....Strickland, who will be officially sworn in shortly after midnight Jan. 8, will ceremonially take the oath of office, administered by Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, around noon Jan. 13 on the Statehouse lawn. Lt. Gov.-elect Lee Fisher will be sworn in by his father, Stanley.
After Strickland’s inaugural address, he and Fisher and their wives will greet the public in the Statehouse Atrium. A public reception showcasing Ohio’s artistic talent will take place at 2 p.m. at the Palace Theatre.
The inaugural ball, beginning at 8 p.m. and costing $75 per person, will be held in the Lausche Building at the state fairgrounds. Ticket information can be found at www.turnaroundohio.com.
Three other incoming Democratic executive officeholders — Treasurer-elect Richard Cordray, Attorney General-elect Marc Dann and Secretary of State-elect Jennifer L. Brunner — will hold a joint inaugural celebration at the Downtown Hyatt Regency from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Admission is free.
Cordray will be officially sworn in at 11 a.m. Jan. 8 in the Statehouse Atrium. Dann will take the oath of office at 10 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Trumbull County Courthouse in Warren. Brunner will be sworn in at 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at the William Green Auditorium in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation building, 30 W. Spring St....
The biggest obstacles facing Strickland will be the Republican-controlled legislature and the mess left behind by the corrupt Taft administration. Hopefully, Strickland and the Democrats will be able to do some major purging in the various state agencies and get rid of Taft's political appointees. If the GOP in the state legislature refuses to improve things in Ohio, we will throw those bums out of office at the next election!