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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Strickland tours former brownfield site, touts job plan

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, touting his $1.7 jobs package, toured two Cincinnati area job-creating projects he believes should be a model for the rest of the state.

Strickland first went to the still-under-construction Linden Pointe at the Lateral site in Norwood, a 15-acre former brownfield site that is being turned into an office-retail complex that the developers say will ultimately create about 2,500 jobs. Later, he went to Melink Corporation in Miflord, a manufacturer oif energy-efficient kitchen ventilation systems.

After touring the first building built at Linden Pointe - a four-story office complex - with construction managers and several area state legislators, Strickland said it was a good example of how a private investors and state and local governments can team up to create jobs.

"They've taken a brownfield, cleaned up the mess and turned it into something that will create jobs,'' Strickland said. "The community wins because it takes a toxic area that was a problem and turns it into something that puts people to work and generates tax revenue."

The Enquirer talked to the governor about a few other subjects before he left Norwood for Milford, including:


Republicans on the state controlling board blocked Strickland's plan to invest $18 million in keno games, a video lottery, around the state as a way of generating revenue.

Strickland pulled his request after the controlling board balked, saying it want more information and public hearings on the proposal. Thursday, Strickland said he is willing to give them time, even though it means it is unlikely that he will get the keno games in operation by July 1 as he had planned.

"War has not been declared,'' the governor said. But, he said, if the Republicans on the controlling board reject his keno proposal, "I will suggest to them that they have an obligation to find some other way of helping up deal with a signifcant budget shortfall." Strickland has told legislators the state is facing a budget deficit of at least $733 million by the end of June 2009.

Obama's pastor:

Strickland - a United Methodist minister and supporter of Hillary Clinton - called the flap over incendiary remarks by Barack Obama's pastor "really unfortunate."

"I obviously don't know (the Rev. Jeremiah Wright); and I want to accept what people who do know him say - that those remarks are not a reflection of the man as a whole or of his lifetime of work."

The governor said he does not blame Obama for what his pastor said.

"I'm not sure it is a good idea to hold someone responsible for statements made by someone else," Strickland said.


at 8:23 AM, March 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


So if Pastor Wright's incendiary comments aren't a reflection of his lifetime of work (which is debatable if you look at his overseas trips, with whom he asociates etc.), then Strickland should not hold:
-Geraldine Ferraro accountable for speaking what she saw as the truth about Obama and American attitudes towards minorities because that does not represent a lifetime of work.
- Trent Lott accountable because of some remarks made at Strom Thurmond's birthday party many years ago because those comments were not a reflection of a lifetime of work.
- Mel Gibson accountable because of anti-semitic comments he made while drunk because that is not representative of a lifetime of work.
- Don Imus accountable because of an off-hand, stupid, foul comment he made during a game which no one watched because that is not representative of a lifetime of work.

Comment cut both ways.

Our media and politicians vilify some people for what they say and give passes to others for saying much worse things, multiple times, over the course of many years.

I guess it depends on what is politically expedient at the time for the commentor.

at 10:28 PM, March 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The right-wing smear machine tried to take out Obama this week and it backfired. Badly. McCain lost ground and Obama gained ground.

Swift-boating won't wor this time. Face it. The American public is salivating over the chance to turn the Bush crime machhine out of office and put the Repugnicant Party out of business.

This time next year, the Gang Of Pedophiles will be just as bankrupt as their policies and actions and inactions have made millions of Americans.

Tying together all of the Repug corruption, the Repugnicant Party will be tried in court as a corrupt enterprise as allowed under the RICO Statutes.

The GOP is no different than the mafia. Taft, Bush, Ney, Noe, and others are no different than the Gottis and Gambinos.

My advice to all my GOP acquaintances is to spend 2008 combing your bank records and hiring a good lawyer. You're going to need it.

at 11:15 PM, March 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

THe thread below is 2 months old. Nothing has change, except the Repugs have been even more obsessed with stoppin honest elections from happening this year and court after court after court has them their manuevers are illegal, unconstitutional or both.

at 1:22 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous said...
THe Ohio GOP is well aware that they will be absolutely blown out of the water if the votes are counted honestly in 2008. The Democrat nominee will win Ohio in a walk, the Repugs will lose their House and Senate majorities, and hundreds of Repugs will lose their county seats and thousands of their patronage hacks will be out of work.

The party's very existence lies on being able to count the votes themselves. If they lose that, they lose power. If they lose power, they lose money. If they lose money, they lose everything.

Rot in Hell, GOP. You and your big-money operatives have hijacked much of Christianity, and once in power caused million of people to lose everything they worked their entire life for, and in the process you destroyed our Constitution.

If I were a Repug operative, I would be devoting every waking moment to my upcoming legal defense, deciding which bigger fish I can turn state's evidence on.

When you look at the known crimes Repug elected officials and operatives have committed coast to coast at every level of government: corruption, tax evasion, personally profiting from public positions, awarding contracts to campaign contributors, destruction of public records, sexual exploitation of children, election law violations, etc., and really there is no difference between the Republican Party and the Mafia.

Hopefully, the next President hires an Attorney General capable of seeing this and prosecutes the Repugs as a corrupt organization under the RICO statutes.

at 1:25 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous said...

at 6:18 PM, January 25, 2008 CincyCapell said...
Anon 10:56, Jeff Capell is President of the Hamilton County Republican Party-Hitler Youth Division.

at 11:40 PM, January 27, 2008 Anonymous said...
With all the crooks in the Repugnicant Party, the GOP could be classified as a street gang under a law that they rammed through and Taft signed into law. Taft himself could be considered a gang member under it!

From a recent Columbus Dispatch (AKA right-wing rag, just like our local Fishwrap) article:

"Ohio law classifies a gang as three or more people engaged in criminal activity who have a common name or use an identifying sign, symbol or color. Participating in a gang is a second-degree felony."

We don't even need a Democratic president to jail the Repugs as a corrupt organization under RICO, which is Federal law. Governor Strickland and AG Marc Danncould do it tonight.

Bob Bennett could be frog-marched out of his plush office tomorrow.

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