Elections have unintended consequences that the average voter never takes into account. The political junkies have entire scenarios modeled in advance. No matter who wins and who loses- jobs are affected, careers changed and dreams created and hopes dashed.
For Ohio- kiss legal abortion in this state goodbye. DeWine will sign a “heartbeat bill” and more restrictions will be placed on providers including strict enforcement of the bogus “transfer agreement” laws.
You can also figure that redistricting won’t really change much in 2020- no matter how the process was changed. A full house of R’s won’t do much to fix the horrible gerrymandering.
The State Supreme Court is actually a bright spot- but, a few more D judges won’t change much.
The Ohio Democratic Party needs to have a housecleaning- as does the Montgomery County Democratic Party who have let our county go from Blue to Red over the last 10 years thanks to their protection of the “Friends and Family” plan.
Russ Joseph is a prime example. His 10 years of experience and believed “political acumen” lost him a job he should have been a shoe in for. He raised more money- but instead of talking about issues, talked about a man’s family. Of course, he won’t be unemployed in January- the Party takes care of it’s own.
The biggest award is the vacant county treasurer seat that will be open when Carolyn Rice takes over Dan Foley’s open seat. Will it go to Joseph as a consolation prize? Or John McManus? Or Dan Foley? This is how we roll. For Dan Foley, if he isn’t handed a patronage job or Carolyn’s seat, he’ll have to find a job in the real world for the first time in his life.
The bigger loser in this is Dayton School Board member Mohamed Al-Hamdani who got a job in the clerks office thanks to his buddy Russ. With Mike Foley taking over, Al-Hamdani will need a new “Friends and Family” job. Maybe they’ll give him the recorders office? Who knows.
Hopefully, we’ve seen the last of Adil Baguirov and his deplorable illusions of grandeur. He ran Dayton Public Schools into the ground, while committing voter fraud and living outside the district without redress. His business deals that he engaged in were questionably self-serving. If we’re lucky, he’ll pick up stakes and go back to advising crooked congressmen from a base of operations in D.C.
With Sheriff Phil “the Torturer” Plumer now a state rep, the running of the house of death will fall to the local Republican Party to pick. They’ll have 2 years to put their name on every cruiser, badge, and sign at the jail at tax payer expense, to get ready to defend the seat in 2 years, if at all. The local Montgomery County Party hasn’t been able to find someone to run for Sheriff reliably, and let Phil run unopposed last time.
The only place local Dems did really well was in running for judge- where the “D” label wasn’t on the ballot.
Everywhere else, they took a spanking.
There are ways to fix the Montgomery County Democratic party, but they involve bigger thinking than their “brain trust” can handle. The real issues choking Montgomery County are ones of duplication of services and too many banana republics. You can read more on www.reconstructingdayton.org
There will be recounts in some races, some ballot squabbles, and the state will remain divided and red, until the party of patronage learns how to be the party of the people.
In the mean time, the backrooms will be hard at work planning how to keep their friends in jobs- instead of worrying about their dismal failures.
Dr. Baguirov is a time bomb. Don’t elect him to anything.
Frequent readers of this blog know the amount of time I’ve spent writing about the sheer audacity of this shyster. He’s committed voter fraud, he broke the residency rule for school board, he was responsible for the entire Rhonda Corr shit-show (not that he didn’t have lots of help from n00bs like Sheila Taylor and Joe Lacey, and Ron Lee), he personally got involved in a real estate deal that he had a conflict of interest in with selling the Patterson Co-op site to CareSource for half the market value, he totally engineered the bus deal- where he has a business that does business with the benefactors, but, on top of all that- he’s the biggest liar I’ve ever met.
The local Republican party should be locked up and put in jail for even letting him get on the ballot.
The local Dems should be locked up for failing to do anything about all of the above when the smoking gun of this video was released:
Before you buy into his “I was a poor refugee from evil Russia” schtick, he left out the part that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and that spoon is still feeding him, without him filing the appropriate paperwork identifying him as a foreign agent.
He put $90K into his campaign, of his own money. He’s trying to out-SEO my posts, and fill up youtube with a bunch of videos. Do NOT believe a thing he says. There is zero reason to vote for him.
