by Andy Brownfield
Local Democrats say GOP nominee's plans would hurt middle class, Hamilton County
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Saturday laid out
five steps that he said would have America “roaring back” during his first campaign stop since formally accepting the
Republican nomination.At Cincinnati's Union Terminal, Romney was joined on stage by his wife Anne, who spoke briefly, echoing her convention speech meant to humanize her husband.
He said his plan involved encouraging development in oil
and coal, implementing a trade policy that favored American companies
and not “cheaters” like China, making sure workers and students had
skills to succeed in the coming century, reducing the deficit and
encouraging small business growth.
“America is going to come roaring back,” Romney told the crowd of thousands packed inside Union Terminal.
Not everyone was so impressed with the GOP nominee’s promises.
About an hour after the Romney campaign event, Cincinnati
Democratic leaders held a news conference to rebut the Republican’s
“Much of his (Romney’s) speech was like his speech in
Tampa, which is where Romney gave Cincinnatians nothing more than vague
platitudes, false and misleading attacks without one single tangible
idea on how to move forward,” said Democratic/Charterite Cincinnati City
Councilwoman Yvette Simpson.
Simpson, along with Democratic Councilman Cecil Thomas and
Bishop Bobby Hilton, attacked the tax plan put forward by Romney and
his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. They said it would cut taxes
for the richest Americans while raising taxes on the middle class by
about $2,000 per household, citing an analysis from the nonpartisan Tax
“Mitt Romney’s plan would take Ohio and Cincinnati backwards, and we don’t have time to go backwards,” Hilton said.
Hilton credited Cincinnati’s revitalization and urban development in part on federal money obtained from Obama’s stimulus plan.
“We deserve better than this. We deserve better than Romney/Ryan,” he said.
Romney would have disagreed with Hilton’s assessment of
Cincinnati’s growth. During his speech he praised Ohio Gov. John Kasich,
crediting him with bringing jobs and businesses to the state.
Romney also took time to attack President Barack Obama’s
record in office. The GOP nominee said in preparation for his convention
speech he read many past convention speeches — including Obama’s.
“He was not one of the ones that I wanted to draw from,
except I could not resist a couple of things he said, because he made a
lot of promises,” Romney said. “And I noted that he didn't keep a lot of
Romney also criticized what he called the bitterness and
divisiveness of Obama’s campaign, saying as president he would bring the
country together. He mentioned the “patriotism and courage” of the late
Neil Armstrong, who was honored in a private service in Cincinnati on
“I will do everything in my power to bring us together,
because, united, America built the strongest economy in the history of
the earth. United, we put Neil Armstrong on the moon. United, we faced
down unspeakable darkness,” Romney said.
“United, our men and women in uniform continue to defend
freedom today. I love those people who serve our great nation. This is a
time for us to come together as a nation.”
The candidate’s remarks ignited the crowd of thousands,
many of whom wore shirts with slogans like “Mr. President, I did build
my business,” in response to a remark made by Obama about businesses being helped to grow by government contracts and
infrastructure, and “Mitt 2012: At least he never ate dog meat,” referring to a passage in Obama’s 2008 memoir during which he recalls being
fed dog meat as a boy in Indonesia.
Steve Heckman, a 62-year-old environmental consultant from
Springfield, Ohio, said he voted for Obama in 2008 but will likely
vote for Romney in this election.
He said he’d written “some pretty ugly stuff” about Romney
in the past but felt jobs was the No. 1 issue and thought the Obama
administration’s policies were sending them out of the country.
“The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has, to me, become a little too almost like a fringe group, putting so much pressure
on businesses that they are moving to Canada,” Heckman said. “Things
like air permits, the EPA is taking too long to issue them. It’s not
just power plants they’re affecting, but all manufacturing.”
Heckman said he didn’t blame the president personally but thinks whoever he put in charge of the agency is being too strict.
“I grew up when the EPA was first put in place in the '70s, and they were, in my opinion, doing God’s work,” he said, citing
the cleaning up of rivers such as the Cuyahoga near Cleveland, which
famously caught fire because of pollution in 1969.
“I support the EPA, but it’s driving businesses out of here.”
Speaking ahead of Romney were U.S. House Speaker John
Boehner, Sen. Rob Portman, U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, Ohio treasurer and
GOP senatorial candidate Josh Mandel and Republican U.S. House candidate
for Ohio’s 2nd District, Brad Wenstrup.
