Back in 2012 we reported that Republican AG Mike DeWine and SOS Jon Husted were racking up tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees defending state laws specifically aimed at keeping certain voters from accessing the polls. Not surprisingly, the targeted voters, like students and African Americans, tend to vote for Democrats.
That number now exceeds 1.5 million dollars according to a recent press release from State Representative Kathleen Clyde.
“It’s disappointing that we have a secretary of state who insults federal judges and wastes millions of taxpayer dollars in failed attempts to restrict voting,” said Clyde. “State records show the secretary has spent […]Full Story... →
Over the weekend, I finally made time to watch the new HBO film, “All the Way,” in which Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lyndon B. Johnson are depicted fighting the Dixiecrats to push through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, King on the streets in the South and Johnson in the halls of power in Washington.
The film, based on the award-winning play of the same name, at one point shows how the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act had to be severed for the political purposes of that election year, with Johnson promising King to bring the voting […]Full Story... →
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced yesterday that he would appeal the court’s decision in Ohio Democratic Party v. Husted related to the elimination of “Golden Week”, the time where voters can both register and vote on the same day. In his press release related to the appeal, Husted falsely claims that groups like the NAACP and the ACLU have supported the elimination of Golden Week. Husted writes:
“The elimination of Golden Week has enjoyed a broad coalition of bipartisan support, which includes the Ohio Association of Election Officials, the NAACP, the ACLU, the Republican controlled legislature and in 2009 the Democratic controlled House […]Full Story... →
The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office under Jon Husted was ordered in late August to give back-pay and raises to Communications Workers of America, Local 4501, union employees totaling $475,000 in a class action pay dispute, but over two months later still has not done so.
Instead, yesterday, Nov. 3, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Office made a motion for the arbitrator in the matter to reconsider and clarify his decision.
A copy of the arbitrator’s decision obtained by Plunderbund and dated Aug. 28, reveals that the dispute revolves around raises that were given to 14 non-bargaining employees.
“During the contract […]Full Story... →
Well, folks, it’s time for Who Do You Trust? Hubba Hubba Hubba, money, money, money, Who Do You Trust?
Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State, Jon Husted, launched a whopper of a campaign ad this week against Democratic opponent Nina Turner, entitled—you guessed it—Trust.
It really is a hoot, complete with condescending voiceover, static pictures of Turner wrapped in sepia tones, and spurious personal charges. It concludes by asserting Turner can’t be trusted before cutting to a slow-pan, full-color shot of the Family Husted in Sunday casual exchanging loving glances.
The tedious display of Poli-Ad, 100-level hackery, combined with Husted’s record in […]Full Story... →
Even in these shrinking days before the November election there are still a few surprises left in the media world. I refer to the Plain Dealer’s full-page endorsement of Democrat Nina Turner over her Republican opponent, Secretary of State Jon Husted. The paper’s statement was more than an act of altruism for a hometown candidate, although her residency in Cuyahoga County couldn’t hurt.
No, Turner is an aggressive, extremely savvy state senator – the kind of spirited person you would want to have on your side in any confrontation with the enemy. In a state buttoned down by a Republican dynasty, she […]Full Story... →
On Wednesday, September 24, a three-judge panel of the Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request from Ohio’s Secretary of State, Jon Husted, to delay a lower court ruling restoring “Golden Week” (when one can register and vote the same day) and cut days for early voting. Once more the federal judiciary was the only force keeping Ohio from becoming North Carolina-North.
As usual, Husted, along with Mike Dewine’s Attorney General’s office were once more appealing a loss in federal court. It is an experience both have had to the point where it is nearly a foregone conclusion. Husted has spent so […]Full Story... →
In 2004, Ohio was the poster child for voter suppression. Secretary of State Ken Blackwell wowed America with his tactics. Refusing voter registrations because they were on the wrong weight paper; machine shortages in Democratic (read urban) precincts. Blackwell played fast and loose with provisional ballot procedures by narrowly interpreting law to exclude those who went to the wrong polling place, only issuing ballots to people who have recently moved, or other exclusive reasons not to permit a vote.
In short, Ohio was ground zero of hinky election practices.
People stood in the cold November rain for hours to try […]Full Story... →
Among the more aggressive political myths projected by the state’s editorial writers and garden variety pundits is that Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, has earned a big gold merit badge for his concern about Ohio’s scandalous congressional district lines. After all, he talks about it all the time.
But wait! Husted is a Republican. The gerrymandering was carried out by Republicans who are quite comfortable with their congressional victories at the polls. Both houses of the General Assembly are controlled by Republicans. Gov. Kasich and his crowd are all Republicans. Question: Why would any of these operatives want […]Full Story... →
Some good news from the courts. United States District Court Judge Peter Economus has issued a permanent injunction ordering Ohio to reinstate the three days of early voting preceding the election.
The full opinion is available on the excellent Moritz Election Law Litigation webpage.
Quick refresher: Following the TCF that was the 2004 presidential election, Ohio adopted no-excuse early voting. Ohio permitted voters to cast early ballots up to the day before an election. The Republicans in the Legislature noticed that early voting was done primarily in Democratic-leaning areas, and especially in Africa-American areas. As part of a broader effort […]Full Story... →
There is nothing in Secretary of State Jon Husted’s clean-cut boyish appearance, demeanor and voice to suggest that he is a threat to anybody. Not only is he a Republican poster politician from southwestern Ohio, he also was a small-college all-American football player, which is packed with style points.
So when he stands before a microphone to assure everyone that he has made it easier to vote and harder to cheat, you want to give him the good-guy benefit of the doubt. Even when you know that in neither case is it true..
That was his essential message to an […]Full Story... →