Roldo Bartimole - message to the Plain Dealer - ...

Great article by Roldo Bartimole on the current state of "reporting" by the Plain Dealer. The article is posted at The Cleveland Leader. (www.clevelandleader.com). He writes...

"There's an old saying I can't track down even with Google.\[sic]

It's about journalists.

It goes something like, ""When the battle is over they come down and shoot the wounded.""

I knew only one person who might know the direct quote - Terry Sheridan. And he did with all the attribution: Newspaperman Clive Barnes (1927-2008), NYTimes dance and theater critic: "A critic is someone who rides in after the battle and shoots the wounded." That's the apt description I was seeking.

It's the feeling I get when I read the Plain Dealer articles now about County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

*snip*

I'm no great fan of Fitz because he's left Cuyahoga County in what I believe will be a financial crunch. Maybe disaster. He helped extend the sin tax for 20 years and the bed tax and hasn't done anything to reduce the quarter percent sales tax put on the Tax Tim.
He's put the county in the hotel business. It shouldn't be in that money-losing business. It already has one called the convention center.

And he's made personal mistakes. Especially not getting a driver's license for years. Stupid, maybe even arrogant. Hardly a major crime though.

Now, however, whenever FitzGerald is covered in the Pee Dee all that is dredged up.

Quick and easy is the PD style these days.

*snip*

Akron Beacon Journal editorial - and my point about John Kasich & the poor

Excellent editorial from the Akron Beacon Journal and his policies towards the poor. They write...

"Few offer a more telling perspective on the condition of the Ohio economy than the food banks across the state. They see the stresses and strains affecting families and individuals struggling to make ends meet. On Monday, the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, joined by five other organizations, rightly urged Gov. John Kasich to accept an invitation from the federal government to make food assistance more widely available to needy Ohioans.

Unfortunately, the governor appears unwilling to budge."

Complete editorial can be found here:
http://www.ohio.com/editorial/editorials/ohioans-living-in-the-shadow-of...

Interesting read about the origins of the five-day work week - ...

The Atlantic has an interesting read about the origins of the five-day work week. They write...

"The earliest recorded use of the word “weekend,” Rybczynski notes, occurred in 1879 in an English magazine called Notes and Queries:

""In Staffordshire, if a person leaves home at the end of his week’s work on the Saturday afternoon to spend the evening of Saturday and the following Sunday with friends at a distance, he is said to be spending his week-end at So-and-so.""

Some 19th-century Britons used the week's seventh day for merriment rather than for the rest prescribed by scripture. They would drink, gamble, and enjoy themselves so much that the phenomenon of “Saint Monday,” in which workers would skip work to recover from Sunday's gallivanting, emerged. English factory owners later compromised with workers by giving them a half-day on Saturday in exchange for guaranteed attendance at work on Monday.

It took decades for Saturday to change from a half-day to a full day’s rest. In 1908, a New England mill became the first American factory to institute the five-day week. It did so to accommodate Jewish workers, whose observance of a Saturday sabbath forced them to make up their work on Sundays, offending some in the Christian majority. The mill granted these Jewish workers a two-day weekend, and other factories followed this example. The Great Depression cemented the two-day weekend into the economy, as shorter hours were considered a remedy to underemployment."

Rest of the article can be found here:
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/08/where-the-five-day-w...

Ah, Nick Mascari - ...

First, thanks for following the blog. It's good to get feedback from people like yourself.

I'm not sure how my post was "pathetic". I was merely re-posting what's been sent out on twitter feeds. I've noticed a lot of the pictures for Team Kasich have been made up of nothing but white people and I think that's a little pathetic. The second part was just to contrast with issues Democrats have been highlighting. John Kasich talks about the poor, but does he really understand the issues. From what I've heard from him, I don't believe he does.

In regards to accusations I made about the Plain Dealer, if you noticed, the paper changed its format after my post. If they were doing nothing wrong, why did they change? In my post, I ask if anyone thought I was wrong, to please explain it to me. No one did.

