In July of 2009, Ohio’s Legislature – including the Republican-controlled State Senate – passed Governor Ted Strickland’s budget that included $900 million per year in revenue from Video Lottery Terminals for racetracks.
The VLT plan was quickly put on hold once a group of former Ken Blackwell staffers – including Carlo Loparo – formed a group called LetOhioVote.com and sued to have the VLT plan put up for a vote. LetOhioVote.com, funded by millions of dollars from contributors they refused to name, was formed specifically to kill the plan for raising extra revenue from VLTs so that Strickland would […]Full Story... →
Kasich is making an announcement this afternoon regarding his deal with the casinos and as Budget Watcher points out, it seems very likely that video lottery terminals (VLTs aka slot machines) are probably going to be allowed at Ohio’s race tracks. I recommend you read the Ohio Budget Watch post. As with many, many other issues, I think you’ll be very surprised how accurate their predictions turn out to be.
Regarding the VLTs, I thought maybe I’d cover a little background and touch on some recent issues that are suddenly being resolved to make way for Kasich’s likely plan […]Full Story... →
White Hat Management owner David Brennan identifies himself as a lot of things on state campaign finance reports : President, CEO, Chairman – even investor and industrialist. But never once does he claim to be an educator. And for good reason. To Brennan and other for-profit charter operators, schools are for making money, not for educating students. And his schools’ test scores and graduation rates more than prove this point.
By every standard measure of success White Hat’s charter schools in Ohio – to put it bluntly – suck.
Based on data from the Ohio Department of Education, Three White […]Full Story... →
As we work our way through the revised budget bill that came out last night one thing is painfully obvious: Kasich and Ohio’s GOP are trying to privatize Ohio’s education system at the expense of teachers, students and, ultimately, all Ohioans. Period.
And the only plausible reason I can see for the GOP’s privatization effort is pure ideological hatred of the public education system and its teachers and/or a straight up pay back to their campaign donors.
We will delve into the details of the budget in a series of upcoming posts, but for now take my word that […]Full Story... →
After originally saying he was putting the lottery commission’s plans for slot machines at racetracks on hold, John Kasich backtracked a little last week. He’s now saying “he doesn’t really gamble but he’s not opposed to it” and he thinks “the revenue can be valuable.”
The Republican Governor-elect now says he will study the plan to put video lottery terminals at the state’s racetracks and, not surprisingly, we haven’t heard a peep from Loparo and his pals at LetOhioVote.org who were so opposed to the idea when it was presented by Democratic Governor Ted Strickland.
LetOhioVote.org is composed […]Full Story... →
Back when LetOhiOVote.com started their lawsuit to protect the names of their contributors The Dispatch reported
…the court also delayed a subpoena issued to Norm Cummings, identified as a consultant for LetOhioVote.org living in Colorado. Cummings and Crawford had argued that Brunner cannot issue subpoenas out of state.
Cummings, as we’ve recently noted, has been living and working on a campaign out in Colorado for the past year.
It’s hard to really track where he really lives though.
He may be living and working in Colorado now but he and his wife have registered home […]Full Story... →
So it was recently revealed that the group funding LetOhioVote.org is headed by former Blackwell staffer Tim Crawford.
This certainly does help further solidify my assertion that LetOhioVote.org’s only goal is revenge against Ted Strickland.
But it leaves me wondering: who the hell is Tim Crawford?
I really don’t remember Tim from 2006. And I was covering that campaign, especially Blackwell’s staff, in excruciating detail. I was totally immersed in the numbers and names of that campaign and, today, Tim Crawford barely rings a bell.
Loparo? Ding Ding!
So I’m sitting here scratching my head trying to […]Full Story... →
From the Columbus Dispatch.
LetOhioVote.org filed their first campaign finance report, but it’s hardly illuminating:
LetOhioVote.org, which is led by three conservative activists, reported that it has raised nearly $1.6 million. All of that money came from a political nonprofit that specializes in polling called New Models, based in a suburban Washington office building.
LetOhioVote.org’s spokesman, Carlo LoParo, said he doesn’t know the ultimate source of the group’s money.
In other words, New Models is being used as a proxy donor to hide the real source of the Blackwell alumni revenge society’s actual money. Nothing like being […]Full Story... →
Hell, I don’t even know if it’s illegal to hire felons. I guess Jennifer Brunner doesn’t either since she referred the complaint to AG Cordray.
And honestly, I don’t even care.
I’m just saying: it doesn’t surprise me.
And it shouldn’t surprise Loparo, et al either. What else do you expect when you use Craig’s List as your recruiting tool?Full Story... →
For weeks Gene Pierce, Carlo Loparo and the rest of the anti-Strickland, 40-watt club members over at LetOhioVote.org have been promising to deliver at least 350K signatures to get their anti-slots-at-racetracks plan on the ballot.
Their stated goal of 350K is already far fewer signatures than they will actually need once the signatures are validated (normally around 50% actually pass the validation process). And it turns out they could even hit that.
Sorry, boys. It’s not looking so good for your […]Full Story... →
Carlo LoParo’s LetOhioVote.org organization plans to turn in 350K signatures on Sunday as part of their evil plan to get revenge against Governor Strickland for beating Ken Blackwell 3 years ago.
At first glance, you’d think they were well on their way to being successfull since they only need 241,365 signatures to get the issue on the ballot.
However the very shady group they are using to gather the signatures – Arno Political Consultants – average ?just under 51%? accuracy in their signature gathering efforts. Which will probably bring them in at about 178K, well under the number of […]Full Story... →
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