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And, in yet another atttempt to get rid of open but unblogged tabs in not one but two browsers, I give the remains of the day:

1. Two more posts at Feminist Peace Network for International Women’s Day (which was today):

IWD in Iraq

IWD celebrations from around the world

2. Glass City Jungle’s Lisa Renee Ward posted a very interesting audio clip from her appearance on Conklin & Company.  The more general topic discussed is blogger ethics and the line we draw regarding what information we will and won’t post.  The more specific topic has to do with another NW Ohio blog, Swampbubbles, using information from the MySpace page.  Very interesting. This post by Lisa seems to be a reasonable wrap-up of what was going on as it was going on.

3. Fem2pt0 is hosting a Twittercast tonight on the topic: Does appealing to progressive objectives by using our respective parenting roles undermine the feminist ideal of no pre-determined societal roles? Marc Chimes is the special guest – he’s a single parent and former PTA president, among many other things.  Go read the post for more information on the topic – it’s very interesting.

4. Many people may have seen this already but I think it’s worth posting – more than 700 people have applied for a janitor’s job in a Canton area school.  It pays $15-16/hour plus benefits. 700 people, people.

5. From the nominal head of the Grand Old No Party on The Hill, John Boehner issued a statement on President Obama visiting Ohio – because Boehner had nothing better to do. O.M.G. When are he and his mates going to get anything done? Do they realize what they’re doing to themselves? I know – that was a really dumb question.

6. Oye! Oye! Oye! Twitter in the court! Twitter in the court!

7. This really does deserve its own post but it was in the queue of the tabs.  I was on the SPJ Cleveland Pro Chapter for several months and respect and like very single one of the individuals I’ve ever met through the chapter.  They are genuine and long-serving communicators from many different areas of work. But I stepped down eventually because I felt that service on the board was not the best use of my time, in part because of how actions it was taking (or was failing to take) reflected precisely the attitude evident in the most recent message from its current chapter president. In pertinent part, about why newspapers are having it tough:

But the problem today is really with advertising. Everyone blames newspapers’ problems
on advertising’s shift to the Web.
And this is where I’m lost.
Because nobody, and I mean absolutely nobody, whether they are 18 to 35, 36 to 70, older,
younger–nobody ever admits to reading advertising on Web sites.
I spend time on-line, but I don’t consider myself a heavy Internet user. And I generally
don’t read ads on Web sites. But even friends who pay their bills, plan their vacations and buy
their clothes via the Internet say they don’t read ads. They use Web sites, they use links, they
get RSS feeds, they’re on-line hours at a time. But all profess to jump over those pesky ads.
Marketers talk about hits, the number of people who visit a Web site where ads appear.
But “hits” won’t pay the bills. “Hits” are not reading.
So I think we need some evidence that people don’t really read Web advertising.
Which should send advertisers back to print.
Which should save newspapers.

This is a serious proposal.  But in 2009, this cannot be a serious proposal.  And that is the problem I felt I was up against.

8. Eric Mansfield does an extraordinary job of covering the killing of five in Cleveland three days ago.

9. The Cleveland Scene on the Cleveland redistricting fiasco – called, “Fine I’ll do it myself.”

10. And a Rush Round-up

Dueling banjos at BlogHer:

Limbaugh ≠ GOP

Limbaugh = GOP

Newt Gingrich on Rush (video there too):

“You’ve got to want the president to succeed,” said the former House Speaker. “You’re irrational if you don’t want the president to succeed. Because if he doesn’t succeed the country doesn’t succeed… I don’t think anyone should want the president of the United States to fail. I want some of his policies to be stopped. But I don’t want the president of the United States to fail. I want him to learn new policies.”

Alec Baldwin at HuffPo on Rush:

Until Limbaugh gets real, weans himself off the big salary and runs for office, he will always be nothing more than a poorly educated, marginally talented buffoon who has developed a real talent for manipulating the G-spot of the neocon consciousness and massaging the hate gland of so many economically displaced white voters in America.

I hope to God the GOP gets its act together soon and finds a real leader for their Party. Rush Limbaugh as the spokesperson for the GOP? 2010, I can’t wait.

Ellen Goodman on Rush and the women’s summit

Anastasia Pantsios on Connie Schultz’s column about Rush and the summit

I’ve pretty much been unable to even go to his site to follow up on his following up on the women’s summit because I can’t get the CPAC image of pulchritude out of my head – I just do not feel like torturing myself.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 9:29 pm March 8th, 2009 in Cleveland+, conservatives, Media, Ohio, Politics, Remains of the Day, Republicans, social media | Comments Off 

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I’ve been bookmarking what I haven’t been getting to with the fantasy that I’ll get to certain items eventually, but who am I kidding? Here’s what I didn’t get to write about but you should read about today:

1. James Fallows on Steve Schmidt who was on NPR this morning.  I heard it. I scribbled it down, and then I saw it tweeted and blogged about all day.  There’s going to be a study done on the role of cognitive dissonance in politics and it’s going to use the McCain-Palin campaign as the case in point.

2. CNN reports on Sarah Palin’s assertion in an e-mail blast that:

“The truth is that far-left groups in this country will do anything to help the Obama-Biden Democrats win the White House and maintain their majorities in Congress,” Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin writes in a fund-raising e-mail sent out Monday afternoon. “And last week, we found out they’re going even further to win.”

Note the win win win meme I alluded to earlier today as the prime focus, as opposed to what’s in the best interest of anyone.  But more obvious is that Palin is so far to the right, what point on the political spectrum, exactly, would she identify as the start of the far left?

