From the daily archives: Monday, March 27, 2017

The senate race in 2012 between first-term Democratic candidate Sherrod Brown and first-term Republican challenger Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel was loaded with campaign spending that overwhelmingly benefited Mr. Mandel, a former Marine whose political fortunes have taken him from city councilman to state representative to state treasurer.

When the race in that presidential election year ended, Sen. Brown won a second term even though Team Mandel enjoyed the help $40 million in campaign cash can buy. Identifying the secret donors who pumped millions into Mandel’s losing campaign has been an on-going quest by Team Sherrod and others who advocate for more public […]

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The old white guys lost!  The ones trying to run  the White House these days down through Congress.  Tweet Trump, Paul Ryan,  Mitch McConnell , Steve Bannon, Mike Pence,  the No-can-do Republican congressmen who have been dead-set on repealing Obamacare for seven years;  the loyal, head-bobbing soldiers who were solidly  committed to Trumpcare.    They all lost.

Oh, I  know.  Trump singled out Democrats Sen. Charlie Schumer  and Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the big losers.   But as is usually true of Trump, he can only communicate with people who put him in the White House.  Obamacare, he asserted over and […]

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As we reflect on a tumultuous week where the FBI Director confirmed that an investigation of some of the president’s closest aides is being conducted to determine if there was coordination of campaign tactics with Russian operatives linked to Kremlin strongman Vladimir Putin, this headline among many was startling: ‘There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air.’

The New York Times headline notwithstanding, if the subject is treason, we’ve been there before. Several times.

In spite of the headlines documenting Russian interference and possible collusion by the Trump campaign to fix the 2016 election, whatever is turned […]

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Despite one of the worst historical performances in the first two months of a presidency in American history, Donald Trump hasn’t lost much support.

While many Ohioans are finding him personally unlikeable, very few respondents in a recent survey out of Balwin Wallace University say they would’ve changed their vote this past November.

Here’s the skinny on the methodology of the survey, from

The online poll of 1,019 self-reported registered Ohio voters was conducted between Feb. 24 and March 8. To attempt to develop a representative sample, researchers established demographic quotas using U.S. Census data, and weighted results […]

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