From the monthly archives: January 2011

One of the resumes we were interested in seeing with the Kasich’s Administration would be Third Base Politics’ Jon Keeling—the one-man blogging machine for the Kasich campaign and select Republican candidates.  But first, let’s do a little flashback to remind people just how pathetic Jon Keeling’s willingness to whore out his reputation to help the Ohio Republican Party really is.

Back in July 2009, Eric and the rest of us noticed a new player on the conservative blogsphere calling himself “DJ Tablesauce.”  Eric noticed that the guy seemed to be particularly interested in the potential gubernatorial campaign of John […]

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Jump into Ann Fisher’s show today around 48 minutes in and you’ll hear this wonderful exchange between Mark Kvamme and Ann.


Ann asks Mark “What is it about the state of Ohio that sets it apart?”

Kvamme quickly responds that it’s Ohio’s central location and its excellent transportation system: “we have rivers, we have railroads.”

Ann’s reporter training kicks in and she asks the perfect follow up question:

“What about the idea that the governor turned down 400 million in federal grants for passenger rail in the state of ohio?” asks Ann

Uh… hmm… ehhhh…

“I think […]

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So far, not a single media outlet has reported on the events in Florida (except this one) as far as I can tell.  In fact, there’s been precious little discussion about a bill that is fast tracked for approval by the full House of Representatives as soon as tomorrow.

And yet, only one paper, the Columbus Dispatch, is the only paper to endorse the measure.  In fact, a high number of papers who supported Kasich during the campaign now are begging the legislature to slow down and revamp it.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer “Slow and Careful on JobsOhio”:


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Listen to the last thirty seconds of this news story from Channel 4 in Columbus as they also to attempt to get answers as to why Ohio is spending  more money than ever for the Governor’s security detail.  They asked a very simple question of Lt. Governor Mary Taylor.

But Mary Taylor doesn’t have a programmed response to that…. ERROR, ERROR, blue screen of death, issue standard default Administration talking point.   Argue that spending $1 million more over the next six months for the Governor’s security detail will make Ohio more competitive.   Repeat as necessary…. Execute talking point infinite […]

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Subodh channels Governor Kasich singing his homage to diversity, “Never Known a Non-White Man”

Well I’ve got an all-white cabinet.
But my janitors are so diverse….

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“I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.

“That does not lessen my commitment, however, to governments that reflect the will of the people. Each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people. America does not presume to know what is best for everyone, just as we would not presume to […]

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On Friday I wrote a post about the ineligibility of two of Kasich’s recent Ethics Commission appointees – one Democrat and one Republican – based on the fact that these two appointees were listed on the Franklin County Board of Elections’ website as “unaffiliated.”

I questioned the eligibility of these two candidates based on the fact that the ORC specifically requires the appointees to belong to one of “the two major political parties” and the county records generally serve as a litmus test for party affiliation.

This weekend I received a number of emails about the Democratic appointee […]

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Seriously, if you still subscribe to the Columbus Dispatch, cancel your subscription.  And then tell your friends and family member to do so as well.  And when they ask them why you can point out the things I’m about to mention was in Sunday’s edition.  Both, amazingly, involved Joe Hallett.

The first was a story about the economy in Ohio.  Instead of presenting the economy as I had last week, the Dispatch continued with the “doom and gloom.”  The only problem is, I don’t know where they got their numbers because they couldn’t be from where […]

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Last week we posted that the TV in ODOT’s cafeteria is only allowed to show Fox News. This story was confirmed in the comments by an angry ODOT employee who said he/she “was told by the person who handled the logistics of the change that he was instructed to set up the TV so it would ONLY receive Fox News.”

Today Michael K. McIntyre at the Plain Dealer confirmed the story and followed up with ODOT spokeswoman Melissa Ayers to get official confirmation about the story. Ayers confirmed that the change “was ordered up by ODOT Chief […]

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Earlier this month Republicans in the State Senate rejected nearly 100 of Governor Strickland’s appointees. According to Senate President Bill Harris GOP Senate leaders discussed the appointments with Kasich’s people. As a result of these discussions they decided to reject two Democrats and one Republican who were appointed to the Ethics Commission.

Unlike most boards and commissions, which require a certain number of appointees to be unaffiliated with the majority party, the Ethics Commission specifically requires that the board be comprised composed of three Democrats and three Republicans.

ORC 102.05 Ohio ethics commission created

There is […]

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I bet a contract with us would be cheaper, too, since we won’t ask for benefits.

Hey, Joe Hallett, give us a call!

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