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Columbus will be receiving a tax increase

Mayor Coleman during his State of the City Address

Mayor Coleman during his State of the City Address

Mayor Coleman may not have come out and said it, but it was definately implied in his State of the City address according to the Dispatch.

I wonder what are the costs that make the city budget potentially $50 million over budget?

I cannot, and I am sure that many Columbusites feel the same way, have my taxes increased. Now is not the time. If Mayor Coleman and City Council are the true “fiscal stewards” that they consider themselves, then they must find other ways to get money and trim this budget.

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Things just get better for Ohio Senate Republicans

Ray Miller, glorious leader of the Ohio Senate Democrats, has raised $0 for their Senate campaigns. This after he deposed fmr. Leader Teresa Fedor for failed leadership.

That fundraising figure is according to Buckeye State Blog.

Thanks Democrats!!!!

What an excellent leader you have chosen!!!!

“Scary Mary Jo”? Excuse me while I gag…

I saw the headline in last Thursday’s The Other Paper and laughed out loud. “Scary Mary Jo”, by Dan Williamson, details how the top contenders are supposedly scared of running against Kilroy because she’s a “tough campaigner”. What makes her tough, according to Williamson? The fact that she’s a mean person and a dirty campaigner says he. Those characteristics don’t make her someone to be afraid of; it just makes her a mean person and a dirty campaigner.

I don’t ignore the fact that even if the GOP got the candidates that they wanted, the 15th District would still be tough race since the county is trending Democrat and Kilroy will have a lot of money. But when looking at her qualities, there are a couple of things that Dan forgot:

– Her “prickly” personality is still a negative.

I have involved in a few elections, and I have seen her in action. I believed her to be arrogant and condescending to her opponents and voters and if you want proof just look at her debate last year with Rep. Pryce. That could also be a reason why she lost; she may have polled well in Franklin County, but she could not connect with those in Union or Madison Counties.

-Ran in ’06 and lost. What’s different now? 

She’s running the same campaign that she ran last year, and the climate’s not as bad for the GOP this year like it was last year. Not great, but not horrific. But this candidate that the GOP gets to run will not have any taint on them and she will have to run on her true left-wing views.

Since Stivers, Jim Hughes, and Petro have declined to run, names that I’ve heard recently  have been fmr. Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka (since declined), fmr. Franklin Co. Commissioner Dewey Stokes (also declined), and Judge Julie Lynch.

Now its a game of wait-and-see.

Pryce-Kilroy II is gonna be fun.

I found this article today, and it talked about the rematch between Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-UA) and Franklin Co. Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy. Democrats still think that they have a shot at this seat. The ’06 midterm elections had the worst atmosphere for any party that I can remember and Pryce still beat her, so I am completely confident in the congresswoman that she will win again and hopefully end Mary Jo’s political career.

Brownson and the Log Cabins

This week, the Franklin County GOP endorsed Bill Brownson in his race for Columbus City Council. Brownson is the first gay Republican to earn its endorsement.

Some conservatives were not happy with the endorsement because they felt Brownson turned his back on President Bush in 2004. Brownson was Chairman of the Log Cabin when they voted against endorsing President Bush for re-election, citing a desire to “shift our financial and political resources to defeating the radical right and supporting inclusive Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives“.

Gay rights are low on my scale of important issues concerning America, but it’s one of most important issues for the LCRs. The president was pushing for gay marriage bans around the U.S. and if they were to endorse him anyway they would lose face to their members. Their disagreements with the President’s campaign notwithstanding, they still supported Republican candidates around the country in 2004 and 2006. That should count for something, right?
Gay or straight, Brownson will have a long way to go to win as a Republican in a Democratic city. But if he’s right on taxes, crime, and education, he’ll definitely have my support and will win over his skeptics.