From the daily archives: Thursday, December 15, 2011

Back on September 12th Tom Whatman, Chief Executive of Team Boehner, emailed some Ohio GOP staffers working on redrawing Ohio’s new congressional districts. Eight minutes later the 16th district, represented by congressman Jim Renacci, had been redrawn to include the HQ for Timken, a company whose founders, executives and PACs had contributed over $120,000 to Renacci in the past two years.

Earlier in the process his district had been redrawn to include part of the former 13th District, including the home of Betty Sutton, the Representative from the 13th.

Ohio’s Republicans redrew the 16th District intent on making it […]

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This wonderful play on Casey at the Bat was sent to us by a clever reader who was inspired by today’s unfortunate news that Sears will not be coming to Ohio


The outlook wasn’t brilliant for Ohio that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.
And then when Kvamme died at first, and Bob Evans was the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope […]

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The ability to get the necessary signatures during both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons was challenging enough.  Then there was the delay created by legal challenges.  Then the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) decided that it was not willing to contribute to help the Ohio Democratic Party hire the paid circulators who could work full-time to get the signatures.  With a petition filing deadline just nine days away, and all indications being that the all-volunteer petition effort would fall short, the Democrats had little choice but to take what they could get as the Republicans became increasingly convinced that there […]

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Yesterday, the Illinois media reported about a leaked internal memo from Sears’ CEO informing the employees of the company’s intent to stay in Illinois after the legislature passed a new set of package with a price tag north of $200 million, nearly doubling the initial offer Illinois made which was still greater than $100 million.  In response to news reports that Governor Kasich was offering something in the neighborhood of $400 million in incentives, the Illinois legislature met to approve an even larger package.

That led Sears to declare that if the package was approved, they’d stay.

So, Illinois gets […]

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