Friday, November 18, 2011

Josh Mandel accuses Sherrod Brown of 'egging on' protesters doing vulgar acts: PolitiFact Ohio

Says that Sen. Sherrod Brown is "out there egging on a lot of these protesters who are spitting on policemen and going to the bathroom on policemen’s cars at these protests on Wall Street and other places." 

-- Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel

On a conservative radio program Monday, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel let loose a provocative attack on U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, whose job he hopes to snag next year.

The segment on the Tea Party Express Hour, broadcast on KCBQ/AM 1170 out of San Diego, started with Mandel, a Republican from Lyndhurst, recapping last week’s election results in Ohio.

Mandel emphasized the overwhelming vote for a state constitutional amendment that registers opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care reforms. Democrats, meanwhile, have cheered the resounding repeal of GOP-backed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees.

Over the course of a sometimes fawning 12-minute interview by host Howard Kaloogian, Mandel made several incendiary comments about the Avon Democrat. One particular statement caught PolitiFact Ohio’s ear.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Ohio voters send mixed signals with Issues 2 and 3; Democrats and Republicans both claim victory

Written and reported with Joe Guillen

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio voters sent mixed messages Tuesday when tackling two issues that are rallying cries for two very different political points of view.

A referendum on Senate Bill 5, a major overhaul of collective bargaining and other labor rules for public employees, went decisively for Democrats. A ballot measure that renounced a portion of President Barack Obama's national health care policy went heavily for Republicans.

Now, each party is working overtime to spin the results as a repudiation of the other's overreaching agenda. Democrats predict doom for Gov. John Kasich and whomever the GOP nominates to face Obama in next year's general election. Republicans, meanwhile, claim a far more compelling metric can be found in the symbolic rebuke of what they call Obamacare.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Senate Bill 5 repeal sets table for Democrats and President Barack Obama in 2012: Analysis

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Even in an off year, Ohio couldn't escape the burning spotlight from national media hungry for a juicy election story.

And Tuesday's repeal of Senate Bill 5 was merely an appetizer.

By resoundingly rejecting the Republican-backed push to rewrite labor rules for public employees, Buckeye State voters helped set the table for the 2012 presidential election.

Without question the results will be viewed as a momentum-builder for Democrats nationwide and should encourage President Barack Obama. He carried Ohio by four points in his 2008 Electoral College landslide, but the GOP won control of every state office and the legislature last fall.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

As elections near, intraparty fight brews between Gov. John Kasich and GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A year after their statewide triumph, Ohio Republicans find themselves on the threshold of a defining moment.
But beyond the obvious battle over a new labor law, which polls show headed for defeat at the ballot box Tuesday, a behind-the-scenes power struggle is percolating within the party
Few who know the most intimate details of the feud will talk on the record, but it is hardly a secret that Gov. John Kasich is no fan of Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine. The friction, more apparent in recent weeks than ever before, was punctuated last month when a top Kasich donor asked for DeWine's resignation in an email obtained by The Plain Dealer.
Asked if Kasich agreed with the call, a spokesman sidestepped the question.
"We have far bigger fish to fry than this," said Rob Nichols.
Nichols was referring, in part, to Issue 2. A "yes" vote would uphold Senate Bill 5, the Republican-backed push to restrict the collective-bargaining power of public employees and set requirements on how much those workers pay toward their health care and pensions.
GOP activists acutely aware of the Kasich-DeWine conflict already sense supporters of each man are pointing fingers at the other in anticipation of failure. And many fear the discord will seep into next year, when the party ideally would be unifying behind a presidential candidate.

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