Press Release: BROWN SECURES $13 MILLION FOR LOCAL PROJECTS

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WASHINGTON — As part of the 2006 Transportation Equity Act-A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU), Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Lorain) secured $13,017,728 to help fund ten projects in the 13th Congressional District. Reauthorized every six years, TEA-LU allocates highway and transit funding throughout the United States. TEA-LU was approved by a 412 to 6 vote in the House Friday. Brown voted in favor of the measure.

"The highway bill is good news not just for highways, but for public transit throughout northeastern Ohio," Brown said. "Coupled with local support, this money will bolster economic development and go a long way toward filling transportations funding gaps in Summit, Lorain and Cuyahoga Counties."

SUMMIT COUNTY

* Manchester Road, City of Akron: $3,200,000 — Reconstruct the existing pavement on Manchester Road (State Route 93) between Waterloo Road and Kenmore Boulevard. Manchester Road is a major artery in the southwest quadrant of the city. It is scheduled for reconstruction in 2006.

* White Pond Drive, City of Akron: $800,000 — Reconstruct and relocate the interchange of White Pond Drive and Frank Boulevard. Commercial, business and residential developments along White Pond Drive have caused increases in traffic volumes. This project will accommodate those increases and improve conditions for continuing growth. The relocation of Frank Boulevard will move the existing traffic around a quiet residential neighborhood.

* Akron METRO Regional Transit Authority’s Downtown Multi-Modal Transportation Center: $3,344,000 — Build an intermodal transportation center to integrate four major forms of public transportation serving the Akron area. Approximately 2,500 transit users travel to downtown Akron each day. Downtown is also METRO’s transit hub, with more than 2,000 bus-to-bus transfers occurring in downtown Akron each day. The center will host AMTRAK, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, proposed Cleveland-Akron-Canton Commuter Rail service, Greyhound bus service, METRO RTA, buses and taxis.

* Summit County Engineer’s Improved Accessibility to Cuyahoga Valley National Park: $400,000 — The Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) has become increasingly popular destinations for residents of northeast Ohio. CVNP is one of the top 20 most visited national parks in the country. Improving access to the CVNP will increase the safety of the roadways, improve a multi-modal usage and access, and decrease vehicular congestion in the park and adjacent areas.

LORAIN COUNTY

* New York Central Train Station in Elyria: $1,712,128 — Renovation of the historic New York Central Train Station in downtown Elyria. The project will provide a multi-purpose facility to serve the transit needs of Lorain County into the future and create an attractive space for public events. The site plan includes a ten bus “pulse” area for Lorain County Transit, where all northern and southern routes will converge regularly to exchange passengers. The station has 76 parking spaces and an area for a stand-alone rental car facility.

* Reconstruct Broadway Avenue in Lorain: $600,000 — A street scaping project where the road, sidewalk, crosswalks, lighting and electrical systems will be reconstructed to give the gateway to the waterfront of Lorain a new face. It will also provide improved access to the planned reintroduction of trolley service to the waterfront development areas. Residents of Lorain have been denied access to the Lorain waterfront on Lake Erie for many years. The harbor area now has approximately 100 acres of vacant land available for development.

* Purchase High Speed Ferries for Black River Excursion Boat Service, Lorain Port Authority: $600,000 — Included in as part of a comprehensive, intermodal transportation system for the Lorain area including: rail, transit and waterborne phases. The overall project is the result of several years of planning and currently includes the Lorain Port Authority’s new $6.95 million Black River Landing multi-modal Transportation Center, the Lake Shore Railroad’s progression northward to the Port of Lorain, and the creation of the Lorain Heritage Trolley non-profit corporation.

* Grade Crossing Safety Device Upgrades in Elyria and Northridge, Norfolk Southern Railroad: $761,600 — Upgrade circuits controlling gates and flashing lights at six grade crossings to “constant warning time devices.” This is a “smart” device that generates a standard time delay from activation of the gates and lights until the train enters the crossing, regardless of train speed. Eliminating the variation based on train speed will improve public safety by reducing the rate of crossing accidents and the rate of associated train derailments, particularly important on this rail line due to the co-mingling of freight trains and higher speed Amtrak trains.

