From the monthly archives: January 2010

Work has been kicking my ass the past few weeks. I’ve had very little time for anything else – especially politics. But when I saw the 2009 campaign finance data had finally been posted I made some time today to download the reports for Strickland and Kasich.

Taking a quick look a few things pop out immediately. One of them is what seems to be a large number of traditionally Republican contributors giving very large sums of money to Strickland.

When I talk about traditional Republicans I’m talking about people who have rarely, if ever, donated to a Democrat […]

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I am preparing to write the glowingest post about Chris Redfern I’ve ever written, or probably ever will write. ?Mr. Chairman, feel free to start shopping for frames that match Plunderbund’s color scheme. ?Before I do that, I need to touch on the potential for an ODP endorsement in the post-Garrison SOS primary in favor of Maryellen O’Shaughnessy over Sharen Neuhardt.

To be clear – I do not support ODP endorsements in primaries, ever. ?However, in this instance, an ODP endorsement was a last bullet, albeit high caliber, in the chamber aimed at getting out Jennifer Garrison. ?Whether that potential […]

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Just got a statement from the Garrison campaign. ?She’s done with politics.

State Representative Jennifer Garrison, announced today she will not seek the Democratic nomination for Ohio Secretary of State….

Garrison does not plan to seek re-election to the Ohio House of Representatives.

This is how a coward leaves politics. ?It fits with how this coward campaigned for office – gay baiting a neanderthal grunt of petty hatred in a tiny portion of the electorate in order to gain political office. ?Don’t let the door hit you in the ass Jennifer, you will not be missed. ?To paraphrase what you […]

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The Associated Press reports that yesterday’s campaign finance reporting indicates that Hamilton County David Pepper’s healthy fundraising indicates that his race is appears to be headed towards victory:

Auditor candidate David Pepper, a Cincinnati Democrat, is muscling out his opponents in the money race as well. The son of a former Procter & Gamble chief executive has $605,000 in the bank, 20 times that of either of his Republican opponents: former county prosecutor David Yost and state Rep. Seth Morgan.

Yost only last week moved into the auditor’s race from the attorney general’s race, leaving former U.S. […]

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From the Columbus Dispatch. filed their first campaign finance report, but it’s hardly illuminating:, which is led by three conservative activists, reported that it has raised nearly $1.6 million. All of that money came from a political nonprofit that specializes in polling called New Models, based in a suburban Washington office building.’s spokesman, Carlo LoParo, said he doesn’t know the ultimate source of the group’s money.

In other words, New Models is being used as a proxy donor to hide the real source of the Blackwell alumni revenge society’s actual money.  Nothing like being […]

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So, yesterday, the Kasich-Taylor campaign had a web event billed as a town-hall in all 88 counties in Ohio.

Here’s the turnout among College Republicans in Mansfield:

BTW, according to WMFD TV, that’s the crowd they got at an event hosted by THREE different College Republicans chapters… in central Ohio… Kasich’s geographical base.

This is what $40k in polling and over $10k in private jets gets you in Ohio.

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Jennifer Garrison’s SoS campaign reported $294,541.48 on hand.

Husted has already reported his $2,051,714.28 on hand.? His primary opponent Sandra O’Brien continues the trend of conservative darlings who can’t raise money with $51,915.62 on hand.

Mary Taylor cleared out her account after reportedly raising $230,420.56 in the last six months…. Gee, I wonder where that went?

Well, on January 14, 2010, her Auditor campaign made a $181,264.25 donation to the Ohio Republican State Candidate Fund…? Huh, that’s odd, way back on December 31, 2009, that same fund made a $100,000 to… the Kasich campaign.? On December 14, 2009, the Summit […]

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Governor Strickland’s re-election campaign just released their numbers: around $6.2 million cash-on-hand (that’s over 50% more than what Kasich reported.)

This is an obscene amount of money on both sides.? Seriously.? In 2006, neither Strickland nor Blackwell even had over half a million on hand.? Governor Strickland’s campaign actually has roughly half on hand of what his 2006 campaign spent during the entire race last cycle.

It’s the most money any candidate for Governor, let alone an incumbent, has ever reported in Ohio history.

But that’s not the only record Strickland’s campaign broke:

“Not only does Strickland’s campaign […]

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Obama Takes on the House GOP

On January 29, 2010 By

This afternoon, I looked up at my muted TV and saw President Obama and Rep. Boehner. I unmuted. What followed was a solid hour of amazing TV. Not just amazing political TV. Seriously, I encourage you to watch the entire Q&A session between Obama and members of the House GOP.

We need more dialogue like this. But I don’t expect it to happen. Apparently, the House GOP now believes this session was a mistake…because it made Obama look good. Who cares that it made our democracy look good too!

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I love how the right-wing blogsphere is suddenly trying to make something out of the event within the Democratic primary race for Secretary of State race seem like the disaster that is Mary Taylor leaving the Auditor’s office.  The problem is that the two situations are ENTIRELY different.

Last time I checked, Jennifer Garrison wasn’t an incumbent in an apportionment board race who was widely popular with her base, nor was she viewed as likely to win her race, either.

Unless I’m mistaken, the two events prove that the progressive blogsphere is far more influential in the Democratic Party than […]

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While I concur with what Tim said, I generally disagree with Anthony’s take on today’s news that ODP may endorse Franklin County Clerk of Courts Maryellen O?Shaughnessy has anything to do with Sharen Neuhardt.  I’m not hearing that from anyone at all, nor does the Dispatch article lend any support to that theory.

The only reason Chris Redfern would have made the statements he made in that press conference is because Jennifer Garrison has no intention of dropping out of the race.  If Garrison was thinking about getting out any ways, there’d be little reason for […]

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