From the daily archives: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Only in RepublicanLand does the guy who won with less than 50% of the vote know better what the people of Ohio want than the guy who won with over 60%.

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Poor Carpetblogger.  He tries his best to spin John Kasich losing $400 million in economic development dollars by killing the 3C passenger rail system whose planning dates back to the Voinovich Administration.

But each one of his points fails as nothing more than empty partisan rhetoric.

1. “Ohio can’t afford it.”

So under the original projections, Ohio will need to pony up about $135 million more in start-up costs in addition to the “$17 million or more in subsidies.”

Keeling’s point would have some merit if he didn’t engage in political hypocrisy.  He’s saying that Ohio cannot afford […]

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After mulling over this morning’s post about how Kasich ally, Speaker-elect Bill Batchelder declared that it was “inevitable” that the Republicans would cut Medicaid eligibility to, in most cases, half their present levels, I do what I used to do all the time when I worked in the Statehouse:  I started counting the votes.

When Ted Strickland won in 2006 with over 60% of the vote, there was relatively little change in the State House which continued to be controlled by then Speaker Jon Husted.  Despite having both chamber controlled by the opposition party, Strickland’s mandate was so […]

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From the Columbus Dispatch, we learn that Republicans plan on drastically cutting Medicaid eligibility as a means to balance the budget and pay for the tax cuts they passed in 2005, and any additional tax cuts Governor-elect Kasich intends on passing.

After his speech, the Medina resident said that kind of shortfall means there is no way to avoid making significant changes to Medicaid, the $12.5 billion state-federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

"First, we have to apply for exceptions, a lot of them," Batchelder said, noting that in the past, the state asked the […]

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