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Ohio Mistrusts Democracy

March 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
 

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

Ohio Republicans must not think their political candidates can win a fair fight against Democrats. They’ve decided to rig the state’s election system in their favor, deliberately making voting harder for people who tend to vote Democratic, particularly minorities and the poor.

After years of debate and litigation on this issue, Ohio lawmakers know full well that there is no history of electoral fraud in the state and no pattern of abuse by any voters or groups. The sole reason for a series of recently passed bills is that Ohio is a perennial swing state, and Republicans want to give themselves every possible advantage in sending party members to Congress later this year, and putting electoral votes in the Republican column in the 2016 presidential election. That’s why Gov. John Kasich signed into law the following provisions:

■ Six days of early voting have been eliminated, and same-day registration will no longer be allowed on those days, during which more than 50,000 people voted in 2012. Blacks participated in early voting at a higher rate than whites.

■ Absentee voting will become much more difficult, because counties are barred from sending out ballot applications. Voters will have to answer a complicated set of questions for their absentee ballot to count, and they will have to pay their own postage. In 2012, 1.2 million people in Ohio voted absentee.

■ Provisional ballots, used when there is a question about a voter’s identity in a polling place, will undergo far greater scrutiny, and can be rejected for minute errors.

To read the entire article go to the NY Times.

New term shifts Newark City Council leadership

January 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
 
Written by Joe Williams, Advocate Reporter (Jan. 7, 2014)

 

NEWARK — For the first time since 1999, Democrats officially became the majority party on Newark City Council Monday night, and with that shift, assumed key leadership roles.

Council’s newly-elected and re-elected ward members, and City Treasurer Tim Mercer, took the oath of office in separate ceremonies Monday night before the year’s first session, in which the panel makes leadership and committee assignments.

The Democrats earned the majority party distinction in November’s General Election, when Fourth Ward voters favored Democrat Alex Rolletta and ousted Republican Rhonda Loomis. That single race swung what had been the slimmest of majorities for the Republicans — a 5-5 tie on council, but overseen by Council President Don Ellington, a Republican, who votes only to break ties.

Voters in November also elected Democrats Dee Hall and Jeremy Blake for the First and Second ward seats, previously held by Democrats Ed Houdeshell and Shirley Stare, who decided not to seek re-election. Carol Floyd, D-7th Ward, retained her post, as did Republicans Jeff Rath, Third Ward, Curtis Johnson, Fifth Ward, and Doug Marmie, Sixth Ward.

To read the entire article go to The Newark Advocate.

Retirement leaves city without a Stare, for now

December 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
 

The StaresSiblings Frank and Shirley Stare are among two generations of Stares who have been public servants in Newark. Shirley Stare’s 12-year tenure on the Newark City Council ends this month. Frank served three terms as mayor and 14 years on the council.  /  Michael Lehmkuhle/The Advocate (December 28, 2013)

Written by Joe Williams, Advocate Reporter

NEWARK — This week, Newark City Councilwoman Shirley Stare officially closes the door on what some might call the family business — city government — at least for now.

Stare, a Democrat, steps down from her 2nd Ward seat at the end of the day Tuesday, when her term ends. She served for 12 years on the Newark City Council and chose not to run for re-election. She will be replaced by South End community organizer Jeremy Blake, who beat local businessman Mark Christenberry for the seat in November.

“I have to say I really loved it,” Stare said. “I reached a point where I felt it was time to leave, get some new ideas.”

The Stare family’s involvement in the public’s business began in the 1920s, when Stare’s uncle, Peter Stare, served on the city council. Her uncle, Louis, served in the ’30s. Her father, the late Frank Jr., served in the 1940s, and her brother, Frank III, served for 14 years on the council, starting in 1974, before leading the city in three consecutive terms as mayor, from 1992 to 2003.

To read the entire article go to The Newark Advocate.

Marcia Phelps wins re-election

November 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
 
Written by Joe Williams, Advocate Reporter

NEWARK — Veteran public servant Marcia Phelps withstood a strong challenge from political newcomer Olivia Thorp on Tuesday in the race for Licking County Municipal Court clerk, winning 53 to 47 percent.

