Saturday, November 04, 2006


Sweepsville! Rasmussen on Brown-DeWine


Rasmussen has just pulled the fork out and says Mikey is done.:
The distance between the candidates vying to represent Ohio in the United States Senate is widening. The most recent Rasmussen Reports election survey shows Democrat Sherrod Brown taking firmer control of the race with a 53% to 41% lead over incumbent U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine.

When leaners are taken into account, Brown leads 54% to 43%.

The momentum at this crucial late stage of the race clearly belongs to Brown. His numbers have taken a seven-point jump since the last poll conducted in mid-October while DeWine’s remain unchanged.

Rasmussen Reports is shifting this race from “Leans Democrat” to “Democrat” in our Senate Balance of Power summary



Beyond incompetent.
But Cuyahoga officials discovered late in the week that their Diebold Election Systems scanners do not accurately read test ballots. The malfunction is similar to what happened in May, when the inability of scanners to read 17,000 misprinted absentee ballots forced a hand count that delayed election results for a week.

. . .

Cuyahoga could end up without any scanning, though, unless they get their scanners running right. They will try again today to figure out what's wrong.

The scanners performed adequately in tests when blank, unfolded ballots were scanned, but the machines produced inaccurate counts during tests with ballots that had been folded.

Nearly every absentee ballot submitted by voters arrives in the mail, folded.

Diebold Election Systems, which makes the optical scan machines, flew in at least one specialist from Texas to diagnose the problem. Other Diebold technicians are working on it, too.
Is there any defensible reason why elections officials waited this long to give a hard test to the scanning system given past history?

That last paragraph also gives us pause. At first glance, it might not seem unreasonable to reach out to Diebold. But given the number of scanners and problems inherent with relying on a one-source manufacturer, why didn't the Cuyahoga County BOE develop the internal technical capacity to trouble-shoot these scanners?

Giving Diebold access to voting equipment just days before the election, ya' know, isn't really the smart thing to do to inspire a lot of confidence in voters.

Friday, November 03, 2006


Girl talk: Lamest congressional ad ever

Debster's minions are now apparently hiring high school artists and writers (actual 1/2 page ad currently running in Columbus-area "This Week" newspapers). Sad, yet hilarious.
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Last thrashings

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Deb melts down on Iraq.

Recorded Audio 2006-Nov-03 04-20-21 AM2 - Twango

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Ohio's almost textbook, storybook economy

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From the USDOL:
In the week ending Oct. 28, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 327,000, an increase of 18,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 309,000.

. . .

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 21 were in Illinois (+3,753), Ohio (+2,863), Pennsylvania (+2,821), Indiana (+2,068), and New York (+1,962), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-5,020), South Carolina (-1,649), California (-712), Alaska (-213), and Texas (-186).

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Iraq: Pryce's greatest hits Vol. I

"Deborah Pryce stands with our troops.

No doubt, in her heart she and Laura believe that, but when Deb decided to run for Congress and become the #4 person, she also - like it or not - assumed responsibility and accountability for her actions. She was supposed to be a leader, not a rubberstamp. She was to be discerning and critical, not a zombie.

We ask readers to examine Pryce's own words, in historical order, and then decide if she "stands with the troops" in Iraq:
“Iraq continues to pose a serious and imminent threat from its development of weapons of mass destruction and the obvious potential for Iraq to transfer these weapons to terrorist groups . . [like] the Afghani people liberated from al Qaeda, the Iraqi people will rejoice if liberated from Saddam Hussein and his regime of terror.” 10/8/02

“The time for diplomacy has ended. The last sands have flowed through the hourglass of patience.” 3/17/03

“[R]espect the dignity and humanity of those soldiers who have been captured . . . Any individual who mistreats a prisoner of war will not be overlooked. They will be found. They will be prosecuted. Justice will be served.” 3/26/2003
“Failure is not an option.” 9/18/03

“One day in the near future, students will read this story in their history books – the story of liberation from an evil oppressor and the rise of a free and democratic nation.” 10/31/03

“Neither Iraq nor Afghanistan serves any longer as a home base for international terrorism, and this has made America safer.” 10/9/04

“What began with the will of a people and the fall of a statue has become a wave of change and the birth of democracy.” 1/30/05

“The terrorists are losing the war.” 5/5/05

“[A]rmchair quarterbacks in Washington are calling for us to cut-and-run from Iraq, just two years into the transformation of that country.” 6/24/05

