Summit County Preview

For the first time in several cycles, I've done nothing on an election day but watch. What follows is a rundown of the races in Summit Count and some assessment of their broader implications, if any.

The two biggest races are for Mayor of City of Green and Cuyahoga Falls Clerk of Courts. In Green the race is technically non-partisan with the two contestants having been decided by a free-for-all primary that advanced the two top vote-getters to the general. As it happens the two top were Andy Padrutt, a Democratic party stalwart, and Dick Norton, a Republican businessman relatively new to politics. Padrutt is as much a stalwart as one can be at 27 -- he has been a Councilman since he was 19 and was Executive Director of the county party.

This race has always been somewhat important just because Green is the fastest-growing incorporated city in Summit. On the other hand, Green is not a strong-mayor city. Who runs council is still far more important. Ted Strickland cut an ad for Padrutt, but the party directed their GOTV heft 20 miles south in the Canton mayor's race.

The race has deeper implications on the Republican side. The Republicans are in three races and success or failure this election could make a difference in the brawl over the County Chair position. All three candidates are Alex Arshinkoff picks and if he picks up two or three, he will look a lot better. Conversely, if he gets swept, the grumbling can only grow louder.

The second key race is for Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court. Tallmadge City Councilwoman Lisa Zeno Carano was tapped by the Dems to fill the term of the long-time Dem holder of the office. State Rep. John Widowfield is running against her. Widowfield has amassed an astounding war chest for the race -- well over $100K. In addition, the Repubs attempted to flood the race with sound-alike Independents and have thrown 2X4 foot signs all over the district. This is an uphill battle for Carano.

Both the Green and Cuy. Falls Muni races were identified by Arshinkoff challenger State Sen. Kevin Coughlin as subject of a "deal" between the county parties. Supposedly the Repubs "get" these seats and the Dems get offices to be named later. If the Republicans lose either seat, the recriminations will likely fly in both directions -- Coughlin claiming that Arshinkoff lost gimmies and Arshinkoff countering that Coughlin's conspiracy theory disrupted the campaigns. Either way, Arshinkoff has a press conference scheduled tomorrow which should be interesting to say the least.

The final race is incumbent Bob Keith versus Randy Cole in the Akron City Council 8th ward. This may turn out to be a referendum on Mayor Don Plusquellic, who won a squeaker of a Democratic primary in September. If Keith loses it will likely be seen as further evidence of dissatisfaction with the Mayor.

I voted in a polling spot that includes two Eighth Ward precincts plus one other. Generally the turnout runs heavy in the location, plus the Eighth is the only real competitive race in Akron. Based on that small datum, I'd say turnout will be light.

DISCLOSURES: I've known Lisa and her husband for a few years. I have friends working on both the Padrutt and Carano campaigns.

Telxon v. Smart Media

Go to the summit county clerk of court's office at http://www.cpclerk.co.summit.oh.us/SearchByCaseNbrcourt.asp and type in 22098. Read today's ruling and ask yourself whether it was coincidence that the ruling was not announced until election day.

Hi Pho, Summit votes still counted by ES&S ??

Seems to me that your county of residence has had more than it's fair share of serious problems with ES&S electronic voting equipment. Can you at least admit that problems exist or will you go into another unsubstantiated denial rant as you have since November 2004?

Slowly but surely, anti-stolen election guy people like you, Bryan Clark and those with power to falsely persuade you are being proven wrong. Will you continue to rant endlessly about how wonderful Summit County's electronic voting equipment has been? It is obvious that you have done little or no research and/or evidence gathering at Boards of Elections across the state, let alone your own faulty electronic voting equipment county.

Also, I see little or no benefit for you to front page post here when you have your own ever so successful blog... or is it ?? Maybe you should seriously (and honestly) ask yourself why you don't have a significant traffic base at Pho's Akron Pages while many of your peers have done significantly better. You and PsychoBilly Redhorse are two Akron area peas in a trafficless blog pod.

tah tah Pho... engarde!!

