Monday, September 12, 2005

Because Ohio Democrats Can't Win State Elections

Better known as Reform Ohio Now.

It seems that Ohio may once again take center stage on this coming election day because of four Amendments that are going to be voted upon.  Be watching the coverage of these Amendments, because they are a massive change in Ohio election law, and may not be the best thing for the state. 

Of course, the short version is “Its a power grab”. 

The longer version looks inot the fact that the vast majority of supporters of Reform Ohio Now are of the Democratic persuasion.  Nothing wrong with that per se, but these aren’t your run-of-the-mill, drinking coffee at the restaurant Democrats.  These are the folks who a bit more extreme in their desire to be running things. 

They’re out of power in Ohio.  They’ve been out of power for a few years now.  They don’t like it.  They really don’t have much hope of taking back the State Senate or House, or perhaps even the governorship anytime soon, and that’s even considering the recent boneheaded moves of the current governor.  In lieu of changing the minds of Ohioans, they’ve decided that the best course of action is to make the election districts more favorable to them, under the guise of making it more fair. 

No one has raised a serious complaint of this system in the many years that it has been law.  Its always been known casually as a benefit of being elected to office.  Its part of the incumbent advantage.  The Democrats took wild advantage of it while they were in power in the 80’s.  Now that the tide has shifted, all of the sudden its a broken system that only they can save, and they would if it wasn’t for those pesky Republican kids.

In the coming weeks, we’ll break down each Amendment and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. 

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