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We'll be rolling out a series of gubernatorial fundraising endorsements over the next several days. The class of 2010 is up for reelection, and Democrats are looking good in several contests, and within reach in several more. Whatever happens in the Senate and House, we can significantly move the ball forward at the state level.

And it's not just about state-level politics, even though those are critical. It's all about the U.S. House, because the battle for the 2020 redistricting begins this year.

Every one of these candidates we can get elected will be an incumbent running for reelection in 2018, with all the advantages that entails. And the damage we can undo by winning these races and having a seat at the redistricting table is huge. How huge? If the states of Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin apportioned their congressional districts in a 50-50 fashion, that would net Democrats 19-20 seats, enough to retake the majority. And we don't need to control the complete redistricting machine. A seat at the table could mean either a compromise map, or a judge getting to write the lines. And either way, Democrats win.

So with that background out of the way, what better place to start than Ohio?

President Barack Obama won the state by three points, yet Republicans hold 12 of the state's 16 congressional districts, an astonishing 75 percent of them—a mockery of democracy. Republicans were able to enact this aggressive (to put it mildly) gerrymander after the 2010 GOP rout. Winning back this governorship is the first step in clawing that back.

Today we endorse Ed FitzGerald for governor. He's good on our issues, down the line. Incumbent Republican Gov. John Kasich is not. Down the line. On abortion, on worker's rights, on marriage equality, on voter suppression, these candidates are literally polar opposites.

The polling is all over the place. Quinnipiac says Kasich is up 15, PPP says Kasich is up four, Rasmussen says Kasich is up seven. So either this race is a tough slog, or it's very tight. Either way, we fight. The stakes are too high, from state-level policy impacting millions, to setting the table for 2020 redistricting, to holding the state's biggest bully pulpit during the 2016 presidential elections, to bolstering the entire ticket, including the all-important secretary of state race down the ballot (because that's who runs elections in Ohio).

Give $3, no matter where you live, because if you want to stop swimming upstream in the House and against voter suppression efforts, this is where we start.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 01:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Central Ohio Kossacks and KasichWatch.

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  •  Thanks! Donation sent! (18+ / 0-)

    Ed is an excellent candidate with a good chance of winning. We don't need 4 more years of Kasich.

    Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

    by Betty Pinson on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 01:45:33 PM PDT

  •  I'm in! (5+ / 0-)

    Ed for governor sign on the door,  check! Heading to ODP HQ to make calls,  check! I'll be the goofy tall guy with the braid and no teeth.
    Don't worry Ed, I'll have dentures by election day.

    Jesus only performs miracles for people with enough time on their hands to make that crap up.

    by KneecapBuster on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 01:45:51 PM PDT

    •  Oh look! My photo! (6+ / 0-)

      Taken the day he announced last year in Cleveland. Go, Ed!

      To be fair, most polls have shown the race to be very close or tied. That one Quinnipiac poll so far seems to be an outlier; we'll see if it's confirmed by other polling going forward.

      Anyway, I keep telling people to ignore polls, stop acting so hangdog, and defeatist and GET BUSY! I believe the future of Ohio is literally at stake. Too many people get lulled to sleep because Kasich has not been as openly confrontational as some other governors. He's an expert at slipping his extremist measures through late at night or at the last minute without discussion or both. We need to TELL people what he has done; attacked women, labor, voters, the environment, public schools, local governments — spent like a drunken sailor but mostly rewarded his cronies and donors and raised taxes on the rest of us to pay for it.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 02:14:15 PM PDT

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  •  The all over the place polling signals to me (5+ / 0-)

    that Kasich's polling is wide but shallow. Fitzgerald just needs to close in tight, and then I think we've got a race. This is a good fight to engage in. Winnable, good looking candidate, important seat. Solid, Ohio Catholic. Got some ballot tests under his belt and a background in law enforcement.

    Yep, I think this is an excellent pick.

