Why does Nancy A. Nord, the acting chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, hate American consumers?
In the past few day she has called on lawmakers not to approve the greater part of proposed legislation that would increase the agency’s authority, double its budget, and increase its dwindling staff. She also opposes increasing the maximum penalties for safety violations and making it easier for the government to publicize reports of faulty products, protect industry whistle-blowers, and prosecute executives of companies that willfully violate laws.
Today Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Avon) blasted the acting commissioner and called on her to step down:
“One thing I’m sure of: it’s time for Nancy Nord to step aside. She’s the acting chairperson, but unfortunately we’ve seen a lot more inaction than action. It’s time to put a Chairperson in place who is not satisfied with 'we’re doing the best we can.' We need a chairperson who fights for the authority and resources the CPSC needs to do the job it is supposed to do.
“Ms. Nord [is] fighting efforts to make more information available to the public about product hazards. She is opposing protections for whistleblowers who identify shoddy products ...
The re-election campaign of Mayor Mike Coleman (D-Columbus) has learned that opponent Bill Todd (R-Columbus) has been a Coleman supporter for quite some time. Here is their list of Todd contributions to his current adversary over the past decade:
11/01/97 -- $350 (Council)
07/26/02 -- $100 (Mayor)
10/30/03 -- $250 (Mayor)
01/28/05 -- $250 (Mayor)
It kind of makes you want to take back all those mean things you've said, doesn't it, Mr Todd? Will you be following up with a Coleman endorsement?
As in 2006, so in 2008. Emily's List today announced their endorsement of second-time candidate Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Columbus) in the 15th Ohio Congressional District. The difference is that last year's endorsement came on April 20th and Kilroy then faced a powerful incumbent, while this year's endorsement is almost six months earlier and Kilroy still has no mainline opponent for the now-open seat.
From the press release:
“Mary Jo Kilroy is a dedicated, no-nonsense public servant of Ohio,” said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY’s List. “She has a history of addressing difficult issues with a realistic, practical vision and with the help of bipartisan and community support. EMILY’s List is excited to extend the full support of its membership to Mary Jo Kilroy to ensure the people of Central Ohio finally get the representation they deserve.”
Kilroy has spent her life working to improve the lives of the families of Central Ohio. She served on the Columbus School Board for eight years. In 2000, she was elected to the Franklin County Commission, where she serves the majority of the 15th congressional district. As a Franklin County Commissioner, Kilroy leads the effort to pass bipartisan legislation and has earned several awards for her outstanding record.
The campaign of State Sen. Steve Buehrer (R-Delta) has filed a second Ohio Elections Commission complaint against State Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green). It is set for a probable cause hearing tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.
Like the prior complaint, as to which a panel voted 4-0 to find probable cause, this new filing alleges false statements in a new mailer about prayer and posting of the ten commandments in school. Alleging that Latta and his campaign has shown "nothing but contempt for their duty not to lie to the voters," this new complaint requests a referral for criminal prosecution.
The Buehrer campaign indicates that if probably cause is found, then both complaints will be adjudicated together on Monday, the day before the special primary.
New polls in all three early states by the American Research Group are out today and it looks like Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and former governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) are consolidating their leads in these critical contests.
First the Democrats:
* Iowa: Clinton 32%, Obama 22%, Edwards 15%
* New Hampshire: Clinton 40%, Obama 22%, Edwards 10%
* South Carolina: Clinton 41%, Obama 19%, Edwards 18%
And next the Republicans:
* Iowa: Romney 27%, Huckabee 19%, Giuliani 16%, McCain 14%
* New Hampshire: Romney 30%, Giuliani 23%, McCain 17%
* South Carolina: Romney 29%, Giuliani 23%, McCain 13%,
The first amazing thing in these polls is that former senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) has dropped off the radar altogether, and former governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) has lapped former mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) in Iowa. The second is that a single contender now clearly leads in all three states, on both sides. Anyone who sweeps these three contests is a virtual shoo-in, despite what the national polls say at this point.
In a sign of how truly divorced from reality an organization of ideological zealots can be, the Club for Growth will release an attack ad tomorrow that calls State Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) "liberal" not once, not twice, but three times in a 30 second TV spot:
The organization says this is a $100,000 ad buy on cable and broadcast television. From the press release:
“Unable to defend his tax-hiking record, Bob Latta has tried to destroy Steve Buehrer’s character by attacking Buehrer for things he did himself,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “The Club for Growth PAC ad sets the record straight. The truth is, in addition to voting for the largest tax and spending increase in Ohio state history, Bob Latta took money from scandal-tainted Tom Noe and voted for a gas tax hike in 2003. It appears that Bob Latta is willing to say anything to try to get elected.”
