Tuesday, November 25, 2008
* We are still waiting to hear about the court decision concerning the 1,000 provisional ballots for the election in Ohio's 15th congressional district.
* We'll be having lots of family here on Thanksgiving. It is my annual cooking extravaganza--- turkey, ravioli, good Italian meatballs, potatoes, and lots of food.
Monday, November 24, 2008
The Franklin County Board of Elections trudged onward yesterday through a pile of questionable ballots with some races still undecided....
...The votes considered yesterday were separate from the 1,000 or so provisional ballots under scrutiny because people made mistakes such as not printing and signing their names on the ballot envelopes....
....The provisional ballots can't be counted until a federal appeals ruling expected this week.
I'm sure that Republican candidate, Steve Stivers, will appeal again, if he doesn't get his way. Keep pulling for Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy.
> Does anyone else think that Republican Rep. John Boehner has become irrelevant and out of touch with average Americans? Boehner and his Republican pals continue to push their right wing agenda. Hello, Boehner! We've had 8 years of your party's control and now we have the greatest economic failures since the Great Depression. To Boehner and the rest of the old, crabby GOP---- thanks, but no thanks.
> Yes. Ohio State beat Michigan again. Go Bucks!
Friday, November 21, 2008
* It will be at least another weak until we hear more on the lawsuit filed by the Republican candidate for Ohio's 15th Congressional district. We need to get on with the counting of the 27,000+ provisional votes from Franklin County. Mary Jo Kilroy and those of us who voted for her, demand that votes be counted! Why is Stivers being such an obstructionist? We have work to do in this country and we need to get on with it.
* The state is buzzing about Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's school funding plan. According to WCMH-TV, Strickland will reveal his new school plans in early 2009.
* Today on the Stephanie Miller Show, Stephanie and the Mooks kept playing the song "Nobody Does It Better" as a tribute to Republican leader, John Boehner. Under Boehner's leadership, Republicans have lost almost 50 seats. Wow. Boehner is good. He should stay as their leader.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Franklin County's 27,306 provisional ballots came one step closer to being counted after a federal judge ordered today that 1,000 of them whose validity was questioned should be counted.
However, a challenge to the 1,000 ballots could still put the count on hold until the order can be appealed. U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley said he will decide this evening whether to put his order on hold pending the appeal.
A final count would decide the 15th Congressional District race between Republican Steve Stivers and Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy. Stivers holds a 149-vote lead, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections....
Republican Stivers said he would appeal. Isn't this amazing? Why can't they just count the ballots? Stivers is trying to use legal delays to stop the counting of the votes. Let the Franklin County Board of Elections know that you want all the votes counted now. You can contact the FCBOE at (614) 462-3100.
I find it absolutely incredible that Stivers is doing his part to try to find a "friendly" judge who will allow him to win. We are tired of all these delays-----just count all the votes.
...Rep. Zack Space, the Dover Democrat who won a second term to the U.S. House and serves Ohio's 18th District, which includes eastern Licking County, has received more than 600 requests for inaugural tickets, according to spokesman Stuart Chapman.
The office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat who campaigned for Obama, already has heard from 5,000 people who want 20,000 tickets. The requests have come by phone, e-mail and letters....It will be a big event and everyone wants to be there to be a part of it.
> A federal judge will render his decision today about some provisional ballots in Ohio's 15th congressional district.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Columbus Free Press suggests that Matt Damschroeder, Republican, may have provided some insider info on the provisional ballots to the Ohio GOP and the Stivers campaign. Damschroeder, the Deputy Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, has been at the center of voting problems in the past.
The Columbus Free Press reminds us of Damschroeder's activities:
...With the help of Matt Damschroeder, Deputy Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, the GOP has used a range of insider information to challenge about a thousand provisional ballots cast in heavily Democratic areas of the district. In particular they argue that a minor voter omission on the ballots should disqualify them. If they win that case, Stivers might well take the seat....
....Prior to that (2004) election, while acting as Director of the Franklin County BOE, Damshroeder accepted a $10,000 check from a Diebold representative in his office at the BOE. The board was deciding at the time whether or not to buy Diebold machines.
Damshroeder asked that the check be made out to the Franklin County Republican Party. When the incident surfaced in the media, he apologized for the "impropriety." But the GOP kept the check. And Damshroeder was "punished" with one month's paid leave, even though Democrats could have had him removed....
