Click here to donate to these Democratic candidates campaigns:Our Midwest Values PAC supports candidates who will work for a stronger middle class -- and let me tell you, we’ve got a pretty solid team. With spring training wrapping up, I figure it’s time to introduce you to some of the new members of our lineup.
Here are a few of our 2015-2016 MVPs -- show them some love by making a $10 contribution.TAMMY DUCKWORTH
Awarded the Purple Heart for service to our country
Steadfast fighter against Citizens United
Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran, a brand new mom, and an outstanding Congresswoman from Illinois. This year, Tammy is taking her work to the next level -- running for U.S. Senate. Can you pitch in $5 or more to help her out?JASON KANDER
Youngest statewide elected official in the country (33)
Rooted out political corruption on two continents
Jason has a solid record of fighting corruption, in Afghanistan, as an army intelligence officer, and in his time in the Missouri legislature. He’s balanced budgets, cut wasteful spending, and protected Missouri families for years. Help out Jason’s campaign for Senate by chipping in a few dollars.TED STRICKLAND
Son of a steelworker; former Ohio governor (2006-2010)
Hit a home run in helping defeat anti-worker legislation in Ohio in 2011
In Ohio, Ted Strickland is a veteran of the Democratic team. As a former Congressman and Governor, Ted’s record of supporting working families, children, and veterans is rock-solid. Ted’s ready to continue that work in the Senate -- click here to chip in $5 or more to help.
With their record of accomplishment for the middle class, these three MVPs can suit up for my team any time.
But as we know from experience, it’s going to take a huge grassroots effort to get them and all our other MVPs elected. We all need to step up. Contribute $5, $10, or more today.
Thanks for all of your help.
Click here to add your name:What if I told you that NAFTA devastated the Ohio economy and cost our state hundreds of thousands of jobs? I bet you already knew that.
What if I then told you another massive, free trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will have the same disastrous effects as NAFTA?
No one in their right mind would repeat the same mistake and hurt working families again, would they?
Unfortunately, foreign companies and special interests are mobilizing right now to enact the TPP. And in the process, they will be enriching themselves by robbing the future of Ohio's working families.
It's up to you, me, and folks across Ohio and America to join together now to stop the TPP. We must create a movement large enough to counter the millions of dollars being spent to force the adoption of the TPP.
Join me in fighting for Ohio's working families -- and sign my petition to oppose the TPP!
Right now, big corporations and officials from the United States and 11 other countries are negotiating the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership behind closed doors.
We've seen the results of similar discussions before. Over the past 20 years, NAFTA has devastated Ohio's economy and cost hundreds of thousands of lost jobs. The Trans-Pacific Partnership will only do more harm.
Negotiating these critical trade policies is not how you rebuild America's middle class. This will not help America's workers. And this undermines our efforts to defend the American dream.
The TPP fails America. Join me now in opposing another devastating free-trade agreement. We must make our voices heard and fight for our own.
Sign my petition opposing the TPP today -- and fight for Ohio's families and workers!
Thanks for all you do,
It should also be noted that Senators Rob Portman (R. OH) and Kelly Ayotte (R. NH), who are both up for re-election, voted for Toomey's bill. Senators Jeff Merkley (D. OR) and Bernie Sanders (I. VT) by noting that other bank regulators are also not subjected to appropriations, and emphasizing that the CFPB is audited by both the Government Accountability Office and the Fed Inspector General. In addition, the CFPB is required to report to Congress, testify before Congress and abide by standard regulatory disclosures and processes.In just their first legislative session since taking control of the Senate, Republicans on the Budget Committee pushed through a Wall Street-supported amendment attacking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The amendment, offered by Sens. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), is a resolution to move the CFPB's funding away from the Federal Reserve and put it under the direct control of Congress through the appropriations process. This would not only give Republicans an opportunity to slash the bureau's funding, but to leverage its budgeting control to pressure the agency against cracking down on lenders. (Nice consumer bureau you got there. It'd be a shame if something happened to it.)
House Republicans have passed several bills in recent years taking aim at the CFPB, including legislation attacking its funding source and trying to tie up its operations with congressionally imposed red tape. None of those bills were enacted, however, because the Senate was controlled by Democrats. Now that the GOP holds the majority in the Upper Chamber, they're taking a cue from their House colleagues.
Toomey made the case for the amendment before the committee by deploying standard House GOP talking points that have repeatedly been debunked by the Congressional Research Service and others.
