Behind the Romney play 

There are probably ten or twenty books-worth of articles now in existence that speculate as to why Donald Trump does anything he does. But I find the speculation around why Trump keeps doing a do-si-do with Mitt Romney to be some of the most intriguing. Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post, Frank Bruni in the…

Flame wars are back

Back in the day, when one blog would go after another blog, we called it a flame war. Why we did it? Who can say. We were picked on so often by so many non-blogs, it hardly seemed productive to pick on each other. But mostly it was tied to legitimacy and eyeballs. At least…

George Nemeth (1968-2016)

The word “BLOG” is at the center of this image but it should be “George”. George Nemeth was the hub of Northeast Ohio blogging during its formative years and heyday. If you don’t recognize his name or face, maybe you’ve heard of Brewed Fresh Daily (BFD) or Meet the Bloggers (MTB). George died unexpectedly just…

Ohio House Committee Leadership Published

Who will you want to communicate with if you have a particular issue? In addition to anyone else you might normally consult, you can now see which members of the Ohio House will be in leadership roles and there are intriguing selections from Northeast Ohio. I’ve highlighted in red font the reps I recognize as…

Why Marco Rubio Will Never Be President – In His Own Words

If you’re a political junkie like I am, you’ve probably read the New York Times Magazine’s Q&A with the junior U.S. Senator from Florida, Republican Marco Rubio. Here’s the link either way. One of the early exchanges made me laugh out loud: What’s your standard line on speculation that you will run in 2016? We’re…

If I Were Governor

Erick Trickey joked with me last week that Governor Kasich’s “no mercy” approach to winning his race for re-election couldn’t quite be compared to my approach of not pouring water on a drowning person because the presidency isn’t exactly something I’m going for. We had a friendly back and forth in which I asserted that…

2015 Political Wish List

Just a start, directed at the state level government: Increase diversity in our state government. Place more women and minorities in more and higher cabinet posts. Keep religion out of our public schools. Open data. Pass open data policies, fund the work that needs to be done to reach the level of open we should…

Have You Hugged a Candidate Today?

Don’t do anything illegal, but do find a way to thank people who run for elected office. Because they’re pretty rare – barely 2% of the population according to the Pew Research Center. Sadly, we learn from the Pew report that of the 2% of Americans who run for office, 75% are men. So that…