Wednesday, November 09, 2005


How's that Ohio gambling thing going?

Apparently the odds just got a little longer.

From last June:
The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma wants to build the casinos. The tribe, which has started the process of filing a land claim for 145 square miles, is cutting casino-hosting deals with four towns - Monroe, Botkins, Lordstown and Lorain. It hopes to make Ohio the 29th state with Indian-chartered casinos.

. . .

A Delaware County company called National Capital I is serving as the Shawnee's' vehicle for obtaining approvals and raising money.

National Capital has raised $10,000 to $50,000 from each of about a dozen private investors. It wouldn't provide the total amount raised to date. Nor would it disclose exactly what investors could receive for their money.

"Most all the people involved have an interest in gaming and would like to see it happen in Ohio," said Terry Casey, a former Franklin County Republican Party executive director working as a consultant to National Capital. "Investors don't want their names and their investments out there. These are folks who have some net worth."
From today's Lima News:
A local group is denying wrongdoing in the wake of state Commerce Department allegations of securities fraud among efforts to start a casino in Botkins.
National Capital I, its president Tom Schnippel, and Lima-based A Piece of the Action LLC were all named by the department. Department officials said A Piece of the Action partner Robert Bollinger sold shares of the company and earned a commission, even though he wasn’t a licensed dealer.

. . .

National Capital I attorney Charles Hertlein said the company wants to sort the matter out. There are some errors in the order that Schnippel and National Capital I want to address with state officials, informally or in a hearing,” he said.
Company spokesman Terry Casey agreed, saying there are inaccuracies that National Capital I hopes to clear up, either through more submissions or through an administrative hearing.


We're sick . . .

Yes, we are sick about most of the results from last night, but there is a nasty flu going around and we've got it. Very light blogging ahead until this thing passes.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Election Day

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Sunday, November 06, 2005


Johnnie Maier: Another DINO?

We're makin' a list, checkin' it twice . . . Gonna be handy when the dust settles after Nov. 8 and we see what double-talking douchebags clothed in Democratic duds need a little pay-back.

Got Jimmy Dimora on the list!

Got Susan Gwinn on it, too!
Susan Gwinn

Hey, wait! Gotta make room for another doucheroo: Johnny Maier, former state legislator and current chair of the Stark Co. Dems.
johnnie Maier
We hear that Johnnie (no self-respecting adult except for comedians and baseball players call themselves Johnnie) has been beating the anti-RON drums in his little fiefdom.

Before we get into that, let us digress into the cesspool that is the Stark County website. Seriously, can someone explain to us what the purpose of a county party website is if it can't even promo its own endorsed candidates and issues? Even worse is SCDP calendar page. Hey look - Nov. 8! WTF? Oh, it looks like someone forget that it was election day. It's so easy to do when you're busy.

And speaking of busy, Chairman Johnnie has been busy trying sabotage Issues 2, 3, 4, 5. How? Like suggesting to those interested in volunteering for RON that they want to reconsider their interest if they want to work with the SCDP in the future. Like planting people in the audience of RON information meetings to ask what Chairman Johnnie thinks about Issues 2-5 so that Maier can jump up in response and spew his garbage on the RON amendments.

Isn't this the same Johnnie Maier who clung to his own laughable congressional ambitions to assume the throne of Ralph Regula whenever that old fart retired - an ambition so out of control that he'd rather keep Ralph in office than pull out the stops to help Regula's Democratic opponent Jeff Seeman last year.

And, since we hear that Maier's lust for the OH-16 seat still burns, progressives and ODP rank-and-filers may have their opportunity to payback Maier by denying him the nomination - and by getting him yanked from the SCDP chair.


Dispatch Poll: Issue 2 & 3 pass, 5 a toss-up and 4 losing*

(* but with 25% still undecided.)

Call us hopeless Pollyannas, but we are still pretty happy with the results from the latest Dispatch poll.

First some comments before going into the poll results: Bob Bennett and the GOP are shitting bricks at this point. Anything less than the full defeat of all of the RON amendments is bad news. Even the passage of Issue 2 is a referendum on the business-as-usual crowd at the Statehouse. Add on the passage of Issue 3 and it's an enormous blow at the corporate power, campaign funding and the pay-to-play games - not to mention the political embarassment of a major rebuke to the morons that pass for political leaders in this state. Add to that close votes on either 4 or 5, and the Republicans will be scrambling. And, if either 4 or 5 passes, we are well on our way to a full-scale rout of incumbents in 2006.

Now to the guts of this. The Dispatch poll shows that the scenario on Nov. 8 will be Issues 2 & 3 passing, a close vote on Issue 5 and possibly a close vote on Issue 4. They also show that the huge television ad buys by the anti-RON group Ohio First has moved some voters from the undecided ranks - but not nearly enough yet to tip the scales significantly.

In other words, even after encountering an enormous storm of bullshit, Issue 2 and 3 are still standing strong, Issue 5 is a dead heat and too many voters are still undecided about Issue 4 to call that race.

The common wisdom is that a large percentage of the undecideds just won't vote in an off-year election. The big exception to that may occur in the big cities where the mayoral races will draw hordes of Democrats.

We also think that a major unknown factor is the enthusiasm of the "No" voters. It's clear to us that the "Yes" votes are coming from an fired-up, committed crowd. Beyond the particular language of the amendments, these are the folks that want to, if nothing else, send a message about their revulsion of the money, corruption and cronyism that drenches Ohio's politics.

More to the point, we know from a lot of anecdotes that we've heard from reliable sources that many of the No voters are doing it along party lines and not because they feel particularly strongly about 1) the issues, or 2) voting at all in this election.

Still, given the amount and decibels of the outlandish lies spread by the anti-RON camp and given the apparently overwhelming support for Issue 3, we'll gladly bat .500 with a near grand slam in our first game in the major leagues.

Here how things stack up from the poll sent to 1,872 registered voters with an MOE of 2.5%. (The results from the Dispatch's Oct. 1 poll are in parentheses.)
Issue 2
Yes - 59% (68)
No - 33% (28)
Undecided - 9% (7)

Issue 3
Yes - 61% (70)
No - 25% (15)
Undecided - 14% (15)

Issue 4
Yes - 31% (28)
No - 45% (38)
Undecided - 25% (36)

Issue 5
Yes - 41% (42)
No - 43% (37)
Undecided - 16% (20)

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