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  • Friday, September 19, 2008

    OHIO FOCUS: Blogs, Progressive Candidates, Groups and Events

    BLOGGING OHIO:

    Ohio Daily Blog: a community forum for news and commentary about Ohio politics and public affairs.

    Progress Ohio is an excellent source of Ohio news and politics

    Buckeye State Blog is another source of Ohio news and politics

    Stubborn Liberal: These are the rants and raves of a stubborn-headed midwestern liberal. My goals are to speak my mind and educate others about some of the events in our world.

    Ohio Clean Energy News: recent stories on alternative energy in Ohio


    Some Stories of Interest:

    Ohio Democrats Pass Same Day Registration and Voting

    US in 'once-in-a-century' financial crisis : Greenspan (Thanks Republicans. Remember how great the Clinton economy was?)

    Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner Prevents Voter Caging

    Right wing racism rears it's ugly head yet again. The ill-named American Values and Focus on the Family Action Forum (a group which seems unAmerican and displays terrible values) sells "Obama Waffles" with racial stereotype. What is with Republicans? How can they think this kind of adolescent racism is okay?

    And speaking of Republican Racism, here's an article from an Arizona blog that is apropos: McCain and the Race Card - The Corporate Media's Role. And let's remember McCain opposed the Martin Luther King, jr. holiday. For those who want to read more about Republican racism, I've discussed it here (from before Obama won the primary), and it is covered in Drew Westin's book The Political Brain with some pretty nasty examples.

    OH-02: Schmidt Caught Lying About Missing Yesterday's Highway Trust Fund Vote

    OH-14: A Conversation With Bill O'Neill on Transportation Policy

    Oppenheimer Analyst: Obama Energy Plan Could Halve Gas Prices

    Brunner Files Counter-Suit, Says That Voting Machines Flawed

    Secretary Of State Brunner Issues Statewide Ohio Voting Security Directives


    Here are some Obama Groups in Ohio:

    Ohioans For Obama: Wooster

    Columbus for Obama: Columbus

    Northeast Ohio for Obama: Euclid

    Grandview for Obama: Columbus

    Mansfield Ohio Area for Obama: Mansfield

    Cincinnati Obama 2008: Cincinnati

    Southwest Ohio for Obama: Cincinnati, Dayton, Middletown and Hamilton

    Central Ohioans for Obama: Columbus and surrounding area

    Buckeyes for Obama (SFBO): OSU

    Northeast Ohio for Obama: Lake County and surrounding areas


    Progressive Majority Endorsed Candidates in Ohio:

    Jennifer Brady
    Candidate for State Representative - District 16 (Incumbent)
    Bay Village, Rocky River, North Olmstead, Fairview Park



    Jennifer Brady is the Representative from the 16th Ohio House District. Progressive Majority endorsed Jennifer in 2006 because of her commitment to progressive values, activism in the community, strategic mindset and strong work ethic. In 2006, Progressive Majority was one of very few organizations to support Jennifer after the House Democratic Caucus wrote off her race. Since then, we have been working closely with her on strategy, field organization and fundraising. According to the Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett, ''The 16th District is the number-one Republican target for 2008.'' It is a must-keep if democrats are to take over the House. Traditionally, the 16th has been known as the most Republican district in Cuyahoga County, which made Jennifer's 2006 victory the pleasant surprise of the cycle for Progressives. The Republicans have recruited Nan Baker, a conservative member of the Westlake city council colloquially known as the ''Republican Jennifer Brady.'' Jennifer has been a progressive champion in the Assembly who refuses to vote against her values, thus displaying the courage and conviction that helped her win in 2006.

    Click here to support and learn more about Jennifer.

    Matt Patten
    Candidate for State Representative - District 18 (Open Seat)
    Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, Berea, Strongsville, and North Royalton



    Matt Patten is the Democratic candidate for the 18th Ohio State House District. Matt has a long history of activism and labor organizing and is currently a Regional Labor-Management Field Coordinator. The performance of the district is expected to improve even further as the popular Republican incumbent is jumping to the state Senate and his successor, Robert Spada, is considered far too conservative for this democratic-trending district. As a professional community organizer, Matt is a fearless champion for improving economic opportunity, education, and universal access to healthcare. He has the endorsements of local and statewide labor. This seat is a top-tier pickup in the quest for the four seats we need for a democratic majority in the Ohio House of Representatives.


    Alternative Energy in Ohio:

    Cincinnati Alternative Energy Meetup
    Meet other local individuals interested in exploring all forms of Alternative Energy. Discuss ways to preserve the world's resources and protect the environment! Go here for more info.

    NEO Clean Energy Network Meeting in Akron.
    September 25th, 6:15 - 7:30pm

    The Northeast Ohio Clean Energy Network consists of renewable energy enthusiasts with the initial goal of learning from each other by meeting, sharing resources, and participating in the Ohio Solar Tour and a quarterly lecture series will effectively demonstrate working clean energy applications to the public. This combined effort will facilitate clean energy awareness and gather information towards securing Northeast Ohio's sustainable energy future. Go here for more info.

    2008 Ohio Solar Tour: October 3-5

    Volunteers Needed! Multiple tours in all corners of the state. Learn how renewable energy is working for hundreds of Ohioans and can work for you! Encompassing sustainable features beyond solar energy, the statewide event features self-guided, guided or open house tours in all corners of the state and highlights a growing list of over 200 sites with solar, wind, biomass, green design and energy-saving technologies at homes, businesses, parks, schools, and other public sites. Get involved! Sponsorship and advertising opportunities exist [CLICK HERE for Sponsorship Opportunities], [CLICK HERE for Advertising Opportunities]. For more information call (614) 985-6131.

    November 6, Evening Southwest Ohio Clean Energy Network Meeting. Location: Cincinnati State Technical College. 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45223. Contact: James Kinsman solarperiod_at_mac.com


    Here are some Drinking Liberally Groups in Ohio:

    Cincinnati
    * Every Tuesday, 7:30 pm onward
    * Odd Tuesdays: Fries Cafe, 3247 Jefferson Ave
    * Even Tuesdays: The Pub at Rookwood Mews, 2692 Madison Rd
    * Hosted by Adam Bartel and Cheryl Crowe, cincinnati (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Cleveland
    * Every Sunday, 6:00 pm
    * Sullivans Irish Pub, 13368 Madison Ave, Lakewood (Great food and lots of irish brews on tap)
    * Visit www.sullivansirishpub.net for more info on the venue
    * Hosted by Judy Novak, cleveland (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Columbus
    * First Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm
    * Byrnes Pub, 1248 W 3rd Ave
    * Hosted by Jocelyn Krosky and Roger Denick, columbus (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Dayton
    * Second Wednesday of each month, 7:30 pm
    * The Oregon Express, 336 E 5th St
    * Hosted by Cari Kimmel, dayton (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Toledo
    * Every Wednesday, 7:30 pm
    * Manhattan's, 1516 Adams St (Downtown Toledo; on Adams across the street from Adams Laundry)
    * Come and drink like a libreral at Manhattan's. We'll be talking politics, drowning our sorrows,
    * and making alchohol-fueled plans for America's future.
    * Hosted by Rebecca Golden, toledo (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Maumee
    * Every other Wednesday, 8:00 pm
    * The Village Idiot, 309 Conant St
    * Hosted by Lori Wampler, Ken Stout and Leanne Kulzac, maumee (at) drinkingliberally.org

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