Monthly Archives: December 2008

65 People Apply for City Council Vacancies

December 31, 2008
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65 people have applied for the two Columbus City Council seats that will be vacated by Councilwoman Maryellen O’Shaughnessy and Councilman Kevin L. Boyce. O’Shaughnessy was elected to the clerk of courts and Boyce was appointed state treasurer. The list of applicants for two council openings includes 10 members of Columbus area commissions or...

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Jenkins has Great Line About Blackwell

December 30, 2008
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Paul Jenkins has a good opinion piece about the all white almost all male Republican party on The Huffington Post. My favorite part is when he writes about the lack of new culturally diverse GOP politicians. And so the GOP trots out the same sad losers, Michael Steele of Maryland, and Ken Blackwell of...

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Study Suggests Family Reaction Predicts Health of Gay Youth

December 29, 2008
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A new study by San Francisco State University (SFSU) suggests that a family’s reaction to finding out their child is gay can have serious repercussions on their health. …there’s a connection between how families treat gay and lesbian children and their mental and physical health,” said Caitlin Ryan… Ryan is a Social Worker who...

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Plan for Helping Blue Jackets Involves Wigs, Maracas, and a Psychic

December 26, 2008
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Plan for Helping Blue Jackets Involves Wigs, Maracas, and a Psychic

As every Columbus sports fan painstakingly knows, the Blue Jackets have never made the NHL playoffs in their seven years of existence. Doug McIntyre owner of Cult Marketing and radical Blue Jackets fan thinks he knows why. The Blue Jackets are cursed. He believes this curse either stems from the fact that Nationwide Arena...

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Vacancy: Two Columbus City Council Members Needed

December 25, 2008
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There are two spots open on the Columbus City Council. Councilwoman Maryellen O’Shaughnessy was elected to be the Franklin County clerk of courts and Councilman Kevin L. Boyce was recently selected by Governor Strickland to be state treasurer. Several names have cropped up to replace them. Gary L. Baker II, a Columbus school board...

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Did Cheney Admit to a War Crime

December 19, 2008
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I found this at AlterNet. Author ZP Heller asks the question did Cheney admit to a war crime when he was interviewed on ABC? Heller believes he did and asks: … we must play Cheney’s interview on every political blog out there in an effort to command the attention of Congress and the DOJ....

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Welfare Rolls Rising for the Middle Class

December 18, 2008
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In the mid-nineties Congress passed a new welfare program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Those who wanted to participate had to meet strict requirements and face time limits on the assistance they could receive. While they probably would deny this, the underlying assumption by the right at the time was that many...

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Rumsfeld Blamed for Torture

December 13, 2008
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This from The New York Times: WASHINGTON — A report released Thursday by leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said top Bush administration officials, including Donald H. Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary, bore major responsibility for the abuses committed by American troops in interrogations at Abu Ghraib in Iraq; Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; and...

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Joe the Plumber Still Talking

December 10, 2008
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Today Joe the Plumber told Glen Beck that he almost left the McCain campaign. America’s most famous plumber said the Republican presidential candidate’s reasons for supporting the government’s $700 billion bank rescue plan left him appalled, and nearly caused him to leave McCain behind on the campaign trail… …Wurzelbacher said some of McCain’s answers...

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Columbus Considers Fee for Trash Collection

December 1, 2008
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The City of Columbus, which is facing a hiring freeze on police and fire personnel in addition to cutting many services including health centers and neighborhood pride centers, is considering whether to charge for trash collection as a way to ease the budget crunch. “It has to be considered,” said City Auditor Hugh J....

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