“This election is all about changing Washington,” Mandel
said. “The only way to change Washington is to change the people we send
by German Lopez
The City of Cincinnati and Duke Energy are still fighting
over the streetcar. The city and company are both disputing who is
required to relocate utility lines and pipes in order to accommodate for
the streetcar. Cincinnati officials say Duke Energy is required to do
it under state law, but the company disagrees. The city is considering
legal action, so the feud might soon be heading to court.A recent campaign event might have been mandatory for
workers at a mine in Beallsville, Ohio. The miners were allegedly pulled
from work, refused pay and required to attend the event with
presidential candidate Mitt Romney and senatorial candidate Josh Mandel.
Romney, Mandel and the mine owner have all been criticized for the
move.Cincinnati Bell and StarTek plan on bringing back 200 outsourced jobs to Cincinnati. StarTek will also hire another 136 workers.President Barack Obama’s administration finalized new
regulations yesterday requiring the average gas mileage of new cars to
be at 54.5 mpg by 2025. The new standard is double today’s standard.
Lisa Jackson, EPA administrator, said on Twitter the new standards will
reduce national oil consumption by two million barrels a day. The United
States currently uses about 20 million barrels a day. That reduction in
consumption could help combat climate change, which is partly blamed
for Arctic Sea ice hitting record lows this summer.A federal judge ruled Ohio boards of elections must count
defective provisional ballots if the ballots were counted defective due
to errors from poll workers. The ruling protects voters from mistakes by
poll workers. Secretary of State Jon Husted is expected to appeal the
ruling because he says it disagrees with state law.Husted ended up firing the two Democrats on the Montgomery
Board of Elections that voted for extending in-person early voting to
include weekends. Democrats say not allowing weekend voting is voter
suppression, but Republicans cite racial politics and costs as
New rules for juries stop the use of Twitter and Facebook during cases.The Republican national convention is underway in Tampa,
Fla. Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio will be there. For
coverage, check out Twitter’s Republican convention page, which tracks
all mentions of the convention.Romney apparently
agrees with Mandel that fact checkers
don’t matter. This is despite Romney’s claim that President Barack Obama
should stop running ads after fact checkers find them to be false or
misleading. Mandel previously said he will continue saying wrong
statements even after they’re declared false or misleading by fact
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland criticized Romney on his
plans for Medicare. The former governor said the Romney-Ryan budget plan
would “destroy Medicare as we know it.”
Republicans like to say that Obamacare will get employers
to drop health insurance, but a new survey has found zero out of 512
employers plan on dropping health insurance.The U.S. economy grew at a 1.7 percent annual rate in the second quarter. The growth isn’t great, but it slightly beat expectations.Apparently computer grading programs are judging student essays better than teachers.And some scientists want to use HIV to fight cancer.
3 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Congratulations are in order for Ohio
Treasurer Josh Mandel. As part of his U.S. senatorial campaign, Mandel, a
Republican, has earned his sixth “Pants on Fire” rating from
fact-checking website PolitiFact.
Ohio Democrats say Kasich, Mandel are blowing off records requests
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Rival political parties in Ohio probably
know more about your elected officials than you do. It’s common practice
for the major parties to file open records requests to get everything
from schedules and emails to staff resumes from officeholders.
by Andy Brownfield
Northern Ohio senatorial candidate affects Southern drawl for western Ohio coal miners
I, for one, was comforted to hear the warm Southern drawl
put on by Ohio treasurer and senatorial candidate Josh Mandel while he
campaigned for Mitt Romney before Beallsville coal miners on Wednesday.
As someone who recently spent six months living and
working in Montgomery, Ala., it brought me back to simpler times when
summer nights were spent drinking sweet tea spiked with rum on a porch and
it was for some reason still OK to refer to a grown black man as “boy.” So when I heard Josh Mandel extoll the virtues of coal in a
drawl reminiscent of fresh butter spread on cornbread, I immediately
thought, “shucks, this guy gets me — he’s one of us.”
Wait, what’s that? Mandel hails from Lyndhurst, a
Cleveland suburb that’s the Hyde Park of Northern Ohio? He’s never even
eaten cheese grits? (Editor’s note: CityBeat could not independently
verify that Josh Mandel has in fact never eaten cheese grits.) Well now I
just feel put on.
LINK TO VIDEO Y’ALL
The Enquirer reported that Mandel had never publicly used a Southern accent before.
"As if blowing off work and hiring unqualified campaign
workers and friends at taxpayer expense wasn't evidence enough of his
blatant disregard for the people who elected him treasurer expecting
that he'd do his job, Josh Mandel has now stooped to faking his accent
as a means of earning votes," Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Andrew
Zucker said in a statement. "It's sad, it's pathetic and unfortunately
it's concrete proof that he is just another politician who can't be
Sounding folksy or down-homey is nothing new in presidential politics.
When campaigning in Alabama, Romney famously dropped
“y’alls” into his speech and spoke of his newfound love for “cheesy
grits” and catfish (my editor in Montgomery was quick to point out to
me, another carpetbagger, that any real Southerner knows they’re cheese
grits, not cheesy grits).
