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Brian Rothenberg

  • Posted Silly Season Even Has 'Numbers Guru' Portman Stretching The Truth to ProgressOhio
    Bending over backwards to attack President Obama, Ohio Senator Rob Portman attacked the White House over Ohio job numbers.Portman claimed 20,000 jobs were lost - just one problem. In September there was an 8,000 job gain in the state. - OOPs."The loss of 12,800 Ohio jobs shows that the Obama economy is not performing where it needs to be. The...
  • Posted Shadows On High: "We The People" Not "We The Corporations" to ProgressOhio
    It's common sense, or at least it used to be. Corporations are not people. Only people are people. Money is not speech. The People should decide elections, not big money corporations. This Saturday is the second anniversary of the United States Supreme Court "Citizens United" decision. In that case, the Supreme Court explicitly stated what they have been working towards...
  • Posted In Memory Of Brian Usher: Remembering My First Mentor/Boss At His Passing to ProgressOhio
    This morning I woke up to the untimely news that Brian Usher passed away and my heart goes out to his family..As you go through life, there are a lot of firsts that you begin to look back on and as Brian Usher was my first boss, I have often thought back to how lucky I was. In the gruff...
  • Posted Shadows on High: Everyone Agrees, Issue 3 is Bad for Ohio. to ProgressOhio
    With all the talk about Issue 2 (Vote NO!) there is another ballot issue that seems to be slipping under the radar for most voters.  While supporters of Issue 3 try to say it is just about stopping the Affordable Care Act, this poorly-written law will do damage to Ohio.  Law professors from across the state agree that Issue 3...
  • Posted Shadows On High: Caught on Video Ohio Politicians Tell Firefighters to Buy Own Safety Gear to ProgressOhio
    You know it and I know it. SB5/Issue 2 is an attack on the middle class and bad for Ohio.  There has been a lot of talk lately from Issue 2 supporters about how SB5 only affects pensions and healthcare but we know that is just not true.  SB5/Issue 2 decimates collective bargaining in Ohio because management gets to pick...
  • Posted Why Schultz Is Well Meaning But Wrong About Obama And Ohio to ProgressOhio
    For many progressives the rally call of Ed Schultz for the President to come to Ohio and speak about Issue 2 is twitterific.And I've noticed online that many of my friends and fellow leaders have picked up the chant.But you know as well meaning as Ed Schultz and others might be -- here's how he may be wrong on this...
  • Posted SHADOWS ON HIGH: Getting Down to Brass Tacks to ProgressOhio
    There is an old saying that goes, "It's time to get down to brass tacks."  Basically, it means that the time for side points and digressions is over and now we need to get down to the real facts of the matter. John Kasich and his buddies like to say that SB5/Issue 2 is only about public workers paying 10% of...
  • Posted ProgressOhio's Birthday! "Five Flies By" to ProgressOhio
    Today we are officially five. ProgressOhio opened its offices in a storefront on 3rd Street in downtown Columbus five years ago today. Even before the furniture was moved in, retirees and the very first ProgressOhio members and staff were protesting the Medicare "donut hole" in front of Debra Pryce's Congressional office.  The frenetic nature of that moment was to become...
  • Posted Shadows On High: Spitting Coffee to ProgressOhio
    Gov. John Kasich created jobs this week for upholsters and computer repairs shops, as his antics caused in-the-know Ohioans spit coffee across their keyboards and couches.   Yesterday, a pro-SB5 group funded by the Republican Governor's Association released a new spit-take inducing commercial featuring Kasich praising his own record.  Kasich says he balanced the budget without raising taxes but doesn't tell...
  • Posted Shadows on High: Kasich's Cons Series to ProgressOhio
    Readers of Shadows know that hypocrisy and distortions of the truth are nothing new to politics but Governor John Kasich and his Friends in the Statehouse have taken it to new levels. They claim to care about the middle class, but slam through extreme legislation like SB5, which will decimate collective bargaining and create a downward cycle in our local...
