Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Carnival #152

Welcome to the Carnival of Ohio Politics #152. In searching for a theme for this week's carnival, I was temporarily stumped. Mostly because Ben took all the Baccardi 151 for last week's edition. I semi-promised Jill that I'd do a Ramones theme, but perhaps we'll wait till we get more details on Strickland's education plan before going to Rock and Roll High School. The inauguration? I considered Tom Lehrer's “ National Brotherhood Week”, but it's so NSFW that it would land you in Diversity Poltical Re-Education Camp for just listening.

But then, a revelation was vouchsafed to me. By giving up seeking, I found.

Specifically, I found spam in the Carnival mailbox, from one assuredly lovely Rita:

“ My name is Rita,i like traveling and meeting new friend and i would like us to be come friend.

Please can you contact me through my email address at (xxxxxxxxxx)* so that i will send my pictures to you.

Thanks.

Rita”

Apparently, the only industry left that doesn't require a bailout. With that, there's only one possible theme:



And now, on to politics as usual:

Jill Miller Zimon isn't happy with Tim Hagan's attitude on the Medical Mart, Or his attitude in general. I doubt that he's the only person in government with an I-know-better-than-you attitude. She also has thoughts on the sidewalk / path issue in Solon. If you think that's wasteful, just remind your self that it's an investment in economic infrastructure! Soon Uncle Sam will be sending more tax dollars you way. Also not crazy about “policy light, blindly ambitious, & great fundraiser” Josh Mandel running for State Treasurer.

Jason Rowsey notes that Columbus is having a tough financial time, and the city's unionized employees aren't exactly leaping forward to help. Something we'll be hearing more of in the future, as the underfunded and overpromised public employee pensions run into trouble. Politicians of all stripes have been eager to agree to hefty union benefit costs to buy votes today at the expense of the future.

Ben Keeler follows up on an early ID of Peter Lawson Jones as a candidate for Senate, now that George Voinovich is going to retire. Ham Sandwich could not be reached for comment.

Whalertly follows up with a quick look at 8 candidates for the Senate – 4 from each party. For some unknown reason, Ham Sandwich didn't make the list. He also has thoughts on the Ohio budget, and Strickland's desire for some concessions from the unions. I suspect that it's perfectly correct to note that the stimulus / bailout package isn't going to do much to structurally fix this problem.

Jeff Lehner of Free Market Politics notes that Gov. Strickland has been at it for two years, and doesn't have much to show in the way of helping businesses grow profitably, as well as Buckeye State Blog's view of the secret ballot as “ country club elitism”.

Harold Thomas from The Ohio Republic looks at some of the nuts-n-bolts of Ohio's leaving the Union.

The Dean of Cincinnati is less than amused by Joe Deters hanging out with f olks running white supremacist newsletters and swapping Obama assassination jokes. He notes that sooner or later, the Secret Service is going to have to pay someone a visit.

Tim Higgins at Just Blowing Smoke has some thoughts on the Toledo Blade and their recent front page articles on Tom Noe. Of course, the Noe scandal was what, 5 years ago? If I'm still turning out pieces on Marc “Dannimal House” Dann 5 years from now, barring any fresh atrocities, it will be time to go.

* Email address excised by order of Committee on Blogger Safety.




9 comments:

Whalertly said...

nice post
I will make sure to mention the all great and holy Ham Sandwich in my next speculative 2010 posting

Roland Hansen said...

Thanks for putting COP together.

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