His votes from the WaPo vote watch
Vote description: Conrad Amdt. No. 3013; To fully reinstate the pay-as-you-go requirement through 2011.
Result: Rejected, 50-50.
Mike DeWine voted No.
Doesn't want to balance the budget, prefers reckless spending.
Vote description: Akaka Amdt. No. 3007; To increase Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.
Result: Rejected, 46-54.
Mike DeWine voted No.
Prefers corporate pork over veterans healthcare. DeWine to Iraq amputees - Screw you !
Vote description: Bingaman Amdt. No. 3039; To make energy more affordable and sustainable, to increase our national security through foreign oil replacement with biofuels and alternative fuels and advanced/hybrid vehicle use, to accelerate production and market penetration of clean and renewable energy technologies and generation, and to more fully utilize energy efficiency and conservation technologies and practices.
Result: Rejected, 46-54.
Mike DeWine voted No.
Prefers foreign oil and price gouging at the pump over US innovation, US farmers, cleaner environment and cheaper energy.
Do any of these votes make sense to anyone in Ohio ?
Nights like tonight produce blog material overload, way to much to get out tonight. I went along to the Licking County Dem club monthly meeting - it's my county and Subodh Chandra was the keynote speaker (I have the audio processing right now, and he keeps getting better, trust me).
I had a chance to talk to Subodh briefly before the event and he is as personable and charismatic one on one as he is in front of large crowds. We didn't talk much politics - we talked about his trip to Birmingham England to see relatives (I have some family there too) and about how much he liked Licking County, and he introduced me to some of his staff - and he thanked me and you guys for being supportive of his campaign which is the bit i liked :)
Josh Wolf who now works for the Brown campaign in the field was there too - I got his 5 minutes of audio to share tomorrow also. I talked to him a little afterwards and it was a little cathartic - I have some new thoughts.
I also got to talk a little with Zack Space for the first time in person. We'll be doing a MTB with him Thursday, but I will say I found him easy to talk to and pretty open discussing most things - refreshingly so actually.
Was a bigger turnout than normal, I didn't do a head count but I would guess between 40 and 60 people.
What's normally a pretty dry Roberts rules of order type meeting was actually fun - of course it always helps when your headline act fires everyone up.
[UPDATE] I contacted ODP about this because it is an important program - They are going through the call sheets now - folks just got back from training sessions in Cleveland - hence the apparent few days delay...Staff
Today on ODP's Blue Buckeye Blog, they highlight a story in the Boston Globe trumpeting what the party is doing in Ohio:
In Ohio, the five people being paid by the DNC have helped set up ''Victory Squads" -- teams of about 10 Democrats who are eager to knock on doors or set up lawn signs -- in 65 rural counties where Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry fared poorly in 2004.
I signed up but haven't heard back, which is par for the course in my dealings with ODP so far. I'm all in favor of getting a little media attention for a program to boost its profile, but I seriously hope it's not just a phantom program designed to get press.
Guess we'll have to see. Has anyone heard back from ODP about their Victory Squad application?
A Republican House member who hopes to move to the Senate is currying favor with the powerful National Rifle Association by seeking passage of a law to expand the acceptable use of deadly force.
Under current law, the so-called "castle doctrine" states that most people who intrude into into a home can be justifiably shot by residents. Rep. Steve Buehrer wants to extend the doctrine to intruders who enter an occupied car.
I'm a gun owner and supporter of gun rights, but this idea is nuts. It's one thing to blow away an intruder in your house since stray bullets are pretty much guaranteed to only kill or injure someone in the house, but once you start blasting away with a 45 from a car all kinds of bystanders outside the car are suddenly going to become friendly fire targets.
ps. I wouldn't use anything bigger than a .40 in the house either to be honest, anything bigger is prone to go through bodies and walls and hit stuff behind them - unless like me you use hollow points for home protection.
pps. I think the second amendment is nuts but we live in the real world. Banning guns would be political suicide, hypocritical to upholding the rest of the constitution, and ineffective in the short to mid term in removing guns from those who use them illegally.
I'd like to see Democrats offer tax credits for those who take gun training courses and buy gun safes. That would help reduce the number of accidental shootings each year dramatically while getting a lot of love from the hunting and shooting folks - and how could the GOP argue against it ?
I began to realize this quite a long time ago, and I think a tiny few Americans are also starting to see it, including Russ Feingold.
