For those new to this blog, welcome! For returning readers, thanks for your patronage and for checking back in.
As a little background, I began blogging about politics as a diarist at Daily Kos
in early 2004, with the user name Yellow Dog Sammy. I commenced my own blog about Ohio politics in January, 2006 at Ohio 2006 Blog
. I conceived of that blog as a one-year project devoted to the 2006 election cycle.
After the 2006 elections were concluded, I decided to continue blogging and transferred my operations to this location. My last post here was on February 17th. At that time my plan was to take a short break from the daily demands of blogging, and also to retool Ohio Daily Blog into a larger and more multifaceted operation on a new platform. I planned to return on March 1st.
Life, no great respecter of plans, intervened by handing me several personal challenges and urgent non-blogging projects. The hiatus gradually stretched from a few weeks to a few months.
Today marks my return and I must begin by thanking the readers and friends who have expressed concern about my absence and wished me well. Your support means everything to me and I greatly appreciate it.
Although the ambitious changes to this blog that I envisioned in February proved to exceed my technical capacity at the present time, and in actual operation would have required more effort than a single person could provide, I have significantly altered the structure of the blog by adding subsidiary blog pages in three subdomains, linked at the top of this main column. These are denominated State
, and Issues
. This front page of the blog will be limited to brief topical posts and quick summaries of longer Ohio Daily Blog features, which will reside on the sub-pages. Thus, the front page will always present a quick scan of breaking news and events and a brief index of more detailed material throughout the blog.
The state page is intended primarily for interviews with newsmakers and coverage of events relating to either state governance or electoral races for federal or state office in Ohio. The nation page is for coverage of federal governance and the Presidential race, particularly as it relates to Ohio. The issues page is an effort to expand my coverage of public policy and to present a forum for opinion from all points of view.
Comments are welcome on all posts and from all political perspectives. However, I reserve the right to delete any comments that engage to any degree in profanity, hate speech, gratuitous personal attacks, or rumor-mongering.
Thanks again to all who have conveyed their interest and support during my absence and I hope that you will all find the blog to be interesting and informative as I get back up to speed and the political process moves forward toward the exciting events ahead.