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A roundup of news and analyses from and about Ohio – 10 September 2012

Over the last two weeks politicians and analysts alike have sought to give and take credit for Ohio’s economic recovery. My favorite piece is “Did Barack Obama Save Ohio?” by Matt Bai for the New York Times Magazine on 5 September 2012. You can listen to the discussion here, read more about Ohio’s centrality in the campaigns here, and see how the parties’ are sparring here. I have my own take on the centrality and reality about Ohio in the elections, “Are You Listening Ohio? It’s Me, Washington.”

“State of Working Ohio 2012,” a report released by Policy Matters Ohio on 2 September 2012. This report spurred a lot of discussion and offers critical insights (and reality checks for the overly-optimistic) on the nature of Ohio’s recovery.

“Federal judge orders Ohio to allow early voting on 3 days before Election Day,” by Jim Provance for the Toledo Blade on 31 August 2012. A blow to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s in the battle over voting rights in Ohio. But, this isn’t over yet: Husted is appealing the decision.

“USDA Declares Most of Ohio a Disaster Area,” WOUB/npr/PBS on 5 September 2012. After a long period of drought, federal assistance will help Ohio’s farmers. Here’s a breakdown of the corn production which is so vital to the state’s economy.

“School cuts cost Ohio a lot now, more later,” by David Kushma for the Toledo Blade on 9 September 2012. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities sees the state’s policy of cutting $1.8 billion from public schools as making it less likely that “Ohio will have the workforce it will need to succeed in the future.

“Unglamorous but effective ways to create more jobs,” Bloomberg, 2 September 2012. As it turns out, public and private collaboration in Ohio is one of the best examples of collaboration for the nation to follow. In other words, neither Romney nor Kasich nor even Obama and his bailout are going to do it alone.

“Steel Shipments Reviving Ohio River Valley,” by Keith Schneider in the New York Times on 5 September 2012. Change and continuity in the rust belt.

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A round up of the latest news and analyses from and about Ohio – 27 August 2012

“Romney’s Auto Bailout Stance Complicates Campaign in Battleground Ohio,” by Karen Kasler for NPR on 26 Aug 2012. Romney was against the bailout before he was for it because yes, the bailout helped Ohio.

Senator Rob Portman’s endorsement of Mitt Romney. By Rob Portman, US Senator from Ohio in the CantonRep, 25 Aug 2012. Sums up the Republican stance on Ohio – more resources, less regulation. Romney and Ryan visited Ohio together last week. And of course, Obama was here too.

“Ohio needs more to graduate from college.” The Marietta Times on 25 Aug 2012. 26% of Ohioans have an undergraduate education, compared to national average of 31%.

“China trade deficit cost Ohio nearly 100,000 jobs.” The Dayton Business Journal on 24 Aug 2012. Since 2001, Ohio ranked 8th in losses among the 2.7 million jobs lost across the 50 states due to growing trade gap with China.

“Four Ways Ohio Republicans are already stealing the 2012 election,” by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman for CounterPunch on 23 Aug 2012. 1) Purging voter rolls; 2) Voting machines designed by Republican-backed firms; 3) Possible conflict over photo IDs; and 4) Early voting closures

“Ohio farmers work to keep climate change on the agenda: ‘the drought moved the needle.'” By Stephen Lacey for Think Progress on 22 Aug 2012. A great piece on the effects of climate change on Ohio farming and its entrance into the political discourse, where two major lobbies – the farm bureau and the coal industry – compete for the message.

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A roundup of news and analyses from and about Ohio – 20 August 2012

“Obama back in Ohio Tuesday following last week’s innovation, infrastructure news,” by John Michael Spinelli for examiner.com on 19 August 2012. Obama bringing $30 million to Youngstown, 15 transportation infrastructure projects, and himself to Ohio.

“Swing state voters don’t see US economy rebounding,” by Aaron Blake for The Washington Post’s blog “The Fix” on 16 August 2012. The Post is still trying to figure out why Ohioans don’t feel confident about their economic recovery. And here’s the poll itself, showing at least an uptick in confidence in recent years.

“US Plans Institute of Innovation to Strengthen Economy,” by Lalit K Jha for Outlook India.com on 17 August 2012. Obama administration plans an institute to keep jobs from going to India and China. I think an institute will hardly match up to profit-driven motives.

“Ohio GOP Election Official Regrets Black Turnout ‘Machine’ Comment,” by Luke Johnson for the Huffington Post on 20 August 2012. The terms of the debate on Sec. of State Husted’s efforts to reduce early voting hours become sleazier and more blatantly discriminatory against Ohio’s minorities and working class (‘read Democrats’).

“Mass Job Layoffs Decline in Ohio,” by Randy Tucker for the Dayton Daily News on 15 August 2012. This is good news, if you can swallow that 668 is a “low” number of layoff announcements last year.

“Honda’s new Accord brings investment, jobs to Ohio,” AP in CBS Money Watch on 17 August 2012. Honda doing even more good for Ohio than they already were.

 

 

 

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Here is a roundup of some recent news and analyses from and about Ohio – 15 August 2012.

“Overt Discrimination in Ohio,” New York Times editorial published 14 August 2012. The NYT takes on the “sleazy politics”┬áthat is sabotaging the voting rights of working class Ohioans, writing, “This is just the latest alarming example of how Republicans across the country are trying to manipulate the electoral system by blocking the voting rights of their opponents.”

“Statewide Policy on Early Vote Possible,” by the Cincinnati Enquirer on 15 August 2012. The Enquirer is developing this story.

“Obama campaigns in Ohio, a state drowning in political ads,” by David Nakamura for The Washington Post on 1 August 2012. An unprecedented 400 ads per day, 16 per hour.

“Ryan honed conservative economic views at Miami U.” by Dan Sewell for The Associated Press on 11 August 2012. Paul Ryan developed his economic views in Ohio, for better or worse.

“Kasich’s economic impact up for debate,” by Joe Vardon for The Columbus Dispatch on 13 August 2012. Romney and Kasich take credit for Ohio’s economic recovery on the national stage.

“Ohio’s economy can’t wait for Congress,” opinion by Jason Gloyd for The Chillicothe Gazette on 11 August 2012. On Russia’s entrance to the WTO and what it means for Ohio.

“Lima Husky Strike shows refining economy filled with big expenses, profits,” by Heather Rutz for The Lima News on 11 August 2012. As company profits double, disaffected United Steel Workers and Local 624 go on strike.

News & Views

Here is a roundup of some recent news and analyses from and about Ohio. 10 August 2012.