Why the RNC May Regret Picking Cleveland for 2016
July 08, 2014
When the party convenes in 2016, there's going to be one extra elephant in the room.
Obamacare Gets a Bright Spot in a Very Bad Week
October 22, 2013
In the spring of 2012, while reporting a piece on the political landscape in Ohio, I spent several hours on two successive afternoons tagging along with canvassers from Working America, the AFL-CIO affiliate that tries to mobilize people who don’t ha
Chalk One Up for Local Journalism
October 06, 2013
Last year, following up on an intriguing 2011 piece in the Toledo Blade, I stumbled upon an FBI investigation into more than $200,000 in questionable contributions made by employees of a North Canton, Ohio direct marketing firm called Suarez Corporat
A Rare Campaign Finance Indictment
September 26, 2013
Something pretty remarkable happened Thursday morning in Ohio: Two businessmen were charged with serious violations of federal campaign finance law.
Obamacare took a big step forward on Tuesday night, when the Michigan Senate approved an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. The state House is likely to back the same measure, as early as next week.
From the Stacks: “My Life With R.H. Macy”
August 08, 2013
Shirley Jackson died 48 years ago today. In her honor, her sharp-witted reflection on working retail, as originally published in The New Republic.
You Call This Insurance?
June 11, 2013
Ohio's lieutenant governor is misleading the public about Obamacare 'rate shock'.
The Amish Are Getting Fracked
June 06, 2013
Their religion prohibits lawsuits—and the energy companies know it.
Is the Fever Breaking?
February 08, 2013
The real Republican divide isn't about those messaging issues discussed by political strategists. It's about policy issues like Medicaid and defense spending, where a divide is emerging between conservatives who want to make a point in a long-term philosophical debate and conservatives who have to govern right now.
Is Obama's Coal-Country Nemesis Hiring Again?
January 24, 2013
The coal-mine CEO who made a big show of laying off workers and blaming it on Barack Obama may have started quietly hiring some back.