On Voting Worries, Sweat The Small Stuff
November 02, 2012

Liberals worry a lot about rigged voting machines. They should probably worry more about more mundane ways to skew the election outcome.

Obama Defies Demographic Trends in Ohio
October 23, 2012

Obama is struggling in states where he was most dependent on support of whites--except for Ohio.

“Voter Fraud” in My Backyard
October 19, 2012

I grew up in the Cleveland neighborhoods a "private family foundation" is targeting with intimidating "voter fraud" billboards.

How Romney Is Coping With Obama’s Newfound Ad Spending Advantage
October 05, 2012

Romney is dealing with getting outspent by taking risks in New Hampshire and Iowa.

Cleveland Terrorism, Teachers' Grades, and Depression in our DNA: Today’s TNR Reader
October 04, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! The bomb and the bridge: Inside Occupy Cleveland’s terrorist plot.Rolling Stone | 27 min (6,723 words) Can riots be predicted by keeping an eye on food prices? NPR | 3 min (694 words) Are we genetically resistant to happiness? The evolutionary advantage of depression. The Atlantic | 4 min (1,001 words) Quantifying classrooms: On grading teachers’ success. National Affairs | 25 min (6,145 words)

Josh Mandel Wants to be a Senator. If Only He Could Get His In-laws to Donate.
September 14, 2012

A member of one of America's richest dynasties is running for Senate. And the family is funding his opponent.

How To Talk To Reglar Folks In Real Amurka: Listening to Josh Mandel’s Fake Southern-Appalachian Accent
August 17, 2012

Politicians often get Southern when the occasion demands it. Cleveland boy Josh Mandel joined this noble tradition at a coal mine this week.

Ohio GOP Candidates Return Sketchy Lucre
July 23, 2012

Back in May, while reporting a cover story on the 2012 political landscape in Ohio, I decided to follow up on a article done last year by Toledo Blade reporter Tony Cook, noting the large number of donations from employees of a North Canton direct marketing company called Suarez Industries to Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel, who is challenging Sherrod Brown, and to Congressman Jim Renacci, who is running against Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton in a redistricted seat in northeast Ohio.

Ohio: The Place Where the Bain Attacks Are Working
July 20, 2012

If there is any state where attacks on Romney would be expected to make a difference, it would be Ohio—a state full of white working class swing voters who treat outsourcing and closed manufacturing plants seriously. For that reason, Priorities USA—the Obama-aligned Super PAC dedicated to attacking Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital—allocated considerable resources to the Buckeye State, airing advertisements in both the Cleveland and Columbus media markets.

The President, the Chief Justice, and the Woman With Cancer
June 28, 2012

President Obama gave a subdued, if satisfied, statement on Thursday, after learning that the Supreme Court had upheld the Afforable Care Act. But he finished it off with a personal note. He told his fellow Americans about a letter hanging in his office, from an Ohio woman named Natoma Canfield. Canfield, a breast cancer survivor and self-employed housekeeper, had written the letter in late 2009, as the fate of what would become Obamacare remained very much in doubt.