Thursday, December 29, 2005

Kilroy for Congress (OH-15)

After reading Mary Jo Kilroy's biography, you will automatically endorse her. Kilroy is a candidate for congress for Ohio's 15th district. Mary Jo graduated from The Ohio State University Law School, has worked on the Columbus Board of Education, and is presently a Franklin County Commissioner. Kilroy is one of the most respected elected officials in central Ohio. For information about her career, and her campaign visit her web pages.


A newspaper in West Virginia, the Herald-Dispatch, has a list of quotes from the top ten stories from Ohio. Here are the one I think are memorable:
"From the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Ohio River, I want them to know that you are sorry for what you have done." -- Franklin County Municipal Judge Mark Froehlich at Gov. Bob Taft's sentencing.

"It's one of the most blatant and excessive finance schemes we have encountered." -- Noel Hillman, chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's public integrity section, on the campaign donation charges against coin dealer Tom Noe.

"Driving home (after hearing six Marines from his son's battalion were killed), turning the corner, I had in my mind this bad image of a government vehicle waiting for me to get home. It's a terrible thing wishing that it can be someone else's tragedy." -- John Dyer, whose son, Lance Cpl. Christopher Dyer, 19, was killed in a roadside bombing two days after the other six died.

"We're glad it's over. We're happy to be back in the States." -- Maj. Stephen Lawson, commanding officer of Lima Company, on returning from a six-month stretch in Iraq during which the Marines unit lost 16 members...

Here are some other quotes to ponder:

House Republican Conference Chair Deborah Pryce (R-OH):” I think what the Democrats are doing with Karl Rove is just another politically motivated part of their agenda.” (CNN’s “Wolf Blitzer Reports,” 7/13/05)

Cowards cut and run, Marines never do.” Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt (OH-2).

"Can you smell money?!?!?!" Jack Abramoff wrote. --Quoted May 1, 2005, New York Times.

"Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job...," President Bush (September 2, 2005).

"I just wish George had as much courage in his entire body as Casey had in his little pinky, then he would meet with me." Cindy Sheehan, Gold Star Mother.

"I like guys who've never been there that criticize us who've been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done. I resent the fact, on Veterans Day, he criticized Democrats for criticizing them." Rep. Murtha on Bush and Cheney. (

From "I AM the federal government." -Tom DeLay, to the owner of Ruth's Chris Steak House, after being told to put out his cigar because of federal government regulations banning smoking in the building, May 14, 2003"Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes." -Tom DeLay, March 12, 2003
"She certainly seems to respond to visual stimuli." Senator Bill Frist's diagnosis of comatose Terri Schiavo from an old videotape.

On CNN's ''Larry King Live" on Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney said of the violence in Iraq, ''I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Pryce Builds Campaign Fund

According to Bloomberg: Republican Representative Deborah Pryce, 54, of Ohio raised $529,004 through June for her leadership PAC...

That is an incredible amount of money to raise. Hopefully, Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy will be able to raise a similar sum for her campaign against Pryce. We've got to vote Pryce out because she is more concerned about her relationships with campaign contributors than her constituents.

Pryce's pro-war stand in Iraq has many central Ohioans concerned. We've lost a tremendous amount of young people in the war (2172, 104 dead from Ohio), and there is still no exit strategy. Here is a statement recently released by Pryce:

WASHINGTON December 16

House Republican Conference Chairman Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) today released the following statement after voting in favor of H.Res. 612, Expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to achieving victory in Iraq:

"As yesterday's successful parliamentary elections showed, democracy is blossoming in Iraq, thanks to the efforts of U.S. and allied forces and the courage of the Iraqi people. America will continue to stand with the Iraqis as they fight terror and work to build their new nation. We will stay until the job is done."

When will the job be done? How many more of our young people will need to die before Pryce and this administration admit this war was a mistake?

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Not Getting Things Done

Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH-15) said the following, "The people have seen that Republicans are able to get things done." Pryce is wrong---again!

Using the words from an old Janet Jackson song, I'm asking Republicans the following question------
"What have you done for me lately?"

