Voter Registration Deadline for Primary is Today; Some BOEs Open Late

UPDATED: Tomorrow Today, Monday the 4th of February, is the deadline for voter registration for the March 4th primary election. Voter registration forms are available at Boards of Elections, libraries, Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices, high schools, and county treasurer offices. You can download the registration form from most BOE web sites, or from the Secretary of State site. MAILED APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN TODAY.

I just received an email message from the Hamilton County Democratic Party indicating that the Board of Elections office in Cincinnati will remain open late tomorrow today, and including an important reminder for people who are 17 years old now but will turn 18 before the general election:

The Board of Elections (824 Broadway downtown) will keep special hours to accommodate those who wish to register, staying open on Monday until 9:00 PM. Note that young people who will be eligible to vote in the November election (meaning they will turn 18 before November 4th, 2008) are permitted to vote in the March 4th Primary. ...

Across the nation Democrats have been sending a message loud and clear about the election coming this November. They’ve been turning out to vote in primaries in astounding, record numbers. Not true of Republicans, who are showing much less enthusiasim about their choices. Let’s make sure Ohio sends the same message in March. The next President of the United States will be a Democrat.

Are other Boards of Elections also staying open late? Please let me know by email or in the comments.

UPDATE: The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will be open until 9:00PM TONIGHT. So will the Wood County Board of Elections in Bowling Green. -EB

Dennis & Elizabeth Kucinich Interviewed by Visiting Foreign Journalists

Last Thursday afternoon I participated in a panel discussion at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law/Cleveland State University on "New Media" (blogging and YouTube-based videography) and Voter Concerns in the 2008 Election. This event was staged concurrently with a visit to this country by 20 foreign journalists under the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. For my part I explained my history and purpose in blogging and some thoughts on the role of blogs and the contrasts between bloggers and journalists, projecting Ohio Daily Blog on an enormous screen to illustrate my points.

One of the visitors, Mehmet Koksal of Belgium, wrote me today to say that the group went to the office of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Cleveland) later during their visit, and Koksal has published an article (in French) on his own blog, Election Reporter, about the marginalization of Kucinich during his presidential campaign ("Dennis Kucinich et la marginalisation médiatique"). Included with that post are fascinating video clips of Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich being interviewed by the visiting journalists. Dennis attributes his lack of success in the campaign to marginalization by corporations which control both the media and industry, and therefore have an interest in maintaining the status quo (including continuation of the profitable war in Iraq). He also asserts that he will not endorse anyone in the presidential race, even though he endorsed Obama for purposes of second-choice voting in the Iowa caucuses. Elizabeth talks about how voters from across the spectrum respond favorably to the authenticity and integrity of candidates who speak truthfully about their convictions, which leads her to discuss comparisons of Kucinich and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex). These are well worth watching:

Obama Event In Columbus Very Well Attended

No K's in evidence ... the "special guest" was Illinois Senior Senator Dick Durbin.

The crowd was huge for an event on February 2nd with perhaps 400 or more with quite a few coming in tour busses.

Tim Hagan gave a wonderful speech continuing the theme of Obama in 2008 with the Kennedy's in the 1960s. Commissioner Hagan was on the front lines of the Bobby Kennedy movement in the last 1960s.

He is a godfather of Kate Kennedy Townsend, one of Robert Kennedy's grandchildren, and was a pallbearer at the funeral of Stephen E. Smith, the late husband of Jean Kennedy Smith. He also attended the funeral of John F. Kennedy, Jr. with his wife, Kate Mulgrew (thank you Wikipedia).

Hagan's speech was different than most political speeches. He spoke simply and softly which made it all the more effective.

Also at the event were State Senator Eric Kearney who gave a rousing speech and Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman.

I didn't think to bring a camera to the event but Ryan got this picture of Senator Dick Durbin with his cell phone camera (gotta get me one of those!)

Update: - Apparently Bill Sloat was there as well. Wish I had known, but as Bill says, the place was packed.

