Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Making Ohio an Issue ...

There is little national talk about what looks like a serious Black political movement stirring in Ohio:

- City Council President Frank Jackson became Cleveland's 3rd Black Mayor (by the way, Cleveland was the first major U.S. city to elect a Black mayor in 1967)

- State Sen. Mark Mallory won Cincinnati's city executive seat with 52 percent of the vote

- Dayton re-elected Mayor Rhine McLin

- Youngstown elected its first Black Mayor (who, interestingly enough, is an Independent), Jay Williams

- And there is Michael B. Coleman, Columbus' 2 term Mayor, who is a candidate for governor in 2006.

Other than Williams, everybody above is a Democrat. But ...

- Just so happens, Coleman could be running against Black Republican and current Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell ... who came close to being the Katherine Harris of Ohio in during the 2004 Presidential race. That didn't work.

All that Black political action taking place in Ohio and yet, raises Margaret Kimberley in her Blackcommentator.com column:

On Election Day in Ohio, four ballot provisions that would have brought greater integrity to the elections process went down to defeat at the polls. Not only were all four defeated, but polls predicted that all four would either win, or be decidedly by thin margins.

Reform Ohio Now had initiated the four proposals. The proposals would have changed rules on campaign finance, established a legislative redistricting commission, allowed the option of voting by mail, and put electoral issues in the hands of an independent commission, beyond the reach of Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.

... It is more logical to assume that the electronic voting machines now in use in half of the state’s counties were hacked to insure victory for the status quo.