Columbus Mayoral Race 2015
November 8, 2015 7:27 pm at 7:27 pm #1100897
He didn’t lose the election, whether he keeps his job or not. Good point though, education certainly doesn’t negate stupidity, ignorance, intelligence or tact.November 16, 2015 9:53 am at 9:53 am #1102063
NOW the Dispatch is reporting on the top-secret deal that shifted the tax burden for Nationwide Arena from the superrich owners to largely poor and middle class taxpayers and that may end up hurting Columbus school kids.
Ginther was a major player in the backroom deal and the media should have been all over it BEFORE the mayoral election.
If facility authority officials expect the Republican-dominated state legislature to bail them out from a boondoggle negotiated by the all-Democratic city council and board of county commissioners, they may be very disappointed. The financial disaster created by the deal will grow quickly and it provides good evidence of the problems of one-party rule without checks and balances.
Good luck to Mr. Beard in his work to return the tax burden to its rightful owners.November 18, 2015 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm #1102858
I think the city got voters in Issue 7, to make a referendum on continued lease payments impossible to put on the ballot. We had filed such a petition and after receiving sufficient signatures it was thrown off the ballot by the board of elections pursuant to a protest over the form of the petition. Then, we again secured enough signatures, but the city would not send it to the BoE because we filed the certified pre-circulation copy with the city clerk as had been allowed in the past, rather than the city auditor. then, Issue 7 pushed by council amended the charter to say that multiyear commitments can not be undone at the ballot box (unless a referendum is filed within 30 days of the original council ordinance). I took that as a specific innoculation against citizens being able to vote on future payments on this bad deal that was cooked up in secret. Issue 7 also doubled the signature count for initiated ordinances last year … it was an undemocratic power grab, and the corrupt city got the people to give away our power. Sad.January 5, 2016 3:14 pm at 3:14 pm #1109446
Kudos to Mayor Ginther for appointing Steve Francis the city’s first chief diversity officer. A good man and a good start for the new administration.January 5, 2016 6:08 pm at 6:08 pm #1109491
Kudos to Mayor Ginther for appointing Steve Francis the city’s first chief diversity officer. A good man and a good start for the new administration.January 7, 2016 7:34 pm at 7:34 pm #1109917
Dispatch reporting today that the Ohio Ethics Commission has opened another investigation into possible wrongdoing in city hall. Ginther and others reportedly have been subpoenaed.January 7, 2016 8:06 pm at 8:06 pm #1109918
So 2 open cases before commission? Taft went down for a golf trip? Right? so Raphael has not been sentenced yet? I keep seeing him around town? All these bad things keep happening to innocent politicians and their hangers on.January 7, 2016 8:17 pm at 8:17 pm #1109919
Discouraged Democrat, don’t laugh: the Dispatch is reporting “Ginther Proposes New Ethics Regulations.” Legislation seems kind of like his last job, though. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/01/07/Ginther-ethics-proposal.htmlJanuary 7, 2016 8:51 pm at 8:51 pm #1109920
So some real news reporting would be… How many different jobs did individual council members have. What pay was received. What were the job descriptions. And finally how many hours were worked at the position.January 8, 2016 5:18 am at 5:18 am #1109940
And this answers my question about how Ginther could afford his house on his measley salary. What a clown.January 8, 2016 9:06 am at 9:06 am #1109949
Ginther proposing ethics rules is like Bill Cosby writing books about family values.January 8, 2016 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm #1110009
Ginther proposing ethics rules is like Bill Cosby writing books about family values.
ROFL. I have been voting since the 90s, lived all over the country, and I have see “Ginther” over and over and over again. He comes in all forms, genders, sizes, etc. When the Feds turns the screws on him, he’ll roll over on Coleman and his crooked house sale and then we can move on with our lives….until the next corrupt thing he does.January 9, 2016 10:29 am at 10:29 am #1110180
How many tax dollars are paying for the Ginther swearing in ad at the top of CU pages. That’s super weird and a little bit dumb. So wouldn’t that money be better spent on the taxpayers business and not promoting the mayors brand? If you think that ad is proper use of money you have to be touched! Maybe it’s payed out of campaign money?January 9, 2016 10:55 am at 10:55 am #1110181
How many tax dollars are paying for the Ginther swearing in ad at the top of CU pages. That’s super weird and a little bit dumb. So wouldn’t that money be better spent on the taxpayers business and not promoting the mayors brand? If you think that ad is proper use of money you have to be touched! Maybe it’s payed out of campaign money?
Even if paid out of campaign monies, we the public pay indirectly as Ginther has long used public dollars to reward campaign contributors through city contracts, tax abatements, etc. in return for the “success fees” they direct toward his campaign/slush fund. It’s a racket a Columbus voters don’t seem to understand at best or care at worst.
Also, keep in mind that CU was a strong supporter of the Coleman/Ginther machine throughout the 2015 campaign.January 9, 2016 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm #1110188
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