by Steve Beynon
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Everything you need to know about the primaries
What are the
They are elections in which the parties pick their strongest
candidate to run for president. For instance, if you are a Republican, you will
pick from your field of candidates (Trump, Rubio, Carson and so on) to
challenge the Democratic candidate.
When are the
In Ohio, Election Day is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The
overall election starts in February with Iowa, and each state votes at a
different time. Some states don’t vote until the summer.
about caucuses, what are those?
Ohio doesn’t have a caucus. You only need to worry about
that if you live in a state like Iowa. Essentially, a caucus is a gathering of
a bunch of citizens in a room, and they physically stand on each side of the
room and debate which candidate to pick. All the sides of the room represent
support for a single candidate. The physical number of people in on the sides
of the room is counted at the end to decide to victor.
Some states have closed primaries, meaning only official
members of a political party can vote. Don’t worry about this, Ohioans — you
live in an open primary state, meaning anyone can vote for any candidate.
At the polls, you will be asked which party you want to vote
for and given a ballot with those respective options. If you are voting for a
different party than you did last election, you’ll fill out a simple form
declaring party affiliation. You can of course easily change this next
Your right to vote in a primary is not guaranteed in the
law. This is why these rules vary and are dictated by parties. This also put
some standard voting regulation up in the air. States like Ohio allow 17-year-olds
to vote in the primary so long as they turn 18 on or before the general
What are the
The Democratic and Republican parties have been the meat and
potatoes of American politics for centuries. You can look into the Green or
Constitution Party, but the U.S. has been a two-party country since day one.
When do I
have to be registered?
Ohioans have to be registered 30 days before primaries to
participate. Let's set Valentine's Day as your deadline. CityBeat will
be profiling each of the candidates every week until the primaries in March.
Michelle Dillingham speaks out on consistently overlooked issues
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
City Council candidate Michelle
Dillingham defines herself as the most vocal advocate for affordable
housing policies in the council race — and a look at her personal
history helps expla
by Bill Sloat
Women for Liberty delivers sneak attack on Sherrod Brown
Over the past few days, packets of anti-Democrat
political literature tucked into plastic sandwich bags were tossed
into East Side driveways. Don’t assume it’s litter. Nope, it’s
apparently a broadside from some bag ladies with an Indian Hill address
who call themselves a “grassroots, conservative group.” They are new on
the scene and bent on kicking President Barack Obama out of office, along with
anybody who might possibly share his views. But they might be cheating, or
tools of someone who is flouting the law.
There are 16 political pieces in the plastic bags, including an ad for the anti-Obama movie You Don’t Know Him.
All but one are properly labeled with disclaimers that show who paid
for each piece. For example, the Mitt Romney flier says it was paid for
by the Romney campaign. The Sean Donovan for Sheriff of Hamilton County
was paid for by Donovan for Sheriff. But a piece that attacks U.S. Sen.
Sherrod Brown is a mystery — nothing identifies its source. You cannot
discover who is behind it. The flier lists 10 reasons why Ohio
voters should replace Democrat Brown with Republican candidate Josh Mandel. The
piece concludes by saying, “This November 6, Vote for New Leadership for
Ohio. Vote Josh Mandel for Senator.”
The secret source of the handbill has the earmarks of
a dirty trick. Laws and rules governing electioneering make it clear printed material seeking to influence voters must disclose where it
came from. The mandatory disclaimer is what a person endlessly hears on TV
commercials — “I’m so and so and I paid for this ad.” Print material has
the same requirement — “Paid for by Save the Seahorses” or whoever is
So whoever gave the conservative ladies the
anti-Brown handbill for their plastic bags seems to have broken the law.
Perhaps it was the coal mining industry, perhaps it was the Chinese
government, perhaps it was Ayn Rand back from the dead. Without a
disclaimer there is just no way to know who paid for the anti-Brown
attack. You are left to guess. All we know is that the writer didn’t
have the guts to stand behind the attack. They preferred shadowy and
sneaky over open and upright.
The Federal Election Commission publishes the rules campaigns must follow. It says, “On printed materials, the disclaimer notice must
appear within a printed box set apart from the other contents in the
communication. The print must be of a sufficient type-size to be
clearly readable by the recipient of the communication, and the print
must have a reasonable degree of color contrast between the background
and the printed statement.”
By the way, the group that is tossing the plastic bags
into driveways calls itself Women for Liberty. There is no website for
the group, although it appears to be an offshoot of another group with the same name that is based in a Washington, D.C. suburb and cites a libertarian philosophy.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2012
In a move that was quickly contested by
Democrats, Republicans on May 15 attempted to add another controversial
policy to John Kasich’s mid-biennium budget review: drug testing for
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A Democratic candidate in the March 6
primary election has sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office asking
for an investigation into help that his opponent received from a super
PAC with mysterious origins.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A Democrat who was challenging Hamilton
County Commissioner Greg Hartmann in this fall’s election has left the
race due to work commitments.
5 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
For the last few weeks, prominent leaders in the local Democratic Party have been privately talking about a dispute between Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and first-time council candidate Tony Fischer that could have serious consequences for Fischer's campaign. Well-connected sources at City Hall and within the Democratic Party say Mallory and Fischer recently had a stern confrontation during a meeting of the party's slate of candidates for City Council. Mallory told Fischer (a one-time political protege of sorts) not to mention Mallory's name or use the mayor's image on Fischer's Web site or in any campaign literature.
How Democrats are taking back Ohio
1 Comment · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
With Ohio’s 20 electoral votes — more than Nevada, Utah and Colorado combined — presidential candidates work hard to win over the state’s modest, workman-like and pragmatic voters. Last year both presidential campaigns spent so much time here their team could probably order at Skyline Chili without even glancing at the menu.
1 Comment · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Whom do you trust to fix the problems facing the federal government: the Republican members of Congress who, backing President Bush’s every hair-brained move, led the U.S. into the dead end in which he find ourselves? It’s difficult to imagine how intelligent people could decide to re-elect incumbents who caused the very problems we need to fix.