By any reasonable measure, Latta is a conservative politican, period. He has a lifetime A+ rating from the NRA, a 100% voting record with Ohio Right to Life, and received the "Watchdog of the Treasury" award three times. This effort to portray an ideological Grand Canyon between the two candidates is simply astonishing. Whether calling Latta a liberal three times in a TV spot will have any traction with Republican voters, or just diminish the credibility of the Club for Growth, remains to be seen.
Gov. Ted Strickland (D) is working his way around the state. A few days ago he was in the Akron suburb of Green, and as Kyle reports on The Chief Source mayoral candidate Andy Padrutt (D-Green) got this cool TV commercial:
Yesterday Strickland was in Toledo for a $1,000-a-plate Toledo Club fund-raiser for Ohio Senate Minority Leader Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and a bipartisan dinner for local government officials hosted by State Sen. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green).
Joshua Boak's coverage in the Toledo Blade is interesting for how clearly it lays out the relationship between Strickland's popularity and effectiveness and his so-far successful working relationship with the Republican-led General Assembly. "Mr. Strickland’s popularity infuses Democrats with confidence," Boak writes, "but much of that appeal depends on the accomplishments made possible by his cordial relationship with the Republican-majority Ohio General Assembly."
This isn't getting much press here, but the situation in Kurdistan (the adjoining portions of Iraq, Turkey and Iran) is getting out of hand. Over the weekend Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani told a British paper that any move by Turkish forces with respect to northern Iraqi land would be considered a declaration of war. Last night Turkish forces attacked suspected Kurdish rebel targets just inside the Turkish border, and then a few hours ago it was reported that Turkish Cobra attack helicopters took the fighting into Kurd-controlled northern Iraq.
The Turkish government is also discussing economic retaliation against the land-locked semi-autonomous Kurdish part of Iraq, from which separatist militants have been launching ambushes against Turkish and Iranian soldiers.
This outbreak of military hostilities adds another layer of complexity to the Iraq situation for which the U.S. government is frankly unprepared. Pressure on Kurdish leaders to rein in the Kurdish militants has been unavailing. As a Kurdish observer said to the New York Times, speaking of the U.S. need to appease both it's Turkish and Kurdish allies, the United States “is like a man with two wives. They quarrel, but he doesn’t want to lose either of them.” Iraq is out of the limelight right now, but the Bush administration narrative of steady progress is crumbling.
This could signal an important breakthrough in the impasse over expanding SCHIP. From the Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report today:
A group of 36 Republicans [last] Monday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) outlining changes to the bill that could persuade Republicans to support the measure. The letter requested that an SCHIP bill include provisions that require states to cover low-income children before covering children in middle-class families; move adults out of the program; and take additional precautions to ensure that families do not drop private coverage to enroll in the program.
Hoyer and Democratic Caucus Chair Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) on Monday [i.e., today] will meet with a group of Republicans "seen as crucial to deciding whether more changes to the bill will give backers the all-important two-thirds majority that eludes them." Rep. Judy Biggert (Ill.) will lead the Republican group, lawmakers said.
The reason I have some hope about this is that the Republicans' letter doesn't appear to challenge the target of covering 10 million children or the $35 billion expenditure. If only the adjustments mentioned are sought, then the road is clear to a veto-proof majority on an SCHIP bill that is substantially in line with the version that Democrats are now teeing up for another presidential veto.
The program needs to be extended before the current cut-off date of November 16th. If these talks look promising, that fact may be reflected in a short-term renewal, just long enough to permit some negotiation and voting on a new version of the law. If talks break down, Democratic leadership may renew the program at current levels until late summer or fall of 2008, in order to gain maximum political leverage over the issue.
Scott Pullins, a consultant and attorney for the campaign of State Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), has been quick to throw cold water on the new polling by Club for Growth that shows momentum in the direction of State Sen. Steve Buehrer (R-Delta).
First, Pullins questions whether the pollster, Basswood Research, is objective. As Pullins indicates, the firm is a subsidiary of Red Sea, L.L.C., which was formed by a former communications director for Tom DeLay (R-TX) and handles polling and media relations for Club for Growth as well as ARMPAC and Republican candidates.
