Thursday, May 04, 2006 

Anything but that!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006 

Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs (Primary Edition)

  • For a complete list of results the best source is Ohio2006.
Problems at the Polls
Some Early Analysis...
Then there was Blackwell...
I am sure more and more will be blogged throughout the day but this should get you started.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006 

Ken Blackwell thinks urban radio listeners are stupid.

Blackwell ad implies that Petro will ban HipHop music.

I read this in the PD this morning and thought it was just screwy. How dumb does he think people are? Petro and Blackwell are running for Governor and are not part of the FCC so - they can't ban a single thing! Anyways, Openers has the story up too. It also looks like Blackwell is race baiting as well. Can't they win on thier merits? Oh yeah ....They don't have any :-)

"If you want to protect your right to listen to vulgar songs on the radio, you might want to vote for Ken Blackwell tomorrow.

So say radio ads airing on behalf of the front-running GOP gubernatorial candidate.

In one version of the radio spot - heard last weekend on a Columbus hip-hop and rhythm-&-blues station - actors portraying a Democratic couple discuss who they will vote for in Tuesday's primary. The ad conveys the message that registered Democrats can request Republican ballots "with Ken Blackwell's name on it."

The ad is apparently a riposte to a commercial aired by Blackwell's opponent, Jim Petro, calling the family-values Republican a "hypocrite" for once owning and profiting from "radio stations that played songs full of violence and vulgar language." The couple in Blackwell's ad concludes that voting for Blackwell will assure their choice in radio music won't be censored.

A similar ad ran on two Radio One stations in Cincinnati:

"When Blackwell's opponent attacks Ken's values, he's attacking every one of us that listens to this radio station," the announcer says. "If his opponent becomes governor, he would want to change what you listen to."
Complete story at Openers.

Here is a DailyKos dairy that has more info:OH-GOV: Radio-One and Blackwell

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200 election workers refusing(?) to work due to new voting machines

Via NewsNet5

The polls are open throughout Ohio for residents to cast their votes on various issues and candidates.

NewsChannel5 reported that about 200 election workers will not work the polls because they were confused over the new voting machine.

A resident attempting to cast her vote at Woodberry Elementary School in Shaker Heights left extremely frustrated after growing confused over the machine.

NewsChannel5 is On Your Side with helpful information on how to use the new machine.

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Monday, May 01, 2006 

Kuncinich confronts TowerCity over Mifunes right to Free Speech

Letter from Congressman Kucinich to Lisa Kreiger, general manager, tower city mall:

Lisa A. Krieger
General Manager
Tower City Center
1100 Terminal Tower
Cleveland, Ohio 44113-2207

Dear Lisa,

I am greatly concerned about actions taken by the management of Tower City Center to censor the band Mifuné and infringe on their First Amendment rights.

It is my understand that during a performance yesterday, Friday, at Tower City Center the management of Tower City Center abruptly halted Mifuné's performance and forced them to suspend their show because of T-shirts some members of the band were wearing.

Rights protected under the First Amendment, including the freedom of speech and expression, are the bedrock of our democracy. I believe actions taken yesterday by mall management violated the band members First Amendment rights and run contrary to our community's long-standing tradition of respecting many different points of views.

I hope you will reconsider your actions, and allow Mifuné to play again at Tower City,

Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress
More info here, original pdf here and original diary "Tower City Mall Security ejects TriC JazzFest Band for Anti-Bush tshirts " here.

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Lessons from the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day

"Democrats have a clear vision for America, and we're going to get the word out by making personal contact with our neighbors. And along the way we will build new relationships among volunteers on the ground, a network that will have an impact beyond a single day." Howard Dean

This Saturday, April 29th, was the Democrats "Neighbor-to-Neighbor National Organizing Day" or the 50 state canvass. Millions of Democrats walked from door to door handing out a doorknob hanger that stated the "Democratic Vision - a bold new direction for a secure America". The vision was bullet pointed out into six categories: Honest Leadership & Open Government, Real Security, Energy Independence, Economic Prosperity & Educational Excellence, A Healthcare System that Works for Everyone and Retirement Security. Each point had a sentence or two to back it up and then the flyer asked the "neighbor" if they'd like to become more involved.

I signed up to host a canvassing party in my home via the Democratic Party Events website. The number of people who signed up and their enthusiasm surprised me. I was also learned a few lessons that I think can benefit all of us.

