Monday, January 31, 2011

Legislative Action: 10th District and State - 01312011

In this MegaVote for Ohio's 10th Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
  • Senate: Secret Holds Elimination
  • House: Non-Security Discretionary Spending Limit
  • House: Presidential Campaign Fund Termination
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act

Editor's Note: The House is in recess until Tuesday, February 8, 2011.
Recent Senate Votes
Secret Holds Elimination - Vote Agreed to (92-4, 4 Not Voting)

The Senate spent much of the week debating procedural rules. One of the rule changes the chamber passed was this one that ends the practice of “secret holds,” where a senator anonymously blocks legislation or a nomination. The rule change requires a senator to notify his or her party leader within 2 days of placing a hold.

Sen. Rob Portman voted YES......send e-mail or see bio
Sen. Sherrod Brown voted YES......send e-mail or see bio

Recent House Votes
Non-Security Discretionary Spending Limit - Vote Passed (256-165, 13 Not Voting)

The House approved this resolution directing the chair of the Budget Committee to reduce non-security spending to 2008 levels for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year. The Budget Committee sets spending levels but does not appropriate funds. The continuing resolution currently funding government operations expires on March 4, 2011.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted NO......send e-mail or see bio

Presidential Campaign Fund Termination - Vote Passed (239-160, 35 Not Voting)

The House voted to end a program put in place in 1976 that provides taxpayer funds to presidential candidates and the major parties for their nominating conventions. The bill's future in the Senate is unclear.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted NO......send e-mail or see bio

Upcoming Votes
FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act - S.223

The Senate is scheduled to take up this bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

This is a Nice Surprise

From and The Plain Dealer team up to create the Twitter Twenty

Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 2:00 PM and The Plain Dealer are engaging and embracing social media conversations in a new way.
twitter-page.jpgJoin the conversation! #CLE20

Our new "Twitter Twenty" is a group of twenty well-known local tweeps (people on Twitter) who will weigh in on different local issues.  
The Twitter Twenty's comments on Twitter about the weekly topic will be featured online and will also be used in The Plain Dealer each Friday on page A-2.  Look for the week's topic on Tuesday in the same place in The Plain Dealer.
We'll pose a new question each week to the group and also post it online, so everyone can weigh in by using the Twitter hashtag #cle20.    
We will pick the first set of Twitter Twenty participants to get the ball rolling, but we plan to change the group of contributors each month. If you want to be a part of the Twitter Twenty in the future, let us know by direct messaging us on Twitter or commenting on this post.
@denisep  (Denise Polverine)
@dawgpndgirl  (Alana Munro)
So, let's see what the Twitter Twenty has to say on local topics -- some serious, some silly and some the group selects.  In 140 characters or less, of course.  

Meet the first round of Twitter Twenty Tweeps

Published: Friday, January 21, 2011, 2:54 PM  

Let's take a look at the first group of tweeps who will be discussing the Twitter Twenty topics this month!  (The bios are taken from their Twitter profiles)

@allisonpeltz:  Lover of all things fashion, pop culture & wine, blogger who speaks at a very fast rate with a slight Cleveland accent. PR & social media practitioner by day.

@azrael: gadfly, raconteur and co-founder of Incognito an underground restaurant open six nights a year

@cfaddict: 32M Computer programmer living in Cleveland OH. I am a big technology geek who enjoys exercise/running/poker/programming/hanging w friends/meeting new people.

@clevelandchick: A Cleveland fan. Follow my journey as I move back to Cleveland, start a new job, try to sell my house, move in with my parents & search for the perfect pierogi.

@clevoplanner: Urban Planner/Designer, cook, Proud city resident, father, foodie, techie, gardener, photographer, music lover, social media nerd - King Slacker

@dlayphoto: Doctor's spouse,  enthusiast, cook, geek, lover of tech, craft beer, coffee, wine, cheese & bacon. These tweets are my own opinions! #Ravenscrew

@joeg2001: Cleveland's Biggest Fan. Lover of Sports, Travel, Food, Wine, Beer and Small Government. No need for much else.

@johnheaney: Branding strategist. Design evangelist. Innovation agent. Social media dilettante. Entrepreneurial provocateur. Strategic thinker. Energetic & engaging speaker.

@keithmoehring: I'm a Consultant with PR 20/20, a Cleveland inbound marketing firm. Talk about SEO, Social Media, sports, movies, TV, the Browns, Cavs and Indians.

@kellyandjose: We love show going, movie watching, booze drinking, road tripping, fine dining, and sometimes tweeting about it here

@koskim: PR senior account exec/social media junkie from the East Coast, living the Midwest. Loves baking, running and music.

@kyleroth: Husband, father, designer, foodie, craft beer lover, indie music fan. Love Cleveland but not the Browns.

@liz_lewis: Born and raised in Cleveland, OH. Has a love/hate relationship with the Browns, curling, and the iPhone.

@mollsadoll: 0-something OU journalism grad turned nonprofit marketing professional. fan of running, ice cream, football, cloudy days, HGTV and happy hour

@moninaw: Self proclaimed extraordinary mom. Mediocre homemaker. Wannabe runner. Life long Clevelander. Member of 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel. Tweets are my own.

@optimizedmom: Internet Marketing Diva a.k.a. Senior Acct Executive @FathomSEO. I like to laugh, dream, and do.

