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Saturday, November 02, 2013
Political Trail: Barbara Boyd, Eugene Miller
Rep. Boyd to address area Democratic Clubs
on Nov. 14
County’s General Assembly delegation works in relative anonymity, even when
they are securing passage of significant legislation, such as last year’s
Senate Bill 337, sponsored by Sen. Shirley Smith, D-24 that extensively reformed
the collateral sanctions that hindered the efforts of hundreds of thousands of
Ohioans seeking to successfully reenter society and their communities after
misdemeanor and felony convictions.
relative obscurity in which most state legislators toil is not only because
they work primarily downstate in Columbus. It also results from their relative
lack of weight most of them have as a marginalized minority. Ten of the
county’s 15 senators and representatives are Democrats, which means they have
little heft in either chamber, where the GOP holds overwhelming majorities.
State Rep. Barbara Boyd of Cleveland Heights
State Rep. Barbara Boyd did not attend a single session in a whole legislative
year — from May 2012 through June 2013 — it escaped mainstream media notice for
that entire period. Of course, when her prolonged absence, due to back surgery
after a severe fall — did gain the Plain Dealer’s attention, they made it front page news and then followed up their report the
following week with an
editorial call for her resignation.
pleased to be perhaps the first to report that Boyd has returned to Columbus this fall
and attended every full session, though we were dismayed to learn there have
been only three to date [Oct. 2, Oct. 16, and Oct. 30].
Boyd will make her first area public appearance this year when she speaks to
her hometown Cleveland Heights Democrats Club on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 7:00
p.m. The meeting, co-hosted by the Shaker Heights and University Heights
Democratic clubs, will be held at the Cleveland Heights Community Center, 1
expected to discuss the state of politics in Ohio and her priorities for the
current legislative session, which will be the final one of her long public
career.Time will be provided for
questions and light refreshments will be served following the program. The
public is invited.
Polensek sounds off on council colleague
Don’t ask Cleveland city
councilman Mike Polensek what he thinks unless you really want to know.
When asked for his reaction to
reports that his council colleague Eugene Miller had accused him of illegally
using taxpayer funds to endorse Miller’s opponent in next week’s council race,
the combative colleague told a Plain
Dealer reporter, “This is
all typical Eugene. It’s no wonder he’s in the jackpot
City Councilman Eugene Miller at an August 2013 Board of Elections meeting
that he is in, with
another incumbent running against him. He doesn’t get along with anybody, he
goes out of his way to antagonize people, and he’s a royal pain.” [Source]
We suspect that’s a sentiment
shared by a majority of those who will be voting in next week’s election for
city council in the new Ward 10. Miller made news not long ago when his
intemperate rants to a 911 operator including disparaging remarks about his
Miller is known to be a tireless
campaigner but veteran councilman Jeff Johnson is expected to defeat Miller in
the race. The two incumbents were forced into the same race by a reduction in
the size of council from 19 to 17 as a result of a City of Cleveland charter
provision that ties the size of council to the city’s population.
In tomorrow’s Real Deal: select endorsements in area races