Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Carnival of Ohio Politics #116

Love v. Lust - a good theme for this week's 116th edition of the Carnival, especially as rendered by none other than William Shakerspeare in his Sonnet 116:

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

First up this week, Roland Hansen Commentary asks, what's all the fuss about a city manager as CEO for our city?

Blogesque was the first submission in the about “the embarrassment in the AG’s office” category – about, guess what? The embarrassment in Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann’s office.

Buckeye RINO made a conscious decision to leave both the Ohio AG and former State Representative Matthew Barrett alone. In exchange, he puts Reverand Jeremiah Wright on the spot, queries whether Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has a hand in the cookie jar and submits a very thorough health care plan! I’ll take those three any day over the others.

Ohio House Bill 545 has not gotten much attention, so take some time and read about Idea Treks' thoughts on the legislation that concerns payday lending regulation.

Ben Keeler declares a Code Red at the AG Office over at The Point and offers a round up of what was going on – can it be – almost a week ago now. He also offers his rata-frata-rata mumble about Alex Arshinkoff keeping his job as Summit County GOP Chairman.

According to The Cincinnati Beacon, its namesake town arrests more Black people for marijuana.

Bearing Drift Ohio returns to the Carnival action with a review of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s economic stimulus plan (economics? What’s that?) Everyone needs a cause, right? And Drift writes about an effort to raise $50,000 for Nationwide Children's Hospital in Worthingon, Ohio. Good luck (Editrix discretion - I'm a sucker for non-profit fundraisers, especially when they deal with kids and health).

Progress Ohio's Nation of Ghandis offers more reporting and reflections that serve as a caution for the 2008 elections. Progress Ohio also gives us two other unique posts, even if not completely unique subjects:
Congratulations Madam Secretary and FirstEnergy Withholding $1.5 Million Owed to Poverty-Assistance Program.

Never one to let self-respecting bloggers sleep at the wheel, Bizzy Blog first offers information about Ohio AG Marc Dann being asked to resign and then refusing and then crafts a critique of how an AP reporter reiterated calls for Dann to resign, but appears to have left out a few noteworthy requesters.

What in Dannation!? Okay, well, Ohio Republic didn’t ask that exactly, but he did call his take on the Ohio AG events, Dannation. I liked that (and the fact that it rhymes with this Red Hot Chili Peppers song).

So, following the events with the Ohio AG office might be addictive, if not downright precedent-setting but Scott of Pho’s Akron Pages is already examining whether, technically and legally, Marc Dann can be impeached and what, practically speaking, comes next.

Maggie Thurber expresses her concerns at Thurber's Thoughts about how her local counsel doesn't seem to trust the city's law department and wants its own, outside attorney to review a particular contract, never mind that several folks on the council are lawyers.
Then, Maggie offers a unique compare and contrast of editorial boards and how they are looking at the issues involved in the Ohio AG fiasco. Finally, in her FOIA Friday Feature, Maggie offers Cheers & Jeers for two local elected officials when it comes to public records requests.

Conservative Culture, not unlike many of us I suspect, notes the irony in AG Marc Dann’s exhortation to his staff to be professional about their work. Turning our attention to what’s happening with the topic of immigration, CC suggests that issues related to illegal immigrants are closer than we might think. Last up, will there be any parallel between how Ohio Democrats deal with AG Dann and how they may view Reverend Wright?

In a lovely line of alliteration, Annie from The Chief Source examines lazy legislators who love llamas.

The Taxman Blog pays homage to Howard Metzenbaum
and sees more than just fraternization as an issue for the Ohio AG.

Lisa Renee of Glass City Jungle writes about an interview conducted by Troy Neff with Republican Ohio State Senator Mark Wagoner (R, Ohio 2nd) on the AG Dann impeachment issue.
But in a completely non-Dann span, she asks some interesting questions about hate speech and offers some radio interview links for access to a deeper discussion.

My contribution to discourse about Dann centers on
the media's failure to address women and the workplace issues choosing instead to focus on men and their lack of impulse control as just part of the scenery. Blech. I don't know if East Cleveland's Shaw High School's marching band plans to make any political statement at the Olympics, but kudos are in order for being only one of five U.S. marching bands invited to go. Finally, White Hat Management is obstructing an investigation related to the physical assault of a five-year old at one of its Ohio Hope Academies. I'll leave it at that.

Thank you again for all the contributions and have a great week.