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Voting in Ohio: Desires, Wants, and Imperatives. My Vote Goes To…

As I’ve explained lately, I’ve been an undecided voter in a presidential swing state for the first time in my life. Well, I’ve decided.

There are a lot of things I want out of this election, things I’m not going to get. I want a presidential candidate who is capable of carrying out the duties [...]

What is a Vote For? This Undecided Ohio Voter Sits A-Wondering

Two weeks after receiving my Ohio absentee ballot in the mail, it is still sitting on my bookshelf, waiting to be filled out. At the presidential level, I am still undecided between candidates Barack Obama, Ralph Nader and Brian Moore. I’ve been reading your thoughts on the substance of the candidates’ merits, but beyond their [...]

Conversation in Line for the October 2008 Obama Rally in Columbus: Obama, War and the Surveillance Society

What do you call a resident of Columbus, Ohio? I’ve lived here for three years and I still don’t know. On the radio, they call us “Columbus residents,” but there’s got to be a single word out there. Columbusser? Columbian? Columbusite? Columbusonian? Columbine?

Columbusish? Heck, I’ll just pick one.

Last Friday, October 10, a [...]

Talking in Line, 10/10/08 Columbus Barack Obama Rally: Nader or Obama?

The following is a transcription of a conversation I had with two women from Zanesville, Ohio I met in line for the October 10, 2008 rally featuring Barack Obama in Columbus, Ohio. They wish to remain anonymous.

Jim Cook: I’m Jim Cook and I’m with Irregular Times and I’m here on October 10, 2008, and [...]

Swing This! Help this Ohio Voter Decide between Nader, Moore and Obama

To the right you can see my absentee ballot for the state of Ohio. I’ve requested it so that I can vote by mail to keep the lines short for everyone else on Election Day; four years ago in my precinct the lines stretched for hours.

As you can see, at least in the state [...]

Video: Ralph Nader Speaks in Columbus, Ohio on 9-08-2008

Ralph Nader, independent candidate for President in 2008, came to the Drexel movie theater just outisde downtown Columbus, Ohio on September 8, 2008 to make his case for the presidency. Nader’s primary complaint: corporate control of the American economy and its corrosive effect upon politics. His political platform: to reinvest in public works and infrastructure [...]

Matt Gonzalez Speaks in Columbus on the Odds and Principles of the Nader-Gonzalez Race

Vice Presidential candidate Matt Gonzalez, running as an independent with Ralph Nader as his running mate for President, spoke to the press just outside downtown Columbus Ohio this afternoon about the rationale for his campaign. Below is my video recording of his remarks, with a transcript following:

My name’s Matt Gonzalez. I’m Ralph Nader’s [...]

Ralph Nader Speaks On the FISA Amendments Act

Ralph Nader does not have the backing of a vast party machine. He does not have the rousing oratorical skill of a Bible-quoting preacher. But he does answer questions. I posed this question to him during a press conference in Columbus, Ohio shortly after 1:00 pm today:

Jim Cook: If you were elected president, what [...]

Ralph Nader Speaks on God’s Will

Shortly after 1:00 pm today, I had the opportunity to ask presidential candidate Ralph Nader a question before a public appearance in Columbus, Ohio. Considering that candidates left and right have been disclosing the role of God’s will in their rise to power, I thought I’d ask him to share whether God had told him [...]

Ralph Nader Speaks on God's Will

Shortly after 1:00 pm today, I had the opportunity to ask presidential candidate Ralph Nader a question before a public appearance in Columbus, Ohio. Considering that candidates left and right have been disclosing the role of God’s will in their rise to power, I thought I’d ask him to share whether God had told him [...]