Thanks again for reading Nick. I'd welcome any further feedback from you. If you need to get an account set up for the comments section, please e-mail Anastasia, anastasia@ohiodailyblog.com.

Background on why I wrote this post:

More amazing diversity from John Kasich

More proof from John Kasich that he's running to represent all of Ohio...



I guess he misses things like the following, because he's compassionate.

Kasich/Taylor - sure they believe in diversity -...

Awesome picture guys. Team Kasich/Taylor is definitely a reflection of Ohio!

Interesting report from Innovation Ohio about Ohio's low-wage recovery - Just wait for Kasich's 2nd term and RTW -...

Innovation Ohio has an interesting report that shows that many of the new jobs created in Ohio's recovery have been low-wage ones. They write...

"While much has been made of state job gains and reductions in the state’s unemployment rate, Ohio’s economy employs nearly 140,000 workers than it did prior to the 2008 recession. Innovation Ohio sought to explore the jobs that have been created during the state’s recovery and see whether they are comparable to those that were lost.

By reviewing occupational employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2007 to 2013, we found that:

- Prior to the start of the recession in 2007, 33% of Ohioans were employed in occupations that pay, on average, more than $20 per hour, 39% in jobs paying between $13.40 and $19.99, and just 28% in jobs paying $7.00-$13.39 hourly.

- At the end of 2013, low-wage occupations had jumped to 36% of Ohio employment, while medium-paying jobs fell to 34% and high-wage occupations dropped to 31%.

Digging deeper into the numbers, we found that all the job gains in Ohio have come from low-wage occupations. Employment in high and medium wage occupations declined during the recession and continued to fall as the recovery began. Low wage professions now represent 36% of the state’s employment, up from 28% in 2007."

Link to report can be found here:
http://innovationohio.org/2014/08/20/ohios-low-wage-recovery/

If you think this is bad, just wait until early 2015 when John Kasich and the Republicans push to make Ohio a Right-to-work (RTW) state.

Michelle Rhee to leave Students First

Well this is good news, The Huffington Post is reporting that Michelle Rhee is going to step down as CEO of Students First. They write:

"Former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee has told people close to her that she is preparing to step down as CEO of StudentsFirst, the advocacy organization she created after leaving her chancellor post, according to three sources close to the organization.

*snip*

In recent months, as local media have reported that StudentsFirst is winding down activities in at least four states, Rhee has taken on other jobs.

*snip*

""She's been really brutally attacked personally, and StudentsFirst has not been as effective as she wanted,"" said a former prominent StudentsFirst staffer".

Article can be found here.

If anyone has followed the weird saga of Students First, Michelle Rhee, got attacked, because some of the stories she told were very mis-leading. She is yet another person who cries for others to show personal responsibility, but can't do it herself. And I love the part that says "StudentsFirst has not been as effective as she wanted". I thought Michelle Rhee was a miracle worker. I thought she transformed the DC school district in a day or something. Eh, maybe that wasn't all true.

We do need to improve our education system in America. But we've got to stop looking at hokey ideas disguised as silver bullet solutions. When are we going to do that?

Providing quality childcare for low-income families -...

Policy Matters Ohio did a great study on providing quality childcare to low-income families. For many families, such a service can be a pathway out of poverty. The Executive Summary states:

"Access to quality childcare helps build pathways out of poverty for low-income families. In the short run, childcare serves as a critical work support that allows parents to work knowing their children are in good hands. In the long run, quality childcare gives low-income children the attention, care, stimulation and education they need for brain development and prepares them to do well in school.

Childcare aid is often called a “work support.” Work supports are public benefits that allow families to survive in an economy with jobs that don’t pay enough. The largest occupational categories in Ohio pay far less than a family needs for self-sufficiency.

Work supports like childcare assistance are supposed to help families move from poverty to self-sufficiency. But for too many, the transition isn’t smooth: it is rough terrain, with cracks, cliffs and canyons.

