The post election shuffle: winners and losers

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.

 

Mike Foley- the only Republican who deserves a Dems vote

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.

The guy running against Carolyn Rice is suddenly the Dayton Day Old News’ favorite source

Funny, when the newspaper starts making sure to quote a guy running against for office- and not at least mentioning his opponent, old time journalists would cry foul. Equal time, equal space. But not the Dayton Day old news which seems to have a new favorite source (after Niraj Antani, of course- who reportedly calls people daily asking if they need a quote from him).

I’m not publishing the candidates name, because, well, the Dayton Day-old news has done a superb job of doing it- without his opponent.

Of course, every byline has Mr. Lazypants, Thomas Gnau as the writer. He’s the guy that got “the scoop” on Qbase being corrupt, oh, 18 months after I broke the story, and didn’t give me credit.

(Candidate), head of (company named after him), said he would like to see the next governor revamp the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the state run insurance program for injured workers. (Candidate) said his workers’ compensation premiums are a big expense and he’d like the option of picking a high-deductible plan, rather than the one-size-fits-all plan that is in place.

He added that Ohio should allow for gradually phasing out public benefits for workers as they earn more. As it is, once they cross an income threshold, all benefits end — like going off a cliff, he said.

“I’m a small business owner so those are the issues we are looking at as the key issues,” (candidate) said.

Source: Mike DeWine, Richard Cordray plans for jobs, economy

That was in a front page story on Sunday. No mention that he’s running for County Commissioner, or that he’s a (bedroom community) trustee.

and in a June 07, 2018

(candidate), a (bedroom community) trustee, said he had heard rumblings Teradata officials wanted to leave Dayton, but he said the company had not contacted the township directly about its plans.

“We have tried to contact Teradata over the last couple of years,” (Candidate) said. He said the company has not responded to those overtures, particularly after local-resident Bruce Langos, who was Teradata Chief Operating Officer for 10 years, left the company in early 2016.

Source: Teradata to leave Miami Twp.: Dayton Business

And in a Mar 18th Article-

(Candidate), owner of Dayton (whatever) firm (candidates namesake company), said companies are competing for the right applicants.

“We see companies doing sign-on bonuses for entry-level people right now,” (Candidate) said.

The problem is “a region-wide shortage of workers,” he said.

“This is causing an underemployment problem,” (Candidate) said. There aren’t enough qualified people for the openings manufacturers have. Employers want to promote workers, but they can’t backfill the positions with younger people, he said.

“We don’t have any (manufacturing) companies that pay minimum wage … I would say our unwritten minimum wage right now is probably $10, if not a little higher.”

Source: Dayton manufacturers increasing starting pay, salaries

I could go find more- but, he’s (the candidate and the writer) not worth it.

The competent journalist, Chris Stewart, gets it right- always mentioning his current political race and opposition.

This November, do us all a favor, and vote for Carolyn Rice- a quiet professional, who won’t make the county commission job all about her.

For the life of me, I can’t figure out why this guy isn’t running for County Auditor, he’d love to see his name on every gas pump.

DeFries still on R primary ballot despite dropping out Mar 1

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Bill DeFries withdrew from the county commission race Mar 1. Why is his name still on the ballot

In just another epic example of the failure of parties endorsing in primaries, and boards of elections serving more as boards of (s)election in Ohio- Republican party favorite Bill DeFries will appear on the ballot on May 8 despite dropping out Mar 1.

It was a crowded race to begin with – former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell had thrown his hat in the ring after barely losing to Debbie Lieberman the last race. Former Miami Township Trustee Bob Matthews is running again, after losing to Judy Dodge last time. Newcomer DeFries had zero political experience yet was the party pick. Miami Township trustee Doug Barry is spending money like a house on fire to win the primary- always showing up on campaign materials with his much better half on all his campaign materials. She, btw is a democrat.

The winner of the primary will go on to face either Carolyn Rice or Walter Hickman Don Shaffer (thanks to Gary Leitzell for catching my mistake).

Full disclosure, I’ve done work for Leitzell and Matthews, through my company The Next Wave.

How DeFries name is still on the electronic or printed ballots 38 days after a withdrawal is a serious question. With print on demand solutions- there is no huge window for absentee ballot printing, and the county uses touchscreens for in person voting.

Considering the expense the BOE is willing to go to for special elections for a single candidate- usually caused by their selection processes, there is no excuse. Including DeFries name can only hurt the other newcomer to county races- Barry, which is no big loss. In my limited experience of meeting him, he’s not worthy of being elected dog catcher. His wife on the other hand is a sharp business person, running a private college turning out kids that are 100X more qualified to work than Sinclair in my field.