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Eyes on pre-primary prize

Published: Fri, February 22, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick (Contact)

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Political scorecards: The left-leaning League of Conservation Voters released its congressional “environmental scorecard” rating members of Congress on their votes on 35 bills related to public health, clean energy, and land and wildlife conservation.

Based on political beliefs it’s no surprise that U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, D-13th, did well, voting 80 percent of the time last year with the organization, and has a 90 percent lifetime score. And it’s no surprise that U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, voted only 6 percent of the time with the group and has a 7 percent lifetime score.

On the flipside, Americans for Prosperity, a conservative public policy group that supports limited government and free markets, came out with its congressional scorecard based on 22 votes. The AFP was founded by Charles and David Koch, two well-known billionaire conservatives.

Johnson received a 77 percent grade for last year, and has an 89 percent lifetime grade. Ryan got a 14 percent score for last year. That’s a lot better than his lifetime score of 5 percent.

In what is likely the biggest pre-primary-election prize for the Youngstown mayoral candidates, Mahoning County Democratic Party precinct and executive committee members who live in the city will endorse Tuesday.

While John McNally IV, the former county commissioner and city law director, has raised and spent more campaign money than City Council President Jamael Tito Brown and appears to have the momentum, he is far from a lock when it comes to winning the party’s endorsement.

Matthew Smith, who unsuccessfully ran for city office in the 1980s, is also on the ballot, but he is unlikely to play a factor in the endorsement process.

The party will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s Church on South Avenue in Boardman to endorse in the Youngstown mayoral race and the Struthers council-at-large race as well as vote on sweeping changes to the organization’s bylaws.

Brown’s areas of support would be in the predominately black wards — 1st, 2nd, 3rd (where he lives and served as councilman), 6th and half of the 5th. McNally’s power base would be in the predominately white wards — 4th, 7th and half of the 5th (where he lives).

There are 77 precincts in the city with three central committee vacancies — one each in the 1st, 4th and 6th — and possibly another two in the 7th.

Even counting the two in the 7th as occupied, 42 members are in mostly black precincts and 31 in primarily white precincts, which would likely give the edge to Brown.

There are also about 23 executive committee members in the city who can endorse. Brown and McNally are both members of the executive committee. The executive committee votes will likely be the deciding votes.

Admittedly, this assumes most precinct committee members will attend and most will vote along racial lines (Youngstown’s past voting results show race is a huge factor in elections). But it appears the endorsement vote of the local Democratic Party is going to be close.

Also, Chairman David Betras is proposing significant changes to the party’s bylaws. This comes after last year’s election that saw a number of Democrats support Judge Mary DeGenaro, a Republican on the 7th District Court of Appeals, over Mark Hanni, the endorsed Democratic candidate.

Betras is proposing precinct committee members, executive committee members as well as groups chartered by the party be prohibited from supporting opponents of the party-endorsed candidates. Those violating the proposal would be subject to removal from their positions. As chairman, Betras selects all members of the executive committee and can and has removed them for such action.

Also, precinct committee members who commit malfeasance, misfeasance, nonfeasance or any other feasance you can think of can also be removed from their positions.

Under another Betras proposal, if you’re a convicted felon you can’t serve as a precinct committee member.

Betras wants to change the timing of the party’s endorsements. It is now 21 days from the filing deadline. It would be 21 days after candidates are certified to the ballot. That would avoid a potential embarrassment of the party endorsing a candidate who gets disqualified.

Those getting the party’s endorsement must sign a pledge that they will endorse the party’s endorsed candidates in that election year.

Finally, Betras is asking for the party to adopt a provision allowing the withdrawal of an endorsement for due cause.

“It has to be egregious,” he said.


1TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Ok Flick, enough with you dude. We all know you are obsessed with the Cafaros-funny you have never posted about the millions of dollars they've contributed to YSU. ANYWAAY please Bro give up on the Oakhill thing. I know you and Betram can't seem to get your head around the fact that those in the Oakhill indictment were part of the same political victimization by Gains/Wellington/and Tablack that you say they were a part of. McNally has come clean on his indictment over the Oakhill mess by claiming his innocence, which was proven when the Prosecution dropped all charges for not having a case. Why you don't mention the 100s of thousands of wasted taxpayer dollars that went into the investigation which led to absolutely nothing regarding John McNally. Wise up and check the court docket. State blame the feds for not handing over wire-taps. Well the state never had the wire taps so if they were so important to the case, how could they have been indicted in the 1st place. Its the biggest lie perpetrated on the taxpayers of Mahoning Valley ever AND its Gains use of his office to harm his political opponents, why is that just ok to you and the VINDY!

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2TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Oh hey, Valley Politics, the reason no one is opposing Krichbaum is that Jesus himself could run against him and still not win. That is an unbeatable candidate so don't waste the money. Oh and just to educate you, judicial races are non-partisan in the state of Ohio therefore people are given the right to determine who is best for the job not just who is a democrat. Finally please pull campaign finance reports and see what Krichbaum contributes to the local Democratic Party versus folks like Evans, Durkin and Kobly-HE BLOWS THEM OUT OF THE WATER. What does that say about your loyal Democratic Jurists?

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3TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Okay Youre both idiots:
Flick: Frivolous lawsuits presented regarding the Cafaros were presented by Gains, Tablack cronies no convictions, a boondoggle money pit known as Oakhill, and the County had to pay Cafaro 800,000 to get out of a lease they signed. Yeah your right those were frivolous lawsuits. Plus name one attorney in the tri-county area or tri-state area that could beat Krichbaum you cant cause they don't exist.
Valley: Here's why youre an idiot Betras is at least smart enough that to recognize no amount of money could beat Krichbaum. Again and let me spell this out like youre in the 4th grade NONPARTISAN anyone can vote for anyone. I see that youre the type that votes for Democrats even when they are horrible office holders. That kind of one party bs is the reason why the Democrat party is responsible for making Mahoning County one of the most corrupt in the Country. When are you Democrat party slaves gonna see the damage your last century thinking has done to us. School out!

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4TERRAPINST(321 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Flick please explain how the family who has employed thousands of people in the Mahoning Valley for 1/2 a century and have contributed millions in charitable gifts have cost you a dime. Please illuminate me with your genius as to how defeated elected candidates cost us a dime? Further please list your monetary contributions and if they equal 100th of what the Cafaro family has contributed you will get my forfeiture to this dialogue. Finally, let me know how the Cafaros are the constant target of the FBI and local prosecution and can arrange to bury anything? Your either wrong or the Cafaros are so much smarter than everyone they deserve a leg up. Of course they're not as smart as you.

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