Ohio Politics

Cleveland Plain Dealer endorses Stratton & O'Connor

In its endorsement of Evelyn Lundberg-Stratton and Lt. Gov. Maureen O'Connor for Ohio Supreme Court, the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that "Ohio needs judges who are satisfied with their constitutionally defined role." They point out that Stratton has already proven she understand a Justice's role, pointing out that "she [has] proved reluctant to usurp the legislature's turf. ...In most cases,...

Dirty Tricks begin in District 13: Senate challenger desperate

Democrat Sue Morano claimed Friday that state Sen. Jeffry Armbruster attempted to profit after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by raising prices at a gas station he owns in Bay Village. Her campaign manager, Jack Kilroy, furthered her claim by saying that prices at Armbruster’s Bay Village Shell station rose 50 cents a gallon Sept. 11. But the State Attorney General's Office (not to mention...

Cincinnati Enquirer to Democrat Court Candidates: ''No Smear tactics, please

Here we go again. Ohio got a sneak preview of a possible sequel to the ugly smear tactics that marred the 2000 Ohio Supreme Court campaign. This year, it's coming from the other side of the political spectrum. An eight-page memo obtained by the Cleveland Plain Dealer details a "class warfare" strategy that supporters of the two Democratic-supported nominees for the court, Tim Black and Janet...

Business, Lawyers Groups Back Different Candidates For Supreme Court

In the two Ohio Supreme Court races in the November 5th election, groups are pushing candidates because of whether they are perceived as tending to be pro- or anti-business. The Ohio Chamber of Commerce endorsed Lundberg Stratton and Lieutenant Governor Maureen O'Connor, who is running for an open seat. Both are Republicans. The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers backs Burnside and Hamilton County...

Court candidates reluctant to give stances on issues

The Cleveland Plain Dealer asked the four Supreme Court candidates for their opinions on a variety of hot-button legal and political issues, in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows judicial candidates to announce their views on such topics. An Ohio rule barring such public pronouncements was abandoned in 1996, though few, if any, judicial candidates have publicly expressed...

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...

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