On the heels of a poll showing the gubernatorial race tightening up in Ohio, Gov. Kasich will deliver his annual State of the State speech on Monday. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler gave WYSO's Emily McCord a preview for PoliticsOhio this week and says Kasich will use the speech to appeal to independent voters.
It appears that Ed FitzGerald will have an opponent in the Democratic primary for governor: Larry Ealy, a candidate many people expected wouldn't qualify for the ballot and most have never heard of. The 51-year-old Trotwood resident describes himself as a civil rights advocate who says he’s been helping people in his community deal with legal issues.
Ohio's Republican and Democratic gubernatorial front-runners are headed toward a primary-free showdown, ending a shakeout marked by complaints that both major parties got too aggressive in pushing out challengers.
The Democrats had a primary looming until last Friday, when Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune quietly withdrew his late bid against Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.
Ohio Democrats are rolling out their full statewide ticket at an endorsement event hosted by abortion and women's health care provider Planned Parenthood.
Wednesday's event in Columbus signals the party's intention to make women's health issues a campaign theme as they seek to unseat Gov. John Kasich and the state's other Republican elected officials this fall.