Ohio's Direction on the Environment Is the Shame of the Nation

Today environmental justice group Earthjustice released a pretty cool interactive map. It's called "Coming Clean: The State of U.S. Renewable Energy."


On it, you can check how your state — or any state — is doing on a bunch of environmental measures. It tells you what the state's top three power sources are and by what percentages (it's really interesting to track which states are dominated by gas, which by coal, which by nuclear power and in which ones renewables are starting to sneak in). It tells you what the emissions reduction goal set by the EPA's clean power act is and what each state's own is, if they have one. It gives you a whole bunch of ways to look at a state's progress toward clean, renewable energy.

And then there's Ohio. The EPA set a goal for Ohio to reduce its carbon emissions by 11 percent. Ohio's own goal is 12 percent. Sounds good. Oh, but wait ... what's this asterisk doing here?

*"As of 2014, Ohio's Renewable Portfolio Standard has been frozen due to political interference."

It continues:

The Buckeye State has become a battleground where the fossil fuel industry has been spreading false information and flawed analysis claiming renewable energy sources are more expensive than fossil fuels," it continues. "The state was on track for a clean energy future, but was derailed in 2014 by a bill that halts Ohio's renewable energy standards for two years. Unfortunately, Ohio has also joined 11 other states in suing the EPA to block the Clean Power Plan.

BOTTOM LINE: Ohio can serve as a cautionary tale of the power of dirty energy interests successfully halting its clean energy progress.

Rob Portman Will NEVER Be President, Says the National Organization for Marriage

We've been hearing a lot of media hand-rubbing over the possibility of a John Kasich 2016 presidential run. I've already been over why I don't think there's a snowball's chance in hell of that happening. Without a media to destroy what will be many opponents and unable to rely on being invisible and not showing up for debates, he'll falter right out of the gate, as it becomes obvious what a rude, petulant, arrogant bully he is.

But then there's our senator, Rob Portman. He's not so easy to dismiss. He was mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick in both 2008 and 2012. If McCain had not fallen for the caribou-whisperers who told him to pick a certain Alaska half-governor and gone with Portman, he probably would have closed the gap by a couple of points. And unlike Kasich, Portman known to be cordial, warm, well-spoken and interested in people. Democrats I know who have met him at parades and festivals really like him, even though they disagree with his positions on virtually everything.

Not the so-called National Organization for Marriage (NOM)! This secretive "group," which seems to consist of a handful of activists and funders, is devoted to promoting what it calls "traditional" marriage in the most aggressive and hysterical manner — kind of like "Reefer Madness" for homophobes.

And they HATE Rob Portman. And they will make SURE he never runs for president because last year, he revealed his son is gay and he supports the right of his son and others like him to marry. He openly reversed his previously held position without qualification.

So NOM has declared: over our dead body will Rob Portman be president!

Brian Brown, NOM’s president, said,

The PD/NEOMG/Frankenmedia Keeps Digging

So after Plain Dealer “reader representative” Ted Diadiun finally — after a week— made a series of convoluted excuses for why Cleveland.com pulled down the video it had posted of the three candidates for governor at the endorsement interview they hosted, Northeast Ohio Media Group “vice president of content” Chris “The Silent One” Quinn went and poured gasoline on the fire.

No one was really buying Diadiun’s fancy footwork trying to explain why the video vanished and why Quinn made like a stone statue for almost two weeks — until appearing last Friday on WCPN’s The Sound of Ideas to make the reasoning behind removing the video sound even less credible.

Quinn did so by resorting to the most tired and defensive of tactics — ad hominem attacks and blaming critics for pointing out your screw-ups. In doing so, he strongly suggested that the widespread speculation that the deletion was done as a favor to John Kasich was indeed accurate. No one who was confident of his reasoning would react as Quinn did.

I know I keep referring you to Jill Zimon’s blog Writes Like She Talks. But Jill has a way of getting to the heart of the matter.


She explains how Quinn, rather than providing a sound, straightforward justification, engages in delegitimization, the tactic of claiming your critics have no grounds to criticize you because they are tainted or coming from a biased position.

Jill writes,

In this instance, Mr. Quinn wants to delegitimize the sources of the criticism over the takedown of the video and his failure to explain the takedown in a timely manner. If he can portray the sources as not legitimate, and he can persuade readers and listeners that they’re not legit, then his reasoning will be preferred and more acceptable, or at least less challenged.

