Salons' Iris Carmon has a piece up today called "What's Next for the Anti-Abortion Movement?" It focuses on the recent maneuvrering in the Ohio legislature on bills to defund Planned Parenthood and to enact the "Heartbeat" Bill, which were being shoved through by the Ohio House but dead-ended at the Senate.
She warns that some anti-choice activists think the problem isn't with their beliefs, which were rudely exposed this year — in their sudden war against contraception — to be based not in any concern for "unborn babies" but in their hostility toward women. Rather, they think they need to double down on them. She quotes anti-choice activist Marjorie Dannenfelser, who is distressed at "the fate of countless innocent unborn babies and vulnerable women" under "the most pro-abortion president in America's history" and suggests,
“1) Our candidates must be better trained to articulate their pro-life position. 2) We need more women candidates.”
Sorry, Marjorie, that won't work. Your party — the Republican Party — doesn't like to have the womenfolk in positions of power. And don't even THINK about running anti-choice women in the Democratic Party. Seriously — don't go there.
And as for candidates "better trained to articulate the pro-life position," that's going to be an uphill battle too I'm presuming here she means not saying the sort of stupid things that lost Missouri's Todd Akin and Indiana's Richard Mourdock U.S. Senate seats they were expected to win — in other words, concealing the movement's true feelings and intentions.
We got this email from the Cuyahoga Democratic Women's Caucus:
By now you may have heard that, thanks to all of your emails, phone calls, and non-stop protests, Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus has decided that H.B. 298 (which would effectively de-fund Planned Parenthood in Ohio) and H.B. 125 (the "heartbeat bill") will not be considered during the remainder of the current legislative session.
We were successful in making our voices heard. Our actions led to results. We can all breathe a sigh of relief -- for now. We must continue to watch Columbus very, very closely.
That last sentence is particularly accurate. It seems like it's impossible to overestimate how much our legislators in Columbus hate women and how far they will go and how much they will risk to manifest that hatred. They made a strong statement by convening only a week after the election — elections which unexpectedly ejected several candidates who had made outrageously anti-woman statements — to take up hearing these bills, which were emergencies by no stretch of the imagination.
Maybe they were appealing to their base. But the base that wants these extreme measures is rapidly shrinking. And the pro-choice base has grown and become more active and energized, thanks to these constant attacks on women.
In addition, the consistent rejection of sane, rational measures — such as access to affordable contraception — that actually WOULD reduce the number of abortions as well as others, such as strengthened access to maternity care that would improve the health of both mother and baby, has long since exposed as hypocrisy any claims these legislators might make about their concern for "unborn life."
First of all, I want to congratulate Ohio Daily Blog’s long-time friend, Judge Bill O’Neill, for his election as an associate justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. I want to make it clear that I consider this to be an unmitigated positive. While some people I know have griped about their perception that he is not pro-choice, challenges to any anti-choice bills passed by our legislature and signed by our governor are going to the federal courts, not the state supreme court.
The biggest unbalance on the Ohio Supreme Court is one that Bill referred to in his campaign slogan — “Money and judges don’t mix.” It’s the overwhelming tendency of that court in recent years to strongly prefer the rights of big corporate interests, especially those who have donated to their campaigns, to the rights of ordinary citizens. With his refusal to accept any campaign donations and his long history as an advocate for labor, O’Neill brings to the court the ability to balance the interests of average working people and small businesses with those of the big money that funds state supreme court campaigns.
Unfortunately, he’ll be doing it pretty much alone.
Yvette McGee Brown, who was appointed to the court in January 2011 by former Governor Ted Strickland, lost her bid for retention to a grossly underqualifed candidate who was rated Not Qualified by the bar associations. But her name is Sharon Kennedy. It’s clear to me from having looked at a lot of voted ballots while working at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections that many voters assumed a candidate named Kennedy was the Democrat. (Judicial candidates are not identified by party). That leaves the state supreme court still 6-1 Republican.
Apparently preparing for his re-election campaign in 2014, our gov has started to run ads in Ohio boasting what a big success his privatized Department of Development Replacement, JobsOhio, has been.
