Treasurer Candidate Speaks to Democratic Women's Group
Here's something to know: Cordray's campaign treasurer is a former U.S. Treasurer. That seems like a pretty solid endorsement.
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When you get down to it, the only real glue holding this coalition together is hatred for liberals. As Yglesias said yesterday: “A gut-level hostility to liberal elites is not a governing philosophy.” No, but it’s heck of a way to keep an otherwise incoherent political coalition together. “Conservative” means so many things today that it’s hard to find any essence to the concept anymore.
“Conservative” seems only to have negative meaning – that is, it is defined by what it is not, rather than what it is. And what it is not is the despised liberal elite, or Howard Dean, or Ward Churchill, or John Kerry, or Bill Clinton, or Dick Durbin, or whoever the designated “Other” for the week happens to be.
By staying on the sidelines (at least for now), Democrats rob Republicans of the opportunity of creating an “Other” to rally against – which is really the key to their recent success.
The acquisition of Albertson's 2,300 stores would give Kroger a strong presence in the Northeast, a region where the company does not have a significant presence.
The bid comes as traditional supermarkets are struggling to regain market share in the face of discount retailers like Wal-Mart and Costco and the organic and specialty stores like Whole Foods and Wild Oats.
Grocery sales at Wal-Mart are now far larger than that of any supermarket, jumping to $109 billion in 2004 from $82 billion in 2002. Sales at Kroger were $56 billion in 2004.
The combination of Kroger and Albertson's would have sales almost as large as that of Wal-Mart's grocery business. Kroger, which is based in Cincinnati, operates 2,500 stores under names like Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Smith's and King Soopers.
Butch Davis, a 70-year-old lifelong Republican, pulled up at Hackett HQ in a 1943 Marine Corps jeep, complete with a mounted 30-caliber machine gun, sporting a “Veterans for Hackett” sign. “I’m a redneck from Brown County,” he declared proudly, extending his weathered hand. “Paul’s pro-choice,” he added. “I’m pro-life. He said educating the young fellas and gals is the answer to the problem, not outlawing abortion.”
Davis continued in a thick Southern drawl, “I used to think clinic bombers were doing the right thing. My preacher said I was too uptight.” He chuckled. Now, he said, “I think Paul’s approach is as good as mine.”
Five years ago, the journalist Joel Dyer published The Perpetual Prisoner Machine. Dyer argued that a series of interlocking policies, budget choices, influences of tough-on-crime advocacy groups, and media representations of crime and punishment had come together to create an almost irresistible momentum toward expansion of the U.S. correctional apparatus. Whether crime went up or down, Dyer argued, enough people, businesses and government entities now had a vested interest in seeing the prison population rise that it would be extremely difficult to create effective counterweights.
Student blogs are a small but growing trend in campus admission offices. It is an admission tool which is supposed to let prospective students view what life is really like on a college campus.
The six UD student bloggers were hand-picked by administrators and earn $500 per semester for writing at least one blog entry per week.
“Current students are in the best position to tell prospective students what the University of Dayton is all about,” said Robert Johnson, vice president for enrollment management.
The purpose of the UD blog is to provide readers with a realistic representation of daily life as a UD student. The content of the blogs is supposed to be driven by the personal experiences of the bloggers as well as their observations.UD is one of the first universities in the country to use an admissions blog and is the first university to use podcasting and RSS (Really Simple Syndication) technology. People can even download blogs onto their iPod and listen to a blog entry.