Thursday, November 09, 2006


Make every vote count rally at OSU

Good crowd at the rally at OSU this afternoon. The Kilroy campaign and the Dems are asking that any OSU students who cast a provisional ballot contact their headquarters.




Kilroy hangs tough . . .

Mary Jo Kilroy

. . . so you can do your part by going to the rally today (Thursday).

4:00 pm - Thursday, November 9th
Stecker Lounge - Ohio Union, 3rd Floor
Ohio State University Campus
1739 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio


Post traumatic bliss - sweepsville!


Okay, we've finally gotten rid of our hangover, and, okay there is a certain irony to using the above "sweep" picture as long as the Kilroy campaign has yet to be decided, but we join the chorus about all the great wins Tuesday.

We'll have more to say about some of the races, but until we get real food and more sleep, readers will have to settle for a few pixs from Tuesday.

Election night columbus

Sherrod Brown victory speech

Despite the picture below, Redfern was beaming the entire night.

Redfern revelle

Jennifer Brunner

Ted Strickland Election night

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


More on Cuyahoga County problems

From the French no less (seriously - an Agence France-Presse report):
In one elementary school in the predominently black district of East Cleveland, Ohio, all 12 machines went down when voting opened at 6:30 am (1130 GMT), according to an AFP correspondent at the scene.

The machines were not started up until two hours later and poll officials refused to hand out paper ballots until a lawyer for the watchdog group Election Protection showed up.

"The machines weren't working and they were just turning people away," said the attorney, Fred Livingstone. "They are not allowed to do that."

More than 250 problems were reported at polling places in Ohio soon after polls opened according to an Election Protection watchdog operation run by a minority rights group and other non-governmental organisations.


Voting roundup

We've been out working the neighborhoods since 4:30 am so there is a little catching up to do while we grab a bite to eat.

In the meantime, here some of what's going on:

In OH-2, from Justin Rood at TPM Cafe:
[Election Protection] volunteers and the EP hotline received widespread [reports] of voting machine problems leading to delays, as well as problems with confusion implementing the state’s photo ID requirement. Additionally, one polling place opened late because of an overnight break in. A local TV station aired footage of Congresswoman Jean Schmidt’s battle with an optical scan voting machine, which repeatedly rejected her ballot.
The Dispatch has a thread running with comments about peoples voting experiences - positive and negative. Share yours!

Also the Dispatch reports:
Franklin County's phone system was returned to service about 90 minutes after it collapsed today under a crush of calls from voters and poll workers.

. . .

Damschroder said the system could not handle the quantity of calls from voters needing help to figure out where to vote and from poll workers needing help figuring out how to set up new electronic machines.
The PD's Openers says 1 out of 14 polling stations are facing problems in Cuyahoga County:
More than 40 polling places in Cuyahoga County reported problems with some or all of their electronic voting machines this morning and had to revert to paper ballots to allow residents to vote, according to a spokesman from the county's Board of Elections.

Otherwise, there were no major problems at the 573 polling sites as they opened at 6:30 a.m., Alan Melamed said.
The Enquirer's Political Extra crew reports that Butler County officials are a little edgy:
A Butler County sheriff's deputy talks with Enquirer reporter Janice Morse outside the West Chester 41st precinct after she and photographer Tony Jones were asked to leave the polling place and not to take any photographs. Poll workers called the police and wanted the journalists arrested. Morse and Jones were later allowed in.
Here is the context to this problem:
Enquirer reporter Janice Morse and photographer Tony Jones were threatened with arrest this morning at a Butler County polling place, while attempting to photograph and interview Congressman John Boehner as he voted.

Boehner had told the media he would available for interviews this morning, but Jones and Morse were told by poll workers that they could not come in.
Also in southern Ohio, number of voters appears to be high:
Numbers are up and voting is steady, officials at the Bond Hill Recreation Center say. Michael Nichols, election official for precinct 7-H, said 91 voters had come through by 11:30 a.m., double what he would have expected. His theory on the increase? "I think they're just tired of the way things are, and they're trying to make a change."
And this is clearly incorrect:
Pat Esswein says she was astonished to learn that her military I.D. was not sufficient identification to vote. Luckily, she had another I.D. when she went to her polling place in Union Twp. "It's a real shame that poll workers will not accept a military I.D., which is a very secure form of identification, but they will take a phone bill!"

Monday, November 06, 2006


Get out of the game

From the Enquirer's blog:
Then there was the one house on the block where the woman who answered the door told Schmidt to leave. And as Schmidt was crosing the street on her way to the next house, a man yelled from the porch: "Hey Jean! Don't come back over here."

And if that wasn't bad enough, the family then decided to get out a banner and some markers and spray paint and make a sign to make sure everyone in the neighborhood now knows exactly what they think of their congresswoman.

"If she can walk door to door in my neighborhood, then I can put up a sign," Jim Pierce said. "I would never have put her in Congress. She needs to get out of the game."


Words to wake up by

Hopefully many of you are going to bed early tonight to prepare for one final GOTV push.

