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Other than Buckeye State Blog and Ohio Daily Blog, I don’t see any other Ohio blogs.

I do see a few I’m happy are there:

BlogHer, Culture Kitchen, Bitch Ph.D., Digby, Jack and Jill Politics, Pam’s House Blend and What About Our Daughters.

Go get’em.  I am so sorry I can’t be there but I’ve got three really unique reasons.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:12 pm May 29th, 2008 in Blogging, Campaigning, Democrats, Elections, Politics, Voting | 5 Comments 

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1. Eeeee-uuuuuuu.

2. No, for the last time, no. Sheesh. Hattip Holly in Cincinnati.

3. GOP candidate for OH-10 Jim Trakas (versus incumbent Dennis Kucinich) comments on the OSU game ticket fiasco with Stte Rep. Widowfield:

Lawmakers often give out the tickets to constituents, a local Boy Scout troop or other community group, said former state Rep. Jim Trakas. It is also common practice to sell the tickets at face value, and the legislative e-mail system lights up every fall as members and staff seek tickets to desired games, he said.

But reports are, that’s not what Widowfield was doing:

A state lawmaker from northeast Ohio has resigned amid allegations that he purchased Ohio State football tickets with campaign funds and resold them for a profit.

State Rep. John Widowfield, a Republican from Cuyahoga Falls near Akron, submitted his resignation Wednesday in a two-sentence letter. Republican House Speaker Jon Husted acknowledged the resignation in a one-sentence letter without further comment.

Ohio Daily Blog has more here.

4. Check out this rating of the finance sections of the online versions of the top 25 newspapers:

15. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s online money section does better than most by leading with its strength which is local writers working on local subjects. Most of the rest of the section is moved off to the side, and that makes sense for wire stories and content from MSNBC and CNN. Readers can get that anywhere. The design is very modest. Interactive features are basic. But, the editor knows how to play his one ace. Grade B

5. Here’s a nice story in Columbus Alive! about the Ohio Go Run! training next weekend. Here’s a list of some of the speakers:

Jennette Bradley
Jennifer Brunner
Jane Campbell
Laketa Cole
Jean Droste
Barbara Ferris
Kandyce Jones
Deborah McKinney
Roxanne Qualls
Marie Wilson (head of White House Project)
Kelly Wenzlaff

Oh – and me. :) Plus several others. There’s still room left if you want to apply.

6. Nice reminder of why Nancy Rogers was a superb choice for Ohio AG.

7. Thank you Angela for this from the heart version of what it’s like to support a candidate, even seeing their flaws and not having only sipped from Kool-Aid. Really great post. I swear, I really wish I felt that way about anybody right now.

8. Bad American wrote about it first, before I saw it later in the day through a news update from one of the local outlets. I agree with the Bad One on this: throw the graduation robes over the military uniform. Everyone else has to throw it over their clothes even if they were The Resident Geek, The Resident Cool Guy or The Resident Cool Girl.

9. Will Nancy Pelosi really step in? I don’t usually think of her that way, but it might be a good way for her to re-assert herself and not end up with a Jimmy Carter.

10. I’m against the Castle Doctrine crap and everything they tagged onto it. I can’t formulate everything right now but read this in the meantime.

11. Okay – is Scott McClellan any different from Emily Gould? I don’t know, but believe it or not, Karl Rove, being called a left-wing blogger is far from an insult. In fact, being called anything remotely related to Karl Rove is an insult – so, you know, you might want to think about this.

12. Comparative MBA shopping. Another who knew.

13. You are a complete asshat. There. I said it. What a stupid, stupid post. Talk about people with a tendency to be sociopaths. You must subscribe to the Kevin Coughlin let’s live all the deadly sins rule for life. Gawd.

For comparison, The Cincy Enquirer and The Canton Repository.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:53 pm May 29th, 2008 in Politics, Remains of the Day | 2 Comments 

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This post at Absurdities does a good job describing the incredibly cool, day-long evolution of a voter registration effort that will start tomorrow, geared toward Millenials and particularly women.

Hmm – if that sounds familiar, here’s what I can tell you:

Here’s the group’s website. You can check out all the staff, board, advisors and partners here, and draw whatever conclusions you want (I read all the names and bios but didn’t run anyone through the FEC etc. to see who was Clinton or Obama, Dem or GOP). I hadn’t heard of the group before today, I received as good assurance as possible that there wasn’t anything WVWV-like lurking, googled them on news, regular search and blogs and found nothing objectionable. Their partners include the Sunlight Foundation, Common Cause and the Carnegie Foundation.