The Case of the Vanishing Video Continues

There is still so much to process in the story about the Plain Dealer/Northeast Ohio Media Group/Frankenmedia disappearing video from their endorsement interview with the candidates for governor. Obviously they were going to videotape it and post it because that is what they DO. It was virtually a given considering NEOMG’s focus on multimedia.

We know they took it down the day after they endorsed Kasich— a nervy move after Kasich not only acted like a sulky child in the interview, but also refused to return their questionnaire clearly stating his positions. That simply should have disqualified him from getting the endorsement.

But things got stranger and stranger from there. As the national media picked up on the removal and wrote about it, NEOMG vice president of content Chris Quinn refused to answer questions from journalists. The paper’s "reader representative" Ted Diadiun had nothing to say except basically "Ask Chris Quinn." Never mind that explaining the paper's more inexplicable moves is supposed to be his job.

And when Quinn and Diadiun finally did talk, it got even stranger. Each of them performed an awkward minuet of conflicting and irrational excuses, with Quinn adding a dose on insulting demeaning ad hominem attacks — demonstrating that he knew how badly he screwed up and was looking for scapegoats — so blame your critics. It’s straight out of the Republican campaign playbook.

Diadiun’s column appeared the day AFTER the election, once the massive victory the PD helped engineer for Kasich was a done deal. And his overarching attitude was “move along, nothing to see.”

He opens this nearly 1,500 word non-mea culpa with the truest thing in it:

“This is a column I should have written a week ago.”
He admits the lost video was something voters should have seen, acknowledging Kasich’s petty arrogant behavior:

How a Newspaper Rigs Elections

Whatever it says, the Plain Dealer/Northeast Ohio Media Group/Frankenmedia played a huge role in the results of this year’s gubernatorial election.

Obviously, destroying Ed FitzGerald as a candidate over basically nothing was the most conspicuous thing they did. While his lack of a drivers license probably merited two or three articles, it absolutely did not merit hammering away day after day and ultimately running some four dozen articles about this trivial matter.

The problem is when you write about anything often enough, it no longer seems so trivial. It starts to grow in people’s minds and the magnitude of the coverage suggests there’s a lot more to it. Printing a couple of stories about FitzGerald being in a car late at night with a woman doing nothing particularly suspicious poisoned the campaign more.

Of course, all this coverage came at the expense of a few things like, you know, policies and issues that impact everyone’s lives. The economy, education, the environment, women’s rights, healthcare, job creation …. insignificant stuff like that.

And the Plain Dealer compounded their neglect of what matters by endorsing John Kasich despite the fact that he failed to return the questionnaire they prepared with the League of Women Voters, asking for his positions on key issues. That seemed to say to voters that what a candidate stands for doesn’t matter.

My belief all along was that their true goal was to depress the Democratic vote by ginning up the apathy and cynicism, the sense among the more caring and idealistic voters that nothing matters because there are no good choices.

And they succeeded brilliantly. Ohio’s turnout was the lowest midterm turnout in history. Just look at these recent numbers. In 2006, 3, 909, 664 came out to choose between Ted Strickland and Ken Blackwell. In 2010, there was a little drop in voters when Strickland faced Kasich 3,701, 245.

NEOMG's controversy - ...

As news and concern of Northeast Ohio Media Group's (NEOMG) removal of an endorsement interview video grew, I watched with great interest. The video showed John Kasich, Ohio's recently re-elected governor, behaving terribly. I watched with interest, because I had spent this entire summer questioning and trying to raise concerns about NEOMG's objectivity. (I also questioned the Columbus Dispatch). I smelled a rat in their reporting loooong ago. Just some of the posts I wrote...







With the video removal, I'm glad more people are taking a closer look at NEOMG.

One other thing that became clear to me with this controversy, is that Henry Gomez is Chris Quinn's errand boy. I've noticed in Henry's writing that he includes things (wording) designed to please a specific person. He could actually be doing it for a few people, but I'm sure at least one of them is Chris Quinn.

Message From David Pepper

Apparently, Ohio didn't want an attorney general who doesn't engage in cronyism, ignore sexual harassment in his office and squander tax dollars fighting personal battles. I hope David Pepper stays engaged and runs again. He's a keeper. In fact, I hope to see most of this excellent slate out in the battlefield in a better year. Who is going to take out Rob Portman? We need to start planning!

