Archive for March 2012

Using Technology – Great Example

March 26, 2012

A good example of how you can use Facebook to skewer your opponents here. Someone, presumably with the Bill Johnson campaign, set up a Facebook page that is a “timeline” (using the new page format) to chronicle former Congressman and 2012 opponent Charlie Wilson’s votes and history in office. Pretty good. I expect to see more campaigns copy this idea.

Looks like they will get a lot more likes after this blog post. Kidding, kidding.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Say-Sorry-Charlie/313963168663299

Ben Nelson: I don’t regret my vote for Obamacare

March 26, 2012

Then you also don’t regret that you are “retiring” from the Senate?

Politico: The senator who paved the way for health care reform has a message for his legion of critics as the two-year-old law heads to the U.S. Supreme Court: Kiss off.

Republicans vilified Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson for cutting a $100 million backroom deal for his state, then casting the crucial 60th vote for President Barack Obama’s landmark legislative achievement. The so-called Cornhusker Kickback dogs Nelson to this day and has even been invoked against former Sen. Bob Kerrey in the Democrat’s just-launched bid to succeed Nelson in the Senate.litico:

 

 

Interesting development for rural Ohioans

March 21, 2012

There’s a move afoot by phone carriers to stop providing guaranteed basic local phone service to every Ohioan.  It’s called “carrier of last resort” and it’s been a backbone of the phone system for years.  It’s SB 271 currently under consideration in the general assembly.

So what’s behind it?  And why should we care?

You’ve probably already guessed what’s behind it – money.  It costs money to provide service to rural Ohioans.  Often seniors or less affluent citizens, these people aren’t buying the expensive long distance packages and goodie bags of add-ons.

And we should care for numerous reasons.  The first, is that the phone companies are using the leverage of their deregulatuon from several years ago to go after this additional change.  But the last deregulation didn’t exactly go well.  The phone companies promised more jobs, but AT&T has fewer employees in Ohio today than the day the deregulation passed.  They promised a commission to review deregulation and produce a report, but no commission has even been named much less any report released.  Finally, they said service wouldn’t suffer.  They certainly can’t make that claim now.

In case you’re wondering if local phone service matters in this digital / mobile age, try driving through southern Ohio and see how your cell phone performs.  We’re even talking life and death.  9-1-1 service, and a person’s ability to get help depends on the phone company allowing access to basic local service.

Kentucky is in the midst of the same fight.  This isn’t even a partisan issue.  It’s one of common sense and public safety.  Even the AARP has weighed in, because many of those impacted will be seniors with no other lifeline to the outside world.

Stay tuned for more information coming on this.  It’s something we’ll be keeping our eyes on.

People Take This Guy Seriously?

March 21, 2012

Hot Air Blog: Too dumb to check: Bloomberg blocks food donations for homeless due to … salt and fat content

In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans…

DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond says the ban on food donations is consistent with Mayor Bloomberg’s emphasis on improving nutrition for all New Yorkers. A new interagency document controls what can be served at facilities — dictating serving sizes as well as salt, fat and calorie contents, plus fiber minimums and condiment recommendations.

The city also cites food-safety issues with donations, but it’s clear that the real driver behind the ban is the Bloomberg dietary diktats.

Hard to fathom that people talk about Bloomberg as a President or Vice-President.

Here is the video, if you can stomach it. Pun not intended.

41

March 12, 2012

You know when the CBS/NYT poll shows you at 41 percent approval and you are a Democrat, you probably aren’t in very good shape.

Article: At a time of rising gas prices, heightened talk of war with Iran and setbacks in Afghanistan, Mr. Obama’s approval rating dropped substantially in recent weeks, the poll found, with 41 percent of respondents expressing approval of the job he is doing and 47 percent saying they disapprove — a dangerous position for any incumbent seeking re-election.

Every time a motorist drives by a gas station or fills up their tank, it is like a billboard against Obama. Tough to feel bad for him after he blamed the GOP all throughout 2008 for the then high prices.

Maybe we if had all just bought our govt. subsidized Chevy Volts then we wouldn’t have this problem.

First Thoughts

March 8, 2012

Late, but still first thoughts.

President: Not surprised. Expected a close Romney win.

OH-2: Obviously the stunner of anywhere last night, not just Ohio. Schmidt was going to be beat at some point, but this was still a surprise. The shill blogs fed information and talking points from Team Schmidt must also be very surprised. And wondering how they got taken. Probably would not have wanted to be around Mean Jean today. Or really ever, actually.

OH-6: The rematch between Bill Johnson and Charlie Wilson is now official. Johnson is the favorite here for a lot of reasons, but mainly because the new district is more Republican than it was. Wilson’s previous votes aren’t much of a help to him at all.

OH-7 (old): Steve Austria is still really pissed.

OH-9: Kucinich was slaughtered, and I think a lot of folks were surprised by the wide margin. We were a little bit, but he never really had a chance the way that district was drawn. He will be back in some capacity because he has the ego that tells him he is needed and because he doesn’t know how to work in the private sector.

OH-16: Renacci v. Sutton is now official. Going to be a tough race, but one Renacci should win. This is a race to keep an eye on, certainly.

State Central Committee Races: Tough to tell, as both sides are claiming victory. We’re inclined to think that DeWine has the edge over Kasich / Priesse but until we see something solid, no one really knows. Of course, no one really knows how some of these people are going to vote for certain.

Unless you are a candidate, family member, consultant, or a local news reporter, no one cares about the other local races anymore.

Time For a Wrap

March 5, 2012

If we had to guess, we’d say Romney will win tomorrow here in Ohio, but it should be close. Polls are everywhere, so who really knows.

Also, hopefully Romney does win, so we can get on to the general. There was some talk that maybe a “protracted fight” would make him a stronger candidate, but that didn’t happen and he needs to start conserving resources.

Romney is going to be the nominee. He just is. And the whole notion that “Obama has this thing locked” up is kind of absurd, considering it is only March and many, many events still have to occur.Except for the obvious rise in gas prices, the Supreme Court decision regarding ObamaCare still looms large. In our estimation, it is no-win for Obama – if for some reason it is mostly upheld, his unpopular legislation will embolden his opponents even more. If the majority of the law is struck down, opponents can say he has no reagrd for the Constitution. It’s a big factor that for some reason, almost no one is talking about.