I voted today

I voted today, for the first time in my new district.

It was in the vestibule of my local grocery store, so while pondering all the judges running for election, I got see all the morning shoppers getting their coffee and groceries. I am use to going behind a curtain so it was a bit of getting use to.

Ohio has an ID requirement. My driver’s licence has my previous address and some news reports were saying that others had issues casting a regular ballot with a DL with an old address. Despite the fact that the law says it doesn’t matter if the address is old as long as you are in fact registered at the current address.

Did I mention there were a lot of judges on the ballot?

Those were votes I wished I made more effort to research before today.

Late info on Republican candidates

A friend of mine passed on this list of info about some of the various Republican candidates this election season. Some pretty interesting reading.

–AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl
AZ-01: Rick Renzi
AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth
CA-04: John Doolittle
CA-11: Richard Pombo
CA-50: Brian Bilbray
CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave
CO-05: Doug Lamborn
CO-07: Rick O’Donnell
CT-04: Christopher Shays
FL-13: Vernon Buchanan
FL-16: Joe Negron
FL-22: Clay Shaw
ID-01: Bill Sali
IL-06: Peter Roskam
IL-10: Mark Kirk
IL-14: Dennis Hastert
IN-02: Chris Chocola
IN-08: John Hostettler
IA-01: Mike Whalen
KS-02: Jim Ryun
KY-03: Anne Northup
KY-04: Geoff Davis
–MD-Sen: Michael Steele
MN-01: Gil Gutknecht
MN-06: Michele Bachmann
–MO-Sen: Jim Talent
–MT-Sen: Conrad Burns
NV-03: Jon Porter
NH-02: Charlie Bass
NJ-07: Mike Ferguson
NM-01: Heather Wilson
NY-03: Peter King
NY-20: John Sweeney
NY-26: Tom Reynolds
NY-29: Randy Kuhl
NC-08: Robin Hayes
NC-11: Charles Taylor
OH-01: Steve Chabot
OH-02: Jean Schmidt
OH-15: Deborah Pryce
OH-18: Joy Padgett
PA-04: Melissa Hart
PA-07: Curt Weldon
PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick
PA-10: Don Sherwood
–RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee
–TN-Sen: Bob Corker
–VA-Sen: George Allen
VA-10: Frank Wolf
–WA-Sen: Mike McGavick
WA-08: Dave Reichert

Are the Democrats any different than the GOP?

Not when it comes to incestuous backroom political machine dealing. It seems the Democrats haven’t come very far since the days of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902-1976).

In 2004, Dem leaders dumped a promising candidate in Governor Howard Dean, who created a buzz through his straight talk and Internet website, to go with horse face Senator John Kerry just because it seemed it was his turn.

This year in Ohio, state and national Democratic leaders forced a promising candidate, Paul Hackett, an Iraq war veteran, who came a close shave in defeating Republican Jean Schmidt in last summer’s special congressional election, to drop out of a Senate race against incumbent Senator Mike Dewine.

Who do they want? Rep. Sherrod Brown, who served 2 terms as Ohio Secretary of State in the 1980’s.

Paul Hackett charged that “behind-the-scenes machinations” by Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., cut off his campaign money to avoid a potential primary faceoff with Rep. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Hackett, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Reserves, said he was quitting politics rather than take the party’s advice to run again for the House in Cincinnati’s suburbs.

“Thus ends my 11-month political career,” said Hackett, who gained a national profile with scathing attacks on President Bush as a “chicken hawk” – and by nearly defeating Republican Jean Schmidt in last summer’s special congressional election.

Ohio’s Hackett quits Senate race, politics 

So the new kid on the block gets shoved aside to maintain the old boy network.

Why have primaries at all? I mean if the party bosses decide who can run then a primary vote is just a formality.

Former Senator and one time Presidential candidate Gary Hart commented:

This is simply old politics at its worst. There is a party which hand-picks its candidates, decides who can and cannot run, directs money to the favorite candidate, and dictate terms. Up till now, that party has been the Republican party.

Now, it seems, my Democratic party is once again imitating the Republican party in a desperate effort to regain power. With the McGovern democratic reforms in the early 1970s, political bosses were diminished and grassroots voters were elevated. The theme was, Let the people decide.

Gary Hart: Pressuring Paul Hackett To Abandon Campaign is Old Politics at its Worst

It is yet another reason I see no worth in participating in party politics and is yet another proof that the US political system is broken.

Petro Picks Slanderer For Ohio Gov Race

Well if anyone doesn’t think Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro isn’t pandering to political and religious conservatives by now, his new choice of a running mate should set any doubt aside.

Petro picked State Senator Joy Padgett (R-Coshocton) to be his Lt. Governor should he be elected.

Padgett, who supported the ban on gay marriage, became infamous during her 2004 State Senate campaign when she smeared her opponent and won 54 to 46 percent in a district that leans Republican.

Her opponent?

Former journalist Terry Anderson, who had been held as a hostage in Lebanon by the Hezbollah terrorist group for more than six years from 1985 to 1991.

Padgett’s campaign used a photo of Anderson meeting one of his former kidnappers when he went back to Lebanon with CNN to look for his captors.

The attack ads against Anderson have been in mailings and on TV and radio. At a League for Women Voters debate last week, Anderson walked off the stage, refusing to participate. “The first time I met Padgett she said, ‘I run a clean campaign,’ and I said, ‘Good, let’s do that.’ I have attacked her votes . . . never attacked her personally. . . . She attacked me, twisting my campaigns. The last piece, I couldn’t accept it.

“The picture,” he continued, referring to the photo of himself shaking hands with the Hezbollah official, “is one of the guys who kidnapped me, who held me for seven years, who chained me and blindfolded me. I went back to Lebanon with a CNN news crew and looked him up and put him on camera and asked him, Why did you do this?

“She now says I am an apologist for terrorists.That’s sheer nonsense. It’s offensive. I’ve just about had enough.”

GOP Target: Terry Anderson and also
Joy Padgett is scum

I wasn’t planning on voting for Petro, especially after his God and Bible advert he broadcast shortly after his campaign started, but now his judgement is in question by adding Padgett to the ticket.

*Side Note* Maybe it is too early after the announcement but none of the reports I read mentioned Padgett’s attack on Anderson in 2004 in their stories.

A Bit of Local News

Finally some local news:

Coach Hite resigns

The big news is that FHS Head Football coach Cliff Hite stepped down as coach on 12/1/2005. He became the winningest coach in school history, chalking up a 68-40 record in 10 seasons. Since 1998 his teams have six out seven league titles and appeared in the state playoffs in 1999, 2002, and this season.

His scheme was a version of the run and gun spread offense that allowed quarterbacks to put up some impressive yardage and touchdown stats. His most famous student is current Pittsburgh Steelers starting QB Ben Roethlisberger.

A replacement probably won’t be named until the spring when coaching changes are usually decided, but the local paper, The Courier, speculated that current offensive coordinator Mark Ritzler might be in line for the job.

Being a classmate of Ritz back in 1980’s at FHS, I hope he gets the job if he wants it.

Hite steps down as Trojans coach

David Cryer to play Broadway

Actor David Cryer, Findlay High ’54, who has been with the touring company of the musical “Phantom of the Opera” for the past 13 years, will be playing “Monsieur Firmin” in the Broadway production starting in January.

The touring company is performing in Cincinnati through January 1st.

Cryer is the father of actor Jon Cryer who stars on the show “Two and Half Men” on CBS.

Phantom’s foe: 10 questions with actor David Cryer

Originally posted on the blog “Hancock County Politics Unfiltered”