From David:

Dear Friends -

I wanted to drop you a final note of thanks.

When we entered this race, we knew we were taking on the best known name in Ohio politics, and we knew he would be well-funded. But I felt compelled to jump in because of the many important issues at stake.

It was a hard fought campaign, and while I’m disappointed by the outcome, I’m proud of the race we ran. I'm proud that we’ve been able to lead a substantive statewide conversation on topics like how to best keep Ohioans safe, beat back Ohio’s growing heroin epidemic, take on violence against women, and clean up government so it works for all Ohioans, just to name a few.

And people noticed. Newspapers and pundits across Ohio widely acknowledged that we ran one of the most aggressive campaigns of the 2014 cycle.

Together, we built this campaign with the help of over 5,500 individual donors and set fundraising records for a challenger to a sitting attorney general.

We also set a record of a different kind when the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio endorsed us. This was the first time in memory that the Ohio FOP endorsed the challenger to a sitting attorney general, and it was incredibly meaningful to have the support of law enforcement across Ohio for our campaign.

And despite the tough odds and climate, and millions spent attacking us, we garnered the second most votes on the Democratic ticket.

Message From Connie Pillich

All class, unlike her opponent:

Dear Anastasia,

I can think of no better words to say right now than - thank you.

Whether you donated your time or your money or your vote, I am honored to have earned your support. It was only because of the hard work of our volunteers, our generous donors, and our strong team, that we were able to get our message out.

This was a hard fought race. I am proud of all the hard work my team and supporters like you put in these last 18 months.

Your belief in my campaign has been humbling.

This isn’t the outcome any of us were hoping for. But we know that we must move forward.

Our campaign was built on the idea that Ohio can do better.

While this campaign may be at an end, our work is never over.

So thank you all again, and I look forward to continuing to fight each and every day by your side for an even greater Ohio.

Connie Pillich

Message From Nina Turner

Nina would have fought for ALL of us. Instead, we have someone who will only fight for those on his side. How much we have lost.

From Nina, sent on Election night:

Thank you, Team Turner.

Just a short time ago, the race for Ohio Secretary of State was called in favor of our opponent.

Over the past 16 months, it has been an honor to fight with you for a better Ohio and a stronger democracy--one that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected few.

Without you, this campaign would not have been possible. From your donations, to your volunteer efforts, to your tweets of support, you have driven this endeavor from start to finish.

Despite the results this evening, there is still much work to be done. Let us not be discouraged. So let us begin tomorrow with our strength renewed, our hope restored, and with the courage to continue this task that we have begun.

We still have work to do. As long as our democracy has not yet fulfilled its potential, and as long as the promise of a more perfect union remains alive, we must dare to dream of progress and blaze the trail towards it.


Message From Ed & Sharen

How great they would have been for Ohio. What a catastrophe we are facing now.

Here is their email:

Now that a few days have passed since the election, we wanted to thank you one last time for all of your perseverance throughout the many months we campaigned all across Ohio.

We hope you will continue to fight for issues you believe in and candidates who support those ideals. Below is Ed's election night speech -- hopefully it sums up why this fight was worth fighting:

Our work in this campaign is done. All of the speeches and canvassing and phonebanking are coming to an end. I congratulate Governor Kasich and wish him well in the next four years.

I have so much gratitude for so many people, and not enough time to express it all. First, for all of the volunteers who worked so hard, month after month, all the way until 7:30 tonight, we are all grateful to you.

For my staff, who showed grace and character and resolve, I’m grateful for your friendship.

To my family, Shannon and all the kids, who are with me here tonight, I am grateful for their help and support.

Before this campaign, I always said that I loved Ohio, and I am sure most of us say that without really experiencing it. But in the last 18 months, I had the rare opportunity to travel the state and all of its 88 counties.

I met dedicated teachers in Columbus, laid off steel workers at Ormet, people trying to survive on minimum wage in Dayton, small business people in small towns all over Ohio, students struggling with crushing student loan debt in Toledo; everywhere I went the story was the same - some people are doing well, but too many are struggling to keep up with their parents' standard of living.

Chris Quinn's Freudian slip - ...

