Jeff Stahler on Editorial Cartooning; Mayor Candidate Earl Smith

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Editorial cartoons are as entrenched in American society as ever. Every big city has at least one. For some, they’re the best part of the editorial page. But as the newspaper business shrinks, so do the ranks of editorial cartoonists.

Joining us to talk about the business and the art is veteran editorial cartoonist Jeff Stahler.

Jeff is native of Bellefontaine and he graduated in 1977 from the Columbus College of Art and Design.

He worked 19 years for the Cincinnati Post (now discontinued) before moving to the Columbus Dispatch, where his work appears every week on the editorial page and in the comics section with Moderately Confused.

Jeff’s work also appears weekly in USA Today and frequently is reprinted in major magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek and The New York Times.

Also on this episode:

Retired Columbus Police Sergeant Earl Smith has thrown his hat into the ring for mayor of Columbus. A retired Columbus Division of Police sergeant, Smith is currently the principal of E.W. Smith and Associates, a security education and consulting firm.

As the Republican candidate for mayor (his opponent is current mayor Michael B. Coleman), Smith talks about his plans for the November election and his vision for the Capital City’s future.

WSYX‘s Interview with Earl Smith: http://www.abc6onyourside.com/shared/newsroom/features/your_voice/videos/wsyx_vid_365.shtml

Earl Smith in the Other Paper http://theotherpaper.com/articles/2011/01/27/cover_story/doc4d3858af67267083081923.txt

In his first week of his first campaign, at least, Smith isn’t pouncing on the obvious low-hanging fruit—the things political observers call Coleman’s vulnerabilities, including a recent spike in violent crime last summer, and the controversial vote in 2009 to raise the city’s income tax from 2 percent to 2.5 percent. In fact, Smith said he would have done the same thing.

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