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Columbus Dispatch

Voter ID rule is dead, at least for now

The voting machines courtesy of Diebold have stolen several elections for the Republicans such as the 2004 Presidential election here in Ohio just as surely as JFK's father stole the 1960 election for him through mob connections in Chicago. No significant voter fraud by the poor has been found by anyone outside of conservative media fantasies such as the preposterous "New Black Panthers" which was like two homeless idiots outside one precinct who didn't get even one vote cast illegally. This legislation by Bacheloder and company is for one purpose only: to keep people they don't like and are different from their rural gullible ilk from voting for people they don't like. It IS a poll tax in that the elderly and impoverished won't even know they need this form of ID until they go to vote. This is about stealing the 2012 presidential election for the Republicans and is unnecessary because Diebold will steal the election for the Republicans anyway.  (Jul 29, 2011 | post #80)

DispatchPolitics

Proposal to abolish part of federal health-care law has e...

Governor Kasich already has OKed the law, and has set up a health exchange for Ohio. He may be running a kleptocratic regime, but he's not stupid.  (Jul 27, 2011 | post #4)

Columbus Dispatch

Secretary of State approves SB 5 for referendum | The Col...

Standard and Poors used data from 2010 to raise Ohio's bond ratings. You know, during the Strickland administration. SB5 won't destroy our state, it's just paying for tax breaks for the rich and connected on the backs of civil servants who are only overpaid in Republican talking points, not in reality.  (Jul 21, 2011 | post #144)

Columbus Dispatch

City program gets teens off streets, into rec centers | T...

Yes. Murders up in the summer that there were budget cuts and rec centers closed (2010), and down in years they were opened. I know that in my neighborhood that summer was the summer of tagging and packs of kids on bikes because the rec center was closed. When opened, the Thompson rec center is packed all day every day with children of working parents of very low income. Here's a message to the trolls who post here: Someone cooks the fast food that you fatasses put in your lazy pie-holes, and those people make minimum wage with no benefits. They have families too. They work harder than you do. And their children have somewhere to go until 11:30 when they have to be off the streets or be arrested. Thank goodness we have a mayor who thinks more than the trolls who post here.  (Jul 15, 2011 | post #77)

Columbus Dispatch

Bill edits overhaul of state election laws | The Columbus...

Here's one good reason showing a state ID is bad. Disabled, old, slow thinking, ADD or ADHD, the very poor and people who don't get things done in time will be required to vote provisionally or not vote at all. Like it or not, they are citizens and we should make it as easy as possible for them to vote. There is only one reason for this legislation and it's not to stop the non-existent voter fraud through fake IDs: to have less of the above listed constituencies voting, because demographics say they would vote Democratic overwhelmingly. There is no proof anywhere I've seen of voter fraud in this manner, despite the yelling of conservative media using made-up things like the "new black panthers" which is two looser guys doing nothing effective. More apparent and effective voter fraud happened in Ohio in 2004 when Ken Blackwell used the tactic of moving voting machines from democratic precincts to republican ones to suppress the Democratic vote. The poor can't wait hours to vote, they have to work. I have yet to hear tell of a Republican precinct where anyone had to wait long to vote in 2004. The poor, minorities, the old, and people who don't have their crap together are citizens too, like it or not, and have a right to vote.  (Jul 14, 2011 | post #15)

Columbus Dispatch

Obama administration to announce drug control plan in Col...

Because he had a thoughtful and wise response, and deals in facts, not right wing talking points, things you wish were true but are not, or troll-speak like most of the posters here.  (Jul 11, 2011 | post #33)

Columbus Dispatch

Follow the exit signs | The Columbus Dispatch

The federal government doesn't have anything to do with the retirement funds of public employees. And if people are retiring, they're not looking for a private sector job. Another of the gullible believing the fantasy of conservative media talking points.  (Jun 26, 2011 | post #114)

Columbus Dispatch

Senate GOP adds photo-ID vote rule | The Columbus Dispatch

You're a liar. There are no birth certificates available at the DMV. The only voter fraud in Ohio in my lifetime was in 2004 when voting booths were taken from crowded Democratic precincts and put into Republican ones to keep people from voting Democratic. Working people could not wait 4 hours to vote, good thing I had the day off or I wouldn't have gotten to. Also, a huge contributor to Republicans, and beneficiary of favorable treatment by Republicans in office to the tune of millions is Diebold Systems, the people who make the voting machines. These things cheat, they did in 2004, and that's why G. W. Bush was elected in his second fraudulent election, just as fraudulent as Kennedy in 1960.  (Jun 22, 2011 | post #190)

Columbus Dispatch

Twitter account of Ohio House speaker hacked | The Columb...

How do YOU know it's Wiener's wiener? Unless you have personal experience with it, you don't. Agree with his politics or not, Rep. Wiener is too smart to do such a silly thing, and his enemies are many, well financed and ruthless. The hacking of Speaker Batchelder's twitter account actually does more to back up Rep Wiener's claim of hacking. The thing I take away from this story is that there's an idiot who is 30 YEARS out of step with technology who is Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and calls computers "little televisions"! That would be like someone in the mid 1960s refusing to use that new fangled talking telephone thingy and trying to telegraph their messages. Nothing laudable about the Speaker's refusal to enter the 21st century, or even the late 20th. Laziness is what that demonstrates.  (Jun 1, 2011 | post #3)

Columbus Dispatch

Kasich considering changing corporate franchise tax | The...

""That money could be put into the stakeholders' pockets, which they would spend and continue to drive the economy," Palmer said. They're not going to loan more money. Theses "stakeholders " of the bank, being upper upper class, are NOT going to spend the money, they're going to sit on it. Even this Palmer guy is thinking "I don't really need it, and we're not going to lend it, but we'll take it if you're going to give it to us". Attacking working people, giveaways to the rich, causing more deficits by cutting taxes for just the richest of the rich like this - how can this Governor be more cynically against the people of Ohio? He's going to give away the state parks to the oil and gas people to pay for giving bankers tax breaks they don't need. Kasich will do irreparable harm to Ohio and it's people.  (May 24, 2011 | post #49)

Columbus Dispatch

Authorities on alert after arrests tied to Palmer Fest | ...

I'm trying to decide if this "crackdown " on college drinking and partying after midnight is driven by revenue seeking Athens government, or prudery.  (May 8, 2011 | post #9)

DispatchPolitics

Governor hints legislators might deserve pay raise

Where are the Republican defenders of Governor Kasich? Where are the trolls that usually hang out here and say stupid right-wing things to get a rise out of thinking people? Will no one defend our poor poor governor?  (Apr 26, 2011 | post #32)

Columbus Dispatch

Schools put on notice | The Columbus Dispatch

Really? The Columbus Public School for Special Education is "underperform ing" - because they have low test scores, so NOW it closes? There are federal laws that say there must be Special Ed classes available, so now they have to be shoved off to a few per school to bring everyone's test scores down, and so that one school doesn't have to have the low scores that our Governor doesn't understand. Of course everything by this Governor is profit driven.  (Apr 25, 2011 | post #369)

Columbus Dispatch

Ohio man who barked at police dog says it's free speech, ...

Hilarious. Just funny. and maybe he could have been arrested for public intoxication, but we DO have freedom of speech in the USA, so there's no crime there.  (Apr 22, 2011 | post #6)