Chris Quinn was on WCPN's Sound of Ideas this morning. He was attempting to defend himself for taking down an endorsement interview video that featured the three gubernatorial candidates on the ballot this year. The video showed John Kasich, the candidate his news source NEOMG later endorsed behaving terribly.

Chris Quinn defended himself poorly and at one point said this...

"the bloggers are not our audience."

Some of us know what this means. I for one was tickled to hear it. While I ponder some additional posts, Chris Quinn, might be interested in this...

Some Thoughts to Ponder from Geauga County Democratic Chair Janet Carson

Janet Carson, chair of the Geauga County Democratic Party and president of the Ohio Democratic County Chairs Association, posted this on Monday before the election. But it's still relevant, perhaps more relevant, in its wake with a little bit clearer indication of how we can proceed. She's being mentioned as a possible chairman for the Ohio Democratic Party, replacing Chris Redfern, who has stepped down, which she talks about here. Her thoughts are worth reflecting on and discussing amongst ourselves, especially if she does decide to put her hat — or one of her wonderful, colorful pumps — in the ring. (Janet always has the best shoes in the room).

Message from President Janet Carson
November 3, 2014


Over the last year there have been many discussions about how we elect more Democrats in Ohio and the way we run our elections. As President of the Chairs Association, many of you have come to me to discuss solutions and present ideas. I’ve listened and welcomed your suggestions and thought the ideas presented had a lot of merit. I’ve also responded that we have an election to win and the Party was doing as well as expected with the resources available.

Now that the election is only a day away, I’ve been receiving more calls and emails urging me to take a lead in the discussions on these issues. I’m eager to do that and help formulate the plans necessary to move Ohio forward. I still feel the time for these efforts should wait until after the election and after our Chairman gives a clear indication of what his plans are. We have excellent staff at ODP….Liz, Lauren, Jenna and others have put forth efforts beyond anyone’s hopes and they need to be consulted in those future directions. The County Chairs need to have a larger voice at the State level as well as our other core constituencies.

Guest Post: Our Elections, Like Our Communities, Must be Open to Those of All Faiths

Rev. Dr. Stephen Smith serves as the rector of St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Dublin, Ohio.

The elections are over. The endless campaign commercials have ceased, even if the yard signs still overwhelm the right of ways.

More persistent than the omnipresent yard signs is the residue of the politics of fear. This election cycle, candidates manipulated fears of Ebola, unrest in the Middle East, and the specter of the “other party” being in power, all as something to be feared.

A more grassroots fear emerged in southern Ohio as a local candidate for public office received several threats because of her Muslim faith. Cathina Hourani, a candidate from Liberty Township/Butler County, Ohio, who ran for the state’s 52nd State House District, received multiple threatening phone calls after the Journal News published a story on her candidacy. Hostile comments also appeared on the Journal’s website in response to the article, including the shocking “Don’t elect a Muslim SOB, you should start shooting them.”

Is it any wonder that such fear-generated attacks on a Muslim candidate emerged at a grassroots level when the climate of our national and regional political debates is little more than public fear-mongering by candidates of all parties?

Such threats have no place in the political dialogue of this country. Our Constitution guarantees the right to free expression of religion. It protects the worshiper from feeling compelled to alter his or her beliefs either because of the dominance of the state, the culture at large, or because of violent threats. Moreover, the Constitution prohibits a religious test for holding public office; our politicians best serve us by displaying their public policy prowess, not their religious background.

Bill O'Neill to Ohio Dems: We Need A Plan

Justice Bill O'Neill, a Vietnam veteran, labor union organizer, lawyer, judge, nurse, two-time congressional candidate, state Supreme Court Justice, and loyal Democrat, released this statement this evening after starting a spirited discussion on Facebook earlier today:

COLUMBUS, OH | The dismal and predictable Democratic turnout for Tuesday’s
election resulted in what is arguably one of the worst election cycles for
Democrats in Ohio history. This fact, as difficult as it may be to accept, is
the harsh reality facing our party. The question, however, is where do we go
from here.

This election, and the resignation of our Chair Chris Redfern, has left our
party with a void that must be filled. I rise to caution the party faithful, to
slow down, take a deep breath, and get ready for a methodical and thorough
rebuilding process. This is not the time for power brokers and insiders to
deprive the party faithful of a meaningful healing process

Chris Redfern did his best to mobilize Democrats throughout the state. Now is
the time to unify them. I for one believe if we are to regain our rightful
place at the table, Democrats need to return to their roots. And those roots
include openly embracing new ideas; a statewide organization built upon the
foundation of 88 local county parties; and a truly open selection process for
both leaders and candidates.

