Cleveland honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CLEVELAND – About 200 people came to downtown Cleveland’s 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast celebration at the Marriott Hotel at Key Center. The theme this year: “Holding onto the Dream.”

The honorable Justice Yvette McGee Brown gave the keynote address.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” McGee Brown said, quoting Dr. King.

Those in the audience gave her a standing ovation and said McGee Brown was “real, down to earth, and frank.”

Several students, from elementary school to high school-aged kids, received scholarships at the event.

Justice Brown challenged the students to pave a pathway to greatness, and not to focus on what’s going to happen in the next 40 years, rather on what they can do to prepare themselves now. She also told them not to get caught up with the celebrity fame and fortune and the temporary social problems of school.

McGee Brown, again quoted Dr. King, reminding them of what really matters. “ In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

The musical group “Humble G and the Afripeans” provided entertainment for the crowd.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon presented a volunteer award and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Terry Stewart added a few remarks.

NewsChannel5 was a media sponsor for the MLK, Jr. day event.

Really? Josh Mandel Laughably Claims He’s Got “No Opinion” On Gov. Kasich’s Moratorium

Classic Mandel Cop-Out From Absentee Treasurer Who Has “Focused On Politics” All Year May Be Least Believable Lie Yet

Mandel Has Spent Months Launching False Attacks Against Sen. Brown Over Fracking, But Clams Up After Youngstown Earthquake

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Only someone who has “focused on politics” in the first year of a new job as much as Ohio’s absentee Treasurer Josh Mandel could possibly give an answer as unbelievably insincere as his recent response to Governor Kasich’s brine-injection well moratorium. Mandel has spent months launching debunked false attacks against Sen. Brown over fracking, and continued them despite earning a “Pants On Fire” from the Plain Dealer for his “ridiculous” lie.

Now, after yet another earthquake—Josh Mandel seriously wants us to believe he has “no opinion” on the moratorium Gov. Kasich’s imposed.

From the Youngstown Vindicator:

“When asked about Kasich’s moratorium, Aquilino wrote that Mandel “doesn’t have an opinion on it and will continue monitoring the situation and carefully watching how it develops.””

No opinion? But hasn’t Josh Mandel spent months talking about drilling? Yes. Mandel’s sent numerous press releases, done TV and radio appearances, and authored op-eds all related to drilling. Does that sound like someone with “no opinion?”

A few weeks ago Josh Mandel’s campaign let Ohioans know that they would continue their refusal to stand up for Ohio’s middle class because Mandel wasn’t yet in the Senate and therefore weren’t going to pretend like he’s there and voting on every bill that’s introduced.”

Well Josh, Gov. Kasich’s moratorium isn’t before the Senate. If you really have “no opinion” on the subject, you’re more unqualified for the Senate than we previously thought, and if you’re afraid to share your opinion with those you’re asking to vote for you—that’s even worse.

“Of the numerous false attacks and mistruths by Josh Mandel this campaign, his claim to have “no opinion” regarding Governor Kasich’s moratorium may be the most egregious and insulting yet since it’s obviously a flat out lie,” said Ohio Democratic Party press secretary Justin Barasky. “This is exactly the kind of classic Josh Mandel cop-out we’ve come to expect from a guy who has ignored his job as Treasurer for a year while playing politics every chance he gets.”

BACKGROUND

Nov 18: Mandel Supported An “Aggressive” Policy On Fracking. In November 2011, the Youngstown Vindicator reported “Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican likely running for the U.S. Senate next year, says he supports a ‘responsible but aggressive’ policy on fracking.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 11/18/11]

Nov 18: Mandel Called Newspaper To Criticize A Plan To Postpone Leasing Acres For More Drilling. The Youngstown Vindicator reported that Mandel called the Vindicator to “criticize a decision by a national forest supervisor in the Athens area for postponing a plan to lease more than 3,000 acres for oil and gas drilling.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 11/18/11]

Nov 18: Mandel Said Brown Was Either With Ohio Or “Washington Bureaucrats And Fringe Environmentalists.” In November 2011, the Youngstown Vindicator reported “Brown is with either “Washington bureaucrats and fringe environmentalists or the people of Ohio,” Mandel said.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 11/18/11]

Dec 2: Mandel Said Fracking Was A Win-Win-Win On CNBC. In December 2011 on CNBC’s Mad Money, Mandel said “We call it the win-win-win. This is new job creation for the state of Ohio. This is affordable energy bringing costs down for families throughout the state, senior citizens throughout the state, and it’s national security.” [CNBC, Mad Money, 12/2/11]

