Category Archives: election 2010

Conservative Majority Decide Election

Media wonks claim this election was decided by independents. But, the so-called independents defined themselves mostly as conservatives. The following are quotes from a recent CitizenLink article:

From the U.S. Congress to state legislatures and from judges to ballot initiatives, conservatives successfully turned the political establishment on its head.

According to Edison Research, more people identified as conservatives this election – as opposed to Republicans, Democrats or Independents. When surveying those who voted for U.S House candidates, 41 percent identified themselves as conservative, 36 percent as Republicans, 36 percent as Democrats, and 28 percent as Independents.

Another positive sign was that the conservative tsunami knew no geographic, ethnic or gender boundaries.

As Paul Harvey used to say, “now you know the rest of the story.”

Election 2010 Results: Ballot Issues & Local Candidates

2010 Election results for both local ballot issues and candidates for office are:

Ballot Issues % Yes % No
Issue 01 Beavercreek Schools Tax Levy 61 39
Issue 02 Cedar Cliff Schools Tax Renewal 59 41
Issue 03 Xenia City Schools Tax Renewal 57 43
Issue 04 Greene Co. Bridges Tax Renewal 61 39
Issue 05 Greene Co. Health Dist. Tax Increase 55 45
Issue 06 Village of Cedarville Tax Renewal 74 26
Issue 07 City of Fairborn Tax Increase 35 65
Issue 08 Spring Valley Tax Replacement 65 35
Issue 09 City of Xenia Income Tax Levy 51 49
Issue 10 Xenia Charter Min. Safety Staffing 33 67
Issue 11 Xenia Safety Services Staffing 56 44
Issue 12 New Jasper Twp Tax Replacement 77 23
Issue 13 Ross Twp Tax Renewal 86 14
Issue 14 Spring Valley Twp Tax Renewal 63 37
Issue 15 Spring Valley Twp Tax Renewal 66 34
Issue 16 Spring Valley Twp/Village Tax Renewal 72 28
Issue 17 Spring Valley Twp Tax Renewal 63 37
Issue 18 Spring Valley Twp/Village Tax Renewal 65 35
Issue 19 Spring Valley Twp/Village Tax Renewal 65 35
Issue 20 Sugarcreek Twp Tax Income 39 61
Local Candidates Winning:

For County Commissioner, Alan Anderson won by 64% of votes.
For County Auditor, David Graham with no oppposition.
For Common Pleas Judge, Mike Buckwalter won by 70% of votes.

Ohio Voter Rights

On Election Day, you have the legal right to:

Vote a regular ballot if you are a valid registered voter.
     A valid registered voter means a United States citizen who is a resident of Ohio,      who is at least 18 years of age and not in prison or on parole for conviction of a      felony, and who is registered to vote at his or her current residence address.

Request a replacement ballot.
     If you tear, soil, deface or erroneously mark a ballot, you may return it to a poll      worker. The poll worker must issue a second ballot. You may also request a      third ballot for the same reasons, but no more than three ballots may be issued      to one person.

Ask for assistance.
     If you have a disability, physical limitations, trouble reading or writing or need      language assistance, you may have the person of your choice (except a      candidate, employer or union rep) assist you in voting. As an alternative, two poll      workers from two different political parties may also assist you. You may also      vote with a curbside ballot if you cannot physically enter the polling location.

Vote a secret ballot.
     You have the right to cast a secret ballot free from intimidation. Representatives      from the media and election observers are permitted inside the polling location,      but they may not interfere with or compromise the secrecy of your ballot.

Use a paper ballot instead of a machine.
     You can choose to use a paper ballot to vote instead of a machine, regardless of      whether it is direct recording electronic or optical scan voting machines.

Vote a provisional ballot if your name is not listed in the voting poll book.
     You can vote a provisional ballot on Election Day if your name and current      address does not appear in the registration book in your precinct or if you do not      have acceptable identification with you. See the Secretary of State web site on      provisional ballots.