There are a lot of things that should have, could have been looked into by our prosecutors office, the Ohio Ethics Commission, the Ohio Attorney General, the Ohio Secretary of State- but, all of them, ignored it, because, frankly, we have the best government money can buy, and he has plenty of access to cash. Read about how a quarter million arrived in his bank account, right after he “won” in his unopposed race for School board- where he came in dead last: Dayton’s International Man of Mystery, Adil Baguirov, has ties to Russian “Laundromat”
I dumbed down the headline from Azerbaijani Laundromat to Russian at the time, I probably shouldn’t have, but, international diplomacy and intrigue isn’t everyday reading material for most Daytonian’s and understanding the Armenia/Azerbaijan conflict is kinda hard when most of you have never heard of either. Needless to say it’s sort of like the Hatfield/McCoy Feud- with lots of money and espionage.
I don’t expect him to win, or even come close, mostly because I don’t think there are a lot of hard Republicans willing to vote for “Baguirov” vs the guy with the same last name as Bruce Willis’s character in Die Hard, but, who knows anymore. If he does win, I’d be questioning the validity of our voting system, and if it had been hacked. That’s the technological skill set that Baguirov probably has behind his race. Think the whole Russian interference in the 2016 election- he’d be the person to test if the Russians can fix an election- and you’re the crash test dummies for it- since he’s already gotten away with fraud in the past.
Please, share this with everyone you know. Please go to Youtube and down vote his videos in record numbers, but don’t watch them.
Please realize the only mystery about Adil Baguirov left is why he isn’t already in prison for the voter fraud of claiming the house on Maryland Ave as his and his business partners residence.
Trust me- he NEVER lived in that house. And, you don’t want him in charge of the records for your house either.
Russ Joseph is the kind of politician who gives politicians a bad name. He’s never held a job outside of party politics, and he’s never had to put his name on a ballot until this election. But, yes, you know his name, he’s the brains behind his brothers successes at running for Dayton City Commission.
Of course, if you realize that Matt Joseph is a really nice guy yet totally worthless as a commissioner, and that Russ is the total opposite, and a menace to society, you’re half-way there.
The sad thing is even if Russ loses this race, he’ll go right back to Daddy Mark Owens and work for the Dayton Clerks office until Mark resigns early and the party puts Russ in the drivers seat again.
So what makes Russ Joseph love politics and power so much? He’s best friends with Nan Whaley, who also, would sell her soul to the devil for political power, which they wield via patronage jobs and taking care of the “friends and family” of the Monarchy of Montgomery County.
Russ doesn’t give a rat’s behind about solving the problems of our clerk of courts system which is redundant, duplicative, embarrassingly expensive and stupid. Need proof? Read this post on Reconstructing Dayton about the waste involved in our multiple municipal courts in Montgomery County and how much they cost us. “How many court websites do we need in Montgomery County?”
Yet, with all that said, Russ is currently running TV ads smearing his opponent with claims of missed child support. Nope, not issues affecting our courts, but issues that as a clerk of courts he ought to be able to get right. Fact is Mike Foley actually gets child support from his wife, since he has custody of their daughter. Oops, Russ.
Foley has put out a low budget video on Youtube to refute it. Watch it here.
Full disclosure, I’ve done some work for Mike in the past. Nothing on this campaign. He’s a small business man, and a veteran.
Russ Joseph is a spoiled little man child with a mean streak.
I have no problems crossing over to vote for a veteran over a patronage teat sucking political hack.
Vote Mike Foley.
In other races worthy of crossing political party lines for Republicans:
And to all you Republicans who are looking for other tips- no matter what, do not vote for Adil Baguirov, our local “International Man of Mystery” who is a liar and corrupt. Vote for Brandon McClain instead. He’s another veteran and a great guy.
You should also skip Doug Barry, who is hypocrite, a bully and the last thing we need on the County Commission. Vote for Carolyn Rice. She’s a total class act and a professional.
Any one of you who votes for Niraj Antani should be shot, by white kids with long guns in school. (do some googling, Antani actually suggested that only suburban kids should openly carry long guns in school– I can’t make this up) Zach Dickerson could have the IQ of a third grader and be a better choice in the 42nd district. There are many Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House that would thank you for not sending him back to Columbus.
