2014 election http://wmub.org en Will GOP voting changes fire up Democratic base in Ohio? http://wmub.org/post/will-gop-voting-changes-fire-democratic-base-ohio <p>In politics, if you have the numbers, you get to make the rules.</p><p>In Ohio, the Republicans have the numbers – they control both the Ohio House and Senate, they have one of their own in the governor’s office, John Kasich, and a Republican as the state’s chief elections officer, Secretary of State John Husted.</p><p>What Kasich, Husted and the legislature have done in recent weeks is to wield that power to make some rather big changes in the early voting system Ohio has used since 2006.</p> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 23696 at http://wmub.org Will GOP voting changes fire up Democratic base in Ohio? Kasich's State of the State speech: A campaign preview? http://wmub.org/post/kasichs-state-state-speech-campaign-preview <p>Monday night at the Medina Performing Arts Center, in front of the Ohio General Assembly, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will deliver his fourth State of the State address.</p><p>He is sincerely hoping it won’t be his last.</p><p>Unlike his previous State of the State messages, which Kasich has taken out of the Statehouse in Columbus and turned them into a traveling road show, this one will be in his re-election year.</p><p>This will be the year when the Republican governor, will be running for re-election to a second term.</p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 23415 at http://wmub.org Kasich's State of the State speech: A campaign preview? Winburn: The wild card in Ohio Senate race? http://wmub.org/post/winburn-wild-card-ohio-senate-race <p>The 9<sup>th</sup> Ohio Senate District, which takes up most of the heavily Democratic city of Cincinnati, ought to be a slam dunk this fall for the candidate who emerges in the May 6 primary from a crowded field of Democratic candidates.</p> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 22837 at http://wmub.org Winburn: The wild card in Ohio Senate race? Ohio 32nd House District: A "black seat"? http://wmub.org/post/ohio-32nd-house-district-black-seat <p>If a legislative district has a majority of African-American residents, must it be represented by an African-American? &nbsp;</p><p>That is a sticky question that has been roiling in the Hamilton County Democratic Party recently, as the Democrats try to hold on to the 32<sup>nd</sup> Ohio House District held by Dale Mallory who term-limited out and is running for the Ohio Senate.</p> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 22545 at http://wmub.org Ohio 32nd House District: A "black seat"? Portune won't challenge for Governor http://wmub.org/post/portune-wont-challenge-governor <p>Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has given up plans to challenge Ed FitzGerald in a Democratic&nbsp; primary race for Ohio Governor.</p><p>Portune's decision came only five days before the Wednesday filing deadline for statewide candidates. After crisscrossing the state since early December trying to drum up support, in the end he could not muster enough support or overcome the opposition of the Ohio Democratic Party, which has endorsed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive.</p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 00:57:43 +0000 Tana Weingartner 22560 at http://wmub.org Portune won't challenge for Governor