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Ohio's state capital, Columbus dominates Franklin County, and is the swingiest part of the bellwether and swingy state of Ohio.  Frequently, we are national ground zero for presidential politics.  This year is no different, witness that two days ago, President Obama gave an education speech at Capital University, near downtown, and on Saturday, the Republican challenger Mitt Romney will do a fund raiser in Powell, Ohio, a northern suburb.

A couple of things caught my eye in today's online version of the Columbus Dispatch, the local Republican newspaper, and the only metropolitan daily in Columbus.

First, Secretary of State, John Husted, who is charged with running clean elections in Ohio, has reinstated the two Democratic Board of Elections members that he suspended last week for daring to propose and vote for . . . horrors! weekend voting in Montgomery County (Dayton).  Link.

Then a story about the U of Cincinnati and Quinnipiac polls show no bounce for Romney with the Ryan selection, and Obama still leads.Update 2:  No Ryan Bounce.

And perhaps more important, over the fold, it appears that the real estate market in central Ohio has turned around.

Update:  Jon Husted 2005 Federal Forum partial roster (2 images)

The fact that this major part of any region's economy is doing very well is an indication that President Obama's housing policies are starting to take hold and this is likely very bad news for the Romney-Ryan campaign which thrives on bad economic news.

Dispatch story:  Sales, prices soar as buyers compete for homes

The article goes on to say:


At the end of July, 11,987 homes were for sale on the area’s Multiple Listing Service, 32 percent fewer than a year ago.

In some markets, the declines are steep. In Upper Arlington, 199 homes are for sale, down from 377 a year ago. In Powell, listings have dropped from 142 to 67, and in New Albany, from 156 to 75.


Home sales were up 8 percent from last July in the Columbus area and 13.4 percent statewide. Nationwide, home sales rose 2.3 percent from June and 10.4 percent from July 2011.

Foreclosed properties continue to account for a large part of the market, but far less than a few years ago. Foreclosures and short sales accounted for 24 percent of national home sales and about 26 percent of central Ohio sales.

 Emphasis mine.

The foreclosed properties are not good, of course, but they have moved off the market, which works to absorb inventory.  The highlighted communities Upper Arlington, Powell and New Albany are considered to be upscale markets, with Powell and New Albany being homes to the nuveau riche, and generally are considered to be Republican areas.  It may be difficult, indeed, for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to address a bunch of wealthy supporters in Powell on Saturday, and tell them that things are terrible in Central Ohio, particularly any members of the crowd that may be in the real estate business.  This article says that Romney-Ryan will leave for the convention after leaving Central Ohio, just another indication that we in Central Ohio, are once again at political ground zero in 2012.

This graphic shows an improving housing market all over Ohio, which is more bad news for Romney-Ryan, who thrive on failure and despair, like all Republicans.

More good housing news for Central Ohio was announced yesterday.  Nationwide Investments announced that 120 new housing units will be built downtown in the Arena District, signifying confidence in the future by big investors.  More bad news for Romney-Ryan, who thrive on failure and despair.

And finally, when John Husted was Speaker of the Ohio House, he was a member of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, which may go a long way toward explaining his dedication to suppressing Democratic voters and votes.  Once you're an ALEC, you're ALEC all the way, from your first cigarette, till the cart you away (apologies to the memory of Leonard Bernstein).  

And as we know, ALEC is committed to the wide dissemination and passage of anti-voter, particularly anti-Democratic voters from state to state, and coast to coast.

All in all, I don't think it has been a good day for Mitt Romney in Central Ohio.

Originally posted to Ohiodem1 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 01:35 PM PDT.

Also republished by KasichWatch, American Legislative Transparency Project, and Earthship Koch.

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  •  Husted - Another Repub Crook Stealing An Election (4+ / 0-)
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    Ohiodem1, a2nite, Ahianne, Bob Sloan

    Then this man wants to be governor.

    Posthumously Baptized and Retroactively Retired. It’s 1950 If Romney Is Elected.

    by wild hair on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 02:18:01 PM PDT

    •  He wants to be governor (4+ / 0-)
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      wild hair, Ohiodem1, Ahianne, Bob Sloan

      and maybe, just maybe, he's smart enough to know that that will never happen if he blatantly hands this state to Romney.

      That's not to say that he won't still try to find every sneaky, shady, underhanded means to bend the outcome of the vote -- but he may be one of the few R's smart enough to understand that in this internet age, anything overt will be caught, recorded, and replayed endlessly.

      As the election grows closer and Romney continues to flounder, I think any R with ambition and half a brain will start to back away from him. Sorry, dude, but you got no chance and I've got my own future to consider here ...

      Or ... am I giving him too much credit?

  •  Husted only reinstated those Ds temporarily - (2+ / 0-)
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    Ohiodem1, Ahianne

    it's reported that he did so because some decisions MUST be made by certain deadlines, implying they needed a quorum, maybe. But he may as soon as today get a response re his recommendation to fire them.

    And Husted hasn't budged re his controversial decision to have no weekend hours for early voting.

  •  Dems can expect no less than complete and open (1+ / 0-)
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    attempts to depress non-Republican votes in Ohio this election.  Yes, to MsKitty's assessment on Husted needing the two Dem BOE members he suspended and they aren't out of the woods yet.

    But for the Ohio R's the top party bosses are dedicated to defeating President Obama - and if open, flagrant manipulations of voting hours, fixed voting machines or locking minorities out of the polls is what it takes, they're more than willing to do just that to put Ohio in the Romney column in November.  If later corruption is exposed and some scapegoats have to take the fall for voter fraud, disenfranchisement or manipulating voting hours, so be it...they are that willing to steal Ohio and any other swing state, through whatever means available.  Too many corporations, millionaires, billionaires and conservative organizations have invested nearly unlimited funding to wrest the Presidency from Obama - for their efforts to fail now...if they do, more than a billion dollars of ultra-conservative funding will go up in smoke, with nothing to show for it.

    ALEC and the Koch brothers have put far too much time, effort, legislation and expense into advancing the ultra-conservative agenda to allow the Dem's off the hook NOW.

    Ohio has a "trifecta" of ALEC alums - who just may still retain membership in ALEC's organization - sitting atop the state government: Governor Kasich, Secretary Husted and PUCO Chairman Snitchler.  As the diarist maintains; "Once an're one all the way."

    Husted has tried to limit early voting hours knowing to do so will likely affect Dem voters more than R's...Kasich has attempted to advance an anti-labor agenda using ALEC model legislation...and Snitchler approved rate increases for ALEC member companies, AEI and Duke Energy, once he was appointed (by Kasich).  These are not assumptions or false claims - they are facts reported and documented.

    ALEC has its talons sunk deeply in Ohio and will not loosen their grip, it will have to be ripped from their grasp and to do that Ohioans MUST register, get the proper ID and turnout in strength to vote them from office.  A vote is the only true voice the citizens of Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, AZ., and MI. have left and they must use it wisely to begin to put an end to the dangerous anti-democratic agenda and ideologies of this Koch funded, ALEC assisted cabal.

    "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

    by Bob Sloan on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 10:44:15 PM PDT

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