This Dispatch article should properly have been labeled p.r. since it is essentially a press release from the governor's office and presents no balanced viewpoints.Shame on you, Dispatch.
There are a couple of problems here. First of all, it's very hard to tie the slowly improving economy of Ohio to anything JobsOhio did. So far, it seems like it's mostly given money to Kasich cronies. It's hard to tell how many jobs they actually created. It's more likely that the recovering economy is due to national factors that Kasich resisted, such as the auto industry bailout. It's unclear that the shaky JobsOhio has had any impact at all. If anything, the governor's policies have fought against Ohio's economic comeback, as his cuts to local governments and public schools have forced layoffs in some communities. His bragging is extremely unseemly.
And at taxpayer expense,
a new state TV ad ... will start airing on Sunday as part of a $1.4 million marketing campaign designed to highlight job growth in Ohio and keep the momentum going. ...The campaign also will include ads in the state’s major newspapers, including The Dispatch, starting on Sunday, as well as ads in the Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Indianapolis Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Wall Street Journal.
The story says that a JobsOhio shill claims this campaign is to attract new business to the state, which doesn't explain why ads are running in state and in the Dispatch (hmmm ... conflict of interest there?)
Now that the media can’t talk any longer about how the presidential race is “tied” and “too close to call” —something it nattered about long after an avalanche of evidence contradicted them, there’s a new myth floating around out there.
It's being pushed by Republicans as well as some "wise pundits." They're saying that the public did not actually say it was fed up with Republican ideas and policies and that the president and Democrats have no mandate for their policies because the election didn't change the balance of power in Washington. The president was reelected, the Senate stayed in Democratic hands, and the House stayed in Republican hands. So the people clearly were speaking for fearful, penurious “centrism,” right?
In fact, voters were speaking pretty loudly. In reelecting the president in difficult economic times, they were saying they didn’t trust any of the Republicans’ vague proposals on the economy, which mainly consisted of ginning up false panic about the national debt and the deficit and demanding that the wealthy not sacrifice to pay for it.
The electorate said, that’s bullshit.
And after all the talk about how President Obama might get an electoral college majority but lose the popular vote (you could practically see the media salivating over the possibility of this controversial scenario), he won decisively.
The Democrats also increased their majority in the Senate to an effective 55-45. If you think picking up two seats is fairly routine, then you didn’t know the map. 2012 was long anticipated with anxiety by those interested in electing Democrats to the Senate because Democrats would be defending twice as many seats as Republicans, leading to fewer pick-up opportunities and more energy and resources spent on defense.
Then the teabaggers roared.
"On Election Day, Republicans Suffered Consequences of Voter Suppression Strategy"
On Election Day, voters stood with determination in unconscionably long lines, some that stretched for up to seven hours. Though some voters were elderly, frail, missing work, or simply exhausted, theyrefused to leave, undeterred by the line and in fact galvanized by the bad intent.
Donna Brazile and Will Crossley, who have led Democratic Party initiatives to guarantee the right to vote, details the result of the GOP's voter disenfranchisement onslaught of the last two years. Upon coming to power in states across the country in 20210 — including Ohio — Republicans in those states — including Ohio — moved with lightning speed to work on legislation that would hopefully (in their opinion) depress voter turnout among minorities, seniors, students and the poor in 2012.
We all remember HB 194 — an omnibus bill of voter discouragement tactics. We collected the signatures to put a repeal on the ballot. The GOP, still smarting from the recent repeal of SB 5, pulled a sneaky legislative move and repealed it themselves — but not before passing another bill while kept HB 194's ban of in-person early voting the three days before the election.
Anyone out there remember Carlo LoParo, Ken Blackwell's spokesperson both at his secretary of state office an in his ill-fated gubernatorial campaign of 2006? The guy always exuded a condescending arrogance and a contemptuous disregard for reality that blazed a trail for Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel. The guy telegraphed that he was a complete liar and he just didn't care, screw you.
