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RandySF's Journal
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November 10, 2013

Correction from Richmond should put Herring ahead in AG race

Dave Wasserman ?@Redistrict 55m
Wow, via @ElectProject, Richmond 501 had higher '12-'13 dropoff than ALL 6 of its neighbors - a good sign the "forgotten machine" is real.

Dave Wasserman ?@Redistrict 44m
By my math, if reports of the #ShockoeSlipUp are correct & tallies change, Herring (D) would take lead by 82 votes:


November 9, 2013

Alexandria Provisionals net 24 for Herring.

Dak Hardwick ?@DakHardwick 1h
Provisional ballot count in #Alexandria complete: Herring 53, Obenshain 29. Net gain of 24 for @SenMarkHerring.
Retweeted by Dave Wasserman


November 9, 2013

Why legalizing gay marriage is going to get harder

For the past year, same-sex marriage proponents have been on a winning streak, including on Tuesday when the Illinois legislature approved gay weddings starting in June. While Hawaii is expected within a week to become the 16th state sanctioning same-sex marriage, activists will face a tougher time expanding the map after that point.

Any future change in state marriage laws rests almost entirely on either the reversal of gay wedding bans through ballot initiatives or court challenges, both of which represent a steeper climb. The one exception to this is in New Mexico, where the state’s constitution is silent on the question: its Supreme Court heard arguments on a case involving six couples last month and is expected to rule on the question within a matter of months.

“We’re going to be entering an era where most of the legislative fights are over, and we’re going to have to undo constitutional amendments, and do that at the ballot box,” said Marc Solomon, national campaign director of the group Freedom to Marry.

That’s terrain that has traditionally favored defenders of traditional marriage. Twenty-nine states now have voter-approved constitutional bans on gay marriage (since California’s was overturned in June); one state, Minnesota, defeated a proposed ban; and three states — Maine, Maryland and Washington — legalized same-sex weddings through a statewide vote.


November 7, 2013

Ohio Democrats scored big wins last night. Dress rehearsal for 2014.


TO: Interested Parties

FR: The Ohio Democratic Party

RE: A Bad Night for Governor Kasich and Friends

The 2013 election can be summed up in five words: “Overwhelming losses for Kasich’s friends.”

While Republicans suffered significant losses nationwide in traditional strongholds like Virginia, Ohio voters also punished the GOP at the local level for their recent attacks on workers, women, and push to shift the tax burden on to the middleclass.

In a statewide wave, voters stripped the Governor and his allies from control of any of Ohio’s ten most populous cities for the first time in nearly five years. The last time Ohio Democrats experienced similar success at the local level was in 2007, foreshadowing historic presidential and statehouse victories a year later.

As we enter the 2014 elections, Kasich is at a distinct disadvantage of strong local leaders in key regions poised to defend his unpopular positions. Join us in our continued efforts to defeat Governor Kasich today by making a contribution of $10, $20 or even $50 now!

TOLEDO: Gov. Kasich’s “buddy” Mayor Mike Bell gets the boot

In 2009, Independent Mike Bell defeated Toledo’s incumbent Democratic mayor with the support of key Republican leaders. And following the election of John Kasich, Bell gained notoriety for promoting Senate Bill 5 in a statewide television ad.

Two years later, the Lucas County Republican Party rewarded Bell with their endorsement, while Governor Kasich called him “my buddy” and seemingly discouraged potential Republican challengers. Because of the Mayor’s close relationship with John Kasich, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern stated defeating Mike Bell was the Party’s “top goal” in 2013.

Last night, Mike Bell lost re-election due to his relationship with Governor Kasich, and his callous support for Senate Bill 5.

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Thirty-year incumbent & Kasich supporter defeated

Nearly thirty years ago, Cuyahoga Falls first sent Don Robart to the mayor’s office. Since then, he’s been an outspoken advocate for the values Governor Kasich holds near and dear.

In his 2009 State of the City Address, Mayor Robart mused about “eliminat[ing] public sector unions”, and two years later he was one of the first elected officials to endorse Senate Bill 5. Mayor Robart unequivocally stated that John Kasich is “the best governor we’ve had in my lifetime!”

