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I just heard about this on NPR today and am having a hard time figuring out exactly what the heck is going on. From CNN:

The Office of Special Counsel was established in the 1970s as an independent agency designed to protect federal employees against improper government management. Under Bloch, the agency has been at odds with the Bush White House.

Bloch’s staff began investigating whether top President Bush political adviser Karl Rove and other White House officials had used federal agencies for partisan political activities.

Later, investigators from the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector-general and the FBI began looking into Bloch’s activities.

Sounds like an odd question, but I just want to know – is Scott Bloch a good witch or a bad witch?

Oy – I’m not liking this.

Anyone?

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 3:24 pm May 6th, 2008 in Politics | 6 Comments 

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No surprise to those of us who have a familiarity with Bridget (and her blog, Erie Effusion): she tells it like she sees it during today’s Around Noon conversation with Dee Perry. Definitely worth a listen once the audio is up.

More arts-oriented activities mentioned during the show, happening in town next week and weekend:

From Rust Belt to Artists’ Belt, May 14 – an all day event

City Artists at Work – May 17 and 18

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 12:41 pm May 6th, 2008 in Announcements, Cleveland+, Culture, Government, Ohio, Women | Comments Off 

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State Senator Capri Cafaro (D) sits in Dann’s old seat and he endorsed her as his replacement.

From the Youngstown Vindicator:

State Sen. Capri Cafaro of Liberty, D-32nd, who succeeded Dann in the Senate when he was elected attorney general in 2006, said she’s not surprised Dann is fighting the resignation calls. But he should quit for the sake of the Democratic Party and his family, Cafaro said.

State Democratic leaders had no choice but ask Dann to resign, Cafaro added.

Between continued media scrutiny of the attorney general’s office and a public call from his party’s leaders to resign or be impeached makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for Dann to do his job effectively, Cafaro said.

The article details how some individuals from Dann’s hometown area are not calling for his resignation.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:27 am May 6th, 2008 in Marc Dann | 4 Comments 

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And Jason Johnson! (see, Jason – I give you the hyperlink – I helped intro him to WCPN)

Here’s the description for the Sound of Ideas today – it’s live now but you can listen here later.

Tension is growing in Columbus: The Governor and Ohio’s leading democrats are asking for Attorney General Marc Dann to resign. And now…there appears to be a standoff. Barely a month has passed since sexual harrassment allegations became the only news coming out of the AG’s office. The story raises important questions about ethics in politics and when and why a scandal can take down an elected official. Join us Tuesday morning at 9, and we’ll look for some answers.

Guests:
Jerry Austin, political strategist, Burges and Burges
Rob Frost, Chairman, Cuyahoga County Republican Party
Jason Johnson, Asst Professor of Political Science, Hiram College
Connie Schultz, columnist, The Plain Dealer

Connie, with no hesitation, says Dann must resign, “…climate created is unacceptable.”

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:32 am May 6th, 2008 in Democrats, Elections, Gender, Government, Marc Dann, Media, Ohio, Politics, Scandal, Statehouse, Ted Strickland, WCPN/SOI, Women | Comments Off 

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What you need to know about impeachment:

Ohio Daily Blog Notes on a Scandal (at the end)

Pho’s Akron Pages Can Dann be impeached?

What you need to know about replacements:

Ohio Daily Blog Danngate: Likely Replacement Scenario

What you need to know about pressure:

New York Times: Ohio Official Balks at Quitting

Psychobilly Democrats: Open Letter to Marc Dann

USA Today: Ohio AG Refuses to resign, Dems talk impeachment

Wall Street Journal: Ohio Attorney General Resists Calls to Quit

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:24 am May 6th, 2008 in Campaigning, Democrats, Elections, Gender, Government, Marc Dann, Ohio, Politics, Scandal, Statehouse, Ted Strickland, Voting, WCPN/SOI, Women | Comments Off 

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