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House Assistant Democratic Leader Todd Book (D-McDermott) and Minority Whip Steve Driehaus (D-Price Hill) introduced a joint resolution Friday in Columbus to amend the Ohio Constitution to end "lame duck" legislative sessions.

The resolution will forbid a legislative session following a Presidential or Gubernatorial election, unless a special session is called by the Governor or General Assembly.  Their joint resolution closely follows a controversial ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court, which overturned Governor Strickland’s veto of a "lame duck" bill, the so-called "lead paint bill," that caps non-economic damages in consumer protection cases and gives new protections to lead paint makers.

BOOK, DRIEHAUS OPEN LAME DUCKING HUNTING SEASON

"I believe the passage of this resolution will eliminate the incomplete, incomprehensible and irresponsible legislation that is passed during ‘lame duck’ sessions," Rep. Book said in a media release. In the last three General Assemblies, according to information provided by their offices, 27 percent, 30 percent and 24 percent, respectively, of all bills were passed during "lame duck" sessions.

The duo, who held their session at the Ohio Statehouse, said Ohio is one of 12 states with no limit on how long legislative sessions should run, and only one of five states that still holds regular "lame duck" sessions.
Driehaus, a multi-term Ohio House member from Cincinnati who is challenging veteran Republican Congressman Steve Chabot, said, "The resolution we introduced today will increase transparency and accountability we bring to state government."

Ohio Speaker Jon Husted said in the wake of the decision by the Court that he would address the road map one Justice identified that if traveled by a devious group of legislative leaders could nullify the veto authority vested in the office of governor. Book and Driehaus said that if their resolution passes, the people of Ohio will vote on the measure in November 2008.

CINCINNATI COMMUNITY VALUES GROUP TAKES AIM AT HOTEL PORN

The Cincinnati Christian evangelical group famous for amending the Ohio Constitution to ban gay marriage in 2004, a campaign many say helped put George W. Bush in the White House for a second term and that earlier this year intimidated enough Ohio legislators to pass a bill restricting hours of operation for adult entertainment business and interactions between dancers and customers, is now taking aim at shutting down hotel porn services across the nation.

The Associated Press reports that the group, Citizens for Community Values (CCV), lead by self-described former porn addict Phil Buress now wants to purge hardcore pay-per-view movies from the nation's hotel rooms.

CCV will pressure LodgeNet, a publicly traded Sioux Falls company to stop offering pornographic titles through its in-room pay-per-view service, the AP reported, noting that the company provides television, on-demand movies and Internet access to 1.8 million rooms in 9,300 hotel properties across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

CCV’s Burress told the AP that he believes some of the movies offered by Lodgenet are prosecutable under federal law, adding, "They're selling hardcore pornography in all 50 states, in fact in most cities, in most towns across America." Burress said at a news conference that "makes their business our business." Responding in a statement, LodgeNet said that mature content is just one category of a wide array of programming, according to the AP. The company said their business is legal, which is why the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI haven't prosecuted it for offering adult content. .

Court rulings have kept the government’s ability to impose its standards of taste in private entertainment choices at bay, and LodgeNet said the constitutional system supports individual choice over government coercion. "CCV confuses its own taste with what the law allows," LodgeNet said in a statement, as reported by the AP.

CCV, Ohio's version of the Taliban that is a battle to the death with a new group, Citizens for Community Standards, (think Voldemort versus Harry Potter) which is hoping to put its own amendment on the Ohio ballot this November that would overturn the silly restrictions and penalties contained in the so-called "stripper bill," has had enough success with pressuring about 16 Ohio and Kentucky hotels to remove adult movies, that if it doesn’t get its way nationally, said it will return to badger local lawmakers to affect its agenda.

"IMPEACH BUSH" SIGN CHARGED AS LITTERING

It was 40 years ago today when Arlo Guthrie taught the world to say, that the topsy-turvy charge involving free speech with littering, which made his famous song "Alice’s Restaurant" such a milestone of its day, would likely never happen again. But his odd, iconoclastic mixing of law and laughter is here again.

As seen in this article, an Ohio Iraq war protester who put a sign saying "Impeach Bush" in a public right-of-way is now being charged by the local prosecutor for littering. Laugh until you cry, but it seems we’re coming around again on the merry go round of history.  

A Kent prosecutor said he'll seek a littering charge against Kevin Egler for placing an "Impeach Bush" placard in a public garden. The report said police had originally issued a ticket him last month on a charge of unlawfully advertising in a public place, a violation that carries a $125 fine. But Kent Law Director Jim Silver moved to dismiss the case yesterday during a pretrial hearing in Kent Municipal Court, saying instead that he’ll charge Egler with littering, which carries a possible two-month jail penalty.

Ohio.com: Egler, 45, said he was disappointed that the city would press a "frivolous" litter charge. He said the sign he placed in a garden at a street intersection falls under his constitutional rights to free speech.

Egler said he and about a dozen friends and associates have placed hundreds of anti-war messages around Ohio and neighboring states over the past 10 months. He said he considers President Bush's military response after the 2001 terrorist attacks to be both illegal and immoral.

Bob Fitrakis, an attorney for Egler and long-standing paladin against voter fraud, was quoted saying that "Ohio politicians get a great deal of latitude when it comes to posting their campaign signs, and Fitrakis said he is not aware of any instance in which a mainstream politician has been prosecuted for the act." Kent Safety Director William Lillich said in the same article that candidates are contacted and told to move inappropriately placed campaign signs.

