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  • Riots, Guns, Bribes: TR's Contested Convention

    04/23/2016 1:07:01 PM PDT · by John W · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 23, 2016 | Geoffrey Cowan
    Would a candidate for president of the United States ever officially condone a riot on the floor of a national convention? Would a candidate actually ever seek to provoke one? Should delegates at a convention be permitted to carry guns? Can supporters of a candidate try to buy delegate votes? Could any of these things happen at a contested Republican Convention this year in Cleveland? It seems unlikely, but there would be precedents. Amazingly, in 1912, when Theodore Roosevelt tried to wrest the nomination from William Howard Taft, there were plans for riots, plenty of guns, and more than a...
  • The Latest: Trump says bathroom laws 'discriminatory'

    04/21/2016 7:11:31 AM PDT · by don-o · 263 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 (all times Eastern): 8:15 a.m. Donald Trump says he believes transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose. Speaking at a town hall event on NBC's "Today" Thursday, Trump said North Carolina's so-called "bathroom law," which directs transgender people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificates, has caused unnecessary strife.
  • Trump 1991: Reagan's Tax Reform A 'Catastrophe,' U.S. Is Like The Soviet Union

    04/19/2016 5:55:43 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 46 replies
    Dailywire ^ | 4/11/16 | Hank Berrien
    If you think the Trump campaign is full of amateurs, you are correct. Donald Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino, eager to prove that his boss was an expert on tax reform, posted a link to an appearance Trump made in 1991 before the House Budget Committee: There’s one problem: in his testimony, not only did Trump bash Ronald Reagan’s Tax Reform Act of 1986, calling it a catastrophe and saying income taxes should be raised to increase investment in real estate, but Trump actually compared the United States to the Soviet Union. Why, you’d almost think Trump is a...
  • Trump's Anti-GOP Complaints Are Big News, While Threats to Anti-Trump GOPers Are Ignored

    04/19/2016 10:17:32 PM PDT · by TBP · 29 replies
    News Busters ^ | April 15, 2016 | Rich Noyes
    On April 13, ABC’s World News Tonight correspondent Tom Llamas devoted most of that night’s report to chilling death threats against the Colorado state Republican party chairman, angered at how Donald Trump failed to win any delegates at the weekend party convention. Besides that one report, and two minor mentions (one on ABC’s Good Morning America and on Thursday’s CBS Evening News), that’s all the broadcast news attention given to reports of actual death threats in this increasingly nasty presidential race: 110 seconds in total, not a moment of which was on NBC. But since the Colorado convention through Thursday...
  • Cruz-ing For a Vote (Free Republic referenced)

    04/19/2016 7:26:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New University ^ | April 19, 2016 | Jessica Resendez
    As an undecided democratic Latina who had recently attended a Bernie Sanders rally last month, I couldn’t help but be curious to see what Ted Cruz had to say during his recent visits to Irvine and San Diego last Monday. I really didn’t know much about him, but perhaps he might be able to offer a different perspective on the future of America – something that could benefit me and the rest of my UCI peers to give him some consideration. As a last minute decision to attend the rally, I missed his appearance at the Irvine Hotel and opted...
  • Here's Why Ted Cruz Fought to Keep Sex toys illegal

    04/14/2016 9:16:23 AM PDT · by lonestar67 · 140 replies
    Reason magazine ^ | April 13, 2016 | Damon Root
    This is all fun stuff and will no doubt lead to some very clever jokes on The Daily Show. But there were also some very serious legal questions at stake. Namely, what limits does the U.S. Constitution place on the legislative power of state governments, and what role do federal judges play in enforcing those limits? Related to that, what sort of unenumerated rights (if any) are protected from state infringement by the 14th Amendment?
  • Hmmm: Trump under 50% in poll of New York for first time this month

    04/15/2016 10:42:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 15, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Via Red State, not a huge deal but worth flagging in case there’s another poll this weekend showing his numbers dipping a bit in New York on the eve of the primary. That would suggest a trend, and that would be a big deal given what’s at stake. To be clear: Trump’s going to romp in NY on Tuesday night, winning by 25 points or better, and will pick up something like 75 delegates even in a worst-case scenario. But since his path to 1,237 is so difficult, it matters a lot whether he ends up with 75 in New...
  • Trump Has No One But Himself to Blame for a Weak Ground Game

