Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Keep giving your friends in the public employee unions defined benefit pension programs and year-after-year raises (after faux wage freezes) and you too NE Ohio municipalities could face this dilema.
How about this? If the budget can't be balanced...cut all wages and benefits enough to do so? Perhaps lose the recreation department in some cases? Perhaps cut pension payments to retirees? Just don't come begging to us.
Local Union Heavily Involved with Elected Officials (DAN TROY) and Politics under MORE Investigation
Lake County Commissioner Dan Troy has been a major benefactor of local and international labor unions...and Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.
On "Event Date" of 2/5/2008 "Citizens for Troy Committee" collected $100 contribution from "Dimora Boosters Committee" and $350 from "Plumbers Local COPE 55." A year later...more of the same: "Plumbers Local COPE 55" gives "Citizens for Troy Committee" another $350 check. How about a litte further back? On 9/5/2006 "Plumbers Local COPE 55" gave $250 while "Dimora Boosters Committee" gave $150 to"Citizens for Troy Committee."
Mentor-on-the-Lake City Manager Kip Molenaar is Dan Troy's bag man and treasurer. Dan Troy sets 'em up...and Kip Molenar cashes the checks.
It would take several days to go through just the past decade of Dan Troy's fund raising machine. That's not going to happen here. Just the high lights will be forthcoming.
The sad thing is its not just corrupt labor union PAC's or corrupt politican's PAC's. The problem is also your elected officials.
For instance, Willoughby Hills Councilman David Reichelt is a donor to "Citizens for Troy Committee." On 1/23/2008 Councilman Reichelt kissed the proverbial ring (donated to a Democrat commisioner although he purports to be a Republican) with a $70 check. Then there is Willoughby Hils Council President Kevin Malecek (BIG donor to Dan Troy)...more on this in the next day (too many names to list for the moment, stay tuned).
Monday, December 27, 2010
You must keep on eye on government, at every level! Do not be discouraged by your local bureaucrats and elected officials. Ask questions. Make public records requests. Speak up!
Yesterday this blog asked, "What ever happened to the F.B.I. investigation of Willoughby Hills' financial records?"
Audits, City Finances, and Whatever Happened to the F.B.I. Investigation of Willoughby Hills' Finances?
However, the name Brian Condron cropped up. The thinking cap went on. Where have we heard that name? hmmmmmm.
Oh. That's right! Before Brian Condron was the finance director in the City of Eastlake he served in the same role in Willoughby Hills from 2000 - 2006.
That's the same period that the F.B.I. subpoenaed finance records from the City of Willoughby Hills.
SEE ARTICLE HERE.
What was the outcome of this F.B.I. investigation of Willoughby Hills' finances? Were the discrepancies that concerned the F.B.I. regarding money in Willoughby Hills resolved?
Wait a minute! Is there not a performance audit going on now in Willoughby Hills...after...that's right after the "safety levy?"
Hopefully the Willoughby Hills performance audit figures out the funny business in Willoughby Hills' books from a few years ago.
Perhaps these issues under investigation in 2007 were rectified. However, someone needs to answer that question.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Read this article.
Now, no one should begrudge another the opportunity to make a living. However, if you take a job or in a certain career you know the risks. The professional athlete can get hurt. The elected official can lose an election.
What about the public employee...or, more specifically the political appointee?
Is it right that Ted Strickland and other Governors transfer their political appointees into the ranks of civil service under the circumstances Strickland just did?
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
10 worst states for retirement
No. 7: Ohio
Today over at the Plain Dealer's website the story is discussed.
Why is Ohio LOSING so many people. Hmmmm. Maybe's it is because we are the 7th worst State to retire in due to tax rates. Those same high taxes effect young people, these taxes chase people and business away...sigh.
Hey! Maybe Willoughby Hills' City Council and their colleagues throughout Lake County can raise taxes more!
C'mon Mayor Weger, Councilman Reichelt, Councilman Somich, Superintendent Miller... disgraceful school board members...let's get all your colleagues to raise taxes more! Chase more people out...that way there will be no traffic!
Monday, December 20, 2010
Why is the News-Herald avoiding facts that are public record?
Daniel Serge, guilty of child porn, was married to State Representative Lorraine Fende.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
YOU HAVE TO LAUGH AT THE WILlOUGHBY HILLS LEVY'S PAC NAME: SAFETY FIRST.
Safety first, that's really something.
That tax hike in Willoughby Hills was about safety?
So, if the levy didn't pass Willoughby Hills would have been unsafe?
The real effect of Willoughby Hills not getting that levy passed is this: police and fire force salaries and benefits would not have gotten raised as much coming up here in the next budget or so.... Bob Weger and some on City Council would have welched on their promise to unions to get them raises after taking a "freeze" last year.
Safety first. Yeah right.
It's never about your safety. It's about raising revenue so public employees can get more money (i.e. pay, bennies, etc.). It's about deals cut by mayors and city council (or, trustees and the like).
It's not about your safety.
The State Central Committee admonished Tim Grendell via a meaningless resolution: if you want to waste some time read here.
Lake County Republican Party Chairman Dale Fellows said that what Tim Grendell is doing "against the will of the voters," and "It's not consistent with the values of the party...."
Question, Mr. Fellows: is it against the values of the Party for Trustee Chris Galloway to attend your Executive Committee Meetings while being paid by the Ohio Democrat Party to work on campaigns in Lake County? Is it against the values of the State Central Committee to pay Trustee Galloway's company to do political work while also working for the Ohio Democrat Party?
Where is the feigned outrage over Trustee Galloway's work for the Ohio Democrat Party...while being a "Republican" elected official...and running nasty, divisive campaigns in Lake County...and attending your party's executive committee meetings?
