facebooktwitterRSS
- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up

Canfield


Residential
3 bedroom, 4 bath
$325000


Poland


Residential
3 bedroom, 5 bath
$179900


- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
 

« Stirfry

How the mighty have fallen

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)


Published January 28, 2010

There was a time when a Democratic majority in either the Ohio House or Senate would not have dared snub the Mahoning Valley on an issue touted by the local legislative delegation. But this week's rejection by the Democratic controlled House of Representatives of a casino-related amendment shows just how far the mighty (read that Valley Democrats) have fallen.

The amendment to add Youngstown to a measure pertaining to the relocation of a casino in Columbus was introduced by Rep. Bob Hagan, who has been in the legislature for 23 years. Hagan's bid was tossed out on a 72-25 vote.

Earlier in the week, in the Republican controlled Senate, Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Canfield, suffered the same fate when he introduced the amendment to include Youngstown in the language for a constitutional amendment that will be before the voters of Ohio in May. Last November, voters approved a constitutional amendment permitting casinos at specific sites in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo. Since then, Columbus officials have said they prefer another site for the casino. That will require a second vote by the people.

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras urged the Valley's legislative delegation to include Youngstown in the new language. But to no avail. The once mighty Democratic region is today nothing more than a braying donkey.

That does not bode well for the Valley. 


Comments

1Jerry(487 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

AFTER ARGUING AGAINST THE CASINO AMENDMENT AND AFTER THAT AMENDMENT PASSED, ON 11/6/2009 I WROTE IN THIS FORUM:

“Now we have page after page written into our state constitution regarding 4 specific casinos, on specific plots of land, and how they should be operated. We also have more pages regarding selling bonds for veteran’s benefits, pages about an animal treatment committee, pages about the state minimum wage, etc. In principle, I support some of these issues and do not support others; but one thing I see very plainly is that none of them should ever have been written into the constitution. We have a State Legislature and a referendum process for this.

Next year we will have more special interests pushing more things into the constitution. Where will it end? Where will we be when our state constitution looks like the federal tax code, which says everything and nothing at the same time? No one will be able to accomplish anything, and anyone will be able to get away with everything, as long as we all pay the lawyers.

I still need that culvert at the end of my driveway. I suppose I should start talking to my lawyer about a constitutional amendment.”

AND NOW, NOT EVEN 3 MONTHS LATER; WE ARE CONSIDERING AMENDING THE AMENDMENT. EVERYONE HAS TRULY LOST THEIR MINDS.

Suggest removal:



News
Opinion
Entertainment
Sports
Marketplace
Classifieds
Records
Discussions
Community
Help
Forms
Neighbors

HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2014 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes | Pittsburgh International Airport