by Andy Brownfield
Romney campaign, Murray Energy dispute who made call to close mine for event
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
Posted In: 2012 Election
at 03:14 PM | Permalink
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.
by Danny Cross
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has already
had a rough week, having to give back more than $100,000 in campaign
contributions in response to an FBI investigation. Today The
Cleveland Plain Dealer's Politifact website looked into
one of the five claims made in Mandel's new 30-second TV ad, and it
seems to be pretty false. Mandel claims that his opponent, Democratic
Sen. Sherrod Brown, “cast the deciding vote on the government
takeover of health care." Politifact notes that since the
health care overhaul passed by the minimum 60 votes necessary, that
every vote was technically “deciding.” But, on the other hand,
Brown was an early supporter of the legislation, and it is widely
known that Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the final “yes” vote to
join. Plus, technically, Brown was the seventh person to vote because
it was taken in alphabetical order.
Ohio public schools have received a
waiver for parts of No Child Left Behind that will remove a
requirement to get all of their students proficient in math and
reading by 2014. Nineteen states have received the waiver, meaning
they'll have to create their own federally approved academic progress
Covington leaders are expecting staff
reductions as part of balancing the 2012-13 budget to cover $1.5
million that was left out. The city is facing $1.6 million in cuts to
public-safety services and about $700,000 across other departments.
Mitt Romney officially won the
Republican presidential nomination yesterday, but no one's talking
about it because all the stories involve Donald Trump and the fact
that his iPhone app misspelled “America.”
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has
two weeks to offer arguments against extradition to Sweden after a
U.K. supreme court ruling.
The makers of Blackberry are
considering how to remake their products into something people will
actually want again.
Facebook's public offering drama has
caused experts to ask questions such as, “should investors see the
wretched performance of Facebook’s IPO as any sort of signal about
the likely future direction of the overall stock market and the
While the rest of us were living our
lives, two asteroids zipped past the earth early this week. Don't
worry — they were small.
by Danny Cross
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has returned
more than $100,000 in campaign contributions in response to an FBI
investigation into 21 donors who had no record of giving to federal
campaigns and many appearing to have low incomes. Mandel, a
Republican, is running against incombent Democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown.
Mandel's campaign treasurer Kathryn Kessler sent a letter to donors
explaining that any contributions appearing to be under investigation
would be refunded.
From The Toledo Blade:
Although the campaign provided a copy of the letter to The
Blade, it would not explain the timing of the decision or how long it
has been aware of the federal probe.
The Blade revealed the unusual pattern of contributions in
The company's owner, Benjamin Suarez, and 16 of his employees
(plus some of their spouses) gave about $200,000 to Mr. Mandel and
U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R., Wadsworth) last year. Each of those donors
gave $5,000, the maximum allowable amount, to one or both candidates.
The Ohio Senate yesterday passed new
fracking regulations, and the final version caused some environmental
organizations to change their stance on the bill. The Ohio
Environmental Council and the Sierra Club had both been neutral on
the legislation until changes were made forcing anyone suing over
chemical trade secrets to show current or potential harm, according
to The Enquirer. The regulations are part of Kasich's new energy bill
and easily passed both the Senate and House and is expected to be
signed by Kasich soon.
Cincinnati Public Schools says it will
apply for the latest available federal education grants, which amount
to nearly $700 million. The grants are geared toward helping schools
proceed with reform and innovation.
According to a new poll, President
Obama leads Mitt Romney in Ohio by six percentage points. Wonder if
Obama's “cow pie of distortion” speech had anything to do with
The John Edwards trial has entered day
six of deliberations.
United Nations inspectors have
reportedly found uranium in Iran enriched beyond the highest levels
previously reported. One diplomat said the measure could actually be
a measurement error, though the reading could also mean that Iran is
closer to producing bomb-grade uranium than previously thought.
Scientists might be one step closer to
creating birth control for men after U.K. scientists found a gene
used to enable sperm to mature.
From USA Today: “Profits at big U.S.
companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs.”
Facebook's initial public offering
didn't go entirely as expected, and some investors are getting
refunds after technical problems and other issues marred the
company's first week of trading.
The Reds completed a four-game sweep of
the Atlanta Braves last night, winning their sixth in a row and
overtaking the St. Louis Cardinal for first place in the NL Central.