    04/12/2016 12:11:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 11, 2016 | Jim Geraghty
    On March 1, the Colorado Republican party prepared for 60,000 voters to arrive at nearly 3,000 precinct-caucus sites across the state. Those voters would select men and women to attend the party’s county assemblies and congressional district conventions, in the first step of a multi-part process that determined 34 of Colorado’s 37 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. To hear Donald Trump and his fans tell it, those tens of thousands of Republicans never arrived, never made their choices, and never had the chance to play a role in selecting the party’s delegates. Matt Drudge, the populist Right’s...
  • Trump the Sore Loser (Again)

    04/11/2016 7:54:01 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 188 replies
    National Review ^ | April 11, 2016 | The Editors
    Donald Trump is right: The system is rigged. It’s rigged in favor of front-runners. That’s why Trump, who is leading the Republican nominating contest, has a larger percentage of delegates (46 percent) than of votes (37 percent). Unsurprisingly, Trump never mentions when the rules have helped him. He much prefers to whine and peddle conspiracy theories when they don’t. Trump’s latest tantrum is over Colorado, where Ted Cruz just swept all 34 of the state’s available delegates. Trump is calling the results “totally unfair” and on Twitter he asked: “How is it possible that the people of the great State...
  • BOOM! Trump Advisor Stephen Miller: “Cruz Doesn’t Win with Voters, Cruz Wins with Party Insiders”

    04/11/2016 11:12:22 AM PDT · by GilGil · 281 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/11/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Stephen Miller may be the brightest official inside of politics today. The former Jeff Sessions’ staffer joined the Trump campaign in January. Miller went on America’s Newsroom today to discuss the Colorado voter-less scam and the current state of the GOP race for president. This was another excellent interview by Stephen Miller. “ The most wrong thing about it, of course, is that Colorado canceled their election so there wasn’t even a vote of the actual residents of Colorado. You have soldiers, men and women who fought from Colorado, who fought in Iraq so they could vote – Remember the...
  • After Loss in Colorado, Donald Trump Supporters Give State Chairman an Earful

    04/11/2016 8:11:07 PM PDT · by snarkpup · 93 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/11/2016 | Alan Rappeport
    [Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve] House acknowledged that there are a lot of deeply entrenched players within the party who think the system works well and believe that those who are the most politically engaged should determine who becomes the party’s presidential nominee.
  • Donald Trump: ‘They Want to Knock Out the Outsider, They want to Keep Their Little Party Going…”

    04/02/2016 11:34:19 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    GP ^ | 04/03/16 | Jim Hoft
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump held rallies today in Racine, Wausau and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. During his Eau Claire speech Donald Trump lashed out at the Republican party apparatus, “Soon they will say Trump will be the future of the Republican Party… They want to knock out the outside. They want to keep their little party going…”  
  • McCain Adviser: Cruz Will Pull Upset Win in Arizona

    03/19/2016 6:08:07 PM PDT · by John Valentine · 282 replies
    Newsmax ^ | March 19, 2016 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    ed Cruz will grab an upset win over Donald Trump in Arizona's presidential primary election on Tuesday, as he's the "only candidate with any kind of organization out here," a close confidant of Sen. John McCain predicts. "They have him positioned to spring the upset," Kurt Davis, a GOP operative in Arizona, told The Hill. "They just have to deliver."
  • Centennial of the Department of Labor (Barf)

    03/04/2013 12:32:09 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 1 replies
    US Department of Labor ^ | Judson MacLaury
    The organic act establishing the Department of Labor was signed on March 4, 1913, by a reluctant President William Howard Taft, the defeated and departing incumbent, just hours before Woodrow Wilson took office. A Federal Department of Labor was the direct product of a half-century campaign by organized labor for a "Voice in the Cabinet," and an indirect product of the Progressive Movement. In the words of the organic act, the Department's purpose is "to foster, promote and develop the welfare of working people, to improve their working conditions, and to enhance their opportunities for profitable employment." Initially the Department...
  • 2 shot at California high school

    01/10/2013 10:07:42 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    2 shot at California high school Published January 10, 2013 | DEVELOPING: At least two people were shot at a high school in Taft, Calif., Thursday morning and the shooter was taken into custody, local reports say.
  • Goodbye to conservatism