  • Posted SHADOWS ON HIGH: With Charters, the Greedy get Greedier to ProgressOhio
    BREAKING NEWS:  SHADOWS COLUMN LEADS TO FEDERAL PROBE OF CHARTERS:  Newsnet5.com in Cleveland is reporting that a Turkish Islamist organization first reported on by Shadows on High, September 15, 2010 is now the subject of a federal probe of Ohio taxpayer money moving to Turkey. PO will report more as details become available. SHADOWS ON HIGH: With Charters, the Greedy...
  • Posted ProgressOhio Passes 425,000 Active Members, Opens Cleveland Office, Welcomes Kyle Earley to ProgressOhio
    Sometime earlier this year ProgressOhio quietly passed a milestone when our active membership exceeded 425,000 members online.As we approach our sixth year, the ProgressOhio model of using traditional organizing techniques through online action keeps chugging along impacting the lives of Ohioans. It's powered by your actions, and it is humbling to watch it grow.As we grow and increase our issue...
  • Posted Shadows On High: For One Ohio Company, Kasich's Government Is the Problem! to ProgressOhio
    We're still in a time where job talk is more plentiful than job creation. Since his election, John Kasich has made us all too familiar with several Fox News maxims on job creation: Government is standing in the way of Ohio companies Paperwork and regulations hurt Ohio business Doing things the old way is holding jobs hostage But looking past...
  • Posted Golisano Leading 50-state Campaign Supporting National Popular Vote to ProgressOhio
    For several years, a growing number of bi-partisan business and civic leaders have been at the forefront of a grassroots movement to change the way we elect the president. The profile of that effort is being raised as a 50-state campaign begins today, being led by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tom Golisano. Golisano is a national co-chair of National Popular Vote...
  • Posted No Place For Cheap Shots On Public Officials Security to ProgressOhio
    Sadly, just weeks have passed since the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Giffords left 6 dead and 13 wounded. Given this eye-opening reminder about the dangers our public officials face, I'm surprised about the tenor of the recent coverage given to Mayor Michael Coleman's security detail.In a television report last night, viewers were lead to believe that Mayor Coleman's security detail,...
  • Posted Attention Progressive Job Seekers: Ohio Voice Seeks New State Director to ProgressOhio
    ProgressOhio Education Inc. is a member of Ohio Voice.  Ohio Voice is seeking a new state director. State Director Organization Name: Ohio Voice, a project of State VoicesLocation: Columbus, OH View Google MapJob Post Date: 13 Jan 2011Job Terms: Full TimeSalary: Depending on ExperienceAnticipated Start Date: As soon as possible Job Description Job Summary: The Director is responsible for overseeing and implementing...
  • Posted Kasich Outsources Job Czar Post To Former Lehman CEO's Buddy to ProgressOhio
    John Kasich's new appointee to run the Ohio Department of Development is Mark Kvamme. Kvamme "was born into one venture capital family, and married into another." While his father E. Floyd Kvamme was a Bush appointee, his educational background, bachelors in French Economics and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, seems custom-designed to infuriate Rush Limbaugh. Kvamme is...
  • Posted New day, New role, Joint mission to ProgressOhio
    Over the haze of coffee this morning, surveying the news and election results, I did find someone who had it worse: A Zimbabwean has been killed by a pride of lions while he was showering in a camp in the country's north. So, fellow progressives, there were winners and losers yesterday, but we live another day. The guy in Zimbabwe...
  • Posted Thank You President Obama! to ProgressOhio
    ProgressOhio held a successful Thank You Mr. President event yesterday at The Ohio State University on the corner of Lane and High Street.We would like to thank those who participated and sent messages to President Obama.  They were hand delivered to the President's aide on Sunday. I was able to meet with the President at the airport and deliver the...
  • Posted We Came Together as One Nation to ProgressOhio
    I would like to extend our thanks to the many organizations and individuals ProgressOhio worked with over the past several months to organize for the One Nation Working Together movement. This past Saturday we marched in Washington with tens of thousands of people from across the county to advocate for jobs, justice, and education. Events also took place back home...
