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Swing Easy: Everybody Loves Kasich

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Swing Easy: Everybody Loves Kasich

“Swing Easy” is Columbus Underground’s ongoing series about the 2016 senate and presidential elections as experienced by America’s most important swing state. If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say Former Florida Governor and expected presidential candidate Jeb Bush was in Columbus last Tuesday, where he told what might be the first big lie of […]

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Swing Easy: Ohio’s Role in 2016

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Swing Easy: Ohio’s Role in 2016

Welcome to the first installment of Swing Easy, Columbus Underground’s ongoing series about the 2016 senate and presidential elections as experienced by America’s most important swing state. As electioneering heats up in the Buckeye State, we’ll bring you all the details and oddities of an Ohio campaign, starting with a ninja candidate, a forgotten senator […]

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Cotton Letter Arms Ohio Democrats Against Portman

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Cotton Letter Arms Ohio Democrats Against Portman

As expected, Ohio Democrats are charging full speed at Senator Rob Portman, armed with Portman’s signature on a letter to the leaders of Iran, advising them against agreeing to the nuclear deal being negotiated by the Obama administration. The letter, written by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 47 Republican senators including Portman, has […]

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Sen. Portman Signed the Cotton Letter But Is Probably Not A Traitor

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Sen. Portman Signed the Cotton Letter But Is Probably Not A Traitor

Ohio Senator Rob Portman was among 47 Republican senators who signed an open letter to the leaders of Iran advising against the nuclear agreement proposed by the Obama Administration. Tom Cotton, junior senator from Arkansas who has held office for little more than two months, composed the letter, which is being called an unprecedented legislative […]

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Philadelphia Lands 2016 Democratic National Convention

Walker Evans Walker Evans Philadelphia Lands 2016 Democratic National Convention

The sun has officially set on Columbus’ hopes to host the Democratic National Convention, as the party officially announced this morning that Philadelphia has been chosen as the host city. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special […]

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DNC Announces 2016 Convention Date, No Host City Yet

Walker Evans Walker Evans DNC Announces 2016 Convention Date, No Host City Yet

The Democratic National Committee is still teasing out the announcement of the host city for their 2016 Convention, but today announced the official timeframe for the event: the week of July 25th. “This is the next step to finalize where and when we will nominate the 45th President of the United States, highlight the Democratic […]

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Rob Portman Is Not Running for President

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Rob Portman Is Not Running for President

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has officially dropped out of the 2016 presidential campaign after never officially dropping into it in the first place. The Republican senator from Cincinnati announced Tuesday that he has decided against running for the GOP nomination in 2016. In a statement released Tuesday morning, Portman said that with the recent […]

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