3. Well, to answer that, you can keep reading that CNN piece, but be careful. She and many others want to point their finger at ACORN, much like anti-Hillary folks wanted to point the finger at Women’s Voices Women Vote.  But the fact is, these are voter registration groups, not specific advocacy organizations.  Palin can call voter registration a far-left activity, but that sounds pretty unpatriotic to me, as such things go.

Worse, however, is the fact that John McCain, as recently as 2006, headlined an ACORN event, according to this piece by Ben Smith in Politico. Specifically:

The immigration event, which other photos show was packed with red-shirted Acorn member, was co-sponsored by the local Catholic Archdiocese, the SEIU, and other groups.

McCain, still spiting much of his party on immigration at the time, was the headliner.

Bertha Lewis, Acorn’s chief organizer, said in a statement that came with the photo, “It has deeply saddened us to see Senator McCain abandon his historic support for ACORN and our efforts to support the goals of low-income Americans.”

”We are sure that the extremists he is trying to get into a froth will be even more excited to learn that John McCain stood shoulder to shoulder with ACORN, at an ACORN co-sponsored event, to promote immigration reform,” she said.

Yah, uh huh.  Looks like the original moderate maverick himself is “far-left.”

4. I was surprised to see this analytical story about Sarah Palin’s envelope pushing when it comes to matters of church and state in the Washington Times, but hey, there are just so many stories and too few newspapers, maybe. Intro:

An Associated Press review of the Republican vice presidential candidate’s record as mayor and governor reveals her use of elected office to promote religious causes, sometimes at taxpayer expense and in ways that blur the line between church and state.

Since she took state office in late 2006, the governor and her family have spent more than $13,000 in taxpayer funds to attend at least 10 religious events and meetings with Christian pastors, including Franklin Graham, the son of evangelical preacher Billy Graham, records show.

Sarah, we hardly know ye.

5. Last but by no means least, Jake Tapper with a thorough rundown of how Palin is, as he says, “flatly” lying about the findings in the Troopergate report released at the end of the day on Friday. Let me just repeat for the record and anyone who hasn’t been reading Writes Like She Talks for too long: Sarah Palin does not understand why her assertions and responses and attempts at justifying anything fail to satisfy because she does not understand that her statements are all conclusory.  Of course, she doesn’t understand what it means to say that a response is conclusory, but again, Tapper’s piece shows us exactly how conclusory Palin’s responses are: she takes the conclusion of the report and uses to say that that is in fact the sum and substance of the findings.

No, Governor Palin.  That is incorrect.  The conclusion is just that.  The sum and substance? That’s what’s between page 1 and page 236 or whatever the next to last page number is, you know – that part where they talk about how you did abuse your authority and you did break an Alaska ethics law.  Repeating the conclusion of the report, as though that’s all that matters is, just like all the other issues about which you provide only the conclusion and never the substance, is just as unsatisfactory as all the other conclusory answers you’ve given since August 29.

Harsh, harsh, harsh, I know.  But when you’ve nearly flunked even one law school class because the professor tells you that your responses were conclusory, you don’t forget exactly what that means – and how to avoid ever doing it again.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:07 pm October 13th, 2008 in Barack Obama, John McCain, Politics, Remains of the Day, Sarah Palin, WH2008 | 4 Comments 

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Would you believe me if I told you that I had more than 150 tabs open in Firefox, plus several in Safari?  No matter how I keep trying to whittle them away…they keep coming back.

1. Business Week has a blog called Globespotting and it’s running a series with comparisons of Barack Obama and John McCain on different issues as analyzed by Steve Hamm:

The US economy is teetering. American workers are losing out to lower-paid people overseas. The nation has lost credibility as a global leader. How do we get out of this mess? Better ideas could help. The way America’s political leaders address globalization, innovation, and leadership (the GlobeSpotting themes) will determine whether we’re at the end of America’s Golden Age or at the beginning of an economic renaissance that’s potentially more equitable. So I’m blogging about the positions McCain and Obama have staked out on these lifeblood issues.

The topics posted so far include Education, Innovation, Globalization, Immigration and Global Leadership.

2. On Marketplace this evening, Kai Ryssdal broadcast a piece called, “Who’s got better managerial skills,” Obama or McCain?

The presidential candidates’ stands on the issues is what most of us will look at as we vote this fall. But how are John McCain’s and Barack Obama’s skills as a chief executive officer? Kevin Cashman from Korn/Ferry International sizes them up.

You can listen to fairly short item here.

3. This round-up of Jewish-themed presidential election related links from JTA includes one that wonders whether Governor Sarah Palin has ever read Michael Chabon’s novel, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. I have not read the book, for the record.

4. From the Cleveland Jewish News: “Three Alaskans Jews Weigh In on McCain’s Choice of Palin.”

5. Melissa McEwan is doing an unbelievable, excellent in-service training for anyone who doesn’t know what sexism looks like.  She’s up to icident #111 against Hillary Clinton and #10 for Sarah Palin. At the end of that post, you can see links to all the previous incidents of sexism catalogues by McEwan.  Seriously, I hope she turns this into a book or something so that whenever someone says, “Sexism? What sexism?” we can just hand it to them.

6. The New Yorker made it John McCain cover week.

7. I would like to do CafePress gear that says Moses Was A Community Organizer – come on, people – he got all those Jews to move across the desert!  The Sinai is not Miami.  But you can fill in “Jesus” or any other theology-themed community activist.

8. Women’s eNews – read it and browse if for reporting and commentary about the elections and women worldwide.  I don’t always agree with everything they write, but they cover a lot of ground and I appreciate what they provide.  Just subscribe to it if you don’t want to miss anything.

9. Jeff Coryell of Ohio Daily Blog linked to the other day and it is an excellent source of visuals and numbers and explanations about who has what numbers from where in many races.