    11/26/2011 7:26:14 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2011-11-03 | Jack Hunter
    Conservatism is a negative philosophy. I don’t mean “negative” in the sense that it proposes something undesirable. I mean that it seeks to negate objectionable aspects of the human condition. Man has a propensity for evil. This means that men must be restrained in some fashion — which is precisely why conservatives have typically stressed religion, conventional morality, humility, etc. But conservatives have also stressed that any government designed to be powerful enough to restrain men will also be run by men, whose collective propensity for evil is to be feared even more. Conservatives have never argued that man should...
  • Is He Or Is He Not Going To Go In? (Gov. Chris Christie Of New Jersey)

    10/03/2011 5:47:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies ^ | October 3,2011 | annem040359
    As of late there has been "rumors" that the state of New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie, (R/NJ) is considering a run for the United States of America White House come next November, 2012. While there has been a number of denials that Gov. Christie IS PLANNING to run, this rumor in and of itself have begun to have a life of its own. Well Governor Christie, I have ONE QUESTION and ONE QUESTION ONLY. If you want to END the rumors game, for goodness sakes, Gov. Christie, PLEASE in a DIRECT MANNER, answer the question of your decision whether or...
  • The "de-Tafting" of Ohio's concealed carry laws is nearly complete

    10/02/2011 5:44:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 30 September, 2011 | Gerard Valentino and Jim Irvine
    When Ohio's concealed carry law passed in 2004, then-Governor Bob Taft made sure to insert poison pills designed to make it nearly impossible for a citizen to carry legally. It took nearly seven years, but as of today, September 30, 2011, the onerous car-carry restrictions that Taft created and that made countless honest Ohioans into felons are being relegated to the political scrap heap. Ohioans will also be able to carry in restaurants that serve alcohol for consumption, as long as the license holder does not drink and is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Attorney General Mike...
  • Mystery builds around school official Taft's assault

    03/09/2010 8:47:35 AM PST · by CodeJockey · 7 replies · 153+ views
    The News & Observer Publishing Co ^ | 03/09/2010 | THOMASI MCDONALD AND ANNE BLYTHE
    RALEIGH -- Three days after a state school board member was found injured in the West Raleigh home of a Raleigh lawyer, police still are combing the crime scene for evidence and remain uncharacteristically tight-lipped about the crime. State Board of Education member Kathy A. Taft was found severely beaten inside a two-story home at 2710 Cartier Drive late Saturday morning.
  • President Obama To Visit Savannah March 2, 2010

    02/16/2010 6:16:17 AM PST · by luckybogey · 6 replies · 371+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | February 16, 2010 | LuckyBogey
    President Obama will be in Savannah to stump for his economic program March 2, the next stop on his White House to Main Street Tour, according to a White House press release. The day-long visit represents the president’s third stop on the tour that began in Allentown, Penn., on Dec. 4, and stopped last in Cleveland late last month. Both trips wound between small businesses and a town hall meeting. The goal of the tour is to give ordinary people a chance to describe their economic challenges, according to the White House official, speaking on background. It also provides him...
  • Welcome back, 1912

    06/29/2007 9:28:23 AM PDT · by oblomov · 18 replies · 790+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/29/2007 | Joe Mathews
    But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth When two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of the earth! Rudyard Kipling, "The Ballad of East and West" -- THE TWO POLITICAL celebrities liked those lines so much that they put them on their campaign poster. The words framed a portrait of the two-man team: a popular, charismatic governor of California and a wealthy, well-known politician from New York. It was 1912. The New Yorker, former President Teddy Roosevelt, had left the Republican Party to take the presidential nomination of the...
  • Ohio Gov. Taft Reprimanded Over Ethics

    12/27/2006 7:50:43 AM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 744+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/27/6 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    Columbus, Ohio -- The state Supreme Court on Wednesday publicly reprimanded Ohio Gov. Bob Taft for his ethics violations in office, a black mark that will stay on his permanent record as an attorney. Taft, a Republican and great-grandson of President William Howard Taft, pleaded no contest in 2005 to failing to report golf outings and other gifts and was fined $4,000. He could not seek re-election because of term limits and leaves office in less than two weeks. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel, an arm of the state Supreme Court, said in April that Taft violated Ohio's code of...
  • Ohio Senate Overrides Gun Law Veto

    12/12/2006 11:57:24 AM PST · by wheelgun · 18 replies · 1,518+ views
    The Ohio Senate voted Tuesday to override outgoing Gov. Bob Taft's veto of a bill that would wipe out local gun laws, marking the first time in 29 years the Legislature have rejected a gubernatorial veto. The GOP-dominated Senate voted 21-12 to override the Republican governor's veto. Three Republicans voted against overriding, and three Democrats voted in favor of an override, including the attorney general-elect Marc Dann of Youngstown. The House, also controlled by Republicans, voted to overturn Taft's veto last week.
  • OH - Taft vetoes rewrite of state concealed-carry law

