Earlier today, Secretary of State Jon Husted informed the “We Are Ohio” campaign that his office has officially certified that they collected the sufficient number of valid signatures to place SB 5 on a repeal ballot this November.
Here’s a copy of Secretary of State Jon Husted’s letter.
And here’s a chart from Husted’s office showing a county by county breakdown. In order to get it on the ballot they had to get over 231,150 signatures with the signatures coming from the equivalent of at least 3% of the votes cast in the 2010 gubernatorial election in […]Full Story... →
I almost feel sorry for poor little Senate Bill 5, a victim of grotesque political scientific experiments by its own creator. First, they considered cloning parts of Senate Bill 5 into the State budget bill. Now, the Columbus Dispatch reports that Governor Kasich and other SB 5 supporters are putting pressure on Secretary of State Jon Husted and other members of the Ohio Ballot Board to divide the SB 5 referendum into multiple issues, as opposed to a straight up or down vote on Senate Bill 5. The […]Full Story... →
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) has finally taken a public position on HB 159, the bill that would require all voters to present a government issue photo identification in order to vote.
First the good news, Secretary Husted doesn’t believe the change is warranted:
"I believe that if you have a government-issued check, a utility bill in your name with your address on it, that no one made that up," Husted said to reporters following his speech during League of Women Voters of Ohio’s annual Statehouse Day. "They […]Full Story... →
On Thursday, Governor Kasich signed SB 5, triggering the 90-days in which to get the bill on a referendum or it becomes law.
Over the weekend, the Dispatch reports that SB 5’s opponents gathered over 3,000 signatures for the 1,000 signatures they need to initially file with the Secretary of State and Attorney General’s office as we’ve discussed this morning.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has reported the signatures were delivered late this afternoon to the Secretary of State’s office. We’ve been told the required filings have been made with the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
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Jon Husted is all a-Twitter (TM) about today being Democracy Day, a day to celebrate the ratification of the 26th Amendment which lowered the voting age to 18 that is held by Rock the Vote and the National Education Association (NEA… you know, one of those free loading teachers unions).
Ironic given that Husted has publicly been very quiet about is House Bill 159, a bill that requires the use of a government issued photo identification card which lists your address or a recent address any time you vote. Currently, a person could vote […]Full Story... →
Secretary of State Jon Husted recently issued a press release followed by an email to their list a couple of days later about a neat little “Ready 2012 and Beyond” proposal to – well, get ready for the GOP to do electoral battle against Obama and Democrats in 2012. Duh. The quoted part does seem like a dog whistle to their brethren who will get the message. This isn’t about reforming the elections process to instill voter confidence and increase access. The GOP has proven time and again that they really don’t care much for that. This is a […]Full Story... →
Suffolk University out of Boston polled the Ohio Statewide races as well as some other issues. I guess it’s a testament to the important of Ohio to the national political scene that we have so many out-of-state, East Coast universities who poll Ohio fairly regularly like Quinnipiac.
Anyway, the poll of 500 likely voters had some expected, and unexpected results.
Guess which polling outfit has shown the closest margin in the Senate race? Well, this poll comes close but it’s still shows a double-digit lead as opposed to the last Rasmussen poll which is the only […]Full Story... →
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jon Husted has decided to drop out of the Cleveland City Club debate with his Democratic opponent Maryellen O’Shaughnessy.
The debate was scheduled for September 29th. Both campaigns had confirmed their attendance.
Husted’s reason? He’s scheduled to do nine joint appearances with O’Shaughnessy. Not sure how many of those are nothing more than editorial board meetings with Ohio’s newspapers. [UPDATE:] Yep. We’ve confirmed with the O’Shaugnessy campaign that Husted’s “nine joint appearances” consists of two planned debates, and the rest were joint appearances in front of Ohio newspaper’s editorial boards seeking […]Full Story... →
Yep, today’s the deadline for the Statewide candidates (except for the U.S. Senate) to report their August fundraising haul. And yet again, they don’t actually have to report their spending, so any cash-on-hand figures you see bandied about is highly misleading and shouldn’t be trusted. That’s why I’m not going to run them in this post.
We’ll update this post as the reports are filed today.
Governor Ted Strickland (D): $1.4 million. A $72k donation by the Franklin County Democratic Party, but no sizeable donation from the Ohio Democratic Party. This is the first report where ODP […]Full Story... →
The Akron Beacon Journal let’s Ohioans know just how outrageous the allegations against Rich Cordray’s campaign finance reports are:
Oh, the outrage!
The Republicans’ hollow rage at political money transfer Published on Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010
“What is amusing is the outrage from Arshinkoff and fellow Republicans, themselves masters at moving political money. Arshinkoff’s GOP organization casts a wide net, and is a major donor to statewide candidates. During the Taft re-election campaign, Ohio Republicans routed corporate contributions (illegal in Ohio) to the national party, which then supported Taft. The Franklin County Republican Party was caught money […]Full Story... →
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