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From the Dayton Daily News
Blackwell receives McCain's backing
By the Columbus Bureau
Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell announced an endorsement Thursday from Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, in Blackwell's run for governor.
"Ken is building a winning coalition of Republican, conservative Democrat and Independent voters who will lead the Ohio GOP to victory in November 2006," McCain said in a statement.
McCain said he plans to campaign with Blackwell at public events and fundraisers across Ohio.
"His agenda for limited government, economic development and job creation will put Ohio back on a winning path," he said.
Auditor Betty Montgomery and Attorney General Jim Petro are also vying for the Republican nomination.
Now he's getting pushy
Blackwell's campaign is reaching out again to Dayton area homes through a new recorded phone message disguised as a poll. They are known in the trade as "push polls."
Callers first hear a recorded message that they are going to be asked for their preferences in a 2006 Republican primary race for governor. The first name they hear is Blackwell's and if they say they support him, the poll stops and the campaign commercial begins. Blackwell's voice comes on and he begins a dissertation on how he is running against the "Taft Republicans" in Columbus. He asks whether callers agree with him on banning same-sex marriage and other issues. Then he asks for money.
Hagans butt heads on drilling issue
"He's no kin of mine," said Sen. Robert Hagan, D-Youngstown, announcing his view last week on legislation being drafted by Rep. John Hagan, R-Alliance, (no relation) that would expand oil and natural gas drilling to state parks and natural areas as a way to deal with increasing prices.
"This proposed plan is an attempt by the natural gas and oil industry to capitalize off public fear of rising fuel prices," Sen. Hagan said. "I'm even more saddened that this ill-advised plan comes from someone carrying the Hagan surname."
Rep. Hagan said having the same name doesn't make them the same person.
"The price of gas is going to rise or at least stay very high unless we increase the supply," Rep. Hagan said.
Producing more gas and oil in Ohio will help keep money from going out of state and the country, he said. He expects prices would begin to go down as soon as next winter.
Sen. Hagan said opening state lands to drilling won't have any impact on fuel prices but "could have a long-term negative effect on the integrity of our parks."
Environmental groups will make suggestions to a committee studying the matter this week, Rep. Hagan said. The proposal is a logical reality that can be done without damaging the environment, he said.
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