Vote a regular ballot if you moved within the same precinct.
     If you moved within the same precinct but did not update your registration record,      you can vote with a regular ballot – at your precinct polling place or the Board of      Elections (or their designated site) – as long as you have been previously      registered in Ohio.

Vote a provisional ballot if you moved to a different precinct.
     If you have moved to a different precinct or county within Ohio without updating      your registration record, you can vote a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot      will count as long as you complete a change of address and affirmation. You      may vote at either your new precinct polling place or at the Board of Elections (or their designated site).

Request a list of write-in candidates.
     You can request a list of names of candidates and offices that are officially      eligible as write-in candidates.

Vote if you are an ex-felon.
     If you have been convicted of a felony, you may vote if you are not in prison or on      parole.

Vote after the polls close if you are in line.
     If you are in line when the polls close, you have the right to stay and vote a      regular ballot. If time for voting is extended by court order and you arrive after the      regular voting time, you may vote a provisional ballot.

Vote provisionally if you are challenged.
     Only a poll worker can challenge your right to vote on Election Day. You may only      be challenged for your age (must be 18) or your residency (must be a U.S. citizen      and resident of the county). If challenged, you still have the right to vote a      provisional ballot after swearing truthfully to the facts of your eligibility.

To learn more about your voter rights, go to Ohio Secy. of State Voter Information website.

Does Passing Issue 10 Make Any Sense?

By Daniel Downs

Xenia fire and police want us to believe passing their proposed charter amendment (Issue 10) will guarantee the continued safety of Xenia citizens and their property. What it will actually accomplish is force taxpayers to maintain no less than 42 full-time certified fire fighters and 46 full time police officers at all times no matter the cost to the city. City council claims passing Issue 10 will bankrupt the city by 2013.

Bankrupting the city does not make sense.

Issue 10 will also require the city to adhere to a staffing norm of 1.5 fire fighters per 1,000 population and 1.7 police officers per 1,000 population. The latest financial report has Xenia population at 27,314 and the above minimum number of safety personnel reflects this normative formula. However, the current number of police is 69 and fire fighters totals 41 not 46 police and 41 fire fighters.

Why then does Xenia employ 69 police officers rather than 46? The answer is response time and supervisors. Many years ago, city management and council decided they wanted police to respond more quickly to calls. That meant adding more police officers and supervisors per shift to guarantee the results.

Employing more police for quicker responses to calls does make sense.

What does not make any sense is allowing fire fighters to reformulate requirements that will result in more supervisory staff. It appears fire fighters are attempting to set a minimum number of fighters without clearly delineating the requirement for more supervisory and administrative staff to support them. If this is so, they are misleading voters to get what the police have–more personnel. The problem is no one sees the need for more fire fighters. In fact, city officials didn’t see the need for less either. Only 1 fire fighter was laid off, according to the city’s state audited financial report.

Failing to provide for a reduction of safety personnel should Xenia population significantly decrease only makes sense if you are trying to pass a 1/2% income tax levy. It’s the good cop-bad cop routine.

Whether or not this was intended, Issue 10 still lacks provision to reduce safety personnel in case of decrease on population. For example, if Issue 10 passes and Xenia population grows to 30,000, the city will be required by law to hire 4 more certified fire fighters. But, if the recession caused enough people to move away that the population shrunk back to 24,164 as it was in 2008, city could not lay off 5 police and 5 fire fighters.

It does not make sense to employ more safety personnel unless to improve call response times or prevent crime.

A question still needing an answer is how many residents are there now? Put differently, how many residents have moved away since the recession? According to recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Xenia population grew to 27,437, which is an increase of over 3,291 since 2007.

Assuming all of the new residents live in family households and average $20,000 of taxable income, the city should have seen an increase of nearly $400,000 in income tax revenue per year. That does not include any additional property tax increases. In actuality, the city reported $555,025 less income tax revenue, which means most of them became unemployed, some of them became unemployed and some other did as well, or census estimates are wrong. In actuality, the number of taxpayers increased by 76 in 2009 but paid $4,468 less income taxes. This suggests that most of the decrease in income tax revenue was the result of significant decline in local business revenue.

