Poll Suggests Taft Has 18-Point Lead Over Hagan

A new poll suggests Governor Bob Taft has a large lead over Democratic challenger Tim Hagan. That’s according to a new Ohio Poll, released Wednesday by the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Policy Research. The poll finds Taft leads Hagan, a former Cuyahoga County Commissioner, 53 percent to 35 percent. In a race for an open Supreme Court race, current Lieutenant Governor Maureen O’Connor...

Voters face the unknown in Ohio Supreme Court races

In The Plain Dealer Poll conducted last week, most voters said they were undecided about how they will vote in the two Supreme Court races. The race between incumbent Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton and Janet Burnside, of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, is a statistical dead heat, but a whopping 78 percent of voters remain undecided. Read about it in the Plain Dealer. Commentary by Chad...

Clinton Starring In Cleveland Fundraiser For Hagan’s Campaign

Bill Clinton will host a fund-raiser in Cleveland for Democratic candidate Tim Hagan. Clinton’s appearance is part of a three-state trip to Ohio, Illinois and Michigan to support Democratic candidates. Clinton will speak at the Hagan event. Hagan hopes Clinton’s star power can help him raise some campaign funds. Reports filed last week show Governor Bob Taft has $8.4 million on hand. By...

How does PAC money get used?

It has been said that at the end of the money trail lies the answer to any question. We have all heard the horror stories about PACs collecting tens of thousands of dollars which were donated by well-meaning citizens with a desire to positively influence a political issue, only to learn later that the PAC was keeping most of the donations for themselves as "consulting fees". The people at OFCC...

Candidates To Campaign Together

Candidates for House seat will campaign together Reps. Tom Lendrum and Chris Redfern were put into the same district this year after lawmakers redrew the boundaries of the state's legislative districts. The new map pushed Lendrum, R-Huron, out of the district where he has lived for more than 20 years and into the one represented by Redfern, D-Port Clinton.

Supremes Agree to Hear Hamilton Co. CCW Case

Ohio's Supreme Court, which has become known in recent years for 4-3 split-decisions which effectively legislate from the bench, has agreed to hear the Hamilton County CCW case, of which Ohioans for Concealed Carry is a part. Read about the Court's announcement in the Dispatch. Commentary by Chad D. Baus: Because the court has become so well known for deciding along ideological lines (four...


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