LoParo has returned in a job he's perfect for: spokesperson for the deceptively named Protect Your Vote Ohio, the lying bunch that opposed Issue 2 — fair nonpartisan redistricting. There's no valid argument against the plan so LoParo mocks supporters with this upside-down lie, quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Carlo LoParo of Protect Your Vote Ohio, a group that placed television and direct mail ads against Issue 2, said its changes still would have allowed one party to manipulate the process for its own gain, and allowed no mechanism for bipartisan agreement. He noted it was rejected in 86 out of 88 Ohio counties, and said Democratic groups funded the initiative.
As anyone with a functioning brain cell knows, the current system WAS manipulated beyond all reason by one party — LoParo's own Republican Party. it rendered the voice of voters totally irrelevant in electing the Ohio legislature and its congressional delegation. And LoParo is either a braindead idiot or a smirking liar to claim that Issue 2 "allowed no mechanism for bipartisan agreement." (I'm thinking the latter). That is ALL it was about. OK, not actually BIpartisan. It was more about NONpartisan agreement since it gave equal voice to independents and minor party members, something the current system will never, ever do.
I suspect LoParo knows all of that perfectly well, and being the weasel he is, finds enjoyment in deliberately lying about the redistricting process.
There's been a lot of talk in the last couple of years about the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision of January 2010, which unleashed the flood of unlimited billionaire money funding SuperPacs and other secretive groups attempting to influence elections. This year has been the first full election cycle —and the first presidential election — that that money has been free to try to buy elections.
So how successful were these groups?
It turns out not very. Maybe you've seen the news stories in the last week about all the recriminations from the right directed at Karl Rove, who was supposedly both the face of and the genius behind organizing this flood of money for maximum impact. In state after state, in Senate race after Senate race, this money he directed came up empty. We saw it in Ohio: not even a massively funded campaign paid for by god only knows who was able to elect an inferior candidate like josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel. Only in Nevada were Rove's benefactors able to send a candidate to the senate.
The Sunshine Foundation has published a fascinating breakdown of who spent what on what races, and the success percentages each had.
I'm especially fascinated by the fact that the NRA's $10 million has so little impact. One of its PACs had a less than 1% success rate. Yet candidates treat the NRA like a big fearsome monster that cannot be crossed. It looks more like a paper tiger now, making itself feel more manly by waving guns around, just like some of its members.
On the opposite end, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund had an almost 98% success rate in electing the candidates it backed, a message clearly going unheard by Ohio's state legislators. But seeing this led me to wonder if there isn't a motive behind the message similar to union-busting SB 5.
Our secretary of state Jon Husted was excoriated yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley over the last-minute directive Husted snuck out after business hours the Friday before the election, forbidding Ohio's county boards of election from counting provisional ballots when pollworkers failed to enter some ID information on an accompanying piece of paperwork, which was clearly THEIR job.
Marbley said in his opinion,
The General Assembly made the policy judgment to place the duty to record the identification of a provisional voter with a trained election official. The Secretary may not second guess that decision. If the Secretary could arbitrarily shift any duties of an election official to an individual voter, the Secretary could ensure no error would ever be the fault of a poll worker simply by reassigning all of the poll worker's duties to the voter. This result is not contemplated by Ohio law or permitted by the Constitution.
Husted's saying it's about preventing voter fraud, but the information to do so is already available to those processing provisionals. And it's likely that of Ohio's 200,000 provisionals, only a handful have this particular defect, and of those, it's likely that a miniscule number will have issues that suggest a voter was trying to pull something sneaky.
Secretary of State Jon Husted promptly said his office would appeal the ruling to the Cincinnati-based U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
He'll probably end up spending tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars for every potential "fraudulent" voter — almost all of whom would be caught in the regular processing of provisionals. So basically, it's ALL money wasted.
As I mentioned in my last post, progressive and women's groups are asking Ohioans to call state legislators and ask them to please get their noses out of women's private choices and, if it's abortion — and not women — they don't like, to support Lakewood state rep. Nickie Antonio's pregnancy prevention bill.
Cleveland reproductive choice activist Leah Taylor has put up a petition at SignOn.org, which will be delivered to some of the legislators mentioned above. Help give Lynn Wachtmann some unsettling bedtime reading, as he learns how many Ohioans don't agree with what he's doing.