What we did in the recent past did not work, and it is time to try a new

Unification will not come easy. There will be those who attempt to force an
agenda upon our membership. Those who would hand pick the next leader of our
party, and strip away our right to elect our own chair must be shown the door.
It is time to change the way we do business at ODP, and that starts with a
wholesale abandonment of the present “executive committee” stacking process.

Only by conducting a true county chair election process for the selection of our

Bad Punditry: Plain Dealer Edition. #Time2Cancel

*In Which the Plain Dealer Absolves Itself of Working to Influence the Election Results While Continuing to Gloat About Doing So*

The Plain Dealer/Northeast Ohio Media Group/Frankenmedia is drunk with hubris. Its collective head is swollen to the point of exploding with its success in destroying not just Ed FitzGerald but an entire Democratic ticket so superior to the incumbents it’s a tragedy for all Ohioans that they didn’t win. You can smell the gloating oozing from its coverage. It doesn’t know how to win graciously, and it’s no longer trying to hide its bias and partisanship.

Now even with the election results finalized, the PD/NEOMG/FM is continuing its scorched-earth campaign against FitzGerald. “FitzGerald’s lack of a drivers license requires punishment,” blares an editorial headline today. This verges on personal hatred for FitzGerald — destroying him totally just because they can. It feels like they are sending a message: don’t cross our corporate bosses or else.

FitzGerald did that when, after opposing a county charter they clearly hoped would put Ohio’s biggest Democratic county under Republican rule, he ran for county executive and defeated the Republican they anointed to take over. I think they never forgot this and it’s what’s behind their savage and unrelenting coverage of an almost absurdly trivial misdeed. Armond Budish, watch your back and renew your drivers license.

The PD is also continuing to tear at the Democratic Party, clearly not content until it completely ruins its credibility in the county and makes voters so cynical, discouraged and apathetic that voter turnout continue to sink to record lows. And then they tut-tut about voter apathy—the very apathy they created.

Bad Punditry Analyzes the Elections

As usual, the media is making jackasses of itself analyzing what went “wrong” for the Democrats in the elections this week. It’s the week for really bad punditry. But then what week isn’t.

We’re hearing the Democrats didn’t have a “message.” They did and polls show it’s the one most people want to hear: that the system is rigged to favor the wealthy and work against the average person. Yet they voted to give more power to those who want to give the most power to corporations and the rich.

We hear that it was a referendum on the deeply unpopular president with approvals mired in the low 40s. They don’t mention that Congress is mired at half that with the Republican delegation even lower. So it can’t be that.

Of course we’re hearing that now Democrats need to move to the right because that’s practically a reflex reaction among the media. When Democrats win, they never say Republicans should move to the left. In fact, many say Republicans should hold their ground in order to provide a check or balance on the Democrats. And of course moving to the right means conceding still more ground to the wealthy. And Democrats who run to the right are the first to lose. So that’s not it.

My favorite media narrative is “It wasn’t the money.”

And in Marriage Equality news ... Feh. Ohio Ban Upheld By 6th District Court


Across the country bans on marriage equality are falling like dominoes in some very unexpected places, as court after court declares state "defense of marriage" laws illegal. This is a fight whose end is in sight. And that is cause for rejoicing.

Alas, Ohio is still on the waiting list. The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee after district courts had struck down the bans in all four states.


Finally, the homophobes are able to chalk up a victory after four circuit courts struck down bans in conservative states like Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, and Idaho, as well as Wisconsin, Virginia and Nevada, where Britney Spears "solemnized" her infamous drunken weekend-long marriage that somehow deserved more consideration and respect than a gay couple together for 20, 30, even 50 years.

This puts a crimp in the contention of some LGBT groups who have insisted we should hold off and drag our feet in putting a marriage equality issue on the Ohio ballot and maybe the courts will get us off the hook. Those groups have discouraged and even disparaged the efforts of FreedomOhio, which has been working for almost three years to put marriage equality on Ohio's ballot. But in delivering this decision today, one of the panel of three judges explicitly said that that marriage equality should be decided by made by the political process and not by judges.