The Democratic Party really is a BIG TENT Party
In my little home was people from all walks of life wanting to participate in grassroots level politics. It was exciting. The majority of these people I did not know and I tried to speak to each of them a little before they left to canvass. We had young and old, rich, middle class and not-so rich and several different races and religions. Each was concerned about the direction of Ohio and our great nation and each had their own idea on how Democrats could work to fix it. Although many came in support of candidate x or y everyone agreed on the basic premise that we needed to get more Democratic politicians elected to move our nation forward and unlike the Bush or Taft administration - government should be committed to the common good and put the public's interest above the privileges of the few.

Maybe we need to work on the message a little more.
We had several people who were very new to politics (as I am) and one in particular raised some flags for me. She was an older woman who just didn't get what the Democratic candidates stood for. She knew they were against the Bush administration and the corrupt system of Ohio politics but she did not know how to articulate the Democratic stances. As a blogger, I naturally seek out information, constantly read different political news sources and try to get a better understanding of what is going on. This sometimes leaves me unaware of how Democrats are viewed outside the web and liberal blogosphere. I think the "Democratic Vision" handout is a step in the right direction but as I looked through the other candidate brochures and flyers - hard info was a little lacking.

The Ted Strickland brochure was beautiful and focused on telling his story. I think this will help him identify with many people but his TurnAround Ohio plan was only briefly noted in 2 small paragraphs. Turnaround Ohio really sets Ted Strickland apart from his corrupt Republican counterparts and their failed and misguided plans. I think it should be highlighted more not less.

The other flyers were mostly candidate photographs and phrases like "Fighting for Change" and "Vote for a Better Ohio". I suppose this is fine for a primary but I don't think it is ideal. I would like to see simple bullet points like those on the Democratic Vision doorhanger (hopefully even better) and I'd like to see them repeated over and over again. This would have helped me and it would have made it easier for my new friend to feel confident as she canvassed the area.

Still a little disorganized...
The Kerry campaign bought in a lot of new volunteers and as I meet these volunteers many complain of the lack of organization within the party. (That phone banks called the same households over and over and the general sense that it was hard to get things accomplished.) Maybe this was just bellyaching after the loss, but as I tried to put this event together, I did run into some of the minor difficulties these people warned me about.

First though - The national level people were easy to deal with but took a little more time to correspond - the Democratic Party website, especially the events section, was extremely helpful. Unfortunately, the local level (although nice) seemed especially confused at times.

I tried for weeks to get the door hangers from the local party without a solid answer on whether I would receive them or not. What was the big fuss about? Apparently, they did not even know that the door hangers existed and instead wanted me to distribute the "Official Democratic Party Ticket". That is what they eventually dropped off at my house the day before the event. I repeatedly told them that National had emailed me and said I was to receive the "Democratic Vision" doorhangers , "that the event was centered around the doorhangers" but they still seemed confused. It was frustrating. Finally, I got hold of Jessica Utovich and she made sure that the Doorhangers were at the Strickland camp for me to pick up. I went to pick them up Friday afternoon but encountered more confusion! I could not believe it. Fortunately, everything worked out and I received the doorhangers. Thank goodness for Jessica!

I do not understand how anything as simple could be made this difficult. This kind of "run-a-round" does not encourage people to work for you. I do think the National Party was better organized and the Democratic Party website is extremely helpful but Cuyahoga County and Ohio State - still seem pretty disorganized. How can we fix that?

On the right track...
I was very pleased with my participation in this event. Our group was enthusiastic and eager to get involved, that means some people understand what a Democratic win could mean for our states future and they want to assist. The Democratic Vision doorhanger is also a step in the right direction - Simple bulletpoints and a straightforward message make it easier to sell the Democratic Party - not just a single candidate or issue. The organizational efforts on the national level and the 50 State Strategy are all pushing us to become more involved in our party and pushing the party to invest more in us.

The canvassing event was easy for me to participate in. I would quickly volunteer to do it again. I really enjoyed meeting my neighbors and the other active Dems in the area. I suspect they enjoyed themselves too. Hopefully, this will allow our party to grow, our members to become more active and allow the Democratic message to spread to those that may not have otherwise been aware of it.

To learn more about the 50 State Canvass and the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing day click here.

This diary is crossposted at AmericanStreet.

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New Poll shows Ohio is ready for change (Brown edges forward)

Now, generally speaking, do you think things in this country are going in the right direction, or do you feel things are pretty seriously off on the wrong track?

Right direction 22 percent
Wrong track 68 percent
Don't know 10 percent

How would you rate the job being done by George W Bush as President -- excellent, good, just fair or poor?

