Dec
12
2015
2

WFB: Planned Parenthood in Ohio caught dumping babies in landfills.

Elections matter: “All three Planned Parenthood facilities in Ohio disposed of aborted fetuses in landfills, thereby violating state code, the attorney general announced Friday.”  The attorney general in question (Mike DeWine) went looking for any indication that Planned Parenthood facilities in Ohio sold harvested baby parts; thankfully, he didn’t find any evidence that it was happening in his state.  What DeWine did find, however, was that Planned Parenthood was illegally dumping aborted babies in landfills – and possibly lying to the disposal companies about it, although I’d take that quick denial from at least one disposal company in question with a grain of salt.

If you watch the WFB video of local news at the link, you’ll see that the magic word ‘injunction’ was used.  Live by the regulatory state, die by it, ye Democrats.  And maybe you should do due diligence before you start dumping aborted babies in landfills, hey?

Nov
19
2015
1

Looks like Hillary Clinton is buying Ted Strickland.

Personally, I’m not sure why. I mean.  Ted Strickland? What would you do with a Ted Strickland, once you have one?

Twenty-eight of Hillary Clinton’s top bundlers have donated to Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland, with only one of the donations coming from Ohio.

Since Strickland, a longtime Clinton ally, launched his Senate campaign in February, he has received nearly $60,000 in contributions from individuals listed on Hillary Clinton’s “Hillblazers” list, according to aWashington Free Beacon analysis of Federal Election Commission records.

As the WFB goes on to note, the best part of this story? Ted Strickland wants to run on a Hate The Rich People-style campaign.  Because they don’t have irony in Ohio, or something.

Ach, This Thing Of Ours!

Nov
04
2015
1

Ohio redistricting ‘reform’ will not actually reform anything. [UPDATED with a correction.]

See if you can detect the not-very-hidden flaw in the Ohio redistricting proposal that passed last night:

The current five-member redistricting panel, which includes the governor, secretary of state, auditor and two legislative appointees, will be expanded to seven members with two additional legislative selections.

If at least two minority party members vote to approve the new maps, they take effect for 10 years. If not, then the maps must be redrawn again in four years.

(more…)

Oct
19
2015
2

Ted Strickland’s (D) Senate bid gasping for cash.

The numbers are pretty entertaining: incumbent Rob Portman (R) raised almost eight million this year, with eleven million in the bank, while former governor Ted Strickland (D) raised about two and a half, with about a million and a half in the bank (Democratic primary challenger P.G. Sittenfeld has raised about half of that, and also has about half of that COH). As the Washington Free Beacon notes here, Strickland’s far behind both the short-term and long-term fundraising benchmarks that he was supposed to hit; I should also note that those numbers assume an uncontested primary. Strickland may not actually get one of those. (more…)

Aug
31
2015
10

Does @Ted_Strickland support changing the name from Mt. McKinley to Denali?

I ask because Ohioan legislators are ‘fuming‘ over this:

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said in a statement on his Facebook account that he was similarly “disappointed” in the decision to rename the [Alaska] mountain long named after “a proud Ohioan.”

“The naming of the mountain has been a topic of discussion in Congress for many years. This decision by the Administration is yet another example of the President going around Congress,” Portman said.

“I now urge the Administration to work with me to find alternative ways to preserve McKinley’s legacy somewhere else in the national park that once bore his name,” Portman added.

President McKinley was from Ohio, you see. So politicians from Ohio are going to be just a little bit touchy on the subject. Well. Certain politicians. Apparently Ted Strickland doesn’t actually care about his own state’s history…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: If you think that this is a silly issue, then obviously the easiest way for Ted Strickland to prove that he’s not ducking said issue is to come out and forthrightly say that Barack Obama was perfectly justified in unilaterally changing the name from Mt. McKinley to Denali. I’m not joking. Ohio Republicans aren’t afraid to be publicly upset about this (and, by definition: if the Speaker of the House thinks something is relevant, it automatically becomes so); why can’t Ted Strickland show a little gumption and come our swinging on President Obama’s behalf? – Unless, of course, Strickland’s kind of against the name change, too, but doesn’t want to look like he disagrees with Obama. Which is, admittedly, pretty much how state Democrats cringe and fawn these days every time they’re in a dispute with the national party…

Aug
10
2015
1

What the Ohio Democratic Senate primary tells us about the state of their state parties.

There’s an interesting – in the ‘Chinese curse’ sense of the term – thing happening in Ohio’s Democratic Senate primary.  The not-really-short version is that national Democrats have told themselves a marvelous fairy tale about how they can take back to the Senate in 2016: unfortunately, state Democrats actually have to make that a reality somehow. And they’re being hampered by the way that national Democrats managed to blight state Democratic political gardens in 2010 and 2014.