"The CFPB is completely unaccountable," Toomey insisted. "It is unique among enormously powerful regulators in having no accountability to Congress. It has exceeded its authority in part because it's not subject to congressional oversight. And it's frankly outrageous that they are able to operate with the budget that they have and with the latitude they have without having to come to Congress for this oversight." - Huffington Post, 3/20/15
Joe Sestak (D. PA) hammered Toomey's Wall Street support and for pushing for the repeal of Glass-Stegall Act while in Congress. Portman is also a notorious advocate of trade deals but will be going up against former Governor Ted Strickland (D. OH), a true public servant. Of course we're all waiting to see if Governor Maggie Hassan (D. NH) will jump in to take on Ayotte. We will see. But the battle for the Senate begins now. Click here to donate and get involved with Sestak and Strickland's campaigns:
Party unity is more important now than ever. I'm willing to see what Sittenfeld does during the campaign but Strickland really does make this race competitive. If you would like to get involved or donate to Strickland's campaign, you can do so here:Jennifer Brunner, who lost to then-Gov. Ted Strickland's handpicked candidate in a divisive 2010 Senate primary, has moved past the political feud and plans to support Strickland's bid for that same seat in 2016.
Rapprochement began nearly a year ago, said Brunner, as Strickland prepared to begin a stint with the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington.
"I said, 'Ted, I'm OK with everything," Brunner told the Northeast Ohio Media Group in a telephone interview Monday. "I didn't want to leave it on a bad note."
Brunner chose to run for an open U.S. Senate seat rather than seek re-election as Ohio secretary of state in 2010. Her decision set up a primary with then-Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who had Strickland and much of the Democratic establishment in his corner. Fisher won the primary but was trounced by Republican Rob Portman in the fall.
With Portman up for re-election next year, Strickland and Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld have launched campaigns for the Democratic nomination. There has been speculation about whether Sittenfeld, a young rising star poised for a future in statewide politics, will step aside to clear the field for Strickland. - Northeast Ohio Media Group, 3/2/15
If you want to get involved with Strickland's campaign, you can do so here:Cleveland is one of 20 cities where home care workers are holding town hall meetings with this message for public officials, policy makers and community leaders: "We want a $15 minimum wage."
The meeting in Cleveland will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church, 1161 E. 105 St. Organizing home care workers is also part of the national agenda, though many workers in Northeast Ohio already belong to the Service Employees Union District 1199. Former Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, will speak.
"I support home care workers in the fight for $15 and a union because I know a good-paying union job is the best way to strengthen Ohio's middle class," he said in a written statement.
Home care workers have been among the less visible of the low-wage workers, including those in the fast-food retail industries, who have been fighting for higher salaries. Home care workers, including those belonging to the SEIU, raised their cause as part of the one-day strikes by fast-food workers last year, in which both demanded a $15 minimum in their fields.
A recently released report on home care workers by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, or PHI, in New York City, places the median hourly salary of home care workers at $9.61, which is about the same as Labor Department statistics. That comes to under $20,000-a-year for full-time work. - The Plain Dealer, 3/2/15
Strickland would be a great candidate to go up against Portman, who will not be easy to defeat. Still a very winnable race here so stay tuned.Ted Strickland turns on fundraising machine: The clearest sign yet that the Democratic former governor will run for U.S Senate? His team is sending emails seeking contributions, reports David Skolnick of the Youngstown Vindicator.
"In emails to donors to Strickland's campaign, [Strickland aide Katie] Hough wrote the contributions help 'as the campaign gets moving,'" Skolnick writes.
Hough "also wrote that the campaign has 'a major filing deadline on March 31.' The emails ask that checks be sent to 'Strickland for Senate,' and gives the Ohio Democratic Party's headquarters in Columbus as the mailing address," Skolnick adds.
Raising money is no guarantee a full-fledged campaign will emerge. P.G. Sittenfeld, the Cincinnati city councilman already seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in 2016, began seeking cash several weeks before declaring his candidacy. Strickland must file paperwork with the Federal Election Commission within 15 days of raising his first $5,000. He hasn't done that yet.
But all indications have been that Strickland is leaning toward the run.
Now speaking for Team Strickland: Dennis Willard. The jack-of-all trades Democratic consultant, whose clients include Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and the ResponsibleOhio marijuana legalization campaign, confirmed to Ohio Politics Roundup that he is assisting Strickland's exploration effort.
Willard also confirmed that Strickland is raising money. - Northeast Ohio Media Group, 2/17/15
Unlike most late 50s and early 60s tactical aircraft, it was specifically designed to be an air-superiority fighter. It didn't start out life as an attack aircraft like the F-4 or a nuclear interceptor like the F-106.
It was designed by the legendary Kelly Johnson, the guy who came up with everything from the P-38 to the SR-71.
Korean War fighter pilots who had tangled with enemy MiGs wanted something that was light, simple and capable of exceptional performance. As the saying goes: be careful what you wish for.
Tainted by scandal and haunted by a high accident rate, the F-104 was probably a better fighter than history gives it credit for. In skilled hands it could be deadly, but it could be just as deadly to the unwary.
With talks about the TPP on the site recently, I figured I'd pass along this story. First off, looks like we have our first Democrat jumping into the race to take on U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R. OH):
And of course Republicans immediately went after him:Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld officially launched a U.S. Senate bid Thursday, following two weeks of exploratory fundraising.
