Great. From one of the only blue counties in the damned state, we get this: “Mixed bag of reforms“. An editorial in the Plain Dealer this morning strikes down Issues 3, 4, and 5. They went out on a limb and supported Issue 2, absentee voting. I don’t know, kinda risky! I mean, the Republican controlled House has already gotten behind the idea by offering their own separate proposal…albeit politically timed to take steam out of all RON efforts. Isn’t that the strategy? Say OK to Issue 2 because we will use our House bill to act like we are for that and have been, then disparaged the rest.

Update: Hypthetically Speaking has more on The Plain Dealer and publisher Alex Machaskee.

Of course they say the underlying “ideas” are good, but by god the devil is in the details:

There is merit in all of these ideas. But, as is often the case when politicians try to disguise themselves as reformers, the devil is in the details. And in those details, we find so many flaws that we can recommend passage of only one of the proposed changes.

Great. Not perfect, so toss ’em all! Interestingly enough, the same flawed logic is used on Issue 4 (probably the most important of all 4):

There is no doubt that Ohio needs a new system of drawing boundaries for legislative and congressional districts. Sometime in the next five years, the legislature should take steps to craft a better system, as the present method has stifled competition and is based entirely on politics. The political parties that control certain state offices earn the right to redraw the lines following every decennial U.S. census.

…but, uh, don’t support ending this situation because “Taking the politics out of the process sounds great, but we are not convinced that it will make for better redistricting. ” Isn’t this exactly what the quote above endorses? Or am I not awake enough yet to understand English?

Here is the reason to vote no on issue 5 (another important and fundmental change that must be made to the Ohio election process):

In last year’s presidential election, Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell sometimes left the impression that his support for President George W. Bush overlapped with his role as the overseer of the election process. Nevertheless, we don’t buy into the conspiracy theories that suggest some of Blackwell’s actions helped tilt the election in Ohio toward the president.

Are you guys NOT paying attention? Misallocation of voting machines ring a bell? Provisional ballots? 40 lb. paper? Poll challenging?

Anyone?

Anyone?

Bueller?

Try reading “Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio“.

All this from the leading paper in the bluest county in Ohio. Should I begin the moving company calls now?

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