The public childcare assistance program administered by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is the largest of several childcare programs the state sponsors; two-thirds of the funding is federal. In Ohio, the threshold of initial eligibility for public childcare assistance is 125 percent of the federal poverty level. While families can only enter the program at or below that level, they continue to receive childcare aid if they are in the system without interruption up to 200 percent of poverty, the ceiling for ongoing eligibility. Today Ohio ranks among the lowest of states in initial eligibility levels for this public childcare assistance. Once you are in, it is too easy to fall out."

Please read more about this vital program at their web site: http://www.policymattersohio.org/childcare-may2014#sthash.pDG7FfY3.dpuf

Ohio Daily Blog seeks African American writer -...

We here at Ohio Daily Blog have noticed a slight uptick in African American readership. We're thrilled about that!

We started thinking, perhaps we could recruit an African American writer to write about the community and issues in Ohio.

If you might be interested in writing for Ohio Daily Blog, please: e-mail anastasia@ohiodailyblog.com. Please send a couple of writing samples and she can fill you in on the details. Thanks for reading!

Misinterpretations by some -...

[I wrote the following as an explain only. Imagine waiting some three years for something and have this happen. This has been absolutely devastating. It's been heartbreaking. I don't work for the FitzGerald campaign. I have nothing to do with them. I know some people understand how I feel. It's depressing some other people don't.]

I was one of thousands of Ohioans who was locked out of the Statehouse some three years ago. On a cold March day we came as citizens to urge our elected representatives to kill Senate Bill 5.

As I stood among police officers, fire fighters, teachers, other unions and supporters it was unbelievable to hear that the Statehouse doors were locked for security reasons. We were then told, by Republicans, that the doors were locked, because there were too many people in the Statehouse. None of this was true. The Republicans just didn't want to hear from the people.

Good Democrats opened side doors for many of the protesters. When I finally got a chance to go inside, it was unbelievable how empty the place was. We got to talk to a couple of representatives, but both of the people we talked to immediately shot us down. As the rally progressed we couldn't wait to turn our fire on John Kasich. And we couldn't wait to get to today and hold John Kasich accountable for all of his lies and deceptions on SB5.

Sadly, it looks like this day will never come.

Being locked out of the Statehouse -...

I was one of thousands of Ohioans who was locked out of the Statehouse some three years ago. On a cold March day we came as citizens to urge our elected representatives to kill Senate Bill 5.

As I stood among police officers, fire fighters, teachers, other unions and supporters it was unbelievable to hear that the Statehouse doors were locked for security reasons. We were then told, by Republicans, that the doors were locked, because there were too many people in the Statehouse. None of this was true. The Republicans just didn't want to hear from the people.

Good Democrats opened side doors for many of the protesters. When I finally got a chance to go inside, it was unbelievable how empty the place was. We got to talk to a couple of representatives, but both of the people we talked to immediately shot us down. As the rally progressed we couldn't wait to turn our fire on John Kasich. And we couldn't wait to get to today, to have a fair debate on the issues, and hold John Kasich accountable for all of his lies and deceptions on SB5.

Sadly, it looks like this day will never come.

Cleveland Plain Dealer where are the 19 stories in 7 days about this? -...

In February of this year it was discovered that Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich's administration was planning to use one of its agencies to promote a process it was supposed to be regulating. The Kasich's administration had planned to use the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a promotion tool for hydraulic fracturing. As reported by ThinkProgress...

Ohio Governor Reverses Course On Fracking In State Parks After Plan To Discredit Environmentalists Leaked
BY KILEY KROH POSTED ON FEBRUARY 19, 2014 AT 11:19 AM

After it was revealed that top advisers to Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) were aware of a plan crafted by the state’s Department of Natural Resources to discredit the “eco-left” over fracking in state parks, Kasich reversed course on the issue Wednesday.

>snip<

As the Dispatch notes, the reversal comes on the same day that Democrats called for an investigation into a leaked 2012 memo outlining a plan to sway public opinion on opening up public lands for oil and gas drilling.

The memo identifies groups like the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Ohio Environmental Council as the opposition, and warns that an “initiative to proactively open state park and forest land to horizontal drilling/fracturing will be met with zealous resistance by environmental activist opponents, who are skilled propagandists” (emphasis theirs).