The 30-year-old, who also serves as assistant director of a community-schooling organization, is the first Democrat to jump into the race.
The winner of that primary likely will face Republican incumbent Rob Portman, 59, in November 2016. Portman plans to seek re-election rather than run for president and put potential rivals on notice recently by disclosing a well-funded campaign account.
"The Washington insiders have stacked the deck against working families – and they're too disconnected from Ohio values, Ohio priorities, and Ohio ingenuity to solve the big problems facing the nation," Sittenfeld said Thursday in an emailed statement. "It's time for a new generation of leaders to step forward for our country. As Ohio's next Senator, I'll work to strengthen the economy, stand up for the middle class, and create opportunity for everyone."
Sittenfeld, despite his youth, has established himself as a leading fundraiser and vote-getter in Cincinnati, which also is Portman's home turf. Sittenfeld also has garnered statewide and national attention for his politicking and policy ideas. He has been making the rounds for months in preparation of a run for higher office.
Asked about his age Thursday, Sittenfeld contrasted it with Portman's many years of Washington experience and said his conversations in recent weeks convinced him that there is an "appetite" for new leadership. He said he would not have decided to run if he wasn't sure he would have considerable support behind him, but he said he wasn't ready to publicly identify those who are backing his candidacy. - Northeast Ohio Media Group, 1/22/15
But I for one am liking how Sittenfeld is hitting Portman and I think this could be a serious line of attack:“Clearly, national Democrats have hit rock bottom if they are hitching their electoral hopes in Ohio to an overly ambitious 30-year-old city councilman whose Senate candidacy is nothing more than a disingenuous attempt to get closer to his ‘hero’ President Obama and his reckless policies,” the National Republican Senatorial Committee said in a statement.
Ohio Republican Party spokesman Chris Schrimpf added, “Everyday, Rob Portman wakes up and thinks about how he can help Ohio, P.G. thinks about how P.G. can advance his own career. P.G. is like the second coming of (defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidate) Ed FitzGerald, but with even less experience and more arrogance.”
Prior to Sittenfeld's announcement, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper talked of his fellow Cincinnatian, labeling him as the type of energetic young leader that could appeal to some disinterested Democrats, particularly younger ones.
"If he’s going to run, he's doing it the right way," Pepper said, noting Sittenfeld has made the rounds of Democrat officials throughout Ohio to introduce himself and his beliefs. "He's done a lot of hard work."
Pepper noted that Sittenfeld faces some serious potential contenders for the nomination, including Strickland. "I'm glad to see a number of serious candidates. That's a good thing," he said.
The youngest-ever Cincinnati City Council member after winning his first-term in 2011, Sittenfeld received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and attended graduate school at Oxford University. - Columbus Dispatch, 1/22/15
Of course Democrats are waiting to see is former Governor Ted Strickland and Rep. Tim Ryan want to jump in but I'm certainly interested in seeing Sittenfeld's campaign when it's in action. If you want to learn more about him, click here:The Princeton grad, who emphasized his work to improve local public schools in his announcement, ticked off a list of policies he said would land Portman in hot water with his constituents — from his opposition to raising the minimum wage to his advocacy for trade deals he said put residents out of work.
“Rob Portman is Mr. Trade,” he said.
He added that the potshots about his age actually help his case. He called Portman the “architect of a Bush budget” that preceded a national economic downturn, and noted he was the U.S. trade representative “when the trade deficit with China exploded.”
“That’s not good experience,” he said. “I’ll take that contrast gladly.” - Politico, 1/22/15
I have seen an SR-71 fly exactly once in my life. Way back in 1983 I was still an ROTC cadet on my summer training camp at Eglin AFB. An SR-71 made an emergency landing there with an engine problem.
We got to venture into the maintenance hanger while the engine was being worked on and get fairly close to the sleek, black beast. We even got to meet the
crew superheroes who flew it! Quite an experience for a kid still in college.
When it was finally fixed we got a break from our daily routine to watch it take off. It thundered into the air, circled around the field, and made a low pass down the runway while rocking its wings before heading off. I'll never forget that sight.
The annals of aviation history are full of promising designs that just never managed to find their niche. The Convair 880/990 was one of those "seemed like a good idea at the time" designs.
Commercially it was a flop and caused Convair to leave the airliner business for good.
Electric cars are a hot topic these days but I recently have read some interesting stuff about electric aircraft.
Airbus thinks that they may be able to field a large electrically powered commercial aircraft in the next 20-30 years.
In the years directly after World War II the British were afraid that the United States might return to pre-war isolationism and began development of their own nuclear strike force.
The first British atomic bomb was tested in 1952. By 1953 they had an operational atomic bomb, code named "Blue Danube". The only thing they were missing was something to deliver it with.