We noticed something curious on the Ohio Democratic Party dinner program Saturday night. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald was listed as a sponsor of the event, the only elected official listed at the event.
And to add to the subtlty of a County Executive’s sudden interest in making an impression on Democratic activists at the State Convention and Dinner, FitzGerald had folks handing out flier inviting attendees to an after-dinner event for him nearby. We literally could not walk out of the convention hall without more than one person offering it to us.
Ted Strickland was unable to attend due […]Full Story... →
The Cuyahoga County Democratic Party officially announced a few minutes ago that Nick Martin has been tapped as the new ED of the country party. Nick’s primary mandate will be to modernize and rebuild the party infrastructure. The release specifically mentions the anti-SB5 efforts and the upcoming 2012 elections.Full Story... →
Ohio Daily Blogger/political consultant Anthony Fossaceca apparently isn’t wasting any time. Today, he declared that he’s planning to run for the Ohio House of Representatives in a district that has yet to be drawn and a year before the primary.
Anthony’s already created his campaign website, too! No word yet on when the yard signs will be available. 🙂
I haven’t checked with the Secretary of State’s office, but that makes Anthony the first announced candidate for any office in the 2012 election cycle in Ohio, I’m sure. Which is pretty remarkable when you consider that […]Full Story... →
Here’s what I wrote back in September shortly after Frank Russo resigned as a Bill of Information charging him with over twenty federal felony charges was publicly released:
I don’t think it’s really as much of a question whether Russo will cooperate. It’s probably already privately happened. Even if I’m wrong, it’s only a matter of time. Russo is staring down 21 counts of federal bribery charges that he’ll have pled guilty to. That kind of reality gets people to re-evaluate their loyalty to people who aren’t family. He has no public office to hold onto. It’s mitigation […]Full Story... →
Yesterday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Governor-elect Kasich was in Cleveland and telling the local leadership there that if the Cleveland Municipal School District didn’t improve its academic performance, he’d seek legislative authority to have the State take it over.
Kasich has not drafted a specific proposal but said Wednesday that he favors putting a "special master" in control of school districts like Cleveland with chronically low graduation rates and test scores. He did not set a deadline for improvements but said he wouldn’t wait four years, the length of an Ohio governor’s term.
Of course, […]Full Story... →
On WKYC’s Between the Lines this morning, Bill Mason showed up with assistant prosecutor Dan Kasaris (weird. why?), and called the Scene story about his impending resignation “embarrassing”, saying there are no facts to support it. Not really a denial there, Bill. On the FBI investigation into the coroner’s office hiring of Strongsville councilman Pat Coyne, Mason sold his buddy Coyne down the river, threw him under the bus, ran over him in forward and then reverse, you name it, telling Tom Beres that all those other losers are “responsible for their own conduct.” Mason and Kasaris repeatedly defended their […]Full Story... →
Time to check in on the Cuyahoga County races. It’s not pretty.
Our nominee for county executive, Public Official #14 himself, Ed Fitzgerald, has one ad on his Youtube channel, which claims to have aired in September. That probably means the first week of September, right before the September 7 primary, because I have yet to see it on Cleveland TV during the general. Meanwhile, Republican Matt Dolan’s ads are running all the time, featuring, you guessed it, Public Official #14.
Ken Lanci, the much hyped independent who had promised to spend whatever it took to win, is […]Full Story... →
Former John Kasich staffer, Homeland Security consultant, and lifelong suckling of the government teat, Jon Keeling, has proven every single day of his John Kasich inspired blowhard blogging career that he is, in fact, a clueless shill. Modern does a fine job pointing that out. When Kasich loses, Keeling will probably never blog again, and retire to begging his government funded employers for ever more taxpayer money to fund the very personal hypocritical hour by hour contradiction that is his “career”. But I digress.
Yesterday, Keeling pretended to know Cuyahoga County, which is what he does on all matters […]Full Story... →
Starting this morning, you can go down to your local board of elections and vote in the November election. Seems like a good moment to take a look at early vote impact on my own election September 7. There are a couple lessons for Democrats.
About 56% of the turnout in District 7 was early vote. We were expecting higher, given that the May primary had a 60% early vote turnout, the September election was the day after Labor Day, and there was a lot of media attention paid to this increased use of early vote. I suspect the 56% […]Full Story... →
For a live chat with co-blogger/Democratic candidate for the 7th Cuyahoga County Council District for primary election night coverage.
We’ll probably know the answer before then. But feel free to wish Tim well in the final 24-hours of his primary campaign.Full Story... →