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The Roosevelts: Then And Now

On September 23, 2014 By

As I viewed Ken Burns compelling series about the Roosevelts, the comparisons with modern politics soon became evident: the attacks on FDR (read: Obama) as a socialist, communist, dictator and king; the steeled resistance of the industrialists to converting to a wartime production line, fearing loss of profits; the Republican opposition to labor unions, Social Security, minimum wage and other safety nets for a nation mired in the Great Depression.

Does the equation ever change?

The heroics were particularly dramatic with Franklin, whose legacy will be that of one of America’s greatest presidents. Pained and limited by more than 10 [...]

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It’s been a busy week for political videos, so I figured I’d just get them all posted in single spot so you can enjoy them.  First we have two positive campaign ads from Connie Pillich and John Patrick Carney.  In her web ad, Connie gives some background and discusses hard work.  Carney’s TV spot showcases his family and his bipartisan legislative experience.

We also have two not-so-positive spots from Moving Ohio Forward and the Central Ohioans Countering Kasich PAC. MOF’s ad hit hard against DeWine on rape kit testing, botched trials and his pay-to-play scandal.   C.O.C.K. PAC’s ad calls out Kasich for refusing to [...]

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This Sunday the Columbus Dispatch, which touts itself (despite decades of proof otherwise) as “Ohio’s Greatest Home Newspaper,” ran a terribly myopic, partisan and intentionally misleading editorial endorsement of Gov. John Kasich that bordered on journalistic and editorial malpractice.

The Columbus newspaper is owned and operated by powerful Republicans whose media empire routinely goes to bat for business, especially local Titans like The Limited, Nationwide, Worthington Industries and dozens of others, as well as carrying water for GOP politicians like Kasich.   For this, the paper has clearly earned it’s nickname, The Columbus Disgrace

The Disgrace didn’t have to run this cheap shot editorial five weeks before Election Day, as it’s coverage [...]

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After months of failed negotiations with the local school board, teachers in Reynoldburg went on strike on Friday.  The school board responded by keeping the schools open and busing in overly-priced, incompetent substitute staff.  The Dispatch reports that staffing is at half the normal level, resulting in large groups of students being forced into small classrooms with unprepared teachers.  According to some reports, all hell broke loose.

Today, Reynoldsburg Superintendant Tina Thomas-Manning sent out a letter to parents that promised to crack down on the problems experienced last week.  Her solution: blame the students!   Thomas-Manning’s threatening letter is clear: she plans to [...]

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Valoria Hoover is a Republican lawyer from Dublin, Ohio who desperately wants to be a judge.  And this year might be her big break, assuming she can continue to pull off the scam she’s been running for the past few months: pretending to be a Democrat.

In 2012, Ms. Hoover ran a very unsuccessful campaign against now-Judge Kim Brown for the Court of Common Pleas in Franklin County.  Brown received 67% of the vote, and spent the months leading up to the election aggressively campaigning.  You couldn’t attend a parade or event, or drink at a hipster coffee shop downtown that summer [...]

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The documentary Pay 2 Play, opening September 26 in Columbus and Cincinnati, brings us back to Ohio’s outlandish Noe/Coingate scandal to tell the tale of quid pro quo.   Described by filmmaker John Wellington Ennis as capturing “the grand opera of Ohio politics,” the 2005 scandal highlights everything that is wrong with our system.  How political connections and campaign contributions led to the state of Ohio investing in beanie babies continues to be jaw-dropping.

To remind us all that we aren’t just talking about corruption from years ago, in the film the man described by senior columnist Tom Suddes as [...]

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Each week Terry Casey gets quoted in the papers and appears on local political talk shows promoting John Kasich and GOP policies without disclosing that he works for John Kasich as a Kasich-appointed state board member, or that he is paid tens of thousands of dollars each year by Ohio Republican organizations.  Can we get some disclosure here, people?

Just today, 10TV quoted Casey attacking Ed FitzGerald.  And this past weekend, Casey was a guest on the local political show the Spectrum on NBC 4 defending Mike DeWine’s handling of the shooting case in Beavercreak.  In both cases Casey was simply identified [...]

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This past July, Mike DeWine’s campaign tried to win the Ohio FOP endorsement by distributing fliers at the FOP state convention.  Their plan: distract FOP delegates away from DeWine’s support of SB5 by attacking DeWine’s opponent David Pepper.  The fliers used images of actors portraying police officers; images obtained through online clip art provider iStock.

FOP delegates were not impressed.  And some, I assume, were rightfully offended by DeWine’s use of images of actors dressed up as police officers on campaign literature aimed at law enforcement professionals.

DeWine’s opponent David Pepper received the endorsement with over two thirds of the vote.

Sadly, it seems DeWine did [...]

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It would be difficult for anyone in Columbus, Ohio to have a serious discussion about our small business community without mentioning Elizabeth Lessner.

Lessner’s Tip Top restaurant helped drive the Gay Street revival downtown.  Ditto for Betty’s and Surly Girl in the Short North.  Don’t forget Dirty Frank’s on Fourth Street.  And don’t even get me started about her “room” empire: the Tiki Room, the Torpedo Room, the Jury Room and, of course, the Chintz Room.

Tonight Ms. Lessner hit the nail on the head with her criticism of Governor John Kasich.   With her permission, we are happy to repost her Facebook comments about Kasich and his [...]

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The Columbus Dispatch released a “poll” this weekend that is so amazingly bad, so biased and so clearly aimed at promoting John Kasich’s campaign for governor, that it should be embarrassed to call itself a news organization.

Last week we revealed that Dispatch Editor Marrison was scheduled to headline a GOP fundraiser (he later cancelled).   This week the Kasich/Dispatch love affair hit a new low when the paper reported its poll results on the front page the Sunday edition, proudly declaring “Kasich ahead by 30 points.”

Let’s be clear here, FitzGerald hasn’t been doing great in the polls, but not one of the five [...]

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