From the daily archives: Saturday, November 20, 2010

With little news coverage and no fanfare John Kasich named Bob Blair as his choice for Director of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (ODAS) yesterday. He intentionally did it on a Friday afternoon to avoid pulling the appointment into last week’s news cycle. And it seems to have worked. The coverage so far has been tepid and limited to repeating the stuff included in Kasich’s press release.

But there’s one thing everyone left out. This appointment is vital to Kasich’s big plans for one very important reason: ODAS has a division called the Office of Collective Bargaining which […]

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Here’s the deadline to Dispatch’s “Daily Briefing” blog:

Kaisch: I’ll sit down with ‘unions that make things’

“With organized labor, look, the public-employee unions, particularly the teachers’ union, you know how I feel about them,” Kasich said during the Republican Governors Association’s annual meeting in San Diego this week, where there was a lot of talk from the governors and governors-elect about reigning in public employees’ pay and benefits.

“But for the unions that make things, I’m going to sit down with them. And I’ll tell you what, they’re going to become part of the solution, not part […]

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Kasich next Cabinet appointment was announced yesterday.  It’s for the Department of Administrative Services.  Yep, another agency that the House Republicans have pledged to eliminate through consolidation.

How else can you interpret this but to say that Kasich has no intention to adopt House Bill 25—the House Republican’s signature government reform/budget cutting measure?  After all, why would he be making his early appointment announcements in agencies specifically targeted by Republicans to eliminate?

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