Less than 50 percent of Ohioans will cast votes in this mid-term election. Happy Election Day.

In 2011, 47 percent voted. In 2010 it was 49 percent. In 2009, 45 percent. The last time voter participation went over 50 percent in a non-presidential year was 2006, at 53 percent. Before that? It was 1994 at 57 percent.

Presidential years show much higher participation. For instance, in 2012, a shade over 70 percent of registered voters participated. In 2008, a shade under 70 percent participated. In 2004, it was nearly 72 percent.

With the floodgates for campaign finance wide open, [...]

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After nearly four years of including one of Ohio’s leading independent reporters on its media distribution list, why did Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s media team suddenly remove me earlier this year from that list? Kasich communicators included me on their media distribution list from the early days of his 2010 campaign.  Then this past June they scrubbed me from it.

As Columbus Government Examiner, I wrote about 1,600 stories on people, politics and government from September of 2009 until just a few months ago, when I transitioned from Examiner.com, headquartered in Denver, to Allvoices, headquartered in San Francisco. [...]

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Today the Columbia Journalism Review joined MSNBC, Talking Points Memo and a dozen other news outlets in criticizing the NEO Media Group/Plain Dealer for removing a video of John Kasich acting like a spoiled child during an editorial interview.  NEO Media Group later sent us a nasty letter threatening to sue us for posting clips from the interview after they removed it.  You can still watch those clips here.

Interestingly, this is not the first time a major news outlet in Ohio has bowed to pressure from an incumbent Republican office holder to remove some previously published [...]

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David Pepper’s last ad of the Ohio Attorney General’s race attempts to establish a pattern of misogynistic behavior coming out of DeWine’s office.  You can see it at the end of this post.  It is pretty hard-hitting and, despite protests from the DeWine campaign, absolutely true.

The ad opens with claims that DeWine improperly failed to prosecute three witnesses to the now-infamous Steubenville rape.  DeWine spokesperson Ryan Stubenrauch called the accusation”blatantly false.”   But as we reported in January, DeWine came into the Steubenville case with the belief that “observers of a crime aren’t always legally obliged to intervene” – a belief that is, well, blatantly false.

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For all of the alarm over government spying,  the fear is  obviously  less than  skull deep for those politicians who have yet to pick up on the modern digital age. In short, there is always somebody  listening… somebody recording… somebody filming – and they’re not the nosy government. The whole scheme to hold you foolishly accountable largely derives from a small device with James Bond potential  that many people grip in one hand in shopping malls, football games, political meetings and anywhere else where the “real”you could be exposed.

Let’s call it the Romney Matter-over-Mind Moment  when – you still remember, don’t [...]

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Professional football and hockey, male-dominated institutions that celebrate professional violence, are suddenly and earnestly confronting their long-festering problems of family violence.

Too bad Ohio continues to do so little when confronted with politicians facing similar patterns of similar acts.

Back in 2011, Plunderbund took the lead in reporting a 911 call that Melissa Jordan made when her husband, state Sen. Kris Jordan, became violent.

A video showed Mrs. Jordan telling deputies, “This is not new, he’s done this numerous times…. I can’t tell you how many things he’s busted and broken, destroying things in fits of anger” and she [...]

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In an 11th hour move to seal his hold on Kentucky celibates, a beleaguered Sen.  Mitch McConnell reportedly will announce on Monday that his first step if he is re-elected will be to declare a one-year moratorium on sexual intercourse in his state, except for horses and cows.

“I’m not a gynecologist,” McConnell says, “but there is no better way to reduce the scandalous number of abortions than to attack the problem at its source by eliminating sex altogether for at least a trial period.”

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Ohio’s gubernatorial elections typically turn out just under 50% of registered voters.  With approximately 8 million registered voters in the state, this means that we can expect around 4 million voters to hit the polls this year.

In 2010, when John Kasich beat out Ted Strickland, turnout was 49.22%, of which Kasich received 49.04% of the votes, just enough to win.  Kasich’s vote total in 2010 was only 1,889,186.

In Kasich’s first year, 2011, Senate Bill 5 was introduced in the General Assembly and Kasich said it “wasn’t his bill”, but he quickly turned around to own it and it quickly became [...]

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John Kasich was the head pastor Saturday morning at a Republican political tent show that featured as his lead-in, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. One political pundit recently muffed Christie’s name, mistakenly calling him Chris “Crispy.” Appearing on the David Letterman Show last week, funny man Jim Carrey’s flub of the Garden State governor’s name probably even made some commonsense conservatives laugh.

Mr. Crispy and Mr. casual Fridays stood out from the crowd of other white men and women at Don Scott airport by wearing their special governor’s jackets.   For Kasich, that was a black zip jacket sporting [...]

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Democrats in Ohio thirst for the chance to boot Treasurer Josh Mandel out of statewide office this coming Tuesday. In fact, the first name mentioned out of Ohio Democratic Party canvassers knocking door-to-door is Mandel’s challenger, state Rep. Connie Pillich, of Montgomery.

Pillich has represented Ohio’s 28th House district since 2009, having before that obtained her law degree from the University of Cincinnati, served in the United States Air Force in Operation Desert Storm and again in Desert Shield, and practiced law as a partner in Webb & Pillich in Hamilton County. She has been a 26-year Hamilton County resident.

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Ohio’s long-term corrupt and goofy congressman, John Boehner, now third in line to be president should President Barack Obama then Vice President Joe Biden suddenly be raptured, will be campaigning this last weekend before Election Day for the entire slate of hard-right uncompassionate Republicans.

John Boehner, son of a Cincinnati bar owner, was caught in 1996 handing out checks on the House floor from Big Tobacco to GOP congressman—maybe even to John Kasich when he served with the orange man from West Chester County just north of Cincinnati. “Mine asked me to give out a half dozen checks quickly before [...]

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