Ian James, co-founder of Freedom Ohio, said,

Dennis Wojtanowski says he won't go after ODP chair position

Responding to the criticism that it's too soon to anoint someone to replace Chris Redfern as chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party and that it might be perceived that he is trying to sew up the job before any of the party's constituencies have a chance to weigh in, Dennis Wojtanowski has said he won't go after the ODP chairmanship. This despite Senator Sherrod Brown says he'd be the guy for the job.

It will save many people some spelling headaches as well as open discussion about some of the other various names flying around. They include former statewide candidates Connie Pillich and David Pepper, who if there were any justice and fair campaigns, would have been elected to replace our current execrable treasurer and attorney general. Janet Carson, current chair of the Geauga County Democratic Party, has been mentioned. She's also chairman of the Ohio Democratic County Chairs Association, which means she's well acquired with issues in every party of the state and had built contacts across Ohio. All of these are candidates with assets that should be explored if they are interested. As I've already indicated, I don't think former Strickland chief of staff John Haseley is a good choice because he'd rip open some wounds still not quite healed from the acrimonious 2010 U.S. Senate primary. That's a sleeping dog we need to let lie.

Good for Dennis recognizing that the party needs an inclusive process, not a preselection. And don't believe the hostile media or armchair observers on Facebook who prattle about how we don't have a farm team or a bench of promising fighters for our values. We do. We just have to engage them.

Toledo Blade Article Reflects Big Problem at Ohio Democratic Party


Read this article "Top candidate surfaces to lead Ohio Democrats" from the Toledo Blade, and tell me if you notice this problem too.

Every single person mentioned or talked to from the Democratic Party is a white male, mostly older. The one younger male, Matt Szollosi, clearly has no standing to talk for Democrats anymore in any way since his union broke to support Kasich, pathetically grateful that he tossed them some jobs, for which they were willing to sell all other core Democratic constituencies down the river.

Now obviously, the Democratic Party doesn't control who the Toledo Blade chooses to talk to or about, but reading the article, it's clear they are talking to and about the key players available. And not one single woman or African-American is in that loop. Not one. If I'm wrong about the latter, let me know, but I've gone over it pretty carefully.

Yes, the Ohio Republican Party is pretty much the same but that's not a standard we should aspire to. We are the party that is supposed to be looking beyond the support of older white men. And we won't be doing that as long as we have the party reflected in this Blade article.

Chris Redfern Resigns As Ohio Democratic Party Chair

After a shocking loss in his state House district race Tuesday, Chris Redfern has announced his resignation as chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, a post he's held since 2005.

While my colleague Derek has long advocated for Redfern's resignation, as you can see from the previous post, I have not been that convinced that Redfern was at the core of our problems. And I still don't think so. There have been many problems. But after this cycle, it's clear he is one of them and even if he wasn't, the perception within the party made it clear it was time for him to go.

The real issue is what comes next. Already feathers are being ruffled and people are being angered because, even before we've had a chance to lick our wounds and debrief, Sherrod Brown is already publicly promoting his longtime friend Dennis Wojtanowski , a ’70s legislator and ’80s political operative, for the job.

Without evaluating whether Wojtanowksi is the right person to create a forward-looking vision for the party and engage and energize a wider range of potential activists, the idea of trying to push the next chair into place this quickly could leave lasting resentments. There should be an open discussion among all the party's constituencies about identifying a range of candidates and assessing their ability to rejuvenate a party full of people who right now don't feel like their best efforts amounted to much.

Chris Redfern's complete and utter implosion - ...

Whelp, it's time for my "told you so" moment. Below is a re-post of an article I did warning the Ohio Democratic Party not to re-elect Chris Redfern as party chair. I wrote the post in 2012 when he was up for re-election then. The point of my post was that he was self-absorbed, aloof, and couldn't do the most important part of the job, which was win. I got rebuffed, the middle finger, and watched him get overwhelming re-elected that year. Oh well, I tried. For the next party chair shouldn't part of the criteria be that they can win multiple elections in multiple cycles? And that they've had a track record of doing so.

Re-post from post that ran on March 3/28/2012

"Chris Redfern must go

I got a strange e-mail from “Chris Redfern” a few weeks ago. I put the parenthese around his name, because it was a general e-mail blast, so it really wasn’t directly from him. I found the message in the e-mail strange though. In the message, Chris Redfern, is asking for donations to the Ohio Democratic Party to help him “expose the right-wing.”

