Cincinnati Casino Amendment Rejected

The Cincinnati Casino Amendment, which threatened to jeopardize the Learn and Earn program to provide college scholarships to Ohio high school students, was rejected by Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro today.

State law requires that a proposed initiated constitutional amendment contain at least one thousand signatures of qualified electors.  The Cincinnati Casino Amendment only contained 893 certified signatures. Over half of the signatures submitted were rejected due to the petitioners' failure to properly file the paperwork.

This is a big loss for Cincinnati Casino lobbyist Gerry Austin. Austin will now need to recollect one thousand signatures and file again for certification with the Attorney General. With the July deadline of over 322,899 signatures needed to place an amendment on the ballot approaching, Cincinnati officials may now decide to back the already certified Learn and Earn amendment.

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Disclaimer: I am currently working as the Online Communications Director for the Ohio Learn and Earn Committee.

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Learn and Earn Amendment Certified: Free College Tuition in Ohio's Future

Today, the Ohio Learn & Earn amendment which will help bring nearly one billion dollars a year to Ohio children for college education and over $200 million in economic development has been approved by the Attorney General for circulation.

Scholarship dollars will be paid by revenue from slot machines at seven Ohio racetracks and two-downtown Cleveland locations. Unlike the lottery, all of the of the funds will be held by the Ohio Board of Regents in the Ohio Tuition Trust for use only by Ohio students bound for Ohio colleges or universities. The funds will be in each student's name and will be forever protected from misspending politicians and state regulators.

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Lamont Wowing Students

I got to spend a few minutes with Ned Lamont on Wednesday, as he was nice enough to come by and speak at Wesleyan University, where I'm President of the College Dems chapter.  

I must say that I went into the event with some doubts, seeing as the date was just two days after students had returned from spring break and there was minimal time for advertising.

My fears were more than assuaged.  Not only were there plenty of students who turned out to see Lamont, but his performance was simply great.  He spoke for about 20 minutes and then took every single question the audience had for him.  He came across as knowledgeable and genuine, polished enough to be taken seriously, but not so polished that he seemed scripted.  

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Students for Lamont Launches

Ned Lamont is taking his challenge to Joe Lieberman to schools all over Connecticut.  In speeches at Yale and Fairfield (no link here yet), he's fired up students to support his primary bid.  Ned forcefully denounced Lieberman and Bush's losing strategy for Iraq, Joe's support for illegal wiretaps and torture, and his approval of George Bush's radical Supreme Court nominees.  Ned also emphasized his support for renewable energy, universal healthcare, and fiscal responsibility.

Ned has been reaching out to students because he knows that our support is essential for his campaign.  Because the primary is in August, he needs to build a base of student support during this semester.  Students are excited about Ned because they want a real Democrat representing Connecticut, not a Bush apologist.

Info on how you can help after the jump!

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