You can see it and sign it here:
Last week, women turned out to vote in large numbers and delivered a clear message: lay off the attacks on our rights. Nowhere was this seen more clearly in the defeats of a couple of radical candidates for U.S. Senate, who nevertheless were widely expected to win in conservative states. Missouri's Claire McGaskill was considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats, while Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly was a long shot. In both state, Republican voters dumped a moderate in favor of a radical rightie in their primary.
And those two radical righties boldly showed women the depths of their contempt for and total misunderstanding of women. In Missouri, Todd Akin said that women can't get pregnant from rape because the body has "ways of shutting it down." And in Indiana, fellow crazy Richard Mourdock said that pregnancy resulting from rape was a gift from God.
Both candidates, long expected to win, lost in landslides, thanks in large part to women sick and tired of the radically escalated crusade against women's rights in the last two years..
Meanwhile, Ohio legislators, perhaps emboldened by a disgraceful gerrymander that ensures the Ohio General Assembly will not represent Ohio's citizens for the next decade (unless we keep putting Voters First Ohio on the ballot, which we should do), have decided that the most important thing they can do right now, immediately, with hardly a breather after the election, is once again take up trampling on Ohio's women and demonstrating their own special brand of ignorance and misogyny.
They are one again going to push the defunding of Planned Parenthood, an organization which singularly provides health care to economically challenged women, helping to assure not just healthier women but healthier babies and children. And they are again going to take up the radical Heartbeat Bill, a piece of religious hooey that these women-despising legislators pretend has a scientific basis.
I apologize again for not having time to digest and articulate my thoughts about the just past elections. We are making our way through Cuyahoga's pile of more than 30,000 provisionals at the steady pace, though, and the good news is that it looks like more than 85% of them are good and will be counted.
Meanwhile, there's a lot of news out there about how women influenced the races, with single women voting for President Obama by 67%.
Record numbers of women were elected to both the House and the Senate. But if you really want to look at the stark difference between the two major parties on the role of women, look at who elected them. Of the 20 women who will now be in the Senate, 16 of them are Democrats. SIXTEEN of 20. That leaves, um, FOUR Republicans. And not actually four since GOP voters in Alaska teabagged Senator Lisa Murkowski in 2010, and she won reelection as an independent.
On the House side, of the 81 women not elected, 57 are Democrats. In Ohio, three of our four Democratic representatives are women. The Republicans dumped their only Ohio congresswoman, Jean "Scrunchie" Schmidt, in the primary. They did run a woman in the Mahoning Valley against Ohio's only male Democratic congressperson, the estimable Tim "The Good" Ryan. But she was batshit crazy, and basically, they were letting her play candidate in a district they knew she couldn't possibly win — much as they did with Not Joe the Not a Plumber against Marcy Kaptur.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who I've been thinking for a while would make a great presidential candidate in 2016, has a good column on her blog about the gains women made in Congress last week:
While you're at it, subscribe to her blog and you'll see what an outspoken leader she's been in pushing back against the let's-go-back-to-1950 crew. And we need ta now more than ever, as I will explain in my next post.
I think New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd often works a little too hard to be clever at the expense of content. But she says some good stuff here about Mitt Romney running for president of a country that doesn't exist, that never worked for most people, and that they don't want to revive. Especially women.
In its delusional death spiral, the white male patriarchy was so hard core, so redolent of country clubs and Cadillacs, it made little effort not to alienate women. The election had the largest gender gap in the history of the Gallup poll, with Obama winning the vote of single women by 36 percentage points.
You mean they weren't excited by a party where the second-to-last presidential candidate standing, Rick Santorum, said that even married couples using contraception led to immorality? And that health-care providers offering contraception somehow infringed on the religious freedom of a bunch of old, celibate male bishops?
Yeah, that sort of talk WILL inspire single women to vote for the other party.
Some people are NOT getting the message. Perhaps filled with hubris because of the baked-in advantage their obscene gerrymander gives them, Ohio's GOP legislators are talking about more hearing on defunding Planned Parenthood and passing the Heartbeat Bill. They never learn. They seem to have forgotten how experienced we are at gathering signatures to put repeals on the ballot. Just try it, suckers. I've got my clipboard ready to go.