    12/07/2006 10:35:37 AM PST · by conservative_2001 · 37 replies · 964+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | December 7, 2006 | Jim Siegel
    Gov. Bob Taft this morning made good on his promise to veto a rewrite of Ohio's concealed-carry handgun law, setting up an override vote in the Ohio House this afternoon. Taft opposes the section of the bill that wipes out about 80 local gun laws, including the Columbus assault weapons ban. The bill gives state government sole authority to enact laws restricting the sale and possession of guns. In his veto message, Taft said the measure “exceeds the scope of a concealed carry corrective bill by preempting local gun regulations relating to owning, possessing, purchasing, selling, and transferring firearms and...
  • Who Said What When (Robt. Novak)

    10/07/2006 11:22:24 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 79 replies · 2,148+ views
    WeeklyStandard ^ | 10-16-06 | Robert Novak
    The publication of Hubris is filled with irony for David Corn, Washington editor of the left-wing Nation magazine. He was present at the creation of the Valerie Plame "scandal," which the enemies of George W. Bush hoped could bring down a president. Nobody was more responsible for bloating this episode. Yet Corn is coauthor of a book that has had the effect of killing the story. Thanks to Corn's intrepid coauthor, Newsweek investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, Hubris definitively revealed then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage as my source that Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie, worked for the CIA and suggested her...
  • Deserving winners and losers

    09/22/2006 8:03:57 AM PDT · by qlangley · 209+ views ^ | 22 September 2006 | Quentin Langley
    Dateline 20 September 2006 In less than two months time America will elect the last Congress of George W Bush’s Presidency, and more than half the states – including New York – will elect a governor. New York is one of the states with an open gubernatorial election, so even if the result was in doubt we could still be sure the state was getting a new governor. In mid-term elections I like to list the gubernatorial candidates I believe most deserve to win and those who most deserve to lose. Four years ago the results – when compared with...
  • Robert A. Taft More than "Mr. Republican" [Born September 8, 1889]

    09/08/2006 11:42:06 AM PDT · by Fiji Hill · 7 replies · 437+ views
    Robert A. Taft More than "Mr. Republican" In 1947, Republican Senator Robert A. Taft was at the peak of his power, commanding a coalition of conservative Republicans and southern Democrats to thwart President Harry S. Truman's domestic agenda. Taft's most impressive achievement came in June. The labor-restricting Taft-Hartley Act survived Truman's veto and won Taft the admiration of the press corps. Yet he did not seek the highest political office in the Senate; indeed, the title "majority leader" would not precede his name until 1953. Taft finally accepted the role only after he deemed his ultimate goal–the presidency–to be...
  • Buckeye GOP Circles the Drain (Kasich for Governor?)

    03/30/2006 6:07:55 AM PST · by bilhosty · 46 replies · 1,007+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3-30-2006 | John Kasich
    COLUMBUS, Ohio--"There are no words to express the deep remorse that I feel over the embarrassment I have caused for my administration and the people of the state of Ohio." Thus, Gov. Bob Taft complied with a court order to apologize to the people of Ohio. Were that the only instance of poor judgment by an Ohio Republican in recent memory, the state GOP would probably remain in relatively good shape leading up to the elections this November, despite growing indicators against the party nationally. Unfortunately, the governor's ethical lapses--he pled guilty last August to four misdemeanors related to undisclosed...
  • Democrats Put Themselves on the Road to the White House in 1910

    03/23/2006 7:44:21 AM PST · by Frank T · 14 replies · 886+ views
    Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs ^ | March 2006 | Andrew E. Busch
    Of all the midterm elections of the last century, the elections of 1910 have to rank among the highest in terms of significance. Republicans had won the previous four presidential elections beginning with William McKinley’s first victory over William Jennings Bryan in 1896. Indeed, among Democratic presidential candidates, only Grover Cleveland had won the White House in the 50 years since Abraham Lincoln was first elected. The GOP seemed solidly in control of Congress, and the Republican Speaker of the House, "Uncle Joe" Cannon, ran the House of Representatives with an iron fist. Yet all was not well in the...
  • On this day (March 8, 1930), President and Chief Justice Taft dead