If there’s one thing Southerners don’t take too kindly to, it’s Yankee pandering.
“If you’re going to pander, at least pander well, and this
isn’t pandering well,” Stephen Gordon, a Republican consultant based in
Birmingham, Ala., told the Boston Herald shortly after Romney made his
“People in the Deep South have a bit of a natural distrust
for Northerners, especially folks from the Northeast,” said Gordon, who
is not affiliated with any campaign in the Republican presidential
contest. “There are cultural differences, stemming all the way back to
the Civil War, and they affect the way people perceive Mr. Romney.”
Romney is by no means the first to affect an accent to fit in with the natives.
Both Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton adopted drawls while on campaign stops in the South. Though those
two former presidents, from Texas and Arkansas respectively, had the
bona fides to pull it off.
by Andy Brownfield
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And the rest of the world blinks with mild incredulity
BREAKING NEWS EVERYBODY!
The Boy Who Cried Wolf, yes, the proverbial shepherd boy
from Aesop’s Fables who was so lonely that he invents a wolf attack to
get the villagers’ attention, has endorsed serial liar state Treasurer Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate. According to the Ohio Democratic Party.
We at CityBeat receive many news releases all day, but
this appears to be the first time a fictional character has endorsed a
candidate for Senate. Though the release is right that Mandel has a
“penchant for repeating previously debunked lies,” the sheer absurdity
of the release has caused the news team here at your friendly
neighborhood alt weekly to dub it “the dumbest press release of the
Here’s the release in its entirety, with names of the guilty redacted. Happy weekend, y’all.
Friday, August 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BREAKING: Boy Who Cried Wolf Endorses Josh Mandel For Senate
Touts Mandel's Ability To Consistently Repeat Previously Debunked Lies: "Us Serial Liars Need To Stick Together"
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Boy Who Cried Wolf announced
his endorsement of Josh Mandel today, ending speculation about who the
world renowned liar would support in the Ohio senate race this November.
"Josh Mandel shares my ideals, my values and most importantly my less-than-casual relationship with the truth," said the Boy Who Cried Wolf.
"Us serial liars need to stick together, and now that Josh Mandel's
officially been crowned King of Ohio's Liars, the choice for me is
simple. I'm honored to support Josh and I look forward to joining him
and his special interest friends on the campaign trail as they lie about
Sherrod and distort his record on the issues from now through
The Boy Who Cried Wolf rose to fame for repeatedly
proclaiming that his sheep were being attacked by a wolf, when in fact,
no wolf had attacked his sheep. Much like the Boy Who Cried Wolf, Josh
Mandel's star has risen largely because of his penchant for repeating
previously debunked lies. This week Josh Mandel earned the "Pants on Fire crown" from Politifact Ohio, an award reserved for the worst liar among all Ohio politicians.
Paid for by the Ohio Democratic Party, Chris Redfern, Chairman
by German Lopez
The Ohio Board of Regents has recommended banning tobacco
on all school campuses. The ruling is meant to curtail students picking
up smoking during college. According to the Ohio Department of Health,
40 percent of college-aged smokers began smoking or became regular
smokers after starting college.
Louise Nippert, Cincinnati philanthropist and art patron, died yesterday at the age of 100.
Secret groups have been pumping Ohio’s Senate race between
incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel with
out-of-state money in support of Mandel. Unsurprisingly, the Brown team
is not happy about it.
More Ohio adults are on Medicaid and Medicare, a new study has
found. Ohioans are also relying less on employer-provided insurance. The
numbers apparently match a nationwide movement.
Yesterday, the world got its first glimpse at the suspect in the Colorado theater massacre. He had orange hair.
A coalition of labor groups is getting together to push for a
higher minimum wage in Ohio. They want minimum wage raised to $9.80 per
hour in 2014.
Penn State is getting a heavy-handed punishment from the NCAA. It
seems like the occult hand of former coach Joe Paterno will continue
having a heavy grip on the university’s football legacy.
Apparently, earth’s resources aren’t good enough for technology.
Scientists want to use dwarf stars to improve computers in a big way.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
If the 1985 film Pee Wee’s Big Adventure taught us anything, it’s that rich people think they can have whatever they want
when someone loves an object enough, he or she will do anything to keep
it. That’s kind of what’s going on over at Music Hall these days.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Anyone who has heard about how important
bees are to the existence of humanity understands the fundamental
frailty of our ecosystem (and maybe likes honey a lot or has really
nerdy friends). Such an individual would have been interested in today’s
news that the Asian longhorned beetle will soon reemerge in Clermont
County and threaten to eat all the trees.