Speaker of the House Jon Husted, along with Ohio Senate President Bill Harris said they will craft a law that will put the attorney general’s office under the microscope of the state inspector general.
The inspector general’s office holds state workers accountable, but can only investigate the governor and state agencies. Husted and Harris said they plan to amend that power.
The same article also says that Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann continues to insist that “…he has a chore in front of him to regain the trust of the state’s politicians and voters.” If he’d paid attention to the chores related to trust in the first place…
As for resignation requests from around the state and various constituencies, “…Dann made his point one last time: “(I intend to stay) until the end of my term.”
2. Staten Island Live takes the psychology stance in, “The politics of risk taking and leading a double life.” When I wrote about Spitzer, I mentioned the risk-taking element. But this article definitely hits the highlights for why people pursue what Dann pursued:
“Politicians aren’t like the rest of us,” Farley said. “Most Americans do not have these kinds of double lives.”
Politics attracts people with a thrill-seeking personality type, who are more likely to drink, smoke and have affairs that endanger their careers. They may even thrive on the danger of exposure: “They know it’s going to be very difficult to keep it secret, given the media scrutiny, and they still do it,” Farley said.
And, from the same playbook I’ve been writing, the concept of compartmentalizing:
“It’s the exception for a very strong powerful man to be monogamous across the many years of the marriage,” Vaughan said. “They don’t think, ‘Am I willing to take the risk of losing my position, of losing my family?’ … Men compartmentalize. They will legitimately say it had nothing to do with their wife and their love for them.”
3. More from Pho on impeachment scenarios. Highly recommended.
5. This page supposedly will refresh daily with pdfs of Marc Dann’s schedule. I looked at this past week’s schedule – pretty damn full of pressure if you ask me. He was in Cleveland most of the day today.
6. Two new problems arose today: questions related to no documentation for a trip he made last year and a former secretary for the AG’s former general services director Anthony Gutierrez has been fired allegedly for erasing documents of Gutierrez’s.
7. And another former AG staffer, Ric Alli, who lost his job just a couple of months into it 2007 says that Dann’s office runs by a double standard.
8. Psychohorsey does a nice job here outlining why a some good work does not compensate for alleged pervasive, chronic problems that seem to be taking shape in the AG’s office.
9. As a reminder, here’s a link to the EEO statement for the AG’s office. Does anyone else remember when Dann was just into the AG’s office in 1/07, and made a big deal about adding protections for gender identity and sexual orientation to the employment discriminations that would be prohibited? And then what happens – hostile workplace environment.
Do not misread what I’m saying: all these protections should be in the law. But what a mockery of that law we’re seeing: the protection is in there, but if the people who are in charge of enforcing that law, of making sure that there’s an environment that shows respect for the protections and the protected classes, don’t do any of that, having the law really doesn’t make a damn bit of difference, does it?
10. I think I read somewhere today that this Marc Dann Resign website is from the Ohio Republican Party – but do not quote me on that – I’m not sure.
What is the EEO timeline? No one has written about that lately…
Over 50 evangelical Christian leaders signed a full-page ad in The New York Times earlier this spring urging conversion of Jews, notably by followers of Jews for Jesus.
While dozens of pastors and other evangelical Christian leaders signed The Times ad, Poupko says it’s important to note that no major leader of American evangelical Christianity signed.
I have a recollection that one of my siblings was a Jew for Jesus during college years (30 years ago) and performed in Godspell a lot. But I don’t really remember much more than that. He’s been very active in a reform shul for at least the last ten years.
RedBlueAmerica.com ceased using its two moderators today. I’d been in the running late last fall/early winter for the “blue” moderator but did not get the offer. The two people who did worked it for about four-five months but, according to the podcast about the situation (which, at the moment, I can’t find but listened to last night), Scripps Howard, which was the source of the VC, made a decision that effectively ended what the two moderators had been doing but the site remains available for blogging right now. Best of luck to John Temple, editor of the Rocky Mountain News and Scripps VP who started the project, as well as Ben Boychuk and Joel Mathis, whose individual blogs you can still follow. Ironically, it appears that PingVision even just won an award for the design of RBA.
