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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Dems meet tonight for first time since 'the deal'

The Hamilton County Democratic Party is holding an executive committee meeting tonight, the first since party leaders struck a deal to allow Democrat Todd Portune and Republican Greg Hartmann to run without party-endorsed opposition this year.

That issue is not on the agenda, but may come up.

The party’s executive committee is expected to discuss whether to endorse in contested races in the March 4 primary, such as the 2nd Congressional District race. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Laborers Union Hall at 3457 Montgomery Road, Evanston.

Meanwhile, Citybeat's Porkopolis blog reports on a letter party chair Tim Burke sent out defending the deal.

Read it here

You can talk about The Deal here


at 11:26 AM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is tempting to point fingers and complain about "THE DEAL" but let's not take our eye off the fact that Repugs are even less popular than they were in 2006. and their military and economic policies have only led to more death and destruction. We have taken a Repug seat away from them in 3 of the last 4 cycles: Todd over Bengalhaus in 2000, O'Dell Owens beat the crooked coroner in 2004, and Pepper beat the Hind Lick in 2006.

Let's look at taking back the clerk of courts and send the 300-plus incompetents who work there out into that free maket that right-wingbuts like to hype to the working stiffs.

I am sure that we could find 300 people that can work better than those trust-fund babies and social misfits currently "working" in the clerk of courts office.

at 12:40 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other words, 'sure we Dems don't care about elections and voters having a choice' and 'at least we're not as bad as those trust fund Repugs like David Pepper'.

'We saved seats by not challenging a bunch of seats'. This is the Repugs destructive war and economic policies even though we voted for them too'.

at 1:33 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

With Portune's leadership becoming more and more obvious, he better be thankful he go a DEAL.

County broke, spending money for empty jail space, The banks is probably going to fail..now or later.

Oh, but wait, he's taking on global warming!

at 2:31 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:33 should go back to school and take a 3rd grade grammer, english and spelling class. Yet another knuckle-dragging right wingnut heard from.

at 3:12 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:31 - I'd suggest you learn how to spell the word "grammar" before attacking anyone else's education. Clueless liberal.

at 3:26 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:33, how about - go back to school and take 3rd grade grammar, english and spelling classes? You did okay for a second grader.

at 5:00 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Recovering Republican said...

If Tim Burke let Greg Hartmann go unopposed in exchange for letting Portune go unopposed, so be it. We'll still have a majority. Besides, Portune has a bigger war chest and can use it to help elect other Democratic candidates such as Connie Pilich, who should be able to take out Jim Rotten the second time around.

What really hacks me off is him letting Deters, Leis, and Brayshaw go unopposed. He's done it before and he's doing it again. These Repugs know they are impervious to the will of the voters.

You think Leis would piss away $800,000 in taxpayer dollars if he had an opponent? The man acts as if he is above the law, because he is, and because Tim Burke sees to it that the only other way to hold him in check is not an option.

Then we have Deters, who would be in jail but for Mike Allen's sex scandal, and his extremely right-wing view of justice that would be more at home in Singapore than in America. That, and he employs so many friends, family members, in-laws, outlaws, you name it, that they never have to hold a family reunion at the park in the summer. Every day is a family reunion when you're a Repug in Hamilton County.

Finally, there is Bill "Let Them Eat Cake" Brayshaw. The "raises for me and not for thee" arrogance is part and parcel of his Reign of Error. Anyone who has the misfortune to own property abutting a county road or right-of-way knows about his "chop-first-ask-questions-later" method of tree trimming. Methinks Big Bill'd adopt a diffferent strategery if he had an opponent on the ballot.

at 6:19 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Portune never really helps anyone but himself. Portune was hatching a deal to forfeit a Democratic challenge with Charlie Winburn before DeWine bowed out. Burke should be ashamed for going along with Portune's attempts at self-coronation. We Dems should punish them both for handing over a seat to Hartmann, the Texan-implant, born of the Cheney scowl.

Portune/Burke = Dirty Deals

at 6:46 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is next in the chronology??

1st. Todd Portune wins County Commissioner seat because Bob Bedinghaus makes dirty backroom deals, which ignored the will of county voters.

2nd. Todd Portune ignores the will of county voters after handedly rejecting a new tax for a new jail and raises taxes without a citizen vote.

3rd. Citizens respond to Todd's flagrant disregard to voters with a grassroots effort to allow a vote. Todd makes heavy-handed efforts to try and stop a ballot allowing for a citizen vote, but citizens prevail.

4th. Todd makes dirty backroom deals with Party Bosses and Si Leis to defeat citizens' efforts to keep taxes low and spread overcrowing jail issue lies.

5th. Citizens reject Todd's jail tax plan with a vote against his objections to democracy.

6th. Todd announces he will punish the citizens for the votes by slashing programs.

7th. Todd designs several deals to avoid Republican Party opposition, by offering a free Republican seat on the commission.

8th. Todd's backroom dirty dealings include thug tactics from the Leis gang and Chesley, threatening Greg Harris.

9th. Citizens come to find out that Todd was making deals and using tax dollars to fund empty jail beds in Butler County.

10th. ???

at 10:28 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How was Greg Harris threatened anon 6:46 ??

at 11:36 PM, January 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't confuse things - the Dems aren't running anyone against Deters and Leis because they are bulletproof in this town.

That's flushing cash down the toilet.

at 12:24 AM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Folks - arou blind - who ARE these prominent, wealthy, well-known Democrats who can pull off a run against the same in Hamilton County?

We have Chris Dole - willing to go against Hartmann - walk the walk - if you think Burke was wrong then, all Democrats unite, and help him win the seat against Hartmann.

If you're not willing to do that - they Burke knows you better than you know yourself. Admit it.

I don't like Burke, cause he hates me. But the reality is politics without strategy gave us the Bush era.

Give me names and the amount you're willing to donate through the Dole campaign, and I'll eat my words.

at 8:42 AM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read the Dems had no comment about "The Deal".

Where is grumpy ol' Tom Luken when you need him?

at 5:30 PM, January 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Dole is a very viable candidate to go against Hartman. He needs 3000 signatures to get on November's ballot by March 3. Help him out to stick it in the eye of the party bosses.

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