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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

News and Notes: Ohio

Some items of interest:

Noe's Wife Dropped From Civil Suit - A Franklin County judge has dismissed the wife of convicted Republican power broker and fundraiser Tom Noe from the state's civil lawsuit seeking to recover millions of dollars on behalf of the defrauded Bureau of Workers Compensation investment fund.

Voinovich Rewarded For Iraq Flip-Flop - George Bush Sr. visits Ohio today to raise money for Sen. George Voinovich (R), an event that was announced the same day that Voinovich reversed course and voted against an amendment that would have required a gradual withdrawal of troops from Iraq. ProgressOhio.org has details on the protest demonstration planned for 7:00 pm tonight.

Democratic Legislator Cosponsors Vile Abortion Restriction - Freshman State Rep. Matt Barrett (D-Amherst) has always been clear about his pro-life views, but joining extremist social conservatives to cosponsor HB 287, a vile bill that would ban abortions unless the woman first locates and obtains consent from the "father," is going too far. No Democrat should promote such a regressive, patriarchal, patently unconstitutional measure, especially one who is a lawyer.

School Levies Fared Poorly - Yesterday was an election day for local levies, and most appear to have failed. It was a wipeout in the Toledo area, as school levies failed in Allen, Putnam, Sandusky, and Seneca counties. In the area around Cleveland, five school levies failed while two of three police/safety measures passed. I see that Westerville, a Columbus suburb, passed a library levy. Voters in southwestern Butler and Warren counties rejected a three-year levy for Middletown schools, and in Portage County the Streetsboro school levy failed by just 97 votes. In Miami County voters rejected a levy for Covington schools but passed one for Milton Union, and in the Marietta area the Wolf Creek school levy passed after failing by eight votes in May.

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