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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lake County commissioner race heats up with campaign video release

It looks like the race for Lake County commissioner has begun to heat up.

A video posted on the campaign website for Lake County commissioner candidate Kimberly Laurie is entitled “Farewell to the King” and takes a shot at her opponent Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy.

The video initially depicts Troy wearing a red robe trimmed with white and black spots and wearing a golden crown. Viewers may wonder initially whether the video is supposed to be a parody.

Laurie said it is a serious campaign video that uses humor to get her message across.

A male voice begins the 2 minute, 4 second video saying “In a time when our community has been plagued by unemployment, oppressive taxes, and flooding — due to the decrees of their ruler King Daniel P. Troy — citizens decide enough is enough.”



Laurie said the video is the trailer for her campaign message and the theme is part of an upcoming literature piece that looks like a movie poster and will be distributed door-to-door.

Troy said he had seen the video. He called it “fear mongering” and an attempt to “denigrate” the community with the “indication that everything is horrible”.

He said there are untruths mentioned throughout the video and added that he has done many things in his career to help move the county forward.

“It’s the sign of a candidate who has nothing to say about themselves,” Troy said. “It's from someone who has lived here for three years and has no idea what Lake County is about.”

There is a lot packed into the 2 minute 4 seconds video, so view it to judge for yourself.

John Arthur Hutchison
JHutchison@News-Herald.com
Twitter: @newsheraldjah

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Register to vote for Nov. 4 election

Today is National Voter Registration Day and in Ohio people have until Oct. 6 to register for the Nov. 4 general election.

It’s pretty easy to register to vote in Ohio and you may do so by visiting your respective county Elections Board or following the steps on the Ohio Secretary of State's web page to fill out and mail a registration application to your county Elections Board.

Here are the requirements to be eligible to vote in Ohio, according to the Ohio Secretary of State:

* You are a citizen of the United States.
* You will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election.
* You will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election in which you want to vote.
* You are not incarcerated (in jail or in prison) for a felony conviction.
* You have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.
* You have not been permanently disenfranchised for violations of the election laws.

So if you're not registered, take a few minutes to become a registered voter.

John Arthur Hutchison
JHutchison@News-Herald.com
Twitter: @newsheraldjah


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Quinnipiac University poll shows John Kasich leading by 12 points over Ed FitzGerald in governor's race

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has a 12 percent lead over his challenger Cuyahoga County Exeucitive Ed FitzGerald, according to a poll released by Quinnipiac University.

Ed FitzGerald/John Kasich
The poll suggests that FitzGerald remains mostly unknown and continues to be, according to this and previous polls by the university.

In May, Quinnipiac showed Kasich with a 50-35 percent lead over FitzGerald indicating the challenger has made up a little ground.

The governor also received a 46-30 percent favorability rating and 50-37 percent say he deserves re-election, down from 53-37 percent in May.

The poll indicated 65 percent of Ohio voters don’t know enough about FitzGerald to form an opinion about him.

Collective bargaining for government employees appears to remain an important or somewhat important issue to 80 percent of Ohio voters, the poll said. The issue makes 31 percent of voters less likely to vote for Kasich, with 19 percent more likely and 45 percent who say it will not affect their vote.

Quinnipiac said it conducted the poll from July 24-28 and surveyed 1,366 registered voters by calling landlines and cell phones with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

John Arthur Hutchison
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ed FitzGerald, John Patrick Carney, David Pepper receive FOP of Ohio endorsements in statewide races

Three  Democratic Party statewide candidates announced July 29 that they have received endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio.

Endorsed were Ed FitzGerald for governor and John Patrick Carney for auditor, and David Pepper for attorney general.

Ed FitzGerald
FitzGerald, who is Cuyahoga County executive is running against incumbent Gov. John Kasich.

Carney is a state representative and is running against incumbent Auditor Dave Yost.
John Patrick Carney
Pepper is running against incumbent Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The FOP is Ohio’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 25,000 members in more than 180 lodges.

FOP President Jay McDonald cited FitzGerald’s eight years in law enforcement and his promise to restore funding cuts to public safety in the endorsement.

David Pepper
“Communities across Ohio are experiencing an unprecedented heroin epidemic, but Ohio’s police have been left to fight that battle without state support,” McDonald said in a statement. “The reduction of the Local Government Fund has also severally impacted public safety across the board. We look forward to working with Governor FitzGerald to restore the local government fund, and to having a true partner in state government once again.”

The state Auditor’s Office is an important watchdog for Ohio taxpayers and an endorsement the FOP takes seriously, McDonald said.

“John Patrick Carney has proven to be a true friend of law enforcement during his time as State Representative,” McDonald said in a statement. “He is a man of integrity, honesty, and has a work ethic we believe will make him an outstanding Auditor of State.”

Pepper is tough, smart, and independent, McDonald said.

“He has vast experience partnering with law enforcement to fight crime. We know Pepper is the best choice to keep Ohioans safe as our next attorney general,” McDonald said in a statement.

John Arthur Hutchison
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lt. Gov. Democratic Party nominee Sharen Neuhardt to speak July 17 in Bainbridge Township

Sharen Neuhardt, the Democratic nominee for Ohio Lt. Governor will speak July 17 at the Geauga County Democratic Party Dinner in Bainbridge Township.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at 17826 Chillicothe Road.

Neuhardt will discuss the campaign's new television ad "Promise," and the FitzGerald-Neuhardt plan to make Ohio work for working people again.

Watch the video below:

John Arthur Hutchison
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U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce to host Veterans Resource Day in Willoughby Hills

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce will host a Veterans Resource Day from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 18 at the Willoughby Hills Community Center.

Joyce, R-Russell Township, will be joined by representatives from his staff and from the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Lake County Veterans Administration community-based outpatient clinics, Lake County Veterans Service Commission, Tricare and the Veterans Benefit Office.

No reservations are needed and veterans can discuss their experiences with the VA and issues with the current system, learn how to file a VA claim, check the status of current VA claims and gather information on additional VA programs.

John Arthur Hutchison
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Michael Wager receives Ohio AFL-CIO endorsement in14th Congressional District race

Michael Wager, Democratic candidate for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District, has received endorsement from the Ohio AFL-CIO.

The organization  represents 1,600 local unions across the state from 48 different international unions and includes firefighters, factory workers, electricians, educators, plumbers, postal workers, miners and municipal employees.

“If elected, Michael Wager will work tirelessly for the working poor, those struggling to make it into the middle class, and working families in his district and all across Ohio,” Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga said in a news release.

Wager of Moreland Hills said in a statement that he was pleased to received the endorsement. In the Nov. 4 election, he faces incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Russell Township, and Libertarian David Macko of Solon.

"The 14th District deserves a representative who will stand up for workers' rights including a livable minimum wage, paycheck fairness and the hard-earned right to collective bargaining," Wager said. "I will continue my efforts to promote economic growth for all Americans and a stronger, more prosperous middle class.”

The 14th Congressional District consists of all of Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, plus portions of Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties.

John Arthur Hutchison
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