Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted begin his tenure in fairly bipartisan fashion? Didn’t he initially stand up to Gov. John Kasich and some of the more right-wing policies of the Ohio GOP? Somewhere along the way Husted made a course correction and became Ohio’s Secretary of Suppression. His policies have led to court battles which have led to Husted looking like every other partisan for partisan’s sake winger out there polluting our state and national political processes. Last night, Hannah News Service even had to roll out the white text on red background. There’s Breaking News. Husted has been whupped in court again and he and the Ballot Board are going to meet this morning to rewrite the ballot text for State Issue 2. I asked Dale Butland, IO’s communications director and longtime Cap Square observer for his thoughts: “The same desperate politicians who are doing everything they can to eliminate the votes of those they fear might not support them are now lying to voters about the Issue 2 reforms. This is what you expect to see in a banana republic, not a great state like Ohio. It’s gotten so bad that a federal judge and the Ohio Supreme Court have been forced to step in and slap these politicians down. Voters can stand up for honesty and fair play by voting “yes” on Issue 2 this November,” Butland told me. We’ll have some coverage at the Ballot Board this morning and hopefully get a post up from one of our policy folks later today. What Dale told me, though, is key. Issue 2 is important. It’s proscription for fixing Ohio’s redistricting process may seem a bit complicated, but an attempt is being made to bring fairness into the process. Voter advocates aren’t asking for a process that favors either party, they’re looking for congressional and statehouse districts that reflect Ohio, not a Kasich-Boehner fantasy of Ohio.
Earlier this week Innovation Ohio spent some time with our colleagues from the Center for American Progress Action Fund to release our latest report: The Real Cost of the Romney-Ryan Plan to Ohioans. Read the report or one of our earlier blog posts to find details about how a Mitt Romney presidency would hit your wallet and make it more difficult to afford health care, college tuition or pay for retirement. In this video, Dale Butland, IO’s communications director, exposes the fraud in Romney’s plan from the macro level. Take a look: