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.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
SB 5 compromise not likely
5 p.m. Emails or faxes are preferred.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Kasich to deliver weekly Republican Address
For more, here's a link to the news release from Boehner:
-- John Arthur Hutchison
Monday, August 15, 2011
Really, Matt Damon for president?
President Barack Obama was listed at 4/6 odds to keep his seat in the White House, followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 7/2, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney at 5/1, followed by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman at 16/1.
But the odds released today by Ireland’s largest bookmaker Paddy Power inserted actor Matt Damon into the mix, listing him at 100/1 to become president and 66/1 to receive the Democratic Party nomination.
The oddsmaker said in a news release that it brought Damon into the mix after the actor, who is outspoken on some political subjects, received “a glittering endorsement for the role from fellow Hollywood star Michael Moore! Damon has proven far more articulate on Liberal issues than his Team America puppet would suggest.”
Other notable figures listed by Paddy Power to become president are 25/1 Hilary Clinton, 40/1 John Boehner, 40/1 Paul Ryan, 50/1 Ron Paul, 66/1 Rudolph Giuliani, 500/1 Laura Bush, 500/1 Paris Hilton, 500/1 Jimmy McMilan, and 500/1 Will Smith.
So will Damon become president? I'm not betting on it.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Might Grendell still go to House?
Monday, August 8, 2011
Battle for Ohio Senate has already begun
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Plain Dealer guest columnist (and manager of the Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting) Jim Slagle wrote this weekend about Draw the Line Ohio, which lets voters create their own maps - and have a chance at winning some money.
You can draw state legislative and congressional districts for Ohio – using the same population and election data used by public officials.
Plans will be scored by objective criteria: preserving county boundaries; compactness; competitiveness; and representational fairness.
Winning plans will be eligible for $5000 in cash prizes and will be submitted to the Legislature and Apportionment Board for their consideration.
Sounds easy enough, right?
If you want in, visit drawthelinemidwest.org/ohio and click on "Join the Contest to Draw a Better Map". Sign up for an account to draw a map, or enter the site as a guest to see what other Ohioans have come up with.
I've blogged before about redistricting, and I can't stress enough how important this topic is going to be in the next year. Ohio currently has 18 congressional districts (click here for the map), and two of those are disappearing for the 2012 election because of the state's population loss.
If you're not sure what goes in to redistricting, check out The ReDistricting Game for a fun explanation of the process. (If you like puzzles, you'll seriously enjoy this.) For a more thorough explanation of the process, see Draw the Line Midwest's Redistricting 101 page.
-- Cheryl Sadler | CSadler@News-Herald.com | @nhcheryl