"The War on Terror has led to additional, collateral developments in the region, adding to the safety and security of both the area and the United States.” 8/11/05

"[E]ach day, steady and tangible progress is being made on the political, security, and economic fronts, and each day the citizens of Iraq are one day closer to enjoying the protections inherent in a pluralistic, representative government . . . To all our collective relief, as Iraqi soldiers continue to assume more and more responsibility for the security efforts, American soldiers are kept out of harm’s way. . . As Iraqi citizens begin to experience the benefits and securities of a growing, stable economy, insurgents will find it continuingly more difficult to recruit additional rejectionists in their efforts to create fear and chaos in Iraq. . . We will accomplish our mission there, and history will look kindly on the liberties and freedoms we secured for our fellow man.”12/12/05

“[C]onsider the remarkable progress we have made in bringing democracy and hope to a nation that for its entire existence, has known nothing but oppression and aggression.” 10/7/06


Getting serious in the home stretch

'Bout time:
With Ohio Democrats feeling sassy about the solid leads held by gubernatorial candidate Ted Strickland and U.S. Senate candidate Sherrod Brown, the state party's focus is moving downticket in the waning days.

Sources say the Ohio Democratic Party is taking out loans to buy last-minute TV airtime on behalf of Secretary of State candidate Jennifer Brunner, Attorney General candidate Marc Dann and Supreme Court candidate Ben Espy.


Not biting the hand that feeds her?

The reader tips just keep rolling in:
A Franklin County judge has thrown out a lawsuit the Ohio Democratic Party filed against Secretary of State Ken Blackwell on Sept. 6, denying the party's request that the court order Blackwell to issue directives on how to alleviate congestion at polling places and assure the security of voting machines.

Judge Angela P. White denied the Democrats' request for a writ of mandamus today, saying she believes Blackwell has issued directives "which seemingly address (the party's) concerns."

With regard to anticipated congestion at the polls on Nov. 7, White wrote that Blackwell has issued a directive advising county boards of elections to be flexible about the so-called "five-minute rule," which informally allows a person five minutes to vote.
Was justice blind in this case, or just turning a blind eye to the history of voting in Ohio? Maybe this gives us a hint (please note this gig was held last week):

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We weren't invited

Maybe that's why we missed the party back in June that Pryce bubbles about:
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"We had quite a conference, a day of celebration. We had a lot to celebrate.

We celebrated the political career of Tom Delay. He's been a leader for us for over a decade now, and [we] said goodbye to Tom . . .

That time - landmark will [go] down in the history books. The accomplishments have het to be defined. But history will define them well, I'm sure of that."


Pryce's online rigor mortis - Pt. II

We have been alerted by a reader that Debster's other venture into the blogosphere haven't gone so well elsewhere, either:
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Another picture Deb doesn't want you to see

Those were the days, weren't they Deb?
"Congresswoman Deborah Pryce, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, met today with President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other House and Senate Republican leaders to discuss the foreign policy and domestic accomplishments [sic] of the 108th Congress."


Noe: 'They've all been very impressed'

The Blade:
Jurors finally heard from Tom Noe yesterday — bragging about his luxury home and visits from Gov. Bob Taft and other high ranking politicians.

The indicted coin dealer and convicted GOP fund-raiser wasn’t on the stand, but in a video testimonial for Nicholas Custom Homes that was shown in court.

He said he had thrown parties for “the governor of Ohio” and a “U.S. Senator of Ohio” at the home, for which he had chosen the “most expensive” options.

“And they’ve all been very impressed by it,” he said.


Voter ID: Round #3

Back in court today:
U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley will consider whether the new ID rules can be applied to absentee voters as well as to those who cast ballots at the polls on Nov. 7.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Scary stuff

And, we couldn't let Halloween pass without this:

Bob Bennett - you still looking for us?

Boo, you old windbag!



Race vs. Platform

This has gotten buried in all of today's polling data, we offer this just in case it wasn't pretty obvious to anyone with half a brain:
And while the Republican Party has strongly pushed the candidacies of black Republicans in the coming elections, the survey offers little hope that black GOP candidates hold special appeal for minority voters. More than eight in 10 black likely voters say the race of the candidate makes no difference to them.

“It just depends on their platform,” said Kassandra Williamson-Moore, a black Democrat from Indianapolis. “You can’t just vote strictly by race.”

