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  • 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 | FoxNews.com 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
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | 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
    QuentinLangley.net ^ | 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
    newsnet5.com ^ | 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: http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050818/NEWS01/508180453/1056
  • Governor Charged (Ohio's RINO Taft To Enter Plea)

    08/18/2005 6:26:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies · 650+ views
    AP
    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...
  • Taft preached need for ethics at recent event ("Public servants must pay if they want to play." )

    06/23/2005 11:43:58 PM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 2 replies · 278+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | June 23, 2005 | Julie Carr Smyth
    -- Gov. Bob Taft gave some ethics advice to a Cincinnati symposium six weeks ago: "Public servants must pay if they want to play." Taft told participants in the Xavier University event: "Public employees can enjoy entertainment, such as golf or dining out, with persons working for a regulated company, or one doing business with the state, ONLY if they fully pay their own way." Yet, on Wednesday, Taft found himself working to determine how many times he played -- golf, that is -- and didn't pay. Taft volunteered the reporting errors to the media, without details, in a statement...
  • Taft didn’t tell of golf outings

    06/22/2005 6:05:27 AM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 13 replies · 605+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 22, 2005 | Joe Hallett and Mark Niquette
    Already under fire for his administration’s role in an investment scandal, Gov. Bob Taft admitted yesterday that he failed to disclose a number of golf outings as required by state law. One of Taft’s playing partners on at least one occasion was scandal-tarred Toledo coin dealer Thomas W. Noe, a wellplaced source said on condition of anonymity. The men played at Toledo’s storied Inverness Club, the source said. But it was unclear whether Taft was required to disclose to the Ohio Ethics Commission any golf he played with Noe. If the governor paid his own way, he would not be...
  • Taft, Petro knew about fund`s woes many months ago

    06/08/2005 7:34:27 PM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 3 replies · 479+ views
    KenBlackwell.com via Toledo Blade ^ | June 08, 2005 | MIKE WILKINSON and JAMES DREW
    Workers' comp bureau concealed $215M loss; Taft, Petro knew about fund's woes many months ago By MIKE WILKINSON and JAMES DREW BLADE STAFF WRITERS COLUMBUS — Democrats were screaming “cover-up” yesterday after state officials admitted that a high-risk hedge fund that the embattled Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation had invested in had lost $215 million in just a few months last year. The bureau acknowledged that the fund, managed by a Pittsburgh-based investment firm, lost the money between February and September, 2004. MDL Capital Management relinquished control of the fund in November. Although the bureau has known about the losses...
  • State loses $215 million

    06/08/2005 7:32:47 AM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 24 replies · 935+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | June 8, 2005 | Sandy Theis, Julie Carr Smyth, T.C. Brown
    Columbus - A politically connected investment firm lost $215 million in Bureau of Workers' Compensation money, triggering an agency shake-up, a wide-ranging criminal investigation and calls by Democrats for Gov. Bob Taft's recall. Losses by the Pittsburgh-based MDL Capital Management dwarf the estimated $10 million to $13 million missing from BWC's rare-coin investments and raise new questions about the abilities of former bureau administrator Jim Conrad, who initially soft-pedaled information that surfaced about the losing investments. Agency officials believe the losses are among the largest by a single money manager in BWC history, but emphasize that the $14 billion portfolio...
  • $10M to $12M missing from Noe's coin funds (More bad news out of Ohio)

    05/27/2005 8:20:03 AM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 9 replies · 768+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | May 27, 2005 | James Drew and Mike Wilkinson
    COLUMBUS — Federal and state authorities are pursuing criminal and civil charges against Tom Noe for allegedly misappropriating $10 million to $12 million from the state’s rare-coin investment. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said yesterday that he has “reason to believe” Mr. Noe, a prominent Toledo-area Republican fund-raiser and rare-coin dealer, has misappropriated “more than $10 million” in state assets. “I have reason to believe it is more than just missing assets or lost assets or otherwise,” said Mr. O’Brien, a Republican. “I have reason to believe there is actual misappropriation of state funds involved ... I’m talking about conversion...
  • What’s Wrong With Ohio (Republicans)

    05/25/2005 5:38:44 PM PDT · by NeoCaveman · 93 replies · 871+ views
    Route-82 Blog ^ | 5/25/05 | Mark McNally
    Wednesday in the Senate, George Voinovich broke down in tears. Tears. He broke down in tears over the upcoming vote on John Bolton for U.N. Ambassador. Tuesday Ohio Senator Mike Dewine joined the usual north eastern liberal Republicans plus John McCain, Lindsay Graham, and John Warner in thwarting Majority Leader Frist’s implementation of the constitution option to end the filibuster of judicial nomination. Coming in the next few weeks the new budget for the state of Ohio, which will include making half of the temporary sales tax increase permanent, will be passed by the Republican dominated legislature and supported by...
  • Brown won’t run for Ohio governor, sources say