>snip<

The governor’s office initially denied knowledge of the pro-fracking marketing plan but a 2012 email from Kasich’s top officials, requesting a meeting about the plan, disputed that assertion.

Some clarification to my post calling for investigation into Plain Dealer - ...

[I feel I need to clarify somethings after reading some articles that could be attributed to the following post. I am in no way affiliated with the Ohio Democratic Party. I am in no way affiliated with the Ed FitzGerald campaign. This post is by me and I am a very average citizen. Any anger towards the Ohio Democratic Party or the FitzGerald campaign would be sorely mis-guided and wrong. In 2012 I wrote a post title: Chris Redfern must go. (Link: http://www.ohiodailyblog.com/content/chris-redfern-must-go) Does that sound like something from a loyalist? Do you think that article would make this site popular with Chris Redfern?

I stand by what I wrote. I stand by it until someone in reasonable detail can tell me why I'm wrong. This was not some "hit" by the Ohio Democratic Party or the FitzGerald campaign - - it was a legitimate call for investigation. The Plain Dealer is trying to fix this race with slanted articles.

(I did take out names from the re-post below. I'm sorry if I offended anyone (reporters) by having them in there in the first posts.)]

[Re-Post] ... The following was posted on 8/7. There have been some edits from the original post.

In Ohio, the governors race may be on the verge of being stolen. The Democratic nominee for governor is on the cusp of being forced out of the race after enduring a breath taking number of slanted articles designed to crater his campaign, by two newspapers, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Columbus Dispatch. There may have been stronger than normal collaborations between the Republican Party and the Cleveland Plain Dealer to produce some of the articles.

@dailykos, @mmfa, @huffingtonpost, Is Ohio gov race about to be stolen? Please click link, read article -...

In Ohio, the governors race may be on the verge of being stolen. The Democratic nominee for governor is on the cusp of being forced out of the race after enduring a breath taking number of slanted articles designed to crater his campaign, by two newspapers, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Columbus Dispatch. There may have been stronger than normal collaborations between the Republican Party and the Cleveland Plain Dealer to produce some of the articles. Please read below - - if you think there might be something to investigate, please do so...

Ohio Dem leaders don't listen to Henry Gomez, Joe Vardon, Mark Naymik, or anyone else from the Ohio Cleveland Plain Dealer or Columbus Dispatch who might be asking you if your going to urge Ed FitzGerald to resign. It's all a ruse to hand Ohio Republican incumbent Governor John Kasich a re-election victory. And they want you to help. Since August 1st, between the two newspapers, they have written about 19 articles, some extremely negative - - they all maintain a negative narrative for FitzGerald. Nineteen articles in 7 days. See below.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Columbus Dispatch have unleashed a brutal attack on Ohio Democratic nominee for Governor, Ed FitzGerald. The attack was oddly timed, because it happened right as time ran out for Democrats to be able to replace him on the ballot. (The papers may have been sitting on the story for a month. I'll explain below)

In the aftermath of cratering FitzGerald's campaign, the papers have now started a chorus to kick him off the ballot.

If FitzGerald leaves the ballot, the person he is running against, Ohio incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich gets re-elected in August - - three months before the actual election. He will have won the election without a single vote being cast. This a total bypass of Democracy and every US citizen should be outraged about what these two papers are doing. They're rigging the election.

Ohio Dem Leaders don't listen to Henry Gomez, Joe Vardon, or the Plain Dealer or Columbus Dispatch -...

Ohio Dem leaders don't listen to Henry Gomez, Joe Vardon, Mark Naymik, or anyone else from the Ohio Cleveland Plain Dealer or Columbus Dispatch who might be asking you if your going to urge Ed FitzGerald to resign. It's all a ruse to hand Ohio Republican incumbent Governor John Kasich a re-election victory. And they want you to help. Since August 1st, between the two newspapers, they have written about 19 articles, some extremely negative - - they all maintain a negative narrative for FitzGerald. Nineteen articles in 7 days. See below.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Columbus Dispatch have unleashed a brutal attack on Ohio Democratic nominee for Governor, Ed FitzGerald. The attack was oddly timed, because it happened right as time ran out for Democrats to be able to replace him on the ballot. (The papers may have been sitting on the story for a month. I'll explain below)

In the aftermath of cratering FitzGerald's campaign, the papers have now started a chorus to kick him off the ballot.

