"If you want to protect your right to listen to vulgar songs on the radio, you might want to vote for Ken Blackwell tomorrow.Complete story at Openers.
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."
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.
Lisa A. KriegerMore info here, original pdf here and original diary "Tower City Mall Security ejects TriC JazzFest Band for Anti-Bush tshirts " here.
Tower City Center
1100 Terminal Tower
Cleveland, Ohio 44113-2207
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
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.
Marc Dann is focusing on the "Pain at the pump across Ohio" on his "Blog for Ohio". He is introducing a bill that:Ohio also focused on National Stories with Tony Snow and the $100 gas bribe being favorites...
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. Red-State.com 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.
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".Thanks - Enjoy your day!
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.