Winning Healthcare Coverage for All Ohioans

04/19/2008 - 10:00am
04/19/2008 - 4:30pm

Sponsored by Single-Payer Action Network Ohio (SPAN Ohio) Fifth Annual State Conference. Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 4900 Sinclair Rd.,Columbus, OH 43229. Cost $30.00, includes luncheon. Keynote Speaker Quentin Young, M.D. National Coordinator, Physicians for a National Health Program. More info: (216)736-4766 or Workshops and public forums

Spring Chicken Paprikas Dinner

03/02/2008 - 5:00pm
03/02/2008 - 8:30pm

Presented by Rep. Peter Ujvagi. All you care to eat, family style chicken paprikas and stuffed cabbage dinner. St. Stephen's Hall, 2018 Consaul St. (at Genesee St) in East Toledo, (across from the original Tony Packo's.) Tickets $45.00. Open bar at 5:00 PM, dinner served at 6:00. A great event, not to be missed.

Suprise "Special Guest" at Obama Organizational Meeting Tomorrow

Just received word that there will be a mystery guest at the big Obama campaign organizational meeting to be hosted by Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan, State Sen. Eric Kearney, and Mayor Michael Coleman in Columbus tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (for further event details, click on the entry in the Events Calendar on the right sidebar). All Obama delegates statewide are requested to attend.

All I know about the special guest is that he or she is "a high-profile national surrogate who has endorsed Barack."

Hmmmm, wonder who that might be. Could the last name start with a "K," perhaps?

Funniest Campaign Site URL Ever?

From the No Comment Department comes this campaign web site URL for Greene County Commissioner candidate Richard King (R-Xenia):

[h/t to a reader]

Ohio Democratic Congressional Fund-Raising Numbers

With a huge helping of thanks to Earl, here is a round-up of fund-raising reports for the fourth quarter of 2007 by Ohio's Democratic congressional candidates. Incumbents are marked with an asterisk. Candidates who have raised less than $5,000 are not required to file:

Name District 4Q Donations Cash on Hand Debts or note
Steve Driehaus OH-01 $190,054.78 $418,662.01  
Steve Black OH-02 $64,322.00 $223,535.61 $58,320.00
Victoria Wulsin OH-02 $113,773.32 $344,315.29  
William R. Smith OH-02     Did not file report
Jane Mitakides OH-03     Did not file report
Charles Sanders OH-03 $1,090.00 $21.14  
David Esrati OH-03     Did not file report
Mike Carroll OH-04     Did not file report
George Mays OH-05     Did not file a report
Charlie Wilson* OH-06 $64,905.33 $294,645.87 $191,650.00
Dave Woolever OH-07 $1,791.48 $305.84 Debts $12,900.00
Bill Conner OH-07 $3,352.03 $5,780.17 Debts of $10,500.00
Sharen Neuhardt OH-07     Did not file report
Richard Wyderski OH-07     Did not file report
Tom Scrivens OH-07     Did not file report
Jack Null OH-07     Did not file report
Nick von Stein OH-08     Did not file report
Marcy Kaptur* OH-09 $29,250.00 $847,210.88 All income from PACs
Barbara Ferris OH-10 $12,234.00 $6,547.52  
Joe Cimperman OH-10 $227,599.78 $204,771.90  
Tom O'Grady OH-10 $28,300.00 $25,415.33  
Rosemary Palmer OH-10 $19,203.00 $51,737.13  
Dennis Kucinich* OH-10 $13,351.09 $13,383.26  
Stephanie Tubbs Jones* OH-11 $132,646.58 $114,704.16 $82,958.00 from PACs
David Robinson OH-12     Did not file report
Russ Goodwin OH-12     Did not file report
Aaron Dagres OH-12     Did not file report
Betty Sutton* OH-13 $74,139.68 $172,403.49  
Bill O'Neill OH-14 $71,226.46 $102,930.45  
Dale Blanchard OH-14     Did not file report
John Greene OH-14     Did not file report
Mary Jo Kilroy OH-15 $356,898.45 $638,086.88 $35,000
John Boccieri OH-16 $110,789.38 $308,719.15  
Mary Cirelli OH-16     Did not file report
Tim Ryan* OH-17 $165,695.01 $357,103.59  
Zack Space* OH-18 $282,181.83 $755,810.31 $11,106.88
Mark Pitrone OH-18     Did not file report

OH-12: Cocktail Reception for Russ Goodwin in Columbus 2/12

02/12/2008 - 5:30pm
02/12/2008 - 8:30pm

Via email: "It's time for us to send a veteran to Congress who understands service to his country! It's time to send Russ Goodwin to Congress!" Cocktail reception at Havana Night Club on February 12th.
Details after the flip.

