Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tidbits from Central Ohio

* If you've attended Ohio State, you know the location of the Holiday Inn on the Lane. The Dispatch is reporting that the hotel will be transformed into a dormitory:

Ohio State University's community development arm has reached a tentative deal to buy Holiday Inn on the Lane and close the campus-area hotel on March 31.

Harper Hotels Inc. would receive $19 million from Campus Partners for the 243-room hotel, which the university wants to use as student housing. Campus Partners is scheduled to complete due diligence on the transaction by Feb. 27. If it decides then to proceed with the purchase, the deal would close at the end of March, said Doug Aschenbach, interim president of the development group....

.....with several south campus dorms set to undergo repairs in the coming years, the university sought out the extra space.....

This will be a surprise to those who travel to campus to visit or attend sporting events.

> There are more jobs leaving Ohio and going to Mexico. Dispatch:

A maker of plastic containers is moving Fayette County jobs to Mexico, leading to the loss of 316 positions.

MWV Calmar, a subsidiary of MeadWestvaco Corp., will begin the process of closing the Washington Court House plant in early April and consolidate the plant's functions with one in San Luis Potosi, Mexico....

Even though we are losing more jobs here in Ohio, it is worth noting that our Republican elected officials don't care. None of the Ohio Republican members of the House of Representatives supported President Obama's recovery/stimulus plan.

> Trouble in Republican paradise????? MSNBC's First Read:

....there were some closed-door fireworks between Republican Minority Leader John Boehner and Minority Whip Eric Cantor, the No. 2 House Republican. "Several GOP sources say Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and Minority Leader John Boehner’s (Ohio) relationship was put to the test after Boehner suggested at a Jan. 28 press conference that Cantor wasn’t whipping votes during the House debate on the economic stimulus measure. Sources say Boehner’s remarks, echoed at the press event by Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.), angered Cantor and prompted a “heated” confrontation between the new Whip and Minority Leader at the GOP retreat at the Homestead Resort in Virginia late last month." Apparently they've all since apologized, but Cantor was none too happy....

It is heartening to know that the Republicans are falling apart and fighting within their ranks. They deserve it after the mess they've created.