Prominent black candidates this year include Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Kenneth Blackwell in Ohio and Lynn Swann in Pennsylvania, GOP Senate candidate Michael Steele in Maryland, and Democratic Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr., in Tennessee. Republicans Steele, Blackwell and Swann are behind in the polls; Democrat Ford is running about even with his opponent.

Blacks are disproportionately unhappy with Bush; 89 percent of likely voters disapprove, compared with 61 percent of all likely voters.

But blacks’ approval ratings for Congress — disapproval ratings, actually — are roughly similar to those for all likely voters. Some 83 percent of likely black voters disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, compared with 75 percent of all likely voters.

. . .

David Bositis, of the Washington-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, said there’s little variation in congressional approval numbers by race because Congress is so widely viewed as being “in the trash.”

Overall, Bositis said, the Republican courtship of black voters sometimes looks like a case of “one step forward, two steps back.”

“They’re never going to succeed in attracting more African-American support until the party has some level of catastrophic failure and then decides to go back to the drawing board,” he said.

Curtis Gans, director of American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate, said voter turnout among blacks tends to be lower than among adults in general, but in 2004 they, like Americans overall, turned out in higher numbers.

He said voter discontent could boost turnout similarly this time, adding that: “The group that is the most uniformly anti-Republican at this time is African-Americans.”

Two-thirds of black registered voters say they are following news about the campaign, compared with 71 percent of all registered voters doing likewise.


8 in 10 want Dems

A 54% majority of the electorate now says removing Saddam Hussein from power wasn't worth the human and financial costs -- the highest percentage in the Journal/NBC poll since the war began in March 2003. Among those voters, fully eight in 10 want Democrats to control Congress after the elections.

But among the 37% who say the war has been worthwhile, seven in 10 want Republicans in charge on Capitol Hill. Among all voters, 61% say they feel "less confident" the war will end successfully, while just 27% feel "more confident" about the outcome.


P&G exec's ties to Blackwell, shady CommonSense group surfacing

Nathan Estruth, this is your day!

Let's start at the Nashville Post story that nails the Proctor and Gamble guy to the latest round of push-polls:
Going to the website mentioned in the ad turns up little information about the sponsors, who identify their cause as "Common Sense Ohio" at the end of the ad.

"Common Sense Ohio" is headed by Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble executive Nathan Estruth. Estruth recently came under fire when he told a Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter that he was an independent but Republican-leaning voter who went to see Ohio Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ted Strickland speak, but was "put off by his partisan rhetoric." In actuality, Estruth is a longtime supporter and financial backer of GOP gubernatorial nominee Ken Blackwell.
But don't stop there. The E Pluribus Media folks have really started to yank on this piece of yarn and the story is unraveling:
[W]e found Common Sense to be the common element among websites targeting push polling inn several states.

In fact, the Maryland and Ohio Common Sense domains and the site of Common Sense 2006 all have the same IP address as does, Since he's featured prominently on, it's of little surprise to see the personal website of Nathan Estruth among the 29 websites, including that of GOPforce, assigned to the same IP address.


Hammer and the rabid hampster

Why does her staff keep leaving these pictures around?

Delay and Deb Pryce

They are just soooo helpful to remind us.


Enquirer: Brunner 'essential'

Given the political bent of the Enquirer and that Hartmann is from Cincinnati, this is an enormous boost for Brunner:
"The secretary of state should only take credit for running a clean election," Brunner told The Enquirer Editorial Board.

Brunner has also clearly articulated a plan to better recruit and train poll workers, expand the pool of registered voters and equally distribute and regulate the use of voting machines.

Ohio has already seen lawsuits challenging its changes to the elections process and should expect more. Brunner's experience as a special prosecutor on election fraud and her years as special counsel to the secretary of state will make her especially effective in dealing with these challenges. She helped communicate state regulations to the state's 88 county boards of elections and knows firsthand the need for improved communication and consistency among those boards.

Brunner also says she'll protect Ohioans' private information and help identity-theft victims recover more quickly from the crime.

Brunner sees the connection between efficiency and integrity in such areas and a state's ability to support economic development. She says sharpening up the secretary of state's Web site - expanding the number of forms that can be filed online, for example, or compacting registration requirements - will also make the state more business-friendly.

It's part of the mature, comprehensive perspective Brunner brings to the office, developed over years of solid service and rare expertise in election issues.