It is time for Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to remove Damschroeder from his role in the Board of Elections. He has been at the center of too many voting problems.
Please keep hope alive for Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy, candidate for Ohio's 15th.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
451 W. Third Street
P.O. Box 8705
Dayton, Ohio 45481-8705
Phone: (937) 225-5656
Fax: (937) 496-7798
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Husted thinks he is the presumptive Republican candidate for Ohio Secretary of State. I want to know why we all must follow the rules, but Husted gets a free pass. What do you think? Let the Montgomery County Board of Elections hear from you.
A federal judge in Columbus says he’ll decide by Thursday whether to allow disputed provisional ballots to be counted in a tight central Ohio congressional race....
...An estimated 1,000 ballots are in dispute because of defects such as voters failing to both print and sign their names....
....Provisional ballots are required when voters fail to update their registrations, don't bring adequate ID to the polling place or when their names don't appear in the poll books. The ballots are held a minimum of 10 days and checked for eligibility. Typically, about 83 percent of provisional votes are accepted.
To Republicans acting on behalf of congressional candidate State Sen. Steve Stivers, the law is clear: Provisional ballots that lack a printed name and a signature on the ballot envelopes should be discarded. The GOP wanted the case heard by the Ohio Supreme Court, but Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner not only had a different interpretation of the law but filed successfully to have the case heard in federal court.
Franklin County used ballot envelopes that differ from those used in Madison and Union counties, which also are in the 15th District, where Stivers has a 400-vote lead over Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy. Franklin County requires that voters print their names, while Madison and Union counties have poll workers fill in the voters' names....
Let me repeat that last line----
....while Madison and Union counties have poll workers fill in the voters' names....
Of course, Stivers and his Republicans want to throw out those ballots in Democratic-leaning Franklin County! In Madison and Union Counties, which lean right, the margin of error is reduced because of the manner that the ballots are handled. Stivers, a former bank lobbyist, may file other lawsuits, despite the fact that he pushed through laws in the legislature to reduce nuisance suits.
We need to keep our fingers crossed that Kilroy wins this!
Monday, November 17, 2008
A federal judge this morning rejected a request to move a dispute about the counting of provisional ballots to the Ohio Supreme Court, ruling that the fight belongs in federal court....
....An order from the federal case previously had said a provisional ballot cannot be rejected because of a poll worker error, and Marbley noted that is one of the elements of the legal fight.
Marbley, appointed to the bench in 1997 by President Clinton, also chided the Stivers’ campaign for going to the all-Republican Ohio Supreme Court first, saying it raises concerns about “impermissible forum shopping.”It is clear to me that Republican Steve Stivers will do anything to steal this election from Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy. Why is Stivers afraid of counting all the ballots? Is he afraid he might lose? Perhaps Stivers and the Ohio GOP should stop wasting the court's time with these frivolous lawsuits and let the counting continue. By the way, does anyone else think it is ironic that Stivers, who championed lawsuit reform in the Ohio Senate, is now tying up the courts with lawsuits?
Friday, November 14, 2008
....Election workers on Saturday will begin tallying military and overseas absentee ballots in a close U.S. House race that will determine the breakdown of Ohio's congressional delegation.
There are about 27,000 provisional ballots that need to be counted, too.
As it stands now, Republican Steve Stivers of suburban Columbus leads Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy by just 149 votes.....
No wonder Stivers and his crew want to stop the counting now. Go Mary Jo!!!!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Because of the vicious attacks by Boehner and Ohio Republicans, Brunner, a Democrat, has had numerous death threats and harassing phone calls. Now Brunner has a security detail protecting her and her family (Coshocton Tribune).
Why would the Republicans raise concerns about a Democrat as the Ohio election chief? The Republicans are desperate to control elections and the counting of ballots in the state. Do you remember how former Ohio Sec. of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican, was able to deliver votes for George W. Bush? Now the Republicans have started a complete aggressive campaign to tarnish Brunner's reputation because they want some Republican like Jon Husted to be in charge of elections in Ohio.
Ohio voters need to look at our most recent election and realize that early voting was great and people actually had their votes counted this time. Brunner's hard work protected votes and made voting accessible. Brunner deserves our thanks and admiration.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
* With the possible loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland visited the area (NBC4). DHL is pulling out of Wilmington, Ohio, and the area will never be the same.