When the alarm goes off and that exhausted part of your brain tries to talk the other part into staying in bed, remember that this is the crap we are fighting to put an end to, courtesy of Deb Pryce (note: we ran Pryce quotes on Iraq last week):
Health care
“Good things are happening to improve access to health care in Ohio and across the country.” 4/29/05

"As we celebrate Medicare’s 40th birthday next week, the drug benefit represents a monumental step in an historic year.” 7/22/05

“For a decade now, scores of candidates and politicians have promised help to seniors with the high costs of prescription drugs; this Congress delivered on that promise.” 10/28/05

“Clearly, America’s seniors get it – they are enjoying significant savings on their much-needed prescription medications and are signing up for the program in droves.” 3/24/06

“[T]he new Medicare prescription drug benefit is a tremendous success.” 6/30/06

“And as evidenced by this week’s exciting economic news, the tax cuts that Congress passed this year translate real, solid economic relief.” 11/26/2003

“The final piece of our economic recovery is starting to fall into place. . . further proof that the economy and the American workforce are growing stronger every day. While today’s announcement is tremendous news for thousands of families, Republicans will not stop until every American looking for work finds it.” 11/7/03

“Our economy is as strong as it’s been since 2000, before the terror attacks that crippled it.” 1/30/04

“Ohio’s economy continues to rebound.” 3/25/04

“This recovery is well underway.” 5/7/04

"Once again, Congress and President Bush have enacted common sense legislation that will improve our economy."

"There's a lot of good to say about Ohio's economy." 5/20/05

“America’s economy is strong and getting stronger. In contrast to the doom-and-gloomers, House Republicans have had faith in the American people’s ability to grow our economy and are looking to the future with confidence.” 7/13/2005

“By any objective measure, our nation’s economy is strong and growing stronger. . . Naturally, I understand that the rising economic tide has not lifted all boats, and that some families are still concerned for their economic security.” 12/2/05

“This holiday season, I encourage everyone to do their part to drive our economy by shopping.” 12/2/05

“The evidence is in,” Pryce said. “Republican economic policies are working, and so are the American people.” 3/10/06

“April showers don’t just bring May flowers; they bring jobs,” Pryce said. “This is tremendous news for Ohio, and further evidence that Republican economic policies are working.” 5/19/06

“In perhaps the largest coordination of federal response efforts in our nation’s history, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is attempting to choreograph a comprehensive effort involving nearly every federal agency to assist the victims, clean up and rebuild the area, and help people get back on their feet.” 9/2/05

"America’s unwavering sense of humanity will pull us through this crisis, and we will become stronger and more unified in the end.” 9/2/05

On 9/2/05, Pryce suggested that people who wanted to donated assistance to Katrina victims make their donations through Pat Robertson’s Operation Blessing.

National Security
“In an urgent call to action following the unprecedented attack of 9/11, President Bush asked Congress to work together and take the necessary steps to protect and defend America. Two years later, our report card of results is clear: success across the board." 9/10/03

"Every day, we get hundreds and hundreds of phone calls, e-mails, letters objecting to [Dubai Ports World deal]," House Republican Conference Chairman Deborah Pryce (Ohio) said yesterday on CNBC. "And you just can't buck that when there's that much public [sentiment] and objection to it. Whether it's right or wrong, this is sort of a lose-lose now." 3/9/06

“Ohio doesn’t have any ports.” “3/1/06

“House Republicans have built a record of action on national security issues, supporting our military, providing for a strong national defense, and aggressively prosecuting the war on terror,” 3/16/06

“It was the newly elected Republican leadership that made Congress more accountable, more effective, and restored public faith in an institution replete with scandal and corruption.” 3/16/06



From Friday's Gongwer (sub. req'd)
Speaker Jon Husted (R-Kettering) didn’t express much confidence at maintaining Republicans’ 60-39 majority heading into election season. In a recent interview, he offered an even more sobering assessment.

“At this point in time we are more subject to the overall environment than I had hoped we would be,” he said.

. . .

A net gain of 11 seats would give Democrats the majority in the House, an outcome considered highly unlikely this year despite what is seen as the most incumbent-unfriendly political atmosphere in years.

Most statewide Republican candidates are having trouble and it appears to be trickling down the ticket to GOP candidates for the Ohio House, particularly in borderline districts, Speaker Husted said. “In situations where our governor’s candidate trails by very large margins, its very difficult for our candidates to be successful.”

There are a relatively large number of close House races this year, he said. “If the overall environment improves by a couple of points, then I expect those races will break our way. And if the overall environment worsens then that’ll make it harder for us.” He declined to elaborate on additional factors are contributing to the tough “environment” for the GOP.


Final Ohio Poll

From University of Cincinnati, taken 11/1/-11/5:
The final Ohio Poll for the 2006 election season projects victories for Democratic
candidates in races for Ohio governor and United States Senate.

After allocation of undecided voters to the candidates they are most likely to support, the Ohio gubernatorial race stands at Democrat Ted Strickland 59.1 percent, Republican Ken Blackwell 36.8 percent and 4.1 percent for other candidates on the ballot.