Meanwhile, at the same time that the idea of the RBA full-time position came into view, another opportunity also came to me. Write On For Israel will start in the fall of 2008, without me as a program director but not because the people doing it aren’t enthusiastic and visionary. It really wasn’t the right fit for me for several reasons. However, they hope to have me brought in as a speaker at some point and I look forward to that opportunity. Here’s some vitals in case you know students how might be interested in the program:
WHAT: Write On For Israel: A journalism and advocacy program
WHEN: Seven Sunday seminars during the 2008-2009 school year, interim assignments, and an advocacy project the following year
WHO: Current high-school sophomores must apply now!
WHERE: Seminars meet at Siegal College and other locations during the school year, AND
a free 10-day summer Israel trip includes historic sites and briefings with officials and journalists
TO APPLY: to Tina Keller a firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-464-4050, ext. 172
Ah. The Internet. Yesterday’s top return:
Today’s top return:
As a refresher, Pepper Pike’s own Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, which owned and operated the Crandall Canyon mine in Utah which collapsed and resulted in nine deaths in 2007, has given a lot of money to Republicans in Ohio’s legislature. Here’s a post about that money flow, and here’s a post about the mine collapse.
On Aug. 6, the pillars that supported the roof in a section of the mine gave way in a major collapse that left six miners fatally entombed. Ten days later, three miners who were working as rescuers died after more tunnels fell.
The deaths were avoidable, Mr. Miller said. He cited the investigation’s findings that in March, five months before the disaster in the south section of the mine, a similar collapse had occurred in a northern section, offering clear “red flags” that the mine was unstable.
Rather than informing the proper federal mining officials about the true extent of the March collapse, the investigation by the House Committee on Education and Labor found that the mine operator cleaned up the site and went on with work in a nearby section.
“Even after the near-disaster in March,” Mr. Miller said in a memorandum released Thursday, “the company forged ahead with plans to do the same kind of retreat mining in the South Barrier that it had done, with nearly catastrophic consequences, in the North Barrier.” [emphasis added]
There’s a little thing in the law called foreseeability. I’m not sure of the definition of criminal negligence, but I’m certain that some of lawyer bloggy friends can analyze the situation Murray and others face.
Murray’s attorneys don’t like the report: Read more
Only a few people can persuade me about only a few things. In 2006, now-Chancellor of Higher Education Eric Fingerhut explained to me why he supported Ohio Learn and Earn (Issue 3 aka legalizing casinos) but for all the respect I have for him, I just could not vote in favor of it.
Likewise, I’ve written glowingly several times about Secretary of State Brunner. So her comments in this Daily Record article are important to me, though I’m still convinced that the need to purge and prevent the re-institution in the Attorney General’s office of a hostile work environment requires Marc Dann’s resignation.
I recommend the entire article. Brunner is nothing if not pragmatic. We have to appreciate that. Still…sigh.
“Marc’s done good work; he’s done good work for this office,” she said. “And I’m grateful to him for the time and the energy and the talent that he and the staff have put into helping us run good elections in the state. Quite frankly, I still need a lot of work from that office and so for as long as Marc’s there I’m going to continue to work with him because we have work to get done for the people of the state.
“To ensure that we’re subjecting the state to the least potential for litigation, we routinely consult with him and we’ll continue to do that,” Brunner said. “And sometimes it means I consult with Marc and I’ll continue to do that because I’ve been provided very good legal service up to this point.”
So, although Brunner is also quoted as saying that, “I do feel that overall what’s occurred makes it difficult for him to be effective as Attorney General and to be effective politically,” she has a job to do that requires that Dann and/or his office does his job and she’s going to continue to expect that.
I guess the only question I would have is, at what cost? At what cost is that work getting done? And to whom?