    •  Most of Ohio's news media (7+ / 0-)

      is very conservative. As a result, we're seeing little coverage of FitzGerald and plenty of valentines for Kasich.

      Any Dem candidate running in Ohio faces an uphill battle with most of the news outlets, so they need all the cash they can get to buy ads.

      Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

      by Betty Pinson on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 01:50:38 PM PDT

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      •  Go around em. (2+ / 0-)
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        Betty Pinson, flumptytail

        I suspected that Ed's problem was getting known. Sometimes you just gotta get out there and hustle, shaking hands and kissing babies. Just work your heart out for Jesus.

        I think Ed's got the stuff. If he can win and govern, national potential too.

      •  Precisely, Betty (6+ / 0-)

        Kasich has done about 100 things, any ONE of which they'd be destroying  a Democrat over. Remember "Troopergate"? As a "scandal," that was even flimsier than Benghazi. The state newspapers went on and on and on about it, every time the Ohio Republican Party started breathing smoke about it. None of our media "watchdogs" seem interested in the fact that Kasich has tilled the soil and planted the seeds for massive crony and misuse of tax dollars scandals which will almost certainly break big in his second term if he wins one. And all the warning signals are flashing red right NOW. I'll be in no mood for their wide-eyed "How could we have known" crap after it happens.

        Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

        by anastasia p on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 02:21:17 PM PDT

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        •  Exactly this (2+ / 0-)
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          Citizenpower, Creosote
          Kasich has done about 100 things, any ONE of which they'd be destroying  a Democrat over.
          Same thing happened with Voinovich when he was governor.  No major Ohio newspaper would even discuss the multitude of scandals surrounding his administration.  Paul Mifsud.

          One would think the Plain Dealer and other northern Ohio newspapers would know it's long past time to have a governor from this end of the state.   But the PD sells out so cheaply.  One innerbelt bridge (named for Voino, of course) is all it takes to set their hearts aflutter.

          Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

          by Betty Pinson on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 04:27:41 PM PDT

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          •  And what's the deal (1+ / 0-)
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            with that "new" lakefront development proposal?  As if any of that will become a reality.  

            Sounds like a cheap bribe to keep the PD and Cleveland honchos (including the Mayor) on the GOP side. Trammel Crow is a heavy GOP/conservative corporation.

            Trammell S. Crow was a member of the Republican Leadership Council and gave Romney half a million for his PAC in 2012. His brother Harlan is a member of Club for Growth.  Both are major GOP donors.

            Tell me that's not a bribe.   We'll never see the PD reporting on that.

            Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

            by Betty Pinson on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 04:39:44 PM PDT

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            •  The real bribe is even worse (4+ / 0-)

              There've been dozens of "new lakefront" proposals in the 40 years I've lived here and they're all talk. But Kasich has poured out the money for Cleveland's "Opportunity" Corridor (I can't stop myself from making air quotes every time I talk about it), a 2 1/2 mile divided boulevard which will rush traffic on I-77 and I-71 from ’burbs to University Circle and the Cleveland Clinic about 2-3 minutes faster than the multiple current surface routes and THEY WON'T HAVE TO LOOK AT BLACK PEOPLE!!!! And it will cost $330 million to congest University Circle with even MORE cars. And give the city government even MORE infrastructure to maintain while our current roads are a mess and Kasich is cutting back on local government funding.

              Akron meanwhile is ripping up an urban freeway, like many places around the country.

              Yet this asshole rejected $400 million in free money from the federal government to restart passenger rail from Cincinnati to Columbus to Cleveland (the 3C rail project) that would have been the first step to high-speed rail because in a few years we MIGHT have to subsidize it to the tune of $17 million a year (pocket change to ODOT) and "Nobody wants to ride the train."

              Did you know Ohio spends less per capita on mass transit than virtually any state in the country — about $11 million a year? I can hear you laughing at that paltry amount.

