Archive for November 2011

Turner to Challenge Fudge, For Reals

November 30, 2011

Everyone knew this was all but official anyways….but now it is “officially official.”

We know John Kasich didn’t read this in the Plain Dealer, but we did:

State Sen. Nina Turner confirms: ‘I’m in this race’ to face U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge

CLEVELAND, Ohio — State Sen. Nina Turner, whose oratorical skills and take-no-guff attitude have made her a rising star in Ohio politics, confirmed Tuesday that she will challenge U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge next year in a Democratic primary.

The decision, which Turner shared in a telephone interview with The Plain Dealer, did not come as a total surprise. She had been considering a possible congressional bid for months and on Monday quietly filed a candidacy petition with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Fudge spokesman Belinda Prinz – yes, former Cleveland Fox 8 reporter – said Fudge is “prepared to run on her record.” In a D +12,286 indexed district, that likely works.

I wonder what it is like to run in a district (R or D) where the only election that matters (if any does at all) is the primary. I know quite a few Congressfolks would like to have such a situation. Must be nice.

Not sure if Kasich reads blogs. So not sure if he knows about this story. Maybe someone on his staff told him.

Yes, Presidential Candidates Need Ballot Signatures, Too……

November 29, 2011

Saw some college age girl gathering signatures for Perry this afternoon while running some errands. Also have heard from some folks that Romney’s people are out doing the same and that they have a pretty big presence on the ground already here.

Have you heard or seen anything? I know you have seen about 7,851 people from “We Are Ohio,” but you have encountered any people with the GOP campaigns or even Obama? He has to get on the ballot too, which is a shame.  Maybe he’ll forget.

Go Away

November 29, 2011

One-term former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is back in the news (also getting himself back in the news in the process). Unlike most former governors who accept the results of an election and exit the stage, Strickland has taken the “Jimmy Carter” route.

His latest foray into the political discourse comes in the form of a role of DNC spokesman against the 2012 GOP frontrunner, Mitt Romney.

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:  — The Democratic National Committee on Monday enlisted former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to help mount a small but punchy television and Internet attack on Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

Strickland appeared at Ohio Democratic Party headquarters to announce the launch of a 30-second commercial that aims to paint Romney as a serial flip-flopper on issues dear to voters.

Unless you are a corpse, you probably know that ole Ted wants his last job back. He must think that someone will owe him a favor by getting involved here. I personally thought he retired and moved back to Kentucky, but maybe I am wrong.

On a side note, maybe Ted can use the soon to be deceased license plates his wife designed as a background for his 2014 yard signs.

Welcome!

November 29, 2011

Welcome to this small corner of the world wide webs. We all know Ohio is a “swing state.” (I hate that term).

So we’ll discuss what’s going on in Ohio as we head into 2012 – both at the national level and things going on here in Ohio. Everyone is talking about the Race for the White House, but certainly don’t forget we have a marquee Senate race and 16 congressional seats up next cycle (though we don’t know yet who is running where).

And, yes, clearly we are learning this on the fly as our Red Ohio site is actually blue. Maybe someone can tell me how to fix that??