If FitzGerald leaves the ballot, the person he is running against, Ohio incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich gets re-elected in August - - three months before the actual election. He will have won the election without a single vote being cast. This a total bypass of Democracy and every US citizen should be outraged about what these two papers are doing. They're rigging the election.

Here are the links to all 19 stories. They all ultimately maintain a negative narrative for Ed FitzGerald. There may be more. I might have actually missed some, because there are so many.

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/08/ed_fitzgerald_sends_mess...
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Andrew Tobias: August 07, 2014

http://www.cleveland.com/naymik/index.ssf/2014/08/its_ed_fitzgeralds_fau...
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mark Naymik: August 06, 2014

Brent Larkin's "Journalism" Career is Over Except for the Epitaph

but he may take the Plain Dealer down with him.

Has the Plain Dealer ever had a more biased columnist trying to masquerade as a reasonable, middle-of-the-road fountain of wisdom (Kevin O'Brien doesn't count because you have to be a fringe teabagger to think he's anything approaching reasonable) Than Brent Larkin?

He acts like he has his finger on the heartbeat of Ohio politics and Ohio voters when in fact he's seeing things through some pretty distorted lenses. (Formerly he was viewing things from his position up former congressman Steve LaTourette's ass but that's a whole OTHER story).

Could a column announcing the end of Ed FitzGerald's campaign three months before the election over some trivial peccadilloes be any more transparently an attempt to help end it by making Democrats — typically a pessimistic bunch anyway — throw up their hands and quit fighting? (You know, it's funny that I don't recall seeing Larkin's column about how LaTourette was cheating on his wife with a lobbyist — a woman who was lobbying a committee on which LaTourette served even though they laughably claimed she never lobbied HIM — and how he dumped his wife and kids back home via a cold phone call saying he didn't feel like being married anymore).

Unfortunately, the state press is the enemy of all Democrats, even when they grudgingly endorse one. I mean, imagine if the Democrats had dug up the fact that Kasich hadn't had a drivers license for many years and tried to use it.

Larkin would be in high dudgeon, penning a column about how the Democrats had no ethics, no low they would not sink to, making a big issue about a trivial personal oversight, and what is wrong with Democrats that they won't focus on issues?

Let me know if you find that column on LaTourette's personal issues. I won't be holding my breath.

HA! DeWine spin exposed

When attorney Mike DeWine announced, after the Dayton Daily News exposed his egregious cronyism and deal-making in awarding contracts for state debt collection, that in fact collections were WAY up, I knew something had to be amiss. I figured he was jiggering the figures. Maybe more experienced companies made up for losses caused by this brand new inexperienced company of cronies? Maybe the difference was in the work turned back to the AG's office because this new company of cronies didn't have licenses to collect outside Ohio? Or maybe DeWine awarded this company of cronies the most lucrative contracts?

I figured there was something. Thanks to DeWine's Democratic opponent David Pepper, we now know what it is.

DeWine is lying.

Here's Pepper's email:

Since the Dayton Daily News exposed rampant pay-to-play in the handing out of collections work a few weeks back, the Attorney General’s Office has been desperately defending what are clear misdeeds. As the Toledo Blade said, their practices do not pass the “smell test.”

Their latest? Proclaiming that their deeply tainted process is justified by “record” revenue from collections. Never mind that even stellar results would not justify rigging bids to enrich friends, here are the facts.

1. 2001-2011: GROWTH EVERY YEAR: From 2001 to 2011, collections revenue rose each and every year…like clockwork, through recessions and growth years. To use the Attorney General’s current spin, every year was a “record,” and each of the past four Attorneys General—two from each party—set “records” every year they were in office.