    03/08/2006 3:22:17 AM PST · by Tarkin · 9 replies · 789+ views
    NYT ^ | March 9, 1930 | NYT
    Twenty-seventh President of the United States and its tenth Chief Justice, William Howard Taft was the only man in the history of the country to become the head of both the Executive and Judicial Departments of the Federal Government. Elected to the Presidency to succeed Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 by a tremendous majority, both popular and electoral, he met overwhelming defeat four years later in the political catastrophe which wrecked temporarily the Republican Party, ruptured his long friendship with Roosevelt, who had brought about his first nomination for the Presidency, and resulted in the election of Woodrow Wilson. The worst...
  • The New Presidential Equation

    03/04/2006 3:44:49 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 578+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | March 4, 2006 | David M. Shribman
    Taft + Wilson + Kennedy + Nixon = Bush 43. The political calculus is often unpredictable.George W. Bush inspires unusually passionate support and provokes unusually passionate opposition. The gap between the two -- think of it as the presidential passion gap -- suggests that future historians will fight with unusual passion about his legacy and the meaning of Mr. Bush's presidency.But as his presidency progresses -- as he does more and as his earlier actions recede from current events into history -- it is becoming increasingly clear that his decisions and initiatives are being drawn from an increasingly broad palette...
  • Governor threatens to veto gun bill (Taft)

    02/25/2006 9:45:00 AM PST · by Deadeye Division · 17 replies · 605+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 25 February 2006 | Jim Siegel
    Governor threatens to veto gun bill Taft takes issue with 2 proposed changes to conceal-carry law Saturday, February 25, 2006 Jim Siegel THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Gov. Bob Taft opposes proposals to amend a guns-in-vehicles policy and limit media access to permit holders’ names. Unless two major provisions being pushed by gun advocates are taken out of a bill that would revise Ohio’s concealcarry law, Gov. Bob Taft won’t sign it. Supporters say the bill will close loopholes and clean up the state’s nearly 2-year-old gun law, and it should pass out of a House committee by the end of March,...
  • Indian American runs for Ohio attorney general

    02/21/2006 9:28:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 478+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | February 22, 2006
    An Indian American attorney, Subodh Chandra, is contesting in the preliminaries for the post of Ohio's attorney general. Chandra still has to win over his Democratic challenger, State Senator Marc Dann, who has strong support in the state. With the sullied reputation of the former governor Bob Taft, the Republicans are facing an uphill battle for some seats, and particularly that of the attorney general, and Chandra could benefit from this. Chandra, who displayed missionary zeal as Cleveland Law Director, hopes to mirror the powerful role played by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who brought many a corporation to...
  • Are Republicans losing Ohio ? (older article)

    01/16/2006 1:48:08 PM PST · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 37 replies · 714+ views
    Human Events ^ | Aug 15, 2005 | John Gizzi
    In the wake of a Democratic candidate's narrow loss in the August 2 special election in Ohio's most Republican U.S. House district, pundits have begun pondering whether the Buckeye State is turning blue. The problem for Republicans seems to be the stench that has begun to envelop the administration of Ohio GOP Gov. Robert A. Taft. Republicans have held the Ohio governorship for 16 years and in the last two presidential elections the state has been indispensable in providing an Electoral College majority to George W. Bush. If Democrats can take back the governorship in 2006, however, they would improve...
  • CA: Second female teacher charged with molesting student (Taft near Bakersfield ,, 31 yo w/ 17 yo)

    01/05/2006 1:51:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 2,656+ views
    A second female teacher has been accused of molesting a male student, Kern County Superior Court records show. Jennifer Lynn Sanchez, 31, a mathematics teacher at Buena Vista Continuation High School in Taft, was charged on Dec. 22 with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old student, and one count each of oral copulation and sodomy with the same student. She has resigned from her teaching job, school officials said Thursday. She has pleaded not guilty in the Taft division of Kern County Superior Court and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 26. Her bail initially...
  • Governor Bob Taft (R-OH) Most Unpopular Governor In Nation, Says Survey USA

    12/21/2005 10:51:05 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies · 741+ views
    Survey USA ^ | December , 2005
    Poll gives Taft an approval rating of 17% and a disapproval rating of 80%.
  • Governor Bob Taft (R-OH) Approval Rating Is 6.5%, Says Latest Poll

