Appeals Court Sends OH-15 Case Back to State Supreme Court
The Sixth U.S. Court of Appeals sent the battle over
provisional ballots in the hotly contested
OH-15 race back to the state courts according to a
in the Columbus Dispatch.
The case centers on 1000 disputed provisional ballots in Franklin
County, the home base of the Democratic candidate, Mary Jo Kilroy.
The reason that the case got thrown back into the state
courts is that the federal court said that when there
is a dispute about state election law, it is up to the state
courts to resolve it. Of course, everyone remembers how in 2000
the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the Florida supreme court
on a matter of state law.
We will have to see what the Ohio supreme court does now.
In all, there are 27,000 provisional ballots in Franklin
Bush Accepts Timeline for Withdrawing Troops from Iraq
After years of saying he would never accept a timeline for
withdrawing U.S.troops from Iraq because that would help the
enemy, President Bush has accepted a timeline for withdrawing
all U.S. troops from Iraq: Dec. 31, 2011.
After the U.S. leaves, Iraq will be run
by a pro-Iranian government that opposes everything Bush
wanted to achieve in Iraq. There has been no political solution
about dividing up the oil revenue, so civil war remains an
option for the future as well. However, since the agreement
will be signed on Bush's watch, if Iraq devolves into chaos
later on, the question: "Who lost Iraq?" will have a clear
answer: George W. Bush. While this doesn't get Barack Obama
off the hook entirely, for him an easy course of events is to
carry out Bush's agreement and keep Robert Gates on as
secretary of defense to see it through. As long as Obama
doesn't have to make an executive decisions about Iraq but
just carries out existing policy, he probably won't be blamed
if things go wrong.
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