Most of what follows is a series of guest posts on the governor’s race, written by fellow Ohioans.  I have not taken the time to duplicate the research and add links to all sources, but I trust the source.  If you have any doubts, I encourage you to do your own research and make up your own mind.

Anyone tired of the negative ads in the governor’s race? Maybe even confused by them? Indeed, it is not possible for them all to be true.

I thought it might be helpful for you to know how I’ve sorted through this with the help of the campaign staff, what I’ve learned, and why I am voting for and supporting Mary Taylor & Nathan Estruth for Governor and Lt. Governor. And thanks for taking the time to read this!

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You’ll recall that John Kasich (governor of Ohio 2011-2019) was one of the Republican governors who disappointingly chose to embrace the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid, putting thousands more in government dependency; when Ohio rejected his preferred policy, Kasich circumvented the legislature and imposed his will anyway.

Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination to replace Kasich (who is term-limited):

Mary Taylor

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There are five candidates on the ballot in the primary this Tuesday seeking the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Sherrod Brown for U. S. senator from Ohio, but pollsters indicate the two who realistically have any chance of winning the nomination are Mike Gibbons and Jim Renacci.*  Here’s how they compare, according to organizations that have looked into the candidates’ records and positions on different issues:

On Immigration

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Cruz Hope posterFor the last several months, Ohio Conservatives United and affiliated groups in Florida and Illinois have been conducting surveys of members of Tea Party, 9/12, and other liberty groups.  In each state, their theory was simple:

“If Ohio conservatives unite behind one candidate in the primary election, we will win.

“If we split and fragment our vote across the entire field, the establishment Republican will win.”

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I saw this headline on a New York Times column:

“The Scary Specter of Ted Cruz”

I thought it was meant ironically.  (The over-the-top double deprecation is a clear signal, right?)  I thought, That’s interesting!  Someone writing in the New York Times is actually going to push back on some of the left’s more extreme emotional overreactions to conservatism, possibly even using humor and poking fun at them.

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Update (November 2nd, 2013):  If you came looking for a Cincinnati voter guide for 2013, the best I can do is to point you to this Cincinnati East Tea Party 2013 voter guide.

 

Update (November 5th, 2012):  If you’re looking for the voter guide for November 2012, go here:

“Tea Party/Conservative Voter Guide for Ohio, 2012”

(The below guide was for the primaries.  The one linked above is for the general election.)

Update (March 7th, 2012):  Read about how things turned out here: “Hamilton County Primary-election Results”.

Ohio’s primary is tomorrow.  For your convenience, I’ve assembled a list of the best conservative candidate in each contested race in Hamilton County; feel free to print this out and take it with you into the polling booth.  If you want to know more about how I selected these candidates, with links to my sources and further information, read on below.

  • Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate
  • Brad Wenstrup for U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd District
  • Rebecca Heimlich for State Central Committee, 7th District
  • Tom Brinkman for Ohio House of Representatives, 27th District
  • Mike Wilson for Ohio House of Representatives, 28th District
  • Louis William Blessing III for Ohio House of Representatives, 29th District

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First, insert here all the usual caveats about polls.  Always take them with a grain of salt, etc.

That said, according to “probably . . . the first systematic random sample of Occupy Wall Street opinion,” 31% of OWS protesters “would support violence to advance their agenda.”   Read the rest of this entry »