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by German Lopez 09.19.2012
Posted In: News, Redistricting, Reagan, Government, Republicans at 11:27 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Voters First Sues Over Republican Claims

GOP mailer allegedly misrepresents redistricting amendment

Voters First Ohio is not letting Republicans get away with any dishonesty on Issue 2. In a complaint filed to the Ohio Elections Commission yesterday, the pro-redistricting reform group claimed a recent mailer from Republicans contained three incorrect statements.

“In an effort to affect the outcome of the election and defeat State Issue 2, Republicans have knowingly, or with reckless disregard of the truth, made false statements in printed campaign material disseminated to registered voters,” the complaint said.

If approved by voters in November, Issue 2 will place the responsibility of redistricting in the hands of an independent citizens commission. Currently, politicians handle the process, which they use to redraw district boundaries in politically advantageous ways in a process known as “gerrymandering.” Ohio’s First Congressional District, which includes Cincinnati, was redrawn by the Republican-controlled process to include Warren County, which contains more rural voters that tend to vote Republican, and less of Cincinnati, which contains more urban voters that tend to vote Democrat.

The Voters First complaint outlines three allegedly false statements made by the Republican mailer. The first claim is “Some of the members will be chosen in secret.” As the complaint points out, this is false. The redistricting amendment on the November ballot will require nine of twelve members to be chosen in public, and then those nine members will pick the three final members. All of this has to be done in the public eye, according to the amendment: “All meetings of the Commission shall be open to the public.”

The second disputed claim is that the amendment will provide a “blank check to spend our money” for the commission. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled against that claim on Sept. 12 when it ruled against Secretary of State Jon Husted’s proposed ballot language for Issue 2: “The actual text of the proposed amendment does not state that the redistricting amendment would have — as the ballot board’s language indicates — a blank check for all funds as determined by the commission.”

The mailer also claims that, in the redistricting amendment, “There’s no process for removing these bureaucrats, even if they commit a felony.” But the amendment says commissioners must be electors, and when an elector is convicted of a felony, that status is lost. The complaint says commissioners can also be removed “by a judge under a petition process that applies to public officials generally for exercising power not authorized by law, refusing or neglecting to perform a duty imposed by law, gross neglect of duty, gross immorality, drunkenness, misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance.”

The Ohio Elections Commission will take up the complaint Thursday morning. The full complaint can be read here.

Matthew Henderson, spokesperson for the Ohio Republican Party, called the complaint a "distraction”: “It’s a cheap shot. It’s up to the Ohio Elections Commission, and they’ll likely throw it out. It’s essentially a distraction from the real issues. The bottom line is that Issue 2 is going to create a panel of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats, and they’ll have influence over our elections.”

He added, “Ohio voters will be able to decide for themselves this fall whether they want to pay for these commissioners or not.”

When pressed about whether or not the Ohio Republican Party is sticking to the claims found in the mailer, he said that’s up to the Ohio Elections Commission to decide.

It is true the independent citizens commission created by Voters First is unelected, but that’s the entire point. The current problem with the system, as argued by Voters First, is elected officials are too vested in reelection to place the district boundary needs of the public above electoral needs. That’s why districts like Ohio’s First Congressional District are redrawn in a way that includes Cincinnati and Warren County — two regions that are vastly different.

CityBeat previously covered the redistricting issue when Husted’s ballot language lost in court and when We Are Ohio threw its support behind Voters First.

While current Republicans oppose redistricting reform in Ohio, some Republicans of the past advocated for it. Ronald Reagan was one such advocate:


 
 
by Eli Samuel Johnson 06.02.2011
Posted In: Washington, Lincoln, Reagan at 12:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 

Morning News and Stuff

Bryan Fischer, radio host and Christian group American Family Association affiliate, has been trying to prove a point since last month: that gay activists are the “number one perpetrators of hate crimes in America.”

Today a video was posted of Fischer pooping out of his mouth something about the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Fischer said “You’re going to have the homosexual lobby committing one hate crime after another against servicemen. This is going to be virtual genocide … for people of faith.”

Sarah Palin, who is undecided about running for president, will accidentally collide with Mitt Romney when she wheels her “One Nation” tour into New Hampshire today. Romney, who has announced his intention to run for president, is scheduled to deliver a speech in Stratham, N.H., and Palin said, “Maybe we’ll run into him.” Palin, in an interview with CNN said that New Hampshire voters aren’t particularly special and that it’s a coincidence that she and Romney are in New Hampshire at the same time. "I guess that’s that nonpolitician in me not looking at a New Hampshire voter any differently just because they have, you know, an earlier primary than somebody else,” Palin said.

Left-leaning blog cannonfire.com reports that the Weinergate scandal has been closed because the format of the pee pee picture Anthony Weiner allegedly sent to coed Gennette Cordova was resized and reformatted, meaning the New York congressman sent the photo.

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Don’t act like you’re not impressed.”

Eileen Heuwetter is pissed her late aunt left the majority of her estate — around $300,000 — to Family Radio, the group that predicted the world would end on May 21. Though she knew her aunt Doris Schmitt loved the radio station and its batshit crazy owner, Harold Camping, she never guessed that she’d be one of the poor souls to contribute so much to Family Radio, which made $18 million in 2009 alone.

"This was not a woman who had anything. She literally had Family Radio on day and night — she went to bed with it and woke up to it," said Heuwetter. "That was all she had." That and about $300,000. "She would have been devastated," Heuwetter said. "Listening to him say things would be better in paradise made her feel better — she totally believed she would leave this world on May 21, and she needed to believe that." Unfortunately, Scmitt died alone at the age of 78 on May 2, 2010 in her small home in Queens, New York.

Camping, who forgot to mention that his prediction that the world would end extends to October —factoring in leap year and all that — assures everyone who gave him money that they will die happy deaths later this year and anyone who hasn’t given him money can still make a donation to the Family Radio website.

But please don’t actually do that.

Holy shit. Reagan? Really?

 
 
by Kevin Osborne 01.27.2012
 
 
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Morning News and Stuff

Let’s start the morning roundup with a truly radical idea: How about using Paul Brown Stadium as a homeless shelter during the roughly 340 nights a year when the Bengals aren’t using it?

That’s just what might happen with the new Marlins ballpark or the Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field in Florida
if two state lawmakers have their way. They want to enforce an obscure 1988 Florida law that allows any ballpark or stadium that receives taxpayer money to serve as a homeless shelter on the dates that it is not in use. Sounds like a great idea to us.

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