10. PC Magazine’s 20 best political websites.  Well – if they don’t include Ohio.

11.  I’m curious to know what these groups are thinking right now, but I have not yet gone looking for their statements on Gov. Palin who had not yet been introduced as the VP choice when this article was written:

A coalition of mainstream Republican groups, consisting of the Log Cabin Republicans, Republicans for Choice, and the Republican Youth Majority, are deeply disappointed by the decision to reject the inclusion of the group’s “Party Unity” Plank in the draft 2004 Republican Party Platform.

And don’t forget – starting tomorrow? 57 Reasons to Vote for Obama/Biden. w00t as they say.

12.  Late addition to this edition: Robert Reich’s blog post on how he was vetted for a cabinet post in the Bill Clinton administration:

Sixteen years ago, Bill Clinton’s “vetting” team asked me and other prospective cabinet members for (1) our tax returns, going back at least five years, (2) our bank records, (3) a detailed listing of our assets, (4) the names and places of everywhere we had lived, and the names and phone numbers of neighbors whom they could call about us, (5) a description of every job we had ever had, every client we had ever served, and the names of employers and clients with whom they could check, (6) the names of our family members, their ages, their occupations (if any), (7) a description of any civil or criminal investigations or prosecutions in which we had been involved (8) and – perhaps most importantly – “anything we should ask you about, the answer to which might cause you or the administration any embarrassment.”

Guess I should be glad that the Reagan USDOJ didn’t vet me at all when I was an unpaid intern.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:53 pm September 8th, 2008 in Elections, Politics, Remains of the Day | 3 Comments 

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UPDATE: Late additional link that I’m putting at the top because it’s so well-done.  Shannon is an awesome writer among many other things but you must read this post where she takes political supporters to task and asks them to just get real.

1. Jim Trakas is honored.

2. Geraldine Ferraro – I wouldn’t have read this if it wasn’t for this post at but I feel the way commenter “JessicaNOW” feels. There’s a few graphs in that column that I’m just skipping over but the part about the research – folks, that’s already been done for the past and will be done and now and in the future. The Caucus has a good piece on exactly that. Move along.

3. Wired takes on the DNC blogger credentialing issue.

4. Ad Age – you don’t get it. You just do not get it. None of that ever was and still is not where the bloggers really are. But go ahead, keep cooking up the images while we keep blogging and learning and being active. What. Ever.

5. Honey, news fatigue does not discriminate:

A key finding was that participants yearned for quality and in-depth reporting but had difficulty immediately accessing such content because they were bombarded by facts and updates in headlines and snippets of news.

The study also found that participants were unable to give full attention to the news because they were almost always simultaneously engaged in other activities, such as reading e-mail. That represents a shift from previous consumption models in which people sat down to watch the evening news or read the morning paper.

“Our observations and analysis identified that consumers’ news diets are out of balance due to the over-consumption of facts and headlines,” said Robbie Blinkoff, co-founder and head anthropologist at Baltimore, Md.-based Context-Based Research Group.

To combat that, the authors recommended that news producers develop easier ways for readers to discover in-depth content and to avoid repetitious updates of breaking news.

Well gee – who might those news producers be now? Hmmm. Who who who? Could they be…Satan?

Oy. Sigh. How many times will the MSM have to hear this stuff before it really, truly, totally tips and changes?

6. I absolutely cheered when Howard Dean was ranting about the sexism in the campaigns when he was on This Week yesterday. Whether he’s rehearsed it or not, I don’t really care.

7. Taking on the Big Boys wins a Gold Medal. Congrats to Ellen Bravo.

Oh – and I am a bad JAP. I had to finish taking care of my kids and didn’t arrive at the event for the ladies until after they’d all left the eating locale and decided to see an early movie time, that was sold out when I got there. So no dinner, no movie, no nothing. I’m telling you – I have always been terrible at being a JAP.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:43 pm June 2nd, 2008 in Blogging, Politics, Remains of the Day | 3 Comments 

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1. Excellent editorial from the Cleveland Jewish News that rebuts the stereotyping idiocy of last week’s New York Times article about Jews in S. Florida and Barack Obama’s candidacy. That gray lady is going to make her hair fallout if she doesn’t stop that kind of crap.

2. A new website for Obama supporters: Oh Boy Obama. I keep writing Oy Boy Obama by mistake when I type that.

Oh Boy Obama is the unofficial campaign think-tank. Created by Obama supporters for the purpose of giving the Obama grassroots a platform to submit and vote on ideas to better the 2008 primary and general election campaign of Barack Obama. All supporters are welcome to contribute.

3. The Women’s Media Center is offering intensive media training through its Progressive Women’s Voices program. Please take a look and either apply, forward to someone who might or blog about it. The program actively works to place women on op-ed pages and in the media (talking head shows).

4. The Ohio Attorney General’s human resources director has resigned. I’m not sure what to read into that but I always think about the information that leaves when a human leaves.

5. Congratulations to Dr. Nancy Wingenbach, the new Orange schools superintendent (two-year contract). I’ve known Nancy for almost as long as she’s been in the district and think she is a superb choice. Dr. Lukich, whom she’s succeeding, is going to Palantine, IL for another superintendent job.

6. Okay – so – does this post imply that White Hat Management Life Skills Centers in Florida sanction religious invocations? With public dollars? After all the fuss over the charters in Florida with Hebrew language being taught?

