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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Ohio Politics in the National Media

Once again Ohio is becoming ground zero in the national political wars, with several major articles focusing on recent events in our state.

Rolling Stone magazine has been getting a lot of attention with its recent cover story by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., asking "Was the 2004 Election Stolen?" While this particular piece adds little new information to the ongoing blogger-debate about the 2004 election problems in Ohio, it does seem to pull together the main sources and threads of previous conversations and allegations and put them in one place. You can find this piece at has wasted no time offering a nasty attack on the Kennedy article.

For those who prefer their controversies prospective rather than retrospective, Andrew Gumbel, writing in The Nation, weighes in on what he sees as continuing election integrity issues in Ohio that he claims will affect the 2006 race for governor. The fact that the Republican candidate for governor is the supervising official for his own election is causing some concern.

Finally, there is a growing shelf of books on the issue of Ohio's role in the 2004 election:

Bleifuss, Joel & Freeman, Steven F. (2006). Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Seven Stories Press.

Miller, Mark Crispin (2005). Fooled Again. Basic Books.

Conyers, John (2006). What went wrong in Ohio: The Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election. Academy Chicago Publishers.

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