Dennis Willard offers the first detailed update I’ve seen which shows how brilliant the LetOhioVote.org effort is:
An attorney for Let Ohio Vote, David Langdon from Cincinnati, produced two Ohio Supreme Court rulings of his own to argue the attorney general and secretary of state should move ahead with checking the language and certifying the signatures.
Carlo LoParo, a Let Ohio Vote spokesman, said it is the court’s responsibility to determine whether Strickland and lawmakers have the legal authority to stop a referendum on the slot machines.
”Brunner and Cordray do not have the authority to stop this. Their role is strictly administrative. They should have accepted the filings,” LoParo said.
The argument between Let Ohio Vote and the two officeholders will become moot once the court rules.
A decision against Strickland and lawmakers would give Let Ohio Vote the chance to gather the necessary signatures to put the issue before voters in November 2010.
And if the court rules in their favor, Ted Strickland is in big trouble:
Soon, Strickland might find himself back at square one with Harris.
By then, however, Strickland would have lost seven precious months and he would have to address anew the two-year budget that is so precariously balanced on the promise of $933 million in slot machine money.
If we had a seriously organized Republican opposition in Ohio, Senate Republicans wouldn’t have compromised with Ted Strickland’s plan to ignore the will of the people and expand gambling in Ohio, while ignoring the reform which might help Ohio avoid a massive 2011 tax-hike. But since Bill Harris and company are too lazy to fight Gov. Strickland, LetOhioVote.org is doing it for them.
(Please join their new Facebook page here.)