Second, Pullins points to prior polling commissioned by Club for Growth that proved to be inaccurate. In 2006, Club for Growth announced highlights from a poll purporting to show that right-wing challenger Stephen Laffey (R) had pulled into a dead heat with moderate Sen. Lincoln Chaffee (R), but Chaffee won the primary 54% to 46%. Pullins also reports that Club for Growth produced polling in April, 2004 that portrayed Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) as vulnerable to challenger Pat Toomey (R) with only 43% support, but I have not been able to find verification on that one.
Partisan polling is to be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism. As Pullins points out, the Club for Growth result from October 15th (Latta 28%, Buehrer 25%) is wildy inconsistent with Latta's polling from October 16th-17th (Latta 40%, Buehrer 21%). They can't both be correct.
After Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Westwood) leaves tonight's fund-raiser with George Bush, arranged the same day that Chabot voted to uphold Bush's veto of the SCHIP childen's health insurance bill, he can look forward to listening to this new radio ad by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:
The day Chabot voted to sustain President Bush's veto, it was announced that Bush would be holding a fundraiser for Chabot.
[Begin sound effects of a party]
This past Monday, Congressman Steve Chabot's loyalty to George Bush was rewarded.
Hosting a fundraiser for the congressman – just days after Chabot voted for the third time against children's health insurance – Bush personally thanked Chabot for his support.
So while Chabot ignores the needs of his constituents and is busy raising money with Bush and their rich friends, over 200,000 children here in Ohio are on the verge of losing their health coverage.
The State Children's Health Insurance bill - SCHIP - will provide health care for nearly 10 million American children, and is funded by a 61-cent increase in the tobacco tax.
Congressman Chabot receives his health insurance at taxpayers' expense, yet he continues to vote against providing high quality, affordable health care for Ohio's children.
Attending fundraisers and supporting Bush.
When will Congressman Chabot get his priorities straight and stop siding with the president – and start siding with Ohio children?
Call Congressman Chabot and tell him to stand with kids, NOT George Bush.
Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, www.DCCC.org. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
Tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. is the Democratic presidential forum at Drexel University, to be broadcast by MSNBC. Analysts are saying that this is an important opportunity for Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and former senator John Edwards (D-NC) to do something -- anything -- to break the momentum of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), if they are to get back into the race. There is also a suggestion out there that it is time to explicitly raise the question of Clinton's electability in the general election. Get a load of this quote from Democratic strategist Donna Brazile in the Philadelphia Inquirer (emphasis added):
The other potential vulnerability [in addition to Iran] concerns Clinton's electability, a main worry of some Democrats as they contemplate her as nominee. In any number of polls, more than 40 percent of voters say they view her unfavorably.
For the rest of the Democratic field, the problem has been how to raise the electability issue without sounding sexist - or without seeming to validate Republican attacks against the Clintons over the years.
To some degree, Edwards has taken up the challenge the last few weeks; his supporters have voiced doubts about the prospects of a Clinton-led ticket. But having supporters do it is not the same as doing it yourself, said Donna Brazile, who managed Al Gore's 2000 campaign.
The Club for Growth is touting new polling that they say shows State Sen. Steve Beuhrer (R-Delta) passing State Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) with one week to go before the 5th Congressional District special primary, although the difference between the candidates is still within the poll's margin of error.
Here are the results from three polls, showing undecided voters moving into the Buehrer column as the campaign goes along:
Each of these three polls interviewed 300 likely GOP primary voters, with a margin of error of +/- 5.66%. The polls were conducted by Basswood Research on September 19, 2007, October 15, 2007, and October 27-28, 2007.
In the most recent poll, among voters who have an opinion of both of the candidates, Buehrer is favored by 37% compared to 33% for Latta, 7% for others, and 23% undecided.
The poll also asked voters whether a Congressional candidate's vote on the 2003 budget, characterized as "includ[ing] record tax and spending increases," would affect their vote. A majority said it would, with 32% calling it a major factor and 47% a small factor. A minority said it was no factor (14%) or didn't know (14%).
The Columbus Dispatch blog The Daily Briefing is reporting that Ohio Democratic Party Communications Director Randy Borntrager will become the campaign manager for Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Columbus) in the 15th Ohio Congressional District. Borntrager told the Dispatch that he expects her campaign to have enough money raised by the end of the year to wage a 10-week television blitz down the home stretch.