In a narrow vote hinging on a margin of approximately 2.6%, Cuyahoga Falls voters sent one of Governor Kasich’s most outspoken supporters packing, replacing him with Councilman Don Walters.

DAYTON: GOP strikes out – twice

Four years ago, the Montgomery County Republican Party endorsed Independent Gary Leitzell in his successful campaign for mayor. Two years later, Leitzell initially refused to reject Senate Bill 5, going so far as to urge compromise on Governor Kasich’s chief legislative proposal.

Following Leitzell’s failure to move on to the 2013 General Election, Republicans jumped ship to support AJ Wagner against Nan Whaley, an outspoken critic of Governor Kasich.

Despite the GOP’s best effort, Mayor-Elect Whaley won with an overwhelming 12% margin, lending Democrats another powerful voice to articulate the case against Governor Kasich in bellwether Montgomery County.


These 2013 victories are historic.

Not only did Democrats win in all regions of the state – North, South, East and West, but Democrats also won in all parts of the state – urban, suburban, exurban, and rural areas.

For the first in nearly two decades, Democrats took control of Newark City Council, electing four councilpersons in a region that has historically challenged the Party.

Ohioans again rejected the principals of Senate Bill 5 by overwhelmingly defeating Cincinnati Local Issue 4 by 31,497 votes, or a margin of 56.64%. This initiative was crafted by the same masterminds that helped Governor Kasich fashion and sell Senate Bill 5, and would have defunded public pensions and stripped unions of their ability to bargain for members’ retirement security.

Democrats successfully defended Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci, Jr., Lima Mayor David Berger, and maintained control of the Youngstown and Cincinnati Mayor’s Offices with the elections of John McNally and John Cranley.


In preparation for 2014, the Ohio Democratic Party made substantial investments of time and resources in this year’s local races to put the Governor and his friends on defense, including:

Sending more than 2,000,000 pieces of mail in support of our candidates and issues.

Making more than 553,000 voter contact attempts in communities across the state.
The State Party also used the off-cycle election to build our infrastructure in advance of the battles to come.

During this year’s municipal elections, 772 individual users added more than one million data points to the same state-of-the-art Ohio voter file Democrats used last year to defeat Mitt Romney — and will use next year to send John Kasich, Josh Mandel, and the rest of their friends packing.

November 6, 2013

Obenshain down to 153

Dave Wasserman ?@Redistrict 49s
Wow. Via AP, Obenshain (R) lead has shrunk to 153 & that doesn't include Loudoun/Buchanan corrections/new precincts.


November 6, 2013

Transcription error in Loudoun shortchanging Herring by 600 votes

Dave Wasserman ?@Redistrict 1m
Whoa! via @Dsquared75 & @jlock, it appears a transcription error in Loudoun is currently shortchanging Herring (D) by ~600 votes.


November 6, 2013

Hawaii House panels vote tonight to approve SB1, sending to full House for a vote

wo panels in the Hawaii House, which have heard five days of public testimony, voted tonight to advance SB 1 to a pair of votes by the full House later this week.

The Hawaii Senate has already passed the bill, and all political experts say that there are enough votes in the House for passage. Democratic Gov. Neal Abercrombie has already announced that he will sign the bill into law.

The law allows marriages to begin on Nov. 18, 2013.


November 6, 2013

SeaTac minimum-wage measure takes narrow early lead

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: A SeaTac ballot measure to create a $15-an-hour minimum wage for some workers led in initial vote counting Tuesday.

SeaTac Proposition 1 was ahead 54 percent to 46 percent in initial returns.


November 6, 2013

Five Colorado counties vote to secede from the state.

Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 9:06 PM PT (Darth Jeff): Eleven conservative northern Colorado counties voted whether or not to consider seceding and forming a 51st state. It appears the vote to secede has passed in eight, with Weld, Moffat, and Logan voting no. In practice this vote is just for show: both the Colorado legislature and Congress would need to approve a new state, which just isn't going to happen.


November 6, 2013

I think Herring is going to pull ahead.

Virginia - 2533 of 2541 Precincts Reporting - 99%

Obenshain, Mark GOP 1,095,565 50%
Herring, Mark Dem 1,094,787 50%


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