Auto bailout helping Obama in Ohio

There’s no way Mitt Romney can win the presidential election without winning Ohio, and the auto bailout is making it very difficult for him in Ohio.

Democratic strategists and independent political observers credit Obama’s advantage to his support for the auto bailout and strategy of appealing to blue-collar workers. They also note that Ohio’s 7.2 percent unemployment rate is a full percentage point lower than the national average.

“Romney is going to have to do something very unusual to take Ohio away from the president,” said Jim Friedman, a Cleveland lawyer whose involvement with the state’s Democratic Party has spanned several decades.

Obama “is not doing great in Ohio, but he’s doing well enough,” said Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, who helped conduct the latest poll. “Obviously these numbers are good for him, and if the president wins this state, he’s going to get reelected.”

The auto bailout is perhaps Obama’s trump card in Ohio.

Friedman argued Obama’s support and Romney’s opposition to the bailout are resonating in Ohio, where the car industry “is both historically and psychologically important.”

Romney is trying to fight back, as he just launched a new ad showing a dealer who lost his dealership as a result of the bailout. But this is pure desperation, as that dealership would have gone under with Romney as president as well, since Romney opposed the auto bailout or any help for the industry in the middle of the financial crisis.

Cleveland casino has impact on regional casinos

The new Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland has gotten off to a very successful start, as local players are flocking to the casino. There are many reports of tables being full most hours during the day as people have to wait to play. In the poker room, they aren’t hosting tournaments as the room is so full with players wanting to play the cash games. There aren’t many novices when it comes to poker rules and casino etiquette as many of these players have played in the regional casinos.

Apparently it’s not just locals jamming into the new casino. One of the selling points to Ohio residents when they finally approved the casino was that so much money was leaving the state to the region’s casinos in Detroit and Pittsburgh. Now that may be reversing, as reports are out that regional casinos are seeing a drop in business after the opening of the Cleveland casino. The numbers for June during the first full month after Ohio casinos opened in Cleveland and Toledo are down 9.4% from April for the eight casinos in Detroit, western Pennsylvania and along the Ohio River in northern West Virginia.

The Cleveland casino is beautiful and located in downtown Cleveland near other attractions like Progressive Field, so it’s no surprise that they are winning some business. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the long run.

Redistricting reform will be on Ohio November ballot

Gerrymandering is one of the biggest problems we have in modern politics, and in Ohio, the past round produced some truly ridiculous outcomes.

Thus, a group called Voters First has gotten enough signatures for a ballot initiative in Ohio to reform the process. The group is backed by Democrats but the notion of redistricting reform also has support from some Republicans, even if they don’t back this effort.

The proposed process is interesting:

The Voters First proposal would create a 12-member bipartisan citizens commission to draw the congressional and legislative maps every 10 years using criteria such as keeping communities whole, promoting competitiveness and compactness and having the districts lean toward how voters in that area actually vote.

If approved, the commission’s newly drawn maps would become effective in 2014.
Republican lawmakers were heavily criticized for drawing some unusually shaped and meandering districts intended to favor GOP candidates.

Under the Voters First amendment, most citizens — aside from politicians, their family members or donors — would be allowed to apply for the commission. A panel of appeals court judges would whittle that list down to 42 commission candidates.

The House speaker and House minority leader then would each eliminate nine more names. Of the remaining 24 names, nine would be randomly selected for the commission. Those nine selected would then pick the remaining three.

Personally, I think the idea of open primaries, one primary for Democrats, Republicans, Independents, etc. with the top two in a runoff, is also a great idea. But this one is also intriguing.

Ohio is still the ultimate battleground in the presidential election

Take a look at this ad for the Obama campaign in Ohio and you’ll see how tough both sides are going to battle for this state. It’s still the ultimate battleground state:

The last time Ohio voters didn’t pick the winner in a presidential election was 1960. Republican Richard Nixon won the Buckeye State, but Democrat John F. Kennedy won the nation.

Since 1964, no other state has had such an unbroken string of siding with the winner.

No one can know until Nov. 6 whether 2012 will uphold Ohio’s record as the pre-eminent swing state or end its reign, but neither the Obama nor Romney campaign is taking a chance.

“The tipping-point states appear to be Virginia and Ohio,” said Chris Redfern, the Ohio Democratic Party chairman. He said the state party will run the biggest state campaign organization in the country.

“What we look at is building an infrastructure that can turn out as many votes for the President as possible in all of Ohio’s 88 counties,” Mr. Redfern said.

Right now I think Obama has the edge with the success of the Auto bailout and the fact that Romney backed Issue 2.

Managing Business With Your Cell Phone

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It is a fact that we live in a fast-paced world. Everything needs to be done quicker and more efficiently than ever before. Managing your own business is dependent on the boss being able to access every aspect of the business at any given time during the day. Your cell phone can help, as it is with you all the time and may keep you connected to business partners and your staff, as well as your clients.

More technology is being introduced every year. Trade shows and information highways are always touting the latest way to stay connected. The ability to keep your phone with you and charged is constantly being updated as well. There are a few ways your cell phone can help your business stay on top.

1. Inventory At A Glance. T-Mobile cellphones can be a valuable tool in keeping track of your product. You can set up your phone to track sales and shipments, knowing each piece that goes out and each piece that comes in. In dealing with customers, you will be able to tell exactly what is available and how soon you can deliver.

2. Accounts Payable And Receivable. If it happens to be a meeting with board members or investors, even though you will be prepared with paper documentation of the running of the business, having this available on your cell phone will give you the added bonus of knowing your cash flow from minute to minute. You never know when you will need some extra cash to make an important business purchase, and you will have it ready.

3. Important Business Contacts. Every business has important contacts, and whether you are needing to reach someone yourself, or you are referring a customer to a business associate, having the necessary information at a glance helps you to look professional and knowledgeable.

4. Market Analysis. With cell phones being able to feed us knowledge and statistics from literally anywhere in the world, the business owners and managers are a distinct advantage. Whether it is buying or selling stock, or just trying to see where the supply and demand is, once again your cell phone will keep you informed. Not only can you access the web, you can download apps to your phone to categorize and update the information you need.

5. Availability. The mere fact that your customers have access to you at all times is a huge boost to your business. There are many times when customers will go elsewhere if they are not treated as though their business dealings are important. The availability is also to your advantage when you need to get in touch with a manager or business partner in a short period.

No doubt cell phones have revolutionized the way we communicate. Using your cell phone to keep track of every aspect of your business, as well as important contacts is a smart move.