From the monthly archives: December 2010

Would “Ohio’s Greatest Home Newspaper” publish a news story (not an editorial mind you) saying that one of the best things to happen in 2010 was Republicans winning all state-wide offices and gaining control of the redistricting process?

Why, of course they would:

There was plenty of bad news this year. But there was some good, too, or cause for optimism. Or at least news of change, which some people think can’t be any worse than 2008 and 2009.

Republicans swept all five statewide executive offices in November, including winning the governor’s race. That puts the party in charge […]

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Did John Kasich Marry a Democrat?

On December 31, 2010 By

I have to admit I was pretty confused when I read that one of Kasich’s Inaugural events was a “Salute to Ohio’s next First Lady, Karen Kasich”. What could this possibly entail? A celebration of ‘staying fit’ and ‘little decisions’?

I’m still not clear of the purpose of this ‘salute’, but I did just read that money from the even will be donated to some very surprising sources: Second Harvest Foodbanks and Local Matters.

While neither of these organizations is political in nature, they are both organizations whose missions aren’t really thought of as jibing with the typical Republican […]

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Happy New Year!

On December 31, 2010 By

Set your accounts to auto-pay for everything, have a designated driver, give someone power-of-attorney to take care of you, and maybe we’ll all wake up in 2014, and it’ll all be over.

Happy New Year from the Plundercrew!

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Not even the Columbus Dispatch could report Kasich’s appointment of a former megafarm’s point person on keeping environmental regulators at bay and an Dubai oil and gas executive to the Ohio EPA and ODNR yesterday with a straight face:

"These departments are going to send a message to Ohio that we are open for business," Kasich said in naming Scott Nally of Indiana as head of the EPA and former American Electric Power executive David Mustine as director of Natural Resources.

Kasich, a former Republican congressman who will take office Jan. 10, emphasized that he doesn’t plan to […]

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Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Brown, who was defeated by Republican Justice Maureen O’Connor, was appointed today to the Franklin County Municipal Court by outgoing Governor Ted Strickland.  He was one of 11 judicial appointments made by Governor Strickland. 

One of which is for Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to replace Judge AJ Wagner.  Except today, just as the announcement was made, Judge Wagner sent a fax to the Chief Justice and Governor Strickland rescinding his resignation.  According to the Dayton Daily News, Judge Wagner’s sole reason for rescinding his resignation was because the person Strickland […]

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Jesus Christ, on a cracker, I just thought it was a bad optic to have an oil and gas industry executive to head ODNR.  But according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, it’s why Kasich is appointing Mustine:

"He’s a businessman. He understands the various issues on developing resources and being able to think outside of the box," Kasich said.

Kasich indicated that he’s open to the idea of drilling for oil and gas under state parkland – an idea that has been kicked around by Republican lawmakers in the last few legislative cycles but never fully adopted.

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Governor-elect John Kasich has just announced that he’s appointing Scott Nally as the head of the Ohio EPA.   Nally is currently the Assistant Commission of the Office of External Affairs for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.  So, John Kasich couldn’t find anyone, apparently, qualified for the job in Ohio?

What does the Office of External Affairs do?

The mission of the Office of External Affairs is to provide support activities and necessary oversight to help other IDEM offices accomplish their objectives. The Office of External Affairs’ programs include Human Resources, Information Technology, Budget, Policy and Public […]

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There’s no doubt John Kasich, with the help of Tom Charles, have big plans for the Highway Patrol. It’s likely we’ll see Charles pushing for more funding in order to move the Patrol into more investigative and non-highway-related enforcement roles – more like a state police agency.

Last week John Kasich attempted to take a step in that direction by announcing the Highway Patrol would essentially stop issuing speeding tickets (HT Marc Kovac):

According to John Kasich: “You got some patrolman sneaking in the weeds somewhere getting you going 2 miles an hour over the speed limit. We […]

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And the winner is…

On December 30, 2010 By

Based on voted “likes” in the comments, our winner of our “Kasich caption contest” is commenter “codger.”

I, for one, welcome our new snark master overlord.

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From the News-Herald:

Grendell added “We’re also discussing the idea of combining the Department of Public Service and Ohio Highway patrol and maybe consolidating some county offices. Why have a county treasurer and county auditor, why a county clerk of courts and recorder keeping records?”

First, the Ohio Highway Patrol already is a part of the Department of Public Safety.  It says so in the Ohio Revised Code.  As a lawyer and current chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, you’d think Grendell would have known that.

After all, Grendell held confirmation hearings involving the then-Director of Public […]

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I started off writing a very snarky post about Casey Kozlowski, the 23 year old kid who was just sworn in as State Rep for the 99th District, focused only on his age and his inexperience (e.g. This kid makes Josh Mandel look like Bill Batchelder!). And make no mistake this kid is certainly too young and seriously underqualified by almost every stardard. But I ended up focusing on something much more serious.

Sure he did graduate Pymatuning Valley High School (go Lakers!) in 2005 and is already the President of the local school board. But the Pymatuning Valley school […]

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