Is his CoH true, or that his congressional office can't answer questions about his campaign? Congressional offices are taxpayer funded, and as such, are prohibited from engaging in campaign activities.
There've been a number of polls. WSJ shows both Hackett and Sherrod Brown beating sleepy Mike. The Columbus Dispatch poll (which while a mail-in poll, and off the mark on RON, has a remarkable accuracy record on Ohio candidates) shows Sherrod with a slightly better showing. Mike DeWine is over - and that's good for Ohio.
Well, instead of going the direction you suggest, Arnold and his friends are trying to stop community and professional organizations from lobbying (by cutting off their political funding), while leaving the corporate donors to pour as much money as they can into the system.
Back in oh, say late 1991, most of us would probably have been calling the then Governor of Arkansas a DINO based on his centrist views, red-state origins and (well lack of) legislative record. I think that most, if not all of us, would now agree that would have been a mistake.
Bayh is a centrist. An actual centrist, not a right winger masqurading as a dem, or a leftist dem pandering to the right. He hails from a red state, one that though it borders a Great Lake, is politically almost a southern state (I went to school there, and my wife lived there for six years). He looks as good as John Edwards. His political pedigree (his father, Ol' Birch was once Speaker of the House) means that he can call in favors that someone like Mark Warner could never imagine.
Most importantly, Bayh would be a good candidate in a way that Kerry isn't/wouldn't. He can speak concisely without sounding as though he's dumbing it down. He doesn't have a particularly contentious record to run from. He can win votes in the south and middle west.
We should be careful not to rule out candidates that could both support our values, and appeal to enough of the populous to actually get elected. Sorry Howard.
Per the Trenton Times Codey won't be running, making Corzine the presumptive D candidate. That Codey was gaining on Corzine actually makes the General Election a little frightening - it could mean a gradual erosion of support for the senator's candidacy.
Tiberi and Price both represent parts of Columbus (there's this sort of obnoxious yin/yang) shape to the districts that ensures that the rurual vote still has substantial strength in both of those districts. They won't be combined.
Northwest and south east seem the most prime for combination/redistricting.
It's also important to remember that OH's house/senate are both currently 60% GOP, and that Dems are likely to loose any redistrciting battles. Look to see "traditionally Dem" districts combined with known republican districts. That being said - there wasn't a single congresional race in OH where there was a margine closer than ~60%-%40.