CUYAHOGA COUNTY

* Pearl Road, City of Strongsville: $800,000 — Improve the roadway from two lanes to four or five lanes. As a north-south connector between Cleveland and Medina, US 42 is a vital component of the region’s transportation system. Pearl Road relieves congestion on Interstate 71 and serves as a conduit for developing areas to the south and west seeking access to I-71. It is prone to frequent flooding due to the lack of proper drainage, and traffic problems due to a lack of enough through lanes.

* State Route 82, City of North Royalton: $800,000 — Reconstruct and widen Royalton Road to provide a full service roadway of five lanes through several miles of business, commercial, and industrial districts. This is the largest road project ever for the City of North Royalton. Originally constructed in 1930, Royalton Road is the primary east-west corridor in southern Cuyahoga County with major interstate interchanges located in neighboring Strongsville (I-71) and Broadview Heights (I-77). Royalton Road also serves as a primary corridor between Cuyahoga County and three neighboring counties: Lorain, Portage, and Summit.

Press Release: DESPITE OVERWHELMING OPPOSITION, CAFTA PASSES

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Brown Commends Bipartisan Coalition Efforts, Says CAFTA Vote Costly for White House

WASHINGTON — Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement:

"The Central American Free Trade Agreement did not pass based on its merits. Tonight's vote was an exercise in strong-arm tactics. The bipartisan coalition opposed to CAFTA secured more votes tonight than in any trade agreement in American history.

"Unfortunately, as with past trade votes, Republican leadership held the roll open for an hour and twisted arms. With the help of Vice President Cheney and U.S. Trade Representative Portman, who lobbied for votes outside the House Chamber, this agreement crafted by a select few, for a select few narrowly passed the House.

"The administration chose to ignore the overwhelming opposition to CAFTA from business and labor groups, farmers and ranchers, faith-based groups and environmental and human rights organizations in the U.S. and Central America.

"They made so many side deals that American taxpayers will be paying for CAFTA for years to come. Tom DeLay promised so many chairmanships that he's going to have to create new committees."

Petition drive has stalled again

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The petition drive seems to have stalled again, at 75, thanks to everybody that has signed it and please encourage your friends, family, and anybody else to please sign it. Include the link in your diary signatures, message board signatures and email signatures to spread the word. If you still haven't signed it please do so now! RunSherrodRun.com

Netroots Support Brown

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Somebody posted a diary entry and poll over at DailyKos asking who would be the preferred candidate to challenge DeWine. Sherrod Brown came in first with 47% and Rep Ryan came in second with 39%















Oh and I thought Martin Sheen was from New Hampshire ...

Press Release: “Vaccines for Adults” Legislation Would Provide Access to Life Saving Vaccines

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WASHINGTON — Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Rep. Sherrod Brown, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard introduced legislation establishing a program to provide access to recommended vaccines for uninsured and underinsured adults. The legislation is designed to ensure that all Americans have access to life-saving, cost-effective, and recommended vaccines.

“Vaccines don’t save lives when they are sitting on a shelf,” said Rep. Waxman. “We can protect the public health and stabilize the vaccine supply by expanding access to vaccines.”

“There is no preventive measure more potent or more cost-effective than vaccination,” Rep. Brown stated. “Vaccines not only prevent individual illness, but the spread of disease. From both a public health and an economic perspective, it makes sense to expand access to them.”

“It is a tragedy that over 45,000 adults in this country die each year from infectious diseases that could have been prevented by a simple vaccine,” said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “We must do a better job reaching and protecting the approximately 40% of adults at risk for infectious diseases who are under-immunized.”

The proposed legislation would:

* Establish the Vaccines for Adults program. Modeled on the successful Vaccines for Children program, this initiative will provide access to recommended vaccines for uninsured and underinsured adults in public health clinics.

* Strengthen the Supply of the Flu Vaccine. To prevent another shortage, the legislation would expand production by authorizing a buy-back program for unsold flu vaccine.

* Support State Immunization Efforts. The bill increases funding for states to strengthen their vaccine outreach, tracking, and delivery.

* Address Vaccine Shortages. The legislation requires companies leaving the vaccine market to provide advance warning to public health officials and ensures that in the event of a vaccine shortage, public health officials can determine where available vaccine exists in their community.

In recent years, there have been shortages of several critical pediatric and adult vaccines. There are also large gaps in access. Ten states fail to provide all recommended vaccines to children, and half of all nonelderly adults in the United States lack insurance coverage for vaccination. Without government action, these problems will only grow as promising new vaccines are approved for use.

