When Rick Neal saw the Ebola crisis unfolding in Liberia in late 2014, he knew what he had to do. After several difficult conversations with family and friends, Neal got on a flight to Africa. He spent a month volunteering with his former employer, the International Rescue Committee, to set up a 100-bed clinic in the capital city of Monrovia.
As Neal explains it, “When a crisis strikes, you ask yourself ‘what can I do?’”
The same thought process has now led Neal – a married father of 2 girls from Columbus – to run for Congress.
Neal is running […]Full Story... →
The Toledo Blade today ran an editorial from the Washington Post that sheds light on the need to pass Issue 2 in November, a measure that would make the process of drawing the state’s Congressional districts less partisan and more competitive:
“New York Sen. Charles Schumer, a leader of the Democrats, agreed that Mr. Obama had put too much energy into seeking compromise with Republicans. In a second term, Mr. Schumer said, the President “will go to the public more.’“
When facing GOP intransigence, the President intends to mobilize the public to call their representative in Congress and […]Full Story... →
You could call it the Battle of the Ryans.
Yesterday, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) delivered a blistering speech against House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on the Chairman’s proposal to replace Medicare with private health insurance with vouchers (“premium support.”)
Later that same night, voter in the 26th District of New York held a special election to replace Republican Congressman Chris Lee who resigned after being found soliciting dates on Craigslist while still married to his wife.
This is a district that is considered solidly Republican. The Republicans recruited a top notch candidate in State Assemblywoman […]Full Story... →
If I were a Congressional Republican right now, I’d start to worry if I shouldn’t have bothered unpacking my stuff in my new majority offices just yet. We’re seeing some rather ominous warning signs for the Congressional Republicans that suggest that unless things change in the next year, they could be looking at yet another Democratic tide election that very well could sweep them right out of the majority again.
Boehner is campaigning to win a special election race the Republicans should have been holding in a cakewalk, the Democrats are having little trouble raising money to compete with the GOP in the minority, and the polling environment has radically worsened for the GOP from the 2010 highs.
All and all, it’s not a bad time to be a Democrat contemplating a run for Congress.Full Story... →
(HT: Dave Harding @ ProgressOhio)
According to the Daily Caller, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is contemplating running for re-election to Congress, but this time from the State of Washington.
Kucinich is believed to be one of the Ohio Democratic Members of Congress that Republicans who control redistricting will target for elimination as they redraw Ohio’s congressional map with two fewer districts. Kucinich was being forced into either a primary challenge against Congresswoman Marsha Fudge or Congresswoman Betty Sutton. However, the State of Washington is gaining a congressional seat, and Kucinich, apparently, is seriously contemplating moving there and running for […]Full Story... →
From the original complaint:
The lawyer for the victim alleges he has confirmed that Ganley owns such a condo.
This guy wants to be in Congress. He likes making women objects to submit to him. He’s supported by a GOP county chairman who said we needed to get “Betty Sutton out of the House and back in the kitchen.”
He denies the allegations. Says he has documentation that proves he’s innocent, but has not produced it.Full Story... →
WKYC in Cleveland reports that Cleveland police have contacted Tom Ganley’s attorneys to request setting up an interview regarding the alleged victim’s allegation that Ganley sexually assaulted her in October 2009.
Ganley has a constitutional right not to be questioned by the police. And, generally, that would be the expected advice of any criminal defense counsel not to subject him to such an interview except that Ganley is running for Congress and he (politically) cannot afford to appear to be not cooperating with the police. Furthermore, most people don’t care what the Fifth Amendment says—they believe if you […]Full Story... →
Wow. It’s only the first of October, and we already have our “October surprise” in the 13th Congressional race.
According to the Plain Dealer, a woman, who is only identified solely as a registered Republican and Tea Party activist, has filed suit alleging that a year ago Tom Ganley sexually assaulted her at one of his dealerships.
His accuser said she attended a Cleveland Tea Party rally where Ganley spoke on July 3, 2009, when he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate, before he decided to run for Congress. Impressed by Ganley’s anti-abortion platform, the […]Full Story... →
When I worked for then-Congressman Ted Strickland in the late 1990s, I did constituent casework. It was an important component of the office because its dedicated constituent casework that helps incumbents in swing districts hold onto their seats a little easier.
It’s NOT often you see that used in an attack ad, though. Then again, not helping a Korean veteran get his Purple Heart medal he earned is a pretty crappy thing to do.
Thank you, Dr. Tyree and your father, for your service to our country.Full Story... →
Remember how three weeks ago Gallup showed the GOP up at a historical ten-point lead in the generic Congressional ballot? Remember all the conservatives and the media touting it as our party’s obituary.
Well, today, Gallup showed us at a statistically insignificant—but political significant—one-point lead on the generic Congressional ballot.
And as Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo (TPM) notes, it’s not just Gallup showing a Democratic resurgence. Four other polls in the last week have shown a Democratic lead on the generic Congressional ballot.
It’s showing both a Democratic uptick and a Republican downtick.
Nate […]Full Story... →
Remember back in May when Republican candidate Steve Stivers attempted to walk back his response on a 9/12 Tea Party group’s questionnaire that asked if Steve Stivers would support repealing the 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that allows for the direct election of the Senate by the people? (If not, click on the link.)
Well, what about the rest of that questionnaire?Full Story... →