NOTHING. The people I know are not enjoying anything special with the Republicans in control of the Congress and the White House. We've lost 2169 Americans in Iraq and the war continues without an exit strategy. Cuts have been made to education. Those on social security have been handed a drug program that only benefits the drug companies. The rich get tax cuts, and the poor are finding more people in line at the soup kitchen. FEMA and "Brownie" were tremendous failures when we needed them most. The clean up on our Gulf Coast has yet to begin. Kansas Sen. Roberts still hasn't acted on investigating pre-war intelligence (delay, delay, delay). Meanwhile, the Republican majority just keeps adding pork and increasing our deficit.

Thanks for nothing.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Misguided Republicans: Taft, Pryce

Ohio's Republican Governor Bob Taft is prepared to sign a bill that would allow arrests without just cause. According to a story at Channel 5, it is called Ohio's Patriot Act:
...One state representative said it resembles Gestapo-style tactics of government, and there could be changes coming on the streets of Ohio's small towns and big cities.The Ohio Patriot Act has made it to the Taft's desk, and with the stroke of a pen, it would most likely become the toughest terrorism bill in the country. The lengthy piece of legislation would let police arrest people in public places who will not give their names, address and birth dates, even if they are not doing anything wrong.WEWS reported it would also pave the way for everyone entering critical transportation sites such as, train stations, airports and bus stations to show ID."It brings us frighteningly close to a show me your papers society," said Carrie Davis of the ACLU, which opposes the Ohio Patriot Act.There are many others who oppose the bill as well."The variety of people who opposed to this is not just a group of the usual suspects. We have people far right to the left opposing the bill who think it is a bad idea," said Al McGinty, NewsChannel5’s terrorism expert...

It is incredible that Ohio's worst governor, with an approval rating of under 20%, is putting into motion the beginnings of a police state.

Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce seems unhappy with the majority control the Republicans have in Congress. She must want one party rule. Because the Republicans are having a difficult time keeping their own side together, they are attacking Democrats who are questioning the right wing Republican agenda. Does Pryce expect Democrats to bow down and be subservient to her party? Should Democrats allow the Republicans to take their corrupt politics and run all over our rights because they are in control? Ms. Pryce does not understand that she is serving her constituents, not her party.

"When you have a narrow majority with absolutely no help, absolutely no help, from the other side, it is never very pretty," said Representative Deborah Pryce of Ohio, chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.
(New York Times)

If Rep. Pryce is unhappy with the narrow majority her party holds, we can do her a favor. We can vote Pryce and many other Republicans out of office, and they can enjoy being in the minority.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Republicans: Cuts and Campaign Contributors

Ohio Republican Rep. John Boehner should be ashamed of himself. His strategy in the House of Representatives helped cut loans for college students and will increase the interest rate to 6.8% for the loans. From the Arizona Daily Sun, we get the details: As Congress moves to slash $40 billion in spending, no program will take a bigger hit than college loans, where almost $13 billion would be cut over five years.

For students, the upshot is mixed. Excessive government payments to banks would be halted, freeing up some dollars for new grants, larger loan limits and reduced loan fees.

But overall, the student loan program would endure the largest cut in its history, and most of the money would not be pumped back into education. Instead, under a plan the House approved Monday, the money would be counted only toward reducing the federal deficit.

"At a time when the entire country believes we need to make higher education more affordable, Congress is trying to balance the budget on the backs of students," said Jasmine Harris, legislative director for the United States Student Association.

Parents who take out loans on behalf of their students would pay higher interest rates. And other parts of the college package could indirectly drive up costs for students, if banks pass on new expenses or offer less attractive loans as their profit margin shrinks....

The $12.7 billion in college cuts are part of an effort, led by conservative Republican lawmakers, to show discipline with the public's money. But Democrats say GOP leaders only want to pay for tax cuts, all the while eroding the ability of parents to pay for college....

Ohio's Attorney General Jim Petro, a Republican candidate for governor, is getting contributions from the lawyers who get his business. And who says "pay-to-play" doesn't exist in Ohio? The Dispatch has the story:

...Since he took office in 2003, Petro says, he has helped agencies recover $270 million a year in debts, up from $125 million under predecessor Betty D. Montgomery, now the state auditor.

But his reliance on outside lawyers to go after bad debts also has benefited someone else: Petro himself.

