Charlie Wilson Looking Into Social Security Denials

Posted by David on Jan 31st, 2008
2008
Jan 31

After a recent CBS News report about a widespread “culture to deny” Social Security disability claims, Rep. Charlie Wilson is seeking answers. He’s written a letter to Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue (available after the jump) expressing his outrage and asking for an explanation.

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Zack Space’s Competition Isn’t Doing So Hot

Posted by David on Jan 31st, 2008
2008
Jan 31

At least that’s the word from the Columbus Dispatch.

Republican Fred Dailey, the former state agriculture director, had less than $51,000 on hand as of Dec. 31, according to the end of the year report he has filed with the Federal Elections Commission. But he also had loaned his campaign committee $30,000, according to the report.

Republican Jeanette Moll, meanwhile, had just over $43,000 on hand as of the end of the year, with a $10,000 campaign committee debt. The third main GOP contender in the 18th, Paul Phillips, had not yet filed his report this afternoon with the FEC, with the deadline midnight tonight. But as of Oct. 31, Phillips had less than $31,000 in his campaign coffers.

And Space? As of Dec. 31 he had nearly $756,000 in his campaign chest.

So basically, Space’s campaign has about $700,000 more cash on hand than their nearest competitor.

You can find the current FEC numbers (assuming this works) below.

2008
Jan 30

Because this needs to stop. Now.

Spoiler 2000

Charlie Wilson Backs Economic Stimulus Plan

Posted by David on Jan 30th, 2008
2008
Jan 30

Congressman Charlie Wilson released a statement yesterday to emphasize his support for the House version of the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act.  The act passed a House vote yesterday with bipartisan support.

In the release, Wilson made the following remarks:

“Families in the Ohio Valley Congressional District are struggling to make ends meet, and this economic downturn brought on by the subprime mortgage crisis is only making things harder for families. I’m proud we reached across the aisle and worked together in the House and with the Bush Administration to put together a plan that will boost our economy and help families as soon as possible.”

Wilson also goes on to offers his perspective as a small business owner:

“As a small business owner I know how much this is going to help. This bipartisan bill will help businesses expand and that means new jobs. A plan that makes way for new jobs is my kind of plan. It’s a sure-fire way to help our economy get back on track.”

Sorry Charlie, but I think you’ll understand if I hope demand for your business is decreasing.

Read More: The Online Office of Congressman Charlie Wilson – January 29, 2008 PRESS RELEASE: Wilson Proud to Back Economic Stimulus Plan

2008
Jan 30

Congressman Zack Space has sent a letter to President Bush urging him to include almost $1 billion in his next budget to reimburse local police forces for costs related to the fight against illegal immigration.

“Local law enforcement is bearing an unfair and overwhelming burden due to our illegal immigration problem. We cannot continue to expect them to help stem this tide and fulfill their normal duties without proper financial assistance.”

“The fact remains that we have not properly secured our border – a problem I have been working to solve in Congress.  But, until we can effectively close off the sieve we call a border, we have an obligation to support local law enforcement to combat this crisis.”

– Rep. Zack Space

You can find the text of Space’s letter after the jump.

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Zack Space’s Response To The State Of The Union

Posted by David on Jan 28th, 2008
2008
Jan 28

Rep. Zack Space has also released a brief statement in response to the State of the Union speech.

“There is little doubt that the economy needs a short-term shot in the arm, which is why I agree with the President’s call for quick passage of an economic stimulus plan by the Senate.  However, we have to couple that with a long-term plan for sustainable economic growth.  Without that, a stimulus package will have little chance to succeed.

“I also agree with the President’s claim that we need to break our dependence on foreign oil, and I am confident that the advances being made in Southeastern Ohio toward advanced energy will help lead the way.  Hopefully, the President’s call for carbon capture will mean that we take great advantage of clean coal, the God-given natural resource we have in abundance. 

“Where I think this President continues to have a tin ear to the needs of the American public is on immigration and free trade.  With the President’s ongoing insistence on free trade agreements – which do nothing but undermine our domestic job market – a new long-term plan is increasingly necessary.  President Bush has told us tonight that he will spend his last year in office pushing more free trade deals that will only further hurt Ohio and will push for an immigration policy that will effectively grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. 

“The President is once again asking America to ‘stay the course’ with jobs moving overseas and illegal immigrants flowing into the country.  These are not the priorities that Americans are calling for.”

– Rep. Zack Space

Charlie Wilson Responds To The State of the Union

Posted by David on Jan 28th, 2008
2008
Jan 28

That didn’t take long. You can read the full press release after the jump.

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The State of the Union 2008

Posted by David on Jan 28th, 2008
2008
Jan 28

I’ve got nothing better to do, so I’m going to try out a new service called “Cover It Live” to make sarcastic comments about the State of the Union speech. Keep in mind that this is mainly just a test of the “Cover It Live” software.

Update – 10:15 PM 1/28/2008

MSNBC has the text of the speech here. Apparently ThinkProgress broke the embargo.

Update – 10:23 PM 1/28/2008

The four DCCC text messages:

Bush: We share a common goal- making health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans.
Reality: He vetoed healthcare for 10 million kids, twice.

Bush: 116 million American taxpayers would see their taxes rise by an avg of $1,800.
Reality: Middle income Americans will receive less than half that.

Bush: Trust in innovative spirit of medical researchers, empower them to discover new treatments
Reality: Bush vetoed funding for stem cell research, twice

Bush on Iraq: The truth is Bush’s endless war in Iraq is not only costing American lives, but also $11 billion a month.