    11/30/2005 9:37:14 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 78 replies · 1,751+ views
    The Toledo Blade ^ | November29, 2005 | Jim Tankersley
    A Zogby International online survey, conducted a week after the Nov 8 election and released yesterday, shows just 6.5 percent view the embattled GOP governor very or somewhat favorably. Barely 3 percent view his job performance as "good" or "excellent." "I'm not aware of anyone whose ever sunk lower," pollster John Zogby said.
  • Taft Approval Rating Reaches Historic Low (15% approval)

    10/02/2005 7:29:13 PM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 26 replies · 1,158+ views
    WBNS-TV Columbus, Ohio ^ | October 2, 2005
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. Bob Taft's already-feeble approval rating among Ohioans has fallen to 15 percent, a new poll indicates. The poll, conducted by The Columbus Dispatch, finds support for Taft lower than the three most unpopular U.S. presidents in the history of polling and possibly the lowest of any Ohio governor. The Republican governor's approval rating is worse than that of President Truman after he fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur, President Carter during the Iran hostage crisis or President Nixon during Watergate. Taft was convicted in August of four misdemeanor ethics convictions for failing to report gifts and golf...
  • "A Taft Too Far- The Ohio GOP is in shambles- can Blackwell save it?"

    09/24/2005 7:30:20 AM PDT · by xzins · 49 replies · 1,225+ views
    National Review ^ | 23 Sep 05 | John J. Miller
    National Review- Print Edition, October 10, 2005 Obsessive concern for tennis schedules isn’t usually regarded as one of Jimmy Carter’s virtues, but a similar attention to detail might have saved the Ohio GOP a lot of grief: On August 18, Republican governor Bob Taft pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor counts of failing to report golf outings and a variety of other gifts on his financial-disclosure forms. He became Ohio’s first sitting governor to be convicted of a criminal charge. There’s now a chance he’ll be stripped of his law license, just as Bill Clinton was following his admission of...
  • Poll: Ohioans Split On Whether Taft Should Resign

    08/28/2005 8:56:16 PM PDT · by darkangel82 · 9 replies · 318+ views ^ | 8-28-05 | Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A majority of Ohioans believe Gov. Bob Taft is doing a poor job and his criminal convictions were serious, but the state is split on whether he should resign, according to a poll released Sunday in The Plain Dealer. Fifty-seven percent of respondents rated Taft's performance in office as poor. Thirty-nine percent rated as very serious Taft's four misdemeanor ethics convictions for failing to report gifts and golf outings, and another 32 percent said they were somewhat serious. But when asked if Taft should resign, respondents were split, with 46 percent saying he should and 44 percent...
  • Ohio GOP Continues Downward Slide

    08/26/2005 5:01:59 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 77 replies · 1,322+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 08-26-05 | Gizzi, John
    Ohio GOP Continues Downward Slide by John Gizzi Posted Aug 26, 2005 As scandals continue to swirl around Ohio Republicans, chances are increasing that next year Democrats will capture the governorship, a Senate seat, and at least one seat in the U.S. House. Republican Gov. Bob Taft pleaded no contest this week to four misdemeanor charges that he failed to disclose, as legally mandated, 52 gifts of golf outings, meals and hockey tickets. Taft could have been sentenced to two years in jail, but a judge let him off with a $4,000 fine. Taft’s crimes, however, are sure to haunt...
  • Head Of Taft's Security Team Demoted For Strip Club Visits

    08/25/2005 8:44:15 AM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 14 replies · 655+ views
    WCMH-TV Columbus, Ohio ^ | August 25, 2005
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The head of Gov. Bob Taft's security detail has been demoted after an investigation found that he attended strip clubs in New York, tried to pick up a woman at a bar during Taft's trade mission to Asia and received phone calls at his office from a go-go dancer in Columbus. Craig Seitz has been demoted from lieutenant to trooper, according to a State Highway Patrol report released Wednesday. He's now stationed at a patrol post in Granville, 25 miles east of Columbus. Seitz, 43, has appealed his demotion to the State Employment Relations Board. "We truly...
  • Democrats Put Taft Impeachment Talks On Hold

    08/23/2005 8:31:01 PM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 2 replies · 315+ views
    WCMH-TV Columbus, Ohio ^ | August 23, 2005
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Democrats Tuesday said they want to take a break before they proceed further with talks concerning the impeachment of Ohio Gov. Bob Taft. No other Ohio governor has been convicted of a crime while in office, and so far, no Ohio governor has faced the impeachment process, NBC 4's David Wayne reported. "We continue to have concern about Governor Taft leading the state after he arrogantly broke Ohio ethics laws," said Minority Leader and Democrat Representative Chris Redfern. House Democrats left a closed-door meeting after several hours Tuesday to announce an end to current impeachment consideration. Democrats...
  • Ohio Democrats mull governor impeachment

