Archive for June, 2006

Ohio: Between 44th and 46th in Education, A Schoolhouse Divided

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on June 30th, 2006

When I first came to Ohio, the state’s higher education was ranked 37th among the 50 states, and that was under the Democratic administration of Dick Celeste. Under Voinovich, and now Taft, state aid to higher education has fallen – depending on who’s counting – between 44th and 46th. This makes Ohio the Mississippi of […]

Renew, Re-energize And Revive

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on June 29th, 2006

Representatives of the Blue-Green Alliance were in Columbus Wednesday preaching the gospel of good jobs, a clean environment and a safer world. The Alliance is a partnership between the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club. As they say, “Historic times demand historic responses.” The Alliance offers “visionary solutions” understanding that the new jobs must come, […]

J. Kenneth Blackwell – The J. Is For Jim Crow

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on June 28th, 2006

Unlike most western democracies, the United States only became a democracy some 40 years ago with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Our country hired federal registrars, who were allowed to pack sidearms to break the tyranny of racist white Dixiecrats. Now we have the new Jim Crow. You get a black […]

Ted Strickland In Gay Pride Parade?

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on June 27th, 2006

I didn’t get a chance to blog over the weekend. I was busy volunteering at the Community Festival in Columbus, Ohio at Goodale Park. I also did a little campaigning. On Saturday, Tim Kettler, Green Party candidate for Secretary of State, and I, marched in the gay pride parade between the Peace Pride contingent and […]

Hacking The Vote In Miami County

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on June 23rd, 2006

Well, we finally got to Miami County in Ohio this week to check those strange numbers, as Richard Hayes Phillips wrote, there’s no way there was “a 98.55% turnout in Concord South West precinct or anywhere else in Ohio.  Nor was there a 94.27% turnout in Concord South precinct.” Hacking The Vote In Miami County […]

Where Do You Hide With A Stolen Election, Stolen Planet

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on June 20th, 2006

Having just watched the premier of Al Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” I couldn’t help but see the parallels between the global warming issue and the 2004 stolen presidential election. Gore related his attempts over the years to get Congress, the media and the public to believe that global warming is a crisis, only to […]

Inconvenient Truths

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on June 17th, 2006

Ohio lags behind the states of the northeast in our commitment to clean energy. By November 15, 2004, nine Northeastern US states – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania – committed to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) RGGI. These states established emission capping and trading […]

Hackwell Admits Crimes

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on June 16th, 2006

So, Ken Hackwell is taking credit for the high voter turnout in the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. Today’s Columbus Dispatch reported that the Hackwell campaign states “The facts of the record show that Secretary Blackwell’s leadership resulted in record-setting voter turnout and voter registration drives in which one million more Ohioans gained the opportunity […]

Grassroots Green Activism

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on June 15th, 2006

In “An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore tells us that we only have a decade to turn around the destruction by global warming to our planet. What we would be entering into has been called “the birth of death” if we continue in our non-sustainable ways. The only way to clean up Ohio, […]

The Ohio Left, Out Of The Gubenatorial Debate

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on June 14th, 2006

So Hackwell and Strickland plan a series of five debates. As always, they don’t invite the other parties, in this case the Libertarians and the Green candidate for governor (me). I suspect that the debates will span the political spectrum from A to B. Strickland will increasingly head to the center right as news articles […]


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