Excellent 8 percent
Good 21 percent
Just Fair 21 percent
Poor 50 percent
Don't know 0

How would you rate the job being done by Mike DeWine as United States Senator -- excellent, good, just fair or poor?

Excellent 5 percent
Good 29 percent
Just fair 39 percent
Poor 14 percent
Don't know 13 percent

Overall, do you think Mike DeWine deserves reelection as United States Senator, or do you think that someone else should be given a chance?

Deserves reelection 30 percent
Someone else 48 percent
Don't know 21 percent

In the election for United States Senate, if the candidates were (READ AND ROTATE), for whom will you vote? (IF UNDECIDED) Well, if the election were held today, and you had to decide right now, toward which candidate would you lean (READ AND ROTATE)?

Democrat Sherrod Brown 45 percent
Republican Mike DeWine 44 percent
Still undecided 11 percent

These questions are from a survey of 800 likely general election voters conducted by The Feldman Group April 24-April 27 for the Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate campaign. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Sample base is 2004 general election voters selected by the random cluster method from the Ohio voter file and screened for likely participation in the November 2006 general election.

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Morning Round Up of Ohio Progressive Blogs (Monday)

The best Progressive Blog diaries this morning with a focus on Ohio State Liberal Blogs.

I am really busy today so just a quick Round-Up. This week I start a regular Monday dairy on AmericanStreet. I am honored to have been chosen with Jill Miller Zimon and Yellow Dog Sammy to represent Ohio on this national blog. Henry Gomez wrote a nice diary on our selection at TechLink.

Anyways - on to the very best diaries in Ohio Liberal Blogosphere...

Ohio 13 updates and some silly blog drama...
The ongoing saga of Word of Mouth blog, Emilys List and some unkind photos of Capri raged for several days. I think Faminehorse at Psychobilly Democrat summed it up pretty well. Especially useful is a remark by YellowDog in the comment section. Pho also has a worthwhile diary on the drama and what it means.

Everyone is following the race to replace Sherrod Brown but Ohio13Votes follows the district very well and updates us on all the controversies, polls, endorsements and campaign strategies. In fact, the district is so popular that 2 blogs focus exclusively on the race! If this is your district - I'd suggest reading Ohio13 blog too. I am sure district OH13 will remain interesting even after the primay - so if you haven't already - there is still time to visit these blogs.

The Attorney Generals race is also a hot topic.
Marc Dann is focusing on the "Pain at the pump across Ohio" on his "Blog for Ohio". He is introducing a bill that:

1. Empowers the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute price fixing and market manipulation in the oil and gas industry.
2. Allow the Attorney General to seek punitive damages payable to consumers who are victims of the oil and gas industry.
3. Give the Attorney General the ability to file a class action lawsuit against these corporations on behalf of Ohio consumers.

Subodh Chandra, still behind in the polls, speaks the truth in a letter to the editor of the Columbus Dispatch. has a great wrap up and prediction of this race (and others) which includes:
"Opinion polls consistently indicate that Marc Dann will defeat Subodh Chandra for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. Chandra started out the race with several handicaps: lack of elected office, limited union support, a difficult name for most Ohio voters, and failure to gain the state party endorsement. But he has really been the breakout candidate in this primary season: sharp, witty, engaging and energizing. Yet he is unlikely to show much for it. Unfortunately, Chandra was very quickly dismissed -- and generally ignored -- by the media, who were far more familiar with Dann."

Heightsmom proudly supports Subodh Chandra but I do think Dann will do a fine job in the AG position (I just like Subodh more). If you're still undecided - go ahead and give that vote to Subodh. If anything, it helps send a message that will encourage new and outsider candidates to participate in the system.
Ohio also focused on National Stories with Tony Snow and the $100 gas bribe being favorites...
Dispassionate Liberal blogs on "Tony Snow: Extremist" Clark Street blog also has something to say about Tony Snow: "I predict that he will be the most highly regarded press secretary ever" The ChiefSource sums it up with this diary " It's Snowing Garbage at the White House".

Both Andrew Warner and Truth, for a Change point out that the $100 gas bribe is just a "band-aid" solution that both Republicans and Democratic citizens should be insulted by.
Thanks - Enjoy your day!

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Sunday, April 30, 2006 

Why the Left is Right - Liberal Quotes

Corporate polluters, their phony think tanks and political toadies like to marginalize environmentalists as tree huggers, or radicals. But there is nothing radical about clean air or water.
-- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

The death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights.
-- Irene Khan

The Gay Republican: Oxymoron, or Just Moron?
-- Gene Stone

From the book The Best Liberal Quotes Ever - Why the Left is Right.

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