I’d also recommend not voting for Phil “The Torturer” Plummer in his race for the State House 40th. Anyone who is so incompetent as to let the crap that’s happened in our jail happen, should be banned from public service for life. He’s already cost you tens of millions in lawsuits. Vote Ryan Taylor. Please.
Or watching him do deals with the school board that he had no business being involved in because of conflicts of interest (the CareSource Deal and the Bus deal).
The guy keeps coming back to politics, and now wants to be your Montgomery county recorder.
Only a sock puppet has 5 twitter accounts.
That’s the last thing you want to do for a guy with Russian ties (and not the kind you wear around your neck) and 5 twitter accounts.
Remember, the County Recorder has access to all the important data that might come in handy if you wanted to create things like, oh, sock puppet accounts, or fake voters, or false identities for foreign agents… (yes, I watched “The Americans”)
Here’s a full list of what the reorder does:
Your County Recorder:
– makes a complete, accurate and permanent record of every document pertaining to the conveyance and encumbrance of land within the county.
– maintains permanent land records, retains them in archival form, and makes them constantly accessible to the public.
– enforces more than 1000 sections of state law in the Ohio Revised Code pertaining to the duties of the Recorder’s office.
– takes great care to ensure that every document received is accurately filed, recorded and indexed.
– serves on the county’s RECORDS COMMISSION which authorizes the retention of county records and determines when or how these government records may be disposed.
– serves on the county’s AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING BOARD* to authorize any purchase, lease, or contract for data processing equipment for county offices.
– serves as secretary and chief administrator of the county’s MICROFILMING BOARD* to authorize any purchase, lease or contract for microfilming equipment in county offices and to oversee the operation of the county’s microfilming center and services.
– collects fees for documents filed in the Recorder’s office and pays these monies into the county’s general fund.
– maintains an accurate record of all monies appropriated to the Recorder’s office for its operation.
– performs all accounting functions necessary to the operation of the Recorder’s office including preparation of annual budgets and reports, vouchers, purchase orders, etc., and maintains all payroll records, sick and vacation leave records and other records pertaining to the Recorder’s staff.
– files annually an ethics report, inventory of office equipment, affirmative action report, depository agreements for funds and every other report as required by law.
– notifies boards of county commissioners and township trustees annually of their duty to file zoning resolutions, maps and amendments.
*Optional boards established by the County Commissioners in accordance with state law.
So with all that in mind, here’s what Dr. B. from Moscow doesn’t want you to see, he’s hired a law firm to help cleanse the Internet of certain images. Hurry and go look and download before they disappear:
Copyright claim #1
Kind of Work:Unspecified
DescriptionTraverse Legal, PLC, represents the copyright holder, Adil Baguirov and is his authorized representative to send copyright infringement notices on his behalf. Mr. Baguirov owns registered copyrights to the him with the Azerbaijan President while wearing a pinstripe suit and peach colored tie. US Copyright Registration No.1-6815915145. The copyright rights to this photo were assigned to Mr. Baguirov by the photographer, Samir Huseynov, on July 12, 2018.
DescriptionTraverse Legal, PLC, represents the copyright holder, Adil Baguirov, and is the authorized representative to send copyright infringement notices on his behalf. Mr. Baguirov owns registered copyright to the photo of him protesting while holding a sign that says “Stop Military Aid to the Aggressor.” US Copyright Registration No. 1-6776099511. The copyright rights to this photo were assigned to Mr. Baguirov by the photographer, Yusif Babanli, on July 10, 2018.
DescriptionTraverse Legal, PLC, represents the copyright holder, Adil Baguirov and is the authorized representative to send copyright infringement notices on his behalf. Mr. Baguirov owns registered copyrights to his headshot, wearing a red tie. US Copyright Registration No. 1-6761676854. The copyright rights to this photo were assigned to Mr. Baguirov by the photographer, Sevin Baguirov, on July 11, 2018.