              Idiotic, 50-year-old, sprawling-inducing, environmentally unsound thinking on transportation is yet another reason to kick Kasich out of the governor's mansion. Oh wait. He doesn't even live there. He's costing the taxpayers millions to secure his personal residence as the de facto governor's mansion.

              Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

              by anastasia p on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 05:50:54 PM PDT

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    •  Need to get out voters out!!! (3+ / 0-)
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      destiny1, BMScott, akadjian

      Single most important thing — getting our voters to the polls. And measures passed by Republicans both in the legislature and directives for our secretary of voter suppress ... I mean STATE ... Jon Husted have made that way more difficult. This immediate past primary had the lowest turnout of a gubernatorial primary in 30 years. less early voting time, no evening hours, one weekend day, no Sundays, no mail-in ballot applications sent out. They reversed everything that increases turnout especially among poor and working voters.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 02:16:35 PM PDT

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  •  Yessir! (2+ / 0-)
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    flumptytail, NewDealer

    Fitzgerald is intelligent, articulate, has all the right instincts, and isn't the least bit afraid to take on the Lynch Mob.  You better believe he's the best choice for Governor of Ohio!

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by jg6544 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 02:12:24 PM PDT

  •  Technical question (1+ / 0-)
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    I have my AmEx card tied to my ActBlue account. It usually works with no problem. When I tried to contribute to Fitzgerald, it said only Visa and MasterCard.

    What's up?

  •  Care to comment on the Kasich ad (2+ / 0-)
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    BMScott, Creosote

    right above this diary that touts his economic miracle in creating 89,735 new businesses during his term? Is he too counting boy scout troops?

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

    by anastasia p on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 02:25:15 PM PDT

    •  Is a pro-Kasich ad (1+ / 0-)
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      Appearing on Daily Kos? If so, money well spent!

      Get the Daily Kos Elections Digest in your inbox every weekday. Sign up here.

      by David Nir on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 02:32:23 PM PDT

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      •  It has been appearing constantly (1+ / 0-)
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        for months and months and month, making his laughable claim to having effected an economic miracle in Ohio, news to the dozens of people I know who have been outsourced, downsized and unemployed. I have never known so many talented, educated people with great resumes who are looking for work. I love seeing it though! I think about how much money he is wasting.

        Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

        by anastasia p on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 02:48:33 PM PDT

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  •  Done, recurring for 6 months. (3+ / 0-)
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    anastasia p, flumptytail, NewDealer

    Need to get a lawn sign.


    "When injustice becomes law, defiance becomes duty." Bill Moyers

    by Ninepatch on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 02:42:23 PM PDT

  •  This one's for my Dad. (1+ / 0-)
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    He taught me that Ohio's electoral system was above politics.  I'm glad he died before he could see the way it has been perverted.  Just a one-time gift, but I suspect I will make at least one more.

    "Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." Jesus, Matthew 25:40, New Revised Standard Version.

    by Tenn Wisc Dem on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 03:25:13 PM PDT

  •  Cleveland News (2+ / 0-)
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    Ninepatch, Creosote

    Not really related to the governors race, but Cleveland is a finalist to host the RNC convention in 2016.

    Reince and the gang were touring the city today and tomorrow, and the full court press is being put on by city officials to try and land it because of the economic impact it could have on the city.

    It was the lead story on the local news tonight and the GOP was getting glowing coverage for letting the city make it to the finals.

    I don't think we'll be selected, but the fact we even have made the final cut tells me the GOP is looking big time at Ohio for 2016.

  •  Great to see this ... I'm in! (2+ / 0-)
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    anastasia p, flumptytail
  •  I shouldn't be doing this ! (3+ / 0-)
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    anastasia p, BMScott, flumptytail

    But I'll chip in a few bucks

  •  The redistricting story (0+ / 0-)

    in the seven states listed is much bigger than one election for governor. It deserves its own diary, or better still a series. What do those seven states need to accomplish for each increment in improving their redistricting plans?