I spoke to Borntrager on the phone moments ago and wished him well. He said that he will stay in his current post until mid-November and then start his duties with the Kilroy campaign after a few weeks off. Although there is no official opponent for Kilroy at this time, he is not taking anything for granted. "You never know who could jump in," he said. After last year's agonizingly close finish, he is absolutely determined to do everything he can to get Kilroy across the finish line with a big lead in 2008.
Now that the retirement plans of Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Navarre) are official, this district opens as #5 on handicapper Chris Cillizza's monthly lineup of the ten House districts most likely to change hands:
Rep. Ralph Regula's retirement, while expected, creates major problems for Republicans. Democrats were already high on their candidate -- state Sen. John Boccieri -- and got even more so following Regula's retirement. For good reason: Boccieri has a compelling personal story (he's a major in the Air Force Reserves) and raised $274,000 in the last three months. Republicans seem headed for a primary, and it's not clear that the GOP brand in Ohio has recovered from the devastating blow it took in 2006.
Ohio's 2nd Congressional District, where there is still no credible opponent for second-time candidate Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Columbus), remains at #2. There are nine Republican seats and only one Democratic seat among the ten.
UPDATE: Just to complete the record, Stuart Rothenberg rates OH-15 the #1 most likely pick-up, and OH-16 #6 on the list.
This evening President George Bush will reward Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Westwood) for rubber-stampin' ways the past six years by holding a big fundraiser for the vulnerable incumbent. (Modernesquire has a good post at BSB today about the interesting fact that Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Loveland) is not a beneficiary of the fund-raiser, even though it is technically occurring over in her 2nd Congressional District.) Tonight's event was actually announced on the very same day that Chabot voted to uphold Bush's veto on the extension of the SCHIP Bill, which would have provided health care for 10 million children across the United States.
Challenger Steve Driehaus (D-Price Hill) is marking the occasion by joining kids and parents at a "Rally to Protect Ohio Kids" at 3:15 p.m. today at the Lincoln Recreation Center in West End, 1027 Linn Street in Cincinnati. At the event, health care advocates and families will urge Bush and Chabot to stop blocking health care for American children.
This week the Cleveland-based group "My Ohio Now" will submit proposed ballot initiative language and 2,000 supporting signatures to Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann (D-Liberty Township). The initiative would amend the Ohio Constitution in order to allow the group to build a $600 million casino/resort on a 94-acre site off Interstate 71 in southeastern Clinton County. If approved, the group will circulate petitions with a view to getting the issue on the November 2008 general election ballot.
The promoters say the casino/resort would employ nearly 5,000 and generate over $200,000,000 in tax revenues, which they propose to divide between Ohio's 88 counties. “We call the plan 'Share The Wealth,'" said Dr. Brad Pressman, one of two partners in the venture. "Local counties can spend the dollars in their local areas as they deem appropriate."
“This will be one of the largest developments in Ohio in several decades. We will employ union help where possible and offer prevailing wages in the construction of this massive complex,” said Rick Lertzman, the other partner. “When this complex opens, there will be over 5000 jobs that offer an average salary of $34,000 [and] will also include health coverage, 401K plans, and tuition reimbursement.”
The promoters also argue that the casino complex will be a magnet for Ohio business, envisioning such subsidiary development as retail stores, restaurants, a spa, and even a NASCAR speedway. They also point out that the other Great Lakes states all have casinos already.
Good to know that our senior senator is paying attention. The Dayton Daily News reports today that Sen. George Voinovich (R-Cleveland) is reminded of the growing foreclosure crisis every time he returns home:
Three houses in the northeast Cleveland neighborhood where he's lived since the early 1970s have been abandoned, suddenly and without apparent warning — visible evidence of the subprime market's impact on his hometown. "People just walked out one night, closed the door and disappeared," said the Ohio Republican. "This is a fiasco."
Voinovich is the Senate sponsor of a measure to reduce the severe tax consequences faced by borrowers whose homes are sold in foreclosure for less than their loan balance (the difference is currently treated as taxable income). The article also lists various other proposals pending in Congress relating to the crisis, although most are addressed to preventing future abusive lending rather than helping current borrowers at risk:
1) Limiting prepayment penalties that keep homeowners from refinancing their loans.
2) Banning lenders from paying rewards to brokers for persuading borrowers to accept higher interest rates than they are eligible to receive.
