in the press of who met with Gov. Strickland’s administration on this deal. Just how was MTR selected as the company which would be used to fill holes in the budget? Was this just something Ted and Chris arranged at Club 185 in German Village over coffee and club sandwiches?

In addition, I will publish reports on just why Kim Redfern works as a lobbyist for these clients: Colonial Life Insurance, Thomas Fok & Associates, Information Control Corporation, Continental Real Estate, 3SG Corporation, Poggemeyer Design Group, Deloitte Consulting, TriVIN, City of Parma, PRIME Engineering, DCK North America, Berger & Montague, Informatica, Lawyers Development Corporation, PT Coures, and IQity.

And while the smart people over at LetOhioVote.org fight to questions of VLTs over to voters, the Ohio Grocers Association fights the unconstitutional application of the CAT tax to food, and judges properly stop the misuse of tobacco settlement money, I will expose the corruption of Ohio Democrat Party Chris Redfern and his wife Kim.

Let the fun begin!

A Place for Chris & Kim Redfern to Dump Gambling $$$?

August 5th, 2009 Matt View Comments

There was a new PAC registered this week, called the North Coast Leadership PAC. It uses the exact same address that Chris Redfern used as a State Representative, 2841 North Bluff Ridge Dr. in Port Clinton, and the address lists Kimberly Redfern as a resident. The Treasurer is Thomas Ferrell.

It will be fascinating to watch who donates to this PAC, and what the money is used for, as this PAC is quite suspicious.

And while the amounts of money Ohio Democrat Party Chairman Chris Redfern and  Kim has made off of MTR will never truly be known, you can be assured they made far more than the $14,000 salary of the average MTR racino employee.

Cash for Clunkers Update: Chris Redfern & Betty Sutton Don’t Want the Poor to Own Cars

August 4th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Yesterday, I noted that Rep. Betty Sutton’s behavior-modification “Cash for Clunkers” program that the Ohio Democrat Party and MTR Lobbyist Chris Redfern was promoting has a website which gives the Federal Government control of your computer.

And today, Hunter Baker at the Acton Institute blog raises an interesting question about C-f-C , which a reporter should ask Sutton about:

I just read today that the cars traded in for the Cash for Clunkers program are rendered unusable by running liquid glass through the engines.

Has anyone considered the impact of this on the poor? What has happened is that a huge number of low cost cars are being removed from the market. These are cars low income earners would ordinarily drive or teenagers would buy them who need to get to school or work.

What happens when we radically reduce the supply of a particular good? If there are no good substitutes, then the price goes up. In effect, this is a tax on the lower end of the market.

The fact that the Ohio Democrat who authored the C-f-C legislation might not fully realize how much destroying cheap cars hurts the poor is a classic example of the “progressive” mental disorder.

UPDATE: This issue recieved more funding, thanks in part Senator George “errrr errrr errrr” Voinovich.

Tom Brinkman Update

August 4th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Tom Brinkman won a temporary restraining order against the Ohio House and the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee from enforcing a law which make it a crime for former legislators advocate before the Ohio House.

From The Enquirer:

A federal judge Tuesday declared that Ohio’s law limiting lobbying activities violates the First Amendment rights of a former state legislator from Cincinnati.

The decision clears the way for former Ohio Rep. Tom Brinkman to become an unpaid lobbyist for a local anti-tax group and raises questions about whether the state law can withstand a broader constitutional challenge.

Ohio’s law, known as a “revolving door” statute, bars former state legislators from lobbying activities for at least one year after they leave office. The purpose of the law is to prevent vote buying and other unethical behavior by limiting the ability of legislators to profit from relationships with private groups and lobbyists.

But U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott ruled that the law appears to be too broad and infringes on Brinkman’s First Amendment right to speak out and lobby on behalf of causes or organizations.

This is good news, and is perhaps a bi-partisan effort that MTR lobbyist Chris Redfern could get behind.

Competition and the Redfern Racket

July 29th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Kyle Sisk apparently doesn’t believe in Ohio Democrat Party Chairman’s apparent disinterest in the lobbying which makes his family wealthier, and he notes:

For whatever reason, my point is that prior to Chris & Kim being lobbyists they probably had the vocal, financial, general support of 80% of the lobbying community.

Ask around today and I think you will find that at least 80% of the lobbying community would be fine with the Redferns vanishing from the face of the earth.  Get a few drinks in some of said lobbyists and you’ll feel like you are hanging out in Hell’s Kitchen or on The Deadliest Catch.

Simply put:  Competition is a funny thing.

The second Kim put a shingle up as a lobbyist that basically meant that anytime she GAINED a client then someone else was LOSING a client.  Everyone was cool with Chris when he wasn’t competition, but the dynamics have changed.

They are taking food out of other people’s mouths (picture a lobbyist with his/her spouse & kids eat Ramen noodles because Chris & Kim Redfern stole their largest client).

The Redferns would be shocked to learn how many Democrats have their knives out, because with the MTR  issue, the Redfern’s are treading on other people’s territory. And unlike private business, politics and lobbying is a zero-sum game where you only win at someone else’s expense.

Therefore, I will predict today that Mr. and Mrs. greed will lead to their early political demise.

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