••• A new Quinnipiac Poll in Ohio has lot of information, and the Toledo Blade has the details. According to the latest Quinnipiac Poll, the race is tightening up between President Barack Obama and Romney. And, according to Quinnipiac, as published in the Toledo Blade:
....In the Brown-Mandel Senate race, Senator Brown leads among independent voters 42 percent to 38 percent. He leads among women 50–34 percent while Mr. Mandel leads among men 46–41.
Senator Brown has a 41-30 percent favorability rating. Mr. Mandel has a 30-18 percent favorability rating, with 51 percent not knowing enough to form opinion, compared with 71 percent in February. Mr. Mandel was elected to his first statewide office, treasurer, in 2010.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,069 registered voters May 2-7. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.....
In my humble opinion, all you need to know is this:
1.) Sen. Sherrod Brown is the champion of the middle class, working families, civil rights, women's rights, workers' rights, public education, and supports a clean environment.
2.) Josh Mandel hired unqualified, school friends, and his campaign workers to watch/invest your tax money in his capacity as Ohio Treasurer. Josh Mandel supports the Paul Ryan budget which would raise interest rates on college loans, end Pell grants, give vouchers to the elderly instead of Medicare, give more tax cuts to corporate millionaires, and let companies pour pollutants like lead and mercury into our environment. Josh Mandel did not support the Obama auto rescue plan, and Mandel also is against women's reproductive freedom. Mandel supports giving your tax money to poorly performing charter schools. The often absent Josh Mandel, continues to fly around the country to collect campaign cash. Mandel even went the The Atlantic in the Bahamas to collect campaign cash from members of a payday lenders convention.
••• Once again Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH-Dem) has demonstrated his leadership in protecting our families and neighborhoods. USA Today:
In a letter sent Wednesday to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the senators urged the EPA to "take immediate action" to review unassessed sites and to set priorities for remediation, such as sites near schools or playgrounds. "It is necessary to ensure that people living near these sites, especially children, are safe," the letter said.
The letter was organized by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and was also signed by Sens. Robert Casey, D-Pa.; Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; and Al Franken, D-Minn.
"These former lead smelter sites may no longer exist, but as USA Today has revealed, residual contamination continues to pervade many communities in Ohio and across America," Brown said in a statement, noting that several sites featured in the series were in Cleveland and Cincinnati. "The EPA must move quickly to ensure that Ohioans living near these sites are aware of the potential hazards, and to place these sites on a high priority list for remediation."
Ohioans can count on Sen. Sherrod Brown's vigilance in looking out for the health of our families. The old empty factories are in need of testing and possible clean up because they pose threats to our drinking water, soil, and the air that we breathe. Sen. Sherrod Brown has always spoken out to protect our safety.
On the other hand, Sen. Sherrod Brown's Republican opponent, the often absent Ohio Treasurer, Josh Mandel, would allow corporations and businesses to pour pollutants into our water, air, and soil. Mandel just doesn't seem to care about people, but more for the corporate CEO's that support him.
From his own campaign website, Josh Mandel said:
"Anyone who is an auto manufacturer, a tire manufacturer, anyone who is making or transporting goods ... is going to be negatively impacted," Mandel said in a meeting with editors and reporters of The Courier and WFIN-WKXA.
The Environmental Protection Agency says its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards will slash power plant emissions of mercury and arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium and cyanide.
Mandel said it will slash 53,000 jobs in Ohio.
"Overregulation ... is crushing manufacturing companies and job creators here in northwest Ohio," said Mandel, who is also the state treasurer. "Barack Obama and Sherrod Brown are not only on the wrong side of the issue but they are on the wrong side of history."
I'm not exactly sure where Mandel got that "53,000 jobs" figure, but I think he pulled it off of some right wing, pro-corporate talking points he was given. Mandel is getting support from the Chamber of Commerce, the Club for Growth, and Freedom Works-----all groups that support corporate greed. The average citizen won't stand a chance with Mandel and his backers in charge.