And, if you want to read more people questioning our International Man of Mystery- go take a look at this article by Patrick Simpson- who goes as far as to hint at what else Dr. B was doing while getting his PhD in Moscow:
Weldon and Giuliani are not Baguirov’s only connections to the #TrumpRussia scandal.
Baguirov also went to Trump University, and claimed “I’ve attended a lot of these seminars and Trump’s was above average,” says Adil Bagirov, an energy consultant in Alexandria, Va. “It wasn’t the most effective, but I learned some things, and I’ve been very successful,” he says.
Why would Baguirov attend Trump University if he has a Ph.D from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGiMO), a university notorious for being the recruiting ground for the FSB?
The deck for the 1 to 1 institute recommendations, Harris cut them off before they could explain the critical slide 14. Click to download PDF
Reverend William Harris, who still can’t say my name right, or that of Mohamed Al-Hamdani, flexed his new presidential muscle in his first meeting as commander in chief by cutting off a presentation by consultants who were hired by the board to report back on out 1 to 1 computer implementation. With no time limits on the agenda, just as the consultants were getting into the meat of their report, he ended their presentation- about 30 minutes in. Sheila Taylor was the ONLY board member who had the guts and wisdom to question his actions. The rest sat deaf dumb and mute. Taylor, was clearly in the right- as no board member has the right to speak for the entire board as clearly outlined in OSBA rules.
I cited this statement in my post about the attempt by Mohamed Al-Hamdani to close the illegal meeting about school closings to the public:
As a start, the following guidelines are offered. A good board member:
• Knows that he or she can legally act as a board member only when the board of education is in session. No one person, unless authorized, should speak on behalf of the board.
Harris was authorized to speak for the board- but, when he made the unilateral decision, and Taylor questioned it, the proper move was to call for a vote on the continuation of the presentation by all board members. Harris just shut it down.
The critical slide 14- where the actual steps moving forward were to be discussed is what we missed. It was the main reason I was interested in their presentation. The slide read:
• Establish expectations for usage of eSchoolPlus and Google Classroom
• Connect the use of the Google Application Suite to “Power Up”
• Establish classroom management practices using Google Classroom (post assignments, communications, etc.)
• Discuss grading protocols using Google Classroom
• Create lesson plans that encourage effective small group, collaborative and independent learning options
• Infuse technology into teacher learning
• Support Data Dashboard adoption with building meetings and identify additional formative and summative data elements
They spent $30K for a report, but didn’t want to hear the meat of it. Click to download PDF
This was a $30K contract, approved at a non-business meeting (no public input) on Oct. 30th 2017. You think for $30K they’d be allowed to finish. The key takeaway was we did good at hiring more IT people and building infrastructure, the weakness was that this process should have been run by more than one person (Baguirov gets all the credit) and that it should have had more top level buy in. We didn’t get to hear the rest, so, oh, well.
On to my presentation, Harris tried to tell me that my 3 minutes started when I approached the podium- not when I began speaking. My teleprompter app had flipped on mirror text and I was resetting it.
Here is the text of what I said:
Congratulations to the voters of the Dayton Public School district for selecting four new board members, a majority, to redirect a failing district that has been characterized by a complete failure of leadership to instill confidence in their abilities or the future of the district.
The actions of the previous board and their ineptly chosen Superintendent have led to 20% turnover in staff, an almost completely new central office team, and a shrinking enrollment that has put school building closure on the agenda.
There is unfinished business from last year. The completion of the firing of Rhonda Corr should be foremost on the agenda. How her original mediocre evaluation penned by John McManus was changed to glowing now is incredibly relevant to her termination. We need to know what part remaining board members had in that change, and that they be held accountable.
Investigations on how and why Dr. Adil Baguirov was allowed to remain on the board after I made it clear he didn’t live in the district, and then proceeded to actively push a bus deal through procurement that not only is a violation of board policy- but also a conflict of interest since his private business does business with the vendors in the process.
These are not matters that should be overlooked. They have serious long term implications for the district, as well as set the tone for how this board will differ from the last one and everyone preceding it.
However, whatever hopes the citizens had for change have already been crassly violated, when the last board apparently sanctioned the interim superintendent to join a task force to study school closings without a proper vote to assign members or outline the scope and authority of the task force.
