Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Carnival of Politics #92 -- Feast Week Edition

The obvious graphic. The impending holidays on everyone's mind and, not surprisingly, many Carnival mainstays have taken the week off. Nonetheless, we have some tasty links to share

But wait, don't we always relate the graphic/theme with the carnival number? I offer Psalm 92, 1-3:
    It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
    to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
    to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
    and your faithfulness by night,
    to the music of the lute and the harp,
    to the melody of the lyre.
With that, let's eat.

At Writes Like She Talks, Jill thinks about the difficulties a certain politicians son has had passing the bar exam and reflects on her own bar experience. She compares and contrasts the successful public records request for emails from Marc Dann's office with the contested request from Josh Mandel. And she highlights the compromises that made State Auditor Mary Taylor's internal audit bill a reality.

At Into My Own, OhioDave offers a point-by-point take-down of the Dispatch's "teacher misconduct" series and tries to make sense of the Haditha massacre two years later.

Maggie Thurber notes the election-driven politics behind the paid sick leave ballot issue and opines that when either the left or right manipulate the political process through the referendum process, the public interest loses.

The Dean of Cincinnati runs a reality check on local reporting of a reality show filming and finds the reporter's take unreal.

At BizzyBlog, former Wide Open blogger Tom Blumer argues that Dick Feagler's recent screed against bloggers actually proves the importance of bloggers.

At Word of Mouth Henry Hawk also takes issue with Dick Feagler's grouchy anti-blog column. Brian Hazelett looks at a campaign marketing the City of Lorain and wonders what they are selling. Paula Tobias returns to blogging and reflects on her campaign for Mayor of Lorain

The Man with a Muck Rake condemns a local bishop for condemning a local domestic partner registry.

Yearning to Breathe Free reports that Libertarians in Morrow and Marion Counties are mobilizing against efforts to "back door" a tax increase by increasing property assessments.

Ohio Daily Blog's Jeff Coryell offers three posts on the subprime mortgage mess. He argues that the crisis was driven by free market ideology. He offers a range of updates on court cases, proposed legislation and whose who in the industry. And he notes that the housing bubble collapse is driving down the stock market.

Ben Keeler examines the effects of the statewide smoking ban on the local economy, and the recent poll indicating that Ohioans do not want Gov. Ted Strickland to run for Vice President offers an opportunity to question his governorship.

Across town PsychoBilly's Redhorse tells everyone to calm down about the Governor's efforts to reform school funding -- he's getting there.

For myself, I look at the latest evidence that Ohio's charter school system is abysmal, recount criticisms of the latest Dangerous Cities rankings and take another opportunity to needle Dennis Kucinich.

ADDENDUM: Once again I missed someone. This time it was Progress Ohio. Dave Harding warned of impending price spikes if the General Assembly does not re-regulate electricity. He highlights the story that a couple million dollars in start-up funds for charter schools that never were can't be accounted for. And in a post near and dear to my heart, he publicizes the Ohio Fair Schools Campaign's billboard contest.

Thanks everyone who submitted. Have a great holiday.


Jill said...

Thanks, Scott and have a restful Thursday.

Jeff said...

Thanks, Scott! Happy Turkey Day to you and yours!