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 05:14:37 PM PDT

    •  Huh? (2+ / 0-)
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      Citizenpower, NewDealer

      Seven states have been given the opportunity to redistrict THIS year? Because if you're talking about state like Ohio, the discussion is moot for years to come. And when it does come, having  Ed as governor is going to be the difference between being able to redistrict fairly and not. So as far as Ohio goes, no, it's not bigger than the election for governor. It's part of the same issue.

      Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jun 03, 2014 at 05:54:30 PM PDT

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    •  In North Carolina, unfortunately, (1+ / 0-)
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      the governor cannot veto the state legislature's maps, so for us to "get a seat at the table", we'd have to retake at least one house of the state legislature, which was itself horribly gerrymandered.

      In reality, laws are always useful to those with possessions and harmful to those who have nothing. - Rousseau, The Social Contract, note 5

      by James Allen on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 05:10:51 PM PDT

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      •  But we need a plan to do that. (0+ / 0-)

        Identify every possible swing district, recruit candidates, and fund them to WIN.

        For every action, ensure an equal and opposite reaction.

        -7.75 -4.67

        "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

        There are no Christians in foxholes.

        by Odysseus on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 06:30:31 AM PDT

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  •  Done. These days I hate throwing good money at ... (4+ / 0-)

    Done. These days I hate throwing good money at a bad political system. But Ohio is my adopted home and I don't like seeing it make the world a worse place.

  •  And if you can't donate, spread the word (3+ / 0-)

    One of the biggest challenges we face in Ohio is that the media, with the exception of a few outlets, is pretty conservative.

    They've largely provided the cover for Kasich's shell game of shifting who pays in the state from the wealthy to the 99%.

    They've covered up all his cuts to education.

    They've glossed over his dubious record of kickbacks to industry w/ JobsOhio.

    They've forgotten his union busting efforts.

    They don't talk about him wanting to implement right to work if re-elected.

    And they've portrayed him as a 'moderate' simply for expanding Medicaid.

    This guy worked for Lehman brothers and his philosophy is doing the same thing to Ohio as he helped do with Lehman.

    Spread the word and help get people out to vote!

  •  Name recognition (1+ / 0-)
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    I live in SW OH. Didn't know anything about Ed. He needs to get out and about NOW. He needs to make himself known all over OH. I'll vote for him, because the more I learn about him, the more I like him. BUT, I'm actively looking for information about him. Otherwise, I wouldn't know anything.

    •  You do know who the SW Ohio media supports, no? (1+ / 0-)
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      Urban Space Cowboy

      The only time the Enquirer supports a Democrat is when there is no Republican alternative.

      It's still early though so I'm hoping this year might be a first because of how much Kasich's policies have hurt Cincinnati.

      The TV stations aren't much better and radio like WLW is right-wing heaven.

      Where you'll see Fitzgerald is in places like CityBeat. He is also quite likely to get outspent significantly by Kasich.

      This is why it's all the more important to help get the word out!

  •  Fitzgerald has proven himself (0+ / 0-)

    to be one of the worst candidates this cycle. Honestly, to be down 15 points is an embarrassment in a state that Obama won and against a Governor who should be in a crippled state thanks to various pieces of unpopular radical legislation he's signed.
    Fitzgerald isn't performing anywhere near to where a Generic Democrat should perform in a Statewide race in Ohio, and the polling trendlines are looking extremely discouraging for him. That internal PPP poll showing a 4 point race actually represents a stark decline for Fitzgerald compared to the previous internal PPP release.

    Just compare Fitzgerald to Jason Carter, who despite all the odds against him in a deep Red state has actually managed to establish a lead or tie in polls against an incumbent GOP governor. Puts Fitzgerald to shame.

  •  The 2016 bully pulpit might not help. (0+ / 0-)

    Kasich was governor in 2012, and it didn't do much help to Romney. It caused some trouble along the road - Kasich undercut Romney by saying that the state's economy was improving, whilst Romney insisted that it was tanking.

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