In Akron’s urban landscape, like most American cities dominated by the automobile, it’s difficult to slow down enough to get a good feel for the surroundings. Walking is good, and good exercise, but range is limited unless there is plenty of time. This past Saturday, I and a group of friends found a perfect compromise, an urban bicycle tour.
With the campaign of their nominee for governor, Ed FitzGerald, descending into chaos, Democrats are talking about shifting resources down the ticket, hoping to salvage victories in other statewide races.
In today’s world of instant communication, defining yourself before the opposition does is a top priority for any political campaign. In a high-profile race such as the contest for Ohio governor, it is especially crucial, and Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald was already struggling when he started suffering from self-inflicted wounds early this month.
I grew up a few blocks from Hawthorn Hill, the Wright family’s home in Oakwood, a Dayton suburb. We played touch football on the lawn and rode sleds down the hill. The NCR Corp., which then owned Hawthorn Hill and used it as a guest house, didn’t seem to mind.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that an anti-abortion group can proceed with a constitutional challenge of the state’s law that makes it a crime to lie during political campaigns. That’s bad news for the Ohio Elections Commission, in charge of sorting through from 20 to 80 complaints about fibbing every year.
When it comes to redistricting reform, nothing is easy. Asking politicians to change the rules that shape the districts in which they run means asking many to abandon the safety of gerrymandered seats.