The legislation has been endorsed by the American Public Health Association. It has also been endorsed by Dr. Walter Orenstein, former Director of the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sen. Edward Kennedy and Sen. Jack Reed introduced a companion bill in the Senate.

Don't miss Hackett on Hardball

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Don't miss Hackett on Hardball with Chris Matthews tomorrow at 7PM on MSNBC.

Well it passed

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Well it passed, more comments later

CAFTA Vote as of 12:02

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___ YEA NAY
Rep 201 23
Dem 15 187
Ind------- 1
Total 216 211

CAFTA Vote Now - HR 3045 - 15 Minutes

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CAFTA Vote Now - HR 3045 - 15 Minutes

Still debating CAFTA

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They are still debating and I did take the feed out of my blog, but you can still watch on the CSPAN web site. (links 2 posts down) I alost posted a still from a few minutes ago of Congressman Sherrod Brown debating.

Keep checking back for updates

More CAFTA Information

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You can find the complete text of CAFTA (Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act) here and the find other blogs about results from Technorati

Watch the CAFTA debate

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Watch the CAFTA debate right now on CSPAN-1
Real Player
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or turn on your TV

CNN viewers don't like CAFTA

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A CNN QuickVote (non-scientific) indicates that CAFTA, atleast among CNN viewers, is not a very popular idea



The vote is expected some time around or after midnight, I'll keep you updated all day.

"We don't have the votes right now"

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Rep. Jim Kolbe said on Lou Dobbs tonight that the CAFTA supporters "don't have the votes right now"

Developing ...

Programming Note

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Sherrod Brown will be on Lou Dobbs Tonight (CNN) at 6-7PM EST debating CAFTA

House CAFTA Headcount

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Does anybody know the current headcount on CAFTA? I haven't been able to find anything other then "it will be close"

If you know something email (Brown2006@gmail.com), comment or use the tip box

Thanks

Update: I did see this http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/caftavotecount.htm, but that doesn't answer a whole lot

CAFTA Vote could come today

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The House Rules Committee has provided for 2 hours of debate and then a vote, but as Tim Tagaris over at GrowOhio.org points out it will most likely come in the early morning hours.

H.R. 3045 - DOMINICAN RUPUBLIC - CENTRAL AMERICA - UNITED STATES FREE TRADE AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION ACT

1.Closed rule.
2. Provides two hours of debate in the House equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means.
3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.
4. Provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker in consonance with section 151 of the Trade Act of 1974.
5. Provides that a motion to proceed to consideration of the bill under section 151 of the Trade Act of 1974 shall be in order only if offered by the Majority Leader or his designee.
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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That upon the adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the House the bill (H.R. 3045) to implement the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement. All points of order against the bill and against its consideration are waived. The bill shall be considered as read. The bill shall be debatable for two hours equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means. Pursuant to section 151 of the Trade Act of 1974, the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill to final passage without intervening motion.

Sec. 2. During consideration of H.R. 3045 pursuant to this resolution, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker in consonance with section 151 of the Trade Act of 1974.

Sec. 3. A motion to proceed to consideration of H.R. 3045 pursuant to section 151 of the Trade Act of 1974 shall be in order only if offered by the Majority Leader or his designee.


I'll keep you updated

Hackett Campaign, Daily Kos, ActBlue and GrowOhio.org on CNN

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Somebody over at Daily Kos posted clips from this afternoon on CNN. I uploaded the clip here so check it out! I know those of you following the petition have noticed that it has been going a bit slow, next week I hope to start a bigger campaign. I would apprechiate it greatly if you continue spreading the word, encourage people to sign (they don't have to be from Ohio, all support counts) and convince Sherrod Brown to run for Senate in 2006.

As always send me your comments Brown20006@gmail.com, or leave them here, or use the tip box

Largest Bipartisan Coalition Against CAFTA to Date Will Gather on Capitol Lawn

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Washington, D.C.- Representatives Walter B. Jones of North Carolina and Sherrod Brown of Ohio will host a bipartisan event tomorrow to highlight the broad and deep opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), scheduled for a vote later this week. At the 10:30 am. news conference on the West Lawn of the Capitol, more than two dozen House Republicans and Democrats will gather to express their opposition to CAFTA.