7. Here’s the description of the BlogHer panel I’ll be on (I’m calling myself the token class privileged white feminist but seriously? I’m feeling pretty intimidated – the other women are major knowledge players in the are of race and gender):

Who We Are: Race and Gender: What are the lessons of 2008 No, this actually isn’t a re-hash of the Obama vs. Hillary debate. But certainly Election 2008 has made us all look at our own (and society’s, and the media’s etc. etc. ) attitudes about race and gender. BlogHers proved that you can indeed discuss these incredibly sensitive topics without it descending into anarchy or hate speech, but it’s tough. Please join Maria Niles, Jill Miller Zimon, Cynematic, Adele Nieves and Caille Millner as we discuss what we’ve learned about ourselves…and about others so far in 2008.

What I’m most thrilled about is that Maria and Adele have both played absolutely critical, vital without them I wouldn’t be where I am today roles in my learning and understanding about WOC, POC, allies and so much more (and still much more I don’t know). I know this is going to be yet another transformative experience – at age 45. How bad can that be?! I feel very lucky. Even if I’m token. ;)

8. John Ettorre at Working with Words tells us that Pat Tillman’s mother, Mary, has now written a book, Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman, about what the government did and didn’t tell her about her son’s death in Afghanistan. Tillman’s is truly one of the most nightmarish stories to come out of our military involvement in the Middle East. From Kirkus Reviews:

“Alongside fond memories and recollections of Pat’s charismatic bluntness and self-sacrificing nature, Mary details her family’s exhaustive search for the truth with the help of allies ranging from Senator John McCain to retired General Wesley Clark to numerous investigative reporters…the chilling results yielded by the Tillman family’s unflagging efforts indicate that Pat’s death was, at best, a result of gross negligence and incompetence on the part of the U.S. Army and, at worst, a sinister coverup by high-ranking officials willing to lie to a soldier’s family and hoodwink the public in exchange for higher approval ratings.” – Kirkus Reviews

9. And the uncertainty continues in the Democratic primary. I wonder how many Jews are on that DNC committee – think they’ll go to Shabbat services first tomorrow?

10. E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post writes an interesting column about women, anger, Obama, Clinton and the media. One of my favorite sections:

Female politicians feel for Clinton as someone who regularly faces questions that male politicians would never be asked. When a reporter queried [Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Elizabeth] Roberts about “my brand of lipstick and what color was it,” she revealed the vital information — “Revlon Number 235″ — but noted that “some of my supporters were offended that she asked me.”

These are professional politicians, so they know that Clinton is on the verge of defeat because of her campaign’s organizational mistakes, its failure to take Obama seriously early on and the difficulties created by her husband’s presence. Roberts points to an age split among women, noting that her 19-year-old daughter, Kathleen, is a staunch Obama supporter. Obama, Kopp said, clearly has a strong appeal “among younger women, though that’s true among many older women, too.”

Indeed, Obama has the support of many prominent female elected officials, notably Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Govs. Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas. He won significant female support in the primaries, carrying a majority of the women’s vote in 13 states and splitting it evenly with Clinton in Wisconsin.

Nonetheless, even these very pragmatic female politicians who very much want a Democrat to win the White House are looking for signs of “understanding and respect,” said Kopp.

“It’s a campaign, someone wins, someone doesn’t win, that’s life,” she said. “But women don’t want to be totally dissed.”

Does anyone want to be totally dissed, ever? Echoes this, doesn’t it? Think they’ll call Dionne a male, Republican Scientologist?

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:49 pm May 30th, 2008 in Politics, Remains of the Day | 2 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.

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

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1. From Mother Jones:

We want the lowdown on student activism, past and present. Been arrested and regret it? Would your school win the prize for silliest student protest? Was student activism way better when you were in school? Is your cause unique?

Help us put together our best student activism roundup yet. It’s our 15th annual! Answer a few quick questions and you could win some cool prizes.

Go take their survey if you’re a student (doesn’t indicate college or high school).

2. Fantastic post by What Tami Said about Michelle Obama and that horrific, now-removed Daily Kos graphic and post which I mentioned a couple of days ago but that few mainstream feminists (men or women) have written about. Tami appropriately asks why not.

Here you have Michelle Obama, bound, submissive and strangely sexualized in a backless, clinging red dress intersected with themes of racial violence. Black female bloggers raised a ruckus, but many of our allies have been noticeably silent, and if possible, the groups that have been most vocal about sexism against Hillary Clinton have been worse than silent on this and other incidents of sexism aimed at the presumptive Democratic nominee’s wife.

Michelle Obama seems not to inspire the fealty among mainstream women that Hillary Clinton does. Over at the blog Hillary is 44, which has very vocal about suspected sexism directed at the first viable female candidate for president, a screed was recently posted entitled “God damn Michelle Obama.”

Mainstream feminists have been extremely vocal about the gender bias that has dogged Hillary Clinton since she appeared on the national stage. They rightly realized that sexism against the former First Lady and current Senator is just an example of the way society views ALL women. So, why are so many women standing silent, and worse, abetting the demonization of another woman of substance?

3. Also great post by Digby, on feeling like we’ve gone backwards in the abuses we allow others to hand out:

There are times lately when I feel as if I’m back in 2003. I’m being told that up is down and black is white and that what i’m seeing just isn’t real. It’s actually much more disorienting than it was then because this time it’s coming from the left side of the dial.

You know, I hear a lot about the need for change in our politics — that we need to turn the page and inject the system with some new blood. And I hear a lot of it from allegedly liberal pundits like Hertzberg and Matthews who, without irony, tell tales of their earlier flights on Carter’s Airforce One and recount their adventures in the Reagan years and the crazed politics of the 90s. And it never occurs to anybody that it’s the liberal punditocrisy that’s stale and tired and most in need of changing.

If we are now believing that Chris Matthews is a “net plus” for American politics, then the reality based community has followed the Bush administration straight down the rabbit hole.

