Archive for ‘Ohio’

January 12, 2009

Ohio: The Open Borders State

The news that Rob Portman is running for the Ohio Senate seat being vacated by Sen. George Voinovich is being celebrated by some Republicans, including Quin Hillyer. But Portman’s C-minus grade on immigration by Numbers USA is only marginally better than the D-plus grades of Voinovich and ex-Sen. Mike DeWine.

What’s the matter with the Ohio GOP? Is there something in the water that causes testicular atrophy?

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November 21, 2008

Slap on the wrist for Jones-Kelley

The Ohio Democrat bureaucrat who violated Joe the Plumber’s privacy gets a one-month suspension:

Helen Jones-Kelley of the Job and Family Services Department said Thursday, Nov. 20, she should not have allowed the searches of state databases for information on Samuel Joseph — “Joe the Plumber” — Wurzelbacher, who emerged as a key figure in the Ohio presidential campaign.
Gov. Ted Strickland suspended Director Helen Jones-Kelley of the Job and Family Services Department for one month without pay after a state Inspector General’s report found Jones-Kelley improperly authorized the searches of state databases and used her state e-mail account for political fundraising.

Ace is shocked, shocked.

November 1, 2008

Palin barnstorms Ohio

After doing three rallies in Florida and one in North Carolina on Saturday, here is Sarah Palin’s Sunday schedule:

Google Map directions for any hard-core Sarah fans who want to try to cover the whole trip — 334 miles by car. Good luck.

BTW, those times are for door-openings, and I’d advise anyone planning to attend a Palin rally to get there at least a couple hours before those times. The lady really draws a crowd:

November 1, 2008

Ohio snoops on Joe the Plumber

Columbus Dispatch:

Vanessa Niekamp said that when she was asked to run a child-support check on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher on Oct. 16, she thought it routine. A supervisor told her the man had contacted the state agency about his case.
Niekamp didn’t know she just had checked on “Joe the Plumber,” who was elevated the night before to presidential politics prominence as Republican John McCain’s example in a debate of an average American.
The senior manager would not learn about “Joe” for another week, when she said her boss informed her and directed her to write an e-mail stating her computer check was a legitimate inquiry. . . .
Director Helen Jones-Kelley said her agency checks people who are “thrust into the public spotlight,” amid suggestions they may have come into money, to see if they owe support or are receiving undeserved public assistance.
Niekamp told The Dispatch she is unfamiliar with the practice of checking on the newly famous. “I’ve never done that before, I don’t know of anybody in my office who does that and I don’t remember anyone ever doing that,” she said today.
Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland and Jones-Kelley, both supporters of Democrat Barack Obama, have denied political motives in checking on Wurzelbacher. The Toledo-area resident later endorsed McCain. State officials say any information on “Joe” is confidential and was not released.

They “denied political motives” — and who can doubt? “I did not violate the rights of that man, Joe Wurzelbacher.” Michelle Malkin:

If Joe the Plumber were Jawad the Suspected Terrorist, civil liberties activists would stampede the halls of Congress on his behalf. Liberal columnists would hyperventilate over the outrageous invasions of his privacy by Ohio state and local employees. The ACLU would demand the Big Brother snoopers’ heads. And Democrat leaders would convene immediate hearings and parade him around the Beltway as the new poster boy/victim of unlawful domestic spying.
But because peaceful American citizen Joe Wurzelbacher is an outspoken enemy of socialism, rather than an enemy of America, the defenders of privacy have responded to his plight with an impenetrable cone of silence.

Jawad the Suspected Terrorist, of course, would never endorse a Republican. We know whose side they’re on.

October 16, 2008

200K bad registrations in Ohio?

Flaming skull at Ace over this story:

Since Jan. 1, Ohio has 666,000 newly registered or updated voters — all of whom fall under scrutiny by this latest court ruling. [Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer] Brunner said an initial review found that at least 200,000 of them might have mismatched information. Once the office identifies all of the mismatched voters, Brunner will send the list to the county boards of election where the individuals have registered.

According to the Census Bureau, Ohio’s population grew by 125,000 from 2000 to 2006. The state’s adult (18+) population in 2004 was about 8.7 million, and the statewide total vote for president in 2004 was about 5.6 million.

