Cool Cleveland Endorsements for May 4, 2010 election

Vote YES on Statewide ballot Issue 1 to extend the Ohio Third Frontier Program. If former Governor Bob Taft did one thing right (and it may seem to some that he only did this one thing right), he ushered in one of the most successful economic development programs that Ohio has ever seen. Between 2003 and 2008, Ohio’s Third Frontier Program invested $681 million in research, development and commercialization projects in technology, biomed, advanced and alternative energy, advanced materials, instruments and advanced propulsion; all areas where Ohio has a competitive advantage. That $681 million has resulted in $6.6 billion in economic impact – a 10-to1 return- and 41, 300 jobs, according to the economic impact study by SRI International in September 2009. Now the state wants to renew it’s commitment to Third Frontier with $700 million over four years (from 2012 to 2016). Find more details at the campaign site here: We think it’s the best use of tax money our state government has come up with, and we urge you to renew the Third Frontier Program and VOTE YES on Issue 1.

Vote YES on Statewide ballot Issue 2 to move the Columbus casino location It is absolutely ridiculous that issues such as the casino are on the ballot requiring that we change the State constitution. If our legislators had any guts, they would make these decisions and deal with the consequences. Instead, millions of dollars were spent to convince Ohio voters to approve casinos is last Fall’s election, limited to specific locations in the major cities. Casino projects in Cleveland, Cincy and Toledo will not be affected by Issue 2, but the powers that be in Columbus have, for some reason, decided they didn’t want their casino anywhere near their Downtown economic engine, so they are banishing it to a vacant auto plant site at the intersection of I-70 & I-270. Why? They claim that High Street is now “family-friendly,” but that’s a stretch for anyone who’s been along that strip on Buckeye football game days. Interestingly, the Columbus area voted against the casino, but were outvoted by the rest of the state. Now they want to move their casino to the suburbs. Why should we stand in their way? VOTE YES on Issue 2.

Vote for Lee Fisher for Democratic Senate Primary Although Cool Cleveland generally does not endorse in primary races, we are breaking our own rule to endorse Lee Fisher for the Democratic Senate Primary. Fisher’s opponent, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is refreshingly bold and decisive, and this makes our endorsement of Fisher a tough call. We need more women in the Senate, and Jennifer Brunner is sharp. Like many in NEO, we’ve know Lee Fisher for many years, and feel representation of Northeast Ohio by Lee Fisher, a longtime resident of our region, will benefit the largest population center in the state, and therefore the entire state. Fisher has served a wide range of roles throughout the years, and is well educated on all the key issues and the needs of our state. He is also a fighter and his recent position as Lieutenant Governor has put him in charge of economic development for the state, a role he can be expected to take forward to Washington. We urge you to VOTE for LEE FISHER in the Democratic Senate Primary.

VOTE YES on Cuyahoga County Issue 15 to renew the Health and Human or Social Services levy. The problem with corruption is that it makes people cynical. And it justifies their cynicism. So with Cuyahoga County officials mired in FBI investigations and soon-to-be-announced indictments, it is a stretch to ask Cuyahoga residents to do the right thing and renew the Cuyahoga Health & Human Services levy. We don’t trust those County bastards any more than you do. But think of who this money goes towards: the most vulnerable in our community- kids in foster care and poor families, funding for MetroHealth Medical Center, programs for alcohol & drug addiction and mental health. It’s a renewal levy- your taxes won’t go up. So let’s hold these crooks accountable for their corrupt behavior. But in the meantime, hold your noses and VOTE YES on Cuyahoga County Issue 15.

VOTE FOR YOUR Selected Local School Issues School levies are on the ballot in the following communities: Beachwood, Garfield Hts, Lakewood, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Parma, Rocky River, Shaker Hts, Solon & Westlake. Look, the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled four times that the way our state funds public education is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, but none of our elected leaders has the guts to make any changes. So the burden of public education falls on local communities. Generally, strong local schools makes for stronger communities: stable and growing housing prices, lower crime and more desirable communities for growing families. Especially if you don’t have children of your own, it is up to you during each election cycle to support stability in your community. Those communities that repeatedly turn down school levies begin to decline. We urge you to do the right thing.

