From the daily archives: Thursday, December 30, 2010

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…

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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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