Cincinnati lobbyists banning stuffed animals and ski ball

With the recent filing of the Cincinnati amendment come the sounds of heartbreak of many young children throughout the buckeye state. That's because the Cincinnati Casino amendment's language could forever forbid family dining venues like Chuck E. Cheese or Dave & Busters from being able to provide games of skill as they do today. Gone would be the joy of many arcade-style games. And as those children games are banished, so too would the laughter and joy of children who would no longer be permitted to play skilled games which would allow kids to win a stuff animal at a child's birthday party... Alas, the little ones would still be able to sing songs to their hearts' content, but skill based fun could become a thing of the past for Ohio's kids.

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Embracing idiocy

I realize that starting a thought with "Last night, Glenn Beck said ..." is the intellectual equivalent of saying "Watch this ..." before you abuse some inhalants, so bear with me. Because, before too long, it will all make sense. On Wednesday's episode of Glenn Beck's new television show, the host was in the middle of a rapid-fire rant and said under his breath and about college professors, "Weasels."

Curious, I decided to look into Beck's obviously rich college experience. I wondered: Did Beck, during his undergraduate and possibly graduate years, come to dislike certain professors he encountered along the way? Perhaps an advisor rubbed him the wrong way. Maybe he took that one bad class we all ran into. Could Beck have been the victim of an overzealous campus disciplinary system?

Well, any of these three things could have happened to Beck while studying theology at Yale. Or all three. One thing is for sure. If they did happen, they happened in a very, very short period of time. Because Beck, that professor-hating right-winger, was only around them for one semester. So where was he getting his hatred of academia?

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Learn and Earn Amendment Certified: Free College Tuition in Ohio's Future

Today, the Ohio Learn & Earn amendment which will help bring nearly one billion dollars a year to Ohio children for college education and over $200 million in economic development has been approved by the Attorney General for circulation.

Scholarship dollars will be paid by revenue from slot machines at seven Ohio racetracks and two-downtown Cleveland locations. Unlike the lottery, all of the of the funds will be held by the Ohio Board of Regents in the Ohio Tuition Trust for use only by Ohio students bound for Ohio colleges or universities. The funds will be in each student's name and will be forever protected from misspending politicians and state regulators.

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Ohio: Former RON lobbyists chasing the dollars, jeopardizing scholarships

Less than a year after the end of the bungled Reform Ohio Now campaign, the architects of the amendment, lobbyists Gerald Austin and Paul Tipps* are changing their tune. Once the champions of reducing the influence of money in politics, they are now attempting to influence Cincinnati politicians to get a piece of that money themselves.

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Rep. Miller (D, Ca 7th) Wants College Funding Horror Stories

Yesterday I wrote a diary titled Student Loans = Life Sentence (Shameless Plug.) Yesterday afternoon, Tom Kiley - the Democratic Communications Director from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce - contacted me via email about the post.  Representative George Miller has a website which he calls a eforum.  It allows people to post their college funding problems and stories. The purpose of the posting is to help Rep. Miller develop testimony about problems people are having with college funding.  Rep. Miller will enter the testimony into the Congressional Record.

Rep. Miller is using the netroots as a tool to contact citizens for valuable input into their government.  Let's give him a great response.

If the above link doesn't work, go here:

http://edworkforce.house.gov/democrats/m akecollegeaffordable.shtml

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