The article states that Fellows went on to say that "The State Party needs to hold the elected officials acceptable for their actions...."
You are correct on that one Mr. Fellows, but you need to extend that logic to your local party.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Public sectors unions targeted Kasich. Hopefully Kasich will make the unions pay dearly.
See, this article describes the dirty little secret that local mayors and city councils use to pass the blame for out-of-control public sectors union wages, benefits, and pension payments: binding arbitration.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Bwa ha ha ha!
Taxn' Trustee Chris Galloway, as we've noted, wants to be the person to get appointed to the OH-18 Senate Seat vacated by Sen. Tim Grendell if he were take the OH-98 House seat.
In Grendell;s own words he wants a "real fiscally conservative, family values republican" to replace him. That's Sen. Grendell's words precisely.
So, that means that he considers the applicants: Bob Gardner, David Fiebig, and Jaimie Callender to be less than Conservative...or, "RINO's" as it is referred to. Grendell also MUST believe that Taxn' Trustee Galloway is a RINO too...c'mon, Galloway has been proven to work for democrats (e.g. paid Ohio Democrat Party Consultant).
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
It's "official," sort of. The certified five county vote total is that Thomas Wright 106, 869 while Judge Eugene Lucci has 105, 876.
The Lucci/Galloway team un-seated a sitting republican judge in the primary and lost the general election by 993 votes.
Recount forth coming.
Antics in Ashtabula County?
How did the Lucci/Galloway team blow this race?
Taxn' Trustee Chris Galloway and Sheriff Dan Dunlap just raised taxes on some Lake County Residents to support road patrols in townships.
So, why is the the Sheriff's budget so stressed?!
Today's News-Herald describes how Commissioner Dan Troy lamented that the county tax payers are footing the bill for policing Lake County Townships.
What's going on here?
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Yes, this story comes from the region to the East of us known as Ashtabula County....
This is good news worthy of repeating here.
It seems that soon to be former State Rep. Debbie Newcomb is up set about "reckless" campaign whose tone was "the worst in her political career."
Good riddens Ms. Newcomb. Get another job.
Sources indicate that after all the provisional votes have been counted Casey Kozlowski is up more than forty votes, and that Trumbul County only has a dozen or so provisionals to count.
Other State workers know bureaucracy is large animal that needs a lot of people to keep it alive. The interesting part of this article is that we the Tax Payer find out their about 5, 700 patronage jobs.
The Plain Liar says Grendell should "pick a seat and butt out."
Wait a second. Doesn't the Cleveland Plain Liar mettle in everything? Why does the Cleveland Plain Liar want to limit free political speech?
The Cleveland Plain Liar knows the Grendells can whatever they want, in terms of politics and elections, in Geauga County; that's why the Plain Liar didn't bemoan the voters here.
Grendell wants to ensure the constituents that picked a conservative like him get another conservative. Grendell knows Taxn' Trustee Galloway and Former Sen. Gardner are bad for North East Ohio.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Gov.-Elect Kasich Seems to Get It: Pledges a Narrow Focus on Job Creation, a Balanced Budget, and Cutting Taxes
Point: Kasich was asked about whether or not he would endorse and work on the effort by Aty-Gen.-elect Mike Dewine's effort to resist Obama Care. Kasich said he was in favor, but would not actively work on the issue because it would distract him and his staff from: job creation, tax cuts, and a balanced budget.
One little knit-pick: government doesn't create jobs, rather government can make a hospitable climate for job creation.
Too bad Lake County elected officials are not concerned about jobs, tax cuts, and balanced budget without raising taxes and fees. It's clear that in the City Council Chambers and MAyor's Offices from Willoughby Hills to Willoughby to Mentor to Concord to Perry to the County Commissioner's Chambers---no one cares about tax cuts, a climate to promote job growth, and a balanced budget that does not raise taxes and fees.
The News-Herald must of gotten wind that Tim Grendell may not take the OH-98 House seat he won, which would cause the OH-18 vacancy...we've spent enough time on the causes already.
Let's just laugh a little harder at Taxn' Trustee Galloway. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha.
Friday, November 19, 2010
This is disturbing. The Lake County Assistant Prosecutor, named in this article, which pursued the case against Jeffery York was very active on Judge Lucci's campaign this year.
Is it fair for an assistant prosecutor who was a Lucci campaign supporter, attended Lucci fund raisers, and was threatening toward critics also appears before Lucci?
Doesn't seem fair.
Can a fair trial be had in Lake County if this conduct is pervasive?
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Bwaaa ha ha ha ha!
That would be hilarious!
Perhaps Grendel does or does not take the OH-98 seat--Taxn' Trustee Galloway must be ticked even at the prospect of this!
The PD said the following today regarding Grendell's feelings:
The Chesterland Republican said his concern is getting a Senate successor appointed who shares his conservative values. If that's not possible, he is prepared to stay right where he is.
Bwa ha ha ha ha ha!
Oh gosh--this is too good! What this means is that Taxn' Trustee Galloway is not conservative enough.
Ha ha ha ha ha.
This couldn't have been scripted any better--ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Anyhow, the article points out that former State Senator Gardner and Councilman-at-Large Fiebig have applied to State Sentate Republican Caucus.
Clearly, Grendell will have to stay.
Gardner is widely known to support abortion rights. Also, Fiebig in his own words is a self-described moderate--that was councilman Fiebig's own description of himself in his facebook profile until changed it when he got a primary competitor.
To be honest, though Fiebig would be preferable to any of the other people that want the job.
