From the daily archives: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

From the late 40’s to the mid-90’s Democrats held a majority in the US House of Representatives.  Republicans blamed the Democrats’ longevity on the way congressional districts were drawn – giving Democrats the power to draw the maps to their own advantage.  Republicans felt so strongly about problems with the redistricting process that the Republican Party Platform of 1992 contained a plank focused specifically on Gerrymandered congressional and state legislative districts.

They concluded that the “political system is increasingly rigged” and they railed against districts that were “oddly shaped to guarantee election of Democrats”.  More importantly, they came up with a […]

Full Story...

Anyone curious about Rep. Jim Renacci’s voting records these days would find a curious reference in   one of the  blogs (gov.Trade) labeling him as a “centrist Republican.”  Certainly this isn’t the same freshman Republican  who has opposed most of President Obama’s programs as a disciple of  Tea Party politics.  On the other hand, it may again remind us that the center of the old Republican Party is really the Tea Party Center today. Makes sense to me.

In his short stint on Capitol Hill, Renacci has  vigorously opposed Obamacare, the stimulus package, (a failure, he barks), federal funding for Planned […]

Full Story...

GUEST POST: The Dispatch‘s Disgraceful Disservice to Women
by: Seth Bringman

I had the pleasure of touring the Dispatch newsroom at the beginning of my tenure as Ohio Democratic Party Communications Director. What struck me the most from the visit was that there was only one female reporter in the bureau frat house, something I couldn’t help but focus on in recent days.

Having worked on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, I am incredibly sensitive to the media’s failure to identify sexism and call it out when they see it. Last week, “Ohio’s Greatest Home Newspaper” seemed to up the ante, actually defending our Governor following his […]

Full Story...

The latest edition of our White Guy v. White Guy series focuses on the reaction to Mitt Romney’s famous 47% statement.

White Guy v. White Guy is designed to highlight policy differences between Romney and other Ohio Republicans.

BudgetWatcher has a nice post on conservative reaction to Romney statement that 47% of the population of the United States believes that they are victims who can never be convinced to “take personal responsibility and care for their lives”

So what does the Ohio Republican Party think of this?

The silence is deafening.

The silence speaks volumes about the political impact […]

Full Story...