That a board member elect was named co-chair before he’d even been seated to this board does nothing to instill confidence in this new board. That he argued from his position of authority as a board member and a licensed attorney that the meetings should be held in private in violation of the Ohio Open Meetings laws- commonly known as the Sunshine Laws do not bode well for the future of this board.
But, beyond all that, this board met a week ago, and blindly followed the direction of the interim superintendent who crafted the agenda. Again, tonight, we see the same thing. The superintendent leading the direction of the meeting- with no real change in direction- other than to change the way you approve her agenda items to require only one vote instead of several- using simplified a “consent agenda”
Where is your direction to the superintendent on addressing issues of student safety? Besides the riot at Ponitz that the former superintendent tried to cover up, just last week we had a full fledged brawl at the Dunbar Thurgood basketball game. If you want people to send their kids to your schools- they have to feel safe. I see no item on the agenda on this.
Since we’re dropping in enrollment, what steps have you formulated to evaluate the performance of your superintendent and the district PR department that was hired last year by the former superintendent after your purchasing department failed to hire a PR firm in a legitimate, defensible manner? Your current PR people can’t even keep your site up to date. The time of this meeting wasn’t online.
And lastly, we need to have an actual role call to determine which of you support this closing task force meeting in private so voters will know who actually deserves a seat on the dais.
We voted for new people with a promise of transparency- yet, we’ve yet to see it.
By a simple yes or no response from each member, I need a response to that last issue. Failure to do so- will be taken as complicity to violate the Sunshine laws.
Their response: nothing. So they all agree that it’s ok to have some task force meet in private to discuss the future of our school closings.
But- wait, then as I got back to the camera, Karen Wick-Gagnet made a statement suggesting there has been no additional movement on the task force and they are still new at this and are working to set a new culture. She didn’t answer the question, but at least acknowledged that they have work to do and are still learning.
Once again, Harris, who has been on the board for more than a few of these, stumbled and voted YES on resignations after July 10. Al-Hamdani meekly followed with a NO, then others followed until Jocelyn Rhynard voted YES- and then as seemed to happen more than a few times, Harris forgot to get Wick-Gagnet’s vote. Then Rhynard realized her error- asked for a re-vote, more confusion as it was sorted out- until we had the right 7 No vote that is normal to not accept resignation under contract.
I softly applauded as they finally got it right.
There was also a question about using a consent agenda by Taylor, who wasn’t familiar with the process. She was right to question its use, and that it should have required a vote to agree to implement the new process, however she couldn’t make her statement clearly. The process allows items that have been covered in the review meeting to be passed together, as one vote instead of separate votes. The new process wasn’t on the review meetings agenda- it hadn’t been discussed, therefore Taylor was correct- it needed to be voted on. They didn’t.
They also failed to vote on the treasurers recommendations, which were included in the consent agenda, but then read separately after they had voted- thereby creating the need for a vote. But, what’s getting it right when you are new at this… optional.
It wasn’t long before Harris once again was forgetting how to count to seven before calling the results of a role call, I quietly corrected them- before they proceeded. He’d skipped Wick-Gagnet.
Next thing you know DPS Media maven Marsha Bonhart is in the back talking to security and then came to ask me to stay silent- and not “shout out.” To which I said, 1) it’s embarrassing that they don’t know what they are voting on. 2) If I was shouting- you’d know it.
She left having assurances that I’d keep to myself as they were almost done.
Once again the board used “New business” which is when you are supposed to introduce issues requiring a vote to make speeches. All were stupid, except Wick-Gagnet’s who talked about how we change culture to change outcome. Worth a listen. Again, wrong part of the agenda, but, we’ll probably have to wait until they hire a proper parliamentarian.
After the meeting wrapped up in a timely 75 minutes, they headed into executive session to discuss a personnel issue and a real estate issue. Spotting attorney Beverly A. Meyer going in, it’s a good bet that they were discussing strategy for final termination of Corr, ie settlement. Meyer was the attorney who uncovered many of Corr’s shortcomings when she was hired to investigate the work environment of Dr. Markay Winston- who’s accusations were mostly unfounded in her findings.
The board attorney said there would be no announcement after executive session.