The Lucci campaign fanboys raged on, some even threatened the critics. Judge Lucci was triumphant in the primary--and the Lucci fanboys and sycophant lawyers rejoiced!
Fast forward to today.
Judge Lucci (read Red State Strategies whose principle is Taxn' Trustee Chris Galloway) lost the race and handed the seat to democrat Tom Wright.
Now, Taxn' Trustee Galloway wants to be your OH-18 State Senator. Word on the street is that an old friend and former democrat State Senator Tom Patton is working hard for Taxn' Trustee Galloway. Word also has it some of Taxn' Trustee Galloway's clients (e.g. Commissioner Ray Sines) and potential client Dan Dunlap are working the phones to bolster former democrat Tom Patton's activities.
So, do you think Taxn' Trustee Galloway should get an appointment by the State Republican Senate Caucus after taking out a republican Appeals Court Judge?
Lucci fanboys rage on!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Hmmmmm. Where Steve Latourette? Why wasn't Latourette elected leadership? Why isn't Latourette in the front row with the Ohio delegation? Hmmmmm.
Over at Cleveland.com today Latourette is quoted:
“Ohio not only has a seat at the table, Ohio is the owner of the table and invites other people to the table to have the discussion,” said Bainbridge Township GOP Rep. Steve LaTourette. “Policy for the nation, at least in the House, is going to be set in Ohio.Why isn't Latourette getting a prime committee chairmanship?
Hope those were good times Rep. Latourette! You cost yourself a leadership role. No one but you.
It seems that the News-Herald finally caught onto this issue, over at their website today.
As this blog has pointed out Taxn' Trustee Chris Galloway of Concord Township is seeking the seat. Also, mentioned are former State Rep. Jaimie Callender, Bainbridge Township Trustee Matt Lynch, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, former State Senator Bob Gardner, and Former State Rep. Matt Dolan.
Taxn' Trustee Chris Galloway is a disaster of a pick. First off, this appointment is for a State Senate Seat by the State Senate Republican Caucus. Chris Galloway should be disqualied right here. Why?
Taxn' Trustee Galloway has been a paid consultant for the Ohio Democratic Party. Chris Galloway's Red State Strategies has been paid twice for work by the Ohio Democratic Party: Galloway's firm was paid $3,947.83 on 10/28/2009 and $10,848.55 on 11/09/09. See the documents below.
Chris Galloway should not be considered as a replacement for Tim Grendell on this basis alone. Flat out.
However, things get worse for Galloway. Galloway has earned the name Taxn' Trustee because he worked to raise taxes on his residents by getting a "safety levy" passed. Yikes! Galloway worked to raise taxes! It gets worse. A client of Chris Galloway, Lake County Commissioner Ray Sines, politically benefited by the tax increase; that is, Galloway helped potential client Sheriff Dan Dunlap balance the budget in Lake County thereby taking pressure off of Ray Sines.
Can it get any worse for a Galloway campaign to replace Grendell? Oh Yes!
Recently, someone asked can we trust a Taxn' Trustee that doesn't even own property in Concord Township, or OH-18 for that matter? No we can't.
See, Taxn' Trustee has an inside man. State Senator Tom Patton is working to get Galloway appointed. Tom Patton is a former democrat that Galloway used to work with.
Sources tell us Tim Grendell may not even take the OH-98 seat and stay in the Senate. That would be great!
Last thought: What do Taxn' Trustee Galloway's pals think about him being a paid democrat party operative? Do they suggest Taxn' Trustee Galloway is thrown out of his party, censured, ????
Red State Strategies
Monday, November 15, 2010
Fantastic! Speaker-elect William Batcheleder is promising , without TAX INCREASES, to balance a $51 billion budget that includes a projected $8 billion budget hole; No more federal stimulus money either.
We can anticipate a 15% - 20% cut to "education." Note the quotation marks. See, education really means teacher benefits & salary and administrator benefits and salary. Ohio is 46th in the nation for so-called "education" dollars being spent on actual education and 8th in the nation on the amount of money spent on administrators.
CUT! CUT! CUT!
The problem for the tax payer is local elected officials and school boards work hand-in-hand with public sector unions, and their lobbyists, to make-up the cuts with tax levies. You can count on school boards to manipulate the the voters with cries of "It's about the Kids!" as they ask for more of your money. In addition to the wailing and moaning Local Mayors and City Councils (partners in crime) will either endorse outright, or endorse by saying nothing at all the proposed levies. The usual suspects in Willoughby, Willoughby Hills, ..., Mentor, etc. will help the cause with endorsements.
It's never about the kids. It's about teachers, administrators, union leaders, and their respective lobbyists. It's also about the exercise of raw power by union leaders and lobbyists to raise your taxes.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Over at Cleveland.com today Brent Larkin discusses the implications of the Republican controlled legislature's redistricting next year. Larkin discussed how race politics (needing to keep Marcia Fudge around) will squeeze Dennis Kucinich out of his job in 2012. Larkin partly blames the fact that republicans will gerrymander the districts, thereby giving Steve Latourette a "safe seat."
God help us.
Has anyone noticed that Steve Latourette has never been considered for leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives? C'mon. Laotourette has been in the House of Representatives for 16 years and is from the same state as the incoming Speaker of the House. What's the problem?
Latourette's indiscretions caught up with him. That's what happened.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Buckeye Institute - Local Salary-Eastlake
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
See, Casey Kozlowski is up by 51 votes over incumbent Democrat Debbie Newcomb.
Why would the incumbent U.S. Rep. from Virgina not help a young, upstart from his district?
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The tenor of the article was clear: Aaron Marshal and the Cleveland Plain Liar staff are upset that those nasty republicans won with a message of reducing taxes, cutting the size of government (by elminating departments and hopefully State employees), and balancing the budget without tax hikes.