Judgeships For judge elections, we recommend, which aggregates the recommendations of 4 non-partisan local bar associations. This year, we have a lot of bad candidates for judges. Of the 23 candidates reviewed by Judge4Yourself, only 7 received a rating of Good or Excellent by any of the 4 local bar associations. So there is a 2/3 chance of a voter choosing a mediocre or unfit candidate, and that’s not even taking into account the “name game,” where candidates with popular names always seems to get the votes. Don’t fall into this trap. Visit and make an informed decision this Tuesday, May 4, 2010 (or sooner by absentee ballot). Watch a video with Judge4Yourself organizer Subodh Chandra, former Law Director of the City of Cleveland, as he explains how Judge4Yourself works:

Either way, please vote on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 Visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections site here: A Voter Guide to Cleveland-area elections is here.

Thank you!

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8 Responses to “Cool Cleveland Endorsements for May 4, 2010 election”

  1. Pat Blochowiak

    Very disappointed in the primary endorsement.

    Very disappointed.

    Jennifer Brunner’s work on improving the election process, especially in Cuyahoga County, improves NE Ohio more than anything Lee Fisher has done.

  2. I really think that Cool Cleveland is on a slippery slope by endorsing candiates outright. This has the potential to change Cool Cleveland as a unbiased mecca for those of us that love and care for this region to something with an underlying agenda.

    If you really want to do this, be “Cool” about it and solicit candidates and issue spokespeople to make a 30 sec video that you could then post to the site.

    Please Thomas, be more like the League of Women Voters, and less like the PD!

  3. Hi guyz..
    1) ISSUE 1..hear wha sayin,etc.etc.BUT buuuuuuut…TRY convincin vast bulk of whutever bout this semi Yuppesque semi obscure WHA the *$*@8 is THAT n HOW used type deal….IS THE WAVE…Future IN OTHER words…BUT the OLD PERCEPTIONS etc.DIE hard n AFRAID tarnished&/or will be &/or ATTEMPTS AT by whoever…THEY pander to poo slobs TRYIN TO HANG onto homes,etc.etc. wont lie to YOU…sorta IN THAT boat as were TO A POINT but a THIRD OF THAT was MY OWN *$*@….

    2) ISSUE 2…CASINO baby!!!…THE SAVIOR…GO UP TO ANNNNyooone in CLEVELAND (CANT speak for REST of cities)…VIEWED as REAL jobs..Mz.NORTECH MAY be right BUT SHE WOULD HAVE TO so NUGGETIZE this 800 PAGE whitepaper wouldnt be funny…FOLKS FIGURE MMPI MEDMART crew would go over TO a CASINO n plop down,plunck a few $s down,happy happy n come back again YaHearAll!!!….COLUMBUS…suspect ‘interests’..OLD auto plant aka IX type deal to OSU n nearby biz who want deal ALllllllll to selves…

    3) issue 15..YES..ANY n all CAN have ANYthing happen to them..NO idea HOW medreform affects said whether HCAs to whutever..$ FOR $ IS ONE OF BEST DEALS around..

    4) LEE F..good man n all…BUT..Buuuuuuuut IN CONTEXT n backdrop of it ALLLLLLLLLL n considering the Mood n such SLIM chances…COULD be wrong…I CAN UNDERSTAND coolClev.stand,etc. GOT A SEMI UGLY feelin TED toast or a *$*@ of a politico fight n THAT against A EX LEHMAN BROS ‘banker’ w/a $600M house (WHATEVER valued at AT THE time..)

    5) SCHOOLS…get the bodyarmour out n the SHARP accounting pencils…

  4. Issue 1.

    COULD be wrong…MAYBE underselling OURSELVES…BUT…CONSIDERING trackrecord to DATE…UNLESS IN A BIZ &/or other &/or ed &/or know SOMETHING bout WHUTEVER in THOSE fields n biz &/or near ANY of THAT kind of stuff USUA.SMALL pellmellmishmashoddsNends of funky specialized whutever for whatever application …..ALLL of it realllllllllyy…OR ANTI techie…spambots,automation,etc.etc. PUT THIS IN ANOTHER perspective…AUTO PLANTS..highly automated,roboticized,etc.n EVEN THE SOUTH dooownnnn THERE THAT way….sooo NOT ‘impossible’ for OUR crew to do…EITHER have a certain mindset or not…JUST enough folks take attitude of want the el cheapo semi slave labor blah blah doin whutever….n PRAY NOT $**$@ w/MY biz n bldg IN MID of nite if get into a *$*@*snite…

