"Bill Seitz, a Republican state senator from Ohio, recently told the Wall Street Journal that his state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards are reminiscent of “Joseph Stalin’s five-year plan.”"
"In 2004, Ohio was ground zero for the Swift Boat smear campaign. In 2008 Ohio was ground zero for all things related to Joe the Plumber. In 2012 it’s already been ground zero for Mitt Romney’s fraudulent welfare ad and is now ground zero for a flatly dishonest ad about Jeep assembly being moved to China. At some point, you’d think that Ohio voters would get tired of Republicans treating them like chumps. Maybe this is the year."
"We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance… We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack.’ No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital."
"I guess I really actually feel we shouldn’t contort the voting process to accommodate the urban — read African-American — voter-turnout machine,” said Doug Preisse, chairman of the county Republican Party and elections board member who voted against weekend hours, in an email to The Dispatch. “Let’s be fair and reasonable."
Today is D-Day for Gov. John Kasich’s anti-union law. Ohioans went to the polls on Tuesday in one of nation’s the most anticipated off-year elections to decide Issue 2, a referendum on whether to repeal Kasich’s law that curtails collective bargaining rights for public sector workers. It’s shaping up to be a big win for labor, reports MoJo's Andy Kroll—but don’t call the state for Obama in 2012 yet.
For the next four weeks, I’ll be covering these developments, while spending some quality time with people who work for the state, college students, university administrators who are about to see their budgets slashed, and local politicians (if they’ll talk to me).