Originally posted to OhioNative on Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 01:15 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  if Hillary is the nominee (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Ninepatch, wondering if

    the electoral vote will be nearly the same as 2000 and 2004, i.e. it will be close and will come down to one state, probably Ohio or maybe Florida.

    At least Hillary will fight back if they pull their usual vote suppresssion tricks.  I want to see her physically kick Karl Rove's ass (metaphorically is okay too, but something about physically appeals to me).

    It would be nice if we could get away from the Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida conundrum.  But about 40 states are pretty much "locked down" as either red or blue-unless there is a third party.  But even then I doubt they would take away enough votes to "flip" many states.

    •  Kick him, not so much (0+ / 0-)

      But, I'd love to see her walk in and take away his key to the West Wing and all of those offices.

      That I'd pop the pop corn to watch!  :->>>

      "We're the party who believes there's something more important than our party, it's our country." Gov. Howard Dean YK'07

      by Ninepatch on Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 01:41:28 PM PDT

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    •  You are too glum. (0+ / 0-)

      The Republican candidates and their nutjob supporters are perfecting their circular firing squad techniques.  Couple that with the war in Iraq and a screwed-up economy and you end up with the Democratic Presidential nominee winning fairly easily in 2008, regardless of who he or she is.

      •  We have 15 months to go before the election (0+ / 0-)

        and that is a lifetime in politics.

        We really shouldn't be so glib about waltzing into the White House.

        <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

        by bronte17 on Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 02:19:38 PM PDT

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    •  Horsefeathers! (0+ / 0-)
      If Hillary is the nominee she'll kick Mitty's ass by at LEAST 10 points. And it won't be that close because plenty of other states will be going blue as well. I'm not super-psyched about Hillary either but wake up and take a GOOD LOOK at the Republican field.

      A new beginning for Ohio: The adults have taken over!

      by anastasia p on Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 02:17:46 PM PDT

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  •  by the way (3+ / 0-)

    I watched a movie at a hotel with an "Archie Comics" theme, with Archie, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, Reggie, the whole works.

    Funny, the actors actually looked a lot like the characters they were portraying.  The plot was different from the comic books though.  

    •  You've been mising the subtext (1+ / 0-)
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      Ninepatch

      in those comics  :-)

    •  I've been meaning to complain ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... about the dirty movies in hotels, too. Specifically, why do they always edit out the best parts?

      As for the bogus Kent, Ohio, littering charge, Law Director Jim Silver might want to reconsider hassling Egler about his sign. After all, even Officer Obie of "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" fame later said that he never would have bothered arresting Arlo if he had known what a massive headache it would turn out to be down the road. Aside from the First Amendment issues here, by trying to suppress Egler's sign, the case is apt to merely draw more attention to its message of impeachment.

      "You can get anything you want
      at Alice's Restaurant (except the Alice)." - Arlo Guthrie, circa 1969.

  •  Black well of hell (4+ / 0-)

    The Cincinnati Christian evangelical group famous for amending the Ohio Constitution to ban gay marriage in 2004, a campaign many say helped put George W. Bush in the White House for a second term and that earlier this year intimidated enough Ohio legislators to pass a bill restricting hours of operation for adult entertainment business and interactions between dancers and customers, is now taking aim at shutting down hotel porn services across the nation.

    I got a robocall a couple weeks ago in Columbus from one Kenneth J. Blackwell, where he warned of an effort to repeal the bill referred to above. The call never identified the group he is pimping for I think. Nice to know he has a day job now though. The call ended with an idiotic push-question like "are you in favor of protecting Ohio's families?" I answered no.

    •  Too bad it was a robocall (1+ / 0-)
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      Ninepatch

      if it was a live person you could have answered "yes, that's why I support repealing the bill"

    •  Yes! Us too! (1+ / 0-)
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      dsteele2
      I was going to sat that Ohio Native missed the BEST THING: batches of Citizens for Community Values-sponsored robocalls (I thought they were legally required to identify? But that IS who paid for them.) from J. Kenny warning about the possibility that strip clubs might fight back. OOOOH. Horrors! Lots of people up here in Cleveland got them including our art director. Seriously, do they think someone who lost the gubernatorial election by more than 20 points has any power or influence over Ohioans?

      A new beginning for Ohio: The adults have taken over!

      by anastasia p on Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 02:21:15 PM PDT

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    •  "...answered no" LOL Sometimes you gotta do (0+ / 0-)

      what you gotta do.

      I've done the same thing with human calls. When they get the blunt straight-forward answer with no explanation, they pause for a long moment.  It drives them crazy.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 02:22:27 PM PDT

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  •  I Don't Get the Hotel Porn Issue (0+ / 0-)
    1. No one is force feeding it on free airwaves
    1. It's so damn expensive (and on top of the hotel bill!)
    1. It's lame and without nuance (they never have any Royale offerings)
    1. No classic porn

    I might as well complain about LodgeNet proper; it has the worst choices always.  If I wanted Disney, Fox and HBO I'd subscribe to it at home.  

    The best hotel cable I ever had was at a mom & pop motel in Madras, Oregon; they just had regular cable with 180 channels with Eastern and Pacific feeds so I could watch all the Law and Orders I wanted.  There was also a Black Bear Cafe there so I could have blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream which is better than porn.   ;)

    Support the Netroots Candidates! A VETO-PROOF majority in 2008!!!

    by InquisitiveRaven on Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 02:00:10 PM PDT

  •  Good luck with getting rid of porn...AT&T and AOL (0+ / 0-)

    make billions of off it.

    <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

    by bronte17 on Fri Aug 10, 2007 at 02:17:50 PM PDT

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