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Local Dems criticize Republican governor and question JobsOhio’s effectiveness

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Kasich “is doing everything he can to hurt the Mahoning Valley,” said Hagan
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Hagan needs to step away from the bong.

The 'wacky weed' is making him wack(ier, if that is even possible.

October 2, 2013 at 1:01 a.m. suggest removal

Quaker City Raceway sold at auction

I wonder if the $460,000 bid will actually be anywhere near enough to cover the balance of the current mortgage on the property?

Remember, it was Swindell who, back in 2006, claimed to have $3 million in the property .

How much of that was financed and how much was cash from Dan's pocket?

It is fine and dandy to have an 'absolute auction' where "This property sells without reservation to the highest bidder", but unless you clear up the encumbrances on the property, you can't pass deed and title.

Wasn't this the big glitch that came up when Mark Mazzant had supposedly purchased the facility from Dan back in 2007?

http://www4.vindy.com/content/local_r...

Don't forget, the auction's "Terms on Real Estate" stated "15% down day of sale" with " balance due upon delivery of deed and title guarantee."

According to the Mahoning County court website, there is a little matter of a HUGE Certificate of Judgment that Sky Bank (the folks who called Dan's note in the Fall of 2006, forcing the first QCR auction attempt) have against Daniel and Patricia Swindell http://courts.mahoningcountyoh.gov/pa...
which might throw a big monkey wrench in the ability of property title to pass to Mr. Fox.

In addition, there is still also an active civil case in Mahoning County involving Ecks Racing Inc suit against Quaker City Raceway Inc. et al over the contract between the two parties a few years ago to sell the track http://courts.mahoningcountyoh.gov/pa...

The devil is in the detail, and this transaction still seems to have some large "details" to still be resolved.

October 22, 2010 at 12:39 a.m. suggest removal

Chamber becomes arm of GOP

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This year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,, which is the largest business lobby in the U.S., has pledged to spend $75 million to influence voters to vote Republican.
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At least people get to CHOOSE if they do or don't want to be members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Do the millions of hourly workers in this country get that same choice in whether or not to be part of and pay dues to the LARGEST FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION ARM OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY... labor unions ???

September 7, 2010 at 2:02 p.m. suggest removal

6 p.m. Monday meeting set for Traficant hearing

Wow...

A time, a place, and details... all provided to the general public more than 96 hours in advance of the meeting.

Thank you Vindy!

August 26, 2010 at 11:26 a.m. suggest removal

Ohio elections chief orders hearing for Traficant

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Exposed wrote:

Should the board arbitrarily decide a signature with the correct address does not match the signature on file when the person registered could have done so 40-50 years ago?
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Do you think that the Mahoning County's polling places give this same level of scrutiny to matching the signature of the voter to the signature in the Poll Book on election day?

What about the level of scrutiny to matching signatures when an absentee ballot application is reviewed?

FAIR IS FAIR !

PUT JIM ON THE BALLOT !

August 26, 2010 at 10:24 a.m. suggest removal

Traficant petitions remain on hold

@Walter...

The Summit County BOE is well known to have trouble.

The "Director" is the spouse of the County's elected Fiscal Officer.

In the last election, 'due to an oversight' , the opponent of the BOE Director's husband had his name listed on the ballot as his given name rather than the name he had been listed in all previous elections.

In March of this year, the REPUBLICAN half of the Board had to notify the Secretary of State when a Democratic board staffer placed the petitions for 8 candidates in her desk, forgetting them until after the primary election deadline.

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Marijean Donofrio, the board's Democratic director, said she thought the petitions ''were dead'' because they had not been time-stamped before the Feb. 18 filing deadline.
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Due to the Republican's efforts, the 8 Democratic candidates were placed on the primary ballot.

http://www.ohio.com/news/89024902.html

A few years ago, the BOE 'lost' every single one of a local Democrat City Councilman's election petitions to run against Akron's Mayor in the primary.

Of course none of the petitions were ever found and the 'opposition' never made it onto the primary ballot.

Let's not even get into the 9,000 absentee ballots from the May, 2010 election that had to be hand re-counted because no one bothered to check the alignment of the ovals prior to printing the opti-scan ballots.

This comes on the heals of running out of ballots in elections last Fall in the county.