After allocation of undecided voters to the candidates they are most likely to support, the U.S. Senate race stands at Democrat Sherrod Brown 55.7 percent and Republican Mike DeWine 44.3 percent.


Tastes sweet, too

More on the OH-15 from the Dispatch:
"I knew it would be a hard fight and I knew it would get nasty," [Kilroy] said. "What bothers me most is twisting of the facts and distortion of my record."

Is Kilroy angry at Pryce?

She paused, smiled and said, "Winning is the best revenge."


Damaged goods?

Not the sign of a campaign (on the final Sunday before the election) that thinks it can win:
Pryce, a seven-term congresswoman from Upper Arlington, kept a low profile yesterday, holing up in her campaign office with advisers to prepare for the final push.


Manpower (Inc.)

From today's WaPo:
Of course, reaching voters is not the same as mobilizing them, and Republicans are clearly nervous that the current political climate will keep their base home.

. . .

In Ohio, they recruited door-knockers from a temp agency for $12 an hour.

Sunday, November 05, 2006


In SW Ohio, momentum shifts to Dems

Today, from
As Election Day nears, is providing roundups of the key races in individual states, highlighting major developments in the contests. The following is an update of two House general election contests inOhio.

The roundup includes ratings changes in both races, in Ohio’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts, both of which have been moved toNo Clear Favorite from Leans Republican.


HS Predictions

Okay, so BSB has thrown down the gauntlet. What the hell does Russell know? Whatta amateur.

Here's the correct picks:
Strickland 59%
Blackwell 38%
Other 3%

Brown 55%
DeWine 45%

Brunner 54%
Whats-his-name 46%

Sykes 51%
Taylor 49%

Cordray 55%
Sandy 45%

Dann 51%
Montgomery 49%
Bonus picks:
OH -1
Cranley 52%
Chabot 48%

Wulsin 51%
Schmidt 49%

OH -12
Shamansky 51%
Tiberi 49%

OH -15
Kilroy 54%
Pryce 46%
A case of Columbus Pale Ale says we can pick 'em better than 'staff' can.


No crying for Bennett

The Dispatch's Joe Hallett can at times be a terrific writer and at times trip his way into hackerdom. Today, in his column about Bob Bennett, Joe has unfortunately again fallen into the latter way of working.
You’ve got to respect a pro like Bob Bennett. He gets it off his chest and moves on, no hard feelings. And when he thinks you’ve done something right, he says so.

I could have parried Bennett’s complaints about the media, but when the most successful state party chairman in Ohio history wants to rant, he deserves his day. Besides, it is easy to understand why Bennett’s blood is boiling. If the polls are correct, his party is going down in a big way Tuesday and good public servants including Sen. Mike DeWine and U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce could be swept away in the onslaught.

Bennett, who became state chairman in 1988, considered retiring in 2004, but White House political director Karl Rove and others talked him into staying through President Bush’s re-election. Now, Bennett probably is feeling that he stayed two years too long.
It is always puzzling to us that the press corps feels some obligation stage the kabuki theatre of patting the losers on the back and recapping campaigns with a sophistication usually reserved for ESPN Game Day.

To imply that one has to give Bennett respect for being "a pro" in the political game is a tasteless show of disrespect of Ohioans and the enormous problems the state now faces. Bennett is not simply a college football coach who has lost his touch and hung on for one season too long.

He is more like the coach whose incompetence and tolerance for misdeeds threatens to destroy an entire university.

Joe - shouldn't we find the real measure of Bob Bennett legacy by asking and answering these three questions?
  1. Are Ohioans on average better off or worse off now than when Bennett took the helm of the Ohio GOP?

  2. Do corporations and wealthy special interest have much more influence over government decisions now than when Bennett took the helm of the Ohio GOP?

  3. Do Ohioans have a better opinion of the political process now than when Bennett took the helm of the Ohio GOP?
Bennett and his party had nearly every bit of political power in their hands for over a decade and they blew it. They could have reined in the corruption and conservative drift, but they decided it was easier to play that game.

More importantly, Bennett & Co. have presided over the decline of Ohio's economy, schools, and government services. These are not clocks and scores that get reset on Monday mornings.

Joe - you may be willing to let Bennett respectfullly drift quietly into your memories, but we aren't. If Bennett shouldn't be held accountable in the books of Ohio's history for much of the mess we now have to clean up, who should?


Dispatch poll

BSB has the details, and we don't quibble with the point about the projections being on the high side.

Having said that, the impression one gets from going door-to-door now versus 2004 is markedly different. Strident GOPers are few and far between. It's going to be difficult for even the committed Rs to be hitting the streets in central Ohio when they wake up to see that Ohio's Greatest Hometown Newspaper says the election results are starting to look "staggering."

Also, support for Issue 2 is strong. Very strong. Also, we have not encountered as much "they're all a bunch of bums" cynicism as the news stories have tried to weave in.

We stand by our prediction: Sweepsville.

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