“I think we all want trade with the countries of Central America. But trade will not work unless it’s fair—fair for Central America and fair for American workers,” Jones said. “This trade agreement is flawed.”

Since April 2005, more than 1,000 people have gathered on Capitol Hill to speak out against the agreement. Tuesday's news conference will reunite the same members of Congress and grassroots organizations. The event also will include new opposition to the agreement.

In addition to the strong bipartisan coalition against CAFTA, the lawmakers will be joined by representatives from faith-based organizations, business and labor groups, family farmers and ranchers, environmental and human rights organizations and more.

Other Members of Congress joining Reps. Jones and Brown include Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA), Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA), Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Butch Otter (R-ID), Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and others.


Via NC Rumors-News

Deal would favor select few from USA Today

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By Sherrod Brown
A prediction.

If the House of Representatives passes the Central American Free Trade Agreement, it will take place in the middle of the night, the normal 15-minute roll call will be extended to about three hours so that House leaders can twist arms, and the legislation will pass by one or two votes.

CAFTA supporters say the agreement will increase our exports. What they haven't said is the combined purchasing power of the CAFTA nations is equivalent to that of Columbus, Ohio. Or that an average Nicaraguan worker earns about $2,300 a year.

This agreement wouldn't allow workers in Central America to buy prime beef from Nebraska, or cars made in Ohio, or software from Seattle. These countries wouldn't be competing to buy our products, they'd be competing to make them.

When I was first elected to Congress in 1992, our trade deficit — the amount by which our imports exceed our exports — was $38 billion. Last year — after a decade of the North American Free Trade Agreement, China's Permanent Normal Trade Relations and a host of other trade agreements — our trade deficit has ballooned to $618 billion. More important, we have lost three million manufacturing jobs in the last five years.

Now congressional leaders and the president want to do more of the same. CAFTA, as other trade agreements, was negotiated by a select few for a select few. It builds in strong protections for U.S. pharmaceutical companies, but does nothing for American or Central American workers. It protects Hollywood films, but not the environment.

That's why the opposition to CAFTA is so wide and deep — Republicans and Democrats; small manufacturers and labor unions; family farmers and environmentalists; Roman Catholic bishops in Central America and Jewish, Lutheran and Presbyterian leaders in our country.

There is a better way. Trade policy should benefit also workers and small business, not only our largest corporations. Our trade agreement should protect the environment and food safety. Labor standards should be adopted to respect American workers and lift up workers in poor countries.

When the world's poorest people can buy American products, not just make them, then we will know that our trade policies are finally working.


Complete Article

Link to RunSherrodRun.com

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I've made it easy for you to link to RunSherrodRun.com, you can now just copy and past the code below to display this button on your site or blog




Poll Tip

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Somebody left me an anonymous tip (thanks a lot) saying that a firm is polling Strickland vs. DeWine but the tipster did not give me any additional information. I’ve not been able to independently confirm this but I decided to post it anyway (yeah I know bloggers get a lot of flack for that, but I did admit that I can’t confirm it) Obviously this does not make a lot of sense, since Strickland is running for Governor (Campaign Site). Senate Democrats wanted Strickland to run for DeWine’s Senate Seat but those hopes were dashed when he announced his candidacy for Governor, now this could be a last ditch effort to convince him to change his mind but I don’t think that he is very likely to change his mind (but I’ve been wrong in the past, so …)

Now I did assume we are talking Mike DeWine here , the tip didn’t indicate, what would make a lot more sense to me is if it was Strickland vs. Pat DeWine.

I'll have to give this a little more thought, if anybody has any additional information (like the poll results) please send it to me via email or the tip box.

Denny White "U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown [...] may run for U.S. Senate"

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The Mansfield News Journal has an interesting interview with Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Denny White. The article discusses Coingate and White comments on the 2004 election. He says he doesn't believe their was any voter fraud in the 2004 election in Ohio, but their were some problems. The only mention made of Sherrod Brown was that he may run for Senate. Although it is noted that this was not in response to a question but rather was added, so there might be something up with that.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Denny White believes his party has a huge opportunity to win offices across the state [...] U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown, who grew up in Mansfield, may run for U.S. Senate, he added.

Complete Article

Unrelated: More attacks in London?

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A few cable news outlets and the AP are reporting that their are reports of 3 explosions in the subway system this morning ... Still Developing ...

