So it was recently revealed that the group funding LetOhioVote.org is headed by former Blackwell staffer Tim Crawford.
This certainly does help further solidify my assertion that LetOhioVote.org’s only goal is revenge against Ted Strickland.
But it leaves me wondering: who the hell is Tim Crawford?
I really don’t remember Tim from 2006. And I was covering that campaign, especially Blackwell’s staff, in excruciating detail. I was totally immersed in the numbers and names of that campaign and, today, Tim Crawford barely rings a bell.
Loparo? Ding Ding!
So I’m sitting here scratching my head trying to […]Full Story... →
Over the weekend, for the second time this year, Ohio law enforcement officers shot and killed a black person carrying an air gun.
In the first case, in Beavercreek, John Crawford III, 22, was shot by police in August while carrying around an air rifle sold at the Walmart store he was in. No officers were indicted. In the second case, in Cleveland on Saturday, police shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir E. Rice who was carrying an airsoft replica handgun at a playground.
A 12-year-old… playing with a toy gun… at a playground.
Both killings came in […]Full Story... →
Kasich is making an announcement this afternoon regarding his deal with the casinos and as Budget Watcher points out, it seems very likely that video lottery terminals (VLTs aka slot machines) are probably going to be allowed at Ohio’s race tracks. I recommend you read the Ohio Budget Watch post. As with many, many other issues, I think you’ll be very surprised how accurate their predictions turn out to be.
Regarding the VLTs, I thought maybe I’d cover a little background and touch on some recent issues that are suddenly being resolved to make way for Kasich’s likely plan […]Full Story... →
It looks like helping to sabotage one of Ted Strickland’s solutions for helping to balance the budget has earned Carlo Loparo a job with the Kasich administration.
Or maybe its his experience working for a group that has spent the past year fighting tooth and nail against Ohio’s transparency laws to keep the source of it’s funding private.
Either way, Carlo’s got a new job as the new spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and by every metric Kasich seems to consider important, Carlo totally deserves the job.
As we’ve noted many times […]Full Story... →
After originally saying he was putting the lottery commission’s plans for slot machines at racetracks on hold, John Kasich backtracked a little last week. He’s now saying “he doesn’t really gamble but he’s not opposed to it” and he thinks “the revenue can be valuable.”
The Republican Governor-elect now says he will study the plan to put video lottery terminals at the state’s racetracks and, not surprisingly, we haven’t heard a peep from Loparo and his pals at LetOhioVote.org who were so opposed to the idea when it was presented by Democratic Governor Ted Strickland.
LetOhioVote.org is composed […]Full Story... →
In case you haven’t been following the drama, LetOhioVote.org has been actively fighting a plan by Governor Strickland to use race track slots to help fill a hole in the state budget.
The group has been using the courts to block the plan and delay its possible implementation until after the gubernatorial election in November.
The group was formed by former-Ken Blackwell staffers Carlo Loparo, Gene Piece and Norm Cummings and has received millions in funding from a shady DC-based group named New Models, which is also run by another former-Blackwell staffer named Tim Crawford.
Recently Secretary of […]Full Story... →
A few days ago Carlo Loparo, Ken Blackwell’s former campaign spokesperson and current Strickland revenge seeker, said “he doesn?t know the ultimate source” of the funding LetOhioVote.org has received from a Virginia-based group called New Models.
Today I find out the man running the show at New Models is Tim Crawford, yet ANOTHER Blackwell campaign alumnus.
Wow. Small world.Full Story... →
A prominent Cleveland Republican is behind a new attack ad, airing on Cleveland TV, that attempts to hit Democratic candidate Rich Cordray from his left. Its creator is closely aligned with one of two leading Republicans seeking to become the next Speaker of the Ohio House.Full Story... →
ATHENS – The timing couldn’t have been worse. A group of open-carry advocates came to Athens last weekend to exercise their rights by sauntering around uptown with firearms slung over their shoulders and strapped to their hips.
OK. So it goes. This is well within the law. If somebody wants to play at Wyatt Earp and walk around with six-shooters on each hip for all the world to see, well, he can.
Personally, I think it’d be fun to do so with bandoliers criss-crossing the chest, Pancho Villa-style, the absurdity of the action thus nicely highlighted.
But here’s the thing: These open-carry […]Full Story... →
I’m not sure why the Columbus Dispatch decided to do an end-of-the-year profile on state Rep. John Becker. In the world of newspapering, it is a difficult time of year to find decent copy to feed the beast. But why so many other interesting, or even sane, people were foregone in favor of Becker, I can’t venture to guess.
Nevertheless, I’m glad they were, because for yrs. truly the career of John Becker has become a nearly metaphysical exercise in comical absurdity. And the Dispatch piece is a treasure trove of glimmering Becker crankery.
Among other things, the piece recalls the […]Full Story... →
The Guardian is reporting (here) that the officer involved in the recent Beavercreek WalMart shooting had received active shooter training a week before the incident. What they don’t mention is that the team conducting the training, the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA), is part of Mike DeWine’s Ohio Attorney General’s office. Despite having this and other conflicts of interest, Mr. DeWine continued to play an active role in the case until the end, causing some to question the validity of the results.
According to the Guardian, the officer involved in the shooting was part of a class that was “shown a slideshow […]Full Story... →
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