2009 election results: 1 step forward & 2 steps backward

Some of the election races turned out the way I’d hoped, but I’m sure regular readers know that, over all, I’m displeased with Ohio’s election results, especially pertaining to Issue 3.

All counties routinely covered by Buckeye RINO, namely Erie, Huron, Seneca, Lorain, and Cuyahoga, favored the casino cartel.  Absentee votes were overwhelmingly in favor of the casinos. In a few years, Ohioans will see how the casino vote is every bit as damaging as the lottery vote a few decades ago, but it will be too late to do anything about it, just as it’s too late to do anything about the lottery.  These things can’t be undone.  Sorry, Ohio, but you’ve stepped in it.

Ohio also voted to pay out more interest by taking on more debt with passage of Issue 1.

In Erie County voting, there were some election night successes that indicate an improvement for both the Sandusky school board and the Sandusky city commission.  Voters did pick Koonce for Sandusky school board and dump Patterson.  Smart move.  Also, two Sandusky city commission incumbents who are among the good old boys, Stahl and Warner, came in dead last, while challengers Nuesse and Hamilton picked up two of the three commission seats available.  However, by favoring Issue 3, Erie County residents rewarded some bad behavior and have undercut Cedar Point and the indoor water parks as tourist destinations.

In Cuyahoga County, voters did pass Issue 6 and reject Issue 5 in an attempt to come to grips with corruption in county government.  However, in passing Issue 3, voters have greatly facilitated the operations of organized crime, so, at the same time they are trying to heal the damage, they’ve shot themselves in the foot.

In Lorain County, it seems that Gary Bennett has won election to Elyria Municipal Court, that Phil Van Treuren did secure a seat on Amherst city council, and it seems that the Lorain school board candidates endorsed at Buckeye RINO have emerged as winners. Issue 4, a county sales tax increase, was also defeated.

However, Lorain may have to change its name to Giardini-on-the-Lake as Democrat good old boy party boss Anthony Giardini saw all of his preferred candidates sweep the elections for Lorain city council.  It’s really hard for me to feel sorry for Giardini-on-the-Lake when voters continue to support a Democrat machine that has abused them terribly.  In the race for Law Director, Giardini-on-the-Lake voters rewarded non-compliance.

Elyria voters chose exactly the same city council candidates that were endorsed by the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.  Maybe the CT wants to do more than just report events–maybe they want to shape events.  Maybe the CT, with its endorsements, just wanted to bet on the winning horses and come out smelling like a rose.  I don’t know, but I bet the city won’t move forward as successfully as if the election results had matched Buckeye RINO’s endorsements.  Most disappointing were the Democrat sweeps in the at-Large seats.  Here’s the fly in the ointment with electing the CT slate:  The city tax issue, Issue 10, went down to defeat.  The CT endorsed Issue 10.  The city council that the CT has chosen doesn’t know how to govern without passage of Issue 10.  The Buckeye RINO-endorsed city council would have been able to move forward without passage of Issue 10.  If Elyria voters had thought this through more thoroughly, they would have realized that their opposition to Issue 10 meant that they needed to elect the Buckeye RINO slate, not the CT slate.  Just watch–Elyria will try to raise taxes again, because of who was elected to city council.  Leopards don’t change their spots.  Just look at the county commissioners with their sales tax hikes.  Voters in Lorain County chose commissioner candidates that can’t govern without hiking taxes.  Two years ago, a sales tax hike approved by county commissioners was soundly defeated.  Did voters oust the offending county commissioners?  No.  They returned them to office.  What happened?  They hiked sales taxes again.  Voters rejected that tax hike by rejecting Issue 4.  Want to stop going down the path of tax hikes?  Vote for different commissioners!  Next year, Betty Blair’s commissioner seat will be up for election.  Should you return Blair to office?  Not if you’ve voted against the tax hikes twice.  Think about it.

5 Responses to “2009 election results: 1 step forward & 2 steps backward”

  1. madrael Says:


    You know I’m disappointed in the passage of Issue 3 as well. The Dispatch already has an article about attempts to legislatively or constitutionally make changes to Issue 3. I’m hoping it’s still a while before construction begins and if it does, in will in be in a form different than Issue 3 prescribes.

    I thought it interesting that the only county to vote down Issue 3 was the one where the mayor came out against it.

    The Dispatch has an excellent interactive map where you can see how each county voted on the statewide issues.

  2. buckeyerino Says:

    Thanks for commenting. The Plain Dealer also had an interactive map showing the county-by-county tallies for Issue 3. A clump of northern counties, with Cleveland at the core, and a clump of southwestern counties, with Cincinnati at the core, were the counties that supported Issue 3, while the rest of the state was against it.

  3. Norma Says:

    I voted against all 3 issues. But wanted you to know your “guest blog” at mine probably holds the record for comments–53. I checked a lot of Ohio bloggers–conservative and liberal–and they are really all over the map on this one. It’s shocking how many people believe this recession will continue and therefore we need that money NOW. It won’t happen of course, it will just bring in more crime and dysfunction. Let them go to Detroit–they need it more. And the truly occasional recreational gambler will continue to travel, because that’s part of their fun.

    • buckeyerino Says:

      I wish I could get streams of comments as lengthy at my own blog. I guess I need more readership. On the other hand, I think I don’t write as well as you, which is why I don’t have as much readership in the first place.

      Though I don’t get many comments here, the gambling blog entries I’ve written certainly draw more attention than entries on a lot of other topics. The most viewed Buckeye RINO blog entry of all time isn’t about health care, isn’t about bailouts, isn’t about Obama, or any of that. It’s an article I wrote last year about gambling when a casino was proposed for Clinton County, known as Issue 6, and it explains, at the microeconomics level, why spending money on gambling doesn’t have as big of an economic benefit as spending money at a store, or restaurant, or Cedar Point, does.


      Keep up the good work at your blog. I certainly would have liked this election much more had all 3 statewide issues failed instead of all 3 passing.

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