Category Archives: Franklin County

12th District Election Results by County

On August 7 Ohioans in the 12th District voted for a House Representative to replace Pat Tiberi who resigned in January. We first voted in May’s Primary according to whichever Party ticket we wanted. Republicans and Democrats each had numerous candidates for their ticket.

The Republican Primary winner was Troy Balderson. The Democrat Primary winner was Danny O’Connor. These two would compete again in the August 7 election to determine which one would serve until January 2019, thus completing Tiberi’s term. This special election was the only thing on the ballot in August. So we went to the polls, checked in, then clicked one or the other’s name and hit SUBMIT button. In and out in just a few minutes.

In November’s mid-term election, we’ll once again have to vote for a 12th District Representative to serve for two years starting in January 2019. So we’ll be again choosing between Balderson and O’Connor. Because of that voters may not have bothered to vote August 7.

There are 3 complete counties and portions of 4 counties in the 12th District. Six of the counties are mostly rural: Delaware, Licking, Morrow, Muskingum, Marion, Richland. Of course, Franklin County is metro city. Balderson easily won all 6 of the rural counties. O’Connor only won the small section in Franklin County. In total, Balderson received 101,574 votes (50.2%) and O’Connor received 99,820 votes (49.3%). A Green Party candidate received 0.6% of votes.

12th District August 2018 Results

Click to enlarge

The results remind me of the 2016 Presidential Election where most of the U.S. is red but the population centers in New York and California are blue. That’s why the Electoral College is important in order to give people in less populated areas an equal say in government. Too bad we don’t have an electoral college for counties!

The above results are the “Unofficial” count. The absentee ballots and provisional ballots are to be counted and total results verified by August 24. There have been rumors around about dead people voting and of course, comments about fraud in Franklin County. Secretary of State Jon Husted addresses that in this SOS Article. It’s informative!

It’s possible that one candidate could win the August election but the other candidate could win in November. I’ve read some reports that said 90% of the Dems voted but only 40% of Republicans did. With much more at stake in November’s election, the Republicans are expected to come out in force. In November, Ohio will vote for a new Governor, and a strong U.S. Senate challenger, Rep Jim Renacci, trying to unseat long-time Senator Sherrod Brown. And of course, we’ll again vote on the person to be a House Representative for the 12th District.

So get ready and grab your popcorn!

*************************************************************************

Aug 24 UPDATE: The final tally is in and Troy Balderson has won the election with 104,328 votes to Danny O’Connor’s 102,648.

Hospital and Rehab not pleasant

In all my years I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve had to be hospitalized only four times and two of those times were to give birth to my daughters. But at the end of February I had to be admitted for emergency surgery in the middle of the night. I had diverticulitis with a substantial amount of infection (sepsis). The surgeon removed my lower colon and established an ileostomy which will be “undone” with more surgery later in April. Thank goodness! I’m very lucky in that regard!

While I was at one of the top hospitals in the Columbus area, I noticed some changes versus the past times I was hospitalized. I’m not sure all the differences are positive. Naturally everything is computerized. Nurses ask questions then spend time on the room’s computer entering all my answers. Every time they gave me medication or a piece of equipment they scanned my ID bracelet. I assumed that was a ca-ching to charge my bill.

The main difference I noticed was with the nursing staff. They seemed to be understaffed. Too many patients – too few nurses. But the main concern was that about 1/3 were wearing hijabs and had a language/communication issue. A couple times they tried to give me medication that I knew was inappropriate per the surgeon’s orders. I wonder what happens to patients that aren’t fully aware! The housekeeping staff and meal delivery staff were mostly non-American given their lack of language skills. It’s sad that these jobs are no longer going to Americans, but rather foreigners working for lower wages.

