Ohio is a swing state, but there is very
little in our state government that reflects that right now. Republicans
dominate the General Assembly. Republicans dominate the governorship
and other executive positions. The Ohio Supreme Court is no different.
It is currently dominated by Republican justices in a striking 6-1
One of the most striking developments in
the past two years is the rising extremism of the Republican party. From
privatization to social issues to Senate Bill 5, Republicans have taken
Ohio in a hard turn to the right. Here at CityBeat, we’ll take the alternative. We support the Democratic takeover of the Ohio General Assembly.
Judges play an understated role in the
U.S. While legislators write and pass the laws and mayors, governors and
presidents enforce the laws, judges interpret the laws. In a sense,
this can be just as important as writing the law. Sentencing in
particular can decide the weight of a law.
When CityBeat set out to
research this year’s slate of candidates and issues, we did so aware of
the guiding principles behind our weekly news coverage. We are proud to openly advocate for reform that produces equal
rights, equal opportunity, environmental protection and sustainable
We at CityBeat take election endorsements seriously, and
you should too! Our writers spent considerable time researching 2012’s
candidates and issues and what each means to the future of Cincinnati
and America. (We also figured out what the Hamilton County coroner does
besides chopping up bodies...) This is the first half of our
endorsements — the entire collection will be available in our Election
Issue Oct. 31. Read ’em and weep, voter suppressionists!