Posts by: ModernEsquire

In 2004, a bullet fired by her then husband’s gun tore into Kelli Prather’s back.  Although the wound was not life threatening, she required surgery, which only aided in the recovery of the physical wounds she suffered.  Sufficided to say, Kelli Prather, the third Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, has some thoughts on gun violence.  As a Black Lives Matter activist and occupational therapist, she knows the long journey those that survive gun violence faces.  She remembers, vividly, the incidents of unarmed African Americans being shot under questionable circumstances and killed by Cincinnati police officers around the turn of the century.   She […]

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Nearly three weeks ago, P.G. Sittenfeld called a press conference at the Statehouse to announce he would be launching a statewide initiative to amend the Ohio Constitution to specifically allow Ohio’s municipalities to regulate guns differently than under state law despite a state law in 2006 that moved guns out of the city’s home rule powers.  The Ohio Supreme Court upheld the state law in 2010.  The tactic of candidates promising to lead a statewide referendum campaign on an issue is not new.  A candidate actually following through with it is.

Just last year, Governor Kasich threatened that if his […]

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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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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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P.G. Sittenfeld’s poll numbers are technically somehow worse than when he entered the race seven months ago.  His campaign manager quit six months ago and has never been replaced.  Despite earlier denials to the contrary, his campaign finance reports shows his fundraising is drying up.  His campaign has, for some reason, decided to pick a fight with organized labor and decry its influence in the Ohio Democratic Party.  And he seems to do as many actual campaign events going out speaking with Ohio voters in a month than Ted Strickland is doing in a day.

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Omnicare in 1998 moved from downtown Cincinnati to nearby Covington, Kentucky, the town literally across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, after receiving $4 million in economic development incentives to make the move.  After that economic development package expired (as in, Kentucky could no longer legally ask the company to repay the benefits it was given), Omnicare announced in 2011 that it was…. moving right back to downtown in Cincinnati after receiving $6 million in economic incentives from the State of Ohio under Governor Kasich.  Because the commercial landlord that owned the space Omnicare moved to ALSO was receiving economic incentives, the new […]

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The Wall Street Journal, in a rare moment of identity confusion wherein it apparently confused itself for Mother Jones, did a report looking at how much money the governors running for President have received (including their affiliated Super PACs) in donations from companies with state contracts or taxpayer subsidies.  In total, the WSJ found that the campaigns and Super PACs of the four GOP governors running for President have taken a total of $2.5 million from companies with state contracts or taxpayer subsidies.

You’ll never guess who the overall runaway winner of the race for corruption cash is.  Okay, since […]

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Ted Strickland is defying the laws of campaign politics.

Karl Rove’s group has spent money for ads in the Ohio Senate race.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has also been on the air as well.  The Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity are on the air attacking Ted Strickland in a misleading ad about Wilmington, Ohio.  Portman’s own campaign has been attacking Ted Strickland in various digital ad buys since Strickland entered the race.  In total, it is estimated that over $9 million in ads have been spent to help Rob Portman already in […]

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This week, the Koch Brothers funded American for Prosperity began a $1.4 million ad campaign attacking Democratic Senate candidate over jobs losses in Wilmington.  Freshman Republican Rob Portman, coincidentally, had just wrapped up a social media campaign testing web ads on attacking Strickland on the economy and had publicly stated it felt bringing up Wilmington was the strongest line of attack shortly before the Koch Brothers group put such an ad on TV.

As the Cleveland Plain Dealer pointed out, the Koch Brothers ad is (shocked face) a bit misleading about the facts on Wilmington.  The Plain Dealer pointed out that […]

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Here’s what John Kasich got going into the first GOP President debate:

Weeks of uncritical, polite coverage that candidates normally get shortly after announcing their running for President when they’re already polling 3% -4% nationally; A record 24 million Fox News viewers taking their first serious look at the 59% of the field (for all the talk about how great it was for Kasich to make the debate, Fox’s criteria allowed 10 of the 17 candidates to participate in the main event.) A debate held in Ohio, cosponsored by the Ohio Republican Party (thus controlling tickets), and thus, a heavily favored Kasich home […]

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In 2012, Governor John Kasich said this at a Columbus, Ohio energy conference:

“I am a believer — my goodness I am a Republican — I happen to believe there is a problem with climate change. I don’t want to overreact to it, I can’t measure it all, but I respect the creation that the Lord has given us and I want to make sure we protect it,” Kasich said at a Columbus, Ohio, energy conference hosted by The Hill.

“But we can’t overreact to it and make things up, but it is something we have to recognize […]

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