Case in point: Ohio. The Ohio Democratic party leadership has seized upon the elderly (74) Ted Strickland for their Senate candidate, despite the fact that the former governor got beaten in his reelection bid in 2010 by John Kasich. Why? Because there isn’t anybody else at Strickland’s level. The Democrats got wiped out in the Ohio Congressional delegation in 2010, and have not recovered. In 2010 they had ten seats to the GOP’s eight; today they have four seats to the GOP’s twelve (Ohio lost two seats after the last Census). The state legislature is also heavily Republican, if not quite at this level. There are no Democratic state-wide elected officials in Ohio. And the previous Democratic gubernatorial candidate? …Well. (more…)

Jul
29
2015
4

Ohio Democrat Bill Patmon: Get those #blacklivesmatter protesters in front of @PPAct offices!

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: when I saw this tweet I said Gotta be an African American. No white Democrat would ever dare say this*. Ever.  And then I clicked through, and lo! He was.

During a rally outside the Ohio statehouse on Tuesday, Ohio State Rep. Bill Patmon, a Democrat, said the demonstrators from the Black Lives Matter movement, which targets the police, should include Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

“You hear a lot of demonstrations across the country now about ‘black lives matter.’ Well they skipped one place. They should be in front of Planned Parenthood,” said Patmon, who is African-American.

(more…)

Jun
21
2015
5

John Kasich did himself no favors with his Medicaid expansion answer.

James Taranto drilled down on this, I think:

(more…)

Jun
19
2015
4

Red-light camera company CEO confesses to bribing Ohio Democrats.

As well as using the Ohio Democratic party as the bagman.

A former chief executive officer of the red-light camera company Redflex has pleaded guilty to bribing Columbus elected officials – including Council President Andrew Ginther – through the Ohio Democratic Party to install the cameras and keep them operating in the city.

Karen L. Finley, 55, of Cave Creek, Ariz., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery,according a press release from Carter M. Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

(more…)

Feb
25
2015
3

Ted Strickland (D) launches his futile bid for Ohio-SEN today.

Such a pity… well, no.  It’s not.  But the proprieties must be observed: “Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland will seek to challenge Republican Sen. Rob Portman next year, launching what could become one of the top-tier Senate races of 2016… Strickland, who has been talking to donors and supporters in recent weeks, announced his decision to run in an email to supporters this morning.”  Strickland has three major problems, here:

  1. He’s 75 years old [sorry: 75 in 2016 – ML]. That’s a bit old for a freshman Senator; and, yes, that’s a legitimate concern. The Democrats would get a max of two terms out of him, tops, and I’m being kind in pretending that they’d even have the chance.
  2. His past record. This article here mentions Strickland’s habit of spending the last fewe years working for people and groups who more or less hate everything that gives Ted Strickland his crossover appeal; to that I’ll add a little matter of some local corruption from 2010 (the fallout from that is still merrily bubbling along). There’s an existing file on this guy, in other words. One that the Portman campaign is already perusing, assuming that they didn’t just memorize it.
  3. And then, of course, there’s the minor matter of the 2014 governor’s election. No, not the 49/46 squeaker from 2010; the 64/33 blowout from 2014 that Ted Strickland didn’t have the nerve to even show up for. And he should have shown up for it; the fact that he didn’t pretty much confirms the conventional wisdom that Ohio is better off under John Kasich’s leadership than it was under Strickland’s.

(more…)

Oct
03
2014
1

Mmm, mmm, mmm: Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D, Ohio-09) just LOVES her some Holocaust Denial!

This is not a euphemism.

marcy-kaptur

Thank you for sending me a copy of David Cole’s video [“David Cole Interviews Dr. Franciszek Piper: A Jewish Researcher’s Honest Look at WWII and Auschwitz.”].  Mr. Cole has obviously invested a great deal in researching his subject and I admire his tenacious curiosity.

Again, I thank you for sharing this documentary with myself and other Members of Congress.

The Daily Caller has the full story on this, obviously: and it would entertaining to see Marcy Kaptur’s office try to spin this exceptionally problematic letter away if it was on any other subject than Holocaust denial.  Basically, Marcy Kaptur’s excuse is that it’s a form letter (it’s not) written by an anonymous intern (who they won’t name) that went out over the Congresswoman’s signature* – and, again, the title of the ‘documentary’ was “David Cole Interviews Dr. Franciszek Piper: A Jewish Researcher’s Honest Look at WWII and Auschwitz.” I get that not everything that comes in and out of a Congressional office is scrutinized to death; but that particular title is a giant, honking tell of Teh Crazy. David Cole was so lunatic fringe on this subject that he had to go, change his name, and hide his past history in order to get any work in Hollywood**; one might think that someone in Marcy Kaptur’s office would have red-flagged it.  That they did not suggests, perhaps, that this wasn’t the first piece of Holocaust denial to ooze its way into their in-box… (more…)

Sep
28
2014
5

Quote of the Day, DOOM in Ohio-GOV edition.

This call is justified, I think. The New York Times:

Just five weeks before Election Day, Ohio Democrats have descended into recriminations…

[pause]

Yeah, there’s no need to write anything further. What a pity there’s no Senate races in Ohio this year, huh?

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