Ohio: Reports of Provisional Ballots "Handed Out Like Candy"

This is not the post I wanted to write about Election Day. I wanted to write about how I'm going to be in an NPR war room with 30 other amazing political junkies to cover the returns. Instead, I'm watching the Twitter stream in my home state fill up with tweets like: "Our reporters hearing of a deluge of voting problems in Cleveland. People purged from rolls and provisionals "being handed out like candy." Why is Election Day always so DRAMA in Ohio?...more
@Kpvega Wow - that is really just so unreal. I do not understand it. I agree with the desire and ...more

Obama Bus Tour Hits Ohio: We Meet Again

On Thursday evening, July 5, for the first time in over four years, I saw Barack Obama in person.The last three times I saw him, he was either just plain ole U.S. Senator Obama (2006) or Senator and presidential candidate Obama (2007, 2008). The main differences I noticed? Age, confidence, charisma, and fervor -- he displayed more of all four....more
Only other thing I'll add before you respond (and I hope you do) is that the challenger an ...more

Ohio's Women, Independents in Super Tuesday Crosshairs

I'm a Leo -- I should love all this attention being lavished on Ohio because of its Super Tuesday swing state status. Where to begin?...more
I voted for Obama yesterday instead of crossing over to the Republican race. I also think women ...more

Viral Meme: We’re a Culture, Not a Costume

Racist Halloween costumes are nothing new, and neither are the pleas to stop them. But never underestimate the power of the Internet. This week a series of posters with the tagline “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” has gone viral. The images, featuring a Middle Eastern man, an Asian woman, a Black woman, and a Latino man each holding a photo of a derogatory ethnic costume, were created by a group of ten college students at Ohio University....more
I don't get upset when people want to be Jewish for a day.  I have seen people wearing yarmulkes ...more

Loose Exotic Pet Laws - The Real Villain

This week's bizarre tragedy in Ohio brings attention to the widely varying exotic pet laws in each state. Terry Thompson, owner of the 73-acre Zanesville property that held 56 wild animals, committed suicide by firearm shortly after he let all the animals out of their cages. By all accounts, it was the final 'f**k you' to his community, which included kids on their way to school....more
This whole situation made me so sad. Such a waste of precious endangered animals. The man who ...more

Worry About Lions and Bears at the Bus Stop

Lions, tigers and bears are loose in Muskingum County, Ohio. When I first heard the news, I assumed that a few animals had escaped from a local wildlife facility, The Wilds, and shrugged it off. They know what they're doing there and I assumed it would be under control in short order. As the news continued to break, I realized that was not the case, it was certainly not under control and that all hell was breaking loose. ...more
@JennaHatfield I understand that the officers weren't equipped but several trained people have ...more

OH Governor Reduces Mom's Convictions for Sending Kids to Wrong School

This update in the case of Akron, Ohio mother, Kelley Williams-Bolar is bound to produce as much discussion as the original post by Shannon LC Cate did this past January. In "Mother Convicted of Felony for Sending Kids to a Better School," Shannon gives good voice to the race, class and parenting issues that surround Williams-Bolar's choices as they related to her children's safety and education when she used her children's father's address so that they could attend a better school. In fact, for many people, though by no means all, Williams-Bolar's situation embodied the plight of a minority single parent who, for her admitted desire to keep her two daughters safe, took actions that went against the law....more
@TheMotorStory Thanks - it really covers so many issues that matter a LOT to a lot of different ...more

Anti-Choice Bills Will Send Women to the Back Alleys

Allow me to surprise some of you.  I’m a deeply religious person, and I’m pro-choice.  So are many others in my Presbyterian congregation in suburban Upper Arlington, Ohio.  So are many other deeply religious people and clergy (men and women) who I work with across Ohio through the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.  We come from Judaic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, United Church of Christ, Unitarian Universalist, and Lutheran faiths.  Yes, you read that right.  Religion and Choice.   In fact, when the Ohio legislature writes law...more

Michael Moore on Wisconsin's Union-Busting: Is This War?

"Unrest in the Midwest" is probably an understatement. Wisconsin passed its union-busting bill through the Senate without having a quorum, and the citizens are -- understandably -- a bit upset. While they were busy protesting last night in Madison, Michael Moore appeared on Rachel Maddow's show to talk about what all of this means. And he didn't mince words: "This is war." ...more

(Well, that's the CLEAN response I would give to this uprising but!) I live a stone's throw ...more

Unions Under Attack Across the US

Unions across the United States have been under attack this week as states like Ohio and Wisconsin are working to pass bills that would end collective bargaining -- among other things. The tension has been high in the state capitols of Columbus and Madison, with thousands of supporters and opponents verbally clashing and raising the volume to that of a chainsaw... or twelve. ...more
I heard this morning that the post offices are having problems. Then, they said their contract ...more