Does that mean this won’t come back to bite me again? Can we ever really know? Still, has many very well-known and transparent partners. So I’m going for it.

I never really watched the show and don’t expect to see the movie – but I think it’s a great way to try and get people where they go re: voter registration.

Christina Gagnier, Chief Information Officer

(510) 717-3022
MAY 29, 2008

Sex and the City…and a Side of Voter Registration

Youth civic engagement organization to use big weekend

at the box office to register female voters under 30

Washington, D.C.— With hordes of young women lining up at their local theatre across the country this weekend for the much awaited premiere of the movie “Sex and the City,” the staff of youth civic engagement organization decided to stand in line with these ladies, clutching what is to become the new fashion staple this election season: clipboards with voter registration forms. announced today their “Sex and the City…and a Side of Voter Registration” campaign to encourage young women to register to vote in this critical election. According to “Every Woman Counts,” in the 2008 election, young single women are poised to be a huge voting bloc. Ninety-three percent of the women polled said they planned to vote in the 2008 Election, and sixty-two percent of women polled believe voting in this election is more important than in previous elections.

Starting tomorrow, May 30,’s network of young volunteers will be standing in line at the movies registering youth under the age of 30 for the 2008 election. The organization rallied its thousands of members this morning to connect with their counterparts online across the country, part of’s Democracy 2.0 campaign to empower Millennials to develop creative strategies to effectuate change at the local level. “Sex and the City…and a Side of Voter Registration” is a simple way for young women to engage members of their own community in the democratic process.

“One of the things that has rivaled my passion for politics and activism this election year is the question of whether Mr. Big and Carrie get married, and I am thrilled to ‘marry’ my two passions this weekend in our ‘Sex and the City…and a Side of Voter Registration’ campaign. This is an exciting opportunity to reach out to women and convince that last 7% of them to come out and vote, an easy task given the high percentage of woman who already have committed to voting in the next Presidential Election – 93%,” commented Chief Executive Officer Maya Enista on the campaign.

Recognizing that many young females are not only looking up to female politicians, but celebrity icons like the women from Sex and the City,, led by female CEO Maya Enista, CIO Christina Gagnier, and VP of Grassroots Organizing Katelyn Archer, and Program Associates Katie Taylor and Kaelan Kennedy thought this campaign would be a creative way to engage their Millennial counterparts.

For further information, please visit’s website at or contact’s Chief Information Officer, Christina Gagnier, at 510.717.3022.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:59 pm May 29th, 2008 in Politics | 1 Comment 

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So, I was catching up on tweets and pulled out this post that George Nemeth highlighted. In it, Lev Gonick examines how blogging has impacted his work. Cool. I’m interested in reading and knowing about that kind of reflection.

I return to Twitter and continue browsing and here’s a tweet from one my favorite new media journalism gurus, Amy Gahran about a “brand new dating site for bloggers…hate the name but am checking [it] out…”

And here we have,

What is this site?

Shagablogger is a website dedicated to bloggers, to hopefully find more readers, and maybe more! As a blogger myself, you kind of get stuck in a rut when finding new readers. This website will hopefully bring readers together, and – who knows with this new fangled internet – you may even meet somebody special!

Shagablogger, bit of a crude domain name, isn’t it?

Yeah, it is a bit, but think of it as more of a jokey, rather than pornographic. We’re not hugely interested in what you do behind closed doors, and – trust us – we don’t want to see the pictures. Think of it more as a way to network, how you define “network” is upto you!

I am in a loving and stable relationship, surely this site’s not for me!

Well, unless you and your relationship partner are incredibly trusting and into that sort of thing, then probably not. However, we do have fairly active forums, so you can give your advice on blogging to people. You can also use the site to network with people, making everybody happy!

Can I upload photos of my boobies?

Alas no! We want to try and keep this family safe – in case children stumble upon this site, so no boobies, willies or hoohaas. Basically, nothing that you wouldn’t show your mother. Okay, that’s probably not a good analogy if you have an open minded mother, or your mother is a doctor. Basically, nothing you’d show my mother. She works in a bank, and is generally lovely, but doesn’t like nakedness.

Like I said, Shag v. Lev: two ends of the same spectrum? Lev – what do you think??? :)

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 1:22 pm May 29th, 2008 in Blogging, Cleveland+, Debates, Education, Media, Ohio, Research, Social Issues, Writing | 4 Comments 

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It’s not even that people shouldn’t say what they really think – I guess we should be thankful that State Rep. Jeff Wagner (R-Sycamore) has done exactly that.

It’s more that what Wagner thinks is so wrong.