A Halloween quiz

Just in time, from the Policy Matters Ohio group:
1. About what do more than 650 economists agree? Click here to find out.
2. How many Ohio workers are certified as having lost their jobs due to our monstrous trade deficit? Check PMO's next e-news to find out.....
3. How could Ohio gain jobs, reduce foreign oil use, and clean up our environment? Click here.




New from CNN:
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It portends well that the LVs give Strickland and Brown a significantly bigger bump.

Volunteers and donors: If you want to be relevent, please look downticket.

Monday, October 30, 2006


Political schism runs deeper and deeper

From the PD's Openers:
A federal judge appointed by former Democratic President Bill Clinton said today he would have kept intact a temporary restraining order that suspended Ohio's new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots.

U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow of Detroit filed his dissent this morning in the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, where he serves on a three-judge panel overseeing who will get to cast ballots in early voting under way across Ohio. Tarnow said he agreed with U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley of Columbus, who found last week that rules governining how the new voter ID law was applied across the state might not be the same in every county. Marbley is a Clinton appointee like Tarnow.


Stewart: Huge balls?

Bee v. Stewart

We're refering to State Rep. Dan Stewart, not Jon, and we'd even go so far as to describing his jewels as enormous if the rumors are true that he agreed to (and already taped) an interview with the intrepid Samantha Bee for airing this week as part of the Midtacular.

Dan's truly a good guy. But, uh, playing Beat the Press with Bee usually adds new meaning to the phrase "Rope-A-Dope." Good luck, pal.


Dann, Montgomery watching new BWC problems

Uh-oh: From Gongwers:
Sen. Dann said he has been told that the BWC, which is withholding an audit of workers’ compensation rate-setting procedures pending its completion, had actually finished the review but reopened it upon receiving his public records request in order to keep it under wraps.

BWC spokeswoman Nancy Smeltzer said that isn’t the case. “The audit is not done,” she said. “As soon as it is done, it will be released.”

Sen. Dann (D-Liberty Twp) said he asked for the documents after receiving a tip from a BWC staff member who claimed that lawmakers and others had sought special treatment in the rate-setting process for their constituents. He could not, however, identify the lawmakers or the tipster, saying only that the informant claimed to be a BWC employee.

The bureau sets rates for individual private and public employers that pay into the system based on the fre-quency of injuries in the workplace and other factors.

Mr. Mabe said in his letter to Mr. Dann that he requested the rate audit be expedited. He also told the law-maker that additional information he had requested would not be released because it’s considered “confidential law enforcement” documentation that’s part of a broader ongoing investigation of BWC’s investments and operations.

State Auditor Betty Montgomery, Mr. Dann’s opponent in the Nov. 7 election for attorney general, is equally concerned about the “troubling information” coming out of the BWC, spokesman Mark Weaver said.


Deb Pryce's soulmate

Gazelles in the Ohio House 58th district? Almost as good as "Ohio's textbook economy."

From Gongwers (sub. req'd):
Rep. [Dan] White (R-Norwalk) says voters are less concerned about the economy now that companies in the district have added 9,300 new jobs between January and June.

“I think the economy’s doing reasonably well,” he said. “You get a lot of bad news out of Ford and Delphi, and people from my district work there. But it means that the small and medium-sized businesses underneath the bad news are running like gazelles.”

Sunday, October 29, 2006


Root Boy vs. Bush

We have received some inquiries concerning our stinger of Root Boy Slim lyrics to the left. There is both a political and Halloween subtext.

Root Boy Slim (born Foster MacKenzie III) and his Sex Change Band was a fixture of the DC-Baltimore music scene in the '70s and '80s who we remember for particularly raucous satirical Halloween shows that had even the John Waters crowd of mischief makers laughing for weeks.

What is little-known about the Root Boy is that he was one of the first victims of a young, spoiled, little prick named George W. Bush:
[MacKenzie] went on to Yale where he majored in Black studies and graduated in 1967. He was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and his fraternity brothers included George W. Bush. MacKenzie was a year old than Bush.

While at Yale he formed a band with classmate and fraternity brother Greenlee, who also was quarterback of Yale's football team. The band was named Prince La La and the Midnight Creepers. Band members wore ermine capes, silver lame hot pants and boasted that they were never invited for return engagements.

The year after MacKenzie and Greenlee graduated, they returned to the DKE house during Yale's homecoming. Bush, who since their departure had become president of DKE, threw them out and banned them from the house.
Root Boy died in 1993, but his records and memory live on.


Pryce's online rigor mortis

Days since the last post on Debster's "blog": 46

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