David Pepper hits his talking points, leaning forward, fingers crossed, arms on the meeting room table at Ohio Democratic Party headquarters in downtown Columbus. He’s dressed in campaign casual: Blue blazer, khakis, light-blue checkered button down.
He deploys his argument tightly, expertly. He knows construction. A former managing editor of the Yale Daily News, Pepper understands concision and the economy of words. He’ll wax on, but only when he feels like it or when his passion is stoked. That’s when the flames leap.
“It’s a foundational issue: You cannot have an attorney general of a state who is the worst […]Full Story... →
(HT: Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper, Yost’s opponent in ‘10)
Pretty damning letter David Yost sent to get the Ohio F.O.P.’s endorsement last year:
That was, of course, BEFORE the election.
Here’s what State Auditor David Yost said at a Meigs County Republican event last week (Source: Pomeroy Daily Sentinel):
Yost singled out State Sen. Jimmy Stewart, R-Meigs, also at the dinner, supporting him on his recent vote to pass the controversial Senate Bill 5 through the Ohio Senate. SB 5 deals with collective bargaining rights of public employees. Stewart’s vote to […]Full Story... →
Suffolk University out of Boston polled the Ohio Statewide races as well as some other issues. I guess it’s a testament to the important of Ohio to the national political scene that we have so many out-of-state, East Coast universities who poll Ohio fairly regularly like Quinnipiac.
Anyway, the poll of 500 likely voters had some expected, and unexpected results.
Guess which polling outfit has shown the closest margin in the Senate race? Well, this poll comes close but it’s still shows a double-digit lead as opposed to the last Rasmussen poll which is the only […]Full Story... →
Yep, today’s the deadline for the Statewide candidates (except for the U.S. Senate) to report their August fundraising haul. And yet again, they don’t actually have to report their spending, so any cash-on-hand figures you see bandied about is highly misleading and shouldn’t be trusted. That’s why I’m not going to run them in this post.
We’ll update this post as the reports are filed today.
Governor Ted Strickland (D): $1.4 million. A $72k donation by the Franklin County Democratic Party, but no sizeable donation from the Ohio Democratic Party. This is the first report where ODP […]Full Story... →
The State Auditor’s race normally is one of those types of races that despite its Apportionment Board importance just struggles to define itself on the issues. Like alot of down ballot statewide campaigns, the races generally are framed on the candidate’s background and devolves into attacks over their records that rarely have little or anything to do with the office (such as Mary Taylor’s ‘06 attacks against Sykes over the Taft sales tax increase.)
Today, David Pepper’s campaign released his twenty-seven page plan for the office. It is not a fluff piece, nor is it dripping with ideological […]Full Story... →
And I believe Howard Wilkinson of the Cincinnati Enquirer, I think, gets the exclusive:
Newly elected FOP of Ohio president Jay McDonald, a major in the Marion police force, said the organization decided it could not endorse Pepper because sheriff’s deputies were laid off during his watch as county commissioner and because he voted not to give county employees pay raises. With Yost, McDonald said, “we were not completely satisfied with his attitudes toward collective bargaining.”
Pepper said that while he respects the FOP and is a supporter of law enforcement officers, he had “a responsibility to make […]Full Story... →
Apparently, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police issued their endorsements today. Here’s the list with some thoughts and obligatory press release quotes from the campaigns after the jump:
Governor: Governor Ted Strickland Senate: Rob Portman Attorney General: Richard Cordray Treasurer: Kevin Boyce Secretary of State: Maryellen O’Shaughnessy Auditor: ???
Yep, you read that right. The F.O.P. announced no endorsement in the Auditor’s race between Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper and Deleware County Prosecutor David Yost. Given Yost’s present elected office, I would say that the lack of a law & order endorsement by the F.O.P. hurts his candidacy the most.
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As my co-bloggers have been reminding me lately, I’ve not been blogging much here at the ol’ PB, lately. Sorry! Being Candidate Man is beginning to take over my life almost entirely. Most of my blogging is now at the campaign site (thoughts on sharing a last name with Frank Russo here, on Harvey Pekar’s death here, and Plain Dealer stupidity here). We’ve got about a month and a half to go before the primary, I feel pretty confident, so the blogging will be even lighter. People have been asking me my thoughts on stuff, though, so […]Full Story... →
Yesterday, the Buckeye Firearms Association announced that they were endorsing Jon Husted for Secretary of State and announced today an endorsement for Josh Mandel for State Treasurer. Amazingly, not a single conservative blog in Ohio, let alone a media outlet, has reported this yet.
Mandel’s campaign hasn’t even mentioned the endorsement on its website or Twitter, but Husted has it listed on his campaign website and Twitter.
In its endorsement, the Buckeye Firearms Association compared former House Speaker Husted’s quick vote (within three hours) to override then-Governor Bob Taft’s veto of bill that ultimately created the […]Full Story... →
After Tim read my post yesterday about Keeling’s rushed eagerness to push a poll in the Auditor’s race that was clearly questionable on its face, let alone when you did a cursory review of the pollster’s “credentials,” Tim said something I hinted at the beginning of my post. Yesterday’s post by Keeling was even hackish even for the Carpetblogger (I’d note that Matt Naugle and other conservative bloggers didn’t rush to tout this poll.) So, Tim asked, why did Keeling?
I’ll tell you why. Keeling, and by extension, Camp Kasich have been very nervous about the Auditor’s race. […]Full Story... →
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