Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Ohio Issue Roundup, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - 2005

Issue 1 Looks set to pass, 54 to 46%. Essentially, a vote to allow Columbus to burn our money now, and then tax us later to make up for the waste.

Unfortunately, the issue one passage is a big enabler to the continuation of the stay the course incompetency in Columbus.

Issue 2: Drops handily, 63.5 to 36.5%. Administered properly, not a major concern, outside of the general concern associated with making it easier for people who otherwise couldn’t be bothered to figure out the issues or take the time to go to the polls. Why are we in such a hurry to drag in the uninformed and apathetic?

Issue 3: Draconian restrictions on free speech dressed as ‘campain finance reform’ rejected, 67 to 33%.

Issue 4: Place redistricting in the hands of a special commission. Also torched, 69.8 to 30.2%. Mixed feelings on this one. It’s certainly clear that the current redistricting process is designed primarily with incumbent protection in mind, unless you have a large swing in the state legislature around redistricting time. At least a small chunk of this is due to the need to create ‘minority majority districts’.

A more balanced redistricting process would certainly encourage house members to more moderate positions, since they would have more significant numbers of constituents from other parties in their districts.

Issue 5: The anti- Ken Blackwell amendment. Mr. Blackwell gets to keep his job as the most despised and feared man in Ohio politics, 70.2 to 29.8%. Since most of the unhinged believe that Mr. Blackwell, in cahoots with Diebold, personally swiped the election from Kerry, a little vengeance is only predicable.

As a conservative black republican, Mr. Blackwell is intensely disliked by the Columbus republican spend-n-regulate crowd. If he runs for Governor, he can look forward to the same treatment Michael Steele receives.

Looks like a very bad night for RON.

Links to original posts:

Issue 1
Issue 2
Issue 3