Jon Husted’s Trump Multi-Choice

On October 18, 2016 By

Ohioans are fortunate to have a multiple-choice secretary of state who , like so many other Republican officials these days, can lead you down conflicting paths in defining his choice for the next U.S.  president.  On one path, Jon Husted was widely  featured on the national media as a leading critic of Donald Trump’s unhinged  warnings that the election will be “rigged”.

Husted, who is already running for governor in 2018 , accused Trump of “irresponsible” sky-is-falling  campaign rhetoric who ought to shut up because the voting system is secure. He feels safe in assuring you of a clean election […]

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Since a video of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump came out — where the businessman makes lewd comments about sexually assaulting women — Republicans across the country have been fleeing the orange dumpster fire that is the Trump campaign. However, for many Republicans “with a conscience” the problem is not that they did so, but rather when and how they did it.

This perfectly portrays the situation surrounding Ohio’s junior senator, Rob Portman, who handled his unendorsement of Trump in probably the worst way possible. In the hours after the video tape was released, Portman first defended the GOP nominee  — saying he felt […]

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In a conference call Monday with reporters, Hillary for America [HFA] Campaign Manager Robby Mook gave an update on the campaign’s unprecedented coordinated campaign efforts, including additional resources in the final weeks to win Senate, House and governors races across the country.

Mook, who has deep family ties in Ohio, especially Cleveland where his parents live, thinks the great unraveling taking place in Donald Trump’s campaign, that appears to be taking down the Republican Party with it, is great news for Hillary Clinton and her mission to bring elected officials to Washington who can work with her to get something […]

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There’s an old saying, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” If you’re wondering why Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges is transparently mealy mouthed about his limp support for Donald Trump, his party’s presidential nominee who clobbered all other challengers including his home state hero, look no further than the hand that fed him his current lucrative position.

The hand that rocks the cradle for Matt Borges belongs to Gov. John Kasich, a 64-year old politician who loves to play hardball and sometimes dirty politics, even though he holds himself out to be a moderate politico who thought offering […]

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Here be Dragons.

On October 14, 2016 By

There was a debate Sunday night. It was the lowest rated debate in decades. Perhaps after the first, people passed on tuning in because many figured they’d seen it all. They saw enough to significantly move polls in Secretary Clinton’s favor. Then came the Access Hollywood video. That debacle has moved the numbers even more in Clinton’s favor.

Over that weekend there was a Titanic moment where you had multiple Republicans jumping ship with no lifeboats in reach. They expressed outrage over what Don said. He’d finally gone a bridge too far. This after Trump’s record in his meteoric rise […]

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At the convention center in downtown Columbus Thursday night, President Barack Obama offered a packed room of about 2000 Democrats who turned out for the Ohio Democratic Party’s State Dinner thoughtful remarks that ranged from somber to reflective to between the ferns funny with the kind of rye wit only he can deliver.

At the same time, just blocks away, paramaniac Donald Trump harangued another crowd with complaints aimed at just about everyone, from his chief rival Hillary Clinton to establishment Republicans who have turned on him to media that dares cover him with reporting that dwells on the revelations […]

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What does it take to get an elected official’s attention about investigating potential wrongdoing and conflicts-of-interest in the Ohio charter school industry? If it’s Ohio Auditor Dave Yost, it might take an earthquake or a coup in a foreign country to wake him up from his self-induced coma and avoidance of responsibility in protecting public funds.

On October 11, the policy group, Progress Ohio, hosted a press conference which featured Robert Amsterdam, a Washington-based attorney who discussed a complaint sent to Yost that was based on an investigation of Concept Schools, a charter management organization that operates 17 publicly […]

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On day two of early voting in Ohio, a day when President Barack Obama will deliver remarks at a fundraiser supper sponsored by the Ohio Democratic Party, Hillary for America [HFA] Campaign Manager Robby Mook provided reporters on a conference call Thursday with an upbeat update on voting trends in the battleground states with just 26 days left until votes for president are tabulated.

Mook walked reporters on the call through the latest trends from core battleground states, including Ohio, and among key constituencies of voters. HFA has focused extensively on voter registration since the summer and in person voting […]

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich gets little national attention these days after he bowed out of the Republican race for president in early May after losing 49 state primary contests.

In about 27 months he’ll no longer be the state’s top leader, a constitutional fate he can’t change but a political destiny many who have watched him radicalize state government maybe for decades to come can’t wait for.

The normally crusty governor whose off-putting persona became a well known facet of his campaign by national media types who covered his every quirky outburst and universally confused his brash style with sound […]

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Wednesday Oct. 12, was the first day of early voting in Ohio. It’s been 15 months since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, and three months since he won the Republican nomination for president in July.

Now that early voting in Ohio has started—recall that voters can cast ballots in more than a dozen other states too—the one-time seesaw battle between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee seems no longer to be a toss up race. Fresh polling from Baldwin Wallace that surveyed a robust pool of 1,100 likely voters that included two third-party candidates, Hillary Clinton can see […]

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The big news in Ohio polling a month ago was the results from Quinnipiac University showing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had lengthened his lead over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, from two to five points.

Ohio, the long-time bellwether state that for a century or more has pushed many candidates over the 270 Electoral College threshold needed to be elected president, appeared to be out of reach for Hillary Clinton at the time. Her campaign, and national pundits, were rejiggering which states she needed to win to compensate for losing bellwether Ohio.

Between Monday’s Q-Poll numbers in September […]

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