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Republicans gained most new partisan voters in March

  • 5:21 pm Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Staff Writer

The Republican Party gained more unaffiliated voters in the March primary than Democrats and three times as many Democrats switched to a Republican ballot compared to Republicans switching, according to data released on Tuesday by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

“The numbers suggest the Republicans benefited from a more engaged and energetic primary when compared to the Democrats,” said Mark Caleb Smith, director of Cedarville University’s Center for Political Studies. “These numbers, however, do not tell us much more than that. We do not know whether these were temporary decisions due to the unique nature of (Donald) Trump’s candidacy and [More]

John Kasich wins endorsement from Tom Ridge

  • 1:38 pm Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich snagged a key endorsement Monday from former federal Homeland Security Secretary and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.

Ridge had been supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the race after a poor showings in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In 2008, Ridge backed U.S. Sen. John McCain for president.

Ridge, a former Congressman, issued the following statement: “I want to see proven conservative leadership in our nominee, not just the promise of conservative leadership, and that’s why John Kasich is my candidate. I’ve known him for more than 30 years, since we came to [More]

The Pope versus Donald Trump

  • 12:51 pm Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Pope Francis suggested that Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump is “not Christian” based on some of his positions on immigration.

The pontiff’s remarks drew immediate rebuke from Trump.

“If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians,” Trump said in a statement issued by his campaign.

Last week, Trump called Pope [More]

Donald Trump asks for ‘do-over’ in Iowa. says Ted Cruz ‘stole it’

  • 11:50 am Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

After Monday’s Iowa Caucus, Donald Trump gave a gracious speech, thanked the people of Iowa and praised his second place finish to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

His tone changed today and now Trump is asking for a “do-over” in Iowa and called Cruz a “fraud.”

Check out this tweet Trump posted Wednesday:

Trump claims that Cruz was sending messages to reporters that Ben Carson, Cruz’s main opponent for evangelical voters in Iowa, was getting out of the race.

Carson never said he was getting out, just that after Iowa he was taking a break to go home and get ‘clean clothes.’

On Tuesday, Carson asked [More]

Donald Trump turns to Twitter to take on media

  • 3:00 pm Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

After his second place finish in the Republican Iowa Caucus on Monday, Donald Trump turned to Twitter Tuesday to take on the media, try to say he still won by coming in 2nd, and stamp down the momentum that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio feel from their performances.

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Second is where I expected Trump to fall. Iowa is known as a strong state for evangelical Republicans and Cruz had an edge there. Mike Huckabee won there in 2008, Rick Santorum won in 2012 largely because of evangelicals. For [More]

Newspaper endorsements: Kasich, Clinton land NYT, others also getting support

  • 12:35 pm Saturday, January 30th, 2016 by Staff Writer

When it comes to newspaper endorsements The New York Times is a big one and on Saturday they endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the Republican nomination and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

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About Kasich, the Times’ said:

Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, though a distinct underdog, is the only plausible choice for Republicans tired of the extremism and inexperience on display in this race. And Mr. Kasich is no moderate. As governor, he’s gone after public-sector unions, fought to limit [More]

ELECTION AD WATCH: New Bush ad goes after Kasich

  • 2:52 pm Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

With less than two weeks until Iowa votes in the first election of 2016, our team is going to occasionally take a look at the latest ads. Jack Torry in our Blizzard-ready Washington Bureau did this review of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s new ad going after Ohio Gov. John Kasich…

Ad: “Kasich Quiz,” a 30-second TV commercial

Producer: Rise to Rise, a Super Pac supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

Where to see it: On statewide television in New Hampshire.

Script: Male announcer: “Where do you line up with John Kasich on the issues? Take The Kasich Quiz. Forced ObamaCare expansion in Ohio. [More]

37 conservative Ohio leaders endorse Cruz

  • 10:31 am Monday, January 11th, 2016 by Staff Writer

A group of conservative leaders in Ohio have endorsed Ted Cruz for president.

Ohio’s primary is March 15, early voting starts Feb. 17.

“There are a number of reasons to consider as key justifications to support a presidential candidate. We see increasingly chaotic situations around the world, and here at home, our basic human rights are under attack,” said Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values.

Here’s a list of the endorsements, according to the group:

*Personal endorsements; Titles for informational purposes only.

Phil Burress* – President of Citizens for Community Values Action
Molly Smith* – President of Cleveland Right To Life
Lori Viars* – Board Member [More]

Trump to run with Vladimir Putin in 2016, well not really

  • 4:22 pm Saturday, December 19th, 2015 by Staff Writer

Donald Trump has chosen Russian President Vladimir Putin as his running-mate.

Well, not really, but according to a mock press release put out by Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s presidential campaign he is.

Putin praised Trump earlier this week and Trump has said in interviews since that he thinks it’s great to have Putin’s support.

Here’s the parody release from the Kasich campaign:

TRUMP NAMES VLADIMIR PUTIN AS HIS RUNNING MATE

Duo Pledge to “Make Tyranny Great Again”

In a bold and visionary move characteristic of everything he does, today terrific billionaire Donald Trump named Russian President Vladimir Putin as his running mate in the 2016 U.S. [More]

Who won GOP debate?

  • 9:34 pm Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 by Staff Writer

The third Republican debate is over in Colorado. Here are some highlights from the AP.

Rubio defends his job in the Senate

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is defending his job performance against criticism from one of his constituents — Jeb Bush.

Bush is joining critics who say Rubio has skipped too many votes in the Senate as he campaigns for president.

Bush says Rubio should do his job. He says “this was a 6-year term and you should be showing up to work.”

Bush adds that if Rubio didn’t want to show up for votes, he should “just resign and let someone else take the [More]