Bullying people without power just doesn’t impress me much, especially when you have people on the show every day who actually have some and you kiss their asses with gusto. Sorry, not impressed.

I understand precisely what she’s describing.

4. Blogs Return to the Block:

Anthony Fossececa is back at Blue Ohioan with a great post in favor of Hillary Clinton. That post also serves as a reminder as to how you can tell I am not a Hillary or Obama supporter. I’ve never written anything even remotely close to anything like that post. And I won’t be doing so until a Democratic nominee is finalized.

Daniella of American Pink Collar is also back (it looks wonderful!)

And the AFL-CIO of Ohio has a blog here.

5. Fess up now because I’m on the trail. How many of you have played Sexy Politics:

What is this?
SexyPolitics was built to find a cool way to engage you with politics. With these quizzes, compare your brain to the world and test your political knowledge. How sexy are you?

And why is this sexy?
As you get yourself informed about politics, a beautiful model of your choosing will coach you through the process. Get questions right and the model will reward you with removed pieces of clothing. Make an Impact

Nope. No sexism problem in this country. Hattip

6 . Thank you a hundred times to the author of the blog Logophile (not sure if you want your name out there or not!) for the link to the Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership.

7. Susan T. Zelman resigns as Superintendent of Ohio schools. The buzz had been heard for a long time.

8. Speaking of which, Chancellor of Higher Education Eric Fingerhut will be speaking on Friday at Stark State College in the morning (see here for details) and then will be at the City Club of Cleveland for the Friday lunch speaker series.

9. Democracy of America is providing scholarships to people who want to attend Netroots Nation – a Daily Kos event fka Yearly Kos.

10. The Plain Dealer asserted that 20% of employers violate the Family and Medical Leave Act but, like a good blog should, the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog checked up on the PD and received conflicting information.

11. (late addition) Pho with an interview of the judge for whom the new Ohio AG clerked. Thanks, Scott.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:37 pm May 28th, 2008 in Blogging, Ohio, Politics, Remains of the Day | 2 Comments 

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You know, people are starting to wear me down, and for people who know me, I mean, who really know me, and have heard or witnessed me go on a tear, that can only mean one thing – eschewing all decorum and being unforgivingly and unrelentlessly and unapologetically obnoxious.

Consider yourselves warned.

1. Two-fer from Wendy Hoke at Creative Ink:

-Joe Biden rocks, with video

-audio and article on the foreclosure crisis, done by Wendy and published in the Christian Science Monitor

2. What was it, barely two or three years ago when CWRU Professor Lawrence Krauss made a big stink, and now he’s leaving? I interviewed him once, when he picked up the phone not expecting it to be me. He was fine, but he definitely seems very self-assured, to put it mildly.

3. Is Cleveland losing an art director?

In the meantime, what’s it look like as far as the Met succession? According to press reports, Cleveland Museum of Art director Timothy Rub is on the short list of candidates to become the Met’s new director. One problem — Rub told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he’s not a candidate. “I’m happy in Cleveland,” he said.

4. Wouldn’t you know that just as I’m gearing up to get up to speed with the Cuyahoga County reform stuff, the language is pulled from the Ohio GA’s bill?

5. See who tweets. Hattip to Beth Kanter.

6. Working with Words has no link back to where this info derives, but according to John Ettorre, there will be a Family Guy spinoff called Cleveland. Here’s a bit more.

7. I’m sorry, but there is just no way that anything in this case in Woodmere is going to come out smelling good. Use your vote, people. (Woodmere is one of the towns whose residents are in the Orange school district.)

8. Logophile reminds us that there have been many women who’ve run for president before Hillary Clinton.

9. Interesting Politico column about how blogs wag the news.

10. Wanna see what a country whose kids outperform ours does to keep those kids outperforming ours? Japan wants to limit cellphone use for kids.

11. Last but definitely not least (and there are many more I still have in open tabs that I’m not including tonight), The Chief Source’s Annie has a fantastic post and comment thread going about contraceptive equity. My contribution? Anyone who cannot afford contraception can babysit my kids. That should do the trick for a good chunk o’time.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:47 pm May 27th, 2008 in Politics, Remains of the Day | 4 Comments 

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1.  The Columbus Dispatch bites and chews on the bone of speculation over who will be selected to run for Ohio Attorney General.  We could feed the world on the amount of words wasted on trying to guess at something we can’t know until we, you know, actually know.

2. Try to follow Eric Mansfield’s blog, Have I Got News For You, this week as the Akron-Canton News goes off the air.  So sorry, Eric and the News’ followers.

3. Leading to War is a film you can watch for free on the Internet. Hattip to Ed Morrison on Brewed Fresh Daily who wrote:

How did our government lead us to war? How did it communicate to us – and to the wider world – the reasons and rationale for initiating military conflict? And how was our nation brought to support the profound decision to wage war against another nation?

This 72-minute film compiles archival news footage –- without commentary -– presented chronologically from President Bush’s State of the Union address in January, 2002 (the “axis of evil” speech), and continuing up to the announcement of formal U.S. military action in Iraq on March 19, 2003.

4. Helen Benedict’s oped on how women vets are getting shortchanged in medical care is a must-read.

5. Phew – I’m still a few years away from being amongst the elderbloggers but please do not misunderstand me: it is fantastic that blogging and social networking is catching on with the +50 year olds, according this Women’s eNews story.

6. This story about how Ann Brennan, David Brennan of White Hat Management fame’s wife, gave $6 million to her alma mater, the Elms, really bugged me when it first cropped up last year, especially in the face of White Hat Management executives lying to hide how much money they make. It still bugs me.

