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The MCDP Is Disenfranchising County Democrats Of Their Right To Vote For New MCDP Leadership

Deadline for becoming a delegate to the forthcoming Montgomery County Democratic Party (MCDP) Reorganization Meeting is February 5. Every precinct can elect one delegate to this meeting in order to vote on new leadership and to vote on a new constitution. The last meeting was in 2010, and, as usual, the insiders stayed in power, and the old boss centered constitution stayed the same

The insiders always stay in power because news of this important meeting is always kept a big secret from any county Democrat who is not a party insider. This deliberate disenfranchisement of county Democrats of their right to meaningfully participate

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Disagreement In Local Dem Club Mirrors The Conflict Within The Montgomery County Democratic Party

Our South of Dayton Democratic Club meeting last night revealed a big disagreement — not only within our club but within the Democratic Party as a whole. The disagreement boils down to this: Should our club and should our party operate according to a democratic organizational structure or according to a hierarchical / boss centered structure?

During the meeting last night, I was reiterating the thoughts in my e-mail to members from the previous day (copied below) urging that as a club we find delegates to the June, 2014, Montgomery County Democratic Party (MCDP) Reorganization Meeting who will vote for new

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At My Meeting With Representative Jim Butler, OHD-41, We Discuss And Agree On Four Non-Partisan Goals

Representative Jim Butler (OHD-41)— picture taken at Panera’s at Town and Country

Last Friday, January 10, I met for coffee with Republican Jim Butler, my Ohio House District 41 representative. And, after what was a generous amount of time for discussion, I was surprised that we kept going. We had an extended talk and a lot of agreement.

My goal in meeting Mr. Butler was not to get all the details of his votes in the Ohio House that I disagree with, but, to attempt to develop an understanding with Mr. Butler that might be a basis for working together to

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Did DDN’s Questioning Of Rep. Jim Butler’s Military Bio Stem From A GOP In-Fight To Choose A New Speaker?

Jim Butler, Representative for OHD41 — including Riverside, Oakwood, Kettering, and Centerville.

In a recent DDN article, “Lawmaker’s Military Claims Questioned,”reporter Laura Bischoff quotes several military officers who charge that the biography of representative for Ohio House District 41, Jim Butler, exaggerates and misrepresents his military service.

The disputed sentence in the House biography of Butler is this: “Representative Butler served in the United States Navy as fighter pilot, flying the F-14 Tomcat.” But according to Bischoff, “Butler said that after nine months of training flights on the F-14, a medical condition became apparent and he was grounded from flying in 1999

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Public Education Needs A New Direction

In this short presentation to the South of Dayton Democratic Club, I analyze the Dayton Daily News opinion article written by Kevin Kelly, the Dean of the University of Dayton’s School of Education and Frank DePalma, the retired Superintendent of Centerville Schools, and I repeat most of what I wrote in my post: Put Away The Duct Tape, Public Education Needs To Be Rebuilt — Guided By New Principles. My point is that public education needs to transformed so that it changes direction.

In their DDN article, Drs. Kelly and DePalma defend the current system and essentially argue that we need

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Great Year To Grow Dahlias In Kettering, Ohio

This is a collection of photos that I started taking in late August and continued to take, off and on, until now. A dahlia is an inspiring flower — a lot of work, but offering a big pay-off in its stunning, enchanting, mesmerizing and astonishing beauty. And this was a great year to grow them — lots of rain and not too hot. In my little backyard I had more plants than ever — about 100 plants — most growing about six feet tall and full of blooms.

This region’s first frost date is October 10, but, last year, the

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Put Away The Duct Tape, Public Education Needs To Be Rebuilt — Guided By New Principles

When Ohio’s new A-F school grading system is implemented in 2015, most schools will get a lower grade than what they get in the current system. Area educational leaders Kevin Kelly and Frank DePalma defend the new system, and in a DDN article give this explanation: “Ohio has raised its standards in bold and important ways for our children. … The lower grades are an inescapable part of the process of asking our schools, teachers and children to aim higher.”

The new system, according to Kelly and DePalma, will have a big pay-off.  “Going forward,” they promise, “a high school diploma

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Ohio’s New A-F School Grading System Is Built On A Flawed, Dangerous, And Destructive Philosophy

Ohio is phasing in a new A-F school grading system. When it is implemented, most schools and districts will receive a lower grade than what their evaluation in the current system would indicate. Now, 52% of Ohio schools are deemed “Excellent” or “Excellent with Distinction,” but in the new system only a few schools will be deemed worthy of a grade of “A”. Most schools will have a grade of “C” or less.

The point of the new system is to “raise the bar” with a tougher curriculum and harder tests and in so doing push students and schools to greater

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Russ Gottesman Seeks 10th District Democratic Nomination —To Un-Seat Congressman Mike Turner

Dayton businessman, Russ Gottesman, this morning announced that he is seeking to be the Democratic Party’s candidate to represent Ohio’s 10th Congressional District. The event was held at the Patterson Homestead on Brown Street.

Gottesman’s message is that as an entrepreneur who at an early age started his own successful company, he understands how to bring jobs to the community. He said, “Jobs — it is what it is all about.”  

It appears that Gottesman is about 35 years old — I can’t find his age. He is married with one child and has another child that will soon be born.

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To Strengthen Public Education, Democrats Should Advocate Transformation, Not Reformation

Our monthly meeting of the South of Dayton Democratic Club is this evening at 6:00 at the Wright Library in Oakwood. On the agenda is indicated time for a brief discussion of some of the ideas in my book, Public Education 2030.  I sent this e-mail to the club members.

Dear Friends, I see our agenda for this evening includes the opportunity to briefly discuss some of the ideas in my book, Public Education 2030.  (You can get a PDF here). 

One essay (p. 30) reports on Ted Strickland’s forums on the future of Ohio’s system of public education. In these forums, Strickland challenged his listeners to

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