Politics

Politics
8:16 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Ohio political parties look ahead to next year and beyond

New Ohio Democratic Party chair David Pepper
Credit Facebook page

If there was one word to describe Ohio Party Chairman Chris Redfern on Election night, it would be “angry.”

Redfern lambasted Statehouse reporters and the newspapers that employ them for pulling web versions of stories and videos that were not flattering to Republicans. And he lashed out for what he saw as a media obsession on the bombshell revelation that came out around Labor Day that Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald had been driving for most of a decade without a valid driver’s license.

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Politics
8:02 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday morning chat: Looking ahead at politics in 2015

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with Maryanne Zeleznik, looking at what is coming in politics in the new year and beyond.

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Politics
8:11 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Howard Wilkinson's Monday politics chat: The Jeb Bush Factor

Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik about what a Jeb Bush candidacy would mean for Ohio Gov. John Kasich and other potential GOP presidential candidates.

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Politics
4:00 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Does Jeb Bush complicate whatever presidential ambitions Kasich has?

If Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, swept into a second term with a massive re-election win in November, truly does have presidential ambitions, a very large monkey wrench was thrown into the mix this week.

Jeb Bush – the former Florida governor, son of one president and brother of another – did what GOP political operatives and big-time contributors have been waiting for. He announced – via a Facebook post – that he is exploring the possibility of becoming a candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination.

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Politics
9:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Pepper unanimous choice for Ohio Democratic Party chair

David Pepper at Ohio Democratic executive committee meeting
Credit Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

It wasn’t a surprise.  David Pepper received unanimous backing from executive committee members Tuesday night to become the new chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party.

The party’s executive committee met Tuesday night in Columbus. In the end, it was a sweep for Pepper, after his opponent, former lieutenant governor candidate Sharen Neuhardt of Dayton, dropped out of the race Monday.

Pepper says he thinks the party needs to more clearly define its core message of supporting working Ohioans.

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