NEW FILM REVEALS HOW ELECTIONS ARE STOLEN

"UNCOUNTED" RELEASED NOVEMBER 6 ON DVD

Pho you can find information about people who actually do research and uncover valid evidence at boards of election offices statewide.

You don't have the facts Pho. The facts are

here:
http://www.blognetnews.com/ohio/feed.php?channel=12&iid=51276&order=k

here:
http://fairnessbybeckerman.blogspot.com/2007/11/uncounted-released-novem...

typical hickman

instead of making a point and backing it up with anything whatsoever, mr. hickman attacks people. where is your research? you obviously have done none. you don't have any. you don't comment with any. where's the beef?

this hickman guy then goes on to insult a blogger's traffic and right to post on the front page of this blog. what site does dave have and how much traffic does it garner? another tireless ranting screed from the court jester of the ohio blogosphere.

haas ran for office, dave. wtf did you do? wtf DO you do? other than piss off other progressives and democrats. seriously.

Specific question asked to Pho

Is this Pho? or "anonymous" PlunderDUMB-BS Blog bashin' and bannin' brigade?

I provided two links that lead to a story about a documentary film that reveals evidence which I personally was part of organizing events and volunteers.

Instead, this anonymous poster interrupts and/or avoids my specific question to Pho. You say I make a point and don't back it with "anything whatsoever"

What in the heck do you call the two links I provided? Or, are you completely devoid of any sensibility of assessing my question to Pho in a fair and honest manner?

I attack people who DESERVE to be attacked for being obstinant, malicious and disingenuous as well as those insider politicos who pat each other on the back for personal gain regardless of however negatively their actions effect and/or affect everyday people in the real world.

Frankly, I don't give a damn if obnoxious people like this get pissed-off at me, whether they be progressives, democrats, republicans, libertarians, another party, independents or YOU !!

Thus, so be it if I in fact am viewed as a "court jester" of the Ohiosphere. Frankly, that is a heck of a lot better image than what exists of the manipulative thugs of PlunderDUMB and BS Blogs, and other enabling blogs.

I asked a simple question of Pho and I stated my opinion that I believe he should front page on his own blog rather than here. I didn't ask for an illogical blog klan gang-up and pile-up on me. I do not acknowledge that the fact that I do not have my own blog has ANY bearing. This absolutely does NOT matter in the slightest. It is a way for you to divert attention away from my question by attempting to marginalize me as a "non-blogger."

I say ... SO WHAT ... ANSWER THE QUESTION !!

Yeah right... Jason Haas "ran for office."

Gimme a break. Jason (aka PsychoBilly's "Redhorse") was UNOPPOSED regarding the Akron City School Board. That doesn't sound like much of a challenge to me. It sounds more like a "pay to say" patronage gimme.

Go ahead and pat Jason Haas on the back all you want. That way you might get a little bigger piece of the "pay to say" patronage pie in the future.

You have been unsuccessful at diverting me away from my original question and you ask "where's the beef?"

The beef is right here in this movie trailer:

http://uncountedthemovie.com/trailer.html

Watch it before making a bigger FOOL of yourself. Then, answer my question or find Pho so he can come over here and act like the Mr. MommyDaddy man that he defined himself as being. I did not create the MommyDaddy tag for Pho... he did it all by himself.

http://phosnorkapages.blogspot.com/2006/07/time-of-mommydaddy.html

Home Movie YouTube Time: Ohio Elections Justice Campaign

Lots of answers to questions asked by "anonymous" are on video display here:

http://fairnessbybeckerman.blogspot.com/2007/11/ohio-election-videos.htm...

So "anonymous" - will you continue to be the FOOL ??

BTW, I wasn't at most of these events because, well, because... I had to work. Of course, "anonymous" will likely continue to make blind false assertions about me.

These were the few election reform activists, from primarily the Columbus area, who were able to take off work for this 3 year memorial for the stolen 2004 election, a funeral procession and a wake at Victorian's Midnight Cafe in Columbus (I attended the evening wake at Vic's Cafe).

Most of these events happened last week.

the real question

the real question is how long will this highly regarded blog allow your namecalling claptrap.