Dec 2: Politifact Calls Mandel’s Fracking Claims Against Sen. Brown “Ridiculous” And Rates Them “Pants of Fire.” In December 2011, Politifact reported “And when rhetoric gets ridiculous — when a public official running for office implies that an Ohio mayor, county commissioners, a major university president and a federal forest supervisor are fringe extremists — PolitiFact Ohio has one rating for it: Pants on Fire!” [Politifact, 12/2/11]

On The Same Day Politifact Labeled Mandel’s Claims “Ridiculous” and “Pants on Fire,” Mandel Wrote That Shale Exploration “Occurs Safely And Responsibly.” In a December 2011 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Mandel wrote “Shale exploration occurs safely and responsibly.” [Wall Street Journal, 12/2/11]

Jan 1: 11 Earthquakes, One 4.0 Magnitude, Within Eight Months And Within Two Miles Of Injection Wells. On January 1, 2012, the Youngstown Vindicator reported “The quake was the 11th over the last eight months in Mahoning County, all within two miles of the injection wells, he said. Saturday’s quake was the largest yet. A quake on Dec. 24 measured 2.4. There is ‘little doubt’ that the quake is linked to injection wells that the state and the owner agreed on Friday to shut down, Hansen said. James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, announced the closing of two injection wells in Youngstown Township owned by Northstar Disposal Services LLC and operated by D&L Energy Inc.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 1/1/12]

December 28: Mandel Said He’s Been Calling For The Exploration Of Oil And Gas In Ohio And Is A “Win-Win-Win.” In December on Bill Bennett’s radio show, Mandel said “And we’ve been calling that exploration of oil and gas in Ohio the win-win-win, it’s a win for new job creation, for affordable energy, and also weaning us off of dependence on foreign oil that contributes to our national security.” [Bill Bennet “Morning In America”, 12/28/11]

Jan 14: “Mandel Initiated The Topic Of Injection Wells And Fracking” Into The Senate Race. “Mandel initiated the topic of injection wells and fracking in November, calling on Brown to support a ‘responsible but aggressive’ policy. Fracking blasts water, chemicals and sand into rocks thousands of feet underground to extract natural gas and oil. Injection wells take the fluid left from fracking and inject it deep into the ground for disposal.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 01/14/12]

Jan 14: Mandel Spokesman: Mandel “Doesn’t Have An Opinion” On Gov. Kasich’s Decision To Declare A Moratorium On Brine-Injection Wells. “U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, said Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, made the ‘right decision’ to declare a moratorium on brine-injection wells within a seven-mile radius of a West Side well, near the epicenter of 11 earthquakes in 10 months. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, ‘doesn’t have an opinion on’ Kasich’s decision, said Joe Aquilino, Mandel’s campaign spokesman.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 01/14/12]

 

Brown: Kasich's Decision On Wells Was Right

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, said Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, made the “right decision” to declare a moratorium on brine-injection wells within a seven-mile radius of a West Side well, near the epicenter of 11 earthquakes in 10 months.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, “doesn’t have an opinion on” Kasich’s decision, said Joe Aquilino, Mandel’s campaign spokesman.

Ohio Treasurer Focused on Politics in 1st Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio — During his first year as state treasurer, Ohio Republican Josh Mandel has been a man between two worlds, balancing duties of his first statewide office with a fledgling U.S. Senate campaign.

Mandel has aggressively worked the fundraising and speaking circuit these past months, amassing more than $3.8 million this year in his Senate bid against Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown. That's perhaps more than any other Senate challenger in the country.

FCC Considers Ending the Blackout Rule

Last month, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called for the NFL to end its “failed” blackout policy, after said policy successfully had prevented six of seven Bengals home games from being televised in the Cincinnati area.

On Thursday, the FCC decided to seek public comment on the elimination of rules that prevent blacked out games from being televised via cable and satellite operators. If those rules are eliminated by the FCC, blackouts essentially would end.

Airborne Mercury Reduction is Critical for Ohioans' Health, Despite Josh Mandel's Misgivings

Josh Mandel's recent criticism of the newly implemented rule for airborne mercury reduction by the Obama administration — that it is "unnecessary and job-killing" — is counterproductive to the needs of Ohio's future. Mercury and air pollution can cause neurological damage, birth defects and asthma in children and other vulnerable people. This problem is right at our front door, with numerous mercury-emitting plants in the Cleveland area. We can't ignore the debilitating effects of mercury for the hopes of our future health.

Brown Pushing for National 'Blue Alert' System

YOUNGSTOWN — Flanked by numerous Mahoning Valley law-enforcement officials, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said today that there is a great need for a national alert system aimed at capturing criminals who injure or kill law-enforcement officers in the line of duty.