It does not make sense for taxpayers either to make up lost revenue for local business or to add more safety personnel when local unemployment rate is 12 percent as reported by city officials.

Issue 10 will also create an unfunded mandate, which is the reason past and present city council members oppose it. It does make any sense to pass a law that will cost taxpayers more money without creating legal means to fund it.

Passing Issue 10 simply does not make any sense, which is a good reason to vote NO on November 2.

John Kaisch Visiting Greene County Today

Candidate for governor, John Kaisch, will be at the Republican Victory Center on Saturday, Oct. 23rd. He is scheduled to arrive around noon. This will probably be his last visit to Greene County before the elections.

The Victory Center is located at 3297 Seajay Dr. Beavercreek OH (Lofino Shopping Center).

Ohio Right To Life-Definitions & Candidate Endorsements

On 2 November, Ohioans will elect or re-elect many state officials. From governor to state representatives and senators, those elected will influence the outcome of a number of important and on-going issues including education, economic growth, jobs, health care, and others. Most importantly, the furtherance of fundamental rights like freedom of religion, free speech and press, and the right to life will be effected by those who Ohioans elect to office. Along with powerful special interest groups like ACLU, ACORN, AFL-CIO, NEA, Chamber of Commerce, Tea Party, Ohio Right to Life (ORTL), elected officials and their party shape the definitions of our inherent and legal rights.

However, the right to life was defined at the founding of the United States. In the Declaration of Independence, the right to life was “endowed by our Creator” (God) as an unalienable right,” which means neither government nor any other authority has a right to deprive any citizen of it. The only exception was first delineated in the Declaration and reiterated in the 5th and 14th Amendments. Government only has authority to deprive citizens of life for a capital crime i.e., murder, treason, etc. after due process of law (trial by jury for such crime).

The word “life” implies all developmental stages including conception, birth, and the like. From a developmental point of view, abortion is the deprivation of human life, and the only reasonable exception is when a pregnancy actually threatens the life of a mother.

The unborn can commit no crime. And, even if a pregnant mother did commit a capital crime, the unborn human could not be charged as an accessory because a developing child could not be regarded as a member (limb) of the mother’s body. Although attached by cellular DNA and umbilical cord, the developing child is still a separate human.

The views of those elected concerning life and abortion are important to the future of our state and nation. It is important because all other rights are contingent upon the right to life. Democrats tend to favor the right to kill the unborn and many Republicans tend to oppose it. Many Democrats often qualify their position by claiming they want to make abortion rare while failing to pass relevant legislation to achieve that goal. To achieve such a goal, legislation would have to make abortion legal only for a narrowly defined set of exceptions. If Democrats passed such legislation, they would be opposed by a majority of the political Left. Yet, not all Republicans oppose abortion. Many are closet proponents. They get elected by either avoiding the topic or by promoting the party position.

One can only hope those political candidates endorsed by the Ohio Right to Life are genuinely pro-life. Nevertheless, the following list are those men and women who the OTRL believe will defend Ohioans right to life.

Executive Branch
John Kaisch for Governor
Jon Husted for Secretary of State
David Yost for Auditor of State
Mike Dewine for Attorney General
Josh Mandel for Treasurer of State

Supreme Court
Judith Lanzinger for Supreme Court
Mareen O’Connor for Supreme Court

Ohio House of Representatives – Greene County
Jarrod Martin (Beavercreek) District 70
Robert Hackett (Springfield) District 84

For other Ohio District Representatives and Senators, go to Ohio Votes For Life

The ORTL also endorses several candidates for the U.S. Congress. They include

Steve Austria (Beavercreek) for U.S. House of Representatives and
Rob Portman for U.S. Senate.

For more information, go to The Ohio Right to Life (ORTL) voter website at

Republican wave expected in statehouses

Who will control statehouses in 2011 is one of the big questions that voters in 46 states will answer on November 2, when they cast ballots for more than 6,000 legislative seats. Other state chambers that insiders say could flip to Republican control include the Senate in New Hampshire and New York; the House in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania; both chambers in Wisconsin; and the Montana House and Alaska Senate, both currently tied in terms of party control.

