Earlier this month, the volunteer leaders of the Franklin County Democratic Party strongly endorsed a NO vote on Issue 1. We had a robust discussion, all voices were heard, and Democrats stood together to oppose Issue 1 because it’s a risk we can’t afford.
So, what does this have to do with Donald Trump?
Last week, the Party of Donald Trump endorsed Issue 1. Now Issue 1 has a little bit of everything – allies of the Koch Brothers, a ballot-hopping Republican candidate, an out-of-state SuperPAC, and an endorsement from the Republican Party.
This just reconfirms our decision to strongly oppose Issue 1.
Issue will take money from neighborhoods to pay for up to 25 council members. Issue 1 forces you to vote without seeing a ward map, knowing what ward you’d live in, or who draws the lines. And, Issue 1 has turned into a Republican power grab. Whether you support the idea of wards or not, Issue 1 is wrong for Columbus.
On August 2nd, remember to vote NO on Issue 1.
Chairman, Franklin County Democratic Party
P.S. You can vote early today! Just visit the Franklin County Board of Elections for more information. Click here
The Franklin County Democratic Party lost a legend yesterday. For over 40 years Bob Crosby served on the Democratic Party Central Committee. But, more than that; he and his wife Shirley in many ways defined the Democratic Party.
If anything needed to be done, Bob and Shirley were always just a phone call away. For campaign staff they became your surrogate family during campaign season. A “Hey Kiddo” and a big smile would always greet you, followed by Democratic Party trivia, stories, and jokes. For many you didn’t know the proper way to do a campaign mailing until Bob showed you. If you ever came to the party and had a snack like Cow Tails or Cracker Jacks, it was a safe bet that Bob and Shirley brought those to the party for the volunteers. For all of their giving, they never asked for anything in return.
Many of us at the Democratic party, past and present, hold a very special place in our hearts for Bob and Shirley. To Shirley and the boys, we send you our love today as all of us have heavy hearts with the loss of Bob.
Many of us have at least one Crosby story. Please share your favorite in the comments, or leave condolences for the family.
Last night's Salute to Acheivement celebrated our winning candidates from the 2014 Election, and Mayor Michael B. Coleman's accomplishments as Mayor of Columbus. At the dinner we featured a video highlighting some of these accomplishments, and we would like to share it.
Here is a list of our honorees at last night's dinner:
Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown
Appeals Court Judge Tim Horton
Appeals Court Judge Jennifer Brunner
Common Pleas Court Judge William H. Woods
Common Pleas Court Judge Elect Chris Brown
Common Pleas Court Judge David Young
Common Pleas Court Judge James W. Brown
Ohio Senator Charleta Tavares
State Representative Mike Curtin
State Representative Michael Stinziano
State Representative Heather Bishoff
State Representative David Leland
State Representative Kevin L. Boyce
State Representative Hearcel F. Craig
U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
After her appointment last evening to serve the remaining term as County Coroner, Dr. Anahi Ortiz read a statement sent from our former County Coroner, Dr. Jan Gorniak, to the party's Central Committee. Here is the text of the statement:
Greetings from The Nation's Capitol! So far so good. I am enjoying my new gig. With that said, I do miss all of you. Thank you for all of your support over the past 6 years. Now on to tonight's business. It is with great pleasure and honor that I declare my support for Dr. Anahi Ortiz to finish out my term as Franklin County Coroner and to be the Democratic candidate in 2016. I have known Dr. Ortiz for the past 3 years. We became friends from the very first day we met. She has a kind and generous heart....a pre-requisite for this position. You all know the work I did outside of the office, including my work with at-risk youths, suicide prevention, and organ and tissue donation awareness, to name a few. When I stepped down as Coroner, I was worried that this community outreach would be lost. I had many conversations with Dr. Ortiz about my concern. She sees the importance of the role that the Coroner has in serving the community, outside of determining cause and manner of death, and is willing to continue what I started. Just like myself, she is a trained physician, not a politician. But like myself, with your support and guidance, she will be a great candidate and representative of the Franklin County Democratic Party! There is no doubt that Dr. Ortiz will continue to bring CSI to Franklin County....Compassion, Sincerity, and Integrity. Thank you. P.S. - To all my Facebook friends....I see you!!!
The news may not have looked good for Democrats across the country last night, but there are many things to be thankful for. We are certainly thankful for all of you, and those that volunteered their time in helping us have the most successful countywide Judicial election in Franklin County Democratic Party history. We won a record six judicial seats yesterday, including unseating two of John Kasich’s appointee’s to the bench. We also held onto the 20th Ohio House District, which was one of the most competitive races in the state.
The efforts of our volunteers put us over the top. A very special thank you to Carole DePaola and Jody Scarborough for running the volunteer efforts at the Early Vote Center, and all of the volunteers and Progressive Organizations that were out there in rain, sun, sleet, and high winds to ensure Democrats had a sample ballot. Which, Democrats handily won Early Vote, including having more votes than unaffiliated voters. For all of those that canvassed, lit dropped, made phone calls, or helped in the office to get the word out to vote and to vote for our county candidates, we thank you.