3) Tighten up federal supervision of mortgage brokers.
4) Creating a licensing system for all loan originators.
5) Requiring mortgage originators to act "solely in the best interest of the consumer, including finding the residential mortgage loan that best meets the needs of the borrower."
6) Allow bankruptcy courts to alter mortgages. (Current law bars bankruptcy courts from modifying a home's first mortgage).
OH-07: Mitchel (R) Criticizes Retiring Hobson (R); Conner (D) and Woolever (D) Squabble Over Credentials and Economic PolicySubmitted by Jeff on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 6:17am.
The sniping has begun in the primary races for the open seat of retiring Rep. Dave Hobson (R-Springfield).
State Sen. Steve Austria (R-Beavercreek) is an announced candidate and the chosen successor to Hobson. Austria has not been generating any news coverage since his announcement and his apparent campaign web site (SteveAustriaforCongress.com) is still dormant. However, college instructor and USAF veteran John Mitchel (R-Beavercreek), a primary candidate for the U.S. Senate last year, is not waiting for Austria to move into the open before launching a preemptive strike against the Hobson legacy. Responding to praise for Hobson published in the Dayton Daily News, Mitchel has penned this prickly letter to the editor:
RE: “Hobson’s way was admirable,” Dayton Daily News, Sunday, October 28, 2007. True enough, “Sometimes (Hobson) has been wrong, …and sometimes he’s been right,” but has he always been “blunt and direct?” Not even close to “always,” especially when we take a closer look at his earmarks. ...
Mr. Hobson supported a $2.8 million earmark that benefited the private corporation that developed The Greene. Hobson was not “blunt and direct” with the taxpayers when he failed to mention that due to the increased property valuation, the Beavercreek School District lost over a million dollars in state funding, nor was he “blunt and direct” about a conflict of interest just a few hundred yards to the east. In 2006, after The Greene received substantial funding from local, state, and federal tax dollars, Hobson sold his interest in Aberdeen Village on Indian Ripple for a profit of between $150,000 and $1,000,000. The developer and Dave Hobson both got their paychecks, but the taxpayers lost out again.
Let's do a little exercise in "compare and contrast" between reality and the nonsense that Bob Latta and Steve Buehrer are peddling here in their primary race to replace Paul Gillmor in Ohio District 5. Both have filed claim and counter claim that the THEY are really the most reactionary wingnut running. (Boy, now THERE is a dubious distinction!)
There was a brilliant episode of the "West Wing" where an inside the Beltway political consultant convinces the Bartlett staff that they should support a flag burning amendment because some poll showed that a large majority of voters are "in favor" of it.
But Marilee Matlin played another consultant who pointed out that although a majority of voters might say "yes" to such an amendment, they attach VERY little importance to it. (Which happens to be true.)
Basically, the "Bob and Steve Show" is engaging in blatant hucksterism and demagoguery by ONLY focusing on "issues" that gain the support of their most rabid base while absolutely NOT addressing the issues that actually matter to Americans.
The evil, mean-spirited, mudslinging going on between these two, is just pathetic. While they babble on about school prayer, the "defense of marriage," and flag burning, they have nothing so say about the REAL issues facing our nation.
Let's take a look at the most recent Rassmussen Report on what issues are most important to voters and, more importantly who they trust the most on those issues.
Flag burning Bob? School prayer Steve? Sorry. Complete nonstarters. Here are the top issues to American voters ranked by how important they are to the voter.
And, who do Americans trust the most on those issues? More bad news for Bob and Steve.
On Thursday morning I went to the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Family Service Center in Cleveland for a press availability with (from right to left in the photograph) United States Treasurer Ann Escobedo Cabral, Ohio Treasurer Richard Cordray, Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis, and Cleveland City Councilman Zach Reed, who had conducted a tour of parts of the foreclosure-ravaged Mt. Pleasant neighborhood just before the press event started. This highly unusual meeting of treasurers from three levels of government is a signal not only of the seriousness of the mortgage foreclosure crisis but of the gradual recognition of that seriousness by the Bush administration.
Probably the highlights of the officials' statements were the U.S. Treasurer acknowledging that something like half of the 2.2 million homeowners who face adjustable rate mortgage interest resets during the next two years won't have the financial ability to meet their new payment obligations, and County Treasurer Rokakis citing a Congressional Budget Office study that concluded that every foreclosure costs the affected community $224,000, while loan workouts on average cost only $3,300. Although Ohio Treasurer Cordray included "funding" in his description of the role that the federal government needs to play in response to the crisis, the U.S. Treasurer carefully avoided mentioning any kind of financial assistance in her remarks, focusing instead on amending lending laws, encouraging lenders to restructure loans, and educating consumers about credit products.
