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Will this be the Summer of Love and Flower Power in Ohio's blogosphere? I won't be taking that bet, but the rate of blogging certainly hasn't slowed down, as this edition's submissions demonstrate.
Leading off, we have Roland Hansen Commentary, which opines that Ohio is losing a "fine elected official and a real true politician of the best kind as Gordy Heminger leaves Ohio for a job headquartered in Indiana."
The entries from the Cincinnati Beacon entice people who like to get an insider's view: To the People of Cincinnati, Shadow Hare Speaks, Shadow Hare Hero (or panhandling violator?) and The Time is Now to Join Roach.
We get an Ohio Sovereignty Resolution Update from Ohio Republic that includes an announcement for their July 4th statehouse rally rescheduling. Readers are then asked to consider, "Ohio GDP falls 0.7% in 2008 – what else is new?" and to remember Flag Day, in a way that Ohio sovereignty would require, in a post titled, "Fly Ohio Flag Alone on Flag Day." Co-editor of the Carnival, The Boring Made Dull, contemplates more taxes for the city of Barberton and Akron Mayor Plusquellic's announcement of plans to hire more police.
The Buckeye AG Network (ag for agriculture) has a few blogs representative of a mainstay Ohio industry. First up, Ohio's Mike Bumgarner Tapped to Head Center for Food and Animal Issues. We also get to read about a perspective I know I can't speak about authoritatively: what a Chevy-driving farm boy who's never owned another brand of vehicle think about the government stake now held in General Motors. And, maybe my favorite of their submissions, a post about how "...social media allows farmers to connect and converse with consumers..."
Former editor and thankfully blogging-again Pho's Akron Pages provides commentary on casino petitions getting caught "loading the dice," also-returning blogger Law Dork's takedown of an MSM look at the SCOTUS refusal to hear a case on DADT and the recall effort directed at Akron Mayor Plusquellic.
Lisa Renee, co-editor here and sole editor at Glass City Jungle, examines how a press release from her Mayor's office on the Ohio Supreme Court ruling against residency requirements has created a bit of discussion.
In the spirit of stick-with-itness, Spinelli on Assignment keeps us informed on what he considers to be the boost Ohio and regional transportation projects have been receiving as well as how Ohio's cities fared in the annual global quality of life ranking (that one Ohio city made the list, and which one, is interesting in and of itself).
Coming around again for our summer funtime is Ohio Republic with more discussion about state sovereignty: the struggle for freedom is non-partisan; our state senate is moving forward on considering SCR 13 (State Sovereignty Resolution), and, an old favorite topic of the Ohio blogosphere, Dannation! (Again.).
I used to think it unreal people could get so riled up political races literally years ahead of time. But ever since January, there's been 2010 chatter. I'm not immune from it either. In that vein, Roland Hansen Commentary preps us on the 2010 Lucas County Commissioner race.
Seneca County blog offers this Ohioan's perspective on how Ohio does (or does not, as the opinion may be) distribute federal dollars to state agencies.
In the full spirit of a double issue, Bizzy Blog participates with these three politician-centered posts: Mandel: Watchdog of Our Tax Dollars, Lee Fisher Flip-Flo and Chuck Norris Supports John Kasich… (among other gubernatorial candidates).
Blowing by again, Just Blowing Smoke speaks to the environmental movement confusion that is so much of our politics these days in Not My Bag.
Another wind-minded blog, Bearing Drift Ohio, also makes its reappearance in this edition after a hiatus and does some self-reflection in Local Blog Might Have a Point, regarding some Delaware County politics and politicians. In another reflective post, BDO analogizes politicians to high school stereotypes - no! (/sarcasm). In these days of reunions and Facebook, it's an appropriate read. And finally, orange barrel season - it's heeeeere.
Whalertly turns our attention to talk about Mike DeWine and his potential run for Attorney General. He also provides a canvass class on the economy of Ohio and Franklin County from 1970-now. And, in a more mischievious style, he poses the question of whether stealing bumper stickers is a political move.
Co-editor Daniel Jack Williamson of BuckeyeRINO takes an in-depth look at an interesting church-state-related proposal that deals with managing school time and religious instruction.
Last but most definitely not least, History Mike offers his perspective on the Holocaust Museum killer, texting while driving (hopefully he didn't blog that one while doing the same) and...jury duty.
I haven't been writing like I talk a whole lot lately, but when I have, I've mentioned the all-male bastion charged with hammering out Ohio's budget, the announcement of the first candidate to enter the 2010 race for Ohio House District #17's seat, and a round-up of national reviews that look at Ohio's public schools.
Everyone have a safe and pleasant summery week as we round the corner to...July 4 already!