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Given his surging poll numbers and corresponding media attention, I was sure that GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum was alienating women at a furious pace, with his out of the mainstream proclamations that contraception is “bad for women” and against insurance coverage for prenatal testing. These are not Democratic or Republican issues, so surely even GOP women would be alarmed that a candidate for President was talking about returning us to an era when women would not benefit from science that can detect fetal illness or abnormality or allow a woman to choose when and how often to […]

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We are now less than two weeks out from primary day here in Ohio, and with incumbents Obama and Sherrod Brown running in the top-ticket races, there’s been little drama for Dems to participate in.

Unless you live in Columbus.*

I’m actually kind of amazed that this blockbuster battle has generated so little heat and so little light. For Pete’s sake, this is a Democratic primary in which an African American woman who has been elected multiple times to city council for the largest city in Ohio, in a district with a sizable African-American population, could come in fourth.

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As the Republicans in the legislature haggle among themselves on how they’re going to reunify the federal and state candidate primaries next year, I keep wondering when are we going to see some official action by the legislature to appropriate money and grant the authority for the State to send an early ballot application to every registered Ohio voter.  Remember that?

In order to prevent the Cuyahoga County government from paying to send an early ballot application to every registered voter in the county (as it has done in prior elections) for this year’s elections on […]

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There are a couple of things you should never do in a hotly contested political campaign.  The first is look like you’re picking on a great-grandmother who is grateful to her local firefighters for saving her great-granddaughter’s life.   The other thing is that you don’t have as the public face of your campaign an unpopular politician who is under water by double-digits in his approval/disapproval rating and have him travel the State delivering your message.   The brain trust that is the Building a Better Ohio campaign did both in the past month, and it’s had the predictable effect on Issue […]

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In college I use to go home over the summers to Akron and work at a grocery store to make some extra money. Normally, when I worked at the grocery store I worked in the meat department but sometimes they sent me down to the fish department to cover for someone. I hated the fish department. It smelled like dead fish, it made me smell like dead fish, and I had no idea how to answer anyone’s questions. I remember once a customer asked me to cut some steaks off a whole salmon for him so I went in the […]

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In an incumbent race where the challenger is largely unknown, conventional polling wisdom is the incumbent’s scoring on whether people think the incumbent deserves re-election is the most accurate predictor of the general election result.  An incumbent in the low 40s or below is in serious trouble, but an incumbent with 50% or more is viewed as an almost certain bet to win re-election.

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Sherrod Brown would fall in the latter, but President Obama the former.  Brown is, by far, the most popular elected official in the State of Ohio as the only […]

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Why does Governor Kasich support parts of the President’s American Jobs Act? Simple. It takes the pain away from his budget and makes it easier for him to pass even more tax cuts as the federal and local governments are left to cover more and more of the costs of government in Ohio. Also, let’s face it, Kasich needs to do something to appear to be more centric than he’s shown the past seven months.

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Listen, this isn’t going to come as a surprise, but I’m no Josh Mandel fan. I know, I know, shocking. If I had to come up with three words to describe him they would be arrogant, opportunist, and liar. Granted, I’m a jaded leftist political blogger sitting in my parents’ basement surrounded by posters of Karl Marx, Che Guevara and Stalin, so I’m sure my view is just a little skewed. But I will give Josh Mandel this – he is polite. So polite in fact that when asked to explain allegations about his […]

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Josh Mandel really took the hammer to common sense yesterday. In the morning his office unveiled a new tool on the Treasurer’s website that allows viewers to search every public employee in the state by name and see how much they made each year working for the state. With the help of the ultra-conservative think tank The Buckeye Institute, Mandel’s office made public the salaries of teachers, police officers, fire fighters, nurses, and even elected officials available for everyone to see. Except for one small group of people – campaign staff from Mandel’s 2010 campaign that had been given […]

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Wow, I was wrong. Somehow Josh Mandel’s horrible, no good week got worse. A lot worse. This morning The Toledo Blade reported that Mandel’s Senate campaign accepted over $100,000 in campaign contributions from Ben Suarez, his family, and his employees at Suarez Corporation. On top of the $100,000 in contributions from Suarez and his employees, Ben Suarez and his wife gave an additional $30,000 to a political action committee closely associated with Josh Mandel.

…in the current election cycle, a large number of his [Suarez] employees and their wives — many of whom have never before given to federal […]

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Josh Mandel’s Worst Week Ever?

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Josh Mandel’s horrible, no good, week just keeps getting worse. First there were the allegations that he was using copyrighted photos from the Dispatch on his campaign website without disclosing it. These allegations led to his campaign taking down the copyrighted material from his website, but still leaving it unclear whether he had paid for them. All the more reason for us to look forward to his campaign finance filings. (If you are scoring along at home you will want to see whether he files an expenditure paying The Dispatch for the use of the photos or whether […]

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