Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Carnival of Politics Number 76

This week's graphic serves as a sort of temporal Rorschach. If you were born before, say 1969, it's unmistakable: The logo of the American Bicentennial celebrated in 1976. If you were aware of the world back then, the Bicentennial pulsed throughout the background of American life for at least year before and months afterward, its happy radiant energy striking consumer goods and tchotchkes alike red, white and blue. For most of us, the number seventy-six has forever been inextricably linked to that burst of patriotic enthusiasm.

For you younger folks, I'm sure it will always mean the seventy-sixth Carnival of Ohio Politics.

Starting it off, Toledo's Maggie Thurber goes local with two posts about her burg, but relevant wherever you go. First, she totals up all the local levies fatiguing Toledo voters. Then she shows what really behind a putative dispute over whether the Toledo charter requires a balanced budget.

Staying in Toledo, Lisa Renee at Glass City Jungle ponders where we should let registered sex offenders live.

Conservative Culture posts about one alternative for sex offenders. Also, CC discusses the latest example of the continuing pressure to introduce casino gambling in Ohio. And notes that the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that Ohio's gay marriage ban doesn't conflict with the criminal domestic violence statute.

Jill writes what she thinks about the competing duties of her Representative -- serving his country versus serving his constituents. Next, she shares thoughts on the plea for a Republican party activist accused of sexual assault. And we get Part IV of her interview with the Executive Director of the Ohio Association for Gifted Children.

The Lorain-based Word of Mouth crew makes their Carnival debut this week. Lorainne Ritchey writes a portrait of a peace activist who is walking from Chicago to DC. Word founder Scott Bakalar and contributor Henery Hawk each weigh in with thoughts about the second Bloggapalooza.

Sen. George Voinovich's protestations that enhanced border security rings hollow for Matt Hurley at Weapons of Mass Discussion, who runs down Voinovich's free-spending past. Matt compares and contrasts where Rudy Giulini and Fred Thompson stand on Federalism. And he reports that Rep. Zach Space broke a campaign promise to forswear contributions from lobbyists.

At BizzyBlog, Tom revels in the news that Rep. Dennis Kucinich has a challenger for his House seat. And Tom continues following the story of the stolen data tapes.

The Chief Source's submission this week is a guest post from a friend who was held up at gunpoint in Akron's colorful Highland Square neighborhood.

The Dean at Cincinnati Beacon has been all over the local phone carrier. Seems customers of Cincinnati Bell's internet service are unable to send emails to certain accounts; the emails get bounced as spam. Dean gives advice to customers trying to get past the Cincinnati Bell's outsourced customer service, breaks down the PR flakery and notes at least one instance of compromised security.

Another first-timer, Cindy at As Ohio Goes, questions the bases of a Statehouse candidate's anti-gay platform. And she plugs a Campaigns and Elections article that spotlights blogs in Ohio.

One of our administrators is missing. Ben Keeler is enjoying the sights in the far west, the lucky schnook.

For myself, I was unimpressed with the aforementioned Supreme Court decision. A discussion between two eminent scientists about science and religion leaves me uninspired. And new poltical blogs on the local paper's website are underwhelming. After all that I should assure you, I had a fine week.

Not a once in two hundred years week, but perfectly fine.


Jill said...

Thanks, Pho! What a variety. Pleasure to read.

Lisa Renee said...

Great work everyone and not to be biased or anything but it's nice to see Toledo represented so well.