Logo

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I made up this simple logo for all you webmasters and bloggers to link to the Petition.

Check out the Hackett Commercial

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Another post via GrowOhio

One of the greatest qualities of a grassroots based community is the willingness of people to offer their individual skills while we fight together for principles and candidates we believe in collectively. So when I received an email from Kevin Kefgen, a video producer/editor in Las Vegas, offering to help Paul Hackett's campaign by creating a commercial based upon my entry, "10/25/2004: What a Difference a Day Makes," I was pleased, but not completely surprised.
Check out the commericals, they not only convey the message clearly they are also great works.
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CAFTA Scorecard

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Tim over at GrowOhio posted the CAFTA Scorecard and wrote a pretty intresting post.
CAFTA Scorecard: How will your Representative Vote? (As of July 13 - Nat. Journal)

OH-3: Mike Turner (R) - Declined to Answer
OH-12: Pat Tiberi (R) - Declined to Answer
OH-16: Ralph Regula (R) - Declined to Answer
OH-1: Steve Chabot (R) - No Response by Presstime
OH-5: Paul Gillmor (R) - No Response by Presstime
OH-7: Dave Hobson (R) - No Response by Presstime
OH-14: Steve LaTourette (R) - No Response by Presstime
OH-18: Bob Ney (R) - No response by Presstime
OH-4: Michael Oxley (R) - Yes
OH-8: John Boehner (R) - Yes
OH-15: Deborah Pryce (R) - Yes
OH-6: Ted Strickland (D) - No
OH-9: Marcy Kaptur (D) - No
OH-10: Dennis Kucinich (D) - No
OH-11: Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D) - No
OH-13: Sherrod Brown (D) - No
OH-17: Tim Ryan (D) - No
Check it out here and please continue to urge other people to sign the petition to get Sherrod Brown to run for Senate against Mike Dewine.

Petition is up again

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Well the petition is up again, although that could again change any second. Thanks to all those who have signed it and those that have linked to it.

Sorry again

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Well it appears my web host dropped the ball again on me and I'm going to be switching hosts. It's probably going to take a day or so since I don't have a credit card and my PayPal account is currently at 0. (So if anybody has a few dollars to spare, I'd greatly appreciate you donating it through PayPal)

GOP Blogger picks Brown over Bob McEwen

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GOP Blogger ,VikingSpirit, picks Brown over conservative Republican and former US representatives from the 6th district Bob McEwen.

Yes, I'd vote for Sherrod Brown over McEwen. I just don't like McEwen, and I don't think he will serve the interests of Ohio.
Complete Post

Wonder how many other conservatives would make that pick, another sign of the GOP self destructing in Ohio? Maybe ....

FYI: SCOTUS Announcement

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This isn't Brown related but I'd thought I'd post it anyway, the President will announce his nominee for the SCOTUS at 9PM ET Tonight.

RunSherrodRun.com

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The site is up again and we've already collected 26 signatures this morning. If you haven't signed it, please do. Also if you have a web site or a blog please link to it. Thanks

Let Sherrod know the grassroots needs him to run for U.S. Senate against Mike DeWine

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Visit RunSherrodRun.com and make your voice heard!

Well it turns out the Server is having some problems ....

Who is Todd Portune?

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Good question … and one to which I did not have an immediate answer … but I’m ready now. His name came up while I was doing some reading on possible candidates for Mike DeWine’s Senate seat. I see this as being the first bad sign, if I don’t recognize his name, his name recognition can’t possibly be that high (at least in NE Ohio). Mr. Todd Portune is a member of the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners and has been since 2000. Now the obvious question is, why do I think Mr. Portune is not qualified? (Other then that I’m a big Brown fan, like you didn’t notice that) Well I would say experience, Sherrod Brown knows how politics works in Washington from his House experience and this would allow him to better further the issues that matter to Ohioans. This combined with his lack of statewide name recognition, polls show Brown’s to be around 77%, make Sherrod Brown out to be the obvious Democratic candidate.

I'm probably going to write up a longer profile, but this is it for now.

London Bombing Cleveland Connection

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This isn't related to Sherrod Brown but I thought I'd post it anyway, NBC is reporting that their is a possible connection between one of the bombers and Cleveland.

CLEVELAND -- Investigators from the FBI are trying to determine if one of the London bombers had relatives in the Cleveland area.

