Muslim American Kudos for Ohio’s “…sustained, non-partisan critique of the veiled bigotry of [Josh Mandel’s ad]

From a column at Religions Dispatches, “Surprise: Local Press Does Good Job Covering Anti-Islam Campaigning…”: Perhaps one of the most interesting political backlashes against Islamophobic ads happened in Ohio where the Republican challenger for the State Treasurer, Josh Mandel, launched anattack against the incumbent, Kevin Boyce, claiming that Boyce showed favoritism in his hiring practices.…

[video] Fear Not; Embrace the Politics of Empathy & Ethical Passion

A wonderful writer and someone I consider a friend, Suzanne Reisman, posted this excellent entry, Please Refuse to Let Fear Drive Your Politics, just a day after I posted Reject Josh Mandel Supporter’s Fearmongering Campaigns. Anyone who files to run for office should have to watch this excellent short video about the role and danger…

Reject Josh Mandel Supporters’ Fearmongering Whisper Campaigns

In 2008, people who supported Josh Mandel for re-election to the Ohio Statehouse (in my district, Ohio 17) tried to convince me to comment on fabricated fears that they had stitched together, and I refused.  They were working to fan flames of fear in relation to Mandel’s opponent that year and the opponent’s wife. Mandel…

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Takes Young Gun Author, GOP US Rep. Eric Cantor To Task Over Nazi Dresser-Upper

The video: And the full post at Think Progress. I’ve maligned the Young Guns program before, but here’s what the program says about itself: America is standing at a critical crossroads, and Young Guns candidates give America the best opportunity to move our country in the right direction. Founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by…

Despite Mandel’s previous protestation to contrary, Dem consultant says, “Mandel has always been viewed as ‘the Jewish hope,’”

I’ve written before about my state rep’s assertions regarding his electoral success as it relates to his being Jewish.  The Cleveland Jewish News now has a lengthy article with quotes from a well-known Democratic political consultant, among others, that directly contradicts Josh Mandel’s previous suggestion that identity politics plays little if any role in his…

Haveil Havalim #275: The “I’m so busy that putting together this blog carnival is actually what substitutes for taking a break” Edition

Welcome to this week’s edition of Haveil Havalim #275: The “I’m so busy that putting together this blog carnival is actually what substitutes for taking a break” Edition. Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs — a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest…

Ohio Sup Court Discrimination: Will Palin’s Mama Grizzlies Rise Up for Mama Grizzlies-To-Be?

The Ohio Supreme Court handed down a decision today in McFee v. Nursing Care Management of America, Inc. that holds that, “…it’s not gender discrimination for employers to require a minimum tenure for employees to take an extended leave for any purpose, pregnancy included.” (See this Columbus Dispatch blog post.) What’s the problem? Kellie Copeland,…