Tuesday, November 30, 2010

OH-18: Taxn' Trustee Galloway's Chance Just Got a Little Worse

Sen. Grendell Smacks Down Taxn' Trustee Galloway; this article describes the memorandum written by Grendell to the State Senate Republican Caucus.

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

993 Vote Man: Thomas Wright Punks Judge Lucci

...and the Lucci fan boys wept.  How could this happen?  Our beloved Judge Lucci took out Judge Colleen O'toole...he had the high paid campaign consultant...woops.

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?


Alienated voters?

How did the Lucci/Galloway team blow this race?

News-Herald:Lake County Sheriff's budget under gun

Woah! Woah! Woah!

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

Kozlowski campaign earns Newcomb’s ire

Kozlowski campaign earns Newcomb’s ire

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.

Columbus Dispatch: State Office Workers Await Axe

Some State Workers Fear lay off due to GOP Sweep

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.

Cleveland Plain Liar Piles On: OH-18 and The Grendell's

Today the editorial board of the Cleveland Plain Liar weighed in on the OH-18 to OH-98...wait a second...Grendell switch.

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

Over at cleveland.com today we learn about Gov.-elect John Kasich's narrow way of thinking: job creation, a balanced budget, and tax cuts.  Hip, Hip, hooray!

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.

News-Herald Piles on: OH-18

The News-Herald, always in last place, when it comes to reporting anything important or interesting piled on today in the "race" to replace Tim Grendell as the OH-18 State Senator.

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

Lake County Assistant Prosecutor that worked on Lucci Campaign Appears before him too

Jeffrey York gets 15 years in prison - news-herald.com#blogcomments

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

PD confirms what we reported: Grendell May NOT take OH-98 Seat

That's right!  The PD has confirmed what we told you already: Tim Grendell may stay in the OH-18 Senate seat and pass up the OH-98 House seat.

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.

OH-18: Another Thought on the Contenders

This past Spring (2010) Judge Eugene Lucci mounted a primary challenge to 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Colleen O'toole.  The primary was fierce!  Judge O'toole waited too long...no wait...never brought out the big guns.  Instead, the Lucci campaign's fanboys campaigned fiercely.  Letters from sycophant lawyers went out to voters stating that Judge O'toole was a liberal, that she was unqualified, blah, blah, blah.

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

Today's Leadership Election in the U.S. House: Where is Rep. Latourette...

Here is a picture of U.S. Rep. John Boehner giving an acceptance speech after being elected Speaker of the House for the Congress that will be seated in Jan 2011.  In the Front row are Republican members from Ohio's delegation, for instance, Jim Rennaci.

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.

OH-18 Senate Seat: The Gloves are Coming Off--say NO! to Taxn' Trustee Galloway!

This blog has discussed on-and-off the implications of State Senator Tim Grendell's election to the OH-98 House of Representatives Seat.  This blog has also been privy to a lot of inside information regarding who MIGHT be Tim Grendell's successor.

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

Cut Cut Cut

NOTE:  Sorry for the formatting on this video clip.  Ohio News Network (ONN) uses Adobe's Shockwave Player, so you need this plug-in to watch the video.  The video plays as a small frame within the Adobe Shockwave Player.

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.


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

Cleveland Plain Liar's Brent Larkin: Latourette Serious Contendor for 2010 US Senate Seat

God help us.

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

It Sure Pays to Work for Eastlake--Public Records Reveal Generous Salary and Benefits

Here is the salary data for 124 Public Employees of the City of Eastlake.  What a well paid bunch.

Buckeye Institute - Local Salary-Eastlake

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

OH-99: Latourette Didn't Deliver Promised Help

Yeah Yeah.  OH-99 is Ashtabula County and six precincts in Northern Trumbull  County.  However, former Lake County Resident U.S. Rep. Steve Latourette, who now resides in Virginia, could have helped Casey Kozlowski secure victory.  Latourette is said to have promised the Kozlowski campaign a donatation of $5, 000.  Latourette did NOT deliver.

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

Cleveland Plain Liar: Anti-Tax Pledges Add Intrigue to Upcoming Budget Process

Today, Aaron Marshal (covers the Ohio State House Beat) whined about the anti-tax pledges that Governor-Elect Kasich and many who won Ohio Legislature races took.

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

News-Herald Proves itself Incoherent on Top of Being Irrelevant

The News-Herald reached a new low the other day.  On November 1st it published an editorial claiming that the cost of education is rising at an alarming rate.

The title:

"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

Lorraine Fende is useless.  Everyone knows she is the accidental candidate forced into politics by her father many years ago.

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.

OH-62 results.

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.


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

The Raw Dealer, or Cleveland Plain Liar, gave Ron Young a back handed slap during the article in which in endorsed Mark Schneider.  Basically, the Plain Liar said that Ron Young hates taxes and will do anything to lower taxes.  The Plain Liar is right.  This helped Ron Young return to the Ohio State House.

Listen to a winner: Ron Young

The 893 Vote Man: Tom Wright--Or, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Debacle

With 100% of the votes counted according to the The Ohio Secretary of State (note: there are more absentees and provisionals that can be counted) Tom Wright leads Gene Lucci by 893 votes.

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.

Listen to a Loser: Mark Schneider

What was the biggest surprise of Election Day? - news-herald.com

What was the biggest surprise of Election Day? - news-herald.com

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

This Blog Called 'em All!

This blog called 'em all correctly yesterday!  Hat tip this blog...back pat this blog.

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

In a few hours...

In a few hours...Lake County and some of its municipalities will have an increased tax burden. Issue 1 will most likely pass...sigh.

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....