7.  Two days ago, I read this well-written and thorough post by Professor Kim Pearson on BlogHer about a horrifically racist and sexist image that had been posted on Daily Kos and eventually removed, though not until more than 100 comments had been left. There continue to be far too few discussions about the fact that anyone could think that such an image could promote anything of any use to anyone in the current presidential primary or general election, or at anytime for that matter.  But to the best of my knowledge, there’s been no word from the creator of the image, “OneCitizen.”  Beautiful, Also, Are the Souls of My Black Sisters and RaceWire have worthwhile posts too, among others that Kim mentions and can be found with a Google search.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:28 pm May 26th, 2008 in Media, Ohio, Politics, Remains of the Day | 4 Comments 

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1. Carole at Cleveland Real Estate News has what is now a ten-part series on real estate values and sales in Cuyahoga County.  Thank you for all this primary source work, Carole.

2. Akron Beacon Journal column says Democrats moved too fast re: Marc Dann and the GOP won? He must be reading too much Mark Naymik.

3. Think politics is a cross subject?  Feeling criss-crossed by campaign manuevers? Check out ePluribus Media’s latest effort to engage us.

4. Craig Newmark of Craig’s List gave the CWRU commencement speech, and blogged and tweeted while doing it.

5. ANNOUNCEMENT: Foreclosure Moratorium forum tomorrow evening, 6:30pm.  Read Bill Callahan for the details.

6. This blog has been labeled “very negative” by pro-Hillary Clinton, anti-Obama, vote for McCain if Clinton isn’t the nominee website.  And, I would like to add, that no one was labeled more negative than me. Thank you very much.

7. Senators Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich will be guest hosting morning radio shows.

8. Great ‘Roots News from Kyle and Ben as they interview Kevin Coughlin.

9. She Should Run campaign looking for a few (hundred) good women. Want to make sure the floodgates get kicked open wide for good? Think about it for yourself.

10. John McCain seems to have a real addiction to lobbyists.

11. Lisa Renee has an interesting thought piece on the concept of “culture of corruption.”

12. More welcome home Josh Mandel (who is endorsing John McCain and saying all the right things re: focusing on Ohio, as opposed to Iran; I am happy to hear that and hope it follows).

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:14 pm May 19th, 2008 in OH17, Ohio, Politics, Remains of the Day | 3 Comments 

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1. This post is brought to you by the letters k, w and y. I’m a language freak so when I heard the story about how Portugal’s government approved legislation to add three letters to its alphabet, I knew I had to write about it. Here’s an interesting take on the change from an Englishman who has lived in Portugal for a long time. I dated a guy from Montevideo, Uruguay when I lived in Israel and his roommates were from Brazil so between all of us, we spoke Hebrew, English, Spanish and Portuguese. I think Portuguese, spoken the way the Brazilians speak it, is a gorgeous language. But I’m not really sure what adding three letters is going to do for the Portuguese. It’s an interesting historical development though.

2. A Beachwood resident’s synagogue, family and friends have organized an event to help support him during an illness. Please check to see if you know this gentleman and/or would care to look into it and consider making a donation. (Disclaimer: I do not know the gentleman involved but am noting this event out of respect for another bloggy friend who asked. Best of luck to this gentleman and his family.)

3. I don’t know Joe Hallett really well, but in the few exchanges we have had, I just know that he did not have to note that Mary Taylor is attractive in a column that otherwise does a nice narration about her, but easily could have gone deeper into the issues about the Ohio Republican Party and its subdued enthusiasm over Taylor. Given the waning of GOP women in the state senate, and the seven deadly sins-chasing of Deputy party chair Kevin DeWine, I find that treatment to be very, very curious. But it sure doesn’t have a thing to do with her attractiveness. Hattip to Bring Ohio Home.

4. Speaking of Bring Ohio Home, Paul offers his take on an NYT column I sent around today. Thanks for thinking about it.

5. I really hope people are reading Bad American. Because what he writes is really worth reading.

6. This is sick. What the hell is it anyway? Sheesh.

7. At the symposium yesterday, one of the speakers, I forget which one, spoke about how the press corps recently saw Barack Obama wear jeans for the very first time. Here’s the YouTube of it. I think it’s kind of cute, even if it is silly. You can hear the cameras clicking to catch the rare moment. Since I haven’t been following him closely, I’m not really sure what all is behind the no jeans thing. Feel free to enlighten.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:22 pm May 18th, 2008 in Barack Obama, Blogging, Campaigning, Gender, Government, Hillary Clinton, Ohio, Politics, Remains of the Day | 3 Comments 

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With beautiful music by my aunt by marriage, Israela Margalit. Stay safe and warm, everyone.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 5:55 pm March 8th, 2008 in 'Roots News, Cleveland+, Ohio, Remains of the Day | 20 Comments 

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1. Can you keep your web site if you start working for a newspaper? From the very excellent Teaching Online Journalism, which tips its hat to another fascinating new effort, Wired Journalists.

2. EveryBlock tries to answer what’s happening in your neighborhood, although for now, that’s only if your neighborhood is Chicago, New York or San Francisco. Hattip to Cyberjournalist. I don’t follow YourHub, but I wonder how similar they are.

3. When Bill Clinton skips the outrageousness, he gets placed on page 3, and not page 1.

4. How to limit cit journalism liability.

5. Los Angeles Fire Department blog – how cool is that?

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:33 pm February 2nd, 2008 in Media, Remains of the Day | Comments Off 

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1. The Blogosphere should not have candidates. Huh? Hmm. I don’t know. What do you think? This idea has been around for a long time.