A Dispatch computer analysis of the 88 debt-collection attorneys paid by Petro’s office this year shows that 73 have donated to Petro’s campaigns. Collectively, the lawyers have given Petro’s campaigns $101,099 since 2000, with thousands more contributed by their spouses and law partners. Many of the lawyers also contribute to political action committees and outside groups that attempt to influence elections for attorney general and governor...

Jim Petro talks about family values in his campaign commercials but I don't believe that greed is a family value.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Pryce has no clue about Ohio's unemployment

Here are some interesting statistics for Ohio......

Unemployment rate for Nov 2000......3.9%
Unemployment rate for Nov 2005.......5.7%

Ohioans working in Nov 2000 5,629,000
Ohioans working in Nov 2005 5,429,200

Republican Representative Deborah Pryce has been bragging about the great economy that this administration and her party have brought us. Unfortunately, she is wrong. The statistics above, taken from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, show that in the last 5 years we have lost a lot. Pryce and the Republicans are doing NOTHING for us.

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) released the following information on
December 16, 2005:

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.7 percent in November, down from 5.9 percent in October, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio's nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 2,200 over the month, from 5,427,000 in October, to 5,429,200 in November.

"The labor market showed signs of improvement in November as the number of jobs increased and the number of people unemployed declined," said ODJFS Director Barbara Riley.

The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in November was 339,000, down from 347,000 in October. The number of unemployed has decreased by 23,000 in the past 12 months from 362,000. The November unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 6.1 percent in November 2004.

On December 20, 2000, the ODJFS released this information:

Ohio's unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in November, down from 4.0 percent in October, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.0 percent for November, up from 3.9 percent in October.

"Overall, there was not much change in the Ohio economy in November with the unemployment rate falling slightly," said ODJFS Director Jacqueline Romer-Sensky. "Although most local labor markets continued to remain tight, there were some regional increases in unemployment due to differences in their industrial structure. This has particularly been the case in construction and industrial machinery and equipment, where unemployment claims have risen recently."

The number of Ohioans with jobs was 5.629 million in November, up from 5.625 million in October. The number of workers unemployed in November was 230,000, down slightly from 233,000 in October.

The November unemployment rate for Ohio was down from 4.1 percent in November 1999. Over the year, the number of Ohioans working has increased by 42,000, up from 5.587 million. The number unemployed has decreased by 8,000 over the year from 238,000.

(Who was President in November 2000? Bill Clinton)

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

AFL-CIO Knocks Pryce

Business First reports that the Ohio AFL-CIO is very unhappy with the way Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH-15) represents them in Congress.
Here is an excerpt: Union leaders singled out Rep. Deborah Pryce, R-Upper Arlington, at the press conference as someone who voted against their agenda 12 out of 13 times. It credited her with one supporting vote, for a $286 billion highway infrastructure bill.

"She's not on our side," said Walter Workman, executive secretary and treasurer with the Central Ohio AFL-CIO.
Most of the other Republican delegation of congressional officials representing Central Ohio and Voinovich didn't score any better.

Perhaps Rep. Pryce needs to be reminded for whom she works. Give her a call and tell her she needs to help regular Ohioans, not just lobbyists. You might also want to tell her what you think of the government spying on Americans without first obtaining warrants.
Columbus- (614) 469-5614 DC (202) 225-2015

Campaign Manager Jumps Sinking Schmidt

Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt (OH-2) has lost her campaign manager, Joe Braun. Hmmm. Could it be he didn't like working for a woman who accused a Marine of wanting to "cut and run" or is it just because she is a toxic person? Schmidt will find someone to run her campaign, but most professional, ethical types will probably stay away.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Just Thinking...

1. With all the corruption we are seeing in both Ohio and national politics, some young people have decided to do something about it --- run for office. The Toledo Blade has an article about two young people, Ben McCullough and Angie Byrne, who have expressed interest in running for public office as Democrats. Cool! There are some people who might say that these young people have no political experience or a campaign war chest. However, the fact of the matter is, who cares what some people think. I hope both McCullough and Byrne success in their political pursuits.

2. The next time you see Rep. Deborah Pryce, ask her if she supports the President spying on Americans without a warrants.

