From the daily archives: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Governor Strickland has been talking about jobs and the economy this week while his opponent makes baseless partisan accusations to his base.

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The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that half-term, half-baked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will NOT like appear at a Tea Party Express rally this weekend as initially announced.

Palin’s PAC, SarahPAC, has given $10,000 to John Kasich’s campaign, who is now in a tight race.

The Tea Party Express gave no reason why the sudden change.  A week ago, published reports were that Palin was coming to the rally.  The group is still dangling that prospect (to keep people from not showing), but it looks like its unlikely:

"Most likely not," say the organizers of the event. […]

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According to this chart, in 2008, 38.5% of the turnout in Cuyahoga County was early vote.  Assuming a similar number of votes turning out in this midterm as 2008, and we’re at 31.1% and still growing.  It’s entirely possible we’ll see as much of an early vote turnout in Cuyahoga County this year than we did in 2008.  Remarkable.

Also, the ratio has become decidedly bluer.  The ratio is now at roughly 2.5 Democrats requesting an early vote for every Republican.  It appears, as I stated, that Democratic early voters just may be slower in turning in the ballots before […]

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Ken Hanson is legal counsel for the Buckeye Firearms Association, which has endorsed Governor Strickland.  He’s also the Chair of its Legislative Committee.  He filed an amicus brief in the groundbreaking Heller and McDonald U.S. Supreme Court cases.  In other words, he’s not just some average joe member (although I admit in talking to him in the past, he is a real down to earth kind of guy.)

Well, apparently he has had enough of John Kasich trying to pull a fast one on the gun issue, and he let Kasich have it on the BFA website.

He […]

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Apparently, John Kasich was finally shamed in doing media interviews again (which would seem to disprove the defense the Dispatch bought that the campaign didn’t have time to take questions on the same bus tour that Portman could make time for media questions.)

In this blog post on CNN, Kasich tries to put his best face forward finally:

Kasich said he always knew the race would be close given Ohio’s bellwether status, but he nevertheless pointed to Quinnipiac poll this week showing him with a 6-point advantage over Strickland. (Earlier Quinnipiac surveys showed him with larger leads).

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Well, that was quick (and horrible news for the Kasich campaign.)

The Ohio Elections Commission this morning ruled that State Rep. Danny Bubp’s election complaint alleging that the Strickland’s campaign mention of Kasich’s “F” rating by the NRA on gun issues was so weak, it didn’t even survive the “probable cause” stage of its proceedings.

This morning, the Ohio Elections Commission voted to find no probable cause that the Strickland’s campaign statement about Kasich’s gun record contained a knowingly false statement.

Not exactly the kind of news the Kasich campaign was hoping to generate when it got one of […]

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