Of COURSE DeWine's office supports sexual harassers

We got this email today:

Yesterday, the Sandusky Register reported that in 2013 Mike DeWine personally interfered with an internal sexual harassment investigation in which the harasser was described as a “personal friend” of DeWine. Over the expressed objections of the investigator, DeWine demanded and eventually was given the name of a confidential whistleblower who had indicated he had information for the investigator about the perpetrator. [Source: Sandusky Register (8/6/2014), “DeWine dogged probe.”]

In response to DeWine’s actions in the internal sexual harassment investigation, Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus Chair Kathy DiCristofaro released the following statement:

“Mike DeWine’s interference in this investigation is a perfect example of why women are often afraid to come forward when they’ve been sexually harassed. DeWine failed to allow independent investigators to do their jobs, and since the investigation was ‘short-circuited,’ we may never be able to get to bottom of what actually occurred between Mike DeWine’s close friend and a former intern."

"What we do know is that there is likely still a sexual harasser in Attorney General’s office who has avoided punishment because this investigation went nowhere, and Mike DeWine’s personal efforts protected him. Ohio women deserve answers on why AG DeWine was interfering again in an ongoing investigation.”

Given that you could look at the policies and pursuits of DeWine's office — pushing his own religious beliefs about contraception — as collective sexual harassment of ALL Ohio women, why is this a surprise? DeWine's ideas about women belong in the 19th century.

Thanks, Kathy. Keep calling out this jerk.

Tired of the quitters and naysayers on our side

What is it about Democrats that gives them a tendency to be pessimistic, hopeless, helpless and quitters?

What depresses me the most about this kerfuffle about Ed FitzGerald and his drivers license/;late night conversation with some woman is how WE walked into the trap the GOP set. We're giving up. We're turning on Ed. We're turning on the state party. We're blaming this one, that one and the other.

We should be blaming ourselves. We don't have the intestinal fortitude the GOP does. You know Kris "Wifebeater" Jordan is still in the legislature, don't you? And David "Prostitutes R Me" Vitter is not just still in the U.S. Senate, he's running for governor of Louisiana (of course, the standards are a bit different down there for both parties — they'd laugh at this).

if Kasich gets reelected, in two or three years, we'll be looking over the smoldering ruins of Ohio, now a right to work state that has stripped women of their rights, destroyed public education, fouled the environment, lost still more jobs, and seen local taxes go up and up and up, and some of these doomsters will be saying "If only Ed FitzGerald had a proper drivers license." Do you know how stupid that sounds?

Of course, some will be saying "If only we had had a GOOD candidate." We DO have a good candidate — Ed Fitzgerald. He's worked hard and he's good on policy. He's struggled against handicaps such as limited funding and a hostile state press. But he's persevered, which is more than I can say for some of our energetic young activists.

No one has been able to identify this magical, perfect candidate who would have easily beaten Kasich. Rich Cordray? Don't make me laugh. Sure, he'd be a great governor. He's also a lousy campaigner. And once it was clear he could stay at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau in D.C., there is no way he was coming back to hit the campaign trail, something it's always been clear he disliked.

Quoting Jerry Austin is like quoting Big Bird - ...

Oh the Plain Dealer. The always entertaining Plain Dealer.

About an hour ago one of their reporters tweeted that they've heard from "Several Dem operatives" in response to a recent e-mail the Ed FitzGerald campaign sent out. The e-mail relayed that within the last day or so, one of Ed FitzGerald's sons was declared cancer free. Good news.

Apparently, the "Dem Operatives" consist of three people. One of them isn't a Democrat. He's a Republican named, Mark Weaver. Another one is an academic, and I think he'd rather be referred to that way. He's John Green. He's affiliated with the University of Akron. And the last is Jerry Austin. Their responses to the FitzGerald e-mail can be found at the link below.

Hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. These are the "several Dem operatives?" There's only one. And he's a turncoat.

Jerry Austin. I'll put this lightly, he's not well liked by many in Ohio Democratic politics - - or maybe, he's liked about as much as Ken Blackwell. I mean, even in the article the Plain Dealer published, they had to include that some of Jerry's most recent work was for a Republican. And what's he doing now? It's a heated election season and he's...

