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Election Wrap Up

Election Wrap Up

Andrew Samtoy
on Nov 04, 2015

All eyes may be on the 2016 election, but plenty of local and state issues were on yesterday's off year ballot. From the closely watched Issues 2 and 3, to the results of area mayoral race, we'll discuss the outcomes from election night.

http://www.ideastream.org/programs/sound-of-ideas/election-wrap


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Why do you think Issue 3 failed and Issue 2 passed? Why did you vote the way you voted?

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Cliff Skalba
on Nov 20, 2015
"Issue 3 passed.. WHIO out of Dayton,posted it winning,3 to 1..A rigged election,is what we got....."
Andrew Samtoy
on Nov 16, 2015
"Thanks for your comment!"
Andrew Samtoy
on Nov 16, 2015
"Thanks for your comment!"
Satinder P S Puri
on Nov 05, 2015
"Note: The comments listed below supplement what I said in the SOI radio program: VOTE NO ON..."
Cliff Skalba
on Nov 04, 2015
"Can`t find the results from Issue,1,2,or 3,at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections web site....."
Cliff Skalba
on Nov 04, 2015
"The 'Wagner Costigan Act'.. failed to be initiated,, It was FDR`s attempt to stop the State`s..."
Cliff Skalba
on Nov 04, 2015
"10 is a monopoly..?? The Lame Stream media was a very helpful partner in the mis-information..."

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Cliff Skalba
on Nov 20, 2015 - 10:40 am

Issue 3 passed.. WHIO out of Dayton,posted it winning,3 to 1..A rigged election,is what we got.. Point 2..Lies.. Issue 3 wasn`t a monopoly... It would allow for >>3<< cottage industries.. 1. Medical marijuana..2. Recreational marijuana.. 3. Hemp,and the reason pot was criminalized...Each type of cannibus is different...

 
Satinder P S Puri
on Nov 05, 2015 - 2:39 am

Note: The comments liste below supplement what I said in the SOI radio program:

VOTE NO ON SIN TAX CAMPAIGN:

For over 4-months I activel opposed the Sin Tax with demonstrations all over Cuyahoga County. In all, demonstrated 98 times for a total of 339-hours which is the equivalent o walking all over the county for over 1,000 miles carrying my VOTE NO ON SIN TA signs. The Plain Dealer did not cover my comments made at a Cuyahoga Count Council meeting and kept on ignoring my campaign – as explained below – sayin repeatedly that there was no organized or visible and organized opposition t the Sin Tax. Also, my campaign did not have a seat at the table at a City Clu event.

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TRIUMPH?

Should the passage of Issu 8 by a wide margin: 75-25% be seen as a triumph for the proponents of the Art Sin Tax? Not in my opinion.

While I don’t smoke and love the Arts and the role the play in enriching our lives on a daily basis -- I find the practice o supporting the Arts on the back of cigarette smokers -- wh for the most part tend to be young, poor, and uneducated  -- unfair, totally repugnant,  aesthetically insensitive, and not the righ thing for our community. This is a social justice issue.

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I speak regularly at Cuyahoga County Council meetings in publi sessions calling for fair funding of the Arts where we all pay– not just taxin cigarette smokers to pay for an activity we all enjoy. So far I have spoken a 14 such meetings. The proceedings are videotaped and available on YouTube.

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Artists are known for portrayin social injustice in their works. At the Cuyahoga County Council meetings of Ma 12, May 26, and June 23, 2015 – a parade of speakers urged continuation of th Sin Tax because the Arts benefit the community.

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Yet no one at the three meeting (May 12, 26, and June 23)  – I repeat no one -- questioned whether thi exploitation of the weak and powerless to fund a noble activity like the Art was the right thing to do.

It is very easy to talk about an portray social injustice in works of art – but not so easy to fight socia injustice if one is benefiting from the exploitation with financial grants.