    05/03/2005 6:21:01 AM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 12 replies · 443+ views
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 3, 2005 | Joe Hallett
    U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown, viewed as one of Ohio’s most popular Democrats, is expected to announce today that he will not run for governor in 2006. Brown, 52, of Lorain, likely will announce plans to run for re-election to a seventh term in Congress in a conference call with reporters this morning, according to several sources. Brown’s spokeswoman declined to comment. High-ranking Democrats in Ohio and Washington have urged Brown to run for governor or against Republican Sen. Mike DeWine. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Dennis L. White said last night that he had lunch with Brown several weeks ago. "He...
  • Poll: Governor's disapproval rating highest in 24 years (RINO Bob hits a new low)

    04/22/2005 12:55:39 PM PDT · by Columbus Dawg · 25 replies · 815+ views
    Akron Beacon Journal ^ | April 22, 2005 | Associated Press
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A poll released Friday says that more Ohioans disapproved of the job Gov. Bob Taft is doing than any governor in the poll's 24-year history. The Ohio Poll, sponsored and conducted by the University of Cincinnati, found that 55 percent of those surveyed disapproved of the way Taft, a Cincinnati Republican, was handling his job. Thirty-four percent approved of Taft's job performance and 11 percent neither approved or disapproved. Taft's previous disapproval rating in the poll was 43 percent in February 2004. The telephone poll was taken March 21-April 10 among 846 adults statewide. It had a...
  • Spending Sits Well with GOP Governors

    03/27/2005 10:53:33 AM PST · by HostileTerritory · 27 replies · 926+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 27, 2005 | T.R. Reid
    DENVER--Governor Bill Owens, a Republican, has been crisscrossing the country for years promoting the virtues of this state's strict constitutional limits on government spending. He has repeatedly urged other states to adopt restrictions of their own, based on Colorado's Taxpayer Bill of Rights amendment, known as TABOR. But this summer, Owens says, he will traverse his own mountainous state pushing the opposite message. Midway through his second term, Owens is working to persuade Coloradans to suspend the limits he championed and let the state government spend $3 billion more in tax money than TABOR would allow. Owens thus becomes another...
  • Bob Taft Sucks

    03/07/2005 5:05:50 AM PST · by authorofbobtaftsucks.com · 217 replies · 1,823+ views
    http://www.bobtaftsucks.com ^ | 3-7-05 | author@bobtaftsucks.com
    Fed up with Bob Taft - go to the website bobtaftsucks.com
  • American Minute: A Christian Nation

    02/23/2005 5:03:03 AM PST · by xzins · 32 replies · 563+ views
    Ameri Search ^ | 23 Feb | American Minute
    American Minute for February 23rd: The Panama Canal Zone was acquired for ten million dollars by the United States on this day, February 23, 1904. Years later, in 1912, President William Taft referred to it in an address to Congress: "Our defense of the Panama Canal, together with our enormous world trade and our missionary outposts on the frontiers of civilization, require us to recognize our position as one of the foremost in the family of nations." President Taft continued, we must "clothe ourselves with sufficient naval power...to give weight to our influence in those directions of progress that a...
  • Taft Gives State of the State Address

    02/08/2005 4:50:16 PM PST · by Columbus Dawg · 17 replies · 326+ views
    WBNS-TV, Columbus ^ | February 8, 2005
    Overhauling the tax system that Ohio uses to pay for everything from schools to hospital care for the poor dominated Gov. Bob Taft's seventh State of the State address Tuesday. The Republican proposed a sweeping change in business taxes so that more companies pay, but at a lower rate. He also proposed in his prepared remarks to cut by 21 percent the rates on personal income taxes, paid by individuals and businesses. Ohioans who make less than $10,000 a year would pay no state income tax, he said. The plan would raise $800 million less over two years, for a...
  • Kill bill, get job (Is this how Ohio Governor Bob Taft does business??????)

    01/13/2005 5:24:42 PM PST · by Columbus Dawg · 3 replies · 342+ views
    The Other Paper ^ | January 13, 2005 | Aaron Marshall
    Doug White had a problem. He needed a job. As he presided over the closing weeks of the Ohio Senate session in December, White was staring at the prospect of being sent back home to Adams County by term limits. The outgoing Senate president needed the help of Gov. Bob Taft, the man lawmakers are forced to turn to when they want jobs or board appointments after their stints as lawmakers end. Taft had a problem of his own. State Rep. Lynn Olman had finally convinced his fellow Republican lawmakers to consider his proposal to require insurance companies to cover...