What the Republican party have done over the last few years is change the way our government works. Gone is the checks and balances of a two party system and bipartisan cooperation on legislation. In it's place has been almost rock solid Republican unity serving an ever increasingly powerful executive.
In a Parliamentary Democracy the executive is also incredibly strong and the lower house acts as an enabler for the parties platform to be enacted. The minority party is simply an opposition party - there to shout about why what the majority are doing is bad, and tell people what should be done instead.
This system works great if all parties recognize their roles and you have a robust media to referee the debates.
The problem is that the Democrats still think we are operating under the old rules and they are going to have their legislative ideas considered and debated, and that the media will report it all fairly and accurately. Wrong.
So we have a situation where Republicans until recently moved in lockstep and the Democrats looked to be all over the place. This creates the false impression that Republicans stand for something, and Democrats don't.
Democrats must begin to act with unity and be the loyal opposition on as many issues as politically possible. Russ Feingold is attempting to create this dynamic on a clear constitutional issue, one that every Democrat should be able to support.
He is laying a marker in the sand that says "This is the line we won't cross, this is where we value freedom and the constitution". He is delineating the differences between the two parties. Now a censure motion is a pretty extreme way to draw this line, and this is where the second aspect comes in to play.
We have a press that is asleep. It takes bold, radical moves to grab their attention away from missing white women and trapped barges under bridges. He is creating a media opportunity for all Democrats to stand united and join with him on that line.
It should not be considered a single move, but the beginning of a series of loyal opposition right up to the election, where at every turn we lay out an alternative to their plans - by voting against them and offering our own for the voters to see.
Until a time when we can get back to consensus government the Democrats must realize they are a minority party in a quasi parliamentary system. I'm surprised Tim doesn't see it this way given he has worked in British politics.
That is why I think Tim is wrong and Feingold is right. But ultimately I expect more than enough Democrats in congress to see it Tim's way and once again miss an opportunity to draw stark lines and differences for voters to easily see - it's what they have been doing for 5 years, why change now when it has worked out so fantastically.
I think Tim is wrong and Feingold is right. I don't have time right now because I have ot chow down dinner and head on out, but I'll tell you why Tim is wrong when I get home, and why he should know better.
In other quick news the Teachers Union OFT endorsed a candidate not on the ballot today
In races for statewide offices, OFT endorsed Jennifer Brunner for Secretary of State, Richard Cordray for Treasurer and Barbara Sykes for Auditor. OFT endorsed Ben Espy and A.J. Wagner, candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court.
Congressional candidates endorsed by OFT include John Cranley (District 1 Hamilton County area), Stephanie Studebaker (District 3 Montgomery County area), Charlie Wilson (District 6 southeast Ohio), Betty Sutton (District 13 Lorain and Summit counties), and Mary Jo Kilroy (District 15 central Ohio).
Endorsements for Ohio Senate seats included Emily Kreider (District 3), Tom Roberts (District 5), Eric Kearney (District 9), Teresa Fedor (District 11), Susan Morano (District 13), and Lance Mason (District 25).
OFT-endorsed candidates for the Ohio House include Linda Bolon (District 1), Kenny Yuko (District 7), Julian Rogers (District 9), Michael Skindell (District 13), Bill Ritter (District 14), John Celebrezze (District 18), Brian Williams (District 41), Steve Dyer (District 43), Matthew Szollosi (District 49), Mark Okey (District 61), Lorraine Fende (District 62), Tim Cassell (District 63), Tom Letson (District 64), Debbie Phillips (District 92) and Jennifer Garrison (District 93).
Charlie Wilson ? Heh.
I did notice the absence of an endorsement for AG and US Senate. Must be too close to call between Sherrod and the Kaiser ! LOL.
I’m amazed at Democrats, cowering with this president’s numbers so low. The administration just has to raise the specter of the war and the Democrats run and hide. … Too many Democrats are going to do the same thing they did in 2000 and 2004. In the face of this, they’ll say we’d better just focus on domestic issues. … [Democrats shouldn’t] cower to the argument, that whatever you do, if you question the administration, you’re helping the terrorists.No, Russ, what you're doing is HELPING the president, which is why Democrats aren't really with you on it. That's why you're on Fox News, see. Fox News wants you to wave censure resolutions in the air, because it helps the GOP. Quit reading DailyKos and start talking to actual voters.
Going to go see Subodh Chandra tonight so light posting. I might try to record it if i have time to dash home first.