Let's hope Governor-elect Kasich and Speaker Elect Batchelder follow through on promises to reduce the number of State Departments, and hopefully lay off State employees.
Remember that it was the Cleveland Plain Liar Editorial Board that mocked Representative-Elect Ron Young when it endorsed Mark Schneider for the OH-63 seat; the article mocked Ron Young for having a "silly stance" on tax issues. Guess it's the Cleveland Plain Liar Editorial Staff that looks silly now!
There is serious business for the Ohio Legislature and Governor Elect Kasich to tackle: balaning a budget with an $8 billion projected shortfall without raising taxes, fees, and the like.
Good thing Lorraine "The Legislative Loser" Fende is relegated to the minority and Schneider can go back to Cuyahoga County!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
"Editorial: Higher Education Cost Must Come Down"
is down right embarrassing in light of this News-Herald Editorial Board endorsing Issue 1 (Lakeland Community College Levy) and ever public school levy.
How does a sane person endorse a public community college levy and every public school levy, then lament the cost of education?
The News-Herald Editorial Staff just made the the paper incoherent on top of it being irrelevant.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Lorraine Fende: Even More Useless for the Next Two Years--Blame Bob Weger and Most of Willoughby Hills City Council
Moving along...Fende has been useless for two years: she has nothing substantiative to the legislation coming from Columbus. Fende's only accomplishment: tax hikes.
Fende has stayed in office by intimidating elected officials into endorsing her--how? Lorraine Fende's relationship with Judge Larry Allen is powerful--just ask Willoughby Mayor Dave Anderson.
Fende's only use of her influence on legislation has been promised appropriations--just ask Mayor Bob Weger about the money he was promised for Willoughby Hills. This promised appropriation helped Fende get Weger's endorsement.
This brings up the last point: Dave Fiebig.
Dave Fiebig had almost everything going his way: an at-large elected official in a modestly affluent community, the right party designation this year--yet he lost by a slim margin.
Fende beat Fiebig by 491 votes. 491 votes! That is a 1.76% margin! What? Fende has beat almost everyone 60-40 during the past few elections.
Perhaps if Weger, Reichelt, and company did something to help Dave Fiebig he could have sent Fende back to Larry Allen's couch full time.
SHAME ON YOU BOB WEGER! SHAME ON MOST OF THE MEMBERS OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS CITY COUNCIL! WE ARE NOW STUCK WITH FENDE FOR TWO MORE YEARS JUST SO YOU COULD GET $100, 000 APPROPRIATION AND INCREASE INCOME TAXES.
Now that Fende is in the minority for her last term she will be even more useless for the next two years.
Listen to a winner: Ron Young
Detailed results here.
Hats off to Red State Strategies (Taxn' Trustee Chris Calloway Principal) for losing the race. The key to this debacle for Lucci and Galloway? Ashtabula County. Oh the wailing and moaning started already. Boo hoo.
Looking at the above link it is clear that the Lucci campaign (read Red State Strategies) really screwed up Ashtabula County--or, ticked someone off.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Higher taxes. Fende, Young, Troy, Zupancic.
UPDATE: LUCCI LOSING 11TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS! WRIGHT HAS 50.21% VS. LUCCI 49.79%. This would be too funny. Seriously. Taxn' Trustee Galoway loses the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, but gets his tax increase. No recount is going to wipe out the 893 vote margin.
Monday, November 1, 2010
C'mon...with the endorsements of people like Dave Anderson and Steve Latourette...and the the threat of students being turned away...why wouldn't the people of lake county vote to increase Morris Beverage's take of our property taxes five fold?
Issue 2...sigh. Dan Dunlap's bailout! Taxn' Trustee Chris Galloway has made sure everyone knows that protection from the Sheriff will come at a price!
There are many other issues. School levies galore...it's about the kids! Or, is it about Keith Miller collecting a six figure pension and a six figure salary?
Willoughby Hills' income tax increase--errrrr, Safety Force Levy... probably going to pass. See, Bob Weger and several City Council members have also made it clear that police and fire protection will come at a higher price.
Now onto the the people: Fende, Young, Troy, and Zupancic will win. It would be upsetting but not shocking if Mark Schneider can hang on, but Ron Young should be able to win by a few points.
Wednesday morning will bring a whole new issue to the table: OH-18's Senate Seat Vacancy that will occur in January. Taxn' Trustee Galloway has been working hard....but, as fate would have it Jamie Callender could be trying to return to the State House. Bob Gardner is also said to be interested.
Galloway will have a hard time explaining a couple of things emerging this week....
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Were Publius or the Federal Farmer bad people? If you are trying to raise taxes in the town you live in to help you union patrons, or clients... probably so!
Ironically, opposition by an Ohio resident to a school levy resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court Decision affirming that the 1st Amendent guarantees the right to anonymous political speech.
Read the Surpreme Court Decision for yourself here!
Read about the two seminal example here:
1) the Federal Farmer, and
The local elected officials that want to raise taxes probablly don't care about any of this discussion though...they have unions to pay back, and/or clients to help, or State Senate seats to try to get appointed to.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Anyone losing a job is terrible, period.
However, the public sector needs a wake-up call: downsizing, reductions in pay and benefits, etc.
We wonder why the Stark County Sheriff didn't just conspire with a political operative like Lake County Sheriff Dan Dunlap did to raise taxes? Dan Dunlap and Taxn' Trustee Galloway (who has County Officials as clients; hmmmmmmm) conspired to raise the taxes of people in Lake County townships in order to get them to pay for the Sheriff's services.