@pachladis: Marketing manager at Orthoworld, runner, mom, girlfriend, fashionista, music & wine lover, writer, booknerd, foodie, cyclist + triathlete

@paulroetzer: PR 20/20 (@pr2020) founder & president. Entrepreneur. PR pro. Blogger. Writer. Inbound marketer. Speaker. Golfer.

@poiseinparma: lifetime NEOhioan, healthy balance blogger maintaining a 110+ weight loss, newbie gluten-free runner, golden retriever lover.

@szczepanik: Thoughts expressed are mine & do not represent those of Liggett Stashower, clients, AAF, Kent State (adjunct,) OU (alum,) @CleveDads, other ad folk or his wife

I just hope there are better questions than about bugs

Monday, January 24, 2011

Legislative Action: 10th District and State - 01242011

In this MegaVote for Ohio's 10th Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes
  • House: Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act
Upcoming Congressional Bills
  • Senate: Filibuster rules overhaul
  • House: Non-security spending cuts
  • House: Presidential election fund

Editor's Note: NOTE: The Senate and House will meet in a special session January 25, 2011 at 8:35 p.m. to hear President Obama's State of the Union speech.
Recent House Votes
Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act - Vote Passed (245-189, 1 Not Voting)

The House voted to repeal the 2010 health care law. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has vowed to block the bill in the Senate.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted NO......send e-mail or see bio

Upcoming Votes
Filibuster rules overhaul - S.RES.10

The Senate is scheduled to continue debating this resolution that would overhaul its filibuster rules.

Non-security spending cuts - H.RES.38

This House resolution would require the Budget committee chairman to reduce non-security related discretionary spending to 2008 levels.

Presidential election fund - H.R.359

The House is scheduled to consider this bill that would end taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and party conventions.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cleveland City Planning Commission Approves Innerbelt Bridge Aesthetic Details

From ODOT-12: 

The Cleveland City Planning Commission on Friday approved the final aesthetic details of Cleveland’s new westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge. 

“We are very excited to have this final approval and move forward with the construction of the new bridge,” said Innerbelt Project Manager Craig Hebebrand.  “We have been working with our stakeholders for years and it’s great to see these final details become a part of the plan.”   

Members of the public who visited the project Web site, or attended a December 15 public meeting, were polled on very specific elements – including pier treatments, fence and lighting options, retaining wall materials and more – in order to determine a public preference for each specific element. 

Public preferences were then presented to the Project Stakeholder Committee, the City of Cleveland Flats-Downtown Design Review Committee and Cleveland City Planning Commission following the public meeting.  The recommendations of each committee fall in line with those of the public – with a few minor adjustments. 

The team approved an updated pier design which includes additional grooves where the girders touch-down on the piers.  This allows the eye to make a stronger connection between the two elements.  While online voters favored heavy, metal display panels near the historic Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center overlooking the river valley, the Stakeholder Committee, those attending the Public Meeting and Cleveland commissions favored the more simplistic design which eliminates the metal displays and provides a clearer view of the river valley. 

Stakeholders and commission members also suggested changes along the new extension of E. 9th Street.  The team asked that the same fence and parapet pattern as is proposed on the Carnegie Avenue bridge over the GCRTA Rapid Transit line be used along the new E. 9th Street extension as well.  Among other details, the bodies also asked that ODOT consider historic lighting fixtures along heavily traveled pedestrian routes in both the Tremont and Gateway neighborhoods. 

ODOT’s final decision on these comments will be made within the coming months. 

Stakeholder groups, which include prominent local advocates, have met numerous times since the spring of 2006 in order to prescribe important aesthetic elements of the new bridge including scenic overlooks, open railings, new streetscapes and revamped overpasses and ramps.  The project also includes removing a portion of the Tremont bluff to increase stability and open additional green space adjacent to the river below. 

In September, the project was awarded to Walsh Construction and designer HNTB Ohio Inc. for a total bid amount of $287.4 million.  Using the unique design-build process in which the design and construction of the project are combined in a single contract, the team will complete substantial construction of the new westbound bridge during the fall of 2013 – nearly a year earlier than originally anticipated. 

Construction is expected to begin this spring.  Log-on to for more information. 


For more information contact: 
ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006 or email

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Legislative Action: 10th District and State - 01102011

In this MegaVote for Ohio's 10th Congressional District:
Recent Congressional Votes
  • House: Health Care Repeal Rule
  • House: Reducing the amount authorized for salaries and expenses

    Editor's Note: The Senate is in recess until Tuesday January 25, 2011.
    Recent House Votes
    Health Care Repeal Rule - Vote Passed (236-181, 2 Present, 15 Not Voting)

    The House approved the rules for debating H.R.2, the bill to repeal the 2010 health care law. The rules provide for seven hours of floor debate. The vote on H.R.2, which was scheduled for Jan. 12, was postponed following Saturday’s shootings in Tucson, AZ.
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted NO......send e-mail or see bio

    Reducing the amount authorized for salaries and expenses - Vote Passed (408-13, 11 Not Voting)

    The House voted to reduce operating expenses for lawmakers and committee offices. Budgets for House salaries and office expenses in 2011 and 2012 will be 5 percent less than the 2010 level.
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich voted YES......send e-mail or see bio