The House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee will be meeting in Room 116 this Tuesday to discuss two Republican voting bills:
Republican State Senator Bill’s Coley’s SB 205 prevents the Secretary of State from mailing absentee ballot applications to Ohioans during primary and special elections, and only allows ballots to be sent during a general election if the General Assembly approves funding for the ballots, which they’ll likely never do. It also prevents any other official besides the Secretary of State from mailing ballot applications.
Secretary of State Jon Husted mailed absentee ballot applications to every registered [...]Full Story... →
On Tuesday, two Tea-Party supported candidates (David Bitner and Kolton Vaughn) for Springboro School Board lost in a landslide to a former school board member, a former principal and a former teacher (Charles Anderson, Ronald Malone and David Stuckey). The winners ran a campaign promising to return the school system to a “more moderate mainstream direction” i.e. they wouldn’t continue trying to push Creationism and Christian Nationalism on the children of Springboro.
Good news. And congrats!
The city also passed a levy for the schools with over 75 percent of the vote. The first levy to be on the ballot in two years.
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For months the Ohio Republican Party has been trying to stir up fake outrage over a $1000 campaign contribution Ed FitzGerald received in April and returned in July.
Yesterday, realizing absolutely no one cared about their non-existent scandal, and likely realizing that they were going to have their complaint dismissed for a second time, the Ohio Republican Party pulled the complaint from the election commission.
Strangely, the very next day, I received a fundraising email from ORP Communications Director Chris Schrimpf claiming Ed FitzGerald was still “remaining silent about an illegal donation he received from one of his [...]Full Story... →
In August 2011 the Toledo Blade reported that Josh Mandel’s senate campaign had received over $100,000 in questionable donations from Ben Suarez and his wife, along with employees of Suarez’s company. A PAC associated with Mandel also received $30,000 from the Suarez’s
By late May, almost 10 months after finding out the money was tainted, and with the FBI now investigating Suarez, Mandel reluctantly returned the $100K.
Saurez was finally indicted this week on nine counts including conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws and witness tampering.
And suddenly – over two years after [...]Full Story... →
As always, the internals are where the action is. This is a very bad poll for John Kasich. I’ll cut to the chase: his support has cratered among women and independents. I wonder why?Full Story... →
Although affiliated as a Democratic polling outfit, Public Policy Polling has a proven track record in Ohio. In 2010, it showed Strickland trailing Kasich 49-48 shortly before the election, but he had a 41% approval rating to 50% disapproval. The final result was 49/47. They showed Portman crushing Fisher 57%/39%. The final result 57%/39%. In 2011, it predicted Issue 2 (SB 5) would be defeated 59% by 36%. Actual result was 62%/38%. Last year, they predicted Obama would carry Ohio 52%/47%. Actual result? 51%/48%.
Nationally, and in Ohio, PPP has one of the strongest track records [...]Full Story... →
Today State Rep. John Becker from Ohio’s 65th House District sent out a letter requesting co-sponsors for a bill to reduce the number of days Ohioans are able to cast an early ballot.
“The purpose of this legislation is to reduce the number of days for absent voting”, writes Becker. “I believe that allowing absentee voting for 35 days before Election Day also opens the chances for voter fraud.”
Becker goes on to tell potential co-sponsors that his bill would “reduce the length of time for absent voting from 35 days before Election Day to 17 days” and would stop [...]Full Story... →
If there are two things the media and punditry can lazily report and overanalyze its polls and campaign finance reports. Since we are lazy pundits, allow us to weigh in on yesterday’s campaign finance reports.
In this off-year, the statewide campaigns are required to report semi-annually how much they have raised and spent since year-end reports were filed for 2012. Yesterday’s reports cover campaign finance activity for the first half of 2013 for each statewide candidate who has created a campaign finance committee so far.
Before we look at the data, we need to keep in mind that the [...]Full Story... →
It should be clearly resolved by now that today’s class of political conservatives is a mindless group of ideologues that tries to save itself from being losers by committing its energies to not being winners. In Ohio, for example, we are burdened with a bizarre collection of rusticated Republican lawmakers carting into the Statehouse on the Chisholm Trail from the great open spaces of their carefully guarded districts out of reach of urban voters.
Despite the evidence of the past presidential election that they are scarcely a regenerative force in broadening their slack appeal to the masses (beyond Mitt’s 47 pct.), [...]Full Story... →
Earlier this week the Dayton Daily News reported that Ohio recently saw its population of young adults rise by 2% after seeing a severe drop in that age group (ages 20 to 34) over the previous two decades. The paper reasoned that an improving economy might be helping to reverse “the much-dreaded brain drain.”
John Kasich’s campaign jumped at the news, sending out a fundraising email (see below) claiming responsibility for the reversing trend and citing a completely unrelated and totally subjective ranking given by CEO Magazine as proof.
One fact you won’t read in the Kasich/Taylor email: [...]Full Story... →
Jon Husted’s office says that it’s “worth looking into” whether or not absentee voters who cast a provisional ballot should be prosecuted.
I looked into it. Here’s the damn law:
If a registered elector appears to vote… and that elector has requested an absent voter’s ballot… but the director has not received… that elector’s [ballot]… the elector shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot…
The statute doesn’t encourage voting provisionally, but it anticipates that voters will want to vote provisionally if they’re uncertain about their absentee ballot. And it expressly permits what these voters did.
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