Posts by: Abe

Even in these shrinking days before the November election there are still a few surprises left in the media world.  I refer to the Plain Dealer’s full-page endorsement of Democrat Nina Turner over her Republican opponent, Secretary of State Jon Husted.   The paper’s statement was more than an act of altruism for a hometown candidate, although her residency in Cuyahoga County couldn’t hurt.

No, Turner is an aggressive, extremely savvy  state senator – the kind of spirited person you would  want to have on your side in any confrontation with the enemy.  In a state buttoned down by a Republican dynasty, she [...]

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Chuck Todd, the NBC news pundit, has added his spin to red state-blue state America, dividing us  into  “Starbucks Drinkers” and “Chick-Fil-A  eaters.

Well, now.  As anyone who frequently lines up at the Starbucks  counter at a mall, it’s only natural to want to learn more about how Todd’s yin and yang shakes out to  represent  Americans.    According to Talking Points Memo, Todd classified states llke Montana as Chick-Fil-A Eaters. But there are  no Chick-Fil-A-Eateries in the Big Sky Country.  On the other  hand it is the home of a dozen Starbucks places.

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It’s been a dreary election season, folks. No debates that invited the public to see the contestants going at it eye-to-eye. No gubernatorial contest. Gov. Kasich shoveling soil in his confident high definition mode as though he were needlessly digging up more campaign cash. The media in Cleveland, Akron and Columbus tacking, as always, to Republican candidates. Inventive endorsements that pardon their choices for glaring flaws. Not a good election season all around.

A prime exhibit was the odd word salad in which the Beacon Journal endorsed Republican Ohio House member Anthony DeVitis over his Democratic opponent, Paula Prentice, a [...]

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When somebody mentions that John Kasich wants to cut the income tax rate, let’s try to remember that a more forthright governor, Democrat Jack Gilligan, daringly laid a new income tax at the wallet of every Ohio voter.

“If you don’t want an income tax,” Gilligan warned during his 1970 campaign, “vote for the other guy.” He won anyway, defeating Roger Cloud, and forcefully promoted the 1971 measure that earned him the title of “Father of the Ohio Income Tax”. The voters upheld the tax in a 1972 referendum, proving there are things that concern them more than Republican guff [...]

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When I am trying to absorb a monotonal speech by Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine why do I feel I should be sitting in a pew? As I’ve noted in the past, DeWine comes across as bottled goodness. He’s the people’s lawyer, the righteous guy to defend the law, the go-to family man to protect all that is wholesome in American life. Still, Biblical scholars will tell you that there is nothing specific in the Book about modern pay-to-play.

There is nothing in his words to lead you to believe that this 67-year-old social conservative is the same wheeler-dealer who [...]

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Have I Missed Anything, Josh?

On October 6, 2014 By

When the Beacon Journal endorsed Democrat Connie Pillich for Ohio treasurer over incumbent Republican Josh Mandel on Sunday , it told us that even a centrist newspaper might only accept so much mischief from Josh. Referring to Pillich, the BJ said “she has proved an effective legislator, engaged, knowledgable and capable of reaching across the aisle”.

As for Josh, his exposed back-channel fund-filled moments comporting with Canton businessman Ben Suarez and other big donors were simply too much to earn him a reprieve from the paper.

After Mandel burst onto the state political scene he created his own parallel universe [...]

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The October full-court press is steaming into endorsements for the November election,  but last week’s output was particularly interesting for the fractured response to the Republican-dominated U.S.Supreme Court’s ruling to delay the new early-voting plan in Ohio.

Of four urban dailies, the Plain Dealer and Toledo Blade  both disputed the Supremes’ action; the Beacon Journal, a reverential supporter of Secretary of State Jon Husted, joined the right-wing Columbus Dispatch in praising  the ruling.  Brief  excerpts:

Toledo Blade:   “The 11th-hour Supreme Court ruling has created  confusion and hardship among some Ohio voters.  The fact that the order was the initial decision [...]

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Ever since Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine put on his reelection campaign game face, he’s been drifting across the masses like a UFO with the best wishes of a forgiving press and a looming Republican year at the polls.

Now you see him, now you don’t. He prefers to cast his attention to his other interests that gives him a Deep South spiritual coating as a social conservative – nay, as a blessed Medievalist opposed to abortion, same-sex marriage, raising the minimum wage, defending Hobby Lobby, opposing gun control and above all, the Affordable Care Act. On that point, he has [...]

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The arrival of October not only offers us the annual radiance of autumnal colors but also,unfortunately, the dismal folly of another newspaper editorial endorsement season. The candidate interviews have been held, the editorial boards have met and now we can sit back in wonderment at how the corporate media are prepared to lead the voter into their secure grasp.

As the years passed, the media not only lost readers but also credibility; Editorial support is now a lesser matter of influence than a fading obligation. Sort of like trying to lead a horse to water with fewer and fewer horses [...]

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It’s not every day that a major newspaper penalizes a county candidate because he is a “good Democratic soldier close to the Ohio Democratic Party’s fiercely partisan leader, Chris Redfern.” Really? Yep. It’s one of the demerits the Plain Dealer hauled out to endorse Republican Jack Schron for Cuyahoga County executive against Armond Budish the ex-speaker and minority leader in the Ohio General Assembly.

Excuse me, but we always thought that party leaders were supposed to be, um, fiercely partisan. Besides, has the person who wrote this lore about partisanship seen any of Ohio Republican Chairman Matt Borges’s press [...]

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I never know whether to take a Columbus Dispatch editorial endorsement seriously. That’s especially true after it awarded John Kasich the Gubernatorial Medal of Honor without a hint about his imperfect tenure as a leading force in the Political/Industrial/Crony Complex.

Not a word about his anti-union sentiments, or his allies (think:Mark Kvamme) who raked in millions of dollars in the glow of his office, nor his claim to lead Ohio out of the Bush recession poverty without telling us that the state ranks 41st in economic growth since he took office, nor that he opposed the Obama administration’s stimulus package [...]

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