2. Chicago Tribune shuts down comments for all its political blogs. Awww, paw babies.

3. As an update to this post about ad spend being so low on the Internet, this article discusses how campaigns are experimenting to see what works online.

4. Here we go again: Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times writer gets subpoened to testify about information he used in a new book he has coming out. What did James Risen win for? He broke the story about illegal government wiretapping. His book has information about the CIA trying to infiltrate Iran’s nuclear program.

5. Karl Rove to join Fox – but CNN banned James Carville because of his allegiance to Hillary Clinton.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:23 pm February 2nd, 2008 in Media, Politics, Remains of the Day | Comments Off 

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1. Great chart from Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot of congressional resignations and retirements.

2. Former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee has a memoir coming out and The Carpetbagger Report’s preview makes me very interested in reading it. Chafee is an original to begin with, so that alone might make it worthwhile.

3. The Wall Street Journal’s op-ed, by Dan Gerstein, is just plain off-the-wall. But I bet my dad knows exactly who Gerstein is.

4. Matt Bai in tomorrow’s New York Times on how the current generation rotation isn’t so much different than past ones, though, he seems to say, maybe they could be. I think he’s a little too dark and cynical in this piece, as I find a lot of his columns. They’re intense, but I want a little more light – I bet he can do it, too.

5. Refresher on the restrictions placed on government employees when it comes to political activity.

6. Yeah, so, people running and helping people run for office get tired – do they have back pain too?

7. Factcheck on the Dem debate this past week.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:22 pm February 2nd, 2008 in Politics, Remains of the Day | Comments Off 

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1. Standards for Use of Religion by Political Candidates proposed. Why? Because, according to the request:

Exclusionary religious rhetoric by candidates and constant scrutiny of the minutiae of their faiths undermine religion’s valuable role in public life. It also runs contrary to the unique American commitment to both religious freedom and non-establishment of religion. History is replete with examples of religion compromised by its collusion with power, and the role of religion in the current campaign raises concern that it is once again being misused.

2. The Cleveland Foundation wants presidential candidates to pay attention to the arts, much the way Science Debate 2008 wants the presidential candidates to pay attention to science.

3. This post on Open Left that slams Obama (saying that he fundamentally misunderstand history) confuses me.  I thought Open Left was so progressive – but they are pushing for Clinton?  Maybe I just haven’t been following it enough.

4.  If you want to connect the dots that lead us to how the youth vote has come into play, read these posts:

South Carolina: Youth Turnout Triples. Again.

The New Field Frontier

Social Networks: 1 Political Machinery: 0

5. Don’t you just know you would have the same look on your face if George W. was getting in it?

6. If you want to contribute to setting the Netroots Nation (fka Yearly Kos) agenda, submit your ideas by January 30 (Wednesday).

7. First black lesbian mayor elected for Cambridge, Massachusetts – home of Hahvahd Yahd.

8. Did you know that there’s a Muslim-American cartoonist in the presidential race?

9. MUST-READ account of a train ride sitting in front of Rick Santorum as he makes multiple calls and urges people to vote against John McCain.

10.  Someone is not happy with how the media is treating the Clintons versus Obama.

11.  So, this is not a compliment of Michelle Bachman, is it?

12. Good links including primary date info.

13. Rahm is not amused.

14. The end of Unity 08, in another’s perspective.  Echoes of why efforts to have righties and lefties in one place get kind but uncertain support:

Like many other attempts to create a neutral meeting ground in politics (such as the apparently-now-defunct Hotsoup), it reeked from the beginning of a solution in search of a problem. The thing is, most people don’t WANT a neutral meeting ground for discussion — that’s why we have government. When it comes to talking politics, most of us seek out someone we already agree with (c.f. Daily Kos, Of course, plenty of people look for information from advocacy groups and political candidates, but even in those cases, they’re generally searching for sharply-illuminated facts and strong opinion, not some illusion of a mushy middle.

15.  Don’t forget to register to vote by February 4th!!!

16.  A plea to stop wasting energy and start disagreeing respectfully.

17. Attention Matt Dolan: in Texas, they’re redressing their wine ban.

18. AG Mukasey you say? Yeah, what’s he been up to?

19. John Edwards defends the campaigning spouse.

20. Just discovered the blog PolySigh – written by political science profs.

Okay – I’ll stop at 20.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:23 pm January 27th, 2008 in Blogging, Campaigning, Elections, Government, Media, Ohio, Politics, Remains of the Day, Statehouse, WH2008 | 4 Comments 

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As I noted in a comment, I’m a crappy patient. And a crabby one too. So just consider this the Crappy Crabby Patient’s Blog.

1. Bloglines seems to be down and I can’t even catch-up and dump everything.

2. Everyone is happy on Twitter. But then, I think it’s like Steve Martin and the banjo – you just can’t help but be happy if you’re twittering – have you ever heard a sad twitter?

3. I resigned from the Society of Professional Journalists Cleveland Pro Chapter board and joined the Orange Schools Foundation board.

4. John Cusack will have to play Jerome Kerviel if his story turns out to be a film-worthy one.

5. Top Republican operative Roger Stone starts anti-Hillary group with the acronym, excuse my French, “C.U.N.T.” Family values at work. Read this lengthy article coming out next week in The Weekly Standard about the operative’s modus operandi.

6. How is it that we can all know how stupid this rebate stimulus package is and it’s going to move forward anyway?

7. Home sales suck. It’s not an industry I follow but there’s just no positive spin in that sector, unless you’re a buyer – and we don’t seem to have enough of those in this country to prop us up right now. In the meantime, I heard that the median price of a home in the U.S. is $218,900. How many people can afford that (I know, median means as many below as are above)? Sigh.