"Obama Won Every Precinct in Cleveland Heights"
That's right, baby — all 37 of 'em. He took 85% of the Cleveland Heights vote to Mitt Romney's 15%. I'll bet that's close to Obama's margin in Hyde Park, the neighborhood in Chicago he and my sister both live in.
In the early voting room at the Board of Elections, one of our heaviest voting precincts in the county was Cleveland Heights 5A. They were usually the first to finish a book of ballots and go on to the next. These people were early voting their asses off. How did that precinct do?
692 votes for President Obama, 53 for Mitt Romney. Ouch.
Among the other candidates, Stewart Alexander got 7 votes, Richard Duncan got 9, and racist/crazy person Virgil Goode got 18. Chances are most of those votes were mistakes and accidents. Probably more deliberate were the 121 votes for Libertarian Gary Johnson — I'm sure there are at least 100 disgruntled Paulies in Cleveland Heights — and the 79 votes for Jill Stein of the increasingly useless Green Party. There are probably that many "the two major parties are identical " purity progressives in Cleveland Heights too.
As I drove into work Wednesday morning after the election, I noticed many of the Romney Ryan signs I was used to seeing were gone.
“That was quick,” I thought to myself.
I don’t believe I had ever seen signs taken down so quickly after an election. I really didn’t think much of it until I started reading reports about the utter confusion some Romney Ryan supporters were going through. A quote from an article in the Washington Examiner titled: In Boston, stunned Romney supporters struggle to explain defeat, pretty much sums up their delusion…
”Indeed, what was striking after Fox News called the race for Obama, at about 11:15pm, was how stunned so many of Romney’s supporters were. Many said they were influenced by the prominent conservatives who predicted a big Romney win, and they fully expected Tuesday night to be a victory celebration.
“”I am shocked, I am blown away,” said Joe Sweeney, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.””
They believed all of it. They believed all the spin, the lies and the hyperbole. They believed all the major polls were wrong and only far-right ones like Rasmussen could be “trusted.” They believed all the Dick Morrises, the Karl Roves, the John Sununus, the John Kasichs (who said internal polls showed Romney would win Ohio), and in the end they got burned. They got burned badly.
Every so often their little bubble pops. It doesn’t happen often enough though. I wonder if they’ll ever really wake up.
For now though, if you’re a right-winger, be prepared. Be prepared, because eventually you’ll end up looking like this lady from 2008.
Media Matters for America compiles Dick Morris's 10 most ridiculous predictions of this election cycle, including that Republicans are going to win 10 seats in the Senate and that "it's very possible" Obama will drop out of the presidential race — and if he doesn't that Donald Trump could beat him. Click below for hilarity.
My favorite prediction? This, of course:
Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, the most liberal member of that body, is trailing conservative Republican Josh Mandel by 44-40 in Rasmussen's February 8, 2012 poll. Any incumbent Senator who can only amass 40% of the vote needs to look for a new job. [DickMorris.com, 3/22/12]
According to Media Matters, Bill O'Reilly told Morris that if Obama won the election he would be "through." Is Morris job hunting yet?
As I spent yesterday trying to catch up and sifting what happened the night before, one stood out as positively glorious. That was the all-powerful political genius Karl Rove before whom we all quake in fear, on Fox "News," arguing that Mitt Romney is going to carry Ohio, while the state is being called for Obama.
Yeah, he's so brilliant.
He's so powerful.
He's the big, bad bogeyman we have to fear.
He's an idiot.
Honestly, toward the end of the campaign, I thought I was going to scream if I got one more panicky email from a candidate breathlessly informing us that KARL ROVE was dumping another million dollars into their opponent's campaign and PLEASE rush me $10 immediately so we can fight back. Candidates were invoking the name of Karl Rove right and left to scare their followers.
How did that work out for the invincible genius of politics and his fearful American Crossroads PAC, which spent hundreds of millions of dollars on races across the country?
Not too well. Most of his candidates lost, from Mitt Romney to Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel.
