From the daily archives: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Ohio Ballot Board decided last Friday to approve a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would legalize and regulate the growth and sale of marijuana. Other more progressive states have done it with great success, that can positively impact government spending at all levels, from law enforcement to corrections to job training and more.

ResponsibleOhio, the advocacy group behind the campaign, praised the approval of its Marijuana Legalization Amendment. “The Ballot Board affirmed what we have always known, that the Marijuana Legalization Amendment is a single issue,” said ResponsibleOhio Spokesperson Lydia Bolander in a statement today. “We will move […]

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Continuing his peek-a-boo campaign for president in New Hampshire Tuesday, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich was exactly where he wanted to be, in front of a Republican audience that didn’t know enough about his record in Ohio to know it doesn’t smell as rosy as his carefully crafted narrative implies.

But Gov. Kasich, who refused to debate his main challenger last year and who won fewer than 25-percent of registered voters last fall in the lowest turnout election since World War II, loves to perform his one-man sermon to groups who don’t really know if his story holds up to […]

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If you happened to suffer through Ted Cruz’s mad announcement of his candidacy for president, you have experienced one of the great theatrical performances of modern politics. As a Joe McCarthy figure in appearance and hostility, he also wanted to impress the planet that he’s also a Christian and “Reaganesque “. On that score, he was not only Ted Cruz playing McCarthy but also as Ted Cruz playing Elmer Gantry as we all awaited the parting of the heavens.

Get ready for it, folks, the circus has officially come to town. And in what more hospitable tent than Liberty […]

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When less than half of registered voters actually show up to vote, Ohio Republicans are happy. Voter turnout this past November in Ohio was the lowest it’s been since 2007, with 40.65 percent of eligible voters casting ballots, and Republicans cleaned up.

So Presidential election years bring on The Headache for Buckeye State GOPers. What with all the young people and minority populations showing up to participate in their self-governance, Republicans are inconvenienced with having to worry about appealing to a wide spectrum of voters: Total frekin’ bummer, man.

And they don’t do so well at it, losing the state twice to […]

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Gov. John Kasich has done the impossible: United Democrats, Republicans and Independents. A solid majority of each views his tax-shift plan as bad idea.

Just one-quarter of Ohio voters support the proposal to slash income tax rates but increase the rate and scope of the sales tax, with support dropping and opposition skyrocketing once the plan’s details are divulged, according to a new poll released today.

The poll found that 62% of Ohioans are opposed to the biggest suggested shift – paying for a reduction in state income taxes with an increase in the state sales tax.

“Ohioans would much […]

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