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Ohioans Negative on Economy, Still Like Strickland and Give Pre-President Election Advantage to Democrats, Poll Shows

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ONB COLUMBUS: The Spring 2008 Akron Buckeye Poll released Wednesday covered an assessment of Ohio, government and politics and provided insight on baseline information for the 2008 general election in Ohio.

In Ohio Primary, Clinton, Obama Fight Tight

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ONB COLUMBUS: The difference between the dueling rallies held by Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, just miles apart in the Columbus suburb of Westerville, Ohio, Sunday, two days before the Ohio primary on March 4th, was most apparent in the tenor and style of each candidate’s rallying events.

Obama, Clinton Cleveland Debate Transcript

-- updated with Spinelli's recount of what it's like to be in the press room with the guys from the traditional media -- see comments

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ONB COLUMBUS: Perks accorded to the media credentialed to cover the Democratic presidential debate held in Cleveland Tuesday evening included parking privileges, food, drink, restroom facilities, work space with electric hookups and free high-speed WIFI Internet access and select admittance to the spin room.

While the above list is impressive and well appreciated, maybe one of the most valuable of all media perks is receiving a complete transcript of the debate.

Reader warning: This transcript represents one and one-half hours of dialogue. If you're fatigued after reading three paragraphs of any story, this may not be your cup of tea. But for readers who want to match-up and fact check the candidate's real words with the post-debate analysis spin media pundits are putting on yesterday evening's debate, this easy-reading is for you.

If you want a break from all the words, and want to look at some pictures that give you a visual taste of what goes on behind the scenes, go here.

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Ohio Poll Shows Men back McCain, Women Go for Obama, Clinton

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ONB COLUMBUS: The latest Ohio Poll, conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati and released Wednesday, shows that the fall race for president will be a squeaker in bellwether Ohio, and that the split between genders shows men backing Sen. John McCain, while women favor either Sens. Obama or Clinton.

Redfern Riled by Nader, Predicts Quarter Million Vote Margin in Ohio

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ONB COLUMBUS: Chris Redfern, the boyish-faced leader of the Ohio Democratic Party who is the new kingmaker for Democratic candidates here, wasted no time blasting Ralph Nader as the man most responsible for putting George W. Bush in the White House in 2000.

Redfern was fielding groundballs from reporters in the filing room at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University, after he and party officials completed their presentation on why they are better positioned and better equipped than the Republicans to take the presidency, congressional and state races in November.


When asked by the ePlurubis Media OhioNews Bureau whether any of the 12 questions that appeared on Nader’s new campaign Website were issues that either Sens. Obama or Clinton had failed to address, Redfern proceeded to lambaste Nader for his role as the primary spoiler for then-Vice President Al Gore losing the White House because he garnered nearly 100,000 votes in the State of Florida, votes Redfern says would otherwise have gone to Gore.

Ohio Democratic Party Chief Says Perfect Storm Coming for Obama, Clinton

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ONB COLUMBUS: Settled into my seat in the press filing room at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in downtown Cleveland, the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) and two of his key party officials brief members of the media on the strengths of the ODP and why the Democratic candidate for president will turn our state blue later this year.

Chris Redfern, a sitting member of the Ohio House who took the reins of the ODP in 2005, said Ohio’s working familiesRedfernRedfern have been “hit hard by Washington’s unsound and unbalanced economic policies, job-killing trade agreements, soaring health insurance premiums, rising energy costs and unchecked predatory lenders.”

Notwithstanding these challenges, Redfern said Ohioans have good reason to be optimistic in 2008 because the party has two strong leaders to choose from, “both of whom will bring real change to our country.”

Ohio Governor Sets Sails for Education and Jobs

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ONB COLUMBUS: After one year in office, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland used his State of the State speech Wednesday to readjust the state’s sails, hoping to generate enough wind power through a new jobs program, increased investment in infrastructure and the reorganization of primary and secondary education that will give high school seniors a leg up on college to steer the ship of state to calmer seas and more prosperous shores.