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NON-COVERAGE OF MY COMMENTS AT CUYAHOGA COUNTY COUNCI MEETING OF JUNE 23, 2015: I was the lone opponent of the Sin Tax at thi meeting where there were five proponents – including some of the most powerfu and rich people in Cleveland. We all spoke in the public session. Again, m comments pertained to the need for fair funding. The council ignored my call for fair funding and voted 10-0 to place the Sin Tax for the Arts on th November 3, 2015 ballot. The entire discussion lasted less than ten minutes The council proceedings are available on YouTube. Unfortunately, Steven Lit (esteemed Art and Architectural Critic of The Plain Dealer) did not report on word I said either in his post on cleveland.com or in the print edition of th next day creating the impression that there was no opposition to the Sin Tax a the subject meeting. Details of the June 23, 2015 meeting and the absence o full coverage by Mr. Litt can be found on my blog at REALNEO under the title: “BREAKIN NEWS: IS THE PLAIN DEALER IN BED WITH THE RICH AND POWERFUL IN CLEVELAND T PROMOTE THE SIN TAX FOR THE ARTS?”

“NO VISIBLE ORGANIZED OPPOSITION? According t Mr. Litt of The Plain Dealer, writing in his blog of October 15, 2015, “No visible organized opposition t the levy renewal has emerged.” Mr, Litt has made similar statements at leas six times since June 23.

While I was an “army-of-one opposing the 2015 Sin Tax for the Arts I believe my campaign was very organize and also very visible and effectively challenged the estimated $1.6 millio campaign that was waged by the proponents of the Sin Tax (Issue 8). I playe the role of CEO, President, Secretary, and Treasurer – all rolled in one based on the belief that it takes only one finger to stir the pot. I had dedicated Facebook group and my own blog at REALNEO. I had literally n expenses. The $5 VOTE NO ON SIN TAX signs were left over from last year’ campaign and were seen by thousands. The flyers were printed at home. 

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NO SEAT AT TABLE AT CITY CLU EVENT OF SEPTEMBER 28, 2015: The City Club event was a one-sided discussion o promoting Issue 8 for passage on November 3, 2015. As an active opponent of th 2015 Sin Tax, I did not have a seat at the table in the so-called “citadel o free speech” and was limited to asking only one question.

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The City Club which recentl received a $15,000 grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture was no an objective partner in the event. So I was not surprised when I read that Da Moulthrop, CEO of City Club had stated that "there's no visible, organize opposition" to the Sin Tax.

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Details of the City Club event ca be found in the following post in my blog at REALNEO with the title: “BREAKIN NEWS: WAS CITY CLUB IN BED WITH THE PROMOTERS OF THE SIN TAX (ISSUE 8) AT TH EVENT ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2015?”<!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><!--[endif]-->

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Andrew Samtoy
on Nov 16, 2015

Thanks for your comment!

 
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Cliff Skalba
on Nov 04, 2015 - 12:23 pm
Can`t find the results from Issue,1,2,or 3,at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections web site.. Cuyahoga County,the only place using paper ballots.. Should be interesting... 

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Andrew Samtoy
on Nov 16, 2015

Thanks for your comment!

 
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Cliff Skalba
on Nov 04, 2015 - 11:25 am
The 'Wagner Costigan Act'.. failed to be initiated,, It was FDR`s attempt to stop the State`s right to lynch blacks...That means many States have the legal right to execute blacks..The Ohio Constitution seems to be made of play dough.. Pushed and pulled into any concoction Conservatives desire.."Home Rule' is in there.. But,whenever Conservatives decide it doesn`t fit into their game plan,it instantly becomes UN Constitutional..In 2004,an Ohio Constitutional amendment was on the ballot.. It changed the Constitution,taking away the rights of those in the LGBT community.. If you take someones rights away,doesn`t that mean they should have had those rights.?? How to change the United States Constitution,without doing the heavy lifting.. 
Cliff Skalba
on Nov 04, 2015 - 10:53 am
10 is a monopoly..?? The Lame Stream media was a very helpful partner in the mis-information regarding pot legalization..Plus,they did it free of charge.. At the end of the day,do you trust Columbus to count Ohio`s votes honestly...??  As for me,a resounding ...===>>NO<<===