Chris Redfern is working on exposing the right?

I’ve been following Chris Redfern for the last year on his Twitter account. After the losses Democrats suffered in 2010, I’ve been hoping he would step up. I’ve been hoping he would become the much-needed persuasive voice for the Democrats in Ohio. But after a full year, I would have to say that Chris has been a miserable failure.

For the most part, from following Chris on Twitter, he predominately babbles about his “Raiders, Irish, A's and Falcons.” He’ll discuss the Miller Boat Ferry and whether it’s running or not. I understand that he’s enjoyed some nice sunsets while wandering around on the Lake Erie Islands.

And that’s a huge problem with Chris Redfern.

Erick Trickey's interesting read on Ed FitzGerald - ...

Erick Trickey, Senior Editor for Cleveland Magazine has an interesting read on Ed FitzGerald. Although I doubt he has much regard for me given my criticism of Ohio "journalists", I do believe he's the last, at least somewhat analytical, political writer in the state. It's clear he has a lot more interest in his subject matter than some other people.

I don't agree with everything he wrote. For example, in his article he states the odds were long to defeat Kasich to begin with. I think John Kasich was a lot more vulnerable than some people realize. He had a myriad of issues that never really surfaced during the campaign. And if the SB5 people had gotten activated like they should have, I think he would have had a real fight on his hands. No matter... Erick Trickey's article is still an interesting read. Here's the first part with a link to the rest of it at the end.

"FitzGerald loses even his home county in epic defeat

He could’ve run the town for as long as he wanted.

Ed FitzGerald had a job with no term limits. He could’ve run for reelection this year as the guy who restored confidence in Cuyahoga County government after the Jimmy Dimora era.

Instead, FitzGerald let hubris guide him. He thought he could pull off a leap as daring as his jump from Lakewood mayor to Cuyahoga County executive. So he ran for governor, taking the long odds any Democrat faced this year, despite the scandal he should’ve known awaited."


Love it when Connie Schultz comes out swinging - ...

This tweet from Connie Schultz says it all...


Congratulations to Armond Budish

who kept the Cuyahoga County executive seat in Democratic hands handily, despite the confidence of Republican candidate Jack Schron and his obedient minions at the Cleveland Plain Dealer who firmly believed they could put this big blue county under Republican rule — which would have ended the Democratic Party and any voice we might have had in Ohio for decades to come.

This race was significant for 2016 too. Without a Democrat in this seat, there was virtually no chance the presidential candidate could carry Ohio. With anti-voter, anti-democracy secretary of voter suppression Jon Husted reelected, it's going to be enough of a battle anyway.

Good luck to Armond! We're going to have a lot of fighting to do with the state run by a gang of the most corrupt, crony-loving elected officials in Columbus who could not care less about the welfare of the ordinary person.

A Disastrous Night for Ohio Women. A Statement from Women's Rights Advocates

Two misogynistic officeholders who have devoted themselves to oppressing women and taking away their control over their lives have been reelected, and things are only going to get worse in Ohio.

Here's a statement from some determined warriors for women in Ohio, fighting in a bleak, woman-unfriendly state: Kellie Copeland of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio; Jasmine Burnett of New Voices Cleveland, 216-307-3185; Celeste Ribbins of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio; and Nancy Pitts of Preterm.


Cleveland—NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, New Voices Cleveland, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, and Preterm are working in coalition to address issues of reproductive freedom and reproductive justice throughout Ohio. In response to the statewide election results in Ohio, the group issued the following joint statement:

We are disappointed at the outcome of the election, but we are clear that the results do not signal a statewide endorsement of Governor Kasich’s anti-choice policies. Many voters expressed their opinion by not voting today. Even the editorial board of the Toledo Blade endorsed ‘none of the above’ in the gubernatorial race.

What we are excited about, however, is how the discussion around women’s health was elevated during this election cycle. And we will continue to elevate that conversation until it becomes a defining issue for candidates so they can no longer get away with refusing to answer even the most basic questions about a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body, her health care and her family.

By no means is this fight over. We will continue to engage our supporters to fight for reproductive justice and women’s health.

The re-election of Governor Kasich, along with Attorney General Mike DeWine and gerrymandered mega-majorities in the legislature, signals a dangerous time for women’s health policies:

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