For instance, Concord Issue 4. This is also on Painseville Township and Perry Township's ballot. Disgusting. Shame on you Dan Dunlap and Taxn' Trustee Galloway!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Everyone should read the issues carefully in order to prepare for the upcoming lectures here.
Monday, October 18, 2010
This past week-end the Plain Dealer listed its endorsements for legislative races.
The Plain Dealer endorsed Lorraine "the legislative loser" Fende and Mark "carpetbagger" Schneider for OH-62 and OH-63, respectively. Going with the template, the Pee Dee slammed both Dave fiebig and Ron Young over issues of taxation--basically, Fiebig and Young (really Young) are against tax increases according to the Pee Dee.
Here's the skinny.
BobWeger, Dave Reichelt, and the gang screwed Fiebig. Weger and some on City Council made promises to the police and fire unions that have to be made good (according to them).
Weger and company coupled a tax increase to a change in the city charter that would give residents a right to vote on tax increases--on top of it all--they labeled this crap a safety levy! Disingenuous. The Pee Dee played along and blasted Fiebig for voting against the the so-called rights of the voters.
Yeah Right...and Weger's a republican and Reichelt's not a cry baby. LOL!
The same group led by Bob Weger either endorsed Lorraine Fende, or did so by "staying neutral."
Moving along. The Pee Dee went with it's usual support of those who want to take your money: they endorsed Mark Schneider and slammed Ron Young for being anti-tax.
Right on Ron Young, right on!
Protect our pocket books. Allow us to save and invest money. Allow us to feed our children.
BOTTOM LINE: Mark Schneider and Lorraine Fende raised the income taxes of Ohians by $800 million dollars over two years. This was done on top of $10's of millions of increases in fees and registrations by the State of Ohio.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Here's an excerpt:
He does have a few flaws: He's sometimes prickly. And we still find his unorthodox decision that the boundaries of lakefront property to move with the motion of water (instead of being fixed) poorly reasoned. Despite that misinterpretation, Lucci's strong service on the bench earns him a promotion.
I mean, what does "He's sometime prickly." mean? Are they calling him a p _ _ _ k? Do you think all the Judge Lucci fan boys are upset about the Raw Dealer's words above? Will the Judge Lucci fan boys get angry at the Raw Dealer editorial board and threaten them like they did the people who raised legitimate questions about Judge Lucci? There's a couple of angry folks in Lake County like a certain assistant prosecutor who lost his temper in public over such legitimate criticism and made angry threats--no way for an assistant prosecutor to act! Or, how about a certain Trustee that's a paid democrat party operative running the campaign of a republican judge...?
Friday, October 15, 2010
Lakeland Students Should Pay Their Own Way: Morris Beverage Begs for Your Money and Virginia Resident Steve Latourette Endorses Another Tax Hike
At least tell us the truth and say that you need to contribute to the Safety Force's Pension fund, hire more unionized employees, etc.
What's even more disgusting is Virginia resident Steve Latourette, who occasionally sleeps in Bainbridge Township, endorsed another levy he won't have to pay.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
We've spoken to many people that were at this event. One consensus is that everybody knows that the OH-63 race is over EXCEPT Mark Schneider. Hey, Schneider...get a clue! Your done!
How about Lake County Sheriff Dan Dunlap cheer leading for Taxn' Trustee Chris Galloway's tax hike to pay for a police district?!? It seems that Dan Dunlap is Taxn' Trustee Galloway's bag man for the tax hike. Taxn' Trustee Galloway can't appear too close to this tax hike because he is trying hard to get the Senate Seat Appointment to fill the the Seat that Tim Grendell will vacate. We all know that Tim Grendell will stomp the "also-ran" competition despite the outside help provided to his competition.
This leads us to the LARGER question: who is on the short list to replace Tim Grendell? We know that the person working hardest to replace Tim Grendell might have a hard time explaining the fact that he accepted payment from the Ohio Democrat Party in the past two years...not to mention his police district levy (read tax increase).
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Obvious: Sources also tell us, as if this was a surprise, anyone in the know considers Lorraine Fende the winner of OH-62. That's sad. Fende is an old, tired, tax 'n spend Vine Street look-alike. A ham sandwich would be better than Lorraine Fende.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
OH-63 has been a very, very, very, very, very, ..., extremely disappointing race. Why? There has been little to no race in OH-63--aside from the many Mark Schneider signs littering Mentor and the other OH-63 municipalities.
Some thoughts. Mark Schneider is strong campaigner, but a carpet bagging; tax raising; money grubbing lawyer who has taken a lot of campaign money from Cuyahoga County. Mark Schneider raised income taxes 4.2% for 2009 and 2010, and raised numerous fees by voting for House Bill 1. Schneider can smile, knock on doors, shake hands, and stick his hand out to unions very well though.
Furthermore, the Ohio House Democrats MUST hold OH-63, MUST! in order to hold the majority. Finally, former State Rep. Ron Young is as conservative as they come--and well known to hate taxes. Young's hatred of taxes is second to none.
Schneider = bad, big democrat machine, big government, tax hikes, fees, all "labored" up, on the union take----and CONNECTED TO CROOKED COUNTY PROSECUTOR BILL MASON. That's right, Schneider was an assistant Crooked County Prosecutor who has accepted donations for from Mason.
Young = hater of all things tax, strong social conservative, beat squishy Ray Sines, small business owner.
The equation seems right for both House Caucuses to target the race! However, we don't see any of those menacing TV ads, hear any radio ads, etc.
The pulse of things is that Mark Schneider has been given up on by the Ohio House Democrat Caucus. If things continue to stay the course tax, tax, tax, tax and spend, spend, spend, spend Mark Schneider will have to go to Bob Dicello's office more often and help him with his lame radio show.
