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Voinovich and Deters

1 Comment · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Maybe it's easier to stand up for principle when you're retiring in a few weeks, but the Republican U.S. senator from Cleveland has never been afraid to buck his party, when needed. Now George Voinovich is calling out skittish President Obama and dogmatic GOP lawmakers for their deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone — including millionaires and billionaires — for the next two years.  

Common Cause and Greg Hartmann

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Common Cause Ohio is urging its members and other people concerned about the influence of Big Money on elections to call Congress and ask that they support passage of the Fair Elections Now Act. If approved, the act — known as Senate Bill 752 and House Resolution 1826 — would would allow federal candidates to choose to run for office without relying on large contributions, big money bundlers or donations from lobbyists.  

Tim Burke and Greg Hartmann

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 9, 2010
While it's true that some local Democrats dislike Tim Burke, calling him imperious and secretive, they're also aware the Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman knows the ins and outs of the political system like few others. That's what has kept him in power for 16 years.  

Dems Willing to Sacrifice Local Seat for Congress

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Just weeks after winning his third term on Cincinnati City Council, Cecil Thomas surprised most political observers by announcing he would seek the Democratic nomination to run for the Hamilton County Commission seat being vacated by David Pepper. Party Chair Tim Burke is favoring Thomas over previously announced Democratic candidate Jim Tarbell, hoping Thomas will help mobilize African-American voters to provide a much-needed boost for U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Price Hill).  

Portune's Lessons in Futility

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 27, 2010
It's difficult to resist the urge to tell Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, "I told ya so." Portune made a big deal a few weeks ago of his teaming up with his colleague, County Commissioner Greg Hartmann, to devise a solution for the looming deficits in the county's stadium account. Much like President Obama at the national level, Portune was enamored of his bipartisan approach to the problem.  

Prosecutor, Judges Need to Brush Up on Law

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Here's yet another example of why one-party rule of any institution is usually a supremely terrible idea. The local Republican Party has long dominated the little-scrutinized Hamilton County Courthouse, making it a bastion of patronage for friends and campaign workers, along with serving as a launching pad for up-and-coming politicians. That would be bad enough, but an incident last month has troubling implications for how justice is meted out in the county.  

Sheriff Learns the Limits of His Power

2 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis Jr. is a man who's used to getting whatever he wants, usually through badgering and bullying other elected officials. Lately, though, the blustery Leis has gotten a cold, hard dose of reality.  

Underdogs Get Some Respect

But incumbents keep their Hamilton County Commission seats

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Democratic incumbent Todd Portune and Republican Greg Hartmann, endorsed candidates who received money and volunteer help from their respective parties, easily won in their separate Hamilton County Commission races. Still, Ed Rothenberg, an unendorsed Republican who challenged Portune, and Chris Dole, an unendorsed Democrat who vied against Hartmann, each nabbed more than one-third of the votes cast in the races.  

Unopposed, but Campaigning

Despite their plan to run unopposed for Hamilton County Commission, Hartmann and Portune face challengers

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Hamilton County voters go to the polls Nov. 4 and cast their ballots in the two county commission races, they will have their choice of candidates in each contest - despite the best efforts of local Democratic and Republican party leaders to prevent it.  

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