Saturday, September 30, 2006

More Republican Scandals + Foley Sex Scandal Widens

If you live in Ohio, you are familiar with Taft's ethics problems, Bob Ney's ties to Jack Abramoff, Tom Noe's coingate scandal involving the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the Republican party, Joy Padgett's bankruptcy, Deborah Pryce's fundraising at Abramoff's Signatures restaurant, Pryce's vote to cut funding for Veterans' benefits, John Boehner's ties to big tobacco, Pryce's ties to big oil, Jean Schmidt's attacks on Marines, etc., etc.

Now the Republican scandal list is increasing. Besides Duke Cunningham, and Tom DeLay, a new name can be added to the Republican scandal list-----Republican Rep. Mark Foley of Florida. Americablog has some of the text from the e-mails and IMs (Instant Messages) that Foley sent to the kid. I must warn you that Foley's message are disgusting. appears that several Republican members of Congress KNEW about Foley's activities. This is just sick! Americablog has the information and names those involved in the coverup. How many Republican members knew and did nothing to stop Foley? ABC News' Brian Ross has information and an entire group of pages had been warned about Foley. Crooks and Liars has the details.



Friday, September 29, 2006

Bush and Pryce: Together Again

ProgressOhioBlog has this new video for Pryce and Bush: Wouldn't Change A Thing.

Have you heard the latest Republican charge? Republicans are calling Democrats obstructionists. The Republicans control the White House, the Senate and the House and they still can't get anything done. What are Democrats doing that is so wrong? Democrats are trying to protect the poor, get the truth about the war, and protect our civil rights. Republicans think that this is a monarchy and Bush is king.

Just found this:
A celebration was held on June 14, 2004 in Columbus to celebrate housing that would be rehabilitated. LINK
In the information published on the site, it says.....
Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), Community Properties of Ohio (CPO) Management Services and Campus Partners have begun the renovation of what will be the nation’s largest low-income housing initiative of its type......
...Congresswoman Pryce secured three special federal appropriations totaling $2.2 million to provide critical early support for the planning, acquisition and renovation of this housing, as well as to address public safety issues.....

Here is the tie in---
According to Open Secrets, employees for the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing gave $5,500 to Pryce's campaign in 2006
and $2000 in 2004.

Is this how Pryce can get you federal money? What do you think?

The Republicans in Ohio are doing nothing with the economy and job creation because people continue to lose their jobs. The list of planned layoffs from the Ohio Dept. of Jobs and Family Services shows that people are losing their jobs in Ohio every single day.

Speaking of layoffs..... (Dispatch)
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Timken Co., a maker of bearings and alloy steel products, today slashed its earnings outlook for the third quarter and the full year and said it will cut 700 jobs, or 2.6 percent of its work force, because of the weakening U.S. auto market....

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Good News Bad News

Good news from Emily's List, as posted at CQ Politics:

Ohio’s 15th. White said the contest between Pryce, the House Republican Conference chairwoman, and Democratic county commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy is now a dead heat and that district voters prefer a Democratic-run Congress to a Republican-run Congress by a 10 percentage-point margin.

“It’s an exceptional opportunity for us to put another Democratic win in the column in Ohio, where ... the mood for change and the ethics issues have really overshadowed so many of the Republican races there,” White said. White was referring to ethics scandals that have embroiled outgoing Republican Gov. Bob Taft and several of his associates, as well as retiring Rep. Bob Ney, who recently pleaded guilty to corruption charges involving his past ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.....

I have some questions for Deborah Pryce:
1. Why did she take $103,000 from big oil for her campaigns?
2. Why did Pryce vote to give big oil $3.8 billion dollars in tax breaks? Pryce's behavior does not help the people of Ohio.

Bad News-----Warning: Traffic Problems Ahead in Columbus, Ohio Today!
President Bush will be in Columbus today to help the ethically-challenged Ohio Republicans.

Update: According to Open Secrets, Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce has taken $11,000 from Checksmart employees for this election cycle. Checksmart is one of the check cashing places.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Pryce: GOP Insider

Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH-15) is handing out instructions and "talking points" to her Republican House members. Pryce is the 4th ranking Republican in the House of Representatives.