* One of the amazing things about the Obama-Biden win is the way they communicated with volunteers. I cannot begin to count the number of times I received text messages and e-mails from the campaign. One of the reasons the Republicans lost was their failure and inability to use technology effectively.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
> Republicans are still confused about why they lost the election. They are still looking for someone to blame. In the meantime, some GOPers are trying to decide what to do to rebuild their party. It might be to their advantage to look at themselves and review some of the things they said on the campaign trail.
> Those people who want to build a casino in Ohio are now looking at the Columbus City Center as a possible location for a casino. The City Center, which was once the place to shop, is now closed. The location and design might prove to be very valuable in their efforts to sell the idea.
Monday, November 10, 2008
> The Ohio GOP is still stunned. They can't figure out how they lost. Even as I type, they are looking for someone to blame. According to the Toledo Blade, a big shot in the Ohio GOP found someone to blame:
.....Last week, Ohio Republican Party Deputy Chairman Kevin DeWine (R., Fairborn), who is also being forced out of the House by term limits, partly blamed the Republicans’ loss of the House on the death of U.S. Rep. Paul Gillmor more than a year ago....
Kevin DeWine has no right to blame anything on the deceased Paul Gillmor. If the Republican Party had a platform, a record of helping the average worker, and had remained free of scandal, it is possible that Ohio voters would have been interested in them. Things change. Voters were looking for change and help. The only thing Republicans were offering was more of the same.
> Meanwhile........ Republican Jon Husted, who just won an election for the State Senate, is enjoying living in Upper Arlington, instead of his "home" district. If the people of his "home" district let him represent them, they are foolish. It might be a good idea for people to start photographing Husted hanging out in Upper Arlington. Husted cannot expect that his run for Ohio Secretary of State to go smoothly if he can't even tell the truth about where he lives.
Friday, November 07, 2008
What message did the Republicans put out there for voters? If the McCain-Palin rallies are an indication of their message, it was intolerance, racism, lies, and a myth about a guy who really wasn't a plumber. People are tired of these old messages and are ready for new direction, new messages, and a better life. The Republicans are just old, white, and full of people still stuck in the past.
I'd like to congratulate all the volunteers that were involved in the Obama campaign. Our work, passion, and determination will provide real change for us and our children. Yes we did!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
....In the 15th, Republican state Sen. Steve Stivers clung to a 146-vote lead last night over Democratic Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy out of nearly 290,000 votes counted in the district. The 15th covers western Franklin County and all of Madison and Union counties.....
.....Yet to be counted are provisional ballots, which won't be tallied for 10 days; the military and overseas absentee ballots postmarked by the time the polls closed Tuesday and received by Nov. 14; any domestic absentee ballots postmarked by Monday that are received by Nov. 14; as well as any of the estimated 5,000 absentee ballots with errors that voters correct by Nov. 14......
Keep our fingers crossed for Mary Jo!!!!!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
".....I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character..."
Barack Obama, as President, will need our help and prayers. Americans voted yesterday for a better tomorrow. We can roll up our sleeves and help get our country back on track.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Things are tightening up in Ohio. Even though McCain has spent enough time in Ohio to qualify for a Buckeye Senior Discount Card, many Ohioans are looking for positive change.
> Ohio's 15th congressional district has Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy running against Republican Steve Stivers, a former bank lobbyist. Mary Jo Kilroy has lots of supporters, young and old, who have poured their hearts and time into her campaign. Go Mary Jo!!!!! Stivers wants to go to DC and help his friends in the oil companies and banks who have so generously contributed to his campaign.
> Republican John Boehner, leader of his party in the U.S. House of Representatives, called Sen. Barack Obama a "chickensh*t" over the weekend. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Boehner is just plain disgusting.
> Ohio Republicans are taking lots of anti-depressants. They are worried that they may lose 3-4-5, or even 6 congressional districts in Ohio alone. Don't feel sorry for these GOPers. They are the ones that "adjusted" the Ohio votes for their party in 2000 and 2004. Let those Ohio Republicans know that you are tired of their politics--------- VOTE DEMOCRATIC!!!!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Channel 10 has a slide show of pictures from the Obama rally------- HERE!