It's one of three possible American connections to the bombings.
...
One of the suspected bombers may have visited his mother in the Cleveland area several times, according to NBC News.
...

Complete Story

Blogging in Ohio

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The NationalJournal.com had an interesting post about blogging in Ohio.

... the race also is getting attention at GrowOhio, a new blog from the campaign of Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown, and at the blog of the Democratic National Committee. And today the contest generated a front-page post at Daily Kos (also cross-posted at GrowOhio)...


Complete Post

Although my blog didn't get a mention, oh well. I'm still working on that other project, that will launch soon ... I hope.

BTW: I still think it's funny that the Blogger dictionary doesn't include Blog or Blogger ...

Lack of posts

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Sorry I haven't posted, I've been working on something that should launch within the next few days.

GOP point of view

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The Viking Spirit “Commentary from an Ohio Republican on today's current events and political issues.” Writes:

We can't rip DeWine down in the primary, because he will most likely face a formidable opponent in Sherrod Brown in the general election.

Congressman Brown is definitely a formidable opponent and has a very good chance of winning the race if he decides to run. That is why we must all urge Congressman Sherrod Brown to run for Senate in 2006. The GOP, without a doubt, is going to have a hard battle to fight in Ohio.

As always let me know your thoughts via Email (Brown2006@gmail.com) or leave a comment.

Grow Ohio

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A few days ago I posted a link to Grow Ohio, but I didn’t post anything additional. I deliberately waited a few days before posting in order to see what develops. As it says on the front page:
Grow Ohio is a community-based project with the goal of empowering the grassroots of Ohio’s Democratic Party
The site’s layout is very ingenious because it allows you to view both statewide issues and ones that are more local by allowing the user to select a specific county from the map. This then consecutively brings up articles and posts with issues dealing specifically to that county and it’s greater region. So if you want to get involved or just want to see what’s going on, definitely take a look and bookmark it.

Reminder

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Just a reminder, this blog is unofficial and is not sponsored by Sherrod Brown or his campaign (hence the ads and donate button). I do not know Sherrod Brown personally, infact he probably doesn’t even know about this Blog.

Thanks again for all of your support, especially the ones that read my blog on a daily basis and those webmasters and bloggers that have linked to me.

Dewine on the SCOTUS?

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This might be old news, but I didn't catch it till now. WCPO.com reported on June 28 that Mike DeWine was considered to be good supreme court nominee.

...offered three names of people he said would be good for the court: GOP Senators Mel Martinez of Florida, Mike DeWine of Ohio, Mike Crapo of Idaho and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.


More interesting to me is that the list comes from Senator Reid, although in a way it does make sense since DeWine is part of the "Group of 14" that reached the filibuster compromise. It could also just be a way to distract DeWine in order for a Democrat, Sherrod Brown (if I get my way), to get his Senate Seat. But with recent published popularity polls, I don’t think DeWine needs any distractions. He’s going to have a hard time getting re-elected no matter who the democratic candidate for the seat is. Run a strong and popular candidate such as Rep. Brown against Senator DeWine, and he’s going to need all the luck he can get. If Sherrod Brown were to run, he would come out on top and Senator DeWine would be defeated like his son was in the House primary.

Complete Article

Another Interesting Post

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Bob Brigham on the Swing State Project made the following post:
Regular Swing State Project readers know that I go by the old rule of thumb when it comes to senators seeking re-election: if the re-elect number is under 40, then the incumbent is in trouble. Ohio Senator Mike DeWine's re-elect stands at 31%, which means his support is zip to nil and nil is leaning towards undecided.
Take a look at the Complete Article

This is starting to become very interesting, we'll have to see.

Daily Kos: OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown In?

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While doing some googleing, I came across this post on the Daily Kos


There looks like there might be some very good news on the horizon for Ohio Democrats. I think that Sherrod Brown is going to take on Mike DeWine in 2006, and I have a few decent data points to support this conclusion.


Take a look at the Entire Post

Americans want a CAFTA to benefit citizens north of the border, too by Sherrod Brown

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BENJAMIN Franklin's definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results - could refer to current U.S. trade policy.



A dozen years ago, our nation's trade deficit - the value of our imports minus exports - stood at $38 billion, a number that most economists thought too high. Today, after a series of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, it has jumped to $618 billion.