And his election night performance got him some bad press too. Here are a few links. Get a spine, people. This guy is NOT that powerful or scary. He's a blustering buffoon who is probably still sitting around waiting for Clermont and Warren counties to put Romney over the top in Ohio.
And doesn't this just break your heart:
I'm sure you all know what the sweetest result of the election was for me. It was the defeat of Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel and his group of secret big-money backers who spent a fortune— what was the final figure? $30 million? $35 million? — trying to snatch OUR U.S. Senate seat and hand it to this callow, unqualified, unethical, lying twerp to be their errand boy.
Ha ha suckers. How does it feel to have flushed all that money? You really didn't notice what a terrible candidate you bought yourselves?
I would hope that the big corporate and billionaire money boys looking for stooges will move on, realizing that Joshie just isn't a very appealing or adept candidate. But he is pliable and obedient to his contributors.
But guys like Mandel don't give up easily. In his case, outsized ambition has smothered his willingness to develop himself — to amass a resume and put together a policy portfolio. This has nothing to do with where he stands on issues (if you can even tell). There are plenty of people I totally disagree with on almost everything who can point to a record and tell you where they stand on key issues — Jon Husted, for instance. Mandel is a zero — but a zero with a real hunger to be Somebody Important.
Mandel is young and alas, I don't think we've seen the last of him. Remember that Sherrod Brown's last opponent Mike Dewine made a comeback and is now attorney general. He had to sell his soul to the Tea Party to do it, something a moral vacuum like Mandel has no problem with. You pay Mandel enough, he'll support anything.
2012 was very different from 2008, but in many ways, just as satisfying. I was grateful that I worked a 20-hour day in an environment where politics was not allowed. I didn't have all day to bite my nails. I was too busy helping to get the last-minute voters who came to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on Election Day processed and out the door. Despite the fact that everyone who comes to the BoE on Election Day has to vote provisional when they can just go to their precinct polling place and vote a regular ballot, over 1,500 people chose to vote at the BoE.
That included people who lived on the block between the BoE and Trinity Commons, which was their precinct polling place. One young man who lived midway between the two buildings complained he didn't have transportation to Trinity!
We kept normal polling place hours — 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. — and after we closed and cleaned up, we started talking about going to Li Wah for dinner before heading to the BoE warehouse for a long night of checking in ballot bags from polling places.
Unfortunately for me, I got kidnapped by the outside voting crew which had a Republican whose Democratic partner had bailed on her. They still had people in hospitals who needed to vote. Patients can still vote after the polls close, whenever someone can get to them. One of the things that amazed me, among all the complaints about this one or that one not getting their ballot, is how hard this team worked for weeks, going to jails, nursing homes and hospitals, making sure those who couldn't get out still got to vote.
So I was reading Foxnews’ website. I read it to see what bizarre stories they are trying to push. One of their highlighted ones was about how the “liberal” media tipped the election in Obama’s favor.
What a fantasy world.
The article is odd, filled with falsehoods, and outright delusions.
The article starts out by stating that the media “hammered,” Romney, over inconsequential mistakes. The first example they give of media bias was the criticism from Romney’s trip abroad. In the mind of a Foxnewsian the trip was a great success. Any blunders that Romney made were “trivial,” and distracted from the overall success. Even though Mitt Romney had to apologize for remarks he made about London’s preparedness for the Olympics, and that was only the beginning of his gaffes, the Rightwingers thought his trip was a success – seriously. Here’s a quote from the article…
”the trip “a major substantive success” that was wrapped “in a media narrative of surpassing triviality.”
The article goes on to discuss the “over-hyped” controversy of Romney’s 47% remark.
Yeah, that comment – just blown out of proportion.
Even stranger, it seems to quietly call Matthew Dowd, a former Bush advisor, a liberal. The article, discussing Candy Crowley’s moderating performance stated…
”Crowley became a heroine to many in the liberal media; ABC’s Matt Dowd, for example, cheered “What Candy Crowley did, I actually thought, was laudable….I hope we get to do more of that in this discourse.”
Again, Matt Dowd, was a Bush advisor. He's credited with helping him win a second term in office.
The rest of the article can be found here. Again, it is a sad and disturbing piece of work, but it’s always good to know what’s going on in Republiland.
