From the daily archives: Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ohio Democratic Party [ODP] Chairman David Pepper said Wednesday that local Democatic wins this week were the result of building infrastructure and running good people for local office.  For Pepper, it also showed the party can enjoy more wins next year, a presidential election year, when voter turnout is historically higher than off-year or mid-term elections.

It’s About Voter Turnout

While last year was indeed a tough year for Democrats, the results of mayor and council elections in Ohio’s top ten cities yesterday were roundly accepted by Pepper as prima fascie evidence that the stunning back-to-back losses of all five statewide offices—governor, attorney […]

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Again, history has shown the year before an election is a poor indicator of a presidential year, but it doesn’t stop folks from using them for bragging rights.   The RNC and freshman GOP Senator Rob Portman’s campaign have both boasted before the election about the superior GOTV ground game they were already running.  If that’s the case, then it appears the Republican Party has gone AWOL in Franklin County, a major battleground to win Ohio.

Franklin County Democratic Party vs. Franklin County GOP Chair/Kasich pal Doug Priesse.  In Columbus, Canton, and Massillon, the mayoral races were either two Democrats […]

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I spend a lot of time reading about education issues in Ohio and throughout the nation, but was grateful to have the opportunity recently to hear the issues straight from the people impacted by them: students, teachers, parents, and administrators.

I come from a family of educators, so I feel a sense of home in a public school, a certain rush of energy and motivation. I believe our schools, all our schools, should be palaces, thriving testaments to our civilization’s commitment to and investment in the power of learning.

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors […]

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After months after debating the state of each of the various campaigns (who’s ahead, who’s taken critical misteps, who’s winning or losing), we enter the next phase of the media campaign cycle: the post-election analysis (who’s ahead, who’s taken critical misteps, who’s winning or losing… the next election).  Talk about a nice change of pace, huh?  Yes, trying to apply 2015 results to a future election a year away is long on rhetoric, short on actual historical predictive values.  But there are trends you can see that, if they hold, can foretell where the parties are heading in future elections. […]

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