I would breakout the rules of journalism again, because there's some good things about using credible sources to enhance a story. Un-credible sources deflate a story. But I think I'll just keep letting the Plain Dealer make fools of themselves.

Hilarious.

Link to story reference:

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/08/ed_fitzgerald_sends_mess...

Tweet from Reporter:

Joe Vardon's latest article

Joe Vardon's latest article calls into question Ed FitzGeralds' latest campaign e-mail. Joe's article can be found here:

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/08/07/fitzgerald-lett...

The e-mail from the FitzGerald campaign discloses that his eldest son Jack, in the last day or so, was re-affirmed as cancer free. Apparently, some conditions surfaced where Jack had to be tested again. He had been diagnosed and then delcared cancer free in a previous time.

I have to say what I got out of the e-mail was that he was telling me where he's been in the last couple of days. In the last couple of days his campaign has gone silent. I was getting pretty upset about it. As Joe, and his reporter colleagues were beating up on him, I was stunned there was zero response from his campaign. This explains it to me. I had thought FitzGerald's entire campaign had given up.

In Joe's article, he tries to state that Ed FitzGerald's kids have been kept out of the campaign. That's completely false. When FitzGerald announced he was running for Governor, the only people on stage with him were his wife and kids. I mean there's a picture of this on his Facebook page. I've seen plenty of tweets from his campaign of him and his kids. I think the dispatch may have run some pictures of them. I get Joe's point. But there is another side - - and I'm offering it. Joe's article kind of makes him look like he's desperate for dirt and if I was FitzGerald's campaign I'd ask for some corrections.

Are the Plain Dealer - and Columbus Dispatch - out of ammo? -...

I could regret writing this, but this tweet from Henry Gomez...

What he's saying is, he's wondering if Dems will start attacking each other and push Ed FitzGerald off the ballot. This would of course mean - automatic victory and re-election for John Kasich. Is one of the reasons Henry Gomez/The Plain Dealer want Democrats to turn on each other, is because after months of negative dirty articles the Plain Dealer has written, they have nothing new? They're going to be forced to try to run the same stories over and over about FitzGerald. Would the public start tuning them out then, and their stories become stale?

And keep in mind there was this tweet by a fellow reporter that seems to confirm all the Plain Dealer and Dispatch was running was dirt.

I don't know, I could be wrong. And who knows where Democratic insiders are concerning FitzGerald. They might want to take this into consideration though.

Great post at Plunderbund about Toledo's water crisis -...

Leatra Harper, Managing Director for the FreshWater Accountability Project guest posted at Plunderbund. Her story took the Toledo water crisis as a chance to look deeper into Gov. John Kasich's abysmal water policies. She starts...

"After over 400,000 people were without safe drinking water for over two days in one of Ohio’s largest cities, did anyone feel any better after Governor Kasich’s statement during his obligatory visit to Toledo: “What’s more important than water? Water’s about life.”

Plain, simple, true, and grossly misleading. Because those who know the facts of what is happening in Ohio can clearly see that Governor Kasich does not care about the water. What Kasich cares about is Kasich, getting re-elected, and pleasing his corporate sponsors to fulfill his political aspirations.

One doesn’t have to look too deeply to find the truth about how little the Governor cares about Ohio’s water. Instead of slowing the onslaught of the destructive, temporary and toxic industry of horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) that is destroying millions of gallons a day of Ohio’s freshwater, Governor Kasich has allowed Ohio to become the dumping ground of choice for the fracking industry operating in Ohio and other states, which can pollute and radioactively poison even larger amounts of Ohio’s surface and ground water."

Entire story can be found here:
http://www.plunderbund.com/2014/08/06/behind-the-rhetoric-of-the-toledo-...

Please do click through - - it's well worth the read.

Plain Dealer stirs the pot - ...

This tweet...

What Henry's saying is, he hopes Dems start attacking one another. He's looking for an intra-party war. I guess we'll see...

(I have to add I did not get the tone Henry Gomez is trying to infer when I read the article. I thought Ted Strickland gave an honest assessment and even offered some hope for the race)

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