2008
Jan 28

I don’t know if I want to make posting this a regular habit, but State Representative Jennifer Garrison’s (D-93rd district) latest “From The Statehouse” email can be found after the jump.

You can subscribe to Garrison’s email list on her website. Even if you don’t live in the district, it’s a good way to keep up on what’s going on in the Ohio House.

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The DCCC Wants You To Know The Real State of the Union

Posted by David on Jan 28th, 2008
2008
Jan 28

The DCCC sent out an email today with a State of the Union Survival Kit. While an email can’t provide us with some of the things we might need for tonight’s speech (alcohol, ammonia capsules, cyanide pills, valium, etc…), it does provide Democrats with some relief.

  1. Lie Detector Text Messages – Throughout the speech the DCCC will send out text messages to subscribers pointing out inaccurate statements in the speech. You can subscribe by texting the word “facts” to 30644, or by filling out this form.
  2. Texted Responses – Don’t think all the texting should be one way? It isn’t! You can text you’re comments (proceeded by “SOTU”) to 30644 and they’ll show up in a box at the DCCC’s Real State of the Union website.

In other news, you can read Congressman Tim Ryan’s thoughts on tonight’s speech here.

Last Call: Register To Vote Now!

Posted by David on Jan 28th, 2008
2008
Jan 28

I want to quickly remind everyone that anyone wanting to register to vote in the primary must do so by  Feb. 4th, a week from today.

I also would like to remind 17-year-olds that they can vote in the primary  election if they will turn 18 before the general election.

This will actually be the first presidential primary I’ll vote in because I missed the deadline back in ’04. I had constantly been told by my Government teacher that the school would have an assembly where members of the board of elections would register students. Eventually a few students (including myself) got tired of waiting, so I called the board of elections directly. It turns out we had just missed the deadline.

The moral of the story? Stop waiting around and take care of it yourself.

2008
Jan 25

According to NBC’s Matt Lauer, he’s the guy standing between Bill and Hillary in this picture.

rezkoclinton

Read More: The Raw Story | NBC confronts Hillary with ‘slum lord’ photo

2008
Jan 25

Zack Space has written another column, this time dealing with his vision of the State of the Union. You can find it after the jump.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t even gotten the chance to do more than skim through this yet. I just wanted to get this posted quickly in case anyone was interested. Hopefully I’ll have time to read it and comment this evening.

Update – 10:21 PM 1/25/2008

No comments, just complete agreement. Space really tells it like it is.

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Zack Space Kicks Off Renew Ohio Events

Posted by David on Jan 25th, 2008
2008
Jan 25

Zack Space kicked off his “Renew Ohio” series this morning with a  breakfast meeting in Zanesville. According to a press release, over 150 people attended.

“At the end of the day, this isn’t one person taking this on – to do that would be foolish and possibly counterproductive. That’s why we have assembled this array of brilliant and innovative minds.  Because together, I believe we can meet this challenge.

“We have some of the best entrepreneurial minds that I have seen anywhere – and it goes without saying that we have the best workers anywhere on the planet.  And what I’ve seen is that we need to corral the qualities and talents of the people gathered here today and produce a blueprint that will enable us to go forward.

“The solutions and ideas we come up with will not change things today or tomorrow, but they will lay the groundwork necessary to create sustainable, long-term growth.  Government cannot create the jobs, but we can use the resources at our disposal to create the conditions necessary to achieve that growth”

– Rep. Zack Space

Space will continue the Renew Ohio effort with the following meetings:

  • February 29: RENEW OH-18 Broadband Working Group Meeting, New Philadelphia, OH
  • March 21: RENEW OH-18 Agriculture Working Group Meeting, Coshocton, OH
  • April 11: RENEW OH-18 Alternative Energy Working Group Meeting, Nelsonville, OH
  • April 25: RENEW OH-18 Healthcare Working Group Meeting, Chillicothe, OH
  • May 23: RENEW OH-18 Summit, Zanesville, OH

Space also held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the event. The Ohio Daily Blog’s Jeff Coryell has a write-up on the call here.

Kucinich Drops Presidential Bid

Posted by David on Jan 24th, 2008
2008
Jan 24

kucinich_2 What was the name of that Eagles reunion tour back in the early 90′s?

I can’t believe it, Dennis Kucinich has actually dropped his presidential campaign to focus on his Congressional campaign. The official announcement comes tomorrow, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the story with a video posted on their website.

Here’s a statement from Rosemary Palmer, one of the Democrats mounting a primary challenge to Kucinich.

As the Democratic Presidential primary campaign continues, I applaud Congressman Dennis Kucinich for his decision to step aside and let the voters choose between the three remaining candidates for our party’s nomination. While others cite his frequent presidential runs as their main motivation for entering the race for Congress, Mr. Kucinich’s move today will not affect my decision to vigorously challenge him for the position he currently holds.

I entered this race in June because I did not feel he was focused on the job, nor able to effect the change we so desperately need. On issues of job creation, health care, the environment, and the Iraq War, Mr. Kucinich often talks a good game but seldom delivers. The 10th Congressional District, and the entire Northeast Ohio region, need someone who less interested in making points and more interested in making change. I feel I best represent that change and welcome the opportunity to debate Mr. Kucinch and make my case to the voters over the next five weeks.

– Rosemary Palmer

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