From the daily archives: Monday, May 20, 2013

Last month we broke the story of Republicans trying to disenfranchise Ohio college students.  The plan, buried in the Ohio House budget, would penalize Ohio universities that provide proof of residency documents to students who live on campus.   Without such documentation, many students would not be able to comply with voter ID laws and would be forced to vote provisionally.

When asked about the plan, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office told Talking Points Memo that “he is not pushing for the universities to provide students with documentation to help them register to vote.”

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By all accounts, State Representative Connie Pillich should not even be in the legislature right now.   When Governor Strickland appointed then State Representative Jim Raussen to a post at the Ohio Department of Development shortly before the 2008 election (and Raussen accepted), it avoided the 2006 rematch in which Pillich, an Air Force veteran who served in support of both Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, narrowly lost.  After the Republicans quickly unified around a replacement candidate, Pillich narrowly carried the district by a little over 5,000 votes.

In the 2010 election, Pillich was pitted against Mike Wilson, the head […]

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We have an uphill battle to get voters to blame Kasich for local government cuts. It’s a risky strategy because it cuts against a number of longstanding cultural biases that Republicans have exploited for a generation. The FitzGerald campaign (and progressives in general) will need radical tactics to create a facsimile of responsible party government in Ohio over the next 18 months.

Responsible party government is a government wherein voters know what elected officials are doing, and the results of those policies. For example, let’s say Party A wants to reform the state tax code without losing revenue. They pass […]

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