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.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
State Sen. Nina Turner considering run for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014?
Might state Sen. Nina Turner run for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014?
Turner, D-Cleveland, represents Ohio’s 25th Senate District that in January will be comprised of Ohio House Districts 8, 12 and 60 after reapportionment takes effect. Her term expires at the end of 2014.
Ohio House District 60 will consist of Eastlake, Fairport Harbor, Grand River, Lakeline, Mentor Ward 4, Mentor-on-the-Lake, Painesville, parts of Painesville Township, Timberlake, Wickliffe, Willoughby and Willowick in Lake County.
Ohio House Districts 8 and 12 consist of other communities such as Euclid, Richmond Heights and other eastern Cuyahoga County communities.
Turner was asked in a video interview with Marc Kovac, statehouse bureau chief for Dix News and The Youngstown Vindicator, if she might run for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014.
“I’m considering all of my options, including that one,” Turner said.
She was then asked why she might consider that race when she still has eligibility to run again for Ohio Senate. Turner didn't shy away from criticizing current Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.
“I could run again for the Senate, but you know given what Ohioans had to face in this last presidential election, given that SOS now stands under Husted’s leadership (for) Secretary of Suppression,” Turner said.
“It is very important that the citizens of the state of Ohio have someone that understands that voting should not be partisan, that everybody in this state should have the right and access to vote and certainly our current secretary of state doesn't understand that."
In the video, Turner declined to comment on the likelihood that she will be a candidate for Ohio Secretary of State.
“We’ll see. I have to get through this session, we’ll see,” she said.
John Arthur Hutchison
Monday, November 12, 2012
Video: The Amazing Morphing Campaign Money Map
Should that make us feel more important? Or maybe just more used.
-- Cheryl Sadler | CSadler@News-Herald.com | @nhcheryl
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Where the Lake County commissioners races were won
Friday, November 9, 2012
Romney, Obama lose in the two Lake County communities where they visited during campaign season
After reading through the final unofficial elections results by precinct in Lake County, it was interesting to see how Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama did in the two communities where they appeared to campaign.
Basically, in each community where they appeared for a campaign rally they lost.
Romney visited Lake Erie College in Painesville on Sept. 14 and Obama visited Mentor High School on Nov. 3.
Despite Romney’s appearance in the city, Painesville residents tended to vote for Obama giving him 3,976 votes to 2,114 for Romney. That means Obama won the city by 1,862 votes.
To compare, despite Obama’s appearance just three days before the election, Mentor voters sided more with Romney giving him 13,583 votes to 11,266 for Obama. That gave Romney a 2,317 victory in Mentor.
Overall in Lake County, Romney had 57,150 votes or 49.91 percent to 55,219 votes or 48.22 percent for Obama.
That translates to Romney carrying Lake County by a 1,931 votes, but it wasn't enough for him to win Ohio.
John Arthur Hutchison
Sunday, November 4, 2012
What will really matter most come Wednesday
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Some Nov. 6 election predictions
Friday, November 2, 2012
Obama, Romney campaigns conduct get-out-the-vote drives
With President Barack Obama set to speak Saturday morning at Mentor High School, campaign officials urged voters to cast their ballots early.
Robert Schiebli, vice-chairman of the Lake County Democratic Party, spoke during a press conference Friday afternoon at the Obama campaign’s Mentor field office.
He urged people not to forget their right to vote and to support the president.
“We’re fighting to restore the values that built the largest middle class and the strongest economy the world has ever known — the promise that hard work will pay off, responsibility will be rewarded, and that everyone gets a fair shot, does their fair share and plays by the same rules,” Schiebli said.
Obama’s appearance comes just three days before the election as both Republican candidate Mitt Romney and Obama know how important Ohio is to each’s chance for victory.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, R-Ohio, will begin a statewide get-out-the-vote bus tour on Saturday in support of Romney, Josh Mandel and Ohio Republicans running for Congress.
Boehner will appear at Lake County Republican Party headquarters in Painesville for an event that begins at 6 p.m.
At each stop, Boehner will thank volunteers, tout local candidates, and draw a clear contrast between Romney’s plan to create jobs.
State Rep. Ron Young, R-Leroy Township, will also give a speech at the Boehner event in Painesville and he plans to discuss the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and this year’s elections.
In-person absentee voting is set to conclude Monday as voters may go to their respective county elections boards from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.
John Arthur Hutchison
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Obama's Mentor field office works to distribute tickets for Saturday rally
Curiosity is what brought Becky Moorman to a get tickets Thursday at President Barack Obama’s campaign field office in Mentor.
Moorman, a Mentor-on-the-Lake resident, considers herself an independent voter, so she stood in line to get a chance to see Obama for herself Saturday morning during a rally at Mentor High School.
She believes Ohio will be a key for the presidential election.
“I think it means Ohio is a weighing factor,” Moorman said.
For much of the day, lines extended out the door of the Obama campaign’s Mentor field office, 7537 Mentor Ave.
Deb Druhot of Willoughby is a volunteer with the campaign at the Mentor facility.
Druhot and other campaign volunteers are excited to have the president speak in Lake County.
“It means a lot,” she said. “There have been a lot of people in Lake County working really hard on this, we’re pretty pumped.”
Doors for the event open at 9 a.m. Saturday and a ticket is required. Tickets were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at this location and were to be distributed until they run out.
Another message volunteers continue to work on is to encourage as many people as possible to vote through Tuesday, Druhot said.
Willoughby resident Jamie Barnes said this will be her first chance to see the president in person.
“I have missed every other opportunity to see President Obama and I would like to participate in this,” Barnes said. “It’s very close to voting and he knows if he doesn’t get the state he doesn’t have much of a chance.”
Other field offices that were distributing tickets are located at 35560 Vine St. in Eastlake; 216 E. Main St. in Painesville; 5192 Chillicothe Road in South Russell; and 2205 Lake Ave. in Ashtabula.
John Arthur Hutchison