3. Ask Rep. Pryce if she thinks Bush is overstepping his powers.
From the Los Angeles Times: Bush's acknowledgment that he authorized the wiretaps was a "shocking admission," said Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis.
"The president does not get to pick and choose which laws he wants to follow. He is a president, not a king," Feingold said.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

People to Watch

There are a number of Iraq veterans throwing their hats into the political wing. In Ohio, we have Paul Hackett, candidate for U.S. Senate. His candidacy has attracted a lot of attention and press. In Illinois, Tammy Duckworth, is running as a Democrat for the seat being vacated by Henry Hyde. Her story is very inspirational. After spending 13 months in rehab, her spunky attitude has her ready to work on real problems. In the New York Times, Duckworth said, "I'm not going to get my legs back, and that's fine, but if that gives me a platform to talk about the things that are important to me, like education and jobs, that's great."

Mary Jo Kilroy, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 15 district, shows that she is willing to work on creative ways to help find more affordable housing. The plan will help generate $6 million. Check here for the story.

Paul Hackett got a big endorsement:

.Ohio's largest labor union endorsed Paul Hackett on Friday, choosing the political newcomer over recognized labor champion Rep. Sherrod Brown in the Democratic primary.

.The United Auto Workers said its 17 area councils and 10 at-large representatives had voted 26-1 for Hackett, two days after the Cleveland AFL-CIO voted to continue its long-standing practice of backing Brown.
.UAW Ohio President Lloyd Mahaffey said his union, which is affiliated with AFL-CIO nationally but not on the state level, wasn't rejecting Brown as much as it felt Hackett has a better chance of gaining Republican and independent support to win against incumbent Republican Sen. Mike DeWine.
.He said Hackett, an Iraq war veteran, showed he had the charisma and crossover appeal when he got 48 percent of the vote in a special congressional election this summer, in one of the most conservative districts in the country.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Unacceptable Unemployment Rates in Ohio

Some elected officials from Ohio continue to repeat the mantra of the Bush administration that we are having the best economy ever in the history of the country. Those people are WRONG. Ohio's Department of Jobs and Family Services has released their unemployment report for November 2005. If you look at a comparison of the Ohio counties, the unemployment in some areas of the state are incredible. Here are some examples:

.....City of Cleveland........7.7
.....City of Columbus........5.0
.....City of Toledo.............6.8
.....City of Youngstown....8.3
.... City of Dayton............6.9
..Scioto......................... 7.7

Here on our local public access channel, we continue to see a video hailing the achievements of No Child Left Behind. Actually, I'd call it propaganda. I'd like to know how much it cost to produce and which Bush contributor got the contract to produce it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I'll Scratch Your Back, If You Scratch Mine

I found this little bit of information:

Ohio State And Battelle Team Up On Advanced Military Hybrid Vehicle Project

OhioTechNet - OTN

The Ohio State University and Battelle are teaming to bring their automotive and alternative energy technical expertise to the development of hybrid vehicle technology for military vehicles. The work will focus on alternative on-board power systems that offer greater mission flexibility. With $1.5 million in federal funding secured by Congresswoman Deborah Pryce, these Ohio-based institutions will develop and apply advanced systems analysis tools to study the impact of new and alternative power and propulsion systems on the U.S. Army vehicle fleet. "This announcement is another example of the great partnership that has been forged between OSU, Battelle, and the federal government. We in Central Ohio are privileged to have two great research institutions in our backyard," said Congresswoman Pryce. More

The source for the above information was
While we are all happy that this type of research is being done, why is it being done at Battelle? I was curious. Before and after this announcement, people associated with Battelle contributed $5,200 to the Deborah Pryce campaign. However, no one associated with The Ohio State University contributed during the same time period. I might be a little unsophisticated in the area of political contributions and the securing of federal grants, but is this the way it is supposed to happen? Shouldn't a member of Congress work to get grants and such for companies and organizations within their district without getting political contributions from those groups? Is this type of back scratching ethical? I don't think it is, but I'm only a lowly citizen in the 15th congressional district of Ohio.

Still looking for economic success in Ohio

Remember when the Republican Representative Deborah Pryce said the following:
“Our economic policies have done the trick." Here is more evidence that she is wrong.

