The blockbuster story of this election cycle in Ohio and the nation would have been the return of former Democratic Governor Ted Strickland to take on first-term incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich, following Ohio media’s obsession over Ed FitzGerald’s string of silly snafus, including his ten-years of driving without a valid drivers license and being identified by a police officer who found him in his car in the wee hours of the morning two years ago with a women from an Irish trade delegation who was not his wife.

Both stories occupied newspaper front and editorial pages, and some [...]

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Multiple papers reported today that Mike DeWine has again refused to release surveillance video from the police-involved shooting at a Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, Ohio on August 5th.

Each story discussed known details about the shooting and recent online petitions to release the video of killing of John Crawford III.  But none of the papers bothered to ask the obvious question:  Why is Mike DeWine still involved with this case?

Last week DeWine told the Dayton Daily News that Hamilton County Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier was in charge of the case and his role was “at this point not much.”

And yet, as today’s announcement [...]

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If Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine gets away with not debating David Pepper, his Democratic challenger this year, it could signal other Republicans running for reelection this year to do the same to their Democratic challengers. Should DeWine decline to debate, thus setting a precedent, Ohioans will be left out in the cold again as democracy suffers from powerful politicos who avoid public accountability.

That seems to be what attorney general DeWine, elected in 2010, aims to do this year so he can avoid answering questions the pubic deserves to know the answers to, including why he’s meddled in [...]

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The Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Thomas Suddes has laid out what a possible second term of Ohio Gov. John Kasich might look like: No alarms and no surprises, Suddes predicts the Guv will keep on funneling tax dollars toward his rich friends while dancing the Mamushka at the ICU bed of public education.

From Suddes: “Whether Ohio’s (current) taxes discourage business investment in the state is subject to debate. But tax cuts are close to a religious belief for Kasich and Republicans in the General Assembly. And everyone knows Ohio Republicans like religious beliefs so much they try to [...]

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The media wrecking crew that first destroyed, then seemingly doomed Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald’s hopes of unseating Ohio’s little loved and royally flawed Republican governor, John Kasich, has moved on to other jobs and new vistas.  One of the crew’s foremen, Cleveland Plain Dealer political reporter Henry Gomez, clearly thinks FitzGerald is such a foregone loser that he’s set his on future races.

Last week, Mr. Gomez sent five questions to his “best Democratic sources” for non-attributable responses.  Those questions were used as the basis for his “What’s Next?” story, published in the PD last week; a story whose sole purpose was to show [...]

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You can’t talk about the future of Ohio as a Tea Party/RW evangelical nirvana without looking at the state’s views on law…

Enter Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General. This is the man who acts as Ohio’s lawyer.

Mike started as a county prosecutor then moved up to the U.S. House of Representatives for four terms. His tenure in the House was like most of the Ohio Republican members – undistinguished.

He left the House in 1990 to run as George Voinovich’s Lieutenant Governor, which he served as until 1994. DeWine seemed to view his office as a springboard for election to the [...]

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This morning we wrote about an upcoming fundraising luncheon hosted by the Franklin County Republican Party.  The event was supposed to feature Columbus Dispatch Editor Ben Marrison and other members of the Dispatch staff.

Around 2PM this afternoon we received a Tweet from media blogger Jim Romenesko linking to his post about the luncheon.  Romenesko contacted Marrison and was told that the event had been cancelled.

We confirmed the cancellation with Mr. Marrison this evening.  He provided us this statement:

As of this morning, we are not participating in the panel. For context, The Dispatch like most newspapers has a long [...]

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Joe Vardon, the Dispatch reporter who has dutifully recorded every step of Gov Kasich at home and abroad, has joined the Plain Dealer’s Northeast Ohio Media Group staff. His new beat: basketball icon LeBron James. Honest.

It may be a first in professional sports. I mean, a reporter who will live and breathe in his night-and-day job for one athlete.

The PD reported that Vardon will “pay attention to James’ basketball exploits, but he will also cover James’ business empire, charitable work and mentoring of youth.”

But maybe the career move isn’t as dramatic as it seems, inasmuch as Vardon [...]

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U.S. Rep. David Joyce, R- Geauga County, wants us to drill. Baby, he wants us to drill and not stop drilling. He wants us to drill now, drill deep, and drill hard. Then when we are done drilling, David Joyce wants us to drill some more.

David Joyce has the answer to all of America’s problems, and if you haven’t guessed by now, it has to do with drilling. He’s raised his oily hands in praise of the drilling gods.

In a recently posted YouTube video dating from Aug. 18, Joyce is seen giving a speech advocating his cutting-edge, [...]

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This is big.

Federal judge Peter C. Economus issued a preliminary injunction blocking Republican changes to Ohio’s early voting. Read the coverage from the New York Times:

The case involved two main issues.  First, early voting during evenings and on at least two Sundays before the election, and the so-called “Golden Week,” when a person could register and vote on the same day.

A copy of the opinion will be available below.

The Judge found that the revised voting schedule unconstitutionally burdened the right to vote of African Americans, lower income individuals, and the homeless.  The judge noted that [...]

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The Athletic Club of Columbus is a popular forum for political events in Central Ohio.  They often host debates, discussions and even fundraisers.   For the past few years, the Franklin County Republican Party has held regular Quarterly Leadership Luncheons at the club featuring local reporters and editors from the Columbus Dispatch.

In 2010, the luncheon featured “a panel from the Columbus Dispatch” that promised “a look at the current political landscape and 2010 races,” according to the event’s invitation. Potential attendees were informed that proceeds would “directly support the Franklin County Republican Party.” The cost of attending was $50.00 and checks were to [...]

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