First Smart Thing Democratic Leaders Have Done Here Since I've Lived Here! Thank God!

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 12:37.

Commissioners Hagan and DimAura parading for green beer, in Happier Times (for them)

First Smart Thing Democratic Leaders Have Done Here Since I've Lived Here! Thank God! I've declared the politicians in Northeast Ohio a threat to national security and have asked for UN support. Off to see Pelosi.

Keep up the good work for a change, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party!

Cuyahoga County's Democratic boss calls on Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Auditor Frank Russo to resign

Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 11:50 AM     Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 1:03 PM
Mark Naymik, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cuyahoga County's new Democratic Party boss is calling on his two highest-profile Democrats – Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Auditor Frank Russo -- to resign immediately.

Stuart Garson, who was elected chairman in June, said the appearance of impropriety surrounding their offices continues to grow, "which has compromised the public's trust in these officeholders and their effectiveness to carry out the duties of these offices."

Garson said he personally told one of the two officials of his announcement, though he wouldn't identify which one. But he said, "It didn't go well."

Garson said the ongoing federal public corruption investigation, which is centered on Russo and Dimora, has become a distraction to "our community, party and our candidates."

"Notwithstanding that outcome, the resignations will allow our candidates for the new positions of county executive and council to focus on their ideas for governance, economic development and social services without any further distraction," he said.

Read the rest at the PD here: Cuyahoga County's Democratic boss calls on Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Auditor Frank Russo to resign

Their Legacy: #2 of 10 Worst Places to Live

Their Legacy: #2 of 10 Worst Places to Live... #1 of large metropolitan areas - and that doesn't even factor in our sickening pollution, poor health and cancerous steel mills and coal furnaces in our bowles... NO OTHER PLACE IN AMERICA EVEN COMES CLOSE TO HAVING ALL THAT!


10 Worst Places to Live

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You don't need the U.S. Misery Index to tell you that things are bad in the U.S. Unemployment is near or at all-time highs in many parts of the country, foreclosures continue to happen at unprecedented rates and there are some very real indicators that we are heading toward a double-dip recession.

Some of us should count our lucky stars, however. In certain U.S. cities, life is much worse for residents than in other areas of the country. Using a variety of criteria, including unemployment rates, health data, the number of foreclosures, crime statistics, climate and other measures of misery, WalletPop came up with its unofficial list of the 10 worst cities to live in. This list is far from comprehensive, but there are some significant reasons why these cities made the cut. Read on.

2. Cleveland, Ohio
Population: 431,363

LeBron James isn't the only person leaving Cleveland. The U.S. Census estimated that 2,658 people left the city in 2009, the largest numerical drop among America's major cities.

Forbes also put Cleveland atop its list of most miserable U.S. cities, factoring in its high unemployment (although at 9.1% it's below the national average), high taxes, lousy weather, political corruption and lousy sports teams -- and that was before LeBron decided to leave.

Weather is a big factor, according to Forbes. Located on the south shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland gets hit by lake-effect snow, averaging almost 60 inches of the stuff every winter. Its frigid winters help produce an average annual temperature of only 50 degrees, 10 degrees below the average of the 50 cities measured by Forbes.

Nicknamed the "Mistake by the Lake," Cleveland ranked near the bottom when looking at corruption on the Forbes list. "Northern Ohio has seen 309 public officials convicted of crimes over the past 10 years," according to the Forbes story, which cites data from the Justice Department. "A current FBI investigation of public officials in Cuyahoga County (where Cleveland is located) has ensnared more than two dozen government employees and businessmen on charges including bribery, fraud and tax evasion."

Cleveland also ranks in the top third of all metro areas for foreclosure rates. The city has thousands of abandoned homes, in part because it provided down payments through the federally-funded Afford-a-Home program to many people who could not afford their mortgage payments.

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