Archive for August, 2006

J. Katrina Blackwell

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on August 28th, 2006

J. Katrina Blackwell hates the anniversary of the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. When you want to run the Bush Bantustan of Ohio and you’re counting on peeling black voters from the Republican Party, there’s nothing more disturbing than to recall black faces floating down the streets of New Orleans and desperate African Americans […]

Save the Ballots!

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on August 25th, 2006

We have one week to save the ballots from the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. Although many Democrats remain in denial, because John Kerry told them to shut up, the ballots are evidence of one of the worst crimes in American history. Whether it’s the absurd claim that the last 359 voters in a Delaware […]

Two Candidates Do Not A Dictatorship Make

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on August 24th, 2006

Heard Ted Strickland speak the other day at the Chamber of Commerce gubernatorial candidate breakfast at the Holiday Inn on the Lane in Columbus – best moderate Republican political talk I’ve ever heard. American politics runs in cycles. We’ve swung dramatically to the right since the appearance of Ronald Reagan and his CIA sidekick George […]

Tremendous Void In Columbus’ Black Community With The Loss Of WVKO

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on August 23rd, 2006

It was great to be back live on “Front Street”, the public affairs radio talk show that used to be on WVKO 1580AM here in Columbus – back with my old pal Charles Traylor. For ten years I was the only white talk show host on a black-owned and operated radio station, thanks to the […]

War, Strickland And Dems Like WHIGs, Blackwell Ran Out Of Room

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on August 22nd, 2006

In their first joint press conference, Ted Strickland and Ken Blackwell upheld the tradition of Ohio politics by not going into great detail on the great moral issues of the day. Of course, Strickland is infinitely preferable to the opportunistic Bush family sycophant, J. Katrina Blackwell. One thing they could agree upon was excluding the […]

Full Transparency

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on August 17th, 2006

So Diebold gets blasted on the front page of the Metro section of the Columbus Dispatch on Wednesday. Maybe the legendary blind men feeling up an elephant at the Big D’s editorial board are close to grasping the obvious: private, partisan, nontransparent e-voting machines with proprietary software are unreliable and undermine democracy. The Diebold machines […]

Pragmatism Is Another Word For Cowardice

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on August 15th, 2006

In the middle of an illegal war in Iraq, which has branded him a war criminal in the eyes of the vast majority of people on earth, George W. Bush has made another attempt to turn America into an authoritarian nation. The Republican Congress wants to give the Fuhrer Bush control of the state National […]

Ohio’s New Jim Crow Brought To You By Blackwell And The GOP

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on August 12th, 2006

The front page of Friday’s Columbus Dispatch screams out “500 New Voters Might Not Exist” referring to ACORN’s paid voter registration gatherers falsifying registrations. What it fails to point out is that 500,000 voters may not get to vote in November because of the state’s new voter ID law. A few days ago, the Dispatch […]

Raise The Minimum Wage – More Young Leave Ohio Than Any Other State

Posted by Bob Fitrakis on August 10th, 2006

I heard an interesting statistic recently. Our state loses more young people aged 18-24 to jobs and opportunities outside Ohio than any other state in our nation. Not something to be proud of. As an educator at Columbus State Community College, I’ve seen thousands of students pass through Columbus State to go on to bigger, […]

I spent 12 hours at the Ohio State Fair on Saturday and Sunday at the Green Party booth. The best thing the Greens had going for them is that they are not Democrats, and particularly not Republicans. There was a fair amount of hostility against Bob Taft, even from the rock-ribbed rural Republican base. Couldn’t […]


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