Hopefully everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day celebration! July 4th is a time to reflect on the founding of our country and is also a time to honor those who have fought to not only create it but defend it over the years.
The US Senate campaign in Ohio has seen its share of candidates touting military support. The Sherrod Brown campaign is out with a new video that highlights the Senators unwavering support for veterans of our armed forces. While Josh Mandel is doing the “noun, verb, Marines” routine, interjecting his service as an intelligence specialist in [...]Full Story... →
Kasich to sign fracking oversight legislation
As Kasich prepares to sign SB315, which offers no new tools to local governments dealing with the effects of fracking, the Plain Dealer shares the experience of Broadview Heights, where urban oil and gas drilling has impacted the community and residents have few options to fight back.
Obama to return to Ohio Tuesday
Gosh, what a coincidence that the Dispatch would give the Governor prime real estate in Saturday and Sunday’s editions to attack the President twice this weekend [...]
The rightwing is trying to scare you. But you’ll be hard to scare because you know too much. The scattershot of fear will most likely hit your friends and neighbors. Let’s figure out how you can protect them.
On Sunday I interviewed Justin Barasky, Communications Director for Senator Sherrod Brown, about the obscene amounts of money (nearly 5 million) already being spent to smear Senator Brown. Here’s the video….
You know the truth about Senator Sherrod Brown. Here’s what a few Plunderbund followers have told me about how Senator Brown’s work has helped them.
Joseph Pavelka from Berea, Ohio [...]Full Story... →
There are a couple of things you should never do in a hotly contested political campaign. The first is look like you’re picking on a great-grandmother who is grateful to her local firefighters for saving her great-granddaughter’s life. The other thing is that you don’t have as the public face of your campaign an unpopular politician who is under water by double-digits in his approval/disapproval rating and have him travel the State delivering your message. The brain trust that is the Building a Better Ohio campaign did both in the past month, and it’s had the predictable effect on Issue [...]Full Story... →
Man, it is crazy out there, am I right? I mean if it isn’t Issue 2 supporters making up facts, its Granny-gate, or the Supreme Court ruling in favor of allowing the redistricting maps to go to referendum. Remember when they said this was going to be an off-year election and things were going to slow down?
In all the action over the course of the last couple of weeks an important piece of news has gone somewhat under-covered. Guess who was the only Senator to successfully have a bipartisan piece of legislation pass the Senate that is [...]Full Story... →
In an incumbent race where the challenger is largely unknown, conventional polling wisdom is the incumbent’s scoring on whether people think the incumbent deserves re-election is the most accurate predictor of the general election result. An incumbent in the low 40s or below is in serious trouble, but an incumbent with 50% or more is viewed as an almost certain bet to win re-election.
According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Sherrod Brown would fall in the latter, but President Obama the former. Brown is, by far, the most popular elected official in the State of Ohio as the only [...]Full Story... →
Wow, I was wrong. Somehow Josh Mandel’s horrible, no good week got worse. A lot worse. This morning The Toledo Blade reported that Mandel’s Senate campaign accepted over $100,000 in campaign contributions from Ben Suarez, his family, and his employees at Suarez Corporation. On top of the $100,000 in contributions from Suarez and his employees, Ben Suarez and his wife gave an additional $30,000 to a political action committee closely associated with Josh Mandel.
…in the current election cycle, a large number of his [Suarez] employees and their wives — many of whom have never before given to federal [...]Full Story... →
I know this happened a couple of days ago but A) I haven’t read about anyone covering this yet and B) every time I think about it I get even angrier. On Tuesday the Plain Dealer ran a Letter to the Editor from Treasurer Josh Mandel. In the letter he points to the crash in the markets as evidence that the debt ceiling compromise had caused the economy to crumble, Sherrod Brown voting helped cause it, and that his own stance of letting the country go into default was a better alternative. I’ll let that set in for a [...]Full Story... →
In today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine states he knows the key for his party to win in Ohio next year… it’s hoping that the entire State gets collective amensia on one of Governor Kasich’s signature legislative achievements this year:
The GOP leader said he doubts anyone will be talking about Senate Bill 5 come November 2012.
“What we do know is that for 90 percent of the people, the economy is the number one issue and in November 2012 no one is going to be talking about Senate Bill 5,” DeWine said. “And Barack [...]Full Story... →
In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama won Ohio by five-points. Four years later, Ohioans are split on whether Obama deserves a second term with 46% approving and 47% disapproving. However, when it comes to the lackluster ’12 GOP Presidential field, Obama leads front-runner Mitt Romney by four points. Obama’s approval rating is 46% and his disapproval rating is 50%. So, while Ohioans equally disapprove of the job both Obama and Kasich are doing, Obama’s approval rating towers over Kasich by a difference of eleven points.
Sherrod Brown has the highest approval rating among Kasich, Portman, and Obama. With 49% approving and 30% disapproving. [...]Full Story... →
This has to be one of the more brazen displays of lunacy yet from Josh Mandel’s non-campaign for senate. In a letter of endorsement from fellow wacko Sen. Jim DeMint, Mandel went on the record supporting the move to not raise the nation’s debt limit. This is from the letter of endorsement from the Senate Conservative Fund, a PAC run my Senator DeMint to help raise money for people who are clearly too out-of-touch to find a job elsewhere.
Brown SUPPORTS raising the debt limit. Mandel opposes it.
On issue after issue, the choice is clear. Josh Mandel fights for [...]Full Story... →