Debate the future

Jun 30, 2014


The outcome in November of statewide elections will have far-reaching impact for years into the future. The state's economy, tax rates, public education funding, environmental budgets, roads, safety services and most all government services will be framed for the future by the leaders Ohioans elect this fall. 

Debates have become crucial to that election process, and we're pleased the candidates see it that way. 
We're also pleased to be partnering again with Serving Our Seniors and BGSU Firelands College for debates at the Huron campus with candidates for statewide office. 
Democrats Ed FitzGerald and David Pepper, candidates for governor and attorney general, respectively, already have accepted the Register's invitation to debate at the BGSU Firelands campus this fall. 
Attorney General Mike DeWine, the former U.S. senator from Ohio seeking his second term as the state's top law enforcement official, also has agreed to an October debate date pending scheduling. 
Gov. John Kasich has indicated he will debate FitzGerald,  and he is still reviewing the Register's invitation. 
The Register's "Decision 2014" election coverage will includes other local debates live at and available later for demand viewing at the online, interactive election guide. 
We appreciate the willingness that's been shown by candidates to put their ideas in front of voters, which is the crucial role of a campaign. 
We also appreciate the viewers and readers who return to the Register to get the information they want before voting. 
Our region is the very heart of the Heartland, and the debates in Huron, and across our communities, serve the American process and expand opportunities for a more robust dialogue on the issues that affect all of us. 


The Big Dog's back

Vote Repub and vote for more dirty air and water, more low paying jobs, more local taxes.

The New World Czar

Vote Repub and irritate Big Dog (as well as the SR editorial staff)!


Vote Democrat and they'll do for Ohio what they have done for Detroit.


Really? The Federal deficit has grown under every single Republican president since 1980, and shrunk under every single Democrat president during that time. I'll bet you wish that history backed up your vague accusations, huh?

The current president saved hundreds of thousands of jobs in the automotive industry (some would say this helped Detroit). His Republican opponents wanted to let those manufacturers fail, which would have put those people in the unemployment line. Perhaps you can explain how the Republican plan would have helped.

Dr. Information

SR and the liberals are going to be mad today after the SCOTUS gives out its rulings.


They have already given out the rulings.

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If you look at the Huffington Post they are doing a great job at sensationalizing and politicizing the decisions. There are even big, colorful letters that tell you to what to think so you can hate people. Isn't journalism like this a breath of fresh air? Methinks that last sentence was a tad sarcastic.

Note that in the opening the presumption is made, "On Monday, the Supreme Court dealt a significant blow to the progressive movement..." as if that is the standard that must be upheld with no other opinions being valid. Of course I know that the HuffPo is hardly a non-partisan, non-propaganda source, but it is sad when presumptions about other peoples' beliefs like that are made.

The sensational headlines (*cough*talkingpoints*cough*) with the pictures of the five justices who voted akin to mugshots for criminals:

5 Justices Go After Women, Workers... 'Baldly Incoherent' Rulings... Big Blow To Unions... HOBBY LOBBY HAMMER DROPS... Birth Control Cut Off – But Not Vasectomies Or Viagra... 49-Page Ruling Mentioned Women Just 13 Times...

Labor Ruling Sets Stage For Obliterating Unions... Birth Control Decision Could Open The Floodgates... 'People With Religious Objections To The Law Will Be Able To Ignore Many Laws With Impunity'... Supreme Court Declares Itself To Be High Priest... Corporations Are People, And They Have More Rights Than You Do... TOOBIN: Conservative Justices Will 'Rewrite Laws In Profound Ways'... GINSBURG: 'The Court, I Fear, Has Ventured Into A Minefield'...

Meanwhile as much as headlines like these here stir up liberal muckrakers and those on Fox stir up conservative carpetbaggers it's odd, isn't it, that neither "side" wishes to address these problems and are happy to just grumble about them until the next one then on to the next one, next one, next one, into perpetuity?

I wonder why that is? Oops, darn sarcasm again. At least that time it was garnished with some rhetorical questioning.

Dr. Information

Yup, and I doubt the SR is working hard to produce an article. Now if it had come out the opposite, the SR would have had 19 articles online about the ruling already.

AJ Oliver

Analysis from any partisan perspective is worthless.


It's funny to hear conservative comments about supposed leftwing media bias, considering the entire country of Canada outlawed Fox News. Canada's Radio Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast any false or misleading news." The provision has kept Fox News and right wing talk radio out of Canada.

People who WORK for Fox understand/admit that the network is not unbiased, nor 'fair and balanced', yet somehow the people who watch the network haven't figured that out. It's fascinating.

The New World Czar

So you agree we're better off having freedom of speech down here without the government sticking its nose in it, eh hoser?


Since you are a loyal lib, I guess crack smoking mayor Rob Ford makes your favorite list also. One of Canada's finest. I wouldn't care to live in any country that outlaws peoples views that differ from mine. Reading your posts daily, I know that's the dems way.

Funny how you do not mention MSNBC ever. Must just be your a hypocrite that only spouts Fox/Koch talking points when facts do not support your ideology.

AJ Oliver

Only Ohioans blinded by mindless & extreme partisanship fail to hold the GOP (mostly) AND SOME DEMS accountable for sabotaging efforts to eliminate payday and other predatory lending after the people of the state voted overwhelmingly to get rid of it. They have similarly gutted other consumer protections. But since "your" party did it, it must be great, right? WRONG MR/MS PARTISAN !! Time to start thinking for yourself.

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"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries, which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an Individual: and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty." — George Washington, September 19, 1796


Does it really matter who wins? What is going to change? Nothing.