Friday, March 22, 2013

Former Rep. Betty Sutton will not run for governor

Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton said Friday that she will not run for Ohio governor -- a decision that, for the moment, leaves Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald as the last Democrat standing.

"I want to thank all who have encouraged me to run for governor of our great state," Sutton said in a brief announcement emailed to The Plain Dealer. "I will always be honored by the support and encouragement I have been given, but after thoughtful consideration, I have decided that I will not run for governor in 2014."

Sutton, of Copley Township, had been considering a bid to challenge Republican Gov. John Kasich for months. She lost a tough battle for a fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives last fall after being drawn into a new district that also included the base of Republican Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Republican Sen. Rob Portman's support of gay marriage could help him reach broader group of voters: Analysis

No one should doubt U.S. Sen. Rob Portman's sincerity when it comes to his change of heart on gay marriage – an evolution that began when he learned his son was gay.

But Portman, an Ohio Republican, is a politician. And so the political calculus is unavoidable when considering the stunning announcement he made this week.

On the surface it's a risk atypical of a mild-mannered conservative who has worked at the White House and has pictured what it would be like to return as president.

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