August 11, 2010 at 3:54 p.m. suggest removal

Traficant petitions remain on hold

@Marcus57

It isn't "Traficant and his group" that keeps changing the threshold and unit of measure needed to get the candidate on the ballot..

As the article noted, Summit County "ESTIMATED" the number of votes cast in the 17th Congressional District in the November 2006 election which factors into how many petition signatures Traficant needed because the software used there didn’t record the total.

Then you have Mahoning County which ruled 62 signatures on the election petitions to be invalid, even though Ohio elections law allows an elections board to certify signatures even if they don’t perfectly match the signature from the voter’s registration card.

In this day and age when "everyone" is allowed to cast a ballot, even without proof of identity, without proof of residency, without proof of citizenship, etc., etc. you still have a Board of Election which came within 1 vote of keeping a candidate who has likely met all of the requirements from having his name appear on the ballot.

You can bet your sweet behind that if this candidate was "Jantiqua" and not "Jim" Traficant, every liberal and ethnic organization in the United States would be marching on the steps of the Trumbull County BOE and in front of Jennifer Bruner's office demanding that the voters NOT BE DISENFRANCHISED!

August 11, 2010 at 11:26 a.m. suggest removal

Traficant asks for review of petitions

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Kelly Pallante, Trumbull elections board director, said there are always a lot of signatures disqualified each election because the signer printed his or her name instead of signing it in cursive.
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It is too bad that a strong journalist didn't request documentation of exactly how many Trumbull County voters were not allowed to cast ballots at the polls during the past few elections because their signature was not “identical” to what was shown in the poll's registration book.

I would be willing to bet that few, if any voters were not allowed to cast ballots, even if there signature was not identical to what was on file.

FAIR and EQUAL STANDARDS is what should be required by citizens from their respective Boards of Elections.

Since Jennifer Bruner is out of the running for any position this year, it will be interesting to see if the Secretary of State's office steps into this matter.

July 30, 2010 at 9:45 a.m. suggest removal

Traficant allies plan to file appeal today

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@FoxyGlo who asked:

WHOSE GONNA VOTE FOR A CROOK ???????????????
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It appears that you have forgotten that TIM RYAN, his campaign, and an associate were nailed by the Federal Election Commission and paid a combined $10,000 in CIVIL PENALTIES for multiple violations of campaign finance law in his U.S. Congressional campaign.

From the FEC documents related to:

MATTER UNDER REVIEW Case #5262
MATTER UNDER REVIEW Case #5263
MATTER UNDER REVIEW Case #5264
MATTER UNDER REVIEW Case #5265
MATTER UNDER REVIEW Case #5266

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The complaints alleged that "Tim Ryan for Congress" accepted an excessive contribution of $50,000 in violation of the Act.

The source of this contribution was the candidate and a cosigner for a bank loan and the loan was obtained at a reduced interest rate.

The complaints further alleged the committee and its treasurer accepted a $2,500 contribution from the Mahoning County Democratic Party and the source of the funds was a labor union and the committee failed to pay rent for its headquarters.

*** The Commission found that Mr. Ryan accepted an excessive contribution in the form of a cosigned bank loan.***

The Commission found no reason to believe Second National Bank and the Mahoning County Democratic Party violated the law.

FINDINGS AND FINE AMOUNTS

Conciliation Agreement: $6,000 civil penalty*
(a) Tim Ryan for Congress, Michael Fraioli, treasurer [5262/5266]
(b) Tim Ryan
[re: Excessive contributions; exceeding the annual $25,000 contribution limit; bank loan made outside the ordinary course of business; prohibited contribution; failure to disclose disbursements for rent ]

Conciliation Agreement: $4,000 civil penalty*
(c) Dennis Rossi [5266]
[re: excessive contribution; exceeding the annual $25,000 contribution limit]

http://www.fec.gov/press/press2005/20...

July 29, 2010 at 7:58 p.m. suggest removal

Traficant appeals being thrown off ballot

From yesterday's Akron Beacon Journal article

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Summit elections board employees finished a re-tally of the gubernatorial vote Wednesday and found that Traficant and his supporters were right; they had overcounted the total by about 2,900 votes, Marijean Donofrio, the board's director said.
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Sheesh!!!

It's no wonder that Jimmy is having such a hard time getting on the ballot when just one BOE missed the count by nearly 3,000 ballots.

July 29, 2010 at 7:36 p.m. suggest removal

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