Congratulations and thank you are due to all of our candidates. All of you worked hard for the Democratic values we share, we were proud to have endorsed you and to have worked with you over the past year.
While we may have had a good night in the county last night, I think we all know that there is a lot of work to be done. We will be working to build a better party, and build for the future. (After all, we will be having our first 2015 planning meetings in the next few weeks). We hope that we can count on you to help build for the future.
Thank you again.
William A. Anthony, Jr.
Mingo is down and has sunk to gutter politics to divert attention from his ethical challenges. Schadek will consider pursuing all legal remedies for these defamatory statements.
Download this document to see the FACTS.
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By State Representative Mike Curtin
For the first time in nearly two generations, Ohioans will be unable to witness the candidates for top statewide offices engage in public debate.
This should be deeply troubling to voters of all political persuasions.
Newton N. Minow, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, perhaps best explained the case for debates in an October 2012 column published in The New York Times.
“They are one place in the modern campaign – perhaps the only place – where the voter is treated with respect,” Minow wrote. “They are the one time when the major candidates appear together side by side under conditions they do not control. They are a relief from the nasty commercials that dominate the campaign . . .”
In classrooms throughout Ohio and the nation, grade-school and high-school students are encouraged to debate because debates sharpen reading , researching, writing and thinking skills.
For officeholders and candidates, agreeing to engage in debates is the highest form of acknowledging the vital importance of accountability and transparency in our democratic form of government.
Yet, in a historic departure from civic responsibility, four of the five 2014 Republican candidates for statewide executive office have refused to debate their Democratic and third-party opponents.
“That’s shameful, and it furthers the likelihood that the messages heard in this campaign will be from the candidates who have the most money to spend,” editorialized The Newark Advocate.
In the race for governor, Gov. John R. Kasich will spend several dollars in TV advertising for each vote he receives on Nov. 4. No complaint, there. That’s modern-day campaigning. The supremacy of money continues.
But, at the same time, to flatly refuse debate offers from Ohio’s major newspapers, television stations and good-government groups is a show of disrespect – even contempt – for the voter.
“Debates are part of the democratic process,” observed Cleveland’s WKYC-TV. “The media and voters expect them. Candidates and officeholders get to explain their policies and positions and give the public a chance to see styles and personalities outside the canned 30-second campaign ads.”
Without debates, “the big loser will be the public,” WKYC-TV concluded.
Over the decades, new ways of campaigning develop and eventually become the norm. We can only hope that 2014 does not mark a turning point in Ohio politics, and that refusing to debate becomes routine.
Yesterday at a candidates luncheon County Auditor Clarence Mingo refused to answer questions from a reporter from ABC 6/FOX 28 about the letter County Commissioners John O'Grady and Marilyn Brown sent to the State Ethics Commission. Check out the full story by clicking here.
By Katherine Chipps
This year we’re working to unseat John Kasich’s political appointments to our Franklin County Courts. Kasich brought in out-of-towners, those with the same last name as Democrats, and dished-out political favors to Republican office holders and his cronies. He did this with our courts, the same court-system that we rely on to deliver fair and impartial justice.
Now it’s our turn to tell Kasich that we want Judges who are from Franklin County and have the experience to serve our community.
Kasich's recent political appointment to the Court of Appeals, Betsy Luper Schuster, highlights the problem. Schuster's “experience” notably includes being chief counsel to disgraced former Governor Bob Taft. She served Taft at the height of the Coingate scandal. Additionally, she was also the chief elections counsel to Secretary of State Jon Husted. This is the same Secretary of State who refused to follow a Federal Judge’s order to open up voting hours and had to be ordered to court to make him comply.
Schuster is running against Mary Jo Kilroy. Mary Jo has been dedicated to serving our community on the Columbus School Board, as Franklin County Commissioner. As a Member of the United States Congress, she sponsored and helped pass consumer protection laws. She is an active school volunteer. An OSU law grad, Mary Jo began her law practice with her husband in 1981. She has tried civil, criminal and domestic cases and argued countless cases at the appellate court level.
Next, if you want an example of Kasich's political gamesmanship with our courts, just look at Amy O’Grady. Kasich appointed her to the Court of Appeals. Her last name sound familiar, right? It should. It makes people think you’re a Democrat when you share a last name with our popular County Commissioner John O’Grady. She also had to move to Franklin County from Delaware County to take the appointment.
So, why would they need a big political name for this seat? Well, Amy is running against former Franklin County Common Pleas Judge and Ohio Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner. Jennifer started her law firm, Brunner Quinn, in the corner of her bedroom as she raised three children, and several foster children. She went on to win a seat in the Common Pleas Court in 2000, and won the Secretary of State’s office in 2006. Her work there, earned her the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2008.
There's more. One of the worst examples of Kasich's political appointments is Colleen O’Donnell, daughter of a Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrance O’Donnell, she wasn’t even a Franklin County resident. She moved from Cuyahoga to get the appointment to our Franklin County Common Pleas Court. Even worse yet, they held the appointment process up so she could obtain the minimal years as licensed attorney needed to legally serve on the bench. Before being appointed to the bench, O’Donnell was a lobbyist. Although she had some “criminal cases”, she never litigated a case in a trial before being appointed to the bench.
