Ohio News Roundup
Shake, rattle and roll:
Q-Poll Reveals Ohioans Approve of Ted, Mixed on Education Amendment - The second part of a Quinnipiac Poll was released this morning, showing that Ohioans approve of their new governor (although with many saying they don't know enough to answer the question), they approve his delay of three executions to consider clemency (although most voters prefer the death penalty to life without parole for convicted murderers), and they favor the idea of an amendment to increase spending on poorer schools but don't like the fact that the amendment doesn't say where the money will come from, and they oppose a tax increase for that purpose. Discussion on Openers, As Ohio Goes, and Buckeye State Blog.
Keiper Nixes Ohio Senate Bid - The Akron Beacon Journal has the story, and Redhorse at Psychobilly Democrat has the analysis. Portage County Commissioner Chuck Keiper (D) has taken his name out of consideration for the 28th District seat of State Sen. Kimberly Zurz (D), who is stepping down for a post in the Strickland administration, and the contenders appear to be Rep Kathleen Chandler (D-Kent), Rep. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), County Council member Paula Prentice (D), and Ohio Board of Elections member (and former Congressman) Tom Sawyer (D-Akron), with Sawyer getting the nod in Redhorse's estimable opinion.
Sherrod Brown Meets With Sheriff on AK Steel Lockout - The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Avon) met in Washington with the Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones for about 30 minutes yesterday to discuss the 11-month-old lockout of union workers from AK Steel's Middletown Works. The senator agreed "to do whatever he can in trying to bring the matter to a successful conclusion."
GOP Girding for Legal Battle Over Ted's Veto - Also from the Dispatch, state GOP leaders have hired the politically connected law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease and authorized the expenditure of $150,000 to contest Gov. Ted Strickland's veto of legislation that would cut back damages in consumer lawsuits and immunize paint companies from public nuisance lawsuits over lead-based paint. Attorney General Marc Dann (D-Liberty Township) will defend the validity of the veto.
Bush Warrantless Wiretapping Challenge Argued in Federal Appellate Court - Dan Horn has an interesting rundown in the Cincinnati Enquirer of oral arguments yesterday in the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on the secret federal program that allows the government to monitor calls to or from the United States if one of the parties is suspected of terrorist activity. "It is this court's duty to serve as a check on the arbitrary exercise of government power to wiretap American citizens on American soil," said Ann Beeson, an ACLU attorney. "The president has the inherent constitutional authority to engage in foreign intelligence gathering," said Gregory Garre, a deputy solicitor general. The White House recently agreed to submit the program to supervision by the secret federal "FISA" court, but this is still a live controversy because the president reserves the right to opt out of that arrangement at any time.