To hear U.S. News & World Report contributing editor Peter Roff tell it, candidate for Ohio Governor, Ed Fitzgerald, and all of Ohio’s Democrats, for that matter, are despicable individuals who are inappropriately “exploiting” an Ohio law that permits individuals to take a $50 tax credit for donating that amount to political candidates. Apparently, Fitzgerald had the nerve to send out a “humdinger” of an end-of-year fundraising email asking for donations and informing those on his email list of their ability to take the tax credit under Ohio law.
This simple action infuriated Roff and he apparently had no […]Full Story... →
With the New Year nearly upon us, we should be comforted by a late-breaking 2013 initiative by an imaginative officeholder who combines official work with personal business. In this instance, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel features himself in a message to voters to advise them that a deadline is approaching for them to claim tax credits.
Well, now. I’m guessing that you will want to know more.
The copy passed on to me even tells you that you have 37 hours 25 minutes to exact the credits from the state, dollar for dollar. That would make it midnight Tuesday. At this point, […]Full Story... →
2014. A midterm year and all the statewide offices are up for grabs here in Ohio. There will likely be little movement in the State Legislature or Ohio Congressional Delegation since Republicans gerrymandered the State to within an inch of its life in 2011. Those current districts resemble some mad Rorschach test put together by someone tripping their ass off.
Governor John Kasich is in a make-or-break reelection bid that may determine whether he makes a run for The White House. It is doubtful if, after losing the Governor’s Office, he could make a case to the GOP Primary voters […]Full Story... →
The fact that the American Legislative Exchange Council has disbanded its anti-voting-access task force will not dissuade Ohio Republicans who insist on assaulting the franchise.
ALEC, the Koch Brother-funded “model legislation” hook-up apparatus for conservative state legislators and multinational corporations—think MeetMe for plutocrats and their sycophants—scaled back their work on non-economic issues following the Trayvon Martin controversy.
ALEC, by the way, would prefer their model legislation not be referred to as such so much, as it counts itself among those “charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit” organizations that should not have to pay taxes for Full Story... →
Plunderbund was the first to report that in November, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted suggested to an audience of statehouse insiders that allocating the state’s electoral college votes by Congressional district might be a good way to reduce the national focus on Ohio elections. (Thanks to Innovation Ohio, we now have the video.) The idea would have delivered the majority of Ohio’s electoral votes to Romney, the loser of the popular vote.
Husted backed away when eyebrows were raised, but many remained suspicious. As well they should be – several state legislatures and […]Full Story... →
NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is on the receiving end of a social media shitstorm today, all thanks to the incredibly poor reputation of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
It all started earlier today with this tweet:
I’ll admit, I was intrigued. Until I realized that Husted and Todd agreeing that our process for drawing legislative and congressional districts is broken and needs fixed is not controversial. It’s actually something I agree with. Husted even has a half-decent plan floating out there if both sides could agree to implement it in a reasonable period […]Full Story... →
That’s how close Democrats are to avoiding something just shy of the worst-case-scenario in the Ohio statehouse.
Republicans currently control the 99-member Ohio House of Representatives with a 59 member majority. That’s plenty to pass legislation into law, as we’ve seen since 2010. But if the GOP had 60 votes, their powers increase.
With a 60-vote “super majority,” legislative Republicans add to their powers in two key ways:
1. With 60 votes, the GOP can unilaterally put measures on the ballot. Typically, because of the 60-vote requirement, measures placed on the ballot legislatively are popular, bipartisan proposals like […]Full Story... →
Defending his performance managing Ohio’s election, Husted argued that because of the high stakes involved with being an electoral vote-rich swing state, Ohio’s elections chief is always scrutinized and criticized. (Funny, we don’t remember that happening in 2008, but that’s beside the point).
Husted’s solution to this perceived problem of Democrats and the national media picking on him? He says we should make Ohio less important in the election by dividing up our electoral votes by Congressional district.
This is huge […]Full Story... →
Wondering when you need to be at that big election-watching party tonight and not miss the national networks calling the election for Obama? Here’s what you need to know:
First, let’s assume that there are 12 battleground states — and that is being rather generous to Mitt Romney. Let’s say the others go as expected (e.g. Idaho for Romney and California for Obama). That gives Obama and Romney a baseline of 191 electoral votes each. Here’s the states and the number of electoral votes at stake throughout the evening tonight:
7 p.m. (all times Eastern)
Virginia – 13 electoral votes […]Full Story... →
Jason here. This is my first post in almost a year. It is an entirely true story.
I had a talk with a co-worker this morning. He wasn’t really happy with his choices in his local U.S. House race, and I couldn’t really blame him. I said, “well, that’s why it’s so important to vote for Issue 2.” He just kind of looked at me.Full Story... →
Today’s story is the incredibly long lines to vote across Ohio. Unlike in 2008, early voting was limited to weekdays by Secretary of State Jon Husted. But thanks to a lawsuit by the Obama campaign, two weekend days were restored — yesterday and today — and the lines clearly demonstrate that Ohioans want (or need) to vote on the weekend.
Don’t like long lines to vote? Be sure to let your State Representative and State Senator know. The GOP is already promising to revisit Ohio’s early voting process during the lame duck legislative session later this month, and you can […]Full Story... →