In comparison, her opponent Monica Hawkins is a lifelong Franklin County resident. Daughter of a factory worker and police officer, she worked her way through college and worked for Franklin County Children’s Services. There, she decided she wanted to do more. She went back to law school at night after working all day and raising her son, Dionte’ Johnson, a successful graduate and former football player for the Ohio State University, and now entrepreneur, small business owner, coach, husband, and father. Monica Hawkins also has extensive trial experience during her 14 years as a licensed attorney. She has been an advocate for our children, and an activist for our Franklin County community for all of her life.
Finally, Kasich’s latest appointment Rita McNeil-Danish. She just moved here from Southwestern Ohio where she has worked in the Cincinnati/Dayton area. She wasn’t even a member of the Columbus Bar Association at the time of her appointment. But, she is now on our court.
She is running against James W. Brown, who has practiced law nearly exclusively in the domestic court during his 31 year career as an attorney. Unlike Rita, James Brown has lived his entire life in Franklin County and has been very active in our community. He has the judgment and experience we need to decide important custody and other domestic relations issues.
And now, John Kasich has been campaigning for his political appointments saying we need more women in office. What a change of tune, right? Now, as a woman, I don’t vote for a candidate simply because they are a woman. I vote for the candidates that hold closer beliefs to my own, and are experienced. I didn’t vote for John McCain because Sarah Palin was on the ballot, why would I believe the smoke and mirror campaign from Kasich and vote for these Republican women?
We don’t need political appointments, out-of-towners and similar names to Democrats. We need experienced lawyers on the bench, lawyers who are connected to and know our community. Learn about the slate of Democratic Judicial candidates by clicking here. You can find out for yourself why we call them the All-Star Team.
Let’s send the message to Kasich that political games with our courts need to stop. Elect the FCDP All-Star team. Also, you can help spread the word about our Judicial candidates. Click here to sign up to volunteer.
By A. Christopher M. Burd
The disgusting and false pretenses for bringing a law suit against the President of the United States of America must stop.
The flawed legal theory that the House of Representatives can bring a suit based upon injury is both ludicrous and contrary to what our founding fathers so tirelessly fought for.
The President of the United States of America is within his rights to dutifully execute the Constitution of these United States of America, execute the laws that the Congress brings before him and finally to represent the common good to the citizens of these United States of America.
Whilst there is no true constitutional validation to executive actions, there is a legal ruling that closely resembles this case. In all evolutions of legal theory the Supreme Court is the final ruling body of law. Dames and More v Regan is the perhaps the final disclosure on executive actions. The Supreme Court found that the President of the United States of America is within his legal rights to invoke executive orders.
The free thinking American people are being duped by Boehner in his ridiculous misinterpretation of the law. Perhaps Boehner doesn't actually understand that the Legislative bodies duties are too legislate. Not only is this law suit contradictory to what the House of Representatives have been trying to do - repeal the Affordable Care Act - it seems like now after 52 times they would like to speed up the implementation. Many people have asked why did Boehner pick this particular item? Because he has to satisfy his Tea Party base.
Boehner knows that there is no legal standing, the ultimate fear truly is, with a Supreme Court so jaded, and leaning so far to the right, they will try and withdraw the President’s powers even further.
If the Republicans in the House of Representatives would do their collective jobs and legislate instead of obstruct, the executive orders would not have been necessary.
The only thing that this law suit is doing, is stalling more legislation from happening. I think we all should understand that this is fear and racism at its finest. Is this directed at the President? Somewhat yes, but we do not need to rehash these arguments the real racism is towards the electorate. The face and demography of the United States of America is changing. We are no longer a predominantly white nation, as the Republicans try and use fear mongering towards Muslims, Latino’s, Hispanic Americans, native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans and now Arab Americans.
Race bating is a tool that is continually being used to dupe the American people on the 24/7 news cycle. By continually keeping the country in perpetual gridlock, they keep the electorate in a state of confusion. The old white congress is no longer very white, nor is the country. The latest stunt by House Republicans gives than an off ramp instead of legislating. Please remember that the same House Republicans that are so obtuse, shut down our government. The continuous fear mongering keeps the country from moving forward and keeps the American peoples business from getting done.
They are afraid of their base so they will not move on equal pay, job creation, immigration reform, student loan reform, financial reform and of course day to day general legislation.
It is okay that Republicans and Democrats do not see eye to eye, that is what we the people do, we agree to civil discourse we come to agreement and we move on.
No party platform will appease the entirety of the electorate, but when you have a very few of the country on the fringe right dictating to the moderate Republicans, centrist Democrats, and liberal Democrats, we have a big problem.
At this point, the only thing you can do besides becoming outraged, is to vote in this midterm election. Make sure every Democrat and Independent you know is voting as well. If we falter again like we did in 2010, I fear for the end state of these United States of America.