As go jobs, so goes Ohio

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    May 16, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/s_737010.html

    Joyce McNears peers over her reading glasses and asks a question, expecting no answer: "Why is the president still not talking about jobs?"

    Along with her son and grandson, the 66-year-old McNears matriarch is counting stock and rearranging shelves in the family hardware store that has seen good times and bad times in this Ohio River town.

    Lately, times have been bad.

    Joyce has lived in Belmont County and voted for Democrats all her life. Yet President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, both Democrats, won't get her vote next year.

    Belmont went for Obama in 2008 but voted against his policies in 2010, when the Democrat-rich county went for Republican Rob Portman for U.S. Senate.

    That's a problem for Democrats going into 2012 because Ohio has supported the winner in 27 of the last 29 presidential elections. It is perhaps the nation's most critical swing state.
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    May 16, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    Ohio is a huge swing state. Don't they just basically vote the opposite way of whoever is in office the next time around? lol
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    May 17, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidJoyce McNears peers over her reading glasses and asks a question, expecting no answer: "Why is the president still not talking about jobs?"

    Tropicalmark peers over his reading glasses and asks a question, expecting no answer: "Why is the GOP still not talking about jobs?"

    Interesting eh?
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    May 17, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    Hah. As if Ohio is the only one consistently losing people and jobs...