Here is an excerpt from an article in The Hill:
...In addition, Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) will send members a weekly memo every Friday during the recess reminding them to talk about the major political developments from the previous week. Pryce and her staff first introduced the Friday memo during the August recess.....

How can Pryce claim to be "independent" when she is determining the "talking points" for Republicans? Pryce is one of the DC Republican insiders. She tells her constituents one thing and but she votes the way the GOP and the administration command her.

Pryce got all that money from oil company PACs. Now as the election approaches, gas prices drop. Is this just a way to help the GOP?

We just can't trust Deborah Pryce.

There is quite an extensive posting at DailyKos on Republican Pryce.

I want to thank Mobilizer for the credit! Here is my posting from Jan. 10, 2006:

Checks and Tax Credits

Everywhere you drive, you see those check cashing stores. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has an article that ties a particular check cashing company with Republicans. One of the beneficiaries, according to Open Secrets, was Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH-15). She has received $15,000 in donations from the two major owners of Buckeye Check Cashing/Checksmart, Lenhart and Frauenberg and their family members, from 2001-2005.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

State lawmakers cleared the way Monday for a politically generous check-cashing company already wooed with millions of dollars in state incentives to shave money from its federal tax bill.

State Sen. Ray Miller, a Columbus Democrat, questioned why Ohio seems to be taking pains to encourage Dublin-based Buckeye Check Cashing Inc., when he sees its business as preying on the poor.

"I can't see why we, as a state, support a business that we know charges excessive fees, [and] interest rates to our citizens," Miller said, in casting the State Controlling Board's lone objection to a tax-saving name shuffle at the firm. "It just doesn't make sense."

Since 2004, Ohio has extended Buckeye Check a 60-percent, nine-year tax credit for the firm; offered it $100,000 to invest in training; and approved a development loan package worth more than $7 million. The firm did not accept the latter loan.

Development Department spokesman Bill Teets said Monday's action was simply a technical change to adjust the name of the business entity that received $100,000 in state aid to help buy two buildings for its headquarters. The new company, Lenhart Frauenberg Partnership, was created "for federal income tax purposes," the proposal said.

Michael Lenhart and James Frauenberg, who own both companies, have donated, along with their family members, nearly $200,000 to political candidates and causes since 2000, according to state and federal filings.

Most of the money has gone to Republicans, including Reps. Bob Ney, Deborah Pryce, Pat Tiberi, Mike Oxley and David Hobson; Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro; State Auditor Betty Montgomery; and former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, who controlled the House when the loan package was approved. Cleveland Democratic Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones also has received money.

A legal battle over whether Buckeye Check charges exorbitant interest rates is awaiting action by the U.S. Supreme Court, where it landed in November. John Cardegna, a 9-1-1 dispatcher in Florida, sued the company in 1999 to contest $3,000 in interest the firm charged him on a $300 cash advance he sought to repair his pickup truck. His lawyers argued that charging interest rates of more than 45 percent is criminal...


I highlighted Pryce's name in the older posting. The Republicans are preying on the poor while they give tax cuts to the rich! Isn't that special!!!?????!!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

We cannot afford to stay the course!

While we continue to lose 3 Americans per day in Iraq, Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce says, "Stay the course."
Ohio has lost 123 of our young people in Iraq. Deborah Pryce says, "Stay the course."
While Halliburton's stockholders get richer, Pryce says, "Stay the course."
The National Intelligence Estimate, which combines the findings of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, says that the war in Iraq is increasing terrorism. However, Pryce says, "Stay the course."
While our military is stretched to its limits, Pryce says, "Stay the course."
While billions and billions of dollars go into Iraq without congressional oversight, Pryce says, "Stay the course."

We cannot afford to stay the course. It is time for change in Ohio and this country. Pryce and her party do not deserve re-election. The scandals, the misuse of the public trust, and the lack of oversight have created a real mess in Ohio and our nation. We need to stand up, march into the voting booth, and vote Democratic.

