Thursday, February 21, 2013

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tells Cuyahoga County GOP it's time for a new generation of leaders

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a rising star in national politics, presented himself here Thursday as a fresh face for Republicans "demoralized" after last year's elections.

His victory aside, the Texas conservative stressed in his keynote address at the Cuyahoga County GOP's annual Lincoln Day dinner that the party must better articulate its ideals.

"You want to know what happened last election cycle? We didn't win the argument for the American people," Cruz said while pacing easily on stage in a hotel ballroom. "The Democrats' story is the Republicans are the party of the rich, the Democrats are the party of everybody else. And if that's the narrative people believe, we'll never win another national election."

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

On the road again, Gov. John Kasich elevates the State of the State as political theater: Analysis

LIMA, Ohio – Speeches to discuss the State of the Union, the State of the State or any other governmental jurisdiction have become political theater of the most ordinary order.

It's a one-man (or woman) show, behind a microphone and in front of cameras and a room filled with lawmakers, reporters and constituents. The run time? As long as the leader pleases.

But that's not enough for Gov. John Kasich.

The Republican has turned this annual rite of policymaking passage into a traveling carnival meant to build a folksy image for himself and boost the self-esteem of Small Town, Ohio. And so it was here Tuesday, as it was a year ago in Steubenville, that Kasich channeled P.T. Barnum.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ed FitzGerald says he was the first local official to endorse Barack Obama: PolitiFact Ohio

Says he was an early Obama supporter in Cuyahoga County
-- Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald

First impressions mean a lot in politics. And for Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who is gearing up for a run at Ohio Gov. John Kasich next year, they are especially important.

A Democrat who previously served as mayor of Lakewood, FitzGerald is not well-known beyond Greater Cleveland. He has been traveling the state for nearly a year in an effort to build relationships with party activists who can help make him a credible candidate.

The effort intensified last month when ex-Gov. Ted Strickland, a fellow Democrat, said he would not seek a rematch with Kasich, a Republican. FitzGerald has been the most active in a group of potential challengers that also includes U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and former Rep. Betty Sutton.

While speaking last month at the Ohio College Democrats’ winter conference in Cincinnati, FitzGerald mixed his dry humor with political biography. He presented himself as a reformer -- a theme familiar to local voters who elected him to lead them past a corruption scandal.

The boast that caught our eye was one reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer: "He proudly said that he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse President Barack Obama."

PolitiFact Ohio found the line interesting and wanted more context.

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Is the Tea Party over for Gov. John Kasich? Analysis

Seems like only yesterday John Kasich, during his successful run for governor, proudly proclaimed himself to have been in the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party.

Kasich's mad-as-hell campaign pledges meshed well with the movement rooted in conservative populism.

More jobs. Lower taxes. Obamacare? Not on my watch, said Kasich, over and over again.

Three years later, his remaining devotees will tell you that two out of three ain't bad. But Kasich's proposal last week to expand Medicaid coverage under President Barack Obama's polarizing health insurance program has earned him scorn worthy of a jilted lover. For Kasich, believed by many to harbor White House ambitions, the Tea Party might be over.

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