UPDATE 08:20 AM
Stark Countians (perhaps, as many as 50) who showed up for the Stark County District Library (SCDL, Friends of the Library, Lake Branch) presentation of presidential elections and elections analysis featuring expert Kyle Kondik of the Sabato Virginia Center for Politics are quite a different crowd from the 4,500 who turned out for Republican Donald Trump's September 14th campaign rally at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
The former are students of how America selects our president whereas the latter were—for the most part—on an emotional political binge where thought and due consideration were not allowed in.
The SCPR is disappointed that a considerable number of Stark County elected officials who could be taken as endorsing the over-the-top insults of incivility that Trump has demonstrated consistently from the day he entered the presidential campaign in June, 2015.
The Report knows some of these folks well.
And has never known any of them to display the ugliness of personal attack and insult that Trump does.
Yet, the SCPR has not seen one quote from any of the above distancing themselves from the Trump excesses.
It was refreshing break from the skulduggery and personal nastiness of the politics of the Trump/Clinton face off to be at the SCDL sponsored Kondik event on Wednesday evening.
Everyday Stark Countians thoughtfully and respectively asked elections expert Kyle Kondik about a dozen questions about presidential politics.
He had to be impressed.
Here is a one-on one-video between the SCPR and Kondik. (4:12)
In this blog, The Report focuses on thoughtful citizen questions asked of Kyle Kondik who had his book Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks Presidents published (Ohio University Press) on June 15, 2016 on display at the event.
At the end of this blog, is a video of the entire 38 minute Kondik presentation.
Warning! Only the civic minded and studious will find the presentation appealing.
It was no surprise at all to the SCPR that none of Stark County's elected officials (Republicans or Democrats) were in attendance on Wednesday evening.
Now to the citizens' questions.
QUESTION: IS STARK COUNTY A BELLWETHER FOR THIS ELECTION?
Video answer: (3:48)
QUESTION: THE RELEVANCE THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION?
Video answer: (2:35)
QUESTION: HOW DID WE GET TO THE POINT IN AMERICA POLITICAL PARTY LIFE THAT THE CHOICE BOILS DOWN TO A CONTEST BETWEEN HIGH NEGATIVE CANDIDATES TRUMP & CLINTON?
Video answer: (4:29)
QUESTION: CONTRASTING BELLWETHER VOTING PATTERN WITH NON-BELLWETHER VOTING
Video answer: (3:16)
QUESTION: WHY THE CHANGE IN OHIO'S ELECTORAL VOTES FROM 1896 TO 2012
Video answer: (1:59)
QUESTION: VOTERS WHO MOVE, TAKE THEIR POLITICS WITH THEM OR DO THE ADOPT THE POLITICS OF THEIR NEW LOCALE?
Video answer: (3:34)
QUESTION: EFFECT OF MILITARY VOTE ON PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Video answer: (2:41)
QUESTION: WHY ONLY TWO PROMINENT POLITICAL PARTIES IN UNITED STATES?
Video answer: (8:22)
QUESTION: EFFECT OF MEDIA ON PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN?
Video answer: (1:36)
QUESTION: KASICH EFFECT ON TRUMP CANDIDACY?
Video answer: (4:32)
QUESTION: IMPACT OF OUTCOME OF PRESIDENTIAL RACE ON CONGRESSIONAL GRIDLOCK
Video answer: (2:58)
QUESTION: EFFECT OF US SUPREME COURT DECISION "CITIZENS' UNITED" ON PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Video answer: (1:38)
Here is video of the 38 minute long presentation by Kondik on Why Ohio—as Bellwether—Picks U.S. Presidents.