To start, I'm posting an audio file with the initial statements by the three treasurers, about ten minutes in length altogether, followed by a summary of the substantive parts of the remarks. I plan to update this with audio and a summary of parts of the longer question-and-answer period that followed.
I have now received a copy of the conditional acceptance by State Sen. Steve Buehrer (R-Delta) of ORP Deputy Chair Kevin DeWine's proposed guidelines on campaigning, and on the face of the matter it seems unlikely to end the in-fighting in the GOP special primary.
Buehrer asserts that since the district's Republican county party chairs called on Buehrer and State Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) to stop the negative campaigning a week ago, Buehrer has complied and Latta has not. In support, Buehrer submits the following TV and radio ads as proof that he has shifted to a positive campaign mode:
Buehrer then cites negative TV ads by Latta (previously posted on this blog) and bitterly complains that Latta has not complied with DeWine's request to stop negative tactics:
My opponent thumbed his nose at your letter and your authority and launched the most vicious attack ad I have ever seen. They launched two direct mail pieces that knowingly lied about my record for which the Ohio Elections Commission has now found probable cause to investigate. ...
However, in the aftermath of your letter, I was not rewarded for my positive campaign. My opponent was not censured for his nasty campaign. ...
Mr. Latta has severely damaged my reputation. He has taken materials that do not belong to him and used them against me. He has launched the most vicious ad I have ever seen that seeks to leave voters with the impression that I am a criminal.
Did State Sen. Steve Buehrer (R-Delta) sign the new ORP positive-campaign guidelines today?
The Buehrer campaign has announced that the Ohio Elections Commission has found probable cause to investigate "two recent mail pieces sent by the Bob Latta for Congress campaign that included false information about State Senator Steve Buehrer’s voting record on important conservative issues."
From the press release:
“I am pleased that the Ohio Elections Commission has determined to move forward with this investigation into Bob Latta and his campaign’s tactics,” said Buehrer. “While Bob Latta has spent nearly 90 percent of his campaign funds on false and misleading attacks on my record, I have continued to run an issues-oriented campaign. Voters deserve to know about the differences between myself and my opponent, where we stand on issues, and how we have conducted ourselves in office."
So much for not using your opponent's name in campaign materials. However, under the circumstances, it would have been very, very hard to resist.
I wonder if the complaint includes the prayer in public schools mailer - does anyone know?
UPDATE: I spoke to Jim Banks with the Buehrer campaign, and the complaint does include the prayer and ten commandments in public schools mailer. Specifically, the VoteSmart questionnaire states that it is not to be taken as a negative statement on the issues listed, only an affirmation if checked, so it cannot be construed as opposition to the issues.
Also, he indicates that Buehrer sent a conditional agreement to ORP Deputy Chair Kevin DeWine's letter today, calling for Latta to issue an apology and withdraw certain current campaign materials.
From a Bloomberg/LA Times poll out yesterday:
Six in 10 people surveyed say they would be willing to repeal tax cuts to help pay for a health-care program that insures all Americans. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, the campaign front-runner and a New York senator, Illinois Senator Barack Obama and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards have embraced the idea.
Most of the highest income group polled, those in households earning more than $100,000, support it. While more than eight in 10 Democrats say they like the plan, most Republicans oppose it.
Independent voters such as Michelle Scranton side with Democrats. "I work in health care and I see a lot of uninsured people come through and they don't seem to get the care they need," said the 29-year-old dietician from Carroll, Iowa. An agenda focused on health care and education spending would be better for the economy than returning money to taxpayers through tax cuts, she said: "In the end it would cut costs."
By 52 percent to 36 percent, Americans favored health and education spending as a better economic stimulus than tax cuts.
The poll also finds that Republicans' anti-tax message now may have less appeal than it did in the past: "A majority of poll respondents oppose leading Republican presidential candidates' plans to cut taxes on corporate profits and maintain lower rates on investment income such as capital gains and dividends."
Memo to Democrats - strike while the iron is hot.
Here is the new ad for State Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), intended to shift the campaign in a positive direction by focusing on Latta's legacy: