From the monthly archives: September 2012

In case you read yesterday’s post about Randy Newman and wondered “what kind of person wouldn’t vote for President Obama simply because of the color of his skin”, today we have the answer.

His name is Jason, and he called in to today’s Talk of the Nation on NPR with Neal Conan.

The show centered around Washington College History Professor Richard who recently wrote a piece for the New York Times about President Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.

In the middle of the show, after hearing lots of interesting information about Lincoln and slavery and the huge [...]

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“I accept the findings of the Inspector General’s report. I was wrong and I’m sorry for my lack of judgment,” said Stan Heffner on August 2, 2012, the day the Inspector General released a detailed, 14-page report exposing Heffner’s “lack of judgment”, or as we call it in the real world — breaking the law.  Heffner did not mean that he would be more than willing accept the appropriate punishment for his misdeeds.

Inspector General Randy Meyer made it perfectly clear that Stan Heffner unequivocally ignored the law as he testified before the Senate Finance Committee (Heffner feigns [...]

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It’s a pattern we have become familiar with:

Columbus Dispatch breaks a controversial news story; The central Ohio newspaper reports suspicious activity of public officials; Published stories result in an investigation by the State Auditor; State Auditor launches months-long investigation that includes state agency; And finally, the Auditor finds that the laws and guidelines were not sufficient to find anyone guilty of breaking any laws.

We’re talking, of course, about use of the state plane by Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Speaker William Batchelder, though we understand if you thought we were talking about the investigation into school attendance records [...]

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We can discuss policy until the cows come home, but when it comes to presidential politics, there is no doubt a certain percentage of the population that will never, ever, ever vote for Barack Obama for one very specific reason.

It’s not the health care program Republicans named after him, or the myths about him being a communist or socialist or secret Muslim.

It’s the color of his skin. Plain and simple.

We all tend to avoid discussing this topic because it’s uncomfortable for people on both sides of aisle. No one wants to admit – not Democrats or Republicans [...]

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On September 13th, Hilliard Tea Party member Carol D. Bicking submitted a voter challenge to hundreds of OSU students.  Bicking appears to be following the strategy promoted by True the Vote which aims to intimidate Democratic voters, like students or African Americans, into staying away from the polls this November.

If the Board of Elections accepts the challenge, students would be sent a subpoena to appear at a hearing to question their voting status.  Students would then have a minimum of three days to prepare for the hearing, and possibly hire legal counsel, all because some nasty Tea Partier didn’t [...]

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Back in June Politifact gave the Ohio Democratic Party a “half-true” rating on their claim that John Kasich’s budget caused “many communities to seek school levies, local tax increases, layoffs.”

The rating was primarily given because of conflicting information about the layoff claims.  Despite a number of examples of layoffs provided by ODP, Politifact noted that the number of local government jobs in Ohio had ticked up slightly since Kasich’s budget had been enacted.   As such, they ruled the claim half true.

That was June and they were looking at May’s numbers.

Had they waited a few weeks until the June employment [...]

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A few weeks back we discussed the Obama/ODP lawsuit against Secretary of State Husted and the fact that Husted (through the AG’s office) had hired William S. Consovoy from the firm Wiley Rein LLP to help defend his decision to remove (as per the legislature) early voting on the three days before election day – including the weekend before, which is highly favored by African American voters.

Consovoy, you may remember, is also defending Florida’s plan to reduce voting hours preferred by African American voters.  And he recently pushed an unsuccessful constitutional challenge in the South against the Voting Rights Act, landmark legislation which outlawed [...]

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Today is the one year anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), a policy that discriminated against lesbians, gays and bisexuals in the military. The idea behind DADT was that if heterosexuals in the military knew they were serving beside lesbians, gays and bisexuals, they would freak out and fall apart. The policy forced people who are not heterosexual to live in fear and to have to hide important and vital parts of their lives.  It punished upstanding people, who only wanted to serve their country. It reinforced negative attitudes toward LGBT people in America. [...]

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Nate Silver at the New York Times‘ FiveThirtyEight blog recently reviewed the outlook of the nation’s Senate race given the current public opinion polling.  One of the thing Nate’s site does is weigh the polls and calculate the likelihood each candidate has of winning the race.

What does Nate say of Josh Mandel’s “surge” in the polls?

Another group of states, however, are more clearly disappointing for Republicans. Foremost among these are Ohio and Florida, where the polls have shifted sharply toward the Democratic incumbents, Sherrod Brown and Bill Nelson, in recent weeks.

In fact, Nate’s most recent [...]

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There’s a difference between tactics and strategy.   A huge difference.  And in war and politics, many a side has fallen simply because leadership failed to understand the distinction.

The Obama campaign has been running a strategic campaign.  One that gives voters a choice.  One that frames this election not as a referendum on the economy, but instead on who would be better for the economy, who would make the future better, who would move America “Forward.”

The Romney campaign, on the other hand, has been running largely a tactical campaign.  Moving from one tactical move to another with no real strategy to [...]

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From the late 40’s to the mid-90’s Democrats held a majority in the US House of Representatives.  Republicans blamed the Democrats’ longevity on the way congressional districts were drawn – giving Democrats the power to draw the maps to their own advantage.  Republicans felt so strongly about problems with the redistricting process that the Republican Party Platform of 1992 contained a plank focused specifically on Gerrymandered congressional and state legislative districts.

They concluded that the “political system is increasingly rigged” and they railed against districts that were “oddly shaped to guarantee election of Democrats”.  More importantly, they came up with a [...]

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