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  •  This is kind of my issue too (47+ / 0-)

    I worked hard to get Jennifer elected in 2006 and she has performed beyond my wildest expectations. I was reminded of this again last Thursday night at a meeting of our county Democrat Women's Caucus when our board of elections director Jane Platten spoke and vividly described the change in efficiently, openness and attitude that took place there in 2007, and gave much of the credit to Jennifer. Her ridding us of the thug and his three stooges who ran the BoE was such a gift and a transformation.

    From what I have observed of Jennifer, as a person and a public servant, I think she would make an outstanding Senator and I look forward to supporting her. But we need the Democratic party in this state to get together and identify a strong, viable candidate for secretary of state who can begin fundraising and raising their name recognition as quickly as possible. The Republicans are salivating at the thought of not only retaking the apportionment board so they can retain Ohio's absurdly lopsided and unfair districts for another decade but also so they can re-destroy our election system after Jennifer has so painstakingly built it. I am sure Jon Husted, the Republican who will probably be their candidate, is looking forward to restoring the chaos and voter suppression Ken Blackwell presided over.

    I hope the Democrats will have the sense to find a fair, untainted, qualified candidate who is trustworthy and confidence-inspiring. This post is too important to sacrifice it to political wheeling and dealing, and yes, I am referring to the rumors that Cuyahoga County prosecutor Bill Mason is interested. Considering that one of his closest friends is the only person to go down so far in the investigations into corruption in this county, the Republicans would have a field day with him, even if his reputation for secrecy, vindictiveness and manipulativeness didn't already concern me.

    I believe we will beat Rob Portman as long as we shove the economy down his job-destroying throat. We also need to beat Jon Husted.

    Rob Portman: He sent your job to China.

    by anastasia p on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 01:27:05 PM PST

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    •  Dems should play the GOP game (3+ / 0-)

      That game being moving proven candidates from one office to another. Let Rich Cordray run for Sec. of State. He is a good state-wide candidate and the Sec. of State job is more urgent than the Attorney General job.

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        Rich was overqualified to be treasurer, and elections haven't been his thing, although he could do a great job. But he is an extraordinarily well-qualified person to be AG, in which capacity he can fight things like payday lending, predatory mortgage brokers and for-profit charter schools who deliver failing educations and bleed our public schools. Sorry but he is ideally suited for the job he has. He's not such a good fit for SoS although I have no doubt he could do the job.

        Rob Portman: He sent your job to China.

        by anastasia p on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 04:01:43 PM PST

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    •  Will she continue to champion electoral reform? (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm looking for strong progressives to push a braver reformist agenda than we've seen heretofore.  I'd love to start sending support Jennifer Brunner's way if she's clearly headed in this direction.

      My two primary reform interests are these:

      1. Public financing of Federal elections, along something like the Arizona model, to take most of the power of money out of electoral politics.
      1. Drastic breakup of the media oligopoly, to allow new ownership which would bring diversity of opinion to mainstream media.

      If Ms. Brunner supports issues like these as a senator, I will be happy to start sending her financial support.  My NM senators are set for a while, and I'm looking for good candidates to get behind for 2010.

      Dear Republicans: You can't repeat a lie enough to make it true.

      by Dallasdoc on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 04:15:53 PM PST

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      •  Those are important issues to me too (1+ / 0-)
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        I call them "gateway" issues.If we don't have fair elections and a balanced, diverse media, then everything else we want will be a struggle. It's why I choose, after the depression from 2004 lifted, to focus on election and media reform, rather than the environment or health care or Iraq. First, we have to reclaim fair process and fair media.

        Rob Portman: He sent your job to China.

        by anastasia p on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 04:31:04 PM PST

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        •  We see eye to eye (0+ / 0-)

          Until we get those basic process reforms in place, any programmatic progress we make will be ripe for reversal at any time as the corruptionists regain their power.  We have to remove the corruption from the electoral process and the national debate so we can ensure an honest future politics.

          Dear Republicans: You can't repeat a lie enough to make it true.

          by Dallasdoc on Tue Feb 24, 2009 at 04:33:05 PM PST

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