Ohio Politics

Follow the Money: Trial Lawyers Behind Dirty Supreme Court Attack Ads

Over the past few days, OFCC PAC has been following a story concerning some attack ads that were televised state-wide in effort to damage the reputations of a sitting Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court (Evelyn Stratton), and our state's current Lieutenant Governor (Maureen O'Connor), who is running for an open seat on the Court. Despite personal requests from Stratton & O'Connor, the Ohio...

Bar Assoc. asks, but Democrat Supreme Court candidates refuse to denounce ads

The battle for the high court intensified yesterday as the Ohio State Bar Association condemned two independently sponsored ads benefitting candidates. Yesterday, the association took the unusual step of asking the groups that bought the first two independent ads of this year's campaign to pull them. But Democrat candidates Burnside and Black continue to refuse disavowal. David Crago, head of the...

KEY RACE: Cincinnati Enquirer Endorses Stratton & O'Connor for Supreme Court

Completing what has become nearly a major media sweep in Ohio, the Cincinnati Enquirer has joined the Columbus Dispatch, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Toledo Blade and the Canton Repository (not to mention OFCC PAC!) in its enthusiastic support for Justice Evelyn Stratton (R) and Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor (R) for Ohio Supreme Court. Like the other editorial boards, the Enquirer makes the point...

Stark Contrast: GOP Court Candidates denounce negative ads benefitting them

When negative t.v. ads, intended to benefit Democrat Supreme Court candidates Black and Burnside, began appearing in all major media markets across the state this week, their Republican opponents requested that the Democrats denounce the ads and request that their sponsors remove them from the air. The Democrat candidates refused. What a contrast when the situation is reversed! Television ads...

Taft pulls Hagan's strings on CCW, Hagan flip-flops (again)

One day after Governor Taft accused his opponent of flip-flopping on the Conceal Carry Reform issue (a moment rich with irony) in their televised debate, Hagan willingly responded by flipping his flop, or flopping his flip, yet again. In discussing what he thought he could have done better in the debate, Hagan said he wishes he had been more articulate in explaining his position on pending...

Pot to Kettle: ''You're Black'' - Taft attacks Hagan for flip-flopping on CCW

The first live television debate between the major candidates for Ohio governor was short on showmanship but long on political differences. Near the end of the debate, each candidate was allowed to ask a question of the other. Each used the opportunity to make a short speech before getting to the question. Taft went first, accusing Hagan of flip-flopping on a number of issues, "including...

KEY RACE: Columbus Dispatch Endorses Stratton & O'Connor for Supreme Court

Yet another major Ohio newspaper has endorsed Justice Evelyn Stratton (R) and Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor (R) for Ohio Supreme Court. According to the Dispatch, "The biggest problem facing the Ohio Supreme Court is the polarization and politicization that has grown more marked over the past decade." "The greatest need on the high court is for justices who are independent, impartial, deliberative...

Going Negative: Ads attempt to link GOP judicial candidates to big business

After undergoing major media criticism for considering a proposed direct-mail campaign attacking two Republican candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court, leaders of the political action committee Citizens for an Independent Court vowed just two weeks ago to junk the proposal. Yesterday, the PAC began airing commercials in all major Ohio media markets that link the candidates to big business. The ad...

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