  • Posted Shadows On High: Gone with Kasich's Wind to ProgressOhio
    Elections can be productive or destructive, but are rarely both. And this year, it is particularly destructive. These days John Kasich is employing a predictable campaign tactic - if his opponent, Gov. Ted Strickland, is for something he's against it. Doesn't matter what it is or what his rhetoric would mean for Ohioans if it ever came to pass. So...
  • Posted Here's To You Mrs. Robinson! to ProgressOhio
    Lorraine Bieber Robinson, our former staffer, added to the PO family yesterday. Her news via Facebook. Beatrix Josephine Robinson was born last night at 9:45; 8lbs, 20 inches; all is well. She was born at home, with the assistance of the same midwives as with big sister Tulia 9 years ago. We're all resting today, and will post photos soon!...
  • Posted Shadows on High: Ohio Tax Money Tied to Exiled Turkish Leader Who Wants an Islamic Republic to ProgressOhio
    Ahh, the irony. The inane "Ground Zero mosque" debate pretends to be about 9/11 sensitivity. The contention is that putting a community center and prayer space into an old Burlington Coat Factory blocks from the World Trade Center site is somehow provocative. (Unlike Glenn Beck's farcical rally in the shadow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a...
  • Posted Debate Analysis: John Kasich's Biggest Fear Is His Audience Flipping The Channel to ProgressOhio
    Life for John Kasich must be eerily similar to his life on Fox News. The biggest fear in televisions is people tuning out. Yesterday's debate was my first look live at the erstwhile challenger. He hasn't been the most public of candidates and watching him I see why. Where his opponent Ted Strickland was well Ted, stoic, in control of...
  • Posted Let the Games Begin; Tiberi Donor Seems To Be Setting Up Paula Brooks With Libraries Hanging In The Balance to ProgressOhio
    Columbus Public Library’s Board may have over-reached in renewing a Library property tax that is expiring. The Board is pushing a permanent continuing tax increase on County Commissioners who sources say have their hands tied as the current renewal levy expires and they are acting against the clock. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the library board decided on a 2.8...
  • Posted Shadows Observation: Jim Rhodes must be shakin' his head to ProgressOhio
    What a strange day in politics and nature.A brilliant General implodes, gulf oil explodes, the midwest has an earthquake, John Kasich's campaign implodes, and Ted Strickland's best news got buried.What you say -- Strickland created jobs. Yep. In fact day after day, week after week he's been creating them.The lead got buried. The Dispatch reported today that the jobs heartbeat...
  • Posted Rest in Peace Gilbert Price to ProgressOhio
    Yesterday Columbus lost a pillar of the journalism community, with the passing of Gil Price. I always respected his work, opinions and dedication to everything he did.Price was 56 years old and best known for his work for his tireless work at The Call and Post. He will definitely be missed and our hearts go out to his family....
  • Posted Shadows on High: GOP Rep's Actions Deserve This Liberal Vote for Congress to ProgressOhio
    It’s a first for me. But it’s well deserved.I voted for a GOP Congressman to return to the Halls of Congress today – William McCulloch.It surprised even me.The Ohio Historical Society is conducting an election for Statuary Hall. Amidst the Wright Brothers, Edison, General Grant and Jesse Owens  is one nominee that with a little research stood out, Piqua’s William...
  • Posted Shadows on High: BEWARE: The Man in the White Hat Lassoed School Tax Dollars; Now He’s After Hospitals to ProgressOhio
    Tall, lanky and bespectacled, beneath a big White Cowboy Hat, David Brennan draws attention wherever he goes. There aren’t many cowpokes in Ohio after all. But while most are drawn to his unusual hat, in Columbus the aura that follows him as he walks the halls of the Statehouse has more to do with the green of his wallet than...
  • Posted Cordray takes lead on Continental United Merger to ProgressOhio
    This just in. Ohio Attorney General Rich Cordray will be taking the lead among State Attorney's scrutinizing the Continental United Airlines merger which creates the largest airline in the U.S. For Ohioans -- especially northeast Ohioans this has a major effect on job creation in the Cleveland -- Akron metropolitan areas as Hopkins is Continental's smallest hub. Reduction in hub...
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