>>>>Republican Rep. "Mean Jean" Schmidt has been accused of plagiarism, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Here is an excerpt from the article:

The flap began with a "guest column" on the subject of the prescription drug plan for seniors, under Schmidt's byline, that ran earlier this month in the Community Press and two other publications. In the blogosphere, people began noticing that it was almost identical to a column put out by Rep. Deborah Pryce, R-Columbus, a few months ago.

"When high school students plagiarize, they get an F," a news release from Wulsin said. "When college students plagiarize, they get expelled. And when reporters plagiarize, they lose their job. So why do we hold our congresswoman to a lower standard?"

There were about 600 words in the editorial submitted by Pryce. Fewer than 50 words were added or changed in the first six paragraphs of the editorial published under Schmidt's name. Three full paragraphs were copied with no changes. Schmidt's editorial contained an additional paragraph with her contact information....

The people of Ohio's 2nd congressional district must be so embarrassed to have Schmidt represent them. It is time they sent her home and elected someone they can respect.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Pryce Voted For Her Own Pay Raises, But Said No to Bonus for Troops

Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce gladly voted for her own pay raises of $31,600 but voted against a $1500 bonus for the troops. Pryce also voted AGAINST extending health coverage to guardsmen and reservists returning from war. (HR 1815, Vote #221, 5/25/05)

If Pryce continues to vote against bonuses and health benefits for our guardsmen and reservists, how can Pryce claim she supports our troops? Actions speak louder than words.

Pryce, although she won't claim it in her campaign ads, has been and always will be a Republican.

>>>Here is a sad story from USA Today:

A growing number of troops are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with severe brain damage, prompting the Army to examine whether living wills or other care directives from soldiers ought to be available to battlefield doctors.

The issue was raised this summer by wounded soldiers and families of casualties during a symposium sponsored by the Army's Wounded Warrior Program.

“With technology as good as it is, they can keep that soldier alive, but they can't put their hands on a digitized piece of paper” containing a do-not-resuscitate order, says Ed Salau, a former Army lieutenant who lost his left leg during combat in Iraq. He was one of 40 people at the June symposium.

The Army say it plans more symposiums to hear from wounded soldiers and their families, but it makes no promises about what steps it might take.

From January 2003 through July, the Pentagon identified at least 250 troops who returned from war with head wounds that left them — at least initially — comatose or unable to care for themselves or respond to people. Brain injuries, most from roadside bombs, are the signature wound of the Iraq war.

The number is a small part of the 20,000 troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it is “unprecedented,” says Dale Smith, professor of medical history at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.....

The poor families in the U.S. who will have to bear the burden of caring for their loved ones in days, months, and years to come. This is also part of the human cost of war and many families will pay it for the rest of their lives.

****The new Pat Tiberi ad is a real joke. It says he has a good heart but it does not mention he is a Republican!!!!! Silly, Pat. We know that you are a strong Republican and an admirer of President Bush!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

New Game Featuring Pryce

Need something to do on a Sunday? Visit information on Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce's real record. You'll learn a lot!

Pryce and Bush Together

President Bush is coming to Columbus soon. However, you might not see pictures of Pryce with Bush. Why?

1.Pryce wants you to forget that she is a Republican.
2.Pryce wants you to forget that she holds a leadership role in the Republican controlled do-nothing Congress.
3.Pryce wants you to forget that she follows the Republican Party line.
4.Pryce wants you to forget that she is part of the Ohio Republican Party (Ney, Noe, Taft, .
5.Pryce wants you to forget that she gave 0% support to the interests of the Disabled American Veterans in 2005 and 2004.
6.Pryce voted to cut Veterans benefits by $14 billion.
7.Pryce wants you to forget that she does not support the troops because she continues to vote against them.
8.Pryce voted against port security that would have allowed every container coming into this country to be inspected.
9.Pryce has been a rubber stamp for the Bush administration.
10.Pryce wrote the play book talking points for the Republican social security "reform" and privatization program, which is still on the GOP agenda.
11.Pryce wants you to forget that she held fundraisers at Jack Abramoff's Signatures Restaurant.

