From the daily archives: Monday, November 7, 2011

On the eve of the election, it’s hard to imagine a voter being moved by a long explanation of the factual details surrounding Issue 2, in either direction.  We’ve detailed every conceivable angle of Senate Bill 5, starting with its inception in February, its coming of age as it became a law, and its mid-life crisis as Issue 2.  Tomorrow, and in the days that follow, we will discuss its death and subsequent dismemberment by Republicans.

But tonight, as we think about voters who may still be undecided and looking to you, our readers, for direction, we wanted to find […]

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The strangest things tend to happen on or just before a big election day in Ohio.  Shadowy out-of-state rightwing groups dump tons of money in our state.  Ohio is a key battleground state, etc.  We get all that.

What we don’t get is why a group out of Iowa cares what Ohio does in state referendum and Constitutional Amendment issues?

The Legacy Foundation, formed in 2008 by former Speaker of the Iowa House and gubernatorial candidate Christopher Rants, is sending out misleading, though innocuous looking mailers that appear to be simple reminders to vote tomorrow.  The text clearly favors […]

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We’ve been hearing about this in comments and on our Facebook page.  I know our readers are wanting to hear it, so I give you the Pat Boone Issue 2 Robocall:


Not the most enthusiastic of robocalls, really.  About what one would expect from a birther and recipient of a lifetime achievement award at CPAC.

I’m thinking Pat may be singing a different tune come tomorrow night:

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Matt Ferris is a Republican financial planner who is running for Columbus City Council. Matt recently decided that attacking Council President Hearcel Craig for an incident involving a handicapped parking permit could be his ticket to success.

Matt has been out talking to the press about the Craig, recently telling the Dispatch that he was “disgusted” that Craig was breaking the law.

Funny story about Matt Ferris: he was once arrested for peeing off a balcony.

Talk about disgusting?

According to police reports, Ferris was observed creating “a condition which was physically offensive to others” after which […]

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Kind of telling

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From today’s Columbus Dispatch:

We Are Ohio has election night parties planned throughout the state, including one at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. A spokeswoman for Building a Better Ohio, the Republican group formed to support Issue 2, said campaign officials will watch the election results somewhere near the Statehouse and that Kasich will speak with reporters after the issue is decided.

When one campaign is planning the party, and the other is planning its concession speech, it’s over, man.

Seriously, Building a Better Ohio isn’t even trying to fake that it believes it’s going to win tomorrow […]

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Three weeks ago, PPP showed Issue 3 passing at a whopping 31-point margin (55%-24%).  Now, Public Policy Polling shows Issue 3 is polling below 50% at a more competitive 49%-35% margin.  There has not been a single ad either pro or con on Issue 3.  The only way Issue 3 has gotten into the public consciousness is by Mitt Romney’s visit to Cincinnati wherein he refused to endorse both issues and all the roadside signs that link to the two issues together.

Is a fourteen-point gap able to close by tomorrow?  Actually, let’s take a closer look at […]

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The fight is not over yet, but Public Policy Polling’s final poll before tomorrow’s election show’s Issue 2 headed for a huge defeat.

PPP shows that 59% of Ohioan’s plan to reject SB5 and only 36% plan to vote to keep it. This is up three points from October’s 56%-36% margin and 12 points from August’s 50% to 39% margin.

The poll shows 30% of Republicans and 54% of Independents are planning to vote No.

Polling for Issue 3 shows the “No” side improving, with the Yes votes lead narrowed to a 14 point margin. And with 16% […]

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