May 11, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (051107)

Filed under: Business Moves,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:10 am

So Phil Heimlich (nice home page, Phil) is running against incumbent Congresswoman Jean Schmidt in Ohio’s Second Congressional District GOP Primary.

When last heard from, Tom Brinkman told Bill Sloat “he has pretty much made up his mind to run…..”

Deb Kraus, who finished third in the 2006 primary with 6%-plus of the vote despite no money or attention, is also in.

So it’s a four-person race already.

In the wings, at least two others are reportedly weighing their options: Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (great home page there, Joe) and attorney Bill Keating.

All of these folks, with the exception of Kraus, who has positioned herself closer to center-right, apparently believe that they would be better conservatives than the incumbent, whose 2006 voting record, based on the consolidated results of six well-known congressional ratings tallies, was for all practical purposes right in line with those of John Boehner and Steve Chabot, her two challenger-free Southwest Ohio counterparts.

There are still two things missing:

  • The Nth coming of “Homeless Bob” McEwen (that is NOT a suggestion).
  • A candidate who at first glance has a compelling case for unseating a philosophically similar incumbent (though, of course, there’s plenty of time [too much, in my opinion] for making that case).

Update: Wow — The Hill is reporting (HT RAB) that Heimlich’s announcement “blindsided local Republicans, who characterized it as a power move.” It also mentions Ken Blackwell and Cincinnati podiatrist Brad Wenstrup as possible candidates.


Gribbit reports on another important climatologist who sees through the globaloney.


Jeff Ruby’s dis(missal) of OJ rocks (HT Michelle Malkin).


Yesterday, Patterico carried the work of free-lancer Robert C.J. Parry, who, in explaining the shabby treatment its best cops are receiving, also tells us why The Thin Blue Line in Los Angeles stays so thin.


Grasso 4, Spitzer 0 — A subscription-only Wall Street Journal editorial runs down the scoring:

Mr. Spitzer, who is now Governor, had claimed authority to sue Mr. Grasso under New York’s “not-for-profit law,” arguing that the pay was “unreasonable.” But as the court ruled yesterday, Mr. Spitzer had also done an end-run around the law, claiming authority not found in any statute. As a result, the court ruled, “the Attorney General does not have the authority” to proceed with most of the case.

The remaining two counts against Mr. Grasso are rooted in the not-for-profit law. But should those counts go to trial, Mr. Grasso will be allowed to mount a good-faith defense, as well as to have his case heard in front of a jury — something denied him on the other four, novel counts. Both enhance his chances of prevailing.

Mr. Spitzer yesterday called the appeals-court ruling a mere “technical issue” …..

Yeah, a “technical” knockout.


Thanks to this development, beer drinkers may soon be able to say that their imbibing is contributing to cleaning up the environment:

CANBERRA, Australia – Scientists and Australian beer maker Foster’s are teaming up to generate clean energy from brewery waste water – by using sugar-consuming bacteria.

The experimental technology was unveiled last week by scientists at Australia’s University of Queensland, which was given a $115,000 state government grant to install a microbial fuel cell at a Foster’s Group brewery near Brisbane, the capital of Queensland state.

The fuel cell is essentially a battery in which bacteria consume water-soluble brewing waste such as sugar, starch and alcohol.

The battery produces electricity plus clean water, said profesor Jurg Keller, the university’s wastewater expert.

The more your drink, the more electricity and clean water results. Bottoms up.



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  2. OML! Thanks for posting Keatings picture. I have no clue who the man is…but now I know that he’s the one who looks just like Phil Heimlich!

    Are there no Democrats to run against? Geeze.

    Comment by Rose — May 11, 2007 @ 7:54 pm

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