Impromptus today is the usual mish-mash, beginning with Ryan Zinke and his special flag. The Interior Department has a secretarial flag. Who knew? Someone did. It is raised when Secretary Zinke enters the building — indicating he is present — …
Ground Zero in the Opioid Epidemic
As the media renew their interest in the socioeconomic problems facing Rust Belt communities, they’ve uncovered just how desperate the situation is in places like Ohio. My home state leads the nation in opioid deaths, and we account for 7.4 …
Will Trump Surpass Romney’s 2012 Performance in Ohio?
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:
Will Trump Surpass Romney’s 2012 Performance in Ohio?
When I wrote the piece contending there’s an excellent chance that Donald Trump will underperform Mitt Romney’s performance in almost every key swing …
Ohio Abortion Regulations Improve Women’s Health
A new study on abortion restrictions has delighted the mainstream media, but its results are not as clear-cut as most reports indicate. The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, claimed that an Ohio regulation of medical abortions led to …
Cleveland mayor, Ohio governor, U.S. senator: That triple crown has been won only twice, by Frank Lausche and then George Voinovich, separated by a generation and by party affiliation, although each was famous for earning the esteem of peers …
Ohio’s Symbolic Ban on Abortion for Down Syndrome Sends the Right Message
I have resisted weighing in on the Ohio bill to ban abortion in cases where a baby has been diagnosed with Down syndrome, because the topic is at once terribly personal and terrifically exhausting: personal because I have a nine-year-old …
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is leading his Democrat opponent, Mark Trotten, 40 to 34 percent a newly released poll shows.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office is being investigated for the management of grant money distributed from of the Crime …
Obama Hits 36 Percent Approval in Ohio, 31 Percent National Approval on Immigration
From the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Yes, Even More New Lows for President Obama’s Polling Numbers.
Good morning, Mr. President! Let’s see what Quinnipiac has to say about Ohio#…#
Ohio voters give President Barack Obama a …
How Much Will Cuyahoga’s Vote Drop from 2008?
Over at Third Base Politics, a right-leaning blog covering Ohio politics, they think turnout in Cuyahoga County — which includes Cleveland and its suburbs — is down dramatically from 2008. This is a county that Obama won, 69 percent to 30 percent, in 2008.
Despite Long Lines, Early Vote Down in Ohio’s Key Counties
Peter Hamby of CNN reports, “Dems in Ohio blowing up early vote today in blue counties like Cuyahoga, Lucas, Franklin. Some GOP anxiety about it.”
The lines are long, but they’re still shorter than they were four years ago, and …
Ohio Hospitals Are Hooked on Obamacare
Hospitals that are using Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion to siphon billions from federal taxpayers fiercely oppose an effort to scale back the policy in Ohio.
While the American Hospital Association (AHA) works to keep Congress from reducing the Medicaid expansion’…
Ohio Passes Controversial ‘Heartbeat Bill’
Yesterday, the Ohio legislature passed a controversial “heartbeat bill” that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat could be detected, which usually occurs around six weeks into a pregnancy. Even if Ohio governor John Kasich signs the bill, it is …
Washington Shoots Down Ohio’s Medicaid Reform
Critics of Medicaid expansion were vindicated again last week when the Obama administration denied Ohio’s request to incorporate HSA (health savings account) features into the state Medicaid program. Opponents of Governor John Kasich’s 2013 expansion of Medicaid to childless, …
Battleground Ohio and the GOP’s Politics of Subtraction
Quinnipiac reports that Clinton holds a slight lead in Ohio. It’s the first Ohio poll in more than two weeks but is in line with a handful of such polls conducted last month.
No poll tells us the direction that …
In Ohio, John Kasich’s Health-Care Reform Is Already Happening
It’s easy to be critical of Obamacare for the mess it has made of the U.S. health-insurance system and for expanding a Medicaid program that is simply not sustainable. But from the time the Affordable Care Act (ACA) …
Thursday AG News Round-up
The Ohio Republican Party has launched a new website attacking Democrat AG candidate David Pepper for thinking “the law does not apply to him.” “Pepper wants to be the state’s attorney general but he’s shown a shocking lack of regard …
Remember When John Kasich Looked Vulnerable?
The Campaign Spot decision desk isn’t quite ready to call the Ohio Governor’s race for incumbent Republican John Kasich, but the outlook seems to get better each day:
A potential mass exodus from Ed FitzGerald’s gubernatorial campaign is afoot, …
Psst: Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Reelection Bid Isn’t So Vulnerable Anymore
Hey, remember when everyone talked about how vulnerable Ohio governor John Kasich was in his reelection bid? Yeah, not so much, it turns out.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic challenger in the race for Ohio governor, remains largely …
Romney Narrowly Holding Bellwether Ohio County, N.H. Towns
Credit Suffolk for doing some of the most interesting polling of this cycle. Rather than toss another statewide poll onto the pile, they took a detailed look at one bellwether county in Ohio and two bellwether towns in New Hampshire. …
Early Vote Down 15 Percent in Cleveland, Cincinnati
On the Thursday before Election Day in 2008, 4,583 people voted early in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which includes Cleveland.
This was a stronghold for the Obama campaign; on Election Day, Obama carried the county 69 percent to 30 percent for John McCain.
Yesterday 2,963 people …