Ohio Politics

Supreme Court Candidate Maureen O'Connor Calls for Judicial Restraint

While not the most well-known statewide race this year, the decision of who replaces retiring Justice Andrew Douglas could have as much impact on the state, if not more, than any other statewide election. Douglas has been a consistent member of the court's 4-3 majority in controversial cases, including striking down school funding, overturning civil lawsuit limits (tort reform), expanding...

Ohio House 42: No-Win District for Conceal Carry Reform?

Unfortunately for pro-Conceal Carry Reform voters in House District 42, there is no clear choice for a candidate to represent their constitutional self-defense rights. There is an independant candidate with good local name recognition running for the office, but he has thus far rchosen not to answer candidate survey queries. John Widowfield, who was appointed to a vacant Republican Ohio House...

KEY RACE: Toledo Blade 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 Blade, "The bold line that is supposed to separate the legislative and judicial branches of state government has become increasingly blurred with each passing year as the court’s 4-3 philosophical majority sees itself as a super-legislature." "...

Gov. Taft widens lead over challenger

According to poll results, published Monday by The Columbus Dispatch, Gov. Bob Taft has widened his lead in his bid for re-election. Taft, a Republican, was favored by 51 percent of those questioned. Tim Hagan, his Democratic opponent Nov. 5, was supported by 40 percent, with 2 percent for independent John Eastman and 7 percent saying they didn't know who they'd vote for. Read the story on the...

KEY RACE: O'Connor opens 17 pt. lead against challenger

According to poll results, published Monday by The Columbus Dispatch, Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor has opened up a 17-point lead over Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Tim Black, 43 percent to 26 percent. 31 percent of the respondents were undecided when asked to pick between O'Connor and Black. Read the story on the full poll in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Commentary by Chad D. Baus: The battle...

KEY RACE: Poll shows Stratton-Burnside race dead heat

The tightest statewide race of the fall campaign appears to be between an incumbent Ohio Supreme Court justice and her challenger, according to a newspaper poll. The poll results, published Monday by The Columbus Dispatch, show the race between Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton and Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Janet Burnside to be a virtual tie. Burnside's edge over Stratton was 25...

Hagan spouts fear-based rhetoric on Conceal Carry Reform

Buried in an Athens Messenger story about gubernatorial hopeful Tim Hagan's ideas on fixing the state budget were these comments about his beliefs concerning HB274: "Hagan...is opposed to the concealed weapons bill as it is presently written. Hagan said more restrictions need to placed on the bill so law enforcement has greater discretion." "'We don't want guns in the hands of the mentally-ill,...

Ohio Democrats Putting A Premium On Supreme Court Races

The state's latest monthly campaign finance reports indicate the Ohio Democratic Party is placing a strong emphasis on winning two Ohio Supreme Court seats up for election this year. The reports say the party bolstered the campaign treasury of Supreme Court candidate Janet Burnside by $65,000 in September. The party already had given $185,000 to Tim Black, a Hamilton County Municipal Court judge...

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