Jennifer Brunner wants our support in opposing House Bill 3. I don’t know. Two sides of me are fighting each other over this one. The childish side of me is saying: “Hey! Isn’t this one of the Dems who would NOT get behind Reform Ohio Now fully?”. Which makes me want to blow off her petition to stop State Bill 3. The more mature and pragmatic side of me knows that this bill is harmful and should be stopped.

So I’m signing it and I urge you to do the same.

Kevin Holtsberry over at whines about Democrats whining

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman call it the end of Democracy in Ohio:

HB3’s most publicized provision will require positive identification before casting a vote. But it also opens voter registration activists to partisan prosecution, exempts electronic voting machines from public scrutiny, quintuples the cost of citizen-requested statewide recounts and makes it illegal to challenge a presidential vote count or, indeed, any federal election result in Ohio. When added to the recently passed HB1, which allows campaign financing to be dominated by the wealthy and by corporations, and along with a Rovian wish list of GOP attacks on the ballot box, democracy in Ohio could be all but over.

The impetus? Well, let’s see here. A horribly corrupt GOP majority. A Republican president who can barely keep his approval nose above water. A convicted Republican Governor. Investigations out the wazoo. I’d say this might could be strategy groundwork intended to neutralize any Democratic uprising, wouldn’t you? Just maybe. Fitrakis & Wasserman certainly think so:

The GOP-drafted HB3 is designed to all but obliterate any possible future Democratic revival. Opposition from the Ohio Democratic Party, where it exists at all, is diffuse and ineffectual.

It’s all just simple measures to ensure that people are properly identified at the polls and that there is no fraud happening. Nothing to see here…please move along. Hey Kevin. Idea for ya. How about we properly identify Triad workers at the polls. Whatcha think about that? Good idea? Don’t give me this crap about being simple measures to make sure no fraud happens. It’s a smokescreen. One of those “Hey, look over here” type arguments. The GOP MUST find a way to suppress more voters and lower the turnout or their goose is cooked in the next go-round…and they know it.

Now to see if the charade will work.

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  • More solutions to problems that don’t exist, brought to you by the Ohio GOP.

  • Eric

    Oh it’s a “solution” to a problem that exists alright. It’s called GOP loss of power and they are freaking out. Watch them squirm. Watch them scheme.

  • Jason

    Wow – she still supported 2 of the 4 amendments, which is more than most Ohioans did. I’d start giving Brunner more credit – obviously Ohioans, who will vote to elect her SoS in 2006, didn’t want your silly RON amendments.

    The certainly didn’t want their candidates running for statewide office to support losing amendments. And yet, Brunner stuck to her guns and voted with you guys on 2 of the 4.

    There’s that, and the fact that she’s going to be our candidate for secretary of state. I think I’m going to put you, russell hughlock and tim russo in the same catagory… As I said to tim the other day, say hey to satan for me when you get a chance.

  • Eric

    Hi Jason. Thanks for stopping by. Listen to the Sherrod Brown interview on why we lost “our silly little RON amendments”. Here’s a clue: splintered Dem support.

    Appreciate those guns though!

    You can put me in any category you wish, but I would recommend getting to know me better first. I’ve been lumped in with worse than Tim and Russell to be sure. Thanks for the compliment.

    As for satan, don’t believe in him. Don’t project your beliefs on me. That and the comment were both rude.

    Have a great day!

  • Eric

    …and by the way, did you NOT notice i said it was the “childish side of me”? And did you NOT catch the mature side’s response? Sheesh.

    Russell, Tim, and I are having beers with Satan later. Wanna come hang?

  • i prefer hangin’ with lucifer, he holds his liquor better.

  • I didn’t agree with all of the Reform Ohio Now items, so I voted for the ones that made sense. I’m part of that splintered support. That said, I just signed the online petition, because it also makes sense. Thank you for bringing the issue up.

    By the way, Satan’s kind of a Coors Light guy. I always figured Lucifer for a whiskey drinker, which is probably why I’ve always liked him better. Satan just shows up for dollar beers and starts demanding Skynard.

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