First Montgomery County countywide citizen initiated referendum in the works

Reliable sources have informed Esrati.com that former Republican Party chairmen, Greg Gantt and Rob Scott are working together to write a referendum and collect the necessary 14,583 voter signatures to put the recently approved sales tax increase to the test on the November ballot.

The .25% sales tax increase was rushed through the county commission in a closely choreographed series of hearings where everyone and their mother who sucks at the county teat, got up and spoke in support of raising the sales tax.

The County Clerk of Courts Russ Joseph said we need it. He didn’t bother to mention that the stupid system of multiple municipal courts with their own clerks, staff and websites is a giant waste of money in Montgomery County– nor did he suggest ways to streamline government and save money.

The people from the “PreSchool Promise” came out in support also. An organization with ZERO public oversight, huge ad budgets, that exists to give public tax dollars to private companies running glorified day cares in many cases.

The list goes on.

The task of getting that many valid signatures stops most referendums on issues like this, as does the difficulty of writing acceptable ballot language. This is why we have so much overlap and duplication in government in Montgomery County.

Once the language is approved, petitions have to be circulated and then turned in at least 90 days before the November 6, 2018 election.

The tax increase is currently scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 1, 2018. No word on if the petitions are submitted that the hike would be delayed. The cost to retailers of having to implement the new rate should be considered by the County- and they should delay their action until after the issue has been decided once the petitions are approved.

This country was founded because of taxation without representation. To put this tax hike to the voters is the correct action.

The new SBA regional bigwig is a Dayton original

For those of you who read this blog, and watch my videos, you’ll probably remember the 20 minute ramble my friend from across the aisle- Rob Scott and I had about running to be a precinct captain last week: How to run for precinct captain for your party- the video

It quickly got over 1000 views in just a few days, and I’ve had more people come up to me and thank me for it than any video in a long time.

Regional SBA director Rob Scott knows how to share the christmas spirt

Confidence, is being able to wear this suit. Rob Scott is ready to be Santa Claus for small business.

Next time we sit down to talk about something, he’ll be the regional administrator for SBA’s Great Lakes Region (Region V), which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, and he’s moving the office from Chicago to Ohio. He’ll oversee SBA operations, eight district offices and federal small business assistance programs throughout the six-state region.

The SBA is the one federal organization that actually helps create jobs, providing technical assistance, training, loans and support to small businesses- which make up 99.7% of the employers out there.

When my veterans business group was working to help vetrepreneurs get going- we relied on the SBA office at WSU. Many of my clients got their financing through an SBA loan.

Hopefully, Mr. Bigwig will still be willing to come talk to a small businessman (me) about how the SBA is here to help us little guys get ahead and we’ll make another video.

Rob is a local product graduating from Kettering Fairmount High School, and then getting a degree in Political Science from Wright State and a JD from University of Dayton Law School. He’s on the Kettering City Council, and has practiced law and run political campaigns, including being the Ohio director for the Trump campaign. While at Wright State, Rob worked at the Dayton Daily News, and for a long time wrote a weekly editorial for the Dayton City Paper.

He also launched the Tea Party in the area, overthrew the local Republican Party via a planned precinct captain takeover campaign, and then stepped down when the old school monied elite withdrew support.

Knowing Rob and his dedication to small business and his deep commitment to public service, I’m pretty sure the SBA will be in good hands.

Here’s a great SBA fact sheet on what kind of impact the small business has on the national economy. And, if you listen to Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal like I do, you’ll know Kai’s saying that Wall Street and the Dow is not the economy, even though the people in Washington keep getting it confused with the real economic engine- the small businesses of America. I’m hoping Rob can get that message to the idiots in Congress who’ve sold out to corporate America.

Best of luck Rob. We’ll be rooting for you.

 

The friends and family plan GOP style in Montgomery County

Today’s Dayton Daily news has a front page article predicting a shakeup in the Montgomery County Republican Party. Considering the paper doesn’t have a steady reporter covering the party- the story was planted. Nothing in the local GOP is organized, even when wunderkind Jeff Jacobsen was running the party like a private fiefdom.

It’s almost laughable that one of the key issues seems to be the lack of a bricks and mortar building for the party- in the age of the virtual campaign:

“I am very proud that I ran the party on a shoestring because our purpose is to elect Republicans, not to have shiny headquarters and nice computers,” current party chair Rob Scott said.

(Sheriff) Plummer and (county party precinct captain Danny) Hamilton declined comment. (Former GOP chair Patrick) Flanagan denied he is trying to unseat (current party chair Rob) Scott and said his efforts are focused on replacing the Washington Twp. headquarters  Scott closed when he took over the party. The party now uses office space in the building where Scott has his Clayton law office. It no longer has a paid executive director or bookkeeper.

“We’re going to build a headquarters one way or another and then we are going to rebuild the party,” Flanagan said.

The party has split into three factions: the old guard, new guard and the Tea Party, said party supporter Linda Coombe of Centerville.

via County GOP shakeup in the works | www.mydaytondailynews.com.

Unfortunately- the true underlying issue is that without people in elected office, the party can’t give enough patronage jobs to supporters, because that’s how parties really fund themselves. The Dems force their patronage job people to tithe to the party by buying tickets to their fundraisers like the “Jackass Classic” (the Dems’ golf outing) or the “Frolic for funds” (their main fundraiser). Republicans lately have been fighting over who gets what in the Board of Elections office- where new Director Jan Kelly is being paid less than former director Betty Smith so they “could make room in the budget” to overpay a voter registration clerk.

Typically voter registration clerks make between $25K and $40K a year- but, last month, former Montgomery County GOP central committee chair, David Landon, was hired in at $70K a year, or about double what the position should pay. It’s possible that he promised to push back part of his pay into the coup, as he’s part of the old guard that wants to see current party chair, Rob Scott, gone. Scott on the other hand, as part of his deal to get in office, didn’t take the customary “job” on the Board of Elections which pays $20K a year for 2 meetings a month. Former party Chair Greg Gantt got to keep that perk, and Kay Wick still get those plum jobs- as the counterparts of newly appointed Dems Rhine McLin and John Doll, who were appointed when Dennis Lieberman (former Montgomery County Dem Party head) and Tom Ritchie (AFSCME Regional director) were ousted in a fight with the Secretary of State over early voting in the last presidential election.

Needless to say, the entire Montgomery County BOE is a rat hole of overpaid and underqualified political stoolies with a few professional exceptions. The fact that the directors make more than the County Commissioners should be telling.

Noticeably missing for a quote in the DDn “story” is a quote from the local GOP’s only formidable candidate, Congressman Mike Turner. Considering his fundraising ability, and his ability to consistently win, despite a fractured party, not including him in the article points to the lameness of it.

Until both parties end the practice of putting patronage over politics, don’t expect much.

 

Montgomery County Board of Elections director Betty Smith to step down

Sources have informed esrati.com that Director Betty Smith (R) will be stepping down at the Montgomery County Board of Elections for health reasons. Smith just recently switched positions with Steve Harsman (D) for the director. Both are paid the same and the seat rotates from D to R on a regular schedule.

It will be up to the new Republican Party chief, Rob Scott, to lead the decision on who will replace Ms. Smith at the board of elections.

On a personal note, I wish Betty the best- I’ve always found her to be incredibly helpful and nice in all my dealings with her. She also seemed to always follow the letter of the law on the patronage hires- making sure to have job applications etc. More than I can say about  the other side of the house.