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Politics is big in these parts, and we’ve got it covered. John Arthur Hutchison and other staff writers will offer their inside information on the events, big news and little moments of the local political scene in Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kasich campaign releases first 2014 TV commercial, FitzGerald campaign responds

Republican Gov. John Kasich has lanuched his first TV commercial for the 2014 gubernatorial campaign.

The ad is titled "Deliver" and highlights Kasich's upbringing and his family. The piece does not mention Democrat Ed FitzGerald, who is likely the main challenger to Kasich in the Nov. 4 election.

The FitzGerald campaign responded to the commercial calling it "Kasich's Etch-A-Sketch Moment".

A full response by the campaign can be found here.

Here's a snippet from that page:

John Arthur Hutchison
Twitter: @newsheraldjah

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wager calls for Joyce to reject Republican federal budget proposal

Democrat Michael Wager, candidate for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District, wants U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce to reject a Republican federal budget proposal.

Wager of Moreland Hills is unopposed in his party’s primary and is slated to appear on the November ballot against the winner of a Republican Party primary between Joyce, R-Russell Township, and state Rep. Matt Lynch of Bainbridge Township. Libertarian Party candidate David Macko of Solon is unopposed in his party’s primary.

Wager spoke to a group of supporters April 10 outside Joyce's office in Twinsburg. The photos below were submitted by the Wager campaign.

"I’m calling on Congressman David Joyce to reject this reckless and dangerous Republican budget proposal,” Wager said in a statement released after the event. "Congressman Joyce’s budget is an attack on women, seniors and working families in Ohio’s 14th District. It irresponsibly gives tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, and pays for it by raising taxes on middle class families by an average of $2,000 per year."

Wager said that the budget would voucherize Medicare and re-open the part D doughnut hole, costing Ohio’s seniors an average of $1,200 more per year in prescription drug costs.

"We have to address the budget deficit, but we have to do it the right way, not on the backs of the middle class and seniors,” Wager said. “Congressman Joyce’s reckless Republican budget represents the wrong priorities for voters in Ohio’s 14th District"

Joyce’s campaign spokesman Kevin Benacci said in an email that America needs a serious, realistic, honest budget that holds Washington accountable and protects taxpayers.

“Mr. Wager’s idea of a budget is one that never balances and increases taxes,” Benacci said. “The simple truth is America can’t afford to spend like it has, and hardworking taxpayers can’t afford the taxes they have to pay.

“Dave Joyce believes America can’t control our future if we don’t own our future. Every day we keep spending and spending, and that means we keep borrowing and borrowing, with much of it from China. That means we are no longer in control of our country’s own economic future.”

John Arthur Hutchison

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ed FitzGerald campaigns in Willoughby, upset with proposal to cut Local Government Funding for counties sending unsolicited absentee ballots

Cuyahoga County Ed FitzGerald, also a Democratic candidate for governor, wasn’t happy April 7 when he learned Ohio House of Representatives Republicans want to cut local government funding by 10 percent to any county that sends unsolicited absentee ballot requests to registered voters.

“Any opportunity to make voting more difficult for the poor, seniors, African Americans and working Ohioans is consistently and enthusiastically embraced by the Republicans in the General Assembly. And their plan to now punish the residents of communities who simply want to make voting easier is not only politics at its worst, it is a direct attack on how local governments pay for police, fire and other vital services,” FitzGerald said in a statement.

The Columbus Dispatch reported April 8 that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican who is up for re-election this year, said he plans to send absentee ballot requests to all Ohio voters and that this issue is something counties don’t need to worry about.

Meanwhile, FitzGerald was in Willoughby April 7 for a campaign fundraiser at the Willoughby Brewing Company.

“As governor, Ed FitzGerald will make the economy work for all Ohioans. Lake County’s unemployment rate is 7.9 percent, over a full point above the national average,” his campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said. “Before he make anther cross country trip to tout the Ohio Miracle, Gov. (John) Kasich should spend sometime talking to Ohioans in Lake County.”

Submitted photos are from the FitzGerald campaign.

John Arthur Hutchison
Twitter: @newsheraldjah

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce releases first radio campaign ad

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce recently released his first radio advertisement as part of his May 6 primary campaign.

The 1-minute spot titled “Obama Knew” begins with a snippet from President Barack Obama saying “You’ll be able to keep your health care plan” before the rollout of Obamacare.

The Joyce advertisement says independent fact checkers call it the “lie of the year” and the clip also notes the congressman has voted many times to repeal Obamacare.

The rest of the spot attempts to paint Joyce as a fiscal conservative working to shrink federal spending and get the country on a budget.

It also makes no mentions of his GOP primary opponent Matt Lynch or his potential Nov. 4 opponents Democratic Michael Wager and Libertarian David Macko.

John A. Hutchison
Twitter: @newsheraldjah

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Matt Lynch had newsworthy week in GOP congressional primary

It’s been a newsworthy week for Matt Lynch as he earned a prominent campaign endorsement in his race to win the Republican Party nomination for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District.

I know you'd like to read more, so I wanted to let readers know that moving forward we've come up with a slight change to where you can find my weekly political column online.

The column now will be posted on The News-Herald's main website and clicking on the Opinion tab.

Here's a direct link to this week's column titled "Column: GOP congressional primary race is in full swing":

I'll still continue to post political commentary throughout the week, so keep checking in and share what is posted because this blog will have lots more of the local politics you love.

John Arthur Hutchison
Twitter: @newsheraldjah

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

FreedomWorks of America hosts campaign rally in Bainbridge Township for Matt Lynch congressional bid

Bainbridge Township Republican Matt Lynch, who is running in an GOP primary May 6 against incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District, announced that FreedomWorks for America would host a rally March 20 in Bainbridge Township to support Lynch and unseat Joyce.

 Below is a sampling of what was posted online by some people who attended or who were interested in the event:

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lake-Geauga Young Republicans hosting March 25 Lake Co. GOP commissioner candidates forum

The Lake-Geauga Young Republicans are hosting a Meet the Candidates Nights for the Lake County Republican Party commissioners candidates at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at Corks Wine Bar in downtown Willoughby. 

Jim Shaw from Americans for Prosperity will be giving a brief presentation. The LGYR meetings are free to attend and open to all Republicans.

John Arthur Hutchison
Twitter: @newsheraldjah

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