Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Carnival of Ohio Politics #134


Welcome to the Carnival of Politics #134!

The Reuters photo to the right shows the Democrat presidential nominee, Barack Obama, and the Republican presidential nominee, John McCain. Former Clinton staffer Paul Begala claims that John McCain has 134 former lobbyists serving in the McCain campaign. Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy after serving just 134 days in the United States Senate.

This photo, though, was taken on September 11th, when not only did the candidates refrain from partisan speeches, but their respective campaign staffs took a day off, too. Obama and McCain visited Ground Zero in New York City during daylight hours, and attended a candidate forum on volunteerism and service that night at Columbia University.

Many in the blogosphere shared somber reflections on September 11th, as well. Thanks for sharing and remembering.

Now, on to the Carnival to see what Ohio's political bloggers have been writing about this past week!

Bearing Drift Ohio felt gratitude toward volunteers who helped clear the yard of debris as storms ripped through Powell. BDO took issue with some Hollywood celebrity comments about Sarah Palin, and makes a few other pointed comments directed at the entertainment media.

The Ohio Republic declares a pox on both Democrats and Republicans, characterizing their rule as kleptocracy, and recommends either finding a new political party to rule us, or secession of Ohio from the United States.

Lisa Renee at Glass City Jungle reports on volunteer efforts to register those who are homeless as voters AND take it one step further, by informing the homeless voters. Candidates will have an opportunity to address the Town Hall at Tent City in Toledo on October 31st.

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is interested to see whether the books Americans read have an impact on elections. Want to see the electoral map broken down by Amazon book orders?

Roland Hansen examines the posturings of the presidential campaigns while wooing Jewish American voters.

JMZ at Writes Like She Talks wonders why the Plain Dealer can't write a more even-handed editorial in recommending Josh Mandel (R) over Bob Belovich (D) for state representative in suburban Cuyahoga County. She also posts about the possibility of mass transportation infrastructure improvements in Ohio in the form of tubular rail.

Speaking of Ohio infrastructure, John Michael Spinelli at E Pluribus Media provides a detailed account of a conference discussing Ohio's need to remake itself to regain its prosperity. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland spoke at length about the challenges and about opportunities on the horizon. Ohio Senate President Bill Harris and Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted also participated.

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points out that it's a bit late to be trying to disqualify someone from the ballot due to a residency issue. It's Hoverman versus Crish for Allen County Sheriff, and the Hoverman campaign is keying in on the residency of Crish. Speaking of residency, will states have to look to each other instead of the Federal government to act on illegal immigration? Will Ohio push through illegal immigration bills similar to Oklahoma's? Or does Ohio aspire to be a destination for illegal immigrants?

Just Blowing Smoke decries the dumbing down of politics, especially in reference to the United Way's building in Toledo, in a post provocatively titled "Lipstick on a Brick." The EPA may become the bureaucracy that shapes our future. Got your pitchforks at the ready?

The Point has one story apiece from each side of the aisle. Ohio GOP leader Kevin DeWine came to Cuyahoga Falls to stump for 42nd District state rep candidate Richard Nero, and Ben Keeler tells how it all went down. Kyle Kutuchief went a little higher up the food chain to report on Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton stumping for presidential candidate Barack Obama in Akron.

At Thurber's Thoughts, Maggie Thurber examines a bill introduced by 49th District State Rep. Matt Szollosi to unionize court workers, and offers some reminders why state law excludes some groups of workers from unionizing even in this unionized state. Thurber also presents a 5-point urban development formula advanced by Samuel R. Staley, an Ohioan who is cofounder and senior fellow at the Buckeye Institute.

The Cincinnati Beacon knows what the politicians are saying. They have video footage of independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader responding to a question about the merits of voting for 3rd party and independent candidates. Also, they report what Paul Hackett advised the Obama campaign to say. Why should anybody listen to advice from WCPO political commentators Paul Hackett (D) and Phil Heimlich (R)? These guys LOST their last political campaigns!

Ouch! I lost my last political campaign, too. There goes my credibility. I'm adding three of my posts to this week's Carnival anyway.

Yours truly, the Buckeye RINO, visited the land "where men are men and women win the Iditarod" this past June. The Alaska Governor who put Alaska's checkbook online could teach a lesson on checkbooks to Seneca County Treasurer Marguerite Bernard, who hasn't been able to balance the county's checkbook in months. Finally, Governor Strickland says it's not time for the state to tap the rainy day fund yet, so I, likewise, encourage families to prepare themselves with their own rainy day stockpiles of food and household goods.

Thanks to all who contributed this week!

--Daniel Jack Williamson

24 comments:

Lisa Renee said...

Nicely done Daniel, thank you again for becoming one of the Carnival team.

:-)

Ben said...

I echo those sentiments.

Roland Hansen said...

First time out of the COP gate ---Real Good Job!

Tim Higgins said...
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Tim Higgins said...

Incredible job for a first effort. Congratulations on the new responsibilities, and thanks for another great Carnival.

Barga said...

one quick thing, please don't send out so many invites to be in the carnival. I am fine with one (even though most of us know) but I got four, which really is too much and borderline spamming...

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