Strickland Diet to Slim Down Government, Gambling Machine Expansion to Fatten Coffers

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ONB COLUMBUS: With Ohio staggering at the back of the pack of states in important categories like job loss and rising poverty, and with the wolf of recession roaming close by, it was only a matter of time before Governor Ted Strickland reacted to projections that his two-year state budget could be as much as $1.9 billion in the red by mid 2009.

Ohio Treasury Cordray Launches SaveNOW to Change Citizens’ Savings Habits

Ohio Treasury Cordray Launches SaveNOW to Change Citizens’ Savings Habits

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ONB COLUMBUS: With winter winds blowing a chill across Ohio, and the prospect by many reputable economists that the next recession is waiting in the wings to make its cameo appearance, bringing with it more financial heartache to a state that has yet to recover the last recession of 2001, the timely announcement by Ohio Treasurer Richard Cordray that he’ll plunk down $25 million in state investment dollars to help Ohioans save more and earn higher interests rates on their savings, is a warm breeze in an otherwise frosty environment.

EVEREST Guru Gone, Brunner Turns Down Help from Election Experts, Emboldens GOP Opposition

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ONB COLUMBUS: On the same day Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner convened a gathering of reporters to further defend her decision from mid-December to force a costly wholesale change in equipment, process and locations for all voters come the November elections, the OhioNews Bureau learned a key staffer central to her controversial EVEREST study was no longer in his position, and also failed to respond to offers of help from voting system, rights experts.

Seeing the opposition starting to mobilizing against her calls for big, radical voting changes, Brunner is counter punching by launching a PR listening tour in the form of a series of town-hall meetings around Ohio, where citizens can make their voice heard on her decisions to change voting in Cuyahoga County as early as March and for everyone else by November, when record-setting voter turnout is expected as America decides which presidential candidate will bring the kind of change the country is crying for.

Cleveland to Sue Banks for Nuisance, Ohio Begs Off New Mortgage Lending Licensing System

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ONB COLUMBUS: Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is striking back at lenders he says have “enabled the subprime lending and foreclosure crisis here” by using nuisance laws to sue 21 lenders, including big ones like Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo.

In a published report from The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Jackson accused the formidable bankers of irresponsibility in lending practices that are leaving “entire neighborhoods in ruins” and depleting the city’s tax base.

Ohio Voters Can Choose Between Digital or Paper Ballot

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ONB COLUMBUS: Paper or plastic? We’ve all been given this choice by our local grocery store cashier. But when it comes to voting in person on or before Election Day as some state laws, including those in Ohio, now allow, the choice will be between casting your vote by using a digital ballot, the hallmark of touch-screen machines, or marking a paper ballot, which Ohio election officials have ordered to be available as soon as March, when Ohio holds its primary.

Ohio Children Held Hostage by America’s Uncompassionate, Uncompromising President

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ONB COLUMBUS: After the record-setting turnout in the Iowa caucuses tonight, made possible by legions of new energized voters, throngs of independents and even some Republicans converting to Democratic Blue, and with fewer than 382 days remaining until the birth of a new nation starts with the sudden death of the George W. Bush presidency, the prospect of Ohio children, and those of other states, no longer having to battle the uncompassionate, uncompromising and incomprehensible denial of Medicaid coverage that forces the needy into the jaws of private health insurers will cease being a dream and become a reality.

Coming as it did on the heels of the first step in the real race to the White House that played out in the frozen frost of Corn Husker country, this report by The New York Times about the imposition of restrictions by the Bush administration on the ability of states to expand eligibility for Medicaid, as Ohio and other states have proposed, is another example of why America needs a Democratic president who will put Mr. Bush’s harmful policies on the moving van along with his furniture and ship them both back to Crawford, Texas.

Ohio Legislature Languishes as News of Jobs Cuts Ring In New Year

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ONB COLUMBUS: In the traditional and predictable barrage of stories recounting the ups and downs of the year recently ended, the saga of highs and lows for Ohioans is tantamount to a blood-draining, white-knuckle ride on the Mean Streak roller coater at Cedar Point along Lake Erie.