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Over the past few years, Ohio state rep in district 12, John Barnes, along with a few others has conspired with John Kasich on a bunch of bills that were both bad for Ohio and especially bad for their constituents.  For those who don't know, Barnes, along with several of his colleagues has been notoriously appeasing to Republicans, behaving very much like the "independent" Democratic caucus in New York.  For example, this is the group that rubber stamped the Republicans' redistricting proposals.  Barnes is one of the poster children for Republican appeasement, having been used as a literal trophy by Kasich to make his draconian bills seem "bipartisan".  

Democratic representative John Barnes Jr. stands on Gov. John Kasich’s far right as he signs a transportation bill. The photo appeared in a Kasich campaign email.

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Barnes and anti-teacher activist Michelle Rhee recently sent out a mailer using the time honored GOP wedge issue of charter schools and vouchers to split poor neighborhoods' allegiances.


(The Cleveland Plain Dealer is a conservative leaning newspaper)

Barnes is truly a "Democrat" in the mold of Joe Lieberman. Fortunately, this year, there is another option.  Jill Miller Zimon has filed to run a primary challenge to John Barnes in this 80% Dem district.  This isn't a vanity challenge.  This primary challenge has been endorsed and is being funded by the Ohio Democratic Party.    She's raised more money than Barnes, has the endorsement of all the major Dem players like the teachers and labor unions, and even has gotten a shoutout and support from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown himself.  

Barnes is clearly scared. Reports of robocalls by US Rep Marsha Fudge and lots of push polling are coming from all over the district. Zimon is fighting back with strong GOTV efforts of her own.  

Under normal circumstances, she would be favored to win, but she does face one daunting obstacle besides Barnes' incumbency.  This is a 70% African American district that probably would like their rep to be a member of the Ohio CBC.  Zimon is from a mostly white and wealthy, but liberal section of the district ( district which cuts across all sorts of community lines--quite a work of gerrymandering)--not an ideal fit for a district that is mostly AA working class.  Zimon's path to victory involves both maximizing her turnout in a low turnout primary, and convincing enough folks in the African American and working class communities in the district that Barnes is not representing them.  

She is working very hard and would end up being a very good representative in the statehouse.  Won't you help give a black eye to John Kasich and help out this weekend? The election is Tuesday.

The stakes are big.  John Barnes has already decided to stick it as much as he can to the Ohio Dems.  Now that the party is officially challenging him, the good guys have to win or Barnes will go even more Lieberdem on us.  Help us win!  

The race may be small, but the effect will be huge!  Help Jill Miller Zimon today!


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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    "I know you cannot force people to care. Ukraine is far away for many, all have own problems. But even if cynical, realize problem will grow. It isn't only people like me, raised in a dictatorship, who don't want it to happen to others"-Gary Kasparov

    by LordMike on Sat May 03, 2014 at 09:55:36 AM PDT

  •  What's with the.... (0+ / 0-)

    ....sit home and let the Lieberdem win responses?  Did my diary offend somehow?  If you're not able to help, I'd expect no answer on the poll unless you didn't like the content or tone of the diary.  Your opinion would be appreciated.

    "I know you cannot force people to care. Ukraine is far away for many, all have own problems. But even if cynical, realize problem will grow. It isn't only people like me, raised in a dictatorship, who don't want it to happen to others"-Gary Kasparov

    by LordMike on Sat May 03, 2014 at 11:23:36 AM PDT

    •  I didn't give that response (2+ / 0-)
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      But my guess is this: If you give people a sarcastic choice, some people will choose it.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Sat May 03, 2014 at 12:12:03 PM PDT

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    •  I didn't answer the poll (3+ / 0-)
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      but if I had, I would have chosen that response. After all, I can neither GOTV or vote in Ohio, as I am obviously in Maine. I don't have any money to donate either. Thus, my truthful answer is that, while I probably support Jill Zimon, I can't and won't do anything to help her.

      Your poll seems to assume that everyone who reads this diary lives in OH-HD-12. Obviously, the vast majority of people who read this diary will not live in OH-HD-12. Thus, there should have been another option in the poll, along the lines of 'I don't live in the Cleveland area'.

      (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

      by ProudNewEnglander on Sat May 03, 2014 at 12:24:40 PM PDT

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  •  First of all it's "Marcia" Fudge (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, LordMike, Ahianne, TrueBlueDem

    Second of all, while the district is majority minority, turnout doesn't favor Barnes as much. Jill's part of the district votes much more heavily than some of the other parts. (I think she told me at one point that TURNOUT is actually majority white). And Jill's got a ton of endorsements from African-American leaders in most of the communities in this district.

    Finally, I think you mischaracterize Barnes when you say he has "decided" to "stick it to Ohio Dems." Barnes doesn't "decide" shit like that. He is a nonentity who goes along for a pat on the head from his friend, state rep. Bill Patmon, who is probably the brains of this sorry outfit — Republican-appeasing "Democrats" in the statehouse.

    Patmon, who also has a primary challenge, has also benefited from big money from Michelle Rhee and Students Last If At All. Unfortunately, Patmon's primary challenger is Eugene Miller, a Barnes-like nonentity looking for a place to land after losing his Cleveland city council seat (and committing actual voter fraud in the process!) Policywise he is probably better than Patmon, but he's not the type of person we need in the legislature.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

    by anastasia p on Sat May 03, 2014 at 12:11:15 PM PDT

    •  I apologize for the misspelling... (1+ / 0-)
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      I should know better.  

      From what I can tell, she's working very hard and running a very good campaign, and I can see from her updates that she's doing a very good job of outreach.  The ODP must feel that she has a good chance by backing her so openly.  I hope she wins!  She gives every impression that she will work very hard for the benefit of the district.

      Thank you for the additional information.  It is greatly appreciated!

      "I know you cannot force people to care. Ukraine is far away for many, all have own problems. But even if cynical, realize problem will grow. It isn't only people like me, raised in a dictatorship, who don't want it to happen to others"-Gary Kasparov

      by LordMike on Sat May 03, 2014 at 12:55:34 PM PDT

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  •  There's also a third race to follow (1+ / 0-)
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    Besides the Barnes vs Miller Zimon and Patmon v Miller races. Zack Milkovich vs Greta Johnson in the 35th district in Summit County is another race to follow. Milkovich was a cosponsor of the Ohio version of the religious freedom bill that Gov. Brewer had to veto in Az. He also voted for a bill backed by the payday lending industry. The local establishment is backing Johnson. Should be interesting to watch.

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