Ohio Daily Blog has an excellent post about Wagner’s letter to constituents about why gays are dangerous and Progress Ohio posted this column by the Columbus Dispatch’s Ann Fisher that makes the point with an anecdote from a fellow Republican legislator, David Goodman:

A state lawmaker from New Albany backed a bill this year that would give employment and housing protection to Ohio’s gays and transsexuals.

That took some courage because the Senate leaders of his party, the Republicans, have no patience for the legislation. And similar bills never have received much attention in Ohio, let alone on-the-record hearings.

But Sen. David Goodman said his active endorsement of Senate Bill 305 was a no-brainer after a conversation in March with his father, a prominent Harvard-trained lawyer. That day, he reminded his son why Jewish law firms first opened in Columbus: No one else would hire Jewish lawyers at the time.

That sort of discrimination is illegal now in Ohio — unless you’re gay.

Later that day in March, Goodman received a call from a friend who is pushing for Senate Bill 305 and House Bill 502, companion measures that were introduced that month. His friend asked him to co-sponsor the Senate bill.

“How could I say ‘No’ after what my father had told me about my own family’s past?” Goodman said.

Thanks, David for sharing that. I think he’s exactly right. (disclosure: he was a classmate of mine in law school).

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:59 am May 29th, 2008 in Culture, Gender, Government, Ohio, Politics, Religion, Republicans, Social Issues, Statehouse | 2 Comments 

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From a Washington Post op-ed today by David Broder, the set-up:

A year after Jimmy Carter lost his reelection race to Ronald Reagan, Hamilton Jordan, Carter’s former White House chief of staff, sat down for a lengthy interview with scholars at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Last week, after hearing the news of Jordan’s death, friends at the center sent me a transcript of that 27-year-old interview. As they predicted, it holds intense interest for current politics, particularly regarding the challenge facing Barack Obama.

The main theme of Jordan’s interview was this intriguing observation: “Only because of the fragmentation that had taken place” in the Democratic Party and its allied groups was Carter able to be nominated and elected in 1976. But that same fragmentation made the challenge of governing so difficult that he was almost doomed to fail.

Yeah, so?

What has Carter’s case to do with Obama’s? The individuals and the times seem very different. A white Southern governor vs. a mixed-race Hawaii-born senator. A Navy veteran and peanut farmer vs. a lawyer-intellectual activist.

But the two have more in common than meets the eye. Both were largely unknown to the nation’s Democrats at the start of their election years. Both faced more-credentialed rivals. Both ran as outsiders, vowing to reform Washington. Both relied on generalized promises to raise politics to a higher standard than that practiced by an outgoing Republican administration. Both benefited from early plurality victories over large and divided fields. Obama gained his first and most important win in Iowa with 37.6 percent of the votes, while Hillary Clinton and John Edwards split almost 60 percent evenly. Both Carter and Obama lost several late primaries but held on to the delegate lead they had staked out earlier.

Still not getting it, I’m sure, unless you were thinking like I was back in February and on March 4:

Because Carter ran against the Washington establishment, he had no claim on their loyalty — and they easily spurned him, Jordan told his interviewers. Because he sought to appease them by giving the vice presidency to one of their own, Walter Mondale, they scorned him. And because he tried to flatter them by giving key places in his administration to some of them, he faced continual rebellions within his own White House and Cabinet. [my emphasis]

The risk of being too entrenched versus the risk of not being entrenched enough.

My judgement when I voted was that the first risk was less risky to achieving Democratic party interests than the second risk.  It’s an assessment, it’s the assessment I made on March 4.  As a director of risk management, I knew we always were just doing out best to assess, but we wouldn’t always be right.

If Barack Obama is the candidate and the winner in November, I really hope my assessment was wrong.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:40 am May 29th, 2008 in Barack Obama, Democrats, Elections, Government, leadership, Politics, Predictions, Primary, WH2008 | 12 Comments 

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Because Jeff Hess of Have Coffee Will Write did such a nice post, I’m grafting it:

Here’s the e-mail I sent around yesterday encouraging people to encourage people:

Dear Friends,

The White House Project’s Ohio Go Run! training will take place June 6-8 in Columbus. There are 90 women attending but they can fit up to ten more. I’m told that the attendees are all ages, all ethnicities, Dems, GOP, Green, Independents and Libertarians and that they are coming from rural areas as well as urban. If someone cannot afford the fees, scholarships will be given. (I am attending as well as speaking.)

I hope you will consider posting this information or passing it on to women you know or whom you believe might be interested in getting into politics now, or at any time in the future.

Thank you,


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By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:22 am May 29th, 2008 in Announcements, Ohio, Politics, Women | 2 Comments