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9:48 am
Wed March 20, 2013

FitzGerald to headline Democratic event here

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson
Michael Keating

Hamilton County Democrats will get a look at their only active candidate for Ohio governor on April 11, when Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is the featured speaker at a county party fundraising reception.

FitzGerald, the 44-year-old former mayor of the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, announced last week he was forming an exploratory committee for a run for Ohio governor in 2014, when the Republican incumbent, John Kasich is up for re-election.

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Inside Pitch
3:47 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Ashley Judd ready to take on Mitch McConnell?

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson
Michael E. Keating

Ashley Judd, the actress and social activist, is planning on running for Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell's Senate seat in Kentucky, according to a Huffington Post story based on sources.

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Politics
11:00 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

Kasich not picking any more fights with unions

Don’t touch the third rail.
 

You’ve probably heard people in politics talk about the “third rail” – the one on a subway track that carries the electric power.


In Congress, the “third rail” has traditionally been a hot-button issue like Social Security. If you even hint at reducing benefits or raising the eligibility age, you face the wrath of hordes of seniors and baby boomers who just might turn you out of office.


You don’t survive touching the third rail.

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Politics
11:00 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Kasich sitting pretty, but not home free

Twenty-five months into his term, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has finally hit the “magic number.”

In politics, the magic number for an elected official seeking re-election is 50 percent or more in his or her job approval rating.


You do not want to be running for re-election with an approval rating below 50 percent. It doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to lose, but it means you have some explaining to do the voters.

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Inside Pitch
8:24 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Rove's Super PAC takes on Ashley Judd

Michael E. Keating

Actress Ashley Judd, who has been talked about as a potential opponent in 2014 for Kentucky's Sen. Mitch McConnell, is the subject of a digital attack ad put on the internet by GOP strategist Karl Rove's Super PAC, American Crossroads GPS.

The ad mocks Judd, who studied at the University of Kentucky, for being a Tennessee resident and a "Hollywood liberal," who would follow President Obama lock-step if elected.

You can watch the ad here.

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