The outcome on Election Day will be particularly important because the legislatures will draw new congressional and state district lines in 2011. If one party or the other controls that process, members can draw maps that help their electoral chances — both at the state level and in the U.S. House of Representatives — for the next decade.

That’s why both parties are paying close attention to races such as one in the Cincinnati suburbs, where Democrats hope state Representative Connie Pillich can hold off a strong challenge from Republican Mike Wilson. Republicans need to gain only four seats to take control of the Ohio House. If Republicans hold their majority in the state Senate — and if Republican John Kasich defeats incumbent Governor Ted Strickland — the GOP could “carve the districts the way they like them,” says James Broussard, professor of history at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.

These districts are among 55 that the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has deemed “essential.” The group has committed to spending $20 million on races that will have the greatest impact on redistricting.

Republicans are pouring money into key statehouse races, as well. The Republican State Leadership Committee is running a $20 million initiative called REDMAP — it stands for Redistricting Majority Project. “To control the process — or at least have a seat at the table — winning, defending and increasing state legislative majorities must be a priority,” its Web site says.

Another factor that will weigh on the outcome is term limits. As Stateline has reported, term limits are forcing at least 380 state lawmakers to retire this year.

Source: Stateline October 15, 2010.

Steve Austria, Answer the Question!

By John Mitchel

For good reason or otherwise, Steve Austria departed the October 6th candidate forum at Beavercreek High School before the Q & A. The sponsor for the event, the Beavercreek Woman’s League, assured those in attendance, including about 200 Beavercreek High School students, that the candidates would be sent the questions and given the opportunity to answer them at their convenience. One of the questions directed to the candidates for 7th District House of Representatives asked if they accurately and completely answered all the questions on their Financial Disclosure Statements required by law of all federal candidates. Mr. Austria, you owe it to your constituents to answer that question, and make it available to the public.

Election 2010 Poll: Ohio Governor and U.S. Senate Races

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Ohio shows Republican John Kasich barely ahead of incumbent Democratic Governor Ted Strickland 48% to 45%. Last month, Kaisch was running ahead of Strickland by 8 points, but, as you can see, Kaisch now leds by only 3 points.

I think Kaisch’s gruff appearance at the last televised debate negatively impacted voter perception. The opposite is was the case for Republican Robert Portman. His speech was as calm and professional as Obama, but not a polished and academic. His criticism of and retorts to Democrat Lee Fisher were effective, while Fisher’s sometimes seemed to stretch the “truth” about Portman a little too far. This has contributed to Portman’s 23 point lead over Fisher for the U.S. Senate race.

Source: Rasmussen Reports, October 13, 2010

Early Voting, Politics Without Debate?

By Daniel Downs

Am I the only voter in the world receiving umpteen million calls about early voting? I have never had both parties telling me how crucial it is to my precious liberty to send in a early registration card as soon as it is received. Until this year, I have had no calls about it.

Is it really about freedom to vote? I don’t think so!

Just think, if voting occurs now, much candidate literature, televised or town hall debates will have been missed. Granted, most brochures and debates consist of little deep substance any way. And, apart from stated party agendas, know one ever knows what politicians will do. Nonetheless, multiple debates and literature at least give a voter something to consider before voting.

An informed, not a duped, citizenry stimulates functional democracy in our federal republic of liberty .

I don’t know; maybe I already missed most of the debates. I do know if I voted now, I would miss debates between Rob Portman and Lee Fischer (Oct. 4 & 12 PM) as well as Gov. Strickland and John Kaisch (Oct. 7). I imagine other meet the candidates nights and townhall debates are in the works as well.

This being the case, I have to conclude that the great drive for early voting is not to ensure that everyone will practice their voting right. Rather, the purpose is to get as many voters to support all the party ticket. Early voting thus seems to be politics without meaningful debate.

P.S. Who would be stupid enough to send the registration card in anyway. People willing to making their driver’s license number or security number available to any rip off artist? Or, maybe just die-hard party numbskulls?