Political Note #129 Danny O’Connor OH CD 12

Danny O'Connor's case for election rests on his work as Franklin County Recorder. Not glamorous work. Not work for a member of the elite. The Recorder keeps land records -- deeds, surveys, mortgages, easements, and liens. Danny O'Connor cleaned up an office which was badly run. He is in tune with his electorate.

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Political Note #105 Richard Cordray OH Governor

Richard Cordray https://cordrayforohio.com/ is the very bright son of parents who devoted their lives to working with children and adults with disabilities. High School Quiz Show champion Jeopardy Champion. Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate from Michigan State. A Marshall Scholar. Editor in Chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. He chose politics as his career. Academic success was the easy part. In politics, he won some and lost some. He had genuine political accomplishments. Will those accomplishments get him elected governor?

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Political Note #101 Aftab Purewal OH CD 01

An All-American Boy overcomes the odds.  Can he do it again? 2018 General Election Lost 52 -- 48 The route to political success -- especially in the South, but also in the Midwest.  President of the student body at the main campus of the state university.  Law school.  A politically connected local law school.  Edit the law review.  A big firm in Washington.  Come home. The US Attorney's office.  A big, locally based, corporation.  Run for office.  All before you are 35. ......Fill in the blanks: The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati Law School.  Proctor and Gamble.  Hamilton County Clerk…

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Political Note #50 Sherrod Brown OH US Senate

Sherrod Brown is not an upper class liberal. Notwithstanding his upbringing as the son of a doctor, he is a blue collar figure in the US Senate. He had been a state Representative in Ohio and then Secretary of State. After losing the Secretary of State post to Robert Taft, he moved to blue collar Lorain. He ran for the open Congressional seat there and was elected. After seven terms in the House, in 2006, he ran for the Senate and won. He made his mark as an opponent of trade agreements -- leading the unsuccessful effort (by a single vote) against the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) in 2005. He was not a conservative on cultural issues. One of the few to oppose the Defense of Marriage Act, he also opposed an Ohio constitutional amendment to prohibit same sex marriage.

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