Archive for May, 2006

Bush And Hackwell About To Be Stoned

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on May 31st, 2006

Check out – the Top 50 Headlines of the Week includes a blog by Cincinnati’s Andrew Warner. He’s asking Strickland to drop out of Ohio’s governor race, so as not to be a “spoiler” for my campaign. Thanks for the insightful analysis, Andrew! This Thursday, Rolling Stone subscribers should be getting a historic issue […]

End The Atrocities In Iraq

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on May 30th, 2006

This Memorial Day I reflected on the war dead in Iraq. Not just the U.S. soldiers, but the more than 30,000, and possibly as high as 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians killed in this unjust war. When individuals make such atrocious mistakes, based on misinformation and lies, they should immediately cease their sinful actions and offer […]

Minimum Wage Is Not Living Wage

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on May 29th, 2006

When the Republicans that control the state recently raised Ohio’s minimum wage to match the federal rate of $5.15, there was little cause for rejoicing. The federal minimum wage has not been increased since September 1997. Five fifteen an hour comes out to $10,700 annually, to support oneself or family. There’s a statewide initiative that […]

Granny D Arrested In Washington DC Fighting For Clean Government

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on May 27th, 2006

I had the privilege of having breakfast with Doris “Granny D” Haddock today. Granny D, who lives in the woods between Dublin and Peterborough, New Hampshire, came to Columbus to campaign for clean money in the state and to end the culture of corruption. Granny D is most famous for walking across the country at […]

New Emancipation Movement Needed

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on May 26th, 2006

What do we make of the Columbus Dispatch headline today: “Senate Debate Turns Nasty”? Senator Ray Miller (D-Columbus) was confronted by Republican Senator Jeff Jacobson of suburban Dayton. Bizarrely, the confrontation occurred during a debate over a bill declaring September 22 as Emancipation Day in Ohio. As the Ohio Government TV channel faded to black […]

Redistricting Bill in Ohio – What’s the Hurry?

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on May 25th, 2006

My colleague, attorney Cliff Arnebeck, testified today on HJR 13, the redistricting reform bill. First of all, Arnebeck raised the key question: “What’s the hurry?” As polls show, the scandal-ridden Republican Party, in serious trouble nationally and in the state of Ohio, is scrambling to create their version of a “bipartisan” state redistricting apportionment board. […]

Returning Democracy to Ohio Politics

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on May 24th, 2006

Ohio’s electoral problem is based on the bipartisan collusion of a two-party system that makes it difficult for third parties, like the Libertarians and Greens, to get on the ballot.  The problem also stems from gerrymandered, uncompetitive legislative districts that favor incumbents and the party in power – whether Republicans or Democrats. I have fought […]

The Filters Come Off

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on May 23rd, 2006

Here’s an article that ran in the Athens News. I’m actually quite pleased with it, since it doesn’t contain the usual corporate media filters. For example, the writer actually lists my credentials accurately. For 20 years I was only referred to as an “activist” in the Columbus Dispatch, usually no mention that I have a […]

Re-living the Outrages of 2004

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on May 22nd, 2006

I was doing some research last night for a book I’m working on and found myself once again being outraged by the blatant theft of the 2004 election in Ohio. Here are a few of the irregularities that caught my attention. Our election system is broken. The good news, though, is that Newsweek is actually […]

Immigration Solutions

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on May 21st, 2006

I’ve always found it ironic that we would be building a large fence to prevent Mexicans from coming into Los Angeles, San Antonio and the state of New Mexico. When I think of immigration, I start with the fact that the American Southwest is the former northern half of Mexico, won through the Mexican War […]

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