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Senator Shannon Jones… & About the 7th District, I Was Wrong

August 6th, 2009 Matt Comments off

After posting this, I have since learned how far off the rumors were.

Shannon Jones will get the senate seat after all. But I was right about money playing a big roll… Esentially, 15 checks, for $10,000 each from First Energy and their leading coal supplier purchased the seat.

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.

The 7th Ohio Senate District

August 4th, 2009 Matt Comments

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From The Dayton Daily News reports that resumes are being accepted!

The Ohio Senate is taking applications to fill former Sen. Bob Schuler’s seat. Schuler died in June after a long bout with cancer

Sen, President Bill Harris, R-Ashland, today, Aug. 3, announced the Ohio Senate Republican caucus will accept applications to fill the 7th Senate District seat, which is comprised of Warren County and the eastern portion of Hamilton County.

State Rep. Shannon Jones, R-Springboro, is one of three candidates known to be interested in the vacancy. Michelle Schneider, former Madiera mayor and state representative, and former Mt. Lookout representative Tom Brinkman Jr. have confirmed they are seeking the seat.

Interested candidates will be screened by a committee of Republican senators on Monday, Aug. 10. In addition to Sen. President Harris, the committee will be comprised of President Pro Tempore Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, Majority Floor Leader Keith Faber, R-Celina, Majority Whip Mark Wagoner, R-Toledo, Sen. Karen Gillmor, R-Tiffin, Sen. John Carey, R-Wellston, and Sen. Chris Widener, R-Springfield.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the full Republican caucus will vote to officially seat the individual recommended by the screening committee.

The dynamics of this appointment process are fascinating. And from whispers among the State House crowd, it is clear that Shannon Jones is a non-issue, and this seat already belongs to Michelle Schneider, who is wealthy enough to fund her own campaign and will break the fundraising caps.

While looking at the names of who is on this screening committee, it is interesting to note that it was those members of the Senate Leadership - Harris, Carey, Wagoner, Faber, and Niehaus – who were also the REPUBLICAN TRAITORS who cut a deal with Gov. Strickland and ignored the will of Ohio voters by allowing Gov. Strickland to, unconstitutionally, expand gambling by executive order. In addition, these five ignored the critical government reform that Bill Batchelder’s principled minority caucus was advocating, which would have harmed Strickland politically, kept the toxic budget debate on the front pages for at least three more months, and would have been a major step in the right direction of avoiding MASSIVE tax increases in 2011.

Without question, the best choice for this seat is former Rep. Tom Brinkman, who is founder of COAST, is responsible for important state government transparency legislation (HB 420), and is so anti-tax that he was violently punched in the face by former Speaker Larry Householder’s Chief of Staff because Tom refused to support Bob Taft’s massive tax increases!

While working as a State House employee, I marveled as Brinkman consistently voted “NO” on practically everything. However, Brinkman is so unwilling to give into the statist agenda that the pathetic Ohio Senate leadership will undoubtedly pick the loaded & politically-malleable Schneider.

Get out your checkbook Michelle, and welcome back to the legislature!

Breaking! Group Files Lawsuit Against Strickland’s VLTs

July 20th, 2009 Matt Comments off

Update at 11:15pm: Jesse Hathaway has some good thoughts on the subject here.

The press release is below the fold:

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