We wonder if State Senator soon to be Representative Grendell will be upset that his good friend Mark Schneider will get beaten by Ron Young. Grendell hates Young. A Young win will not bode well for Grendell's run House Speaker.
God save us.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Getting tired of seeing ads for Candidates and/or incumbents from Summit and Lorain Counties you have never heard of?
Easy to explain:
In OH-62 The House Caucuses (Democrat and Republican) view the race to be a poor investment. Lorraine Fende wins 60-40 no matter how much money is thrown at her (e.g. Taxn' Trustee Galloway got $500, 000 handed to him and still got stomped). Now, Taxn' Trustee Galloway is busy trying to get appointed to the Senate Seat held by Tim Grendell (Grendell will vacate the seat once he runs away with OH-98 necessitating the Ohio Senate Caucus to pick a replacement ). Oooops. We forgot to mention Councilman-at-Large Dave Fiebig. Seems like a nice guy. Moving along.... Since Lorraine Fende uses her "relationship" with Judge Larry Allen to intimidate elected officials she has been able to hold a death grip on OH-62.
Bottom line: Fende doesn't even have or need a website to win.... So, why advertise?
Note: We wonder if a paid Ohio Democrat Party Consultant with ties to State Sen. Tom Patton (former democrat) can really get appointed to a Senate Seat by the Ohio Senate Republican Caucus.
More on OH-63...tonight....
We will let the Raw Dealer's own words speak for themselves
Four years ago, after the very skilled incumbent Jim Petro chose not to seek re- election, Ohio voters picked Democrat Marc Dann to be their attorney general. It turned out to be a spectacular mistake.It's funny how the Raw Dealer leaves out the fact it endorsed the former disgraced and soiled Marc Dann--it's shocking that they leave this out and blame the voters they helped mislead. Shame on you Raw Dealer! The Raw Dealer cites Dewine's campaign ads that mock Cordray for not intervening in Crooked (cuyahoga) County as a big reason for their decision; that is, the Raw Dealer says that the State Attorney General should not have gotten involved. What? Why did the State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification get involved in investigating Sheriff McFaul (McFelon)?
Excuse me Pee Dee, why was it ok for agents of the State of Ohio to raid the Sheriff McFelon's Office? Sheriff McFelon was already being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Intimidation (FBI). Where is the rebuke of the State of Ohio there??
Better yet, why did the Pee Dee wait until after Sheriff McFelon's last re-election to start publishing its faux investigation articles? The Pee Dee would have you think it knew nothing about anything until days after McFelon's last re-election. BS. The Pee Dee waited so that Crooked County's Democrat Party (it's Executive Committee) could hand select a replacement to be rubber stamped by it's Central Committee.
No wonder you employ Connie Schultz Brown.
News-Herald endorsements far behind.
Richard Cordray's mock, faux comb-over should have disqualified him.
Pondering explosive news....
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
We'll save some suspense this month: the News-Herald will endorse every tax hike in Lake County
But, for starters today's fish wrap endorsed Maureen O'Oconnor for Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice.
We have expressed many difficulties with U.S. Rep. Latourette: moral failings and several votes like his infamous Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).
The truth is America can't afford to keep the current leadership that Congress has--no way, no how.
That makes us have to bite our tongue and agree with the Plain Dealer.
With Latourette you know what you get.
We all know Rep. Latourette will NOT be climbing the leadership ladder next winter though.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Funding Fende: Lorraine Fende Takes Big Bucks from Labor Union Implicated in Cuyahoga County Corruption
Fende has taken money from a Labor Union tied to Cuyahoga County Corruption!
DING DING DING!
Lorraine Fende has taken almost $2, 000 from Plumber's Local 55.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Any comment by us on Judge Lucci draws the venom of a couple of people in Lake County...not that we care about that one bit though!
WATCH OUR FAVORITE JUDGE IN LAKE COUNTY IN ACTION!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Dan Troy's Friend & Donor Jimmy Dimmora Says he (Dimora) is Going Right Back to the Comish's Chair This Thursday
|Dan Troy's Friend and Donor Jimmy Dimora after a hearing at Federal Court.|
Wow! Dimora is just as arrogant as Dan Troy! No wonder they are friends.
More tonight on the Dan Troy--Jimmy Dimora connection.
Monday, September 20, 2010
"...are you gay or not?"
Video of Ted Strickland being asked "...are you gay?" can be found here.
What would lead someone to ask a sitting congressman who had been married for twenty years "...are you gay?"
Allegedly, Ted Strickland took a congressional aide on a private vacation to Italy, according to the Toledo Blade. This same aide had been convicted of indecent exposure.
These are reputable sources asking these questions and making these criticisms.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
ARTICLE ONE: AREA SCHOOL OFFICIALS WHINING ABOUT DECREASED FUNDING FROM THE STATE. THIS ARTICLE IS REALLY NAUSEATING--IT TALKS ABOUT THE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS SCHOOL SYSTEMS WILL NOT GET FROM THE STATE.
ARTICLE TWO: TEACHERS WHINING ABOUT OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES FOR CLASSROOMS.
TOO BAD. INCREASE CLASS SIZES. LAYOFF. SLASH PENSION FUN D CONTRIBUTIONS. QUIT ALLOWING SCHOOL OFFICIALS LIKE KEITH MILLER (WILLOUGHBY-EASTLAKE SUPERINTENDENT) TO DOUBLE DIP (IT'S JUST THE PRINCIPLE ON THIS ONE). CUT SPORTS.
