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May Primary Sends Mixed Messages

GOP, TPS Still a Mess
Mixed Messages
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The voters have spoken, although in a small, squeaky voice.

But they told Jon Stainbrook to stay out of Columbus, retaining the other Jon—Binkley, that is—on the Ohio Republican Party Central Committee.

But Meghan Gallagher won a seat on the same panel over Lisa Simpson, wife of local attorney Jeff Simpson, who’s making a bid to take over the party chairmanship from Stainbrook. Any success on that front would be a double whammy for the former punk rocker and remove him from day-to-day decision-making within the party leadership.

With 397 central committee seats decided during the primary and dozens of candidates in both camps, it may take some time to sort out who won over who in the contested races and obtain an accurate count of Simpson vs. Stainbrook supporters.

Voter turnout—we’ve seen several percentages. One TV station reported it was 11 percent. A Facebook post stated it was 12 percent. The board of elections returns show just over 16 percent. The number really doesn’t matter, because all three figures are less than the paltry voter turnout for a municipal primary last fall, when only 18 percent of the registered electorate in Lucas County showed up at the polls.

That was pathetic then. It’s even more ridiculous now.

But not much changed Tuesday night. Familiar faces beat first-timers.

But taxpayers did hand Toledo Public Schools a stinging defeat, by a 2-to-1 margin, saying it was the wrong tax at the wrong time.

Now TPS leaders should go back to the blackboard—erase their budget cutting plan and replace it with something real. They have two more months to realign school attendance zones, bargain for real give-backs from unions representing teachers and administrators, and examine their long-term strategy from a truly analytical perspective—not just what’s mandated and what’s not.

What do the numbers say? What schools are empty and what schools are overcrowded? Rearrange and close what you don’t need.

Which programs are working? Keep them after doing a cost-benefit analysis.

Right-size, downsize—whatever you want to call it—the administration to reflect the loss of one-quarter of your student population over the past decade.

But don’t even think about November…or even a special election.

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