NO !! the REAL QUESTION is ... will true DEMOCRACY return to Oh

anonymous... you are inane (lifeless and boring) ... you are unproductive ... and you are stuck in la la land.

WAKE UP !!

In addition, you've made several false claims about me in this thread alone (and I'm sure on several other blogs in the past).

So, is it more important (and relevant) to stand-up for Democracy or is it more important to expend far too much misdirected energy at trying to discredit and/or marginalize me because I use a cuss word here and there and/or I attack people who DESERVE to be exposed and challenged for their inappropriate behavior?

Gimme another meaningless one-liner anonymous...

...Go ahead !!!!!

Tell me to go take my meds...
Tell me that I don't work...
Tell me that I don't do volunteer activism...
Tell me I'm no good because I don't have a blog...
Tell me Fitrakis & Arnebeck are distancing from me
Tell me whatever untrue and negative thing you want

But the reality is that, at this moment, you're an anonymous do-nothing and say-nothing anonymous blog pseudo God (or Goddesse) at this point.

Reveal your identity or go away. You might also try writing a reply of more than 10 words to explain your positions on election reform and how it has negatively effected Pho's Summit County.

You accuse me of ONLY attacking people, but that is exactly what you are doing to me right now. You are offering nothing related to the issues Summit County is having with it's ES&S electronic vote counting equipment or anything else related to Summit County, what Pho does and/or what I actually (in reality) do.

You are simply deflecting attention away from the issues being raised in this thread by filling it with meaningless (and untrue) attacks and assertions against me.

So what, I have thick skin. Go ahead and keep it up so we can keep this thread going into infinity.

Are you trying to set me up to get banned ??? Whatever... c'est la vie... it's happened before on other blogs.

Regardless, my positions have rarely changed as a result of bloggers who have chosen to violate my freedom of speech rights on their respective blogs.

Just because the issues I raise may be uncomfortable to confront, this doesn't mean that what I am saying is incorrect and it doesn't justify those who choose censorship, bashing and banning to be blatantly blind to the facts I raise.

NO !! the REAL QUESTION is ... will true DEMOCRACY return to Oh

anonymous... you are inane (lifeless and boring) ... you are unproductive ... and you are stuck in la la land.

WAKE UP !!

In addition, you've made several false claims about me in this thread alone (and I'm sure on several other blogs in the past).

So, is it more important (and relevant) to stand-up for Democracy or is it more important to expend far too much misdirected energy at trying to discredit and/or marginalize me because I use a cuss word here and there and/or I attack people who DESERVE to be exposed and challenged for their inappropriate behavior?

Gimme another meaningless one-liner anonymous...

...Go ahead !!!!!

Tell me to go take my meds...
Tell me that I don't work...
Tell me that I don't do volunteer activism...
Tell me I'm no good because I don't have a blog...
Tell me Fitrakis & Arnebeck are distancing from me
Tell me whatever untrue and negative thing you want

But the reality is that, at this moment, you're an anonymous do-nothing and say-nothing anonymous blog pseudo God (or Goddesse) at this point.

Reveal your identity or go away. You might also try writing a reply of more than 10 words to explain your positions on election reform and how it has negatively effected Pho's Summit County.

You accuse me of ONLY attacking people, but that is exactly what you are doing to me right now. You are offering nothing related to the issues Summit County is having with it's ES&S electronic vote counting equipment or anything else related to Summit County, what Pho does and/or what I actually (in reality) do.

You are simply deflecting attention away from the issues being raised in this thread by filling it with meaningless (and untrue) attacks and assertions against me.

So what, I have thick skin. Go ahead and keep it up so we can keep this thread going into infinity.

Are you trying to set me up to get banned ??? Whatever... c'est la vie... it's happened before on other blogs.

Regardless, my positions have rarely changed as a result of bloggers who have chosen to violate my freedom of speech rights on their respective blogs.

Just because the issues I raise may be uncomfortable to confront, this doesn't mean that what I am saying is incorrect and it doesn't justify those who choose censorship, bashing and banning to be blatantly blind to the facts I raise.

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