When Congress voted on the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993, our trade deficit with Canada and Mexico was $8 billion. Now, a dozen years later, our trade deficit with these two nations has rocketed to $115 billion.

Since the passage of President Bush's Trade Promotion Authority in early 2002, fully one-sixth of United States manufacturing jobs have disappeared.

Yet the Bush Administration is asking Congress to pass the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which the Senate narrowly agreed to do recently. Now it's in the House.

The administration and its allies in the business community, especially pharmaceutical and financial firms, tell Congress the same old story. They claim that this trade agreement is essential to ensuring economic viability for the U.S. and Central American economies.

They promise more jobs for Americans, more manufacturing done in the United States, and a higher standard of living for workers in developing countries.

Yet with every trade agreement, the predictions and the promises fall by the wayside. Instead we see more job loss here, rapid decline in U.S. manufacturing, and stagnant wages in the developing world.

While CAFTA supporters argue that U.S. farmers and ranchers and manufacturers will export large quantities of their goods to Central America, they rarely mention that the combined economic output of these countries is equivalent to that of Columbus, Ohio. And that the per capita income of a Nicaraguan worker is about $2,300 a year, less than one-sixteenth of an American's.

What CAFTA is not about is Central American workers being able to buy apparel from North Carolina, or cars manufactured in Detroit, or computers from Austin.

What CAFTA is about is U.S. companies moving plants to Honduras, outsourcing jobs to El Salvador, and exploiting cheap labor in Guatemala.

Each of the other four Bush trade agreements - with Chile, Australia, Singapore, and Morocco - was passed by Congress fewer than 60 days after the President signed them. CAFTA has languished for almost 13 months.

Majority Leader Tom DeLay, the most powerful Republican in the House, said that there would be a vote in the House in 2004. Then he promised House action by Memorial Day and, failing that, before July 4. It didn't happen.

But the American people, and the representatives who work for them, continue to resist. The American people want a different CAFTA, one that will raise living standards north and south of the border.

The United States, with its unrivaled purchasing power and its enormous economic clout, is in a unique position to help empower poor workers in developing countries while promoting prosperity at home.

When the world's poorest people can buy American products rather than just make them, then we will know that our trade policies are finally working.

Via toledoblade.com

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Brown for Senate?

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Of course, ok I know he hasn’t said anything about running for Senate. A run for Senate after his decision to not run for Governor of Ohio would make a lot sense, since most of the issues he is involved with aren’t issues that he could have address as Governor. Trade for example, only the Federal Government may regulate interstate or international commerce (Article 1 Section 8 Clause 3), he could continue working on this issue in a far better position then he is in now. I also believe he is very electable to this position. We'll see how this develops ...

Interesting Links

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On the right side of the page I have added some links, "Interesting Links", if you have a site that you think should be on the list please email me (Brown2006@gmail.com). I'll pretty much post anything that has something to do with Ohio or whatever, Liberal, Conservative, Moderate, Republican, Democratic, Independent, Communist ... ok I probably wouldn't link a Communist site ... but you get the point.

Don't forget

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Hey, just a reminder you can always Email me or leave a comment. I want to hear from you!

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I oppose CAFTA

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One of the reasons that I'm a strong supporter of Sherrod Brown is his opposition of CAFTA. It will do immeasurable harm to the United States and specifically Ohio. Do I oppose Free Trade ? Of course not! But in order for free trade to be good for American it also has to be fair – free and fair trade is the key. So why isn’t it fair?

First CAFTA would allow corporations to outsource much easier, making an already bad job market worse. It could potentially cost tens of thousands of Americans, including thousands of Ohioans, their job.

The second problem is simple economics, people from these countries can’t afford American goods – many Americans can’t afford American goods – how is a person making around $2500 a year going to afford a $25,000 car made in Ohio? Well they aren’t so while this would provide cheap imports, it would not do anything to rectify the trade deficit.

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Sherrod Brown in Avon?

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I didn't see this till now, but the Morning Journal reports that Sherrod Brown might be moving to Avon.

''I'm not leaving Lorain County,'' Brown, 53, said. ''I have no intentions of moving out of Lorain County. Lorain County has been wonderful to me, and my wife is excited about moving to Lorain County.''
Complete Article
Interesting ....

Anyway, you may or may not have noticed that I changed the title and the description of the blog to something more general. Still not sure what I'm going to do, for now I'll keep posting.