After two weeks in the hospital, I transferred to a rehab facility for 1-1/2 weeks. The nurse to patient ratio was even worse than at the hospital! I had substantial problems with the ileostomy and finding a satisfactory pouch to adhere to it. The nurses weren’t adequately trained to care for, properly prepare the area and apply the pouch. Basically it was a mess and my skin paid the price. One morning I was left sitting in a “mess” naked for two hours as nurses changed shift and aides had to deliver breakfast trays to the dining room patients. Again I feel sorry for patients who either can’t speak up or don’t have family to check on them. Those are the horrors of elderly care. I just did everything I could to convince the Surgeon that I would be better off at home.

I’ve heard many people – especially politicians – complain about the medical industry. I suspect political involvement in the medical industry is the cause of many of the negatives I experienced. The need to cut costs and time spent filling out the computer work required by the government. That takes time away that nurses and aides can spend giving care to patients. Not good!

Ohio’s Crime Rate Lower Than Nat’l Average

Columbus’ Business First had a link to a report on Safe Places to Live in Ohio. Although none of Central Ohio’s communities made the Top 20, three were between 20-25. Powell was ranked 21, Marysville ranked 23 and Dublin ranked 25. Upper Arlington ranked 31.

“In terms of feeling secure, Ohio’s crime rate is significantly lower than the national average. Between 2013 and 2014, both violent and property crime rates declined with some of the steepest drops occurring in the robbery and burglary categories.”

Glock 19 Gen 4The article said that Ohio’s Crime Rate is significantly lower than the National Average. Although not mentioned in the article, I wonder if Ohio’s open-carry law and the popularity of concealed carry licenses is due somewhat to lower crime rates.

13 of 50 Best Suburbs Are In Ohio

MSN/Money announced their “50 Best Suburbs“. Most of the suburbs were in the Midwest … not surprising to those of us who call the heartland home.

As I was scrolling through the list, I noticed many were Ohio suburbs! In fact, 13 of the 50 were in Ohio. MSN/Money’s criteria evaluated:

  • Population 5000 to 100,000
  • Average commute time
  • Median household income
  • School, poverty & crime rates
  • Availability of affordable housing

The 13 Ohio suburbs were:

COLUMBUS AREA – 3 are in MSN’s Top 10!

Suburb MSN Rank Median HH$ School Rating
UpperArlington 6 95,588 10
New Albany 8 161,374 10
Powell 9 133,133 10
Grandview Hts 16 80,729 8
Dublin 22 114,183 8.67

CINCINNATI AREA

Suburb MSN Rank Median HH$ School Rating
Madiera 3 87,232 10
Springboro 10 95,406 9
Montgomery 21 109,779 9
Wyoming 24 95,572 10

AKRON AREA

Suburb MSN Rank Median HH$ School Rating
Monroe Falls 33 8
Hudson 35 116,188 10

DAYTON AREA

Suburb MSN Rank Median HH$ School Rating
Bellbrook 49 73,168 10

CLEVELAND AREA

Suburb MSN Rank Median HH$ School Rating
Kirtland 50 85,938 9

 

Romney Rally at Columbus Airport

On Nov 5, I attended Mitt Romney’s last Ohio rally at a hangar at Port Columbus. It was exhilarating as thousands of Patriots were enthused and optimistic for the election the next day. Sadly we were extremely disappointed with the questionable outcome.

BTW, toward the end of the video, my camera ran out of memory space so I had to switch to my cell phone which didn’t pick up the audio very well.

UGH … Columbus is still a cow-town

black angus calfMany years ago, Columbus became the butt of jokes when a photo of cattle at the OSU farms included the downtown skyscrapers in the near distance. Thus, Columbus became the “cow-town”. It took decades to lose that moniker.

Yesterday’s news may renew our dubious reputation. The story was just too funny, although it ended sadly.

A 650-lb Black Angus bull calf escaped from the McDonald Farm in Grove City, just south of downtown. It was spotted in several locations, including a Burger King restaurant.

Twitter feeds from local news reporters included “Not a Joke” in their tweets. Sadly during the night the calf was struck and killed by a semi truck along I-71 near Hoover Rd. Well, at least it wasn’t near “Frank” Rd which is near GC.