What's been going on in Ohio today then ? Has Sherrod started yet another blog ? Have Petro and Blackwell finally had a duel ? How many GOPers have been indicted ? Is Betty Sutton polling at 5% now ? How much has Capri spent today ? Is Mike DeWine secretly started to wet himself about Bill Pierce ? Which BSB commenter is Phil ?
All questions you can ponder, or add your own in the comments...
It's common wisdom that a candidate making a second run at office after losing the first time does better. There are lots of reasons for this, but experience is a big factor.
One of the biggest hurdles we have in Ohio as a consequence of losing so many races for so many years is not only a lack of experienced candidates but also experienced staff. Whether it's communications, field work or whatever. We don't have enough. You can supplement this with out of staters, but a good out of stater is no substitute for a good in-stater who has intimate knowledge of the playing field.
I was taken aback reading kos this morning, not once, but twice. The first was this
DeLay didn't win because of ol' shoe leather. He won because of top-notch technology (tested successfully in one of those primaries the DCCC is always so keen to avoid). His ability to identify and turn out his voters has been proven and it's brutally effective. Does Democrat Nick Lampson have a similar operation in place? I sure hope so.
Oh. My. God. Is kos really only just realizing this ? I have talked a lot about how much more effective the GOP GOTV and voter ID apparatus is. They have had 40 years to perfect it, built on the most effective mechanism - direct mail. Their data and targeting is based on not only voter files and demographics but also consumer data. They don't just know which voters to target, they know what issue to target each voter with too.
The came perhaps the second biggest surprise
My thesis has been that this "drop in the bucket" has more worth as a buzz-building tool, which then garners more traditional forms of fundraising and media, than it has worth in strictly dollars and cents.
Boy was I wrong.
Krempasky, who has been a long-time political operative, surprised me by saying (approximately), "You are selling yourself short. A good fundraising operation can take that $100K and turn it into $1 million over the course of a one-year campaign.
You have got to be kidding me. ANYONE who has ran a business knows the importance of early seed money. It's called seed money because you use it to GROW ! This is not only business 101 but campaigning 101. The fact that kos has just realized this after 4 years of pretending to be a political consultant is astonishing.
Managing political campaigns is a professional business, it really shouldn't be handed over to amateurs. Would you trust a million dollars to a novice ? No ? Me either.
kos should be blogging city council races until he figures all this out - better yet, managing one.
The term “Bosnian” is practically meaningless. The term “Iraqi” is beginning to look just as arbitrary. Kurds have almost nothing in common with Shiite or Sunni Arabs, which have increasingly less in common with each other, and so on. The map of today’s peaceful Bosnia and the former Yugoslav republics, is a jumble of crooked lines separating people of different cultures, languages, histories, and grievances. All of the resulting countries are either negotiating EU entry or on the verge of it.
Iraq, conversely, is on the verge of catastrophe. The ethnic complications of the Balkans dwarf those of Iraq, but Bush incompetence has aggravated them. A facile adherence to an arbitrary map that served some other era's purpose is a mistake the first President Bush made when he sent James Baker to tell Milosevic he supported the “territorial integrity” of Yugoslavia, whose words thus sparked the worst bloodletting in Europe since WWII. His son is making the same mistake in Iraq, except this time it is costing us American lives by the thousands. The bloodletting that may now be unleashed by the second Bush’s incompetence could make Bosnia look like a tea party, and leave behind a hornet’s nest haven for Al Queda.
Democrats, especially Democrats who voted for the invasion, and continue to support the war, have an obligation to propose a Bosnia style peaceful partition of Iraq as the only real solution. It should have been the first solution, but it’s not too late. Democrats need to be seen as offering something to voters other than withdrawal in the face of impending chaos. Partition is the only choice.
Democrats should call for a regional conference with all the players at the table. Iran, Syria, Kuwait, Jordan, the Saudis, Russia, Britain, the EU, the US, all Iraqi constituencies, and especially Turkey, should be put in a room somewhere far outside the camera’s eye, and asked to forge a consensus on partition. (Dayton proved sufficiently obscure a location once.) They should negotiate borders, the sharing of oil revenues, sovereignty among the newly partitioned states, minority protections, international commitments to peace, disarmament and nonproliferation, fighting terrorism, and membership at the UN.
And critically, such a conference needs to include a peacekeeping force that has far more international allies than this ludicrous “coalition of the willing”, which is a coalition in name only. The borders of a partitioned Iraq need to be monitored by a UN sponsored force largely confined to border policing, allowing the growing Iraqi militias to be nationalized and to police within the borders they are already drawing for themselves.
