From the daily archives: Monday, March 7, 2011

Secretary of State Jon Husted recently issued a press release followed by an email to their list a couple of days later about a neat little “Ready 2012 and Beyond” proposal to – well, get ready for the GOP to do electoral battle against Obama and Democrats in 2012.  Duh.  The quoted part does seem like a dog whistle to their brethren who will get the message.  This isn’t about reforming the elections process to instill voter confidence and increase access.  The GOP has proven time and again that they really don’t care much for that.  This is a […]

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Yeah, that whole “Tea Party is nothing more than Koch Brothers/Americans for Prosperity funding astroturfing operation” is just a kooky liberal smear.  Except of course, when a Tea Party activist posts on YouTube the training session they just had with Americans for Prosperity…

Meanwhile, we’ve got over an hour of footage of a “grassroots training session” in which an Ohio official from Americans from Prosperity “trains” the Tea Party to advocate their state legislators on SB 5, repealing the estate tax, and other conservative legislative agenda items.

On the budget: Americans for Prosperity predicts that the state budget will […]

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Kevin Bacon is a freshman Senator from a district of moderate ticket-splitters. Senate District 3 voted for Obama in 2008 and Strickland in 2010, even as they replaced a term-limited Republican (David Goodman) with Bacon to represent them in the Ohio Senate. It’s a swing district, and Bacon won it in part by beating out his opponent for some key endorsements from labor. In fact, of the 19 endorsements listed on his campaign page, four are from union-affiliated groups.

I was curious, so I emailed the unions that endorsed candidate Bacon, and asked them: if they knew then what […]

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Premiering live at Plunderbund – Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 12:00pm:

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Governor Kasich has been saying since SB 5 was introduced that it is necessary to pass collective bargaining reform in order to give local government and school districts the “flexibility” they need to handle their costs, especially since his budget is planning to slash spending for schools and may all but eliminate the State Local Government Fund.  Put aside for a moment that means SB 5 is being presented as a solution to a future budget problem of Governor Kasich’s own making, how far does SB 5 actually go in helping with local governments and schools in managing their costs?

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Read enough previews for the State of the State stories in today’s newspapers and one common thread emerges in all of them:  John Kasich doesn’t think the media has given adequate attention to just how awesome and “historic” his first 50 some days in office have been.

"I think we’ve had a historic 50 days," Kasich said. "It’s really been pretty remarkable."—Columbus Dispatch

From the Plain Dealer:

"The governor said he wonders why he hasn’t received more favorable coverage across the state for his accomplishments. But then again, he knows why. He vows to do […]

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If history had been any guide, 2011 should have been an incredibly slow year in political social media until the Presidential campaign heats up.  Normally, we see a spike of traffic around election time, and then a huge dropoff with a slowly rebuilding spike starting roughly a year and half later.

John Kasich’s radical agenda single-handedly changed that.  In January, we broke all sorts of all-time records for the site: we shattered our single-day traffic record, our single-post traffic record, and then our weekly and month traffic records.  But our traffic in January wasn’t just single-post spikes, we saw a […]

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