The major thorough fairs in MENTOR are littered with Schneider and Fende signs. Fende signs? Yep. Seem that Rep. Fende has posted those mini-billboards all over Mentor. We counted three outside of the 62nd house district, and saw several yard signs on major thorough fairs in Mentor?
Its east to understand Schneider's placement of signs (1) OH-63 (Mentor) is the district he represents, (2) Schneider has actual competition, AND (3) Schneider has a terrible record that he needs to run away from--tax, tax, tax!
Dave Fiebig signs seem few and far between. C'mon Councilman Fiebig!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thousands of angry New Jersey firefighters battling for their pensions unleashed a chorus of boos at Gov. Chris Christie during a convention in Wildwood yesterday, according to a report.
But Christie, who has proposed reducing pension payouts by 5 percent to firefighters who retire after 25 years, lashed back.
"If you guys think you can shout me down, it's going to be a long day," he said, according to The Press of Atlantic City.
Under Christie's proposal, firefighters would have to work an extra five years to get their full pension
Whispers in Washington: You can't go too long without hearing chatter that GOPers may take dozens of U.S. House of Representatives Seats. Fine. That means leadership roles will change; Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, Whips, etc. Also, Chairmen of Committees, ....
Where is Steve Latourette's name in the Leadership card? Nowhere.
It's been heard on the street that U.S. Representative Steve Latourette's (OH-14) proclivity for adulterous affairs has been used by the GOP establishment to blackball Latourette from the Leadership Slate Card. In particular, Latourette's last tabloid actions during the Fall 2004 General Election are not looked upon too highly by GOP Leadership.
In other Latourette news, former State Representative Carol- Ann Schindel's niece is now in the employ of Latourette as an administrative liaison.
Didn't Latourette leave his former wife for his Chief-of-Staff Jennifer Laptook? Watch out Ms. Laptook-Latourette!
Friday, September 17, 2010
It has to be bad, REAL BAD, for Rev. Gov. Ted to admit he is losing.
Wonder if the tax hikes that he signed into law, and voted for by Lorraine Fende & Mark Schneider, has anything to do with the double digit deficit in the polls. Maybe it's the 400, 000 jobs lost?
Bet it has a lot to do with the tax increases! Rev. Gov. Ted Strickland, Lorraine Fende, and Mark Schneider approved massive fee increases in the State Budget (House Bill 1) AND...AND...THAT'S RIGHT: RAISED INCOME TAXES 4.2%. See the cleveland.com article here describing the December 17th vote by Lorraine Fende and Mark Schneider and subsequent signature into law by Ted Strickland.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Plain Dealer (basically) Admits Failing Miserablly (via endorsing Cuyahoga Cty Elected Officials in trouble). When will News-Herald Admit its Failures?
When will the News-Herald admit to failing the public? By failure we mean that it serves as the defacto public relations (PR) firm (read: lap dog) for local elected officials, city councils, appointed boards, elected boards, etc. seeking tax increases.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Do you think that Dan Troy used a bag man (county employee) to bag a contribution from Dimora PAC?
Perhaps Troy's bag man could have been Kip Moleenar, Mentor-On-the -Lake, City Administrator and Dan Troy contribution bully.
|Jimmy Dimora reacts after arraignment in federal court|
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Editorial: Pension funds can spend less on travel - The News-Herald Opinion : Breaking news coverage for Northern Ohio
Monday, September 13, 2010
Lorraine "The Legislative Loser" Fende--Preferred Candidate of Willoughby Hills City Council and Mayor Weger?
We were out tonight and were accosted by this sign littering Ohio's beautiful 62nd House District.
Take Fende's vote to roll back a State income tax cut via House Bill 1 last year, which is really an income tax increase.
Hey! Wait a minute...doesn't the Mayor of Willoughby Hills and most of its City Council support raising income taxes? Yep.
Perhaps that's why Mayor Weger and Willoughby Hills City Council has not endorsed Councilman-at-Large Dave Fiebig, who is also the republican candidate in OH-62. Fiebig stood up to the Mayor and City Council to oppose the
Note: Councilman Nancy Fellows has voiced opposition to the
It's sad that the rob from the so-called rich and give to the public sector employees mentality has rubbed off on Willoughby Hills from Lorraine Fende.
Maybe if the greedy, confiscatory tax increase to support the police department and fire department passes the police can get blu-ray players for their cruisers when they are sitting at the weigh station...or, perhaps Lorraine Fende can get an earmark in the State Budget for that--like the park.
UPDATE: SEEMS LIKE LORRAINE FENDE MAY GET A WEBSITE. http://lorrainefende.com/
TOO BAD THAT THE SITE IS ONLY A PLACE HOLDER. MAYBE SOMEONE REGISTERED THE DOMAIN SO NO TOMFOOLERY TAKES PLACE.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Ready, set, GO!
We need to start talking about this November's election.
Tonight's subject: OH-62.
Lorraine Fende, ex-wife of Mayfield Hts. Fire Captain Daniel Serge, set-up her campaign headquarters on Vine Street. That's fitting. Fende reminds me of Vine Street and vice versa (use your imagination).
Sadly, Lorraine will most likely win. Fende has little to no presence in the community. Fende never has had much of campaign. Instead, Fende relies on her boyfriend, Judge Larry Allen, to intimidate local elected officials into supporting her.
Onto Councilman-at-Large Dave Fiebig. Councilman Fiebig is a nice guy. However, despite Fiebig's token opposition to Willoughby Hill$' tax hike we have to point out that he did not do enough to oppose the money grab. Unfortunately, Fiebig can not raise the capital to knock out Fende. That's disappointing. Fiebig will see little to no support from the State House Republican Caucus...damn them!
Fende sucks. Fende is a legislative loser. Fende raises taxes at every chance she gets.