Republicans will claim that we’re too far down a road of constitutional democracy in a unified Iraq, and we can’t turn back now. That is a pipedream. The process underway to form a government in Iraq is merely the preface to what will almost certainly deteriorate into a civil war. Whatever elections or constitutional processes have transpired in the last three years have led to ever more division, the creation of private political militias, more safe havens for Al Queda, and a cementing of conditions on the ground that look a lot like Kosovo did right before Milosevic sent in the tanks. Republicans were recalcitrant when it came to intervention in Kosovo and Bosnia, and their blind hatred for all things Clinton is the founding premise for their Iraq policy. They have precisely zero credibility on any solution they propose (or oppose) for the Iraq mess they’ve created.
If Democrats (especially Democratic candidates) unite behind such a proposal, both pro-war and anti-war Democrats, they will seize the high ground among an electorate that is desperate for a solution to the quagmire in Iraq, and will have the credibility to argue it because they accomplished precisely this in the Balkans. Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Wesley Clark, John Edwards, John Kerry, all leap to mind. Democrats can combine a welcome call for withdrawal after forging a real solution whose successful implentation will closely mirror what the Balkans look like today; imperfect, with thorny issues left to resolve, but at peace with itself and with its neighbors, and crucially, with no more Americans dying every single day. It is high time Democrats brought this issue to the table, because only Democrats can.
Gimme a list of issues that :
a) Are the most important nationally
b) Are most important Statewide
I'll then run a poll on the suggestions and see what folks care about.
On the same day Bush launched another offensive to build public support for the war in Iraq, the CNN poll showed more than half of Americans, 57 percent, believed the war was a mistake and half believed the war was going badly.
Two-thirds, 67 percent, of respondents thought Bush did not have a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq, said the poll of 1,001 adults, which had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
In other news Democrats decided not to mention the war
Brown: I don
Bob Shamansky has a website and I have to say it's one of the best ones I have seen so far. Easy to navigate, pleasing to the eye and lots of content. In fact the only suggestion I would make is to darken the main body text a little to make it easier to read and step up the font size a point or two. Other than that - Great job !
Looking forward to talking to him
Wednesday Thursday at Meet the Bloggers.
Sherrod Brown has the most schizophrenic netroots campaign I have ever seen. Now, granted, there haven't been too many but this has to be the winner.
Nothing ever gets posted at his fancy state of the art community blog, Groan Ohio - even though MyDD lists it as THE Ohio politics outlet. LOL.
He seems to prefer blogging at the Huffinton Post, which as we all know is ran out of California - a bastion of Ohio voters I think we can all agree.
But then today while checking out Letyblogs/ohio i noticed this
Thinking it was a new pro-Brown Ohio blog I clicked the link, all excited, maybe it was Ratdg1, or JeanLR ? Sadly I was let down. It took me right to Brown's other campaign website.
kinda duplicitous - it's on lefty blogs and it isn't even a fricken blog ! Look, Sherrod. It isn't about where you post your puff - it's what you post. Sneaking around all over the place looking for a safe blog to hang out at is really a complete waste of your time - and now that you are sneaking your campaign website into the blogosphere - you're wasting my time too.
I wish I was a wingnut blogger somedays, it seems they are getting all the action. I am starting to think that leaked Bill Pierce poll might be real.
First John Mitchel who was running in the GOP Senate primary dropped out and urged either Pierce or David Smith to, so that DeWine could be more effectively challenged. Now Openers is reporting a little spat between Pierce and Smith
Republican Senate candidate Bill Pierce has laid claim to the support of anti-DeWine Republicans by attacking conservative rival David Smith as a carpetbagger who has run in three states since 2002.
Pierce says Smith, a Procter & Gamble finance manager from Cincinnati's suburbs, ran for Congress in Utah in 2002, Tennessee in 2004 and Ohio's 2nd District last year. He wants Smith to drop out of the GOP Senate primary, which would give him a solo shot at Mike DeWine. A third anti-DeWine Republican, John Mitchel of Beavercreek, quit the race late last week.
Smith, who is en route to the Lake County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner tonight, confirmed during a cell-phone conversation that he ran in Tennessee in 2004. He said he never appeared on the ballot in Utah in 2002, but did flirt with running for Congress in that state.
Some of our friends of the right are suggesting that Smtih was put up to split the anti-DeWine vote and neutralize (god I hate that word now) the Piece Mo.
After seeing that poll and the endorsements, I'm starting to believe their conspiracy theory too.