Phelps won re-election to her second six-year term by 15,908 to 14,110, according to unofficial results from the Licking County Board of Elections.

“The voters, I think, are telling me they appreciate good, hard work, public service,” Phelps said Tuesday night at Democratic Party headquarters. “They want the consistency to remain.”

Phelps thanked “my family, my friends, volunteers and voters, because it took all of them to bring us across to the victory.”

To read the entire article go to The Newark Advocate.

Democrats take control of Newark City Council

November 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
 
Written by Joe Williams, Advocate Reporter

NEWARK — Voters shifted the balance of power on Newark City Council Tuesday, turning control over to the Democrats next year.

Democrats Dee Hall won the 1st Ward, Jeremy Blake cruised to victory in the 2nd Ward and Alex Rolletta upset incumbent Republican Rhonda Loomis in the 4th Ward race. Democrat Carol Floyd won re-election in the 7th Ward, ensuring her party’s control of council.

To read the entire article go to The Newark Advocate.

Proud to be a graduate of Newark City Schools

September 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
 

Newark Advocate September 22, 2013

Written by Alex Rolletta, candidate for Newark City Council, 4th Ward.

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Newark High School. It was inspiring to see the culmination of the efforts of our community to improve our schools for coming generations. As Newark High School science teacher D.M. Caldwell gave a small group of us a tour of the completed facility, his enthusiasm was contagious. Gleaming classrooms, new computers, science labs, a beautiful new gym, an efficient floor plan design — all these things cannot help but to raise student morale and contribute to learning success! And it is already paying off. The overall graduation rate at Newark High School has increased to over 85 percent, up from the low 70s when I walked with my class at White’s Field.

I see money spent on education not as an expense, but as an investment. Economically, we have to have a well-educated workforce to attract business and thereby increase our tax base. This will help us balance our budget while maintaining quality neighborhoods and services. And, as former Superintendent Keith Richards explained at the ribbon-cutting, for every dollar spent on school construction, around 74 cents was returned to the community.

To read the entire guest column go to the Newark Advocate.

Ted Strickland tapped for UN post

September 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
 

Sep 11, 2013, 12:44pm EDT

Jeff Bell Staff reporter- Business First

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has been tapped by President Barack Obama for a post at the United Nations, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Strickland, who served as governor from 2007-11, has been nominated to serve as the nation’s alternate representative to the 68th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the newspaper said.

The post will require U.S. Senate confirmation and for Strickland to move to New York City.

The southern Ohio native and former U.S. congressman has been working with a bipartisan think tank in Washington, D.C., and for Democratic causes at the state and national levels since he lost his re-election bid to Republican John Kasich in November 2010.

Last-minute council candidates close in on ballot slots

August 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
 

From the Newark Advocate (August 12, 2013):

NEWARK — On Thursday night, local election officials are scheduled to certify issues and candidates for the Nov. 5 ballot, including two candidates for the Newark City Council added to the slate this week by the Democratic and Republican parties.

Democrat Ann Rader and Republican Curtis Johnson received their parties’ backing Sunday to run for the council’s 5th Ward seat. Party leaders forwarded their names to the Licking County Board of Elections on Monday, beating the 4 p.m. filing deadline, Board of Elections Director Sue Penick said.

To read the entire article go to The Newark Advocate:

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    April 1st - Early voting begins today.

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    April 2nd - John Carlisle for Ohio Senate District 31 Meet & Greet from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Buckeye Winery, 25 N. 3rd Street, Newark.

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    April 7th - Last day to register to vote in the May 6th Primary Election.

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    April 8th - Democratic Club meets at 7:00 pm at Dem HQs, 25 W. Main Street, Newark. Social begins at 6:30 pm.

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    April 22nd - Executive Committee meets at 6:30 pm and Central Committee meets at 7:00 pm at Dem HQs, 25 W. Main Street, Newark.

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    May 6th - Primary Election Day. Polls are open from 6:30 am - 7:30 pm.