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by 07.07.2009
Posted In: Media, Protests, 2008 Election at 03:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)
 
 

Bronson's Disappearing Act

A recent blog item by Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Peter Bronson has generated plenty of national attention for the newspaper, all of the negative variety.

Bronson posted comments July 1 on his ironically titled blog, Bronson is Always Right, which criticized the long-delayed appointment of writer and comedian Al Franken as one of Minnesota’s senators. Accompanying the item was a photograph of Franken wearing a diaper, bunny ears and holding a stuffed animal. Bronson wrote, “There must be some great ads to be made from Franken’s clips and quips."

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by 10.01.2008
Posted In: 2008 Election at 08:49 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 

Register to Vote, Start Voting

You can start early voting in Ohio and, for the next week, register to vote and vote on the same visit to the Board of Elections.

The last day to register to vote in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky and still be able to take part in this year’s election is Monday, Oct. 6. If you aren’t registered, check with your local county board of elections office to find out what you need to do.

In southwest Ohio those offices are:

Brown County Board of Elections: 937-378-3008 and 866-368-3598
Butler County Board of Elections: 513-887-3700
Clermont County Board of Elections: 513-732-7275
Hamilton County Board of Elections: 513-632-7000

— Margo Pierce 

 
 
by 10.16.2008
Posted In: 2008 Election, Bailout, Financial Crisis at 02:53 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)
 
 

‘Truth Squading’ in OH-1

This week’s issue of CityBeat profiles three of the candidates in the hotly contested race for Ohio’s 1st Congressional District seat. Not surprisingly, two of the candidates are claiming that the other misrepresented or distorted his views.

The campaign of Republican incumbent Steve Chabot took umbrage at a paraphrased statement from his Democratic challenger, Steve Driehaus, that pertained to housing issues. It read, “Worse, Chabot hasn’t proposed any legislation that would help the wave of foreclosures and resulting blight that has swept the West Side over the past few years.”

Katie Fox, Chabot’s spokeswoman, noted the congressman addressed the foreclosure and mortgage crisis by passing a bill in December in a compromise with U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) that gave bankruptcy judges the discretion to modify the value of a mortgage to the true market price and to adjust the interest rate. It applied only to debtors who file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and lack the income to pay their expenses, according to The Hill newspaper.

The Driehaus campaign responded by pointing out the statement referred to Chabot’s entire 14-year period in office, and specifically stated that the mortgage crisis was causing blight on Cincinnati’s West Side for years before Chabot acted.

Meanwhile, Driehaus also is criticizing TV commercials that Chabot and the national Republican Party are airing that allege Driehaus hasn’t taken a stance on the $850 billion Wall Street bailout plan approved recently by Congress. Chabot opposed the plan.

Driehaus says he’s made it clear he would’ve reluctantly voted for the plan had he been in Congress. “We had to do something, but I think it’s ridiculous that pork spending was put into this bill,” he said. “It would be irresponsible for Congress to allow the financial markets to fail.”

Further, Driehaus criticizes local republicans for waging a whisper campaign alleging that he doesn’t support Barack Obama, the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. Some West Side residents perceive Obama as too liberal for their tastes. Driehaus has appeared at events with Obama, and his Web site features a photograph of him with the Illinois senator.

Not everyone’s convinced of Driehaus’ sincerity, though. Democrat Eric Wilson, an outspoken Obama supporter who’s running for the seat as an independent write-in candidate, said, “I know the political games. You go to the West Side of town and don’t mention Obama’s name at appearances.”

— Kevin Osborne

 
 
by 10.31.2008
Posted In: 2008 Election at 02:56 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)
 
 

ACLU: 'Refuse to Leave'

If your eligibility to cast a vote is challenged at the polls for any reason during this election season, don’t be intimidated. Insist on receiving and casting a provisional ballot before you leave.

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by 11.04.2008
Posted In: 2008 Election at 12:02 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 

So Far So Good (With Photos)

Just gathering anecdotal info from CityBeat staffers and photographers, voting is going well so far. Long lines have been reported in Clifton, Northside, College Hill and the West Side, with voting this morning at the Main Public Library downtown taking 90 minutes. Basically, as expected, every precinct is seeing more voters than normal but there are no major problems reported (other than a lack of parking at certain schools and churches).

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by 10.20.2008
Posted In: News, 2008 Election at 10:29 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 

Tis the Season ... For Voting BS

As Election Day draws near, the rumors and lies about what is and isn’t allowed at a polling place begin to swirls. In addition to the usual anti-immigrant rhetoric (yes, you can take a translator into the voting booth if you need one) and the hate-all-criminals mantra (ex-felons are allowed to vote, as not all states discriminate) there’s a new twist this year thanks to the financial crisis (people in the midst of a foreclosure are allowed to vote).

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by 07.10.2009
Posted In: News, 2008 Election, Republicans at 05:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)
 
 

Palin Did It for the Money

At least one person who used to be close to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her family believes he knows why the prickly ex-vice presidential candidate is resigning before her gubernatorial term is completed.

Levi Johnston, the former boyfriend of Sarah Palin’s daughter and the father of her grandchild, said the governor wants to cash in on the lucrative deals being offered to her, including ones for a book and a reality TV show. Johnston, 19, held a press conference Thursday to give his views on the situation, according to an Associated Press article.

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by 10.24.2008
Posted In: 2008 Election, News at 04:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 

Special Prosecutor: 'No' to Ballot Quarantine

Breaking with the wishes of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters, a special prosecutor appointed to investigate allegations of voter registration fraud said today there’s no need to quarantine the votes in question.

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by 11.04.2008
Posted In: 2008 Election at 11:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 

It's a Crumbslide!

Well, that's what Brian Busken of Busken Bakery calls it.

Maybe McCain cookies will go on sale Wednesday?

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by 10.29.2008
Posted In: 2008 Election, Public Policy, News at 01:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 

City Council, Others Sound Off About Issue 8

This week’s issue of CityBeat features an article examining Issue 8, which proposes reviving the electoral system known as proportional representation (PR) for choosing members of Cincinnati City Council.

As is typical with most articles, time and space limitations prevented some material from being included in the print edition. Among such material this time includes City Councilman Jeff Berding, a leading PR opponent, elaborating on his reasons against the proposed switch; and City Councilman Chris Bortz, explaining why he opposes Issue 8 even though his political party — the Charter Committee — supports the change.

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