Yeah, you lost. We're not going to let up though, on exposing your lying self.
Some friends have been emailing, asking about events tomorrow night. My election night event will be to head over to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, right after we close the polls, guzzle some dinner, and prepare to process ballot boxes until about 3 a.m. So I won't see you at any of these. But here's a roundup from the emails I've gotten.
Join Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, HRC Cleveland and Equality Ohio and celebrate the election results Tuesday night.
ELECTION NIGHT VICTORY PARTY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012 @ 7:30pm, after the polls close
Bounce Nightclub, 2814 Detroit, Cleveland
From state supreme court candidate Mike Skindell:
Please join me, along with State Representative Mike Foley, and State Representative Nickie Antonio for a campaign celebration and to watch the election returns tomorrow evening. We will be gathering after the polls close at 7:30 PM at:
P.J. McIntyre’s Irish Pub. 17119 Lorain Avenue Cleveland, OH 44111
What: Join Joyce Healy-Abrams for our Election Night Victory Party!
When: Beginning at 7:00pm -- until the results are in!
Where: 2645 Cleveland Ave NW, Unit #3, Canton, OH 44709
(Across the street from the Cleveland Ave post office)
Brats-n-beverages will be provided.
We'll have a big screen TV set up for live coverage.
No need to RSVP, just stop on by!
Please join the Franklin County Democratic Party for an Election Night Celebration
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
6:00 PM Dinner Begins (optional)
7:30 PM Celebration Begins (after the polls close)
8:15 PM Program
9:00 PM Shuttle Bus to The Hilton Begins
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 West Spring Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Dinner will be available at a cost of $17.95 per plate (optional).
Please call The Boat House at 614.469.0000 to make reservations.
In 2008, I finished up the evening — after attending post-election parties hosted by the Cuyahoga County Library levy, Dennis Kucinich and county commissioner Peter Lawson Jones — at the House of Blues, which a friend of mine had booked for an election night party. Just as I walked up the steps to the music hall, the election was called — and the place erupted.
I have many vivid memories of that night. But one of the most vivid was right after the big screen on which we watched President-Elect Obama's speech from Grant Park in Chicago (where my sister was in the crowd!) was rolled up and Cleveland's beloved reggae band Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band took the stage. I remember the pink lights shining on Carlos' long dreadlocks as he performed Cocoa Tea's "Barack Obama," spilling over to the ecstatic crowd in the pit below him.
Here is Carlos performing the song the other night. Thanks to dedicated Cleveland reggae fan Susie Sharp for the link to this video.
WKYC has reported on a mailer Jim Renacci sent that is demeaning to Asian Americans. It’s supposed to attack Betty Sutton (who Jim Renacci is running against), but instead it slams Asian Americans with a disgusting caricature and wording that does nothing but stereotype Asians. The community is upset and is speaking out against it. Following is a link to the story, check it out, and then let everyone know not to vote for this racist.
I really, really hate that people on our side are always in cautionary mode, warning us not to be "complacent" or to "get excited prematurely." But getting excited drives people to the polls. The 2,500 people who lined up at the board of elections Cuyahoga County today outside the board of elections were excited. I could hear the chanting and singing deep in the bowels of the BoE. We heard the line extended up E. 30th to Chester and around the corner all the way to the Inner Belt off ramp. We also heard there were hot dogs.
Getting excited causes people to sign up to drive others to the polls or to volunteers to make get out the vote calls. Part of winning is being confident, which is why you're seeing bravado and bluster from the Romney campaign.
And no, Ohio isn't "too close to call," as the Akron Beacon Journal said this weekend. President Obama leads most polls; a closing PPP poll put him up 52-47.
So for my "closer," if I don't have time to post again before the election, here's an uplifting video to watch and a link to volunteer to do GOTV.
Don't forget to vote all the way down the ticket too, especially for the state supreme court justices Mike Skindell, Bill O'Neill and Yvette McGee Brown. And of course, you already know what to do in the Senate race. Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel doesn't deserve to be on the same ballot with Senator Sherrod Brown.
Can you believe that in 48 hours this thing will be wrapping up?