Ohio’s new registrations are thus equal to 12% of the 2004 total vote in the state, whereas the state’s population has been growing about 0.2% annually. The sheer size of the increase in registration — dwarfing the population increase — is suspicious.

It is quite likely that very aggressive methods (conducting registration drives in public places like malls, etc.) meant duplicate registrations for people who were already registered (e.g., via motor-voter) but hadn’t voted recently and so weren’t sure whether they were registered or not.

Studies consistently show a high correlation between voting and socio-economic status. The higher the income and education level, the more likely you’ll vote regularly. Therefore, people who seldom or never vote — which will be most of those genuine new registrations gathered by aggressive methods — will prove to be people with very low income and education, including 18-to-24-year-olds. The farther you go down the socioeconomic scale the more you find people with unstable habits (including drug addicts and criminals) who change residences frequently, making them difficult to target through canvassing and GOTV efforts.

October 15, 2008

Amazing vote fraud in Ohio

Michelle Malkin has the story of a group of out-of-state “activists” who went to Ohio for a voter-registration project and registered themselves.

Motor-voter and “early voting” have destroyed the integrity of the American election system. The whole idea is to make voting so easy as to require no effort at all. But if someone is so slothful and uninvolved that they can’t be bothered to go to the courthouse and register, then go down to the polling place on Election Day, what sort of informed decision do we expect that person to make?

Mass voter-registration projects tend to inflate the registration rolls, thus creating “phantom” votes (i.e., names on the roles of people who won’t actually show up on Election Day) that can be manipulated in fraudulent elections. This is the Chicago Way.

October 9, 2008

Two-parent families ‘privileged’?

George Packer interviews Barbie Snodgrass of Columbus, Ohio, who is ” forty-two, single, overweight, and suffering from stomach pains”:

“These days, you have to struggle,” she said. “As a kid, I used to be able to go to the movies or to the zoo. Now you can’t take your children to the zoo or go to the movies, because you’ve got to think how you’re going to put food on the table.” Snodgrass’s parents had raised four children on two modest incomes, without the ceaseless stress that she was enduring. But the two-parent family was now available only to the “very privileged.” She said that she had ten good friends; eight of them were childless or, like her, unmarried with kids. “That’s who’s middle-class now,” she said. “Two parents, two kids? That’s over. People looked out for me. These kids nowadays don’t have nobody to look out for them. You’re one week away from (a) losing your job, or (b) not having a paycheck.”

What’s “privileged” about getting married and having kids? People do it all the time. A marriage license is cheap enough, and kids — yeah, there are costs involved, but it’s not like they’re a luxury item.

Furthermore, I object to the suggestion that there was ever a time when working-class and middle-class families didn’t have to struggle to make ends meet. My folks grew up in the Depression. Don’t tell me they didn’t know anything about struggling.

Packer goes all into political demography and economic trends, but I think if he had dug a little deeper into the situation affecting Ms. Snodgrass, he might have discovered something about the sociological catastrophe that the breakdown of the traditional family has inflicted on the working class.

Did it not occur to Packer to ask why neither Ms. Snodgrass nor any of her friends had husbands? Does no one else see how weird it is that 80% in her social circle are childless, and 100% are unmarried? As a journalist, such an oddity would arouse my curiosity.

Whether or not two can literally live as cheaply as one, a successful marriage is probably as important to economic security as anything else, including education. The evident inability of so many people nowadays to form enduring marriages is a contributing factor to our nation’s economic problems that gets too little scrutiny.

September 23, 2008

Obama’s Ohio crony

Ohio’s Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is attempting mass disenfranchisement of Republican voters by invalidating thousands of absentee ballots.

Gee, I remember when Democrats marched around demanding that every hanging chad in Broward County had to be counted or else it was the end of representative government as we know it. Times sure do change.

September 17, 2008

Ohio LOVES Sarah Palin

Associated Press photo: Sarah Palin greets supporters in Vienna, Ohio.

Just a programming note: Yesterday, the site got its 400,000th visitor. Already had 195,000 visitors in September, and there are still 13 days left in the month.

September 10, 2008

Buckeye Republicans

I’m blogging from the dining room of my sister-in-law’s house near Columbus, Ohio, and she just got a phone call from the local GOP, asking her to participate in a campaign phone bank on Friday and a canvass on Saturday. If Team Obama thinks Ohio Republicans aren’t going to compete in the ground game, they’ve got another think coming.