OH-02: Yes, Wulsin (D) Is A Licensed Medical Doctor

There is an absurd rumor circulating on the internet that 2nd Ohio Congressional District candidate Victoria Wulsin (D-Indian Hill) is not really a licensed medical doctor, buttressed by a spurious YouTube video purporting to show that she has no state license. She does in fact have a license, but it was issued under her maiden name "Wells" rather than her married name "Wulsin," as demonstrated in this independently produced counter-video:

Update-- Anyone can look up the status of a medical license in Ohio. Here is a link to Dr.(Wells) Wulsin's active status. -EB

Obama Super Tuesday Results Watch Party in Cincinnati 2/5

02/05/2008 - 7:00pm
02/05/2008 - 10:00pm

Co-Chairs Robert Richardson, Jr., State Sen. Eric Kearney, Jan-Michele Kearney, Barbara Gould, Paul Demarco, Donald Mooney, Tom Hodges, and Charlie Luken invite you to a Super Tuesday Watch Party and Fundraiser for Obama for America on 2/5 at Sully's Sports Bar in Cincinnati.
Details after the flip.

Statewide Organizational Meeting for Obama in Columbus 2/2

02/02/2008 - 11:00am
02/02/2008 - 1:00pm

State Sen. Eric Kearney, Mayor Mike Coleman, and County Commissioner Timothy F. Hagan invite you to attend a Special Statewide Organizational Meeting for Presidential Candidate Barack Obama.
Details after the flip.

Clinton Super Tuesday Results Party in Cincinnati 2/5

02/05/2008 - 7:00pm
02/05/2008 - 10:00pm

Clinton supports will gather to watch the results of Super Tuesday primaries at Crowley's Pub.
Details after the flip.

11th Congressional District Candidates Night 2/11

02/11/2008 - 7:00pm
02/11/2008 - 8:30pm

The 11th Congressional District Progressive Caucus will host a candidates night forum on Monday, February 11th, in Cleveland Heights.
Details after the flip.

Can't make this "stuff" up...

I realize that this is not about Ohio, but I saw it mentioned on the Congressional Quarterly daily round up and I couldn't resist...

According to CQ:

According to the South Bend Tribune, “attorney Tony Zirkle will run for Congress this year — his second attempt at the job. Zirkle, a Republican, ran for the Republican nomination in the 2006 primary but lost to then-U.S. Rep. Chris Chocola, the incumbent.”

“Eliminating pornography and prostitution was a centerpiece of Zirkle’s 2006 campaign . . . perhaps his most memorable suggestion was bringing back the guillotine to punish child sex offenders.” (Emphasis added.)

Want to start a pool on how long until this guy gets picked up for something salacious? I used to toil (and I do mean TOIL) in the criminal justice system writing sentencing recommendations and when reactionary pols pull this pandering it makes me want to scream.

OH-10: Palmer (D) "Superbowl Ad" Contest

Rosemary Palmer (D-Cleveland) has posted two TV ads on her website and invites the public to choose which will be broadcast during the Superbowl ... IF the 100,000 registered Democrats in the district follow her suggestion and each contribute $25 to defray the expense. The following is my favorite. Visit her site to choose yours:

Hillary Clinton Campaign Meeting in Cleveland 2/6

02/06/2008 - 6:30pm
02/06/2008 - 8:00pm

State Rep. Eugene Miller (D-Cleveland) will host an organizational meeting for supporters of Hillary Clinton for president.
Details after the flip.

Bill Clinton - Video Highlights

Here are selected bits from Bill Clinton's speech at Cuyahoga Community College East Campus on Tuesday:

OH-02: Black (D) Radio Ad

Thanks to Politics Extra for posting this audio clip of the catchy musical radio ad for Steve Black (D-Indian Hill):

Backin' Black (mp3)

Nice riposte to the cute "Wulsin Chick" music video for Victoria Wulsin (D-Indian Hill).