The Columbus Dispatch has a story that has the Cott Corporation will close its plant and 70 people will lose their jobs. On the surface, someone might say that this closing only represents 70 jobs. However, these 70 jobs are more job losses in Ohio.

and more evidence here....

Thousands of people rallied in southwest Ohio and central Indiana against steep wage cuts proposed by auto parts manufacturer Delphi Corp., which has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Workers say the proposed cuts - from $27 an hour to between $10 and $12.50 - are unfair, especially as Delphi has given bonuses to managers and other executives. United Auto Workers officials have said a strike against Delphi appears increasingly likely.

At least 2,000 people rallied Saturday in Ohio, where Delphi has 13,000 workers.

"We don't choose these fights, but we know when they come. Where do we draw the line?" Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, told the crowd in downtown Dayton.

Workers carried signs that read, "Delphi cooks the books/Workers get BURNED...."

With Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce, the people of Ohio 15th district have it sooooooo good.

Republican Leadership Falling Apart

With Republican Rep. Tom DeLay knee deep in legal problems, the Republican House Leadership is having difficulty keeping all their party members in line. The Hill has the story. As we approach the November 2006 elections, Republicans will start positioning themselves to try to gain favor with the voting public.

However, in my humble opinion, it will be difficult for Republicans to win back the affection and support of the American people. With their scandals, and support for this administration's failing policies (anti-environment, against increasing the minimum wage, the poor Katrina response, and the lack of an Iraq exit strategy), they'll definitely find that many people simply are not interested in their party platform and their lack of ethics.

>>>In other news, MSNBC has information that the Pentagon has been spying and collecting information on anti-war groups in our country. To tell you the truth, I am not surprised that this is happening again. It happened before during the Viet Nam war, and as we know, history repeats itself. Here is an excerpt:

The DOD database obtained by NBC News includes nearly four dozen anti-war meetings or protests, including some that have taken place far from any military installation, post or recruitment center. One “incident” included in the database is a large anti-war protest at Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles last March that included effigies of President Bush and anti-war protest banners. Another incident mentions a planned protest against military recruiters last December in Boston and a planned protest last April at McDonald’s National Salute to America’s Heroes — a military air and sea show in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Fort Lauderdale protest was deemed not to be a credible threat and a column in the database concludes: “US group exercising constitutional rights.” Two-hundred and forty-three other incidents in the database were discounted because they had no connection to the Department of Defense — yet they all remained in the database...

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

No Rosy Outlook in Ohio

When Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH-15) said that our country was enjoying a strong economy, she obviously hadn't checked her facts. A story in the Chicago Tribune describes the poverty and unemployment that Ohioans are really dealing with in this economy. Here are some excerpts:

Beneath the federal government statistics that show the nation's economy is improving are the smaller and more focused numbers that tell a different story in the industrial Midwest and elsewhere around the nation. In small Ohio manufacturing centers such as Wooster, Archbold, Lima and the Ohio River village of Hannibal--where 650 jobs, including Burkhart's, are about to end with the closing of an aluminum mill--there still is little to celebrate.

These places, among those where about 3,100 Ohio jobs will be eliminated in the next few months, underscore the reality that the economy, despite job gains on the national scale, remains an intensely local matter...

However, in this region of eastern Ohio, those numbers don't tell the whole story. Unemployment rates here are consistently higher than the national average, and poverty rates are high too. In Monroe County, for example, the unemployment rate is 7.5 percent. In Athens County in southeastern Ohio the rate is 5.2 percent, but the poverty rate is 28 percent, reflecting the fact that nearly 3 in 10 working people in low-wage jobs live below the poverty line...

Food pantries, many of which diverted supplies to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, are serving 1 million more Ohioans than they did two years ago, and many are stretched beyond their limit.

"The well is almost dry," said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks...

In a 55-foot-long trailer, retiree Lester Harden, 61, and his wife are raising their 7-year-old grandson, Andrew. Harden is the father of seven grown children and has 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His daughter has mental problems, he said, and cannot care for her child. Now, with a monthly state check of $223 and a state-paid health insurance card, he is raising the child, diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Harden, who lives in the southeast Ohio hamlet of Glouster, drives the youngster to and from school every day and seven times a month takes Andrew to a psychiatrist at a nearby clinic in nearby Athens.