    08/21/2005 2:24:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 655+ views
    AP ^ | 8/21/5 | MATT LEINGANG
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's House Democrats are considering impeachment proceedings against Republican Gov. Bob Taft, who pleaded no contest last week to four ethics violations. House Minority Leader Chris Redfern said Sunday that Democrats had made no decision yet about whether to seek Taft's ouster - impeachment would be difficult if not impossible with Republicans controlling both houses of the Legislature. But he said they had asked the Legislature's legal research arm to outline the impeachment process so they understand it when they meet Tuesday to discuss a response. "Impeachment is such a serious thing, and it's not something to...
  • What they're saying about Gov. Taft

    08/18/2005 8:21:31 AM PDT · by conservative_2001 · 17 replies · 594+ views
    August 18, 2005
    Ken Blackwell - "I am thoroughly disappointed with the governor's alleged inability to handle simple paperwork. It appears that he is paying a price for it." Jean Schmidt - "The news today from Columbus is very unfortunate for the state of Ohio and the Taft family. I have known Governor Taft for 30 years, and I have always known him to be an honest and honorable man." More quotes from politicians can be found at:
  • Governor Charged (Ohio's RINO Taft To Enter Plea)

    08/18/2005 6:26:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies · 650+ views
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Charged with ethics violations, Gov. Bob Taft was expected to enter a plea Thursday and apologize, wrapping up the case less than 24 hours after it was filed, two top state leaders said. Senate President Bill Harris and House Speaker Jon Husted, fellow Republicans, wouldn't be specific Thursday about whether Taft would plead guilty or no contest. But Husted said the plea would resolve the case, which would rule out a plea of innocent. Taft plans to apologize to Ohioans for his ethical lapse that led to him being the first Ohio governor charged with a...
  • Governor Taft will be charged with Four Misdemeanors!

    08/17/2005 11:30:09 AM PDT · by Eagle of Liberty · 47 replies · 1,651+ views
    August 17, 2005 | Kerretarded
    He faces up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both for each violation.
  • Ethics Probe in Hands of Prosecutors (Bob Taft and Ohio)

    08/16/2005 6:35:22 PM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 3 replies · 649+ views
    WBNS-TV Columbus, Ohio ^ | August 16, 2005
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors planned to meet Wednesday morning to decide whether Gov. Bob Taft should be charged for failing to report numerous golf outings on ethics forms, as required by law. City and county prosecutors received the records Tuesday following an investigation by the Ohio Ethics Commission. Taft planned to release the documents Wednesday. Prosecutors will meet "to determine what if any charges are appropriate," said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien. He said a decision would likely be made Wednesday because they're already familiar with much of the information contained in the inch-thick pile of documents, including the...
  • Charges on horizon for ex-Taft aide

    07/27/2005 8:14:35 AM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 9 replies · 438+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | July 27, 2005 | Kevin Mayhood and Joe Hallett
    Gov. Bob Taft’s former No. 1 aide could become the first to fall in a mushrooming ethics-and-investment scandal rocking state government. Prosecutors are prepared to file ethics charges against Brian K. Hicks, Taft’s former chief of staff, if Hicks does not plead guilty by week’s end, according to Columbus City Prosecutor Steve McIntosh. "We’re looking at filing charges and we’ve had some discussions with his attorneys, but there has been no agreement on a resolution yet," McIntosh told The Dispatch yesterday afternoon. "We’re running up against the statute of limitations. We will file something by the end of the week."...
  • Will Ethics Probe Hurt Republicans' Chances to Win White House in 2008

    06/24/2005 4:29:29 AM PDT · by Paige · 9 replies · 434+ views
    AOL News ^ | 6/23/2005
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 23) - What should have been a time of triumph for Ohio's governor after a tepid six years in office has become a nightmare of heavy investment losses for the state and allegations of political favoritism and cover-up. Republican Gov. Bob Taft, a member of one of America's most distinguished political families, had hoped to spend this spring focusing on his proposal to update Ohio's Depression-era tax system. Instead, in what is probably the twilight of his career, the 63-year-old Taft is mired in a scandal that started with a questionable state investment in rare coins and...