8. Whose idea was it to have Republicans debate in Boca Raton? Seriously. Boca? ROFL. Here’s the transcript.

9. Parents for Ethical Marketing was started by a favorite blogger of mine whom I’ve been unable to follow lately. Please take a look – it’s a great site.

10. While the New York Times endorses Hillary because of her experience, Barack Obama uses his skill to counter that argument. Hattip to Wendy Hoke at Creative Ink.

11. I haven’t had to plan for parental leave in eight years, but this list of ideas from BNET looks very thorough. Although I wonder – the article’s title is, “Have a kid and a career” – invisible hand of population control or me-ism?

12. I heard an ad for the CSU-produced FREE (downloadable) DVD, “YOU Should Run For Office,” last week. Here’s the Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service’s home page with info on how to get the DVD. Feed the pipeline, baby. Don’t be holding any glass or other projectile objects while you listen to some of it (my favorite line is about how men worried that women couldn’t stand to hear the rigors of public debate. O.M.G.)

13. Should women own the debate on abortion? Lisa Renee instigates the conversation (thank you).

14. Along similar lines re: involvement in politics, has this Campaign Guide, “So you want to Run for Office?”

15. Journalist moves to politics – will he ever be able to move back, given the newspaper industries’ struggles with political projects like Wide Open and The Point? George Stephanopoulos and Karl Rove have done it, why can’t we? Seriously.

16. World problems don’t resolve all by themselves. Thank you to Jeff Hess for being so incredibly reliable and diligent in following Myanmar.

17. Pregnant working mom.  As one commenter says, Whoopdidoo (but congrats to the mom and dad to be).

18. Can’t wait to hear about the Euclid Tavern re-opening that happened last night – anyone go?

19. What do you think about this blogging effort to help Uganda? When I first read about it, I didn’t know that the project was tied to a religious effort.  When I discovered that, it altered how I felt, though I can’t really find words to describe how it altered my feelings.

20.  Shutter Sisters photography blog.  Very cool.

I’ll stop at 20 – the painkiller’s kicking in and I need a nap.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:55 am January 26th, 2008 in Blogging, Campaigning, Culture, Elections, Government, Media, Ohio, Politics, Remains of the Day, Statehouse, WH2008, Wide Open, Women | 4 Comments 

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Remains of the Day, 1-12-08

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1.  Big happy birthday to Scott Bakalar.  I was wondering what a five-star blog looks like – I can’t believe I even asked. If you don’t know, then you haven’t read Word of Mouth.

2. From Word of Mouth, this post about feigned indignation.  Honestly, how do people do and say some thing with a straight face and a good night’s sleep?

3. Okay – why are two of the three top toys from Ohio makers about cooking and the other is about fashion? Not that I don’t have some choice words for what I think of the rest of the list. And we wonder about getting women into the leadership pipelines in all professions, disciplines and sectors.

4.  Always reasons to study more.  Maybe this year I will really make/find the time to do it (some readers might recall that last fall, I turned down a two-year study program to be an adult bat mitzvah).

5. Is there some serious hypocrisy going on here? Leonard Witt will definitely get to the bottom of it – and hopefully let the rest of us know.

6. If you’re someone who likes to battle selective outrage, read this post on The Moderate Voice about voter suppression incidences. It is very concerning.

7. Valdis Krebs’ social media versus political machinery is being employed again by Mike Huckabee, this time in Michigan.

Gratuitous remain: Every time I read about John McCain in Michigan and the young voters, all I can think about is Michael Flory.  But are they?

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:57 pm January 12th, 2008 in Remains of the Day | Comments Off 

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Remains of the Day, 1-10-08

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1. For race information, try Ohio Daily Blog or, via Buckeye State Blog, Reclaim Ohio, if you aren’t happy with your BOE’s matrices. For Summit and Stark County, keep an eye on Pho and Psychohorsey. For NW Ohio, Glass City Jungle is the place.

2. Great ‘Roots News at Really Bad Cleveland Accent by Christine Borne

Bonus: for those looking for Ohio women political-ish bloggers, besides myself:

Glass City as linked to above,

Thurber’s Thoughts

Gloria Ferris

Molly Danzinger

Annie, Chandra and Sophie at The Chief Source

Stubborn Liberal

Long Live the Village Green

Cleveland Real Estate News

Creative Ink

Terra, Not Terror

I know I’ve missed others, so please let me know. It would be nice to have one comprehensive list of women political-ish bloggers in Ohio. Read more

By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:31 pm January 10th, 2008 in Remains of the Day | Comments Off 

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1. “Can candidates in 2008 truly rely on blogs to increase their portion of votes — or have most weblogs evolved into partisan echo chambers?”

2. Are political moderates tuning out, or something else? I believe intimidation and a dislike of others’ tactics are the culprits.

3. Charlie Wilson on Charlie Wilson and the movie about Charlie Wilson

4. The Rothenberg Political Report’s best and worst of politics, 2007

5. Speaking of women, they’re training up across the country and in June, in Ohio – get your applications ready ladies – but start here by trying to become a pundit

6. National Conference on State Legislatures Top 10 Issues forecast for 2008 – think it applies to Ohio?

7. Gov. Strickland and the GOP-led statehouse play nice? Eh. They’re circling, big time.

8. Play the next-president futures market

9. Project Vote Smart -a fantastic resource

10. Political campaign spending on advertising media and marketing services is expected to soar 43 percent to an all-time high of $4.5 billion in the 2008 election cycle…” (fourth item down)

11. Lawyers lead the pack in how much they give to political candidates. Lots of charts and data.

By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:00 am December 26th, 2007 in Campaigning, Elections, Politics, Remains of the Day, Statehouse, WH2008 | 1 Comment 

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