March 11, 2010

Aw, Ken Blackwell Made Nicey-Nicey With The Establishment…

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Rose @ 1:15 pm

…that once tried to destroy him.

With all due respect, the Dave Yost endorsement flies in the face of everything for which I thought Ken stood. Why not just stay out of it like we had hoped some would do in Ken’s primary? This move not only follows the establishment’s narrative but most outrageous is that it condones the musical chairs, nepotism and back-room deals that the ORP establishment played and eventually used to destroy Blackwell’s run for Governor. Forget about that Ken?

The leadership void continues…and the heart of the Republican Party’s dysfunction continues to be the fact that it is inherently impossible to fight that which you have become…or as my favorite stay-at-home mom says, you won’t ever win the “good fight,” if you try to do battle in Saul’s armor.

Man, that must be some, rockin’ sandbox…

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Note: This post originally went up at about 7:00 a.m., and will stay at the top for much of the day.

Name That Party: AP Avoids Headlining ‘Conyers,’ But Does Headline Former Rep. Shays

The wife of Democratic Congressman John Conyers of Michigan was sentenced yesterday for bribery.

Here is how the Associated Press presented its headline and first few paragraphs in the matter:

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The headline is pretty pathetic considering who the “councilperson” is related to, but at least the AP’s Ed White got Conyers’s party affiliation into his second paragraph.

So, overall, you might be tempted to think that the AP might be improving a bit. Not really.

The treatment of the Conyers clan is markedly different from the way the wire service (mis)handled another story, this one involving a former Congressman:

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It’s interesting how the unbylined item found room for “Rep. Shays” in its story headline, even though he’s no longer a congressman, and couldn’t find space for the name of current congressman “Conyers.” And though AP waited until the fourth paragraph to identify Shays’s party, it did so with the full name and not a single letter as White did with Conyers (perhaps to avoid search engine detection?).

Double standards, anyone?

Oh, and here’s a Name That Party bonus:

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The AP report never bothers to inform us that the judge is a Clinton appointee.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Something’s Rotten in Columbus ….

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:31 am

… and while it’s too early to weigh in, it’s also not too early to link to stories:

  • Dustin Wyatt, Examiner.com — Ohio Secretary of State allegedly loses petitions for May 4th ballot
  • WFIN News — Local attorney challenges ruling he won’t appear on GOP primary ballot
  • William Hershey, Dayton Daily News — “DeWine foe may mount legal challenge to get on ballot”
  • Matthew Fricke, Examiner.com — “Christopher stages legal battle in AG race; Brunner denies foul play”
  • William Hershey, Dayton Daily News — “Brunner fires back in AG ballot signature flap”

James Nash, Columbus Dispatch — “2 dispute ballot disqualification”:

… early 2,000 petition signatures simply vanished in the hands of Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a man whom Brunner disqualified from the May ballot for attorney general alleged yesterday.

Kenton lawyer Steve Christopher, a conservative Republican who had sought Ohio’s top legal job, was one of five candidates Brunner scrubbed from the ballot Friday for failing to turn in 1,000 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters.

…. the lawyer (Christopher) says the secretary of state simply lost petition forms containing 1,962 signatures. His campaign says it turned in 2,750 signatures in all.

It’s also not too early for three observations:

  • It seems almost inconceivable that Christopher’s peeps wouldn’t have turned in the number of signatures claimed.
  • If there really is tangible evidence that Christopher is being improperly denied ballot access, the silence of ORPINO (the Republican Party In Name Only) is deafening.
  • An informant tells me that there is tangible evidence supporting the notion that Christopher indeed turned in the number of signatures he claimed.

Lucid Links (031110, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:07 am

Michael Barone in today’s Wall Street Journal:

Are there enough votes in the House to pass the Senate’s health-care bill? As of today, it’s clear there aren’t. House Democratic leaders have brushed aside White House calls to bring the bill forward by March 18, when President Barack Obama heads to Asia. Nevertheless, analysts close to the Democratic leadership tell me they’re confident the leadership will find some way to squeeze out the 216 votes needed for a majority.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indeed shown mastery at amassing majorities. But it’s hard to see how she’ll do so on this one. The arithmetic as I see it doesn’t add up.

Prudence would suggest that nothing be taken for granted, especially given that, as noted here last Friday, supposed Blue Dog Dems like Steve Driehaus, in playing nice with Organizing For America, may be preparing to morph into lapdogs at crunch time.

Driehaus is on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Code Red List. Here is his contact page. Burn the bandwidth, and melt the phone lines.

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Those darned staff members“Pelosi’s staff knew of Massa allegations sooner than claimed.” And somehow Pelosi didn’t. Sure.

These people want to run a $2 trillion sector of the economy.

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The AP’s Ed White must have known that the Name That Party Patrol was on the lookout (HT Doug Ross), and he did just enough to keep them off his back:

Ex-Detroit councilwoman gets 37 months for bribery

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit city councilwoman was sentenced to more than three years in prison Wednesday for bribery after a federal judge refused to set aside her guilty plea during a stormy court hearing dominated by a dispute over evidence of other payoffs.

As guards cleared the packed courtroom, Monica Conyers yelled that she planned to appeal. The wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., wanted to withdraw her guilty plea, suggesting she was the victim of “badgering” last year when she admitted taking cash to support a Houston company’s sludge contract with the city.

If it had been a Republican, you can take it to the bank that the headline and first paragraph would have referred to a “Republican congressman’s wife.”

Detroit is an object lesson in what happens when one party dominates a government for decades without a meaningful challenge.

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This (HT Hot Air) is a “death panel” story.

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For the “Your Tax Dollars at Work” file:

Mass school closures approved in Kansas City, Mo.

Facing potential bankruptcy, the board that governs the once flush-with-cash Kansas City school district is taking the unusual and contentious step of shuttering almost half its schools.

Administrators say the closures are necessary to keep the district from plowing through what little is left of the $2 billion it received as part of a groundbreaking desegregation case.

According to a somewhat out of date Wiki page, the district’s budget was $328 million for 22,000 students, which is just shy of $15,000 per student.

Cato’s Paul Ciotti has the definitive analysis of what has proven to be public education’s signature failure.