    PUT IT THIS WAY…Y O U…cool &/or audience..WHEN WAS LLLLLLaasssssssst time U DID any benchlabwork,programming,prototype work,etc.etc. See wha mean..yeahhhh…

    ENDORSEMENTS…SUSPECT oxymoronic OPPOSITE affect..COULD be wrong…THOU DO appreciate HONESTY…DOES feel like OHIO LEG hoin itself out…NOW U GUYZ CAN sue ME !!..wha can I say…OUR WHOLE history like that…welll OLD industries did it tooo across the board…but least GOT THE PROSPERITY,jobs,etc.etc.

    FLIP thru some of the mags n webpicclips n see WHY folks get well QUEASY…SOME japanese r&d types WORKIN on this frubberesque TALKIN MOUTH…Was on or SOMETHING like ThAT….THE PROS feel like hey WE do OUR thing n all THAT n lets not dumb this dooown n NCLB kinda hampered sci classes,etc.etc. BASICALLY HEAR comments but how folks want to fling some boxes,change out litebulbs,fling some stuff on a shelf,deliver pkgs,pay me my 6-8 hrs,bruskie time….

    n TORTURE the Yups by *$*@ w/their sidecarWINDOWS…or prod em n wake em up n get em out the patio swingdoors n on merry way….HEY..UNopened can left behind!! MIiiiiiiiiiiiiinee ALllllllllllllllllllll Miinnnnnnnnnnne yeah babbyyy ohhhhwwheee! BURP…

    oh..@mail..bizarre n robo..INDICATORS of WHA out there….FYI..COols knowledge..

  5. *$*&@&^%%$#@! schools…BABYSITTERS to SCARE OFF kiddies FROM havin kiddies CUZ MSD ALlllllllllllllllllllllllllllll *$*@&^%$$#@ up &/or MORE importantly ECON IS….that n MANKHILD MEETS FREAKONOMICS meets gosh knows wha else…n then clean up the *$*@ cuz committed suicide baby!!

  6. TAFT!? FOLKS *$*@ cuz HE *$*@ up OLD OBES office deal n NOW dooown to snail@mail WTF is THIS *$*@ JUST WHEN THIS TEN YEAR ECON HORROR started…SOOo tell me DID ACCENTURE mess EVER get resolved..good ol ARTHER A. WAS doin THAT deal…OHIO THAT DOESNT work ……MEANTIME the HUSTEDS n rest look like semi heroes n march off into the whutever….

  7. REFERENCIN THE newbie HI cost (wha $60 MIL) OHIO WORKS program as were…hence the chime OhioDoesNT on words….n soo it goes…..EVERYONE gonna have fun wadin thru alllllllllllllllllllllll the FALLOUT n NOT even the Yups will be able to fathom whutever …..OUR MODEL is gonna be Detroit…hmmmmmmm..CAN have solar or soyoil powered tractors cuttin brushfields in FRUIT orchards round the city just like way Detroit doin it..ohhhh Myyy…A BODY…THROW ALLLLLLLLLLL THE REAL DEAL *$@* lifestuff to WANNABE mom n DADDY n see if THAT realllllllllllllly want to go down THAT road…AKRON BEACON Jnl…RUIZ…THEIR ruiz..NOT the one that blew face away on THAT poo ORCZ girl….WHA A $*@ idiot…HAD IT ALLL..sweetdeal n JUST *$@* it away…AKRON version..HER UNDERAGE beau…SHOOK baby..HE is sittin in CAN on murder charges WHILE TRYIN to HAVE BABY kept on LIFESUPPORT…..welll IF DIES just like that CSI case..UNreal…

    IF SOMEONE WANTS TO DO ANYthing in CMSD,etc. HERE ARE POSTER KHILDS, BUSFARE, access to programs,shake the hand, bye…wish best….

  8. Mark

    Vote NO on Issue 2.

    > Why should we stand in their way?
    Because if we know that it’s a dumb move, let’s fix it for them. 🙂 Let’s build the vibrancy and viability of our downtown areas, not sprawl out to the burbs.

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