ONUMBA.COM, USA – Democrat James Ragland campaigned fiercely to become the mayor of Columbus, but lost in his bid after finishing fourth in the hard fought primary race a couple of months ago, featuring three Democrats and one Republican.
Two African-Americans – Ragland and Franklin University Business Professor Terry Boyd, were in the race, Boyd being the only Republican. The other candidates were City Council President Andrew Ginther and Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott, both Democrats, and both Whites. After Ragland exited the race, despite all out support from former State Senator Ray Miller, who is a revered political solon in both the Black community and Columbus political scene, the contest was left without a Black candidate, since Boyd also lost. That left Ginther and Scott to battle it out for a chance to replace Mayor Michael Coleman who is stepping down at the end of the year after a historic 16 years in office. Not necessarily saying that the Black votes would have been automatically gobbled up by Ragland and Boyd because of their race, it is interesting to know who of the two remaining candidates in the race is better postured to gain the Black vote. Ragland, who is visibly dangling his coveted endorsement as a way to goad the candidates to pay attention to Black issues, isn’t so sure both candidates deserve Black support now since in his view neither is really addressing Black issues.
ONUMBA.COM, USA – Columbus residents saw the devices going up all over the city, but not too long ago, the controversial red-light cameras were yanked back down from Columbus city streets and streets across the cities in Ohio quicker than you say “illegal”. Those cameras were pulled down simply because they were illegal. Now, it turns out the cameras themselves were not the only thing illegal in all of this. Reportedly, there were also a tidal wave of illegal deals and a smorgasbord of other jaw-dropping shenanigans involving one of the companies that helped install these cameras in Columbus. One thing is for sure. The cameras are gone, to the delight of those who ferociously hated it. Now, could the frontrunner in the Columbus mayoral race be next? Recently, Governor John Kasich signed into law a measure passed by the Ohio legislature banning red-light cameras in the Buckeye state. Now, serious questions are emerging over whether some elected Columbus city officials broke the law by accepting bribe from one of the companies under contract to install these cameras in the city. While those questions remain largely unanswered, the investigation into the unfolding saga is widening, getting uglier and uglier by the day. On its path is Democrat Andrew Ginther, the frontrunner in the Columbus mayoral race who is caught up in the maelstrom of the raging mess. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA – Polls this early in the presidential primary contest don’t really mean much to the candidates, but if you were Ohio Governor John Kasich, it might, at least, privately get you a bit excited knowing you are not polling badly in the one contest that potentially matters. No one knows for sure if Kasich is going to jump into the crowded race yet. But last week, he dropped an abundance of hints in favor of running for president, setting July 21 as the date he will officially declare his candidacy. Until then, officially, he is still thinking about it. But if Kasich is looking for something encouraging to nudge him over to the side of a decision to definitely get into the race, that is, if he is looking for a modicum of motivation, this might be it. A recent poll of 1,191 Ohio voters by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll showed that Kasich will defeat the presumed Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hilary Clinton 47-40 in Ohio in a one-on-one match-up. That was the best performance reported by the poll when compared to the other Republicans in the race squaring off against Clinton one-on-one. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA – When Ibrahima Sow came to Columbus from Africa in 1998 with his mother, he was only 8 years old. Now, he could become a Councilman in just a few months. But Sow, who was a consigliere to former Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder, got his work cut out for him trying to unseat Columbus city council incumbents, all Democrats. He knows that. He also knows that he is going to make huge history on multiple fronts if elected. What’s more important to the African immigrant from Senegal though, is not the history he will make if elected but the difference he hopes to make in the lives of many residents of the city he said are not currently well represented by City Hall. “There’s a huge population in the city of Columbus that does not have proper advocates, proper representation at the City Hall. That would be one thing to bring to the table,” Sow told Onumba.com, in a wide-ranging interview, recently. “We are going to bring City Hall to those that need it and make City Hall work for the people that pay for it.”
Sow, 24, is endorsed by the Republican Party. A recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science and International Relations, he is one of a bevy of Republican candidates running for city council, hoping to halt the years of partisan monopoly of the city council by Democrats. Currently, and it has been that way for years, there is no Republican on the council. Sow, of course knows it is going to be an uphill battle dismantling the Democratic hegemony of the council, but he is counting on the force of his message, not politics, to catapult him to victory this November. He expressed the view that local politics is all about ideas that work for the people and not about the partisan ideologies that polarize them. Continue Reading
Onumba.com, USA – Before the NBA annual draft yesterday, there were endless effluvium of mock drafts, with basketball buffs eating it all up as speculations went into overdrive over whether Duke University’s pollux Jahlil Okafor would be drafted No. 1 overall. It was for the most part a toss-up between star centers Okafor and the University of Kentucky Karl Anthony-Towns, with Ohio State University’s ace guard D’angelo Russell in the conversation and rounding out the triptych of the coveted players largely favored to go first in the star studded draft. As the draft day approached, however, Anthony-Towns surged past Okafor as the favorite to be called first as the top draft pick. And sure enough, he was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the No. 1 overall draft pick. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM, USA – With all the republicans running for the White House, it is hard to say who is going to emerge as the frontrunner from that stampede to duke it out with the presumed Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. But one thing that is easy to conclude is this: running for the White House on the republican side is starting to look more like Boston marathon than a presidential contest considering the burgeoning crowd of candidates getting into the race. Just recently, four more Republicans entered the race. Highly touted pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, former New York governor George Pataki, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham and real estate developer Donald Trump, all threw their long shot hats in the ring, hyping their republican credentials and bringing the total number of Republican presidential candidates to …..a lot. The smorgasbord of choice of candidates is good for democracy. Continue Reading