A challenge to Republican Governor John Kasich by the Tea Party was over before it even began. Southwest Ohio Tea Party activist Ted Stevenot decided not to run after it was discovered that his potential running mate, Brenda Mack, had tax issues, debt and other financial problems. The Tea Party says it still plans to put up another candidate to challenge Kasich, but Jo Ingles with the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau says the situation underscores the loss of political clout for the Tea Party.
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald appeared with Montgomery County Democrats including new mayor Nan Whaley (left) and County Commissioner Judy Dodge.
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Governor Kasich’s Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald spoke at the Ahiska Turk Community Center in Dayton on Wednesday, harshly criticizing the Republican governor’s economic policies.
The party line at FitzGerald’s Dayton event: Kasich takes from poor, and gives to the rich.
“His budgets have undeniably been a tax shift away from the poor and middle class,” said newly-minted city commissioner Jeffrey Mims, “and moving towards doing everything they can to help his buddies and his friends who are at the top of the financial food chain.
Minor party members are celebrating a major victory in Ohio. The latest decision by a federal judge makes it easier for third party candidates to appear on November’s ballot.
The judge temporarily stopped a law from taking effect. This law, supported by Republicans and signed by Gov. John Kasich, created more rules and hoops for minor parties to jump through in order to get on the ballot. The judge ruled that the laws should not be enforced retroactively and shouldn’t affect access to the 2014 primary or general election.
Maybe it didn’t get as much public attention as some of the other hot-button topics like abortion and gun laws, but inside the Statehouse, the energy bill was one of the most contentious issues of 2013 with an aggressive battle between Ohio’s top utilities and a variety of advocates in the debate over the state’s energy policies.
Just the rumor of changing Ohio’s energy efficiency policies at the end of 2012 set off a whirlwind of activity on Capitol Square.