Obama's Surge

At the Bill Clinton event on Tuesday, reporter Monica Langley of the Wall Street Journal asked me how I thought the Democratic presidential race stood in Ohio. "Clinton is ahead but the ground is shifting under her feet," I replied. "Obama is gaining fast." It's not scientific, but I feel that it is true.

Look at this graphic from yesterday's report on Gallup's three-day national tracking poll:

Clinton's national lead is down to single digits, Obama's trend is steadily upward, and the effect of Edwards dropping out has not yet registered.

Time has an interesting piece about the effect on the race of the remarkable enthusiasm and turnout among young voters:

[Y]oung people are voting in numbers rarely seen since the general election of 1972 — the first in which the voting age was lowered to 18. Obama is both catalyst and beneficiary. In state after state, he has drawn more young voters than any of his competitors. For a group of voters with no memory of a time before Bushes and Clintons, Obama is a fresh face. His opponents promise to fight, but Obama promises healing. His is the language of possibility, which is the native tongue of the young. And if he happens to be light on details — well, what are details but the dull pieces of disassembled dreams? "I had a friend tell me this was impossible, quoting all these political-science statistics at me to show that it's hopeless to try to organize students," says Michelle Stein, 20, media coordinator for Obama's youth campaign in Missouri. "Now he says, 'You were right, I was wrong. Where do I sign up?'"

The idea that young people don't vote is a bedrock of conventional political thinking. But Obama is all about transcending conventional thinking. It's unclear whether this will all work, but if Obama succeeds it may mark not only a transformation of this presidential race but of the dynamics of American politics -- the kind of seismic shift that occurred with Kennedy in 1960 and Reagan in 1980. That's the elusive but tantalizing upside to his candidacy.

County Offices Candidates List Complete

I have finished plugging in candidates for county office in all 27 Ohio counties with 100,000 or more residents on my County Offices Candidates List.

If you have stories about these races or URL's for campaign webs sites, please get in touch. These races are very important, as as far as I know this is the only blog that makes an effort to cover them on a statewide basis.

Edwards Withdrawal Speech - Video

Here it is:

McCain ... McCain ... Isn't He The Guy That Endorsed Ken Blackwell?

Given up for a lost cause last summer, Sen. John McCain now seems poised to grab the Republican presidential nomination, especially after Rudy Giuliani withdraws as expected later today. It seems like a good time for Ohioans to remember exactly who McCain is, as in:

Plain Dealer (Oct. 7, 2005)

Ken Blackwell's campaign for Ohio governor picked up a major national endorsement Thursday from U.S. Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican and likely presidential contender in 2008. McCain cited Secretary of State Blackwell's independence and candor among the key reasons for his support.

"Ohioans need Ken Blackwell's clear thinking, straight talk and strong leadership at the top of the ticket," McCain said in a written statement.

McCain's support has the potential to benefit both him and Blackwell.

Blackwell stands to gain from McCain's pledge to appear at public events and fund-raisers. McCain, who appeals to moderate Republicans, could bolster his standing among the GOP's right flank by endorsing Blackwell, a high-profile social conservative. ...

About six months later McCain was featured at fundraisers for Blackwell in Ohio that raised about $250,000. The Plain Dealer's Mark Naymik wrote then that McCain dismissed the notion that he was pandering to the party's conservative base, and laughed at a suggestion that Blackwell could become his possible running mate on the 2008 ticket.

Yeah, that guy. And we saw what happened to his pick for governor.

(h/t to a reader)

Ohioans for Democratic Values Presents ODP's John Hagner in Cleveland Area 2/19

02/19/2008 - 7:00pm
02/19/2008 - 8:30pm

Ohioans for Democratic Values invites all Democrats to attend a presentation by John Hagner, Targeting & Field Director for the Ohio Democratic Party, on 2/19 in Shaker Heights entitled "Winning 2008: Time to Get Going."
Details after the flip.

Democratic Presidential Straw Poll in Cleveland Area 1/31

01/31/2008 - 7:00pm
01/31/2008 - 8:30pm

Democrats, Independents, and friends are invited to a Democratic Presidential Straw Poll. Please join us to meet other voters, learn about the campaigns and volunteer opportunities, and cast your ballot for your choice for President on Thursday, January 31st.
Details after the flip.

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