My advice to you is DON'T FORGET. Vote for Kilroy.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

New Republican Scandal in Ohio Government

Oh my goodness! Can't we go a few days without another Republican scandal in the Ohio government????? Really! This is just horrible!

The Dispatch has the details:

...An ongoing investigation by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is targeting 11 workers in its unemployment compensation division.
Agency spokesman Jon Allen told The Dispatch yesterday that department investigators have substantiated that two parttime employees collected jobless benefits while working.
Similar allegations against nine other full- or part-time employees remain under investigation, Allen said....

Don't you love the phrase "ongoing investigation" from the article? How long has the investigation been ongoing? Obviously, the Republicans cannot supervise their employees and run the various state departments/agencies. If the Republicans in the state government spent more time doing their jobs instead of raising money for the GOP, perhaps the state wouldn't be in such bad shape.

***President Bill Clinton will be on Faux News this weekend. Clinton wins with a smackdown on Chris Wallace. Read the transcript and you'll feel great all day! Think Progress has the transcript. I think Chris Wallce must have peed his pants during this interview.

Go Buckeyes!

Friday, September 22, 2006

With Friends Like These...

The Kansas City Star has this:

...Less than a year after throwing a fundraiser for him, three of Rep. Bob Ney’s Ohio GOP colleagues — Reps. Deborah Pryce, David Hobson and Pat Tiberi — want him to quit....

Don't forget to watch Keith Olbermann tonight on MSNBC when he'll have President Bill Clinton as a guest.

Donut Holes

>Senior citizens have started to fall into the Medicare prescription drug program's donut hole and they have the Republicans to thank. This means that senior citizens will now have to pay full price for their drugs. For many seniors, they will find that the medications are just too expensive to buy. They will go without their insulin, heart medicine and other important drugs. This is all because Deborah Pryce and the rest of the Republicans created this senior citizen drug plan to benefit their big campaign donors --- the large drug companies. Senior citizens will also find out that the medications have gone up in price in the last few months.

What can be done? Nothing. Why? The Republican controlled White House, Senate, and House of Representatives designed this entire program and as long as the Republicans set the agenda, nothing will change. The only change possible will come on election day when we have the opportunity to throw the Republicans out of office.

>Yesterday, Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of Youngstown, gave Americans some important numbers to think about concerning the Bush's Iraq War. The video is from Crooks and Liars. Here is the text of Ryan's speech, also from Crooks and Liars:

...Because this is about 84% of Americans saying that we’re losing the war in Iraq. This is about all of these generals that we’ve been showing night in and night out saying there’s no plan to get out of here; there was a bad plan to get in; there was a bad plan to start with; and there was no plan; bad information; bad intelligence; nothing was right. Look back at everything they said about using the oil for reconstruction money; about being greeted as liberators; about all of this nonsense that we heard before.
This is an opportunity for this administration, Mr. Meek, to try to change the subject. And all of a sudden, we’re talking about a few political prisoners–and it has enormous ramifications–but the bottom line is this: this administration wants to talk about anything but the war or the economy.
They want to change the subject when they get a chance to and now we’ve got this debate about military prisoners and I’m not saying that it’s not important, but my God, you got millions of people living in poverty. You got seniors and you threaten them with their Medicare. And you have 40 million people without health insurance. You have stagnant wages. You have gas prices going up, you have health care going up, you have tuition going up, you have poverty rates going up and you have veterans’ benefits going down. And you want to talk about this little sliver to change the subject?
And you’re coming up with new phrases again, fascism and all of this stuff. $8.4 billion per month; $1.9 billion per week in Iraq; $275 million per day in Iraq; $11.5 million per hour in Iraq. If this is the legacy of the Bush administration, you know what? If I was in the White House, I wouldn’t want that talk about this either.

Let me summarize what Rep. Ryan said:

The War in Iraq is costing us
$8.4 billion per month
$1.9 billion per week
$275 million per day
$11.5 million per hour