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Algorem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-12-06 09:39 AM
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BOE Republicans Ignore Own Legal Advice & Toss a Dem Off the Ballot
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By Any Schemes Necessary
Boe's Republicans Ignore Own Legal Advice and Toss a Democrat Off the Ballot

By Charu Gupta

...But if a Republican lawyer and his client, a registered Democrat, get their way, any votes cast for Brady will be thrown out, making her Republican opponent, Ed Herman, the default winner...

There is no question, the law firm admits, that Brady's paperwork is "problematic." The more important point, however, is that "there is no suggestion of any fraud on the part of the Democratic Party, its district committee, or Ms. Brady." So, despite the defects in her papers, her candidacy should stand since its denial "would deprive voters in the 16th District of their ability to vote for anyone other than the Republican candidate."...

At the four-member Board of Elections, the matter resulted in a partisan tie. Republican board member Bob Bennett (also chairman of the Ohio Republican Party) told Duvin, Cahn that he hadn't read its opinion before the meeting, but that he was familiar enough with case law to make his decision...

Last week, Blackwell's office sided with the Republican board members. Signing off was not Blackwell, but Assistant SOS Monty Lobb, a man the Plain Dealer referred to as a "staffer." But Lobb is no meager staffer. He has been assistant secretary of state since 1999, and Blackwell's chief of staff since 2000. As of March, Lobb has been surrogate SOS, breaking tie votes and approving directives. He is also director of Blackwell's Ohio Center for Civic Character, a thinly veiled religious-right initiative, and from 1989 to 1991 was president of Citizens for Community Values, the politically active conservative group headed by Phil Buress...


Mike DeWine, whose staff doctored a photo of the World Trade Center in an ad attacking Sherrod Brown for not being tough on terrorism, doesn't seem to be very concerned about terrorism himself. Turns out he skipped out on almost half of the public intelligence committee meetings held by Congress. And he shelved a recent report conducted by federal intelligence agencies that concluded Bush's war in Iraq was actually increasing the threat of terrorism against American citizens. However, he did find time to post pictures of his trip to the Latino Business Leaders Lunch on his Web site last week. It's worth a moment of your time. No white man has looked that uncomfortable around Latinos since Jim Bowie realized he forgot to pack a gun for his trip to the Alamo.

Speaking of pictures, Ken Blackwell's camp released this photo after last week's debate where the Secretary of State compared himself to American hero Roy Rogers. Yep, it's like there's two of them! — James Renner

("...Republican Ed Herman, a former Army interrogator in Afghanistan. He faces former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Ohio's 2nd district(2004) ) ) /

DeWine Ad Investigated By US Army

First posted: 10/11/2006 1:26:12 PM

A soldier featured in a political ad for Ohio Senator Mike DeWine is the subject of a review by the US Army.

The ad shows a soldier in fatigues and standing with what appears to be his family.

The army is looking at whether the soldier was filmed specifically for the ad.

The practice of wearing fatigues for a partisan political ad is prohibited by the US Army...

Political Notes

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Can't politicians picture a soldier?

Film footage of a uniformed soldier with his family in a Mike DeWine re-election commercial has triggered a new accusation of unfair or improper advertising.

The image of the soldier, shown with what appears to be his wife and two daughters, comes on the screen briefly while the commercial talks about how DeWine improved benefits for military families. It is original footage; that is, it is not generic or stock imagery that anyone can buy and use. Beyond that, the DeWine campaign will not say much.

But as first reported on the Web site, there is a question of whether the image violates Pentagon rules. Says the Department of Defense: "The Department of Defense maintains a long-standing policy that DoD personnel acting in their official capacity (wearing their uniform) may not engage in activities that associate the DoD with any partisan political campaign or election, candidate, cause or issue."

The Pentagon is looking into the matter to see whether any rules were broken. As the rules are written, the soldier would be in trouble if he posed in uniform for political purposes...

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