Please check out my latest article on the centrality (and reality) of Ohio in the presidential campaigns on Aslan Media:
“Are you listening in Michigan and Ohio?” asked Bill Clinton during his notable speech at the Democratic National Convention this week. He wanted to ensure that Ohioans heard him loud and clear when he announced the “job score” that came out of the auto industry restructuring enacted by President Obama at the start of his term: “Obama, 250,000. Romney, 0.”
If Ohioans failed to hear this particular appeal, they surely could not have missed the 31 other times their state was mentioned during the three nights of the Democratic National Convention. Even if they were not tuned in to the party conventions of the last two weeks, they will still have been on the receiving end of the unprecedented 400 television ads per day, or 16 per hour, with which both campaigns are flooding the state. And if Ohioans want something more personal, then they can walk out their doors and catch one of the two presidential candidates who visit their state almost every week. During campaign season, Washington has an unabashed love affair with a place usually derisively referred to as flyover country. As in most affairs, the suitor has one goal in mind. Read the rest here!
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” that 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.