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Quote of the Day

In a depressing Other Paper cover-story by Lyndsey Teter (the Teet!) about the passage of Columbus’ income tax hike, Terry Casey said this, which is Right Ohio’s quote of the day:

“When you have a million-plus from the business community—plus a newspaper PR firm that helped the propaganda ministry, everyone’s going to be coming back with, ‘you owe me,’” he said.

And Mrs. Teeter takes a healthy shot at the Mayor:

Coleman was at his magnanimous best, however, on the podium at Issue 1’s election night victory party, breathing such a hefty sigh at the end of a long list of “thank-yous” that it prompted laughter from supporters gathered at the Harrison West Community Center.

“I’ve always said that victory has a thousand fathers,” he said afterward, refusing—for the most part, anyway—to detail how he, personally, contributed to fathering Issue 1’s success.

“Let’s let other people talk about that,” he said. “I like the idea of not making it more—it’s not just all about me.”

Those who remember the man who had, only a year earlier, boldly “declared battle” at a sweaty press conference in front of City Center might ask, “Since when?”

I cringed while reading that. After all, victory may have a thousand fathers, but Coleman may be the father of a thousand children.

The Spirit of Jim Rhodes on Columbus Issue 1

The Other Paper’s much cuter (and fertile) replacement for Dan Williamson, who is also a fellow Ben Marrison hater, has two hilarious pieces today. Read them here and here.

This is exactly the level of seriousness that Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman’s proposed income tax increase should be treated with.

Special Interests LOVE Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman’s Proposed Tax Hike

Including the publisher of The Columbus Dispatch, as his business interests benefit from city infastructure spending. You are shocked, I’m sure:

Developers, contractors and corporations have funded 95 percent of the campaign to raise Columbus’ income-tax rate.
More than $770,000 collected by the pro-tax campaign since late April has come from business backers, according to reports filed yesterday with the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The biggest donor so far: American Electric Power Co., which contributed $50,000 to the pro-tax committee called Citizens for Strong Neighborhoods and Good Jobs.

Lee Roberts, who’s running the pro-tax campaign, emphasized the number of donors — two-thirds were individuals — but said corporate money shows a broad range of support.

Voters go to the polls Aug. 4 to decide on the proposal to raise the city income-tax rate from 2 percent to 2.5 percent.

Basics First, the main group opposing the tax, didn’t raise any money, organizer Bill Todd said.

In a debate this week, Todd criticized city spending on Downtown projects, saying it’s a reward for corporate political backers.

“I think it’s really important the public understand who’s interested in these issues,” he said last night.[...]

Other top donors so far to the pro-tax campaign are: Evans, Mechwart, Hambleton & Tilton Inc. (engineers), $40,000; Stantec Consulting Inc. (engineers), $40,000; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., $35,000; Malcolm Pirnie Inc. (engineers), $30,000; CH2M Hill Inc. (engineers), $30,000; Grange Insurance Companies, $25,000; Limited Brands, $25,000; NetJets Aviation Inc., $25,000; Corna Kokosing Construction Co., $25,000; Wolfe Enterprises, a subsidiary of The Dispatch Printing Company, $25,000.

I remember Lee as a former front-pager for the now-(almost) defunct website, Buckeye State Blog. I met him at a recent Issue 1 debate between Terry Casey and Councilman Ginther- He was a squirly, rotund young man in a cheap suit who was ran around the 2nd floor of the Columbus Athletic Center pointing me out, from a distance, to his fellow Coleman teet-sucking hacks.

Update: Jarrod Weiss, a leader of the Columbus anti-tax effort, links to the full finance report.