Brown, a Democrat from Avon, said he supports a national “Blue Alert” system that would quickly provide needed information about those particular suspects to law-enforcement agencies, the public and the media.

Another Ohio Business Sounds Alarm Over China's Unfair Currency Manipulation, Josh Mandel's Silence Continues

Dayton Area Manufacturing Plant Cites Unfair Practice As Key Reason For Number Of Employees Plummeting From 500 To 110

Last Month Mandel’s Campaign Admitted He Wouldn’t Be Taking Positions On Major Issues Before Congress, Offering To “Leave It To Sen. Brown”

COLUMBUS, OHIO – This past Wednesday Sen. Sherrod Brown visited HARCO hydraulic brake manufacturing plant in Moraine, Ohio to discuss the seriousness of China’s unfair currency manipulation and its devastating effect on Ohio’s manufacturing jobs. HARCO’s General Manager Rick Garver explained:

“HARCO on Kettering Boulevard in Moraine now employs 110, down from nearly 500 in 2007. The company’s products are hammered by market rigging in other nations, Garver said. “The playing field needs to be leveled. Our elected officials need to address trade and tax policies. It’s a bipartisan issue,”

Rick Garver is right, cracking down on China’s unfair currency manipulation is a bipartisan issue, but not if your name is Josh Mandel.

Josh Mandel has repeatedly refused to stand up for Ohio’s middle class against China’s unfair currency manipulation. Recently his campaign arrogantly admitted that because Josh Mandel wasn’t a Senator yet, he wouldn’t even be addressing the issue. From Mandel’s mouthpiece:

“Mandel spokesman Joe Aquilino said that the candidate is not a Washington politician and, ‘consequently, for the next year we're not going to pretend like he's there and voting on every bill that's introduced or that's on the floor.’”

There you have it: Josh Mandel wants your vote, but he’s unwilling to stand up—or even address–a policy that the Economic Policy Institute and the Alliance for American Manufacturing says is responsible for killing “more than 2.8 million jobs since 2001, including more than 1.9 million manufacturing jobs,” many of them in Ohio.

“Josh Mandel’s refusal to stand up for Ohio’s middle class by speaking out against the job loss resulting from China’s unfair currency manipulation is further evidence that the only job he’s willing to fight for is his next one,” said Ohio Democratic Party press secretary Justin Barasky. “The chorus of Ohio businesses supporting Sen. Brown’s bipartisan bill to crack down on China’s currency manipulation continues to grow louder and Josh Mandel should join Sen. Rob Portman and stand up against this job killing policy.”

BACKGROUND

HARCO General Manager: “The Playing Field Needs To Be Leveled” For Manufacturers. In January 2012, the Dayton Daily News reported “Garver said HARCO on Kettering Boulevard in Moraine now employs 110, down from nearly 500 in 2007. The company’s products are hammered by market rigging in other nations, Garver said. ‘The playing field needs to be leveled. Our elected officials need to address trade and tax policies. It’s a bipartisan issue,’ Garver said.” [Dayton Daily News, 1/12/12]

Mandel Silent On Sen. Brown’s China Currency Bill For Manufacturers – Spokesman Said Mandel Wouldn’t Be Commenting On Issues Before The Senate. In December 2011, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported “Mandel also would not give his opinion on a foreign trade bill promoted by Brown and supported by small Ohio manufacturers as well as Portman, a former White House trade ambassador. Brown's bill would authorize economic sanctions against China if authorities found China manipulated its currency, providing its exports with an unfair pricing advantage. Some conservatives say punitive tariffs might start a trade war. Asked about these issues, Mandel spokesman Joe Aquilino said that the candidate is not a Washington politician and, ‘consequently, for the next year we're not going to pretend like he's there and voting on every bill that's introduced or that's on the floor.’” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 12/24/11]

 

Deputy Wounded in Shooting Honored With Bravery Award

A Central Ohio deputy received a national award for bravery Thursday for his role during a check on a marijuana field in Morrow County.

Sen. Brown Announces New Resources to Bolster Firefighter Resources in Clermont County

The office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has issued the following news release:

New federal resources have been awarded to a fire department in Clermont County. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Central Joint Fire- EMS District and Wayne Township Fire and Rescue departments have been awarded resources by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

"Our first responders put their lives on the line every day across Ohio," said Brown. "These funds ensure that firefighters in Clermont County have the resources they need to perform their jobs safely."

Paid for and authorized by the Ohio Democratic Party, not authorized by any federal candidate or campaign committee. David Pepper, Chairman, 340 East Fulton St, Columbus, Ohio 43215.