Term limits

FDR vs. Obama vs. Frank Underwood

I’m binge watching as best as I can- season 3 of House of Cards. Episode 7 made me think. Almost all political drama is someone’s attempt at introducing an idealized version of politics- from Aaron Sorkin’s “West Wing” with Jeb Bartlett, played by our man from South Park, Martin Sheen nee Estevez, to, well, even Read More

Dayton should study reform Miami style

For those thinking a “strong mayor” form of government is the answer- they should go down to Miami which made the switch in 2007 and now is looking to switch back. Of course- it’s a countywide system in Miami already, so they are a huge step in front of us. But, then there are the Read More

What would Dayton advertise? What could Dayton advertise? QOL!

Jay, a reader, always sends me interesting pieces to stimulate a post. Unfortunately, as this isn’t a paying gig, I often don’t get to write about everything I’d like to- but, this letter from a CEO about why he’s giving up on Detroit- should be a wake-up call for Dayton- and Ohio. There is a Read More

The best politicians money can buy: money first, legislate second

I’m a failure as a candidate, because I don’t want to raise scads of money to spend with media companies like the Dayton Daily News, or their sister Channel 7. I don’t want to send attack mailings like Rhine McLin. I don’t want to engage in “sound bite politics.” The issues of Dayton can’t be Read More

Why term limits were a really bad idea.

My father told me before the term limit legislation that we already had them, they were called “elections.” I didn’t agree- because we had already transformed “elections” into “auctions”- but that is why campaign finance reform should be first and foremost on anyone’s mind who wants to create “change we can believe in.” The Dayton Read More