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  • Trever Trever
    commented 2019-02-21 13:49:26 -0500
    Gerrymandering for Ohio’s Federal House of Representatives seats is a large issue, and I believe that there is a way to fix it. We can do this by using a slightly altered form of proportional representation which will get closer to appropriate representational seat allocation.


    The Problem:

    The popular vote for 2016 was 58.2% Republican to 41.8% Democrat, but representation was 75% to 25%.

    The popular vote for 2018 was 52.4% Republican to 47.6% Democrat, but representation was also 75% to 25%.


    The Solution:

    If Ohio were to reduce the number of districts from 16 to 13 and create three floating seats (feel free to change the exact number), then the floating seats could act as a representational “slush fund” to better align with proportions of the actual election result. In essence, what would happen will be the floating seats will be filled in whatever manner best makes our actual representation match the popular vote. Currently this would be three Democrats in both examples, but in the future it could be two Democrats and one Republican, or two Republicans and one Democrat, or even no Democrats and three Republicans, depending on vote distribution. While the district lines will obviously need to change to create thirteen districts, the representation garnered by these thirteen districts will be more in line with the overall trend of the state.


    Doing this would have changed the actual representation to 61% and 39% in the aforementioned examples. While this is still not ideal for 2018, it is extremely close for 2016.


    The people who will actually fill these seats in these examples would be the Democrats who were the closest to winning their district but still lost. In 2018 this would have been Pureval (OH-1), O’Connor (OH-12), and Rader (OH-14). This means that the top two candidates from OH-1, OH-12, and OH-14 will go to the House of Representatives because, as previously mentioned, although we will have 16 representatives, we will only have 13 districts.


    With the effect of gerrymandering so greatly reduced, the effort spent by either party to gerrymander should also be reduced. This means we should get closer to actual representation every year.


    If this is confusing, then I implore you to watch the YouTube video below, it explains the base idea with images.

    CGP Grey: Mixed-Member Proportional Representation Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT0I-sdoSXU&list=PL7679C7ACE93A5638&index=4
  • Alexandra Anderson
    commented 2018-07-05 15:38:39 -0400
    Dear State Rep. Boggs,


    As an advocate of women’s rights in OH, I am writing to request an opportunity to meet with you in your district office to discuss reproductive rights here and around the world.


    Your words denouncing Trump’s domestic gag rule couldn’t resonate more with the Global Gag Rule, as well: “I am extremely disappointed that the Ohio General Assembly thinks it can intervene in a woman’s constitutionally protected right to have an abortion. These private decisions need to remain between a woman and her doctor”.


    Days after assuming office, Trump reinstated and expanded the Global Gag Rule, which prohibits providers and nurses in international clinics that receive U.S. funding from discussing abortion with their patients. This policy is ineffective and deadly and restricts access to family planning, cervical cancer screenings, HIV testing/treatment and actually increases unsafe abortion rates. The #Fight4HER Campaign has been organizing in support of the Global HER Act, which would permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule.

    It is clear that Columbus cares about this issue. More than 3,000 people in Columbus have signed our petition urging their elected officials to stand up for reproductive rights around the world, 12 small businesses have endorsed the campaign, and we have worked with multiple community groups.

    As a leader fighting for women’s rights, it would be our honor and pleasure to meet with you. The following people will join me in this meeting: Katie Richardson (constituent), Anna Cotter (constituent), and Prabh Virk. We look forward to speaking with you more about this issue. Please contact me to confirm our meeting at your earliest convenience.


    Thank you,

    Alexandra Anderson

    #Fight4HER Organizer
  • Kim Savon
    commented 2018-06-13 14:17:22 -0400
    I’m interested in becoming more active in supporting democratic candidates and plan to attend tomorrow morning. I was disappointed that there was no mention of justice reform and policies that are racially biased. I’m hoping the issues of the African American community that others of all races are also concerned about are important to Boggs.
  • Charlie Baulm
    commented 2018-06-09 12:44:52 -0400
    Hello,


    I came across your website today and was wondering if you had an opportunity for guest blogging. I am a professional freelance writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, living in recovery. I attempt to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them.


    If you are interested in talking about this in more detail, get back to me at any time. We can discuss topic ideas and I can have an article for you with a fast turn around. I am not looking to be paid for this!


    I have a small profile with a few writing samples, hoping to build this more. Let me know if you are interested and thank you for your time!


    Truly,


    Charlie Baulm


    https://writingwithcharlie.weebly.com/
  • Lisa Freeman-Williamson
    commented 2018-04-29 00:16:59 -0400
    Invitation to Weigh The Facts Candidates Meet and Greet

    Subject: WTF?! Weigh The Facts Candidate Meet and Greet

    Dear Franklin County Primary Election Candidate,

    The voters of Franklin County, in alliance with WTF?! Weigh The Facts supported by the Ohio Black Barber and Beauty Network and Urban Trendsetters Media will hold a Primary Election Candidate Meet and Greet on Saturday, May 5th, 2018. As a candidate for office in Franklin County you are invited to participate. It will be held at Buns and Brews 970 Parsons Avenue, beginning at 5:00 PM and ending at 7:30 PM. Doors will be opened at 4:30pm. The purpose of the Meet and Greet is to give Franklin County voters an opportunity to hear candidates discuss the issues of importance to them in this election. The event is free and open to the public.

    The candidates will give a brief introduction, answer questions from the public submitted in advance and have the opportunity to mix and mingle with their prospective constituents during this informal event. Written questions are being accepted via our website www.weighthefacts.org and our Facebook page. Weigh The Facts Candidate Meet and Greets follow a nonpartisan, unbiased and impartial format. A member of our supporting committee will moderate the event. Specific rules governing the event are outlined on the Procedures that will be forwarded to you upon acceptance of this invitation. Please confirm your participation before May 1st by calling Lisa Freeman-Williamson from Weigh The Facts at 614-423-9831 or emailing wtfweighthefacts@gmail.com. We look forward to your participation in this educational event.

    All The Best,

    Lisa Freeman-Williamson

    Founder & Principal

    Weigh The Facts


    A Special Thanks goes to Mr. Will Hightower

    SUPPORTERS


    The Ohio Black Barber and Beauty Network

    Urban Trendsetters News Media
  • matthews cristina
    commented 2017-06-19 07:43:34 -0400
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  • Ken Wightman
    commented 2016-11-02 16:56:19 -0400
    Kristin

    I haven’t seen any available yard signs for you but I live in a high visibility house at 1130 Neil and would welcome your sign next to Hillary’s. If you or Adam would have one dropped off for the last few days it is in your district and as good a location as you can get.

    Ken Wightman 294-5335 kwight@ee.net
  • Kathleen Brinkman
    commented 2016-06-21 14:37:06 -0400
    Congratulations on your PPAO endorsement. I stand with Planned Parenthood in Ohio and nationally. We need strong voices and votes to protect reproductive health. Thank you for standing with us.