From the daily archives: Monday, October 16, 2006

“I’ve known Ken for a long time. I think he will make an excellent statewide candidate”
– Norman Cummings, Ken Blackwell’s Campaign Manager, 1994.

In 1994, Candidate Blackwell did not look like an excellent candidate for anything- especially not for statewide office.

His only political success had been at the local-level fifteen years earlier. Since then he had switched parties, lost a primary and was defeated by Charlie Luken in his run for US Representative from Ohio’s 1st District.

But George Voinovich and the Cummings Family were about to change that.

Norman Cummings

Norm Cummings spent the late 80’s […]

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Council for a Livable World

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I’ve been wanting to write about the NRCC ad attacking Zack Space. Here is the ad:

And here is why the ad is wrong, from the Zanesville Times-Recorder.

To the Editor:

A television ad paid for by the Republican National Committee implies that the supporters of Zack Space are in league with our enemies. The truth is that the Council for a Livable World was established in 1962 by a group of physicists who participated in the development of the atomic bomb.

Realizing the destructive capabilities of such weapons, they felt it their duty to […]

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GOP’s abuse of the faithful

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David Kuo, a former top official in the Bush Administration’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, has written a book called Tempting Faith that is extremely critical of the GOP and their manipulation of Christian voters. He was on 60 Minutes last night, and C&L has video and transcript.

Part of the problem, he says, was indifference from “the base,” the religious right. He took 60 Minutes to a convention of evangelical groups ? his old stomping ground – and walked around the display booths, looking for any reference to the poor.

“You?ve got homosexuality in your kid?s […]

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I’d like to see some Ohio dems run this kind of stuff.

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National GOP is giving up on DeWine’s seat, essentially giving the seat to Sherrod Brown.

Senior Republican leaders have concluded that Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio, a pivotal state in this year’s fierce midterm election battles, is likely to be heading for defeat and are moving to reduce financial support for his race and divert party money to other embattled Republican senators, party officials said.

The decision about Mr. DeWine’s seat came after recent internal polls showed Mr. DeWine’s Democratic challenger, Representative Brown, jumping to a large lead. Mr. Brown’s surge came despite a barrage of Republican advertisements […]

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