"We're responsible for everything--his food, his clothes, his transportation," Harden said, sitting in the trailer's tiny living area, with Christmas decorations strung from the ceiling and pictures of grandchildren on the wall.

Harden, who has diabetes, said he was raised by his grandparents and "this is what I have to do," but he wishes the state would provide food and transportation assistance to help.

"I'm not really bitter--stressed, maybe," he said with a laugh. "I can say this isn't how my wife and I planned to spend our retirement."

Jack Frech, who runs the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services, said the debate about the health of the economy is heavily influenced by political spin. The reality, Frech said, is that increasing numbers of people are working in jobs that force them to rely on food pantries. And the concerns of many of the working poor and their children do not rank high as political priorities.

"Just look around," he said. "Now you see food pantries that are mainstays in towns. It didn't used to be that way."

Please read the rest of the article.
Also....Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce has announced some staff changes, according to THE HILL.
Here are two paragraphs from the large article:

Kathryn Lehman, Pryce's chief of staff, will depart Capitol Hill after a 15-year career; she is reviewing offers in the private sector. Greg Crist, the communications director, will join Dutko Worldwide, a lobbying firm...

Crist joins Dutko, where Gary Andres is a top lobbyist. Andres and his wife, Sue, a lobbyist at Union Pacific, are confidantes of Pryce. Their daughter interned in Pryce's office last summer.

Here is info on Dutko Worldwide.

It is not my intention to tell Rep. Pryce how to choose her friends, but this closeness and trading of staffs with lobbyists has created problems. Does a representative respond to a request from a friend who is a lobbyist faster than from a constituent??????

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Rubber Stamp

Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH-15) is getting a lot of notice because her votes are tied to the agenda's of George W. Bush and the Hastert, DeLay, Blunt gang. Rep. Pryce doesn't care about what the people in her constituency want, she votes the way she is told. It has come to the attention of the Washington Post and others. Here is an ad for your listening enjoyment.

Rep. Pryce keeps reciting the Bush mantra about the economic recovery: "Our economic policies have done the trick," Rep. Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio, told The Washington Post. "We are in the middle of one of the strongest economies this country has ever seen."

Rep. Pryce is wrong, wrong, wrong. The biggest economy was the result of the leadership of President William Jefferson Clinton. People were working good jobs and making good money. The deficit was down and the future looked good.

Deborah Pryce and her party have brought us huge deficits, a war without an exit strategy, the inability to help those at home (Katrina and Rita survivors), and a fable about a strong economy. If the economy is booming, it is doing so for people in other states. It is difficult to find good jobs in Columbus, Ohio and the other parts of the 15th. Young people are graduating from colleges and universities looking for employment in the field for which they were educated. Many are finding that there are only part-time jobs with no health insurance. This was not what these college grads expected after investing tens of thousands of dollars in their education and securing loans. Now the loans must be paid back, even though these young people are lucky to make $7/hour.

If this is what a great economy looks like in Ohio, I'd hate to see a recession. The entire Ohio Republican Party has helped themselves to parties and fundraisers with lobbyists drinking champagne, and touring Europe. Unfortunately, most of the people in Ohio are not enjoying the champagne, the caviar, the golf trips, or good paying jobs. It is now time for Pryce, Ney, Gillmor, Chabot, LaTourette, and Mean Jean Schmidt to make way for representatives who care about their constituents' wants and needs.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Secret Agent Man

Republican Representative Bob Ney (OH-18), who is being intensely investigated for his ties to lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, is unwilling to give details surrounding one of his junkets. Ney is citing "national security." The complete story is in the Columbus Dispatch but here is an excerpt:

Ney said on a travel disclosure form that the Feb. 20-23, 2003, trip to London was for "meetings regarding trade and international business matters."

Ney spokesman Brian Walsh told The Dispatch this year that Ney, who once taught English in Iran, is "very active in Middle East issues and certain countries in that region. (The trip) does have nationalsecurity dimensions, and as much as (Ney) would like to, he will not say any more beyond that."

Yesterday, Walsh elaborated: "There were sensitive issues on matters of international trade discussed at these meetings and it would simply be inappropriate to air them out in the media. . . . There was nothing inappropriate whatsoever about this trip and the fact that yet another story is being written without any allegation that there was something inappropriate is completely ridiculous."

