From the daily archives: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wonder if his campaign has hit its stride yet?

14 days to go, Tim….

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According to the Columbus Dispatch, Congressman Kasich is set to announce his second policy initiative with State Sen. Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Rep. Jim Zehringer (R-Greenville).

Based on the guest list and Kasich’s platitudes to date, it’s not hard to figure out what Kasich’s policy proposal is.  I guess he could possibly finally give some details about his income tax plan….. HAHAHAHAHAHA!  (Sniff)  Okay, seriously…

He’s likely going to endorse, in some form, their companion regulatory reform bills (HB 230)  and (SB 3) which have already passed the House and Senate and have been […]

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As I noted earlier Ohio was one of a handful of States that has been awarded the second round of the U.S. Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” school reform funding program.

Here’s a breakdown as to what the participating public and charter schools can expect to receive over the next four years (Excel format) as Ohio receives this $400 million grant.

From Governor Strickland’s press release:

“I want to thank Secretary Duncan and the Obama administration for this opportunity to implement what I believe is a visionary education plan for Ohio’s children. Our students […]

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The pimp look doesn’t work for DeWine.

ODP points out that after a career of protecting Wall Street insiders, Mike DeWine now wants to protect them, and not us, as Ohio’s Attorney General.

Frankly, I think DeWine’s comments support Kasich’s secretive executive bonuses for his JobsOhio plan plays right into this video.

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The Columbus Dispatch is reporting in an exclusive story that Ohio is, in fact, going to be one of the few States awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” funding for education in its second round of awards.

Ohio was one of the few finalists for the first round of funding, but it lost out to Delaware and Tennessee.

The U.S. Department of Education will officially announce Ohio as being picked for the “Race to the Top” program at noon where it will announce how much of the $400 million Ohio requested it […]

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I think the ad is effective  in that it ties Kasich’s Wall Street ties to his congressional record and how he essentially traded in his cushy Congressional job for a cushy Wall Street job that he was completely unqualified for.

My only criticism is that this is boilerplate opposition ad stuff, and I don’t think it’s nearly as effective as the personalized message that Strickland’s first ad in June had (that I wish they’d run again because I don’t think it got sufficient airtime):

I think this was a more effective ad.  “Revolving Door” is a standard, D.C. consultant […]

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No Mosque at Ground Zero!

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Talk about on point. The “No Mosque at Ground Zero” group – equating the Muslim equivalent of Unitarians to fundamentalist terrorists! – feeds directly into the propaganda machine of real terrorists. The kind that view the group building the mosque and community center as heretics.

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Think John Kasich is happy to have unpopular former Senator/current GOP Attorney General candidate Mike DeWine come to his defense?  Me, either.

According to the Youngstown Business Journal, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray weighed in on John Kasich’s JobsOhio plan and said he had serious concerns about its lack of transparency, particularly when it came to Kasich’s assertion that the non-profit, private corporations bonus compensation system would be made exempt from disclosure:

Kasich’s privatization plan also appears to give “taxpayer-funded bonuses” to the CEOs who would sit on the not-for-profit’s board and its employees, which they would not […]

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Meet Clueless Kasich

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There seems to be a growing consensus of opinion writers in Ohio’s newspapers that, well, John Kasich has no freakin’ clue what he’s talking about.

The Akron Beacon Journal wrote in an editorial that John Kasich’s JobsOhio plan demonstrates that Kasich, in their words, “[Kasich] doesn’t get it.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer today examined Kasich’s JobsOhio plan and found that, yeah, the ABJ is right.  Kasich just doesn’t get how Ohio government works, particularly when it comes to economic development and Third Frontier.  On top of that, there are these issues:

Kasich’s plan raises […]

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