God, please give Fiebig some money! Please, God...give Fiebig an effective campaign.
THE REAL QUESTION TONIGHT: WHY HASN'T ANY OF WILLOUGHBY HILL$' ELECTED OFFICIAL$ ENDORSED Dave FIEBIG? Voting records shows Ray Somich, Dave Reichelt, Nancy Fellows, and Bob Weger are republicans (even though their support for tax increases don't show they are republicans); but where is their endorsement? Fiebig's list of endorsements don't show any of Willoughby Hill$' elected officials endorsing Fiebig?
What's wrong Mayor Weger? Why not endorse Dave? Is there an earmark in the State budget coming to you?
Monday, September 6, 2010
Governor walks in Euclid for workers - The News-Herald News AND Mark Schneider Walking in Lake County
Today's Cleveland.com tells us how Mark Schneider is out pounding the pavement, door-to-door, to get re-elected.
Do you think Mark Schneider is telling the people he voted for a State Budget that raised millions of dollars by increasing fees (e.g. the automobile registration fee after you are 5 days late, or the fee to register your professional license from the State); House Bill 1? Or, do you think that Schneider is telling the people how he voted to raise the State income tax retroactively for 2009 and 2010 stealing almost $900 million from tax payers.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
M-L councilman learns he can no longer serve on Board of Revisions - The News-Herald News : Breaking news coverage for Northern Ohio
Friday, September 3, 2010
Lake County, JFS union employees reach deal - The News-Herald News : Breaking news coverage for Northern Ohio
Hmmmmmmm. Is Lake County immune from all these businesses and elected officials illegally exchanging money, gifts, and favors for the use of political influence? Certainly not, we bet! Good question: why isn't anything getting exposed in Lake County? We certainly can't have the only local government immune to corruption.
Think any local councilmen or mayors are steering contracts for favors, donations, or business for their business? Let us know. Know about a County Commissioner using his car to visit a girlfriend in another part of the state? We'd like to know about that too. Know about a judge carousing around town? Drop us a line. Heard about a township trustee appointing a friend to a board? You know where to send that tip! Or, how about a public employee union conspiring with city council committee to get a pay raise in the future. Tell us!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Willoughby Hills eyeing income tax hike - The News-Herald News : Breaking news coverage for Northern Ohio
Looks like Mayor Weger and Councilman Somich had a rally for their money grab, I mean tax increase last night.
This article has a lot of funny quotes, which we will deal with tonight.
The best was when Weger said he wanted the City to be at the same level cities around Willoughby Hills...hahahaha...that's funny. Weger resents that other cities have higher tax burdens.
Or, how about this--Somich agreed about attracting younger residents. Yeah. Raising taxes will do that.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
This case was handled by a Lucas County Ohio Prosecutor and presided over by a retired Geauga County Judge.
One year of house arrest and a six month suspended jail sentence for Gerald "The Political Animal" McFaul?!?
This travesty of justice proves that the political class takes care of its own. No pesky jury to get in the way here! Instead, McFaul's gangster lawyer John Climaco probably negotiated this slap on the wrist. Climaco has represented plenty of people tied to organized crime. John Climaco also represents embattled Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo.
What kind of message is being sent to the elected officials on the take? The next time a local councilman, mayor, or other official steers a contract...takes a bribe...cuts a deal with a union...do you think a year of probation will scare them?
|Former sheriff Gerald McFaul sentenced to house arrest|
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
That's right! On top of all the local tax levies, local income tax increases, the retroactive state income tax increase, fees, ..., here comes the federal income tax increases:
"The lowest bracket for the personal income tax, for instance, moves up 50% — to 15% from 10%. The next lowest bracket — 25% — will rise to 28%, and the old 28% bracket will be 31%. At the higher end, the 33% bracket is pushed to 36% and the 35% bracket becomes 39.6%."
It's just foolish to raise taxes right now, foolish.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
After all, these freedom fighters said in today's New-Herald fighting against the tax increase--woops--giving the residents the right to choose is undemocratic.
"I was very disappointed at the committee's action (July 12)," Weger said. "Nancy Fellows and David Fiebig (are) on the finance committee and they just feel they don't have enough information.
"They're basically holding up the democratic process of letting the people decide whether or not they want this. We need to think of the needs of the city and the health, safety and welfare of the citizens.
Side note: Councilman Reichelt hasn't said a lot publicly, just on your anti-democratic blog here.
Time to pay back those safety forces!
WH Council to make taxing decision - The News-Herald News : Breaking news coverage for Northern Ohio
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Vince Russo Arrested at Willoughby Hills Home: The Russo's have helped Bob Aufuldish maintain a death grip on Lake County
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
We have been looking for Concord Township Trustee meeting minutes for the past few months. However, it seems that there are no meeting minutes posted for Trustee meetings AFTER the 4/21/10 meeting.
See here. No minutes past 4/21/10. There is a disclaimer on the webpage that says that meeting minutes will not appear until approved by the Trustees.
According to a link for Concord Township's Trustee meetings video archives there have been four (4) Trustee meetings since the 4/21/10. See here.
Here's why we are "just askn:"
Concord Twp Trustee 4-21-10
According to Page two (2) of the 4/21/10 Trustee meeting, the Trustee Correspondance section, Taxn' Trustee Chris Galloway had nothing to say about the Police District levy. Instead, the Taxn' Trustee punted to the Lake County Township Association.
We keep looking for the Trustee Meeting minutes to see if there is any new talk about the Police District Levy...but, there's nothn', notta, zip, ...no meeting minutes.
So, where are the Concord Township Trustee meeting minutes for the past four meetings?