However, a lobbying expert for a Washington watchdog group, the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity, said that although it’s possible there were national-security aspects to Ney’s trip, the initial declaration that it was about trade matters and FN Aviation’s hiring of lobbyists with connections to Ney raises questions.

"You have to wonder what was really taking place there," said Alex Knott, the center’s Lobby Watch project director. "Was it a matter of national security or a situation where they were trying to influence a highranking member of Congress to help them out?"

If you believe that Ney was on some super secret security trip, then I'd like to sell you some swamp land. The only security that Ney and his lackey, Brian Walsh, are interested in is their own JOB SECURITY.

Need more info on Bob Ney:

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Why only Deborah Pryce?

EWI got a 5 year, $22 MILLION contract with the U.S. Army. According to a press release from EWI:

'Rep. Deborah Pryce and Ohio Senators Mike DeWine and George Voinovich were instrumental in securing the funding for the contract. “We greatly appreciate the effort that Senators DeWine and Voinovich and Rep. Pryce put forth on this program,” said Ford. “Highly mobile military forces are critical in times like these and are a top priority of the Bush Administration. Working with the Army, our Ohio Congressional leadership made this program possible.” '

However, only Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce received contributions (over $5,000) from employees of Edison Welding Institute. Republican Senators Voinovich and DeWine have not received any money from Edison Welding Institute, according to Open Secrets. Why did Deborah Pryce benefit from this contract? Check here.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Give Money, Get a Contract!

Republican Representative Deborah Pryce knows how to get things done for her contributors. Here is the story from Yahoo Business News:

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohio Congresswoman Deborah Pryce is planning a visit to EWI next week to review the innovations in advanced joining processes brought about by the $3.8 million contract awarded to EWI in early 2004 to establish the Advanced Welding Technology Deployment Initiative (AWTDI).

The visit, scheduled for 9:00 AM on Monday, December 12, is open to the media and will include remarks by EWI and Congresswoman Pryce, a tour of EWI's manufacturing lab area, and a ribbon cutting ceremony for EWI's new flexible manufacturing cell.

Matt White, Market Leader for EWI's Government Programs Office, stated, "Through the funds provided by AWTDI, EWI has procured a flexible fabrication cell capable of combining several joining processes with rapid design and tooling. EWI will make extensive use of its modular tooling, computer modeling, and offline programming capabilities to meet a range of defense applications."

EWI is short for Edison Welding Institute. Some of the employees who work for EWI, have been contributors to Deborah Pryce's campaigns. Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

According to Open Secrets, nine employees of Edison Welding Institute (EWI) gave $5,250 to Pryce's campaign in 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 1994, $500 was contributed to Pryce by EWI employees. As a matter of fact, Matt White who is mentioned in the article, gave $250 to Pryce's campaign in 2002.

Monday, December 05, 2005

What have you done for us, Deborah Pryce?

Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy, currently a Franklin County Commissioner, had this to say as she announced her candidacy for Ohio's 15th congressional district:

“I am running for Congress because it is time to restore integrity and accountability to our federal government, and it is time to put Ohio’s interests before Washington’s special interests,” said Kilroy. “One-party rule in Washington and in Ohio is hurting families here, undermining our economy and draining our precious resources.”

“Deborah Pryce is part of the Republican House leadership team working with Tom DeLay, who by her own admission is responsible for ‘shaping strategy on issues’. The Pryce-DeLay strategy has failed our families, has failed our veterans and is failing America’s future generations. It is time for change.”

“I have a proven record of fighting for affordable healthcare, affordable housing and I have worked to improve the quality and quantity of childcare programs. I am running for Congress to bring these fights to Washington. It is time we put Ohio families first, not DC special interests” added Kilroy.

In our district, we've lost jobs and the only thing Pryce has done for us is participate in photo ops with her bosses--George W. Bush and Tom DeLay. What about us, Congresswoman Pryce? Where are our jobs? What have you done to bring new industries to our district? If there is such economic success in our country, why have we missed out? Over one hundred Ohioans have been killed in Iraq and your response is "stay the course." That is not an exit strategy or a solution to bring our kids home. While you work with lobbyists and special interest groups to fill their wish lists, you have done little to help your constituents out of the economic mess that plagues your district.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Buckeyes are Going to the Fiesta Bowl

The Ohio State Buckeyes are going to the Fiesta Bowl!

Having attended the last two games that the Buckeyes went to the Fiesta Bowl, I can tell you that it is a beautiful area with plenty to do (shopping, sightseeing, eating, and bowl activities). The people associated with the bowl committee and the people in the Tempe-Phoenix area are friendly and helpful. Sign up for a bowl trip with AAA or Enroute Travel. You'll get your hotel, transportation to/from the airport and game activities (pep rally, to/from game), and most importantly, your game ticket. It is the safest way to go. We've followed the Buckeyes to the 2 Fiesta Bowls, the Alamo Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, and the Outback Bowl. The Fiesta Bowls were the best because there were more things to do.

Go Buckeyes!

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Football and Ohio 15

When the Republicans in the House of Representatives don't have enough to do, they make up problems. Instead of working on solutions to real concerns in this country, Republicans look for topics to bring themselves publicity. Case in point-----Republican Rep. Joe Barton (TX-6th). The Huffington Post has the ABC News story. Here is an excerpt:

A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, charged with regulating America's sports industry, announced Friday it will conduct a hearing on the BCS next week, after this season's bowl matchups are determined.

"College football is not just an exhilarating sport, but a billion-dollar business that Congress cannot ignore," said committee Chairman Joe Barton, a Texas Republican. Barton's panel is separate from the House Government Reform panel that tackled steroids in baseball.

The committee announcement called the hearing, scheduled for next Wednesday, a "comprehensive review" of the BCS and postseason college football.

"Too often college football ends in sniping and controversy, rather than winners and losers," Barton said. "The current system of determining who's No. 1 appears deeply flawed."

Barton, a Republican and a graduate of Texas A&M, must have a grudge against the BCS. The Aggies Football team (won 5, lost 6) did not do so well this year, and probably will not be invited to one of the big bowl games. Here in Columbus, Ohio, the home of The Ohio State Buckeyes (won 9, lost 2), we understand how the BCS works. If Mr. Barton needs some schooling, I'd suggest he interview a typical Buckeye fan, because he/she will be able to explain it.

The New York Times: Democrats Sense Chances in Ohio for 2006 Vote

There is a terrific article in the New York Times that covers the political climate here in Ohio. It describes how the electorate is unhappy with Republican Rep. Pryce because of her support of Bush's war. Here is an excerpt about Mary Jo Kilroy, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 15th District:

Now, with a Web site and an e-mail list of 1,500 and a new name, UA Progressive Action, the group is throwing itself behind Ms. Pryce's competitor, Mary Jo Kilroy, the president of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. Ms. Kilroy entered the race in October after an intense courtship by Washington Democrats. Representative Steny H. Hoyer, the Democratic whip from Maryland, flew to Ohio to see her, and every Democrat in the Ohio delegation left encouraging messages on her cellphone.

Kilroy is definitely gaining a lot of support here in central Ohio! Way to go, Mary Jo!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

I just called to say...

Today's task: Make a phone call to your representative's office.
The message: Tell your representative that you are tired of this endless war and you want our troops home as soon as possible. If they cannot/will not vote to support withdrawal, you will vote against them.

Deborah Pryce (OH-15)
Columbus Office: (614) 469-5614
Washington, DC: (202) 225-2015

Pat Tiberi (OH-12)
Columbus Office (614) 523-2555
Washington, DC: (202) 225-5355

Bob Ney (OH-18)
Washington, DC (202) 225-6265
St. Clairsville: (740) 699-2704
Chillicothe (740) 779-1634

Paul Gillmor (OH-5)
Washington, DC (202) 225-6405
Tiffin (419) 448-9016
Defiance (419) 782-1996

Jean Schmidt (OH-2)
Washington, DC (202) 225-3164
Cincinnati (513) 791-0381
Portsmouth (740) 354-1440
(800)784-6366 Toll Free